Yesterday, Google announced App Inventor, a WYSIWYG app development tool for Android.
App Inventor aims at the non-developer user base who are assumed to want to build something but don’t want to/are afraid of code.
This is the same user base that mashup builders, HTML editors and countless tools have addressed, with mixed results.
It also aims at the Android beginner segment, made up of people new to development or new to Android.
But is it a good thing for Android?
On one hand, it opens up the platform to non-developers and fosters development on Android.
On the other, it means more apps of dubious quality and utility.
Personally, I don’t buy the argument that there’s this huge under-served market of wannabe developers. In my experience, non-developers don’t want to build apps, and if they do, they write code.
However, I do think App Inventor makes sense for Android beginners.
TechCrunch offers some thought.
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