Google has just announced App Inventor, a web-based tool that aims to give non-coders a leg up in creating Android apps, designing their interfaces and getting them released into the Market.
Google says the project, currently in closed but public beta, has been tested to help sixth-grade classes and other non-Java-heads create both games and geo-aware, Android-specific applications. The reactions, without even seeing the tools, have been cautiously optimistic, if not downright concerned about the potential for (more) sub-standard apps flooding the Market. Do you or someone you know have a great mobile app idea, but not the coding chops to make it? Can the Android Market win by being now far more open to all than Apple’s Store? [Google Labs via NY Times]