Android is a very popular operating system which is being used in thousands of handsets by various mobile manufacturing websites. The factor which makes Android more appealing is its user environment and open hearted mentality to make Android community accessible to anyone with good ideas and passion to contribute. I have written another post on developing Android Applications. Make sure you read the first part before you continue.
For this purpose, Google has launched App Inventor, a web based Android Application developing environment. You can develop apps right from your browser provided that you should have a good Internet connection. This is a simple, highly effective idea to introduce people to the Android development environment. You don’t need to set up the normal Android development environment in order to create cool Applications. All you need is a browser. But it is highly recommended to have an Android mobile device at your reach to test your App frequently for bug fixing and several other activities you will get acquainted with.
The Idea of ‘App Inventor’
Google’s product App inventor makes use of “Open Blocks”, a unique Java Visual Library distributed by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). In App Inventor, the first step should be to choose a Graphical User Interface (GUI) for you Application. Once you define the GUI, you can assign various functions to your apps.
Creating an App is kind of arranging various blocks of information together in the correct sequence. And some of this blocks run or interact with various hardware parts of the Andriod device such as Camera, Media Player, Accelerometer etc. Most of the blocks are needed for capturing information for the application from the user. If you go advanced, then your blocks should interact with GPS systems to create location specific outputs.
Alternatives to App Inventor
As you read the heading, there are many alternatives for App Inventor. You can make use of many other development environments to create your own stunning Android applications with ease. This development tools make the task of integrating all functional components easier, by providing the Developer (hey it’s you!) with a easy-to-work-with environment. Other free tools like andromo.com allow users to create apps who aren’t programmers. Media galleries, Interactive Maps, Application Program Interfaces, and several other components can be combined to produce a fantastic Android app. The basic principle of development should be the same, no matter if you are using tools or coding all it by your own.
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