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Now everyone can build Android apps

John Moe Jul 12, 2010

Google rolls out a free software program called Google App Inventor for Android today that lets anyone create apps for the Android platform. It makes it so you don’t have to know code, there’s a graphic interface and you just put it all together. It’s a very interesting proposition because it can bring Android closer to being a universal platform that’s highly democratic as opposed to the more closed Apple store. But it might also mean a whole lot of crappy apps showing up in the Android app store. It’s worth noting, as Tech Crunch does, that we’ve been down this road before with web sites. Originally, you had to know HTML and how to code a site. Then platforms and programs were developed where you could build your own. Trouble was, those sites looked terrible and the popularity of those programs dimmed and now our creativity tends to be expressed within confines like Facebook fan pages.

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