Five Android apps we desperately need

Thanks to Google's app building kit, anyone can create apps for mobile phones. The possibilities are endless and ridiculous

By Robert X. Cringely, InfoWorld |  Personal Tech, Android apps, android phone

You say your secret ambition in life is to build the world's greatest mobile flatulence app? Here's your chance.

Taking a page from Microsoft's Big Book of Boring Product Names, Google is launching Google App Inventor for Android, an app-building kit that's allegedly so simple even a Kardashian could do it.

[ Want to cash in on your IT experiences? InfoWorld is looking for stories of an amazing or amusing IT adventure, lesson learned, or war tale from the trenches. Send your story to offtherecord@infoworld.com. If we publish it, we'll keep you anonymous and send you a $50 American Express gift cheque. ]

Per the New York Times' Steve Lohr:

The Google application tool for Android enables people to drag and drop blocks of code -- shown as graphic images and representing different smartphone capabilities-- and put them together, similar to snapping together Lego blocks. The result is an application on that person's smartphone.

For example, one student made a program to inform a selected list of friends, with a short text message, where he was every 15 minutes. The program was created by putting three graphic code blocks together: one block showed the phone's location sensor, another showed a clock (which he set for 15-minute intervals), and third linked to a simple database on a Web site, listing the selected friends.

(And then his friends immediately created an app that blocked that friends' messages -- at least, that's what I would have done.)

Great news? Well, maybe. Jennifer Allan of the UK's ElectricPig blog fears this tool could push the Android app market into a "heavily diluted, low quality state."

Dear Jennifer: Have you seen the Android app market lately? Once you've hit bottom, it's hard to sink lower (unless, of course, you work for BP). Besides, when you write for a site called ElectricPig, I think you have bigger things to worry about.

In any case, the apps you might create with GAIFA won't exactly be top shelf. Android Power blogger JR Raphael has the skinny:


Originally published on InfoWorld |  Click here to read the original story.
Join us:
Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

Tumblr

LinkedIn

Google+

Spotlight on ...
Online Training

    Upgrade your skills and earn higher pay

    Readers to share their best tips for maximizing training dollars and getting the most out self-directed learning. Here’s what they said.

     

    Learn more

Answers - Powered by ITworld

ITworld Answers helps you solve problems and share expertise. Ask a question or take a crack at answering the new questions below.

Join us:
Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

Tumblr

LinkedIn

Google+

Ask a Question
randomness