July 13, 2010, 2:48 PM — You say your secret ambition in life is to build the world's greatest mobile flatulence app? Here's your chance.
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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: