Google’s reputation with developers is likely to suffer a bit today. The search giant decided to unveil something called “App Inventor” this morning, and with it, just about everybody is supposed to be able to create an Android application.
The official “About” page explained, “To use App Inventor, you do not need to be a developer. App Inventor requires NO programming knowledge. This is because instead of writing code, you visually design the way the app looks and use blocks to specify the app’s behavior.”
These apps aren’t supposed to be too basic, either. Game functions, educational features, the option to interface with Twitter, and text-to-speech capabilities – along with lots of other stuff – are on the figurative menu.
That may mean that professional developers will start to receive a lot more competition. And even if whatever comes out of the App Inventor isn’t polished, its introduction could still effect the market in the sense that users will feel overwhelmed with junk and buy fewer apps.
Maybe this development will drum up interest in apps, though, and play in developers’ favor.