App Inventor for Android lets people create apps for Android phones by manipulating programming blocks in a web browser. Since July 2010, Google has run App Inventor as a large-scale public web service as a part of its Google Labs suite. With the wind down of Google Labs, as of December 31, 2011, Google ended support of App Inventor.
In order to ensure the future success of App Inventor, Google Research has funded the establishment of the Center for Mobile Learning at the MIT Media Lab. Sometime in the first quarter of 2012, the Center plans to provide a large scale App Inventor service for general public access, similar to the one Google ran. Improvements will be made to the Google version of App Inventor before MIT make it available for public access.
“Building Android Apps in easy steps” will be published to coincide with the public release of the MIT version of App Inventor to demonstrate each aspect of building applications for the Android platform, including all the latest innovations.