Android App Inventor Going Dark December 31st

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To make developing apps for Android easier Google came out with a project called App Inventor back in July 2010. Originally invite-only, it wasn’t long before Google made the project available to the public, with an emphasis on education.

App Inventor was essentially a WYSIWYG application development environment with various components (logic blocks) that you could drag and drop onto your work-space, then wire them up with very minimal coding — for basic apps. It was short-lived, and was discontinued some months ago.

The next step in the decommissioning process of App Inventor is taking it offline. Before they do that, Google is giving developers one last opportunity to download their projects — but you’ve got to act quickly! Google is turning it off December 31st, 2011, but they’re recommending you download your apps well before then.

If you’ve got apps that you don’t want to lose, login to your App Inventor account and click the Download All Projects button on the Your Apps page.

If you’re interested in the concept of drag-and-drop software development, you’re not alone. Sometime in 2012 MIT will be picking up where Google left off.

Dear App Inventor User,

As we announced on the App Inventor Announcement Forum, Google will end support for App Inventor on December 31, 2011, after which data in appinventorbeta.com will not be accessible and will be deleted from Google servers. You can preserve your App Inventor projects by simply clicking on the Download All Projects button on your My Projects page. This will download to your computer a zipped archive of all your projects. We recommend you retrieve your projects well before December 31st.

By the end of 2011 Google will also be making the complete App Inventor source code publicly available under an open source license, so that anyone can study the code and modify it as they desire.

In order to ensure the future success of App Inventor, Google has funded the establishment of a Center for Mobile Learning at the MIT Media Lab. Sometime in the first quarter of 2012, the Center plans to provide an App Inventor service for general public access, similar to the one Google is currently running.

In order for you to continue working with your projects in an open source instance (MIT or otherwise) of App Inventor you will need to download your data from appinventorbeta.com before December 31st and later upload them to an open source instance as it becomes available.

Please visit the App Inventor user forums to get future updates on App Inventor. You can also visit http://mobilelearning.mit.edu/ for updates on what is being done with App Inventor at MIT.

The App Inventor Team

Source: The App Inventor Team

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