With so many of Google’s resources clearly going into Google+, Google recently announced that it would be dumping the Google Labs project, which interestingly, did not foster the development of Google+ in any way. However, plans are being made for App Inventor to become available as an open source solution.
“Last week we explained that we’re prioritizing our product efforts. As part of that process, we’ve decided to wind down Google Labs,” said the firm’s research veep Bill Coughran. “While we’ve learned a huge amount by launching very early prototypes in Labs, we believe that greater focus is crucial if we’re to make the most of the extraordinary opportunities ahead.”
However, App Inventor is one aspect of the project that may be getting a second lease of life as an open source platform. The success of App Inventor could lead to it being released in the education market, according to a blog post by Google Labs project manager.
Many people around the world have found App Inventor to be a great tool for developing simple applications, and it could become very useful for schools and colleges in introductory programming and IT courses.
App Inventor enables users to create real working programs without having to know any code, through a simple drag-and-click environment based on MIT’s Scratch. While there are lots of limitations to this environment, that is the very reason why it is so simple and productive to use.
“As a result of these changes App Inventor will be available through the end of the year but users should expect the current App Inventor URL, to change sometime in the next 90 days. Please subscribe to the App Inventor Announcement forum for future updates.” reports the Google Labs blog.