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Program-Your-Own Droid Apps
Android smartphone users now have the power to create their own apps, thanks to a new do-it-yourself software tool from Google. App Inventor was spearheaded by CSAIL's Harold Abelson, who took a sabbatical from MIT to work on the project with Google.
App Inventor is designed for use by non-programmers, using a simple menu and a drag-and-drop interface. “The goal is to enable people to become creators, not just consumers, in this mobile world,” Abelson explains in a New York Times article about the project. Such an initiative is possible thanks to Android's open architecture.