Google App Inventor was an application designed by Google that allowed users to create software applications for the Android operating system. It used a graphical interface similar to Scratch and StarLogo TNG, allowing people to drag-and-drop visual objects to create an application targeted to run on Android systems. But Google App Inventor was terminated on December 31st, 2011. But MIT Center for Mobile Learning is planning to bring it back again.
MIT already released the source code of the App Inventor, which will continue to be developed as an open source. The source code is available to the public, but MIT is not accepting any contributors right now. The reason is that they “hope to nurture a robust and active open-source project […] but for now we don’t want to distract the MIT developers from their efforts to complete and deploy the large-scale public server. In the meantime, we’ll update the code periodically to match what’s running at the latest MIT experimental system.”
Many details are not present as well, but as soon as the App Inventor really goes public, the void will be filled, we’re sure. The MIT could inspire other educational systems to take up the challenge of train students in building similar applications, in order to help those with an interest for Android to help develop applications for it.