A week ago, Google had cancelled its support for the App Inventor, which had stemmed from Google’s termination of Google Labs. The news wasn’t met with much enthusiasm as the App Inventor, for Android, was a popular application that was favored by every aspiring developer.
So it should be quite relieving for the users to know that the App Inventor will continue to exist as a part of MIT Media Lab. This bit of news was announced by Google recently and the search giant said that the application would be part of a new MIT Center for Mobile Learning and will be run by the App Inventor creator Hal Abelson, along with fellow MIT professors Eric Klopfer and Mitchel Resnick, who also contributed significantly to the creation of the project.
The App Inventor was introduced in 2010, and it was a tool with which users with no knowledge in any type of programing could create simple applications and games. Users who are interested in developing applications for devices like mobiles, could use the app to make their own creations.
With the App now under MIT’s labs, it would do good to students develop their skills. If Google could concentrate a bit more on the AI, it would help students turn a serious face towards programming applications and stuff.
It’s a bit surprising why Google didn’t do this merging with the University before, but then better late than never, isn’t it?