You can build many different types of apps with App Inventor.
Often people begin by building games like MoleMash or games that let you draw funny pictures on your friend’s faces.
You can even make use of the phone’s sensors to move a ball through a maze based on tilting the phone.
But app building is not limited to simple games.
You can also build apps that inform and educate.
You can create a quiz app to help you and your classmates study for a test.
With Android’s text-to-speech capabilities, you can even have the phone ask the questions aloud.
To use App Inventor, you do not need to be a professional developer.
This is because instead of writing code, you visually design the way the app looks and use blocks to specify the app’s behavior.
App Inventor is simple to use, but also very powerful. Apps you build can even store data created by users in a database, so you can create a make-a-quiz app in which the teachers can save questions in a quiz for their students to answer.
Because App Inventor provides access to a GPS-location sensor, you can build apps that know where you are. You can build an app to help you remember where you parked your car, an app that shows the location of your friends or colleagues at a concert or conference, or your own custom tour app of your school, workplace, or a museum.
You can write apps that use the phone features of an Android phone. You can write an app that periodically texts “missing you” to your loved ones, or an app “No Text While Driving” that responds to all texts automatically with “, I’m driving and will contact you later”. You can even have the app read the incoming texts aloud to you (though this might lure you into responding).
App Inventor provides a way for you to communicate with the web. If you know how to write web apps, you can use App Inventor to write Android apps that talk to your favorite web sites, such as Amazon and Twitter.
- OS Microsoft Windows XP SP3 / Vista / 7 (32bit/64bit)
- Sun Java Virtual Machine v6.0+
- Android SDK (include in AppInvertor)
- HDD 150 Mb free
- Core: Android v2.1
- Kernel: 2.6.29-00255-g7ca5167
- Build: sdk-eng 2.1 ERD79 22607 test-keys
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