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What Makes App Inventor Unique?
Originally created by Google, App Inventor is now maintained by MIT. Unlike most of the IDEs on this list, the App Inventor aims at helping students and other new developers create their first Android apps. It works right in the browser, so users don’t have to download anything (although the source code is also available). It boasts more than 6.8 million users from more than 195 countries, and they have used the tool to create more than 24 million apps.
Developer/Owner: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
What Are Some Key Features of MIT App Inventor?
- Browser-based development
- Drag-and-drop interface
- Tutorials for new users
- Tools for packaging and sharing apps
- Optional emulator
- Resources for educators
Programming languages supported: Kawa, which compiles to Java (graphical interface, no coding required)
Target operating systems: Android
Runs on:Windows, Linux, macOS
- Windows XP or higher, macOS 10.5 or higher, Ubuntu 8 or higher, or Debian 5 or higher
- Mozilla Firefox 3.6 or higher, Apple Safari 5.0 or higher, or Google Chrome 4.0 or higher
- If you are not using the on-screen emulator, you will need a mobile device running Android 2.3 or higher
- A Google account (such as Gmail)
Target audience: Students and amateur developers
First production release: 2010
Most recent update/stable release: Version nb162 (August 2017)
License: MIT License
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