App Inventor and the Move to MIT: The Latest Information

Google has officially shut down their version of App Inventor, but MIT is currently working to provide a “large-scale public web service” to the public similar to Google’s App Inventor sometime in the first quarter of 2012.

You can read more about MIT’s progress with App Inventor at MIT’s Developer Blog. You should also check out MIT’s Center for Mobile Learning which is the new home for App Inventor. If you would still like to have access to App Inventor while MIT is working on their roll out, you’ll find information on running your own App Inventor service here.

Here is what MIT had to say about the latest progress with App Inventor:

App Inventor for Android lets people create apps for Android phones by manipulating programming blocks in a web browser.   Since July 2010, Google has run App Inventor  as a large-scale public web service as a part of its Google Labs suite.  With the wind down of Google Labs, as of December 31,  2011, Google ended support of App Inventor.

In order to ensure the future success of App Inventor, Google Research has funded the establishment of the Center for Mobile Learning at the MIT Media Lab.  Sometime in the first quarter of 2012, the Center plans to provide a large scale App Inventor service for general public access, similar to the one Google ran.  MIT’s will be posting progress on getting their public service up and running at MIT Developer’s Blog.

Please visit the MIT Center for Mobile Learning for more information on the future of App Inventor and other innovative mobile learning efforts.

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