MIT App Inventor Beta is now live and open to the public! For those of you who have been missing App Inventor or are eager to learn how to create your own Android apps without writing programming code, this is a truly great day!
A few notes about App Inventor Beta:
- You will need a Google account to access it
- You still need to download the App Inventor installation files for the Blocks Editor to work (if you installed them before, they should still work)
- You can now add multiple screens – You can add the blocks right now, but the emulator will not show you the switch from screen to screen yet. That is a release we’re expecting soon
- You can now upload and save your App Inventor project files
- You can now download your .APK files
If you would like to learn how to build apps using App Inventor, check out our online App Inventor courses.
Rejoice and have fun with App Inventor Beta everyone!
I’ve been finishing up an online App Inventor course that will go live when MIT goes public with App Inventor. I have been playing around with the new App Inventor under development at MIT, and have a shocking discovery: It looks like the new App Inventor may have the capability to add multiple screens! This was a major drawback of Google’s App Inventor product, and took some fancy block editor work to make it appear as though your app had multiple screens.
Below is a screenshot of the new MIT App Inventor currently under construction. If you look closely, there are additional options in the components editor, and two of them are Add Screen and Remove Screen. I was able to add multiple screens in App Inventor without a problem, and sure enough, they showed up in the Components section as Screen1, Screen2 and Screen3.
Rejoice! It looks like this move of App Inventor to MIT might end up being a good thing for us all in the end. Please note that I really have no idea whether or not this functionality is going to be a part of MIT’s first public release, but at least we know they’re thinking about it. By the way, if you would like to try the new MIT App Inventor, read my App Inventor Development Server Tutorial on how to do that.