Google has employed the open policy with respect to the Android software with relatively good levels of success. There will always be those who see forms of control as positive and in some cases, essential. Being a part of the open market, however, allows for creativity in the usage of the Android applications. Indeed as far as developers are concerned, this is only seen as a boon. After facing flak from developers and amateurs alike owing to the fact that programming knowledge was essential to create applications in the Android interface, Google has finally released a Do It Yourself Apps kit that is, quintessentially, a software development kit that allows non programmers an entry into the world of programming. Google’s new Android applications development tool is the web-based App Inventor beta. Even amateurs with little or no programming expertise can now visualize, create, develop and in some cases, market, Smartphone applications.
Quarter 1 for the year 2010 shows Android’s market share at a growing 9% whereas other mobile operating systems show larger chunks of the market held in their sway. Apple owns about 28% of the market share. Looking at the larger picture, however, drives home the point that while Apple has been around for some time, Google’s mobile applications platform is relatively new and seems to be garnering a larger fan base due to their open market policy. Google’s DIY Apps may be just the thing that provides a boost to this nascent slightly lagging Android market.
App Inventor beta
Having done away with the long lines of code and technical knowhow required to form applications, Google seems to have taken a step further in line with its open policies. Though, it must be said, the Android application development system has never been too complicated for programmers who could create applications with little less than 130 lines of code. This new DIY software development kit now makes the creation and development of personalized Smartphone Apps child’s play. Instead of cumbersome codes for newbie’s, Google has introduced the drag and drop form of creating an Android user interface.
“The goal is to enable people to become creators, not just consumers, in this mobile world,” said Harold Abelson who led the project at Google. Reports suggest that this particular application creating kit has been in development for over a year and the sample chosen to test its effectiveness was comprised of people with little or no programming knowledge and even school children.
To conclude, there will always be a set of people who find the lack of rigid control in the Android market upsetting. The fear is the flooding of the Applications market with amateur and mostly redundant applications. It needs to be understood that what Google offers us, through Android, is a choice and a chance to create what meets our own personal needs. For who is know what will make our lives easier better than us? For the applications that you have no use for and find floating freely in the market, the best course of action would be to refrain from downloading them. A larger portion of users will appreciate the freedom of creativity that Android now offers and as such, the lagging Android market is sure to see a swift upturn aided and abetted by Google’s new DIY Apps.