Do you know what app’s missing when it comes to scouting out the District or making a simple poll? Luckily, there’s an app for that–if you make it, of course.
The New York Times reports that Google is opening up the development process for applications on their Android phones. The App Inventor is an attempt to demystify the creative process that used to be shrouded in development codes like Python and Java. As the Times describes it:
“The Google application tool for Android enables people to drag and drop blocks of code — shown as graphic images and representing different smartphone capabilities— and put them together, similar to snapping together Lego blocks.”
Gizmodo has a little fear that this quantity-over-quality model could result in such groundbreaking apps as “Dave’s Flickr Feed App,” but the general examples given by the Times tend to follow the overly-simplistic that makes use of a smartphone’s functionality.
By making apps easier for the non-tech savy, it could allow a resurgence in grassroots campaigning or even providing a quiz of one candidate over another. It could even further volunteers set to canvas an unfamiliar area with pre-set locations via GPS or simply by alerting them after an hour.
But all great things start out simply, especially when you’re engaging in a feud with Apple as Mashable points out–especially if you’re doing it with cats.