There's a good amount of controversy about this new tool from Google. It reminds me of the JavaFX Authoring tool that's supposed to be coming out soon.
With the Google App Inventor offers an experimental tool, which can develop Android applications without a line of code to be written. The applications are simply together '.
A kind of kit for the visual development of Android applications, Google with App Inventor available. Simple games and learning applications, business applications and tools will allow small to click together so that, without a single line of code must be written. So will reduce the barriers to entry for Google Android developers.
The App Inventor granted access to the GPS sensor so that location-based services can also be realized. In addition, an access to phone functions is possible, for example, send to SMS or to authenticate incoming SMS automatically.
In contrast to other reports required by the user for the Google App Inventor no Android phone - the program comes with an emulator, so you can develop apps without a smartphone. A computer with Microsoft Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7, a popular Linux Distrubution or Apple Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6, however, is a prerequisite. In addition, the user must have on his PC, a Java runtime environment (Java Runtime Environment version 6) installed, which is available on Mac OS X already. The download of the main program is quite small with less than 100 megabytes, a wizard guides you through the installation of components on the operating system of the user.