Google App Inventor: Android app development for non-developers

Google has just launched Google App Inventor:

From the App Inventor’s website:

You can build just about any app you can imagine with App Inventor. Often people begin by building games like WhackAMole or games that let you draw funny pictures on your friend’s faces. You can even make use of the phone’s sensors to move a ball through a maze based on tilting the phone.

But app building is not limited to simple games. You can also build apps that inform and educate. You can create a quiz app to help you and your classmates study for a test. With Android’s text-to-speech capabilities, you can even have the phone ask the questions aloud.

To use App Inventor, you do not need to be a developer. App Inventor requires NO programming knowledge. This is because instead of writing code, you visually design the way the app looks and use blocks to specify the app’s behavior.

Apart from the coolness of the tool, the question that arises into my mind is: is there the need for these development tools for non-developers?

As I can’t imagine a developer using these tools, I can’t equally think of a non-developer even imagine that such a tool can exist: what do you think about it?

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