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Google Leaves App Inventor in Limbo

theodp (442580) writes | more than 2 years ago

Education 2

theodp (442580) writes "Google took some heat for pulling the plug on App Inventor for Android, but all was good with the announcement that App Inventor would live on at MIT. But try to run the App Inventor Java test today and you'll be told that 'as of December 31, 2011, Google ended support of App Inventor', even though the Google-funded Center for Mobile Learning at the MIT Media Lab won't be able to provide a large scale App Inventor service for general public access until 'sometime in the first quarter of 2012.' Until then, schools offering App Inventor classes and others who desire continued access to the easy-to-use mobile development environment are advised to try to run their own App Inventor Services on Google App Engine using MIT's test JAR files, a seemingly daunting task, especially considering App Inventor's target audience. Any thoughts on why Google would unplug the old system before the new one was ready?"

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Why pull the plug? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38557836)

Corporate officers felt they needed more stock options?

Google self-defeat? (1)

Futurepower(R) (558542) | more than 2 years ago | (#38560340)

It seems that Google has made a lot of poor decisions lately. I'm guessing that Larry Page and Sergey Brin are getting tired of running their company.

As you probably know, "Code Search will be shut down on January 15, 2012." [google.com]

That is, in my opinion, an extremely self-destructive decision. It's worth a billion dollars a year for Google to have a good reputation with programmers.

I'd like to have a chance to write a management re-organization proposal for Google. I already have plenty of work, but I don't want to see Google become a stagnant company.
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