Phandroid received a tip yesterday that invites for Google's Android App Inventor, which was announced two weeks ago, are finally starting to be sent to individuals who signed up. In other Android news, AndroidGuys believes that Google is starting to clean out the Android Market of spam apps, and they even managed to get an interview with one of those affected by Google's moves.
Here is the alleged message from Google regarding the App Inventor invitation that Phandroid posted:
Welcome to App Inventor for Android!
The Google account that you are receiving this email on has been given access to App Inventor.
We recommend you start your app building adventures by working through the Getting Started material. You might also want to read more about App Inventor and take a look at some sample apps. Finally, you can ask questions and get help by signing up for the App Inventor Google Group.
Google’s App Inventor Team
Below is, once again an example video showing App Inventor at work:
Phandroid also mentions that they have seen several reports on Twitter of other users receiving the invites and getting started using the software.
In other Android app news, AndroidGuys is reporting that AppBrain claims Google has removed 6,000 spam apps from the Android market. Even more interesting is that they managed to get an interview with one of the developers whose apps (around 1,500) were removed from the Android Market. Below are the quotes used by AndroidGuys condensed into one paragraph:
"I can't believe it. Our other good apps were also removed. We didn't want to have to do that. But the Android Market doesn't have many people who like to pay for apps. So how is a developer to live? Just off of ad revenue? We have many developer accounts, such as avgirl.inc, rosa, honggang.li, and gogopwz. Each of them also has many apps. We will still flood the Android Market until it provides a better profit environment. We will fire in the end! We welcome other developers to join with us."
This, in my opinion, is what is wrong with the Android Market. If this developing team was able to get over 1,500 apps on the market, and mostly all of them were spam, it makes me question if the Andorid Market needs more oversight on approved apps. Yes, they deleted those apps eventually, but the fact that they even were approved is ridiculous enough in my opinion.
AndroidGuys mentioned the dangerous path Google is taking by cleaning up the Android Market from spam apps, but showed their support if it means a better quality experience:
While there's an argument to be made that Google unilaterally removing these apps is a step down a slippery slope to Apple-like control, I am perfectly fine with them doing some thorough cleaning of this sort. If it means that the overall number of apps stops rising or even falls, so be it. I'll take quality over quantity, signal over noise.
Other Sources: AndroidGuys
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