Google takes on Apple with App Inventor for Android

Google has made a move to democratize app development, introducing new software anyone can use to build something they might want to call an App, App Inventor For Android.

This is a new Google Labs program for Windows, OS X, and Linux that lets users build their own apps really easily, as detailed in the video above. Available only as a closed beta at present.

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.

Technologizer opines,

New AppleTV to to feature $.99 TV rentals?

NewTeeVee today is bringing back the $.99 TV show rental rumor with the Cloud twist.  According to Ryan Lawler, the new $99 AppleTV that runs the iOS will feature the ability to buy and stream TV shows for $.99 each.  The TV shows will be watchable for 30 days after purchased and for 24 hours after watched for the first time.

As for competition in the Cloud streaming field, Roku (HD player is $129-ish) sells a box that streams Netflix and Amazon TV and movies.  Those TV shows are mostly the same price as those currently selling on iTunes.  If iTunes drops prices on their shows, Netflix and Amazon would likely follow.

Of course, GoogleTV is coming in the Fall but will have a different skillsets.