Google’s App Inventor is being implemented at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). It’s not ready for public use yet but geeks are invited to try the sourcecode and give feedback. It is expected to be ready for public use some time in April, 2012. The idea of App Inventor is to give ordinary non-programmers a “building-block” approach to creating an application for Android/Linux. Google and MIT have been cooperating to make the project an ordinary FLOSS project with a server at MIT for public use.
With all the apps out there now and with a million or so new users of Android/Linux per day, it is not clear that App Inventor will be significant except that it’s a sign that Android/Linux is mainstream and open to contribution from every walk of life. Every niche not now populated with apps will soon have the opportunity.
and The Verge