You guys probably know this by now, but I was a fan of App Inventor. Watching my wife use it to create her own application just sucked me in, and I loved the whole idea of a way for anyone to make an Android app. When we heard that Google was shutting it down, I was sad, but the news that MIT was going to pick up the pieces and run with it lifted my spirits again. Recent news makes me even happier -- MIT and Google have released the full source-code for the service, and folks at MIT's Center for Mobile Learning have said that the public release of the re-vamped service is on track for an April release:
So far (knock on wood) our development effort is on track for releasing the MIT Public App Inventor Service in the first quarter of this year. While unexpected issues can always arise, we're guardedly optimistic that people who plan to run App Inventor courses or workshops can anticipate being able to use the MIT service by mid-April.
With the release of the source and the JAR files you have the choice of running your own local copy, or jumping in and using MIT's version once it goes live. See the links below for more information, and remember us if you give it a try and come up with your own app -- we'd love to check it out!