Google created App Inventor so people could create their own apps. Now they are preparing to shut down the service.

The service launched in private beta last summer and opened to the public in December. But it hasn’t progressed very much since last year. It’s still fairly difficult to create complex Android apps using the Inventor. While you don’t have to learn to code Java, C++, or another programming language, you do have to sort of train yourself to think like a programmer to use the service — and the functions it offers are pretty limited so you’re going to have a hard time using App Inventor to make a really polished app.

While Google is ending official support for App Inventor, the company is looking for ways to keep the service alive as an open source project.

Screenshot from Gina Trapani