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• Android is a Linux-based operating system designed primarily for
touchscreen mobile devices.
• Initially developed by Android, Inc., which Google backed financially and
later bought in 2005, Android was unveiled in 2007.
• The first Android-powered phone was sold in October 2008.
• Interact with the OS by swiping, tapping, pinching, reverse
pinching, shaking, rotating the device etc.
• Since April 2009, Android versions have been developed under a
codename and released in alphabetical order:
Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream
Sandwich, and Jelly Bean.
• As of 2013, over 500 million active devices use the Android OS
What is Android?
Block Editor – adjust the app’s layout using drag-and-drop
functionality in order to define the behavior of your app.
Getting Started with App Inventor
Install current version of Java in order to run the Block Editor
Find and install drivers if your phone’s USB drivers aren’t pre-packaged
Locate your phone’s model number behind the battery. (e.g., SGH-T959ZKATMB) and search the
manufacturer’s web site for an appropriate USB driver.
Extract USB driver to C:ProgramAndroidappinventor- extrasusb_driver_samsunga
You may need to install the drivers via Device Manager [USB, Android Debug Bridge (ADB Interface), and
CDC Abstract Control Model (ACM)]
Tap Menu >>> Settings >>> Applications.
o Unknown Sources box should be checked.
o On Development screen, place checks next to USB Debugging and Stay Awake.
o On Sound & Display screen make sure Orientation is not checked.
o USB connected and USB debugging connected icons should display on your phone.
• Android App Inventor Tutorials: http://www.appinventor.org/
• Google Labs: http://appinventor.googlelabs.com/learn/
• Blocks Reference: http://appinventor.googlelabs.com/learn/reference/blocks/
• FAQ’s: http://appinventor.googlelabs.com/learn/userfaq.html