Google launches App Maker – TechCrunch
Google today announced the launch of App Maker, the newest entry in the low-code, drag-and-drop app building market. Like its competitors from Microsoft and numerousÂ startups, App Maker promises to make it easy for anybody to quickly develop basicÂ apps that serve a very specific purpose inside an organization.
The new service features a cloud-based drag-and-drop development environment that lets you build the user interface and populate it with data from your G Suite applications, Google Maps, Contacts and Groups and virtually any service that offers an API. These applications then run on the same infrastructure on which Googleâ€™s own G Suite apps run, and IT admins can also manage them in exactly the same way as Gmail, Drive and other G Suite applications.
The typical use case for these kind of apps are time-tracking solutions, or tracking orders and inventory â€” essentially any problem inside a company that canÂ be easily digitized and solved by a very basic custom app.
The advantage here, Google argues, is that users wonâ€™t have to worry about any of the underlying infrastructure (the buzzword here is â€œserverlessâ€) and that it allows them to develop apps that solve their very specific needs without the need to bring on a developer. Users who want to delve deeper, though, can also do so thanks to the built-in scripting editor, which â€” from the looks of it â€” feels like a pretty fully featured IDE.
App Maker is now available through Googleâ€™s Early Adopter Program for G Suite Business.
In addition to the App Maker announcement, Google also today announced that it is adding a few new enterprise applications to its â€œRecommended for G Suiteâ€ program. This program certifies that an application is well-integrated into G Suite and that it has been tested for security vulnerabilities. The new partners the company announced today areÂ Virtru, LumApps, DocuSign, Freshdesk, Zoho Invoice, Xero and Asana.
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