Late last week, Google announced the launch of App Maker, the company’s attempt to enter the low-code, drag-and-drop app building creator (Microsoft previously released a similar creator called PowerApps, and other start-ups that offer similar services). In the same fashion as prior basic app developing initiatives, Google’s App Maker promises to make it easy for anybody to pick up and swiftly develop simple apps that can serve a very specific purpose inside any group, organization or company.
The App Maker service, features a cloud-based drag-and-drop development environment, allowing users to build the user interface and then populate it with G Suite application data — such as Google Maps, Contacts, Groups and almost any service that offers an API. Those apps will run on the same infrastructure as the Google uses for its own G Suite apps, and IT administrators can manage them in the same way as Gmail, Drive and other G Suite applications. For example, developers can use those resources to create simple and basic apps that work as time-tracking solutions, tracking inventory and orders, and other variations of services that any company need that can be easily digitized.
What’s even more amazing is that if you want to dive deeper into further developing the code in your app for more complex means, App Maker includes a built-in scripting editor, which looks and feels like a fairly full-featured IDE. In addition to the App Maker announcement, Google also announced the addition of new enterprise applications to its “Recommended for G Suite” program. This program acts as a certification initiative that indicates that an application is well-integrated into G Suite and has been tested for security vulnerabilities. The new partners that Google announced include Virtru, LumApps, DocuSign, Freshdesk, Zoho Invoice, Xero and Asana.
Google’s App Maker is now available through Google’s Early Adopter Program for G Suite Business. Give it a whirl, if you like!