Google App Maker, which lets people build simple web-based applications using a graphical user interface, will be axed early next year.
The so-called low-code platform will slowly wind down before grinding to a halt on January 19, 2021, Google announced on Monday. Apps created on App Maker will continue to function for the next 10 months, though no new apps can be made after April 15 this year. Users can continue editing and deploying all existing apps created before April 2020 up until the whole platform is discontinued early next year.
Google recommends turning to AppSheet, a business Google acquired earlier this year. AppSheet provides a similar service to Google App Maker, helping non-techies build apps with minimal code, and is integrated with Google Cloud, Google Sheets, Salesforce, and Office 365.
Other options include using Google's App Engine with App Maker data that's stored in the web giant's Cloud SQL databases – tho, App Engine is more complex than App Maker – or using Google Forms if your custom tool is basic. Or something outside the realm of the fickle advertising goliath, of course. ®