Google discontinues low-code service App Maker

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Google is going end-of-life the App Maker service, a tool that allows users to develop applications using low-code. The service won’t end immediately but will be shutdown step by step, the end date is scheduled for January 19th, 2021.

Google has informed users of App Maker about the further course of the service that is part of G Suite. The statement states that the tool will be discontinued due to its low usage. However, there is also the suspicion that the recent takeover of no code specialist AppSheet will play a role in the decision, partly because google sees AppSheet as an alternative to App Maker.

Google’s decision means that App Maker can only count on regular maintenance from now on; further development of the service has been terminated. On April 15th, 2020, users will no longer be able to create new applications with App Maker, but it will still be possible to further develop and deploy existing applications. On January 19th, 2021 the service will be terminated, as App Maker apps will stop working from that moment on. App Maker data stored in Cloud SQL will remain unaffected and will follow the policies of your Google Cloud account.

AppSheet as alternative

Google states that the tool for creating simple applications stops because of low usage. The tech giant has often pulled the plug on services for the same reason, but it would be at least remarkable to stop the low-code service without having an alternative. Certainly also because of the popularity of low-code and no-code at the moment.

So the alternative appears to be AppSheet, a supplier of no-code software. The acquisition of this player was announced in January. AppSheet extracts data from, for example, spreadsheets and databases, and field and column names are the basis for building apps.