You can’t control when the inspiration to build a mobile app will hit. You might be far away from your computer and have no measurable coding skills, but that won’t stop you from whipping up the next farting app. iGenApps is a DIY mobile app building service that lets you build a smartphone app — right on your smartphone — without any programming experience at all.
Above: iGenApps on iPhone
Using a simple, made-for-anyone iOS application, iGenApps walks you through the process of building an Android or iOS app. While you can create anything you want, the service is designed to produce “content driver applications for personal or business needs,” according to the company’s website. The service is aimed at schools, churches, and organizations, but anyone with or without programming experience can use iGenApps.
For $100 per year, you can build and deploy an app that will run on iOS, Android, Google Chrome, and Safari browsers. Customers use the app to design their apps, then the code is sent to iGenApps’ servers, which builds the app and then distributes it to the customer. A premium service will create a native app that you can submit to the iTunes App Store or Google Play.
The build-your-own app market has been getting crowded lately. AppMakr, BuildAnApp, Swebapps, and iBuildApp are just a few of the competitors iGenApp is up against. The company believes its lower-cost app builder will help it outshine other services.
Founded last year, iGenApps has raised $60,000 in funding. The company is based in Puerto Rico and has five employees.
iGenApps is one of 80 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Spring 2012 event taking place this week in Silicon Valley. After we make our selections, the chosen companies pay a fee to present. Our coverage of them remains objective.
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