Google Shutting Down App Maker

Google has announced the upcoming shutdown of Google App Maker. Google App Maker is a low-code, G Suite development tool that allows businesses to fill gaps in their business workflows and operations. Google has cited "low usage" as the primary reason for shutting down the tool.

Google will shut down App Maker over 2020, with full and official shutdown occurring on January 19, 2021. Google provided timeline details in a blog post announcement:

  • [January 27, 2020], existing apps continue to work. Though App Maker is no longer under active development, the service will continue to be maintained.
  • Starting April 15, 2020, you will no longer be able to create new App Maker apps. You will still be able to edit and deploy existing apps.
  • Starting January 19, 2021, existing App Maker apps will stop working and you will no longer have access to them. App maker data stored in Cloud SQL will remain unchanged and continue to follow the policies established by your Google Cloud Platform (GCP) account.

There is no direct replacement for App Maker. Further, because of unique Source Code, no app is readily available to migrate apps to. Google specifically recommends checking out AppSheet, App Engine, and Google Forms to see if any of the three offers an alternative to existing apps created in App Maker.

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