On Monday, Google finalized the 1.0 release of Blockly for Android and iOS.
Based on an open source library, the app helps students learn to code with a block-based coding interface for creating simple programs.
Blockly provides a toolbox with lego-like blocks, a work space and a trashcan. The multi-coloured, multi-shaped blocks snap together to create programs and solve puzzles — essentially coding without typing. The program, which is similar to MIT’s Scratch, is now available on iOS and Android, though not through App Store or Google Play. Those who’d like to run Blockly natively on their mobile device will have to import the project’s root directory on Android and use CocoaPods, Carthage or install manually on iOS.
Google also made updates to the Blockly web project. The search-base company has made improvements to performance and testing, added more structured APIs and enhanced the touch support for mobile web browsers, as well as improved Explorer and Edge support.
Source: Google Developers Blog