April 12, 2024

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How Google’s App Sheet Will Boost Small Businesses and Challenge App Developers

Google AppSheet is a no-code platform that allows anyone to build and automate applications without writing a line of code. It is integrated with Google Workspace and other data sources, such as Google Sheets, Salesforce, and SQL databases. It also leverages Google’s artificial intelligence and machine learning to provide smart suggestions, natural language processing, computer vision, and predictive models.

A boon for small biz

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This platform has the potential to transform the way small businesses operate and innovate. By using AppSheet, small business owners and employees can create custom solutions that suit their specific needs, without hiring developers or spending a lot of time and money. They can also automate manual tasks, such as sending notifications, approving orders, and collecting data, to save time and improve efficiency.

For example, a small restaurant owner can use AppSheet to create an app that allows customers to order food online, view the menu, and track their delivery status. The app can also collect feedback, generate reports, and send promotions. The owner can build the app using a spreadsheet that contains the menu items, prices, and inventory. AppSheet will automatically generate a prototype app that can be customized with features, design, and security. The app can also use Google’s AI to process images of dishes, recognize customer preferences, and suggest menu items.

A threat to coders

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While AppSheet can empower small businesses to create their own apps, it also poses a threat to professional app developers. App developers will face lower demand for their services, as more people opt for no-code solutions. They will also have to compete with AppSheet’s low pricing and fast delivery. AppSheet offers a free plan for up to 10 users and 5 apps per account, and paid plans start from just $5 per user per month.

App developers will need to adapt to the changing market and find ways to differentiate themselves from no-code platforms. They will need to focus on more complex and customized projects that require coding skills and expertise. They will also need to learn new technologies and tools that can enhance their app development process.

Google AppSheet is a game-changer for small businesses and app developers alike. It can help small businesses create powerful apps that improve their productivity and customer satisfaction. It will also challenge app developers to upskill themselves and offer more value-added services. As no-code platforms become more popular and accessible, the app development landscape will undergo significant changes in the near future.

By Jim Daws

By Jim Daws

Jim Daws is Managing Editor for Innovation & Tech Today.

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