Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has announced that it will launch a new service that enables Amazon Web Services customers to create apps without the knowledge of coding.
Amazon joins Google and Microsoft in the no-code app competition
On Wednesday, the e-commerce giant stated that it was introducing Honeycode in Oregon and will soon expand the services to other regions. The new service that is in beta puts the company in the no-code application race with the likes of Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Cloud’s AppSheets and Microsoft Corp’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Power Apps. The AWS database will back the development of the apps with a web-based builder with a drag and drop interface.
The Honeycode service is a visual app builder allowing customers to create apps ranging in complexity. They can create apps that can track tasks for a small team of 20 people to project management systems managing complex workflow for several departments or teams. For more than 20 users, customers have to pay for each user as well as the storage space the applications will take. The services will save customers the costs they will have to spend to hire developers to create costly custom apps.
AWS letting developers build apps based on spreadsheets
Larry Augustin, the VP of AWS, stated that customers have indicated that the need to have custom apps outrides the capability of developers creating them. The VP indicated that with the Amazon Honeycode, customers can now easily build powerful tailored web and mobile apps without needing a code. Honeycode offers users templates for various use cases like customer trackers, to-do list apps, schedules, surveys, and inventory management. AWS argues that over the past, businesses have been depending on shared spreadsheets to perform these tasks.
As a result, it isn’t surprising that the new service is using a spreadsheet view as the main data interface. This is ideal, considering every potential user is familiar with the concept of spreadsheets. Users can manipulate data with standard style formulas, which appears to be the closes Honeycode gets to programming.