Google’s Android smartphone technology is already taking off as the fastest-growing, if not largest, smartphone platform on the market. In an effort to provide additional momentum, the company is now providing a tool to allow even those with no programming experience the ability to create their own apps.

The Google App Inventor for Android is a free tool that anyone with a Google Gmail account can access and use. Granted the resulting applications won’t be as sexy as those developed by the pros, but Google’s hoping that crowdsourcing app development will lead to new utilities never thought of before.

For instance, one of the beta testers of the project, a nurse, created an app that uses the device’s accelerometer to recognize when someone has fallen down and not recovered, sending an automatic alert to a designated emergency contact. Other beta testers included >sixth-graders and high school girls.

Billboard will be honoring the best music apps created in the last year at its Music App Awards, part of the Mobile Entertainment Live conference being held in San Francisco Oct. 5. The deadline to submit an app for the awards is the end of July. Details available here.