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Google's Android OS has always been a bit of a mystery to webOS fans: Here's this giant web company committed to open standards, yet their mobile OS isn't as web-centric as what Palm has put out. One example: the Ares development environment (just discussed in a podcast), which lets developers build apps entirely in their web browser. Google has apparently heard the news and gotten caught up with the Android App Inventor, which does drag-and-drop, in-a-browser development for Android.

There appears to be a few extra steps required for Android than what Ares + webOS needs, but otherwise we're thinking that these are very similar concepts and implementations. Anybody out there happen to take both for a spin and can tell us the critical differences? Sound off in the comments!

via Android Central; thanks to everybody who sent this in!