I am at the android forum right now, and I have great news! I just learned that App Inventor is up and running again! App Inventor is an application that allows anybody, programming skills or not, to create simple android applications. The setup is a bit of a hassle, but once you have everything installed, and gone through a small tutorial the rest is piece of cake. Of course this will not be comparable to programming an app, and options are somewhat limited even for smaller apps. But I am hoping that MITs investment in this project (originally it was owned and produced by google) will get more people interested in programming, and I can absolutely recommend people to try it out.
Go to: app inventor