[Mobile-sig] python on android

Bill Janssen janssen at parc.com
Wed Jan 28 19:01:57 CET 2015

Jacob Kruger <jacob at blindza.co.za> wrote:

> ---original message---
> >  What I'd like to see is a python distribution for android (I'm aware
> >  of the fact that this is mobile-sig and not android-sig, but for me
> >  personally android matters a lot more than other mobile platforms)
> I agree, and android is my smartphone platform of choice, and while
> have played around with SL4A - TTS output calls it slang for android -
> in past, among a few others, would like something relatively
> stable/reliable, and best would be to be able to generate .apk files,
> which would include something like python interpreter wrappers around
> the code, or something.

To me, this is a solved problem.  I'm running several apps completely
written in Python on my Android phone.  I used Kivy (http://kivy.org/,
but https://github.com/kivy is more useful if you're a coder), for the
UI, the API to Android services, and for the packaging into an APK.

The UI is the Kivy set of widgets: http://kivy.org/docs/api-kivy.html

The generic OS API is "plyer": http://plyer.readthedocs.org/en/latest/

The packager is buildozer: http://buildozer.readthedocs.org/en/latest/

I'm amazed at how well it all works.


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