Phonebot is an Android application that allows you to create applications directly from your Android phone. There are several sample applications bundled with Phonebot which can be used to learn the basics of Phonebot development. The Phonebot developer's reference provides detailed information on how to create applications.
Phonebot can be used for many situations:
- Write custom apps quickly and easily with only basic programming knowledge. What would otherwise require knowledge of Java, the Android API, and configuration of a development environment (such as Eclipse) can be done in less than an hour. Phonebot opens up the capabilities of app development to anyone.
- Write niche apps that you won't find in the app store. These are "toy" apps that may be useful only to you and might otherwise never get written.
- Write apps because you enjoy coding. Hobbyists and students may want to noodle around away from a computer. Developers may want to sketch out an idea. Do this on the subway or while waiting in line or while eating a burger during lunch. Everything is contained on your phone.
- Have the same power over your phone that you have over your computer. The Android OS makes your phone a general purpose computing device just like a laptop or desktop, and so you should have the tools to take advantage of that. Phonebot is intended to provide that capability.
Some applications that can be created:
- A health app that reads GPS and calculates your walking speed,
- A neighborhood app that reads the tweets nearest you,
- A vocabulary database that uses Wiktionary's open API,
- An attendance and minutes app for meetups
An advanced version is being developed that will provide new features and development tools, including:
- Step debugging - Stop on specific lines in code and execute one line at a time.
- A database manager - Create and manage application database from the GUI instead of just from code.
- User-defined methods - Share common code in a single location.
- A script browser - Access all application scripts from a single location.
- Advanced GUI formatting - Change layout, color, and fonts.
Eventually, there will be added control over the use and distribution of your apps:
- Package one or more apps for distribution in run-only mode.
- Create plugin components to extend the functionality of Phonebot script.
- Serve applications from your phone to a small group over the web or to other Phonebot users.
If Phonebot doesn't fit your needs, you may want to try one of these similar (but completely unafilliated) apps: