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RFO BASIC! is a dialect of Dartmouth Basic that allows you to write and run programs directly on your Android device.

There is a 150+ page manual available in pdf and docx format.

In addition to the traditional Basic features, your have access to:

Graphics (with Multi-touch),
Build User Interfaces with HTML and JavaScript,
Device Sensors,
Music Play,
Text to Speech,
Voice Recognition,
Sound Pools,
Audio Recording,
Tone Generation,
Data Structures such as:Array/List/Stack/Bundle
Internet Browsing,
Text and Byte file I/O,
User defined functions,
FTP Client,
TCP/IP Client and Server Sockets,
Send and Receive SMS Messages,
Send Emails,
Make a phone call,
Superuser access

BASIC! programs may be packaged into applications. There are two processes provided for this. One process generates a home screen shortcut but requires BASIC! installed to run. The other process generates a stand alone application that does not need BASIC! installed. The resulting application can be offered on the Android Market.

All of the features of BASIC! are documented in the manual, De Re BASIC!, which is currently over 150 pages in size.

The install package includes over three dozen BASIC! source code files that explain and demonstrate the implementation details of this dialect.

BASIC! is being continuously improved. Many of the improvements have come from user requests. Also, since BASIC! is open source, others have begun on the code. Join the BASIC! forum and become part of the development team.

Permissions: This application asks for many permissions. None of permissions are exercised by BASIC! on its own. They are only exercised if you, the BASIC! programer, writes a program that exercises them. For example, BASIC! will never intercept a SMS message unless you use the SMS commands in a program that you write.

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Recently changed in this version

This version adds several new features requested by users.
- Set custom colors in Preferences
- Use the DEVICE and PHONE.INFO commands to get GSM and CDMA information
- Extended the ASCII(), UCODE(), and CHR$() functions
- Enhanced the CALL, and GR.MODIFY commands
- Minor bugfixes

For full details see the release notes at:

Comments and ratings for BASIC!
  • (74 stars)

    by Mike Verdone on 27/07/2014

    How do i donate to such brilliance

  • (74 stars)

    by Ronald Ouellette on 25/07/2014

    Had for a long time but this program has tons of intrusive permissions I see as not necessary. Uninstalled.

  • (74 stars)

    by Kim Acenas on 19/07/2014

    This is for me. Thank you so much. I just hope in the future an apk builder will be integrated.

  • (74 stars)

    by Aaron Rennie on 09/07/2014

    This is a really nice way of making Android apps. The programming language is easy to use and is very extensive.

  • (74 stars)

    by C Brown on 09/07/2014

    Wasnt surprised to learn developer helped with Apple operating system.

  • (74 stars)

    by Kevin Francis on 05/07/2014

    Love basic and this is one of the easiest versions I have ever used. Huge thanks to the development team. The only way this app could be improved would be to have the compiler built in.

  • (74 stars)

    by Tien Nguyen on 03/07/2014

    When I was 9, my father bought me a Commodore 64 and I learned BASIC for the very first time. I felt I was a pretty good little programmer. However I never got anywhere with it. Now I am able to produce one of my earliest programs for the Samsung Galaxy devices already. Although little has been done, it is a lot of fun to me. Thank you Jesus Christ.