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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 has more user-requested enhancements. Here are some highlights:
* Better text management in Graphics mode.
* Improved text formatting with the full power of the Java Formatter class.
* Ringer control commands.
* A splash screen during initial load, especially useful for standalone APKs.
* Several improvements in De Re BASIC!, the Programming Manual and User Guide.

For full details see the release notes at:

Comments and ratings for BASIC!
  • (74 stars)

    by Alexandru Cambose on 31/05/2014


  • (74 stars)

    by Jareth Gibson on 31/05/2014

    Good programming language

  • (74 stars)

    by Darkk Ladyy on 30/05/2014

    When I attempt to download the documentation from the site the app refers me to, I get access denied messages. What could be the reason for that? Why would the dev not disclose the documentation? What could be in there that (s)he doesn't want people to know? Therefore, 1 star rating.

  • (74 stars)

    by Ernie Van on 29/05/2014

    if you like programming this app is for you

  • (74 stars)

    by Dylan Goodier on 16/05/2014


  • (74 stars)

    by James Coleman on 08/05/2014

    Very usable basic programming environment.

  • (74 stars)

    by llynne Whitaker on 29/04/2014

    Very entertaining, I learn a lot and have made working apps, well done!