The Android Scripting Environment (ASE) brings scripting languages to Android by allowing you to edit and execute scripts and interactive interpreters directly on the Android device. These scripts have access to many of the APIs available to full-fledged Android applications, but with a greatly simplified interface that makes it easy to:
- Handle intents
- Start activities
- Make phone calls
- Send text messages
- Scan bar codes
- Poll location and sensor data
- Use text-to-speech
- And more
Scripts can be run interactively in a terminal, started as a long running service, or started via Locale. Python, Perl, JRuby, Lua, BeanShell, and shell are currently supported, and we're planning to add more.
ASE is designed for developers and is alpha quality software. Please report bugs and feature requests on the issues list. You can download the current APK by scanning or clicking the following barcode:
You may ask, why write scripts instead of real Android applications? Admittedly, Android's development environment makes life pretty easy, but you're tied to a computer to do your work. ASE lets you develop on the device itself using high-level scripting languages to try out your idea now, in the situation where you need it, quickly. Have a look at the example Lua and Python scripts to see for yourself.