python-for-android 2019.08.09 released: running under Python 2 no longer supported

python-for-android is a packaging tool for Python apps on Android. You can create your own Python distribution including the modules and dependencies you want, and bundle it in an APK along with your own code.

python-for-android 2019.08.09 has just been released! I haven’t been making a blog post for every new version now that we’ve switched to a monthly releases, but this one includes an especially major change: python-for-android no longer runs under Python 2. If this affects you, simply run python-for-android (or buildozer) under Python 3.6 or newer, they should run exactly the same as ever.

Note that you can still target Python 2 on Android, simply add python2 to your requirements as you would normally. However, this won’t last forever, support for Python 2 will probably be totally removed early in 2020.

Other changes in this release include further testing improvements, significantly improved documentation on developing with python-for-android, and some preparations for further big changes in the future. See the release note for full details.