Review from Antony Hutchison
Crash on start Does not run, probably for the reasons mentioned in the other reviews. Use Termux instead, then just 'apt install emacs' :-)
Just run it under Android Terminal or BetterTerminal Emulator The sole problem with this is the flaky terminal emulator it's bundled with. The emacs.bin binary from inside the installed app runs fine under better emulators if you put it in the relevant PATH and give it the right permissions; you can put an .emacs in wherever ~ is for that terminal emulator. The emacs.bin will look for its files in /sdcard/emacs. After you've let this app download all the emacs components you can then just uninstall it, and the emacs.bin binary will work just fine. Obviously you need root and a decent file explorer but if you're the sort of person who wants to run emacs on Android that's probably a given ...
Thank-You! Can't wait for a few fixes though! I've been checking back regularly in the play store for emacs. I figured there had to be a true-believer out there somewhere who was working on this! I have a Targus bluetooth keyboard on a galaxy tab 2 10.1, and I can't for the life of me figure out how to get the CTRL key to work. It works in my other apps, but not in emacs. What's the trick? I can use ESC-X to get meta-x behavior, but without ctrl-x I'm sort fo stuck...
Great work! The app works great on my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the apple bluetooth keyboard also works flawlessly with the "External keyboard helper pro". One problem is that I cannot write or display "Korean". I tried to change the fontsets but it didn't work. I wish that the developer can upgrade the app so that we can use international languages. Without this, the app works great and I love it!
Updated August 23, 2012 No, does not work. I would be interested to see how you can use a keyboad based editor on Android. But it looks like it was just a port from the original. The GitHub was updated last 3 years ago so cya.
Poor Implementation I don't like the app's disposition to control screen orientation. What the app 'thinks' is not important to me. The installer failed with 6 errors and no method to remedy. Restarting the app does not solve the problem. There is no option in settings to download either [should be the standard not the exception].
Fixing keys and fonts on Asus Transformer TF700T Amazing! Thanks a lot - with emacs (erc, org-mode, etc) my android is complete! Workaround to use hardware keyboard and larger font size on Asus Transformer (Tried on TF700T Android 4.1.1): 1. Install Android Terminal Emulator from play 2. Install Emacs 3. Start and quit emacs 4. chmod -R 777 /data/data/com.zielm.emacs # or you can chown to the other terminal user 5. /data/data/com.zielm.emacs/init.sh Keys work. Remember to change the back key to esc in terminal preferences, remap ALT and chose a color theme! Use M-x for Ctrl-space (this won't work). I hope the author will also fork a newer Terminal.
Fix Ctrl-Down and alias Search key to Ctrl-Space.