Presentation: Konquering the Droids
Porting KDE apps to Android
In order to stay relevant KDE needs to expand from its traditional desktop space into the mobile world. While a fully free Plasma-based mobile experience is the dream, bringing KDE software to Android is an important stepping stone. It opens KDE software to billions of users, strengthens the brand of KDE and aligns perfectly with the “All about the Apps” goal. KDE already features a number of apps that are available for Android, but we need more contributors to make the effort sustainable.
Last year Volker gave an excellent overview over the status of Android support in KDE Frameworks. Goal of my talk will be to give hands-on knowledge about the necessary steps and challenges when porting software to Android as well as to motivate people in doing so. Furthermore I want to raise the issue of defining a Google Play and F-Droid release process, which is to be discussed in a follow-up BoF session.
I’ve been a regular contributor to KDE for the last three years, working on many projects including KDE Connect, Plasma and Plasma Mobile. I have ported almost a dozen KDE apps to Android and co-maintain the binary factory build infrastructure for it.