Any news of the direct compiler?
Well, as you probably know, I'm right in the middle of writing the Version 8 upgrade. So far I've mainly focused on rewriting the compiler and the language kernel. When I started this upgrade (last October) I did some research which leads me to think I will be able to create an APK directly, but a chain of if's all have to come true for it to work. As far as progress, I haven't even started that part of the upgrade.
On the plus side, just about everything else that isn't quite right with Mintoris Basic is going to get fixed in this upgrade. Alpha testing has already begun on the language changes. It'll run all your old code at least 3x faster, while expanding the language. This is going to be a Basic worthy of the 21st century. Ask me about your favorite limitation and I'll tell you how it is going to be fixed.
I may roll out the features in several releases. 8.0, 8.1, 8.2, just like I always do.