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OPEN  Enhancement #710  -  android port
Posted Feb 07, 2015 - updated Mar 17, 2016   Shortlink:
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i know this is a big thing, but an android port would be pretty cool! it would be a blast to play with my dualshock 3 smileys/2.png

Comment posted by
 Guest user
Mar 17, 20:11
And? It's very simple: on Android exist many things on SDL and Libertatis on SDL... Need just connect it.
Comment posted by
 Daniel Scharrer
Mar 17, 21:52
There's definitely more to be done than "just connect it". Just off the top of my head:

  • OpenGL ES port. AL uses legacy fixed-function OpenGL functionality that is not available in the mobile variant of the API. We'll eventually add a more modern OpenGL backend anyway, but these things take time.

  • ARM port. AL makes assumptions that work on x86 but won't work on ARM. The biggest offender here is the loading (and saving) code that just memcpys data into C structs and hopes things work out.

  • Input. AL supports only keyboard and mouse input. A proper android port would need at least tabled (absolute mouse) or gamepad support. Both would require redesigning large parts of the code.

I'm not planning on working on these any time soon (except maybe the ARM compatibility issues), but here are two AL ports that could already have relevant improvements: