Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Another monolithandroid beta is out

I just released another monolithandroid beta (monolithandroid1.0.1beta.apk). It seems that most of the previous beta 1.0.0 problems were related to 3 things.
First, the prepareAsync call used in media player to play sounds caused problems. Now synchronous playback is used.
Second, The textures that I was using were pretty big. Now the texture sizes (used for the moon and earth) are reduced below 64x64 pixels. Third, I had a starfield class that drew 3d points in order to give the player the illusion of space travel. The problem was I was trying to draw 10000 points which is way too much. Now only 100 points are drawn. So go to http://code.google.com/p/monolithandroid and grab the latest apk. Give it a try on your android phone and you may even have some fun. I hope that the music won't drive you crazy! Post your comments here or use the Issue tracker found on http://code.google.com/p/monolithandroid
Oh, and don't forget to say what device you used for your tests!
I would like to take the opportunity to wish you a happy new year.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

MonolithAndroid needs you!

That is, I need beta testers to try the game out on a real hardware device like the T-Mobile G1. Yesterday, I published MonolithAndroid version 1.0.0 on the android market. Because I live in Greece, I cannot get hold of an actual G1 Phone, so I only tested my application on the emulator. And it seems that testing on the emulator is not enough. Hours after monolithandroid was published on android market, I got a couple of emails saying that the program presented them with a black screen and they only heard some music but they saw no graphics. So I unpublished the application. And here's where I need your help.
I would like you to download the installation package from http://code.google.com/p/monolithandroid and try it out on your TMobile G1. And here's what I would like to know:

1. Does the application start?
2. Do you hear music?
3. Can you see the letters MonolithAndroid going on and off?
4. You only see a black screen?
5. If the game seems to run, does it run smoothly, or it feels sluggish?

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