Category: Android

Chrome to phone

Well i have been using chrome to phone extension on my android 2.2.2, and its so magic and useful in my daily life. Anyway Chrome to Phone app is available on android market. But in some countries it is not available. In my country it wasn’t available in market so i found the apk file of google chrome to phone in some website forum that i don’t remember. So if u want to download and install this app on your android then scan this link:google chrome to phone

The App version is 2.2.0

I installed the extension plugin for my chrome browser from chrome web store. Here is the video on installing and using and what its all about:


Adobe Flash on Android ?

I have seen demos showing flash sites opening on high end android devices like HTC Desire HD or Nexus One. So i was looking through the posts about installing adobe flash player 10.1 on my lg optimus one p500 (android 2.2). The author of that particular blog explained a few steps to install flash 10.1 on android 2.2 phones (specifically mentioning my p500),

1) First The author provided a link to adobe flash player 10.1 as it is not available in android market right now(flash player 10.3 is available). So I downloaded it and installed it on my lg optimus p500. It got installed without having any trouble.
2) I restarted my android phone.
3) I opened my android browser and opened a flash web site.

And guess what?????? yay it worked………….not…………no it didn’t worked :P.
Browser just closed in between loading site. I tried with all browsers on my phone viz Opera, Skyfire, Dolphin HD, same result on all browser. All browser crashed.

So i guess flash player is not supported on my device. But i don’t care hehe 😛


I have been doing game development on android very recently (2 weeks) :D. And i bought samsung galaxy having android 2.1 to test my games and demos. I am pretty happy with the results and enjoying very much. Before this i had made games for j2me mobile devices and still making. Well anyway i am not discussing android game development here so i am coming to the primary focus of this post.

Physics. Yeah physics is phun and if decent physics is added to your game then it makes game more enjoyable, of course if gameplay design is good and fun. I have been playing with my own very very basic physics code(collision detection, collision response) that i have written for j2me. It is working fine in android after tweaking my code here and there. But i wanted more features so i thought to look for any decent free opensource physics engine for android. Unfortunately i didn’t get much success. There were some forums and tutorials where using Box2d with android was discussed. This site has shown the tutorial using JBox2d on android and is been discussed by the people there.

I am a big fan of Box2d. I have been using JBox2d and Box2d flash for my respective platform based game. Library had fulfilled my satisfaction and need. I have not tested JBox2d on android yet. I wanted to do few research on it before doing that. In few forums people complained that if using more than 5 bodies, it brings the FPS rate down and makes simulation very slow. I haven’t checked that but is going to write code to see if its true. I think it may depend on hardware device specification and capability because i have played Angry Birds on my samsung galaxy s and physics of game works just fine and smooth. I came across one site where they showed the graph on how much number of bodies/elements effect the FPS(frame rate) using Box2d and Chipmunk. Here it is.

So now i am going to write a simple code of falling polygons using Box2d on android and see the FPS and performance. I will post the results and my experience on next post ASAP.

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