Mobile Support

Hi,

I am just curious, are there any plans to support other mobile platforms like you support the android platform?

Newer Windows Phones (Lumia)
iOS (iPhones/iPads) - I know there is some iOS support going on, unfortunately I do not have a testing device though.
The upcoming Samsung OS (Tizen or something)
Blackberry OSs (Z10 +)

Pretty sure it’s no, because jmonkey is written in java, and android is the only platform with java support. It would be hard to support others, because a) the whole thing would have to be rewritten in a new language and 3d API (Windows phone uses XNA). B) Every update would also have to be written in each language and 3d API.

Actually the engine runs on iOS with some black magic and Avian, there is no renderer yet though so you won’t se anything =P I wish I got both the time and skill to implement it in C/Objective-C.

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Yes we will support iOS through native compilation with Avian as kwando mentioned.

For other platforms like consoles, PS4 why not, as it supports opengl and seems a lot more “indie friendly” than the PS3… but forget about the xbox, because it uses directX.
Anyway consoles are still in the realm of far fetched possibilities, but ios will come eventually.

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iOS is planned and in progress.

All those other OSes you mentioned (I’m surprised you didn’t mention FirefoxOS and Ubuntu-for-phones, I find those far more exciting) are very unlikely to be officially supported until they have a significant market share. And looking at the competition, quite a few contenders are destined to perish, like so many before them (Windows Phone vX, RIM, WebOS, Meego…)

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<cite>@erlend_sh said:</cite> iOS is planned and in progress.

I am really, really excited to read this !

Atm the ( not tracking the others) WPx market share is around 5.6% ( according to url) and growing gradually, indicating it may well take over iOS , if you believe :

http://blogs.computerworld.com/windows-phone/22336/acer-passes-windows-phone-complains-no-one-knows-about-it

I personally own a Wp7 device ( samsung flash) which I love, meaning Im so over android’s tiny little icons.I love windows 8 ( which I have) for the same reason I love my Wp device. I love metro UI and if I could afford a touch monitor i’d already have one, as I think its def. THe future. Anything less is dreaming. I"ve seen people at frys DROOL over windows 8 with touch screens, an d if people like that, they def like wP8 ;). The indicator as well is ur above.

It’s good to hear iOS is in development, but I think not caring about WP (market share #'s notwithstanding) is missing the target of eventual growth, especially given that article.

Cheers
nl

Well, we’re not excluding Windows phone…It’s just that it’s not planned yet.
Also we’d need windows phones to test…
So until it gets more popular I guess we’ll just standby on this.

@neighborlee said: Atm the ( not tracking the others) WPx market share is around 5.6% ( according to url) and growing gradually, indicating it may well take over iOS , if you believe :

http://blogs.computerworld.com/windows-phone/22336/acer-passes-windows-phone-complains-no-one-knows-about-it

I personally own a Wp7 device ( samsung flash) which I love, meaning Im so over android’s tiny little icons.I love windows 8 ( which I have) for the same reason I love my Wp device. I love metro UI and if I could afford a touch monitor i’d already have one, as I think its def. THe future. Anything less is dreaming. I"ve seen people at frys DROOL over windows 8 with touch screens, an d if people like that, they def like wP8 ;). The indicator as well is ur above.

It’s good to hear iOS is in development, but I think not caring about WP (market share #'s notwithstanding) is missing the target of eventual growth, especially given that article.

Cheers
nl

What @nehon said… but you also have to take that article with a grain of salt. He says: “show it’s the fastest-growing smartphone operating system, with a 5.6% market share in April, up from 3.8% a year previous.”

But the article he links to says that iOS gained 2.3 percentage points while Windows only increased 1.8 percent (5.6 - 3.8)… so for him to consider it the “fastest growing phone” he must be dividing. However, given that logic, my 7 year old daughter is going to be 50 feet high by the time she’s 20. And thank goodness the age trend didn’t continue after that first year when she doubled in age. :wink:

Original article: http://www.kantarworldpanel.com/Global/News/While-Android-Leads-iOS-and-Windows-Are-Growing-At-A-Faster-Pace

Yes, it is significant that it almost doubled it’s market penetration in one year but the number was so small to begin with that it’s within the margin of error and normal market growth. Especially when nearly half the growth came from customers who were upgrading from a non-smart phone.

Anyway, rough market shares as of that article: (rounded down to the nearest percentage point)
iOS: *****************************************
Android: ***************************************************
Win: *****

But as @nehon says, we’re not specifically excluding it… but no one here has one of the phones or is interested in porting to it, personally. It would have to be an external effort.

I don’t know how good it is, but finding this I think going from jme > wp8 ‘could’ be fairly doable ?

http://code.google.com/a/eclipselabs.org/p/j2c/ , and maybe what’s left that isn’t converted can be hand done without alot of stress.

No idea if this is worth looking into, but I found it searching given I’m quite interested in supporting the platform, at least partially due to fact I own and enjoy
using my wp7 samsung device. My LG device is a pretty poor android so I supppose that’s why I don’t use android alot atm, but in the future I hope that changes as I want to
be inclusive on mobile .

cheers
nl

Actually we’re using Avian to compile java to native ios.
I guess we’d go the same direction for W8… too bad they don’t support java…