Google came up with how to improve the games on Android smartphones
Google introduced the Android GPU Inspector tool, which will facilitate the process of creating and optimizing games for smartphones running Android. The search giant plans to distribute it among developers, giving them the opportunity to track detailed information about how the game is processed on a particular device, noting the subsidence of frame rates, power surges, and many other indicators. As a result, this will significantly facilitate the launch and processing of games even on not very productive smartphones.
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Google developed the Android GPU Inspector in conjunction with Qualcomm. Despite this, this tool is planned to be universal, allowing developers to test and debug games for smartphones, regardless of hardware and their manufacturer. However, at the current stage, the Android GPU Inspector supports only the new Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4 XL, with which, as the practice has shown, it works quite effectively, ensuring a reduction in resource consumption while maintaining the same performance indicators in some games.
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According to Google, the company’s specialists in the process of debugging using the Android GPU Inspector managed to build an optimization plan for an unnamed game, which allowed to achieve a 40 percent reduction in resource consumption of the graphics accelerator. That is, in fact, the game could work stably on the device, even if it was almost half less productive. This will open the way for developers to the world of low-cost smartphones, which usually suffer from either FPS or graphics quality. After all, after optimization, games will become much more interested in users who will bring developers more money.
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Achieving the best results in the optimization process will require active action not only from developers who have to adapt games for specific combinations of hardware, but also from smartphone manufacturers. The fact is that the Android GPU Inspector will be able to detect flaws in the firmware of graphic chips that can only be recognized during testing with a specific game, and then the vendors will have to somehow correct the situation. To this end, Google has developed the ability to distribute graphics drivers through Google Play in order to provide maximum coverage, including those smartphones that are no longer supported.
The expansion of the range of devices supported by the Android GPU Inspector tool is planned to begin in the very near future. The first in line are Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10. It is not very clear whether this refers to the entire line or only two specific models, but since they have identical hardware, if you do not take into account different amounts of RAM, which is not so important in this case , then, most likely, all devices of each model range will be supported. It’s rather unusual that Google chose last year’s smartphones, rather than the latest. But this can be explained with the fact that the development of the Android GPU Inspector has been going on for a long time, and the search giant chose S10 and Note 10, since the S20 had not yet been released at that time.
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Optimization is a real Android issue. Despite the high-performance hardware, it seems that most of the games for this OS are made literally on the knee. Take at least Fortnite. If in the version for iOS this game supports 60 FPS mode on all flagship smartphones starting in 2018, then on Android such devices can be counted on the fingers of one hand. Moreover, some of them are far from new. It’s just that their manufacturers made a fuss and agreed with Epic Games on exclusive optimization. However, thanks to the advent of the Android GPU Inspector, it’s most likely that we don’t have to negotiate on purpose, and this is good news.