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Game of Life LWP Now Released!

Posted on 23 April, 2015  in Uncategorized

Last Saturday I picked up Android Studio with the intent of doing some serious learning on it.  As mentioned in my blog post before, I felt really dependent on Unity and needed to branch out.  Since then I’ve been working on a live wallpaper dubbed “Game of Life.”  Now I’m happy to say that the initial version of Game of Life LWP out!  While it may not be completely finished, as there are a lot of things I wish to improve, this live wallpaper has reached the point in development where I feel comfortable releasing it.   Anyway, the Details:


Game of Life LWP celebrates John Conway’s Game of Life simulation as a live wallpaper for the Android and is now available as a free and paid version.  While the free version features a handful of customization options, the full version allows a lot more freedom for personalization.  Below are screenshot examples of the different possibilities with each version:



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As I’ve made many different versions of John Conway’s Game of Life in the past, the biggest obstacles I’ve had to overcome was (obviously) the transition to Android Studio itself.  I have to say, though, that I find it much more to my liking than Eclipse, and I much prefer writing on it than I did Monodevelop for Unity.


As far as prototyping, the biggest issue I’ve stumbled across is getting the Android Virtual Device emulator to work.  No matter the settings it just ends up a black screen.  It appears a lot of people have this problem, and I believe it might have to do with my using Intel HD Graphics, but being that deploying to an actual device via USB was a pretty easy affair, I haven’t really looked too far into it.


Anyway if you’re interested in taking a look at Game of Life LWP it is available for all android devices running version 2.3 and up.

You can download the free version here