I think it was 8 or 9 years ago when AnKi was first ported to Android for a demo competition and I remember the process being quite painful. Building native projects for Android was a hack, the micro differences between OpenGL ES and desktop OpenGL required compromises, GLSL related issues were a constant pain (compilation issues, bugs, shader reflection differences between implementations etc). These and more issues were the reason I left the Android port to rot and eventually remove from the codebase.
All that changed 10 months ago when I decided to re-port AnKi to Android. But if it was so painful why try again? The main reason is that the ecosystem had improved over the years. Android tooling for native code development (basically C/C++) got better but the biggest motivator was Vulkan. I was optimistic that there will be less issues with Vulkan this time around. At the end of the day was it less painful? The short answer is “yes” but if you want the long answer continue reading.Continue reading “Porting AnKi to Android… again after ~8 years”