Tomek Kondrat · Feb 8, 2014 at 11:00 am

Play Resource Intensive Games on Low End Devices with GLTools

Some of you may be familiar with Chainfire 3D, app made by XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire. This application allows running games and applications to be rendered in a different video mode for example 16-bit mode or with hardware-specific extensions not originally supported by the device. Chainfire 3D was released over two years ago, and many things have changed since that time. An interesting alternative was presented by XDA Recognized Contributor viking37, who shared GLTools by XDA Forum Member n0n3m4.

GLTools allows its users to set a custom resolution and rendering mode on a per-app basis. You can also change the GPU name and play games not originally intended for low-end GPUs. With GLTools, even budget or middle of the road smartphones and tablets can handle some of the newest games with decent graphics. But if you plan on using the app, make sure that your device is rooted, and don’t panic when your device reboots automatically.

The app is available in both premium and standard varieties. However, N0n3m4 was kind enough to provide a special version of application for all XDA users with almost all premium features unlocked, which is an excellent gesture on his part. You can give it a shot by visiting the application thread.


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Tomek Kondrat

eagleeyetom is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Tomek is the only Polish moderator on XDA Developers. He graduated from the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn with a degree in journalism and public communication in 2013. He's a big fan of football (not hand egg), post rock and cooking. A total addict of mobile technology, especially Android. Currently flashes dozens of custom ROMs on his OPO.
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