ElCondor · Apr 22, 2010 at 01:05 pm

TouchWM: Hardware Accelerated Framework

This new SDK called TouchWM can be very useful for software developers that need a very touch-friendly, skinnable, fast framework. According Johny_G, the developer of the application here on XDA-Developers, most frameworks are very slow;
This framework however is hardware accelerated using OpenGL.

Originally posted by Johny_G

TouchWM is my first project here on xda, and I think it is ready for first brief presentation.

Basicly, this is just another touch-friendly SDK/Framework for other developers, ment to be as fast as possible since it is hardware accelerated by OpenGL (based on OpenGLES wrapper made by Koush). I am adjusting OpenGLES to be used for 2D rendering and creating the Framework itself. There would be a few control elements of course, but right now, it is just rendering background and a lots of text to bench the GPU a little. In future versions, there will be a sample app with source code available for other developers.

Pros and cons of my idea of final project:

  • + My Framework should be VERY fast on supported devices. It is a big problem with current frameworks
  • + It will be completely opensource, so you can adust the code for your needs
  • + TouchWM is very easily skinnable from first stages of development
  • – There will never be a support for devices without hardware acceleration of graphics
  • – It will have less control elements than other similar project, since it is a little bit differently targeted

Since it’s an early build, the developer would like to ask you to test it on your device:

Originally posted by Johny_G

This first app released today is just a proof of concept and CPU/GPU benchmark, so I would like to ask you to help me with testing on other devices. Mine is European HTC Touch Pro2 and I would like to see some results from any other devices, but TP2 with various ROMS is good as well . And prepare yourself to experience kinda slow performance for now – this is really just a benchmark . If your device has no GPU, it will be probably incredibly slow forever, sorry.

I only need a few information:

  • Your device model
  • ROM you are using
  • FPS displayed in the corner
  • Any additional GPU drivers you have installed (if any)
  • And finally how does it feel to you in general

Thank you for your help!

So head over to the TouchWM thread to help testing the application and to get more information and a Proof of Concept!


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