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Release notes

This page outline changes for each release of the Android Game SDK.

1.2.1 (December 16th, 2020)

This release is an internal feature release for Android Performance Tuner and a promotion of the Jetpack libraries from alpha to beta. There are no changes to the Android Frame Pacing or Android Performance Tuner APIs.

Note that the Game SDK libraries must now be referred to individually when linking against them, rather than linking against the generic 'gamesdk' library. See the build settings for Android Frame Pacing: OpenGL, Android Frame Pacing: Vulkan and Android Performance Tuner.

Android Performance Tuner

feature When a player backgrounds a game during loading, an event is sent for later analysis of loading abandonment.

1.2.0 (October 29th, 2020)

The main change in this version is the addition of a mechanism to record loading times. There are also some bug fixes. Note that the Game SDK is now available via the Android Game SDK Jetpack library.

Android Frame Pacing library

feature Auto-mode refresh rate switching support.
Note that for support of multiple refresh rates in Android 11, whether using auto-mode or not, SwappyGL_setWindow or SwappyVk_setWindow should be called.
fixed Auto-mode bug fixes.
fixed Vulkan bug fixes.

Android Performance Tuner

feature Loading times.
New functions TuningFork_startRecordingLoadingTime and TuningFork_stopRecordingLoadingTime should be called to record annotated loading time events. Time from app startup to TuningFork_init and the first tick are automatically recorded.
changed The previous method of setting a loading time annotation will no longer work.
feature Lifecycle events.
TuningFork_reportLifecycleEvent should be called upon the appropriate Java onCreate, etc. being called. This enables detailed crash reporting from within Android Performance Tuner.
changed More memory metrics are now recorded when TuningFork_enableMemoryRecording(true) is called.
changed Memory model change.
The maximum number of metrics of each type is now specified at start-up, rather than allocating space for all possible annotation combinations. See TuningFork_MetricLimits in tuningfork.h.
fixed No upload on unmetered connections.

1.1.0 (June 10th, 2020)

This version of the Android Game SDK features the Android Performance Tuner metric reporting and quality tuning library (also known as Tuning Fork). This library is available for native game engines as well as Unity and has the following features:

feature Integration with the Android Frame Pacing library to automatically record frame times and other rendering metrics.
feature Frame timing information is recorded in histograms and uploaded periodically.
feature Annotation of timing data with the current game state.
feature Device characteristics, annotations, and quality settings are uploaded with the timing data to allow cross-sectional analysis.
feature Special treatment of annotations that signify level-loading time. Frame tick data is not recorded during loading, but the duration of each loading period is.
feature Ability to record custom timing information (using startTrace and endTrace).

1.0.2 (March 30th, 2020)

This version includes bug fixes and changes in the behavior of auto-mode.

fixed Bug fixes for swappy destruction and re-initialization.
changed Pipelining is now on by default. If auto-pipelining is on, Swappy can still decide to switch it off when the workload is very low.
changed When auto-mode is enabled, Swappy will decide to switch the swap interval only after 15% of frames within a 2-second window are either faster or slower than expected. Note that Swappy will never swap slower than the user-specified swap interval.

1.0.1 (February 19th, 2020)

This version is primarily a bug fix release.

fixed Clean up resources at exit on the SwappyFallback code path in Vulkan.
fixed SwappyVk_destroySwapchain no longer destroys device resources if there is more than one swapchain.
fixed The Swappy version is now printed in logcat.
fixed Crashes and deadlocks in Swappy_destroy for API level 24 and lower.
feature Support for custom thread managers (Swappy_setThreadFunctions).
feature Support for hooking of Vulkan functions (SwappyVk_setFunctionProvider).

1.0.0 (December 5th, 2019)

This initial version of the Android Game SDK features the Android Frame Pacing library.

feature Display buffer synchronization.
feature Auto refresh rate mode and pipelining support.
feature Collection of frame rendering statistics.
feature Graceful selection of behavior at runtime, depending on the presence of the Android, OpenGL, and Vulkan features needed by Swappy.
feature Static and dynamic linking of the library.
feature Support for devices with multiple refresh rates.