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Issues playing Android games built with the new promoted branch 4.7

Hi guys,

Is anyone having issues with the new 4.7 Unreal Engine version?

My game stopped working properly … sometimes it does not load at all. In the best of cases it loads after a long time.

Calls to “Open Level” function do not work either (it hangs the game)

I have checked logs but they do not provide anything useful :confused:

BTW. Everything works fine on “mobile preview editor”, just on device it does not work.

Is anyone experiencing similar issues?

I can report to having the same results with 4.7. With 4.6 my game exports and works as it should tho.

I have added a Bug report in answerhub

https://answers.unrealengine.com/questions/140366/openlevel-does-not-work-in-android-in-current-prom.html

From answerhub:

For my opinion this issue is critical / block and should be fixed ASAP.
So basically we need to wait for 4.8 to ship / make games on Android? How we can open levels with this issue not being fixed? From what I see Mobile for Epic is low priority unfortunately :frowning: you guys will lose indie mobile developers quickly :frowning: (those which don’t have programmer that can fix those issues before Epic did)

I support this sentence with all my heart, UE4 for mobiles is like stone brick thrown into glass window. To translate, its rough and makes things brake.

Hi,

Just curious:
Why is sticking with 4.6 not an option?
As you said, 4.6 is working for you, what makes you require 4.7 now?

Cheers,
Klaus

I share wormpattern and intoxicat3 feelings about Unreal Engine at this moment.

I hope they will fix our issues soon because I have already invested a lot of time. Actually I branched to promoted in hope some of the bugs where fixed and I found new bugs.

This is not a crying complain, but we mobile developers need a bit more love !

I can not remember properly, but I think I was trying to avoid a nasty UMG bug, so I branched to 4.7 in hopes it was gone. Then I did a lot of stuff and my Blueprints are not compatible with 4.6 anymore. So I’m locked in 4.7.

I haven’t even upgraded to 4.6, so I can’t share thoughts on your specific problems, but I agree on the amount of work that still needs to be done for mobile (I don’t know about Apple/iOS, but Android definitely has serious problems that need to be addressed asap)
I did think about using any other Engine, but at the moment I’m just hoping that Epic will fix things in the near future … (Especially as I’m “just” using 2d graphics with major problems :confused: )

Do you need 4.7?
For development, as opposed to experimentation, I would think to regress to 4.5, or even 4.4 or 4.0, and find a version of UE4 that works. Older versions are more likely to be stable and functional enough for most uses.
And it would be nice if Epic would focus more on mobile support.

As for blueprints, is there a way to print the diagram out? Such that they could be rebuilt by hand, quickly, in another version of the engine?
I am just wondering, as it appears that I will have to freeze my engine version in order to get work done, so as to release a working project.
There may be a need to manually translate an old blueprint into the latest, greatest version of the engine.

I share your feelings about the mobile support. And even though it’s a bit off topic I need to say I am a bit disappointed with the progress over the past two months, I expected more. I was planning to get serious with mobile around December, but at this point it still feels unstable and support for devices isn’t ideal. I hope things will get better soon, cause I am mostly interested in deploying to mobile, therefore I may find myself forced to consider another engine :(.

I’ll try to get some more information for you. To do this I need to know: what specific device are you publishing to?

Have you posted your problem(s) on the Answer Hub? I realize it can be frustrating to not get an immediate fix, however, this is the best way to make our developers aware of the issues mobile developers are experiencing. One problem is Android doesn’t run the same on all hardware so when the engine is in testing, there may not be problems on the devices tested here vs the device you are deploying to.

I’m publishing to Samsung Galaxy S3 (4.3 android) and 2x Samsung Galaxy S1 (2.3 and 4.2 android)

I have seen the same behavior in the three devices.

Now I’m trying to re-do the game for 4.6 engine version but its a pain …

BTW. I have also issues with rendering tiling textures in android. In SGS1 it seems the textures are always “Clamped” instead of “Wrapping” when applied to a mesh. (see here https://answers.unrealengine.com/questions/141763/bug-in-material-with-tiling-texture-in-android-d.html)

Hi Dredok,

Our goal is for every official release to not have any issues which would block users from development or deployment. If an issue is found, we work as quickly as possible to remedy it with a Hotfix or QFE. However the Master branch from GitHub (4.7 at this point in time) is under heavy active development and should always be considered as an unstable release. We strongly discourage anyone from pursuing active development out of the Master branch, and if you do decide to test your project on the Master branch, please always ensure that you are only updating a copy of your project, and not the original.

Thank you for reporting the issue that you have discovered in 4.7. We have observed some long load times, but not on all Android devices. The scope of this is being investigated.

Cheers

Yep, I do understand its an unstable build. But I missinterpreted that promoted branch would be something more stable (im working against promoted branch).

Now I’m getting back to 4.6 and I hope everything will be more stable after I finish the migration

Currently older devices like Samsung Galaxy S3, S3mini etc. got very “very” serious problems. I can open and play my game on ASUS Fonepad 7 but on Galaxy S3 mini, it looks like a 1997 game with whole lot of flickering, crashing, graphic issues beyond your imagination.

But anyway, Epic really should look into mobile gaming a bit more. Lots of the features of Unreal Engine looks like “we have it…” rather than “it’s functional!” . Better performance on wider device range, more tutorials and documentation about making games to mobile, google play, in app purchase tutorials etc. We need these. And please… please…PLEASE, make player control input axis be directly bindable to UMG Widgets. In player controller, I am bound to that awful virtual joystick. No input axis can be binded to UMG buttons.

Help us Epic Games. You are our only hope.

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Yeah, I could see how that’s going to be a giant pain. I looked at how the existing slate virtual joystick is implemented, it looks like we need a better solution there. Currently it fakes the input by messing with UI focus and then forcing Slate Application to pretend new controller input is coming in. I think instead we’re going to need a Blueprint accessible calls at the player controller level that allows you to set the state of the input directly. Will ping the framework team for their thoughts and see if there’s some improvements we can make here.