Yury Habets, julio 16, 2015
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«… This is a good way to go with regular Android apps, however we at Unity do not include appcompat into our standard package for a number of reasons (apk size being the most important). You can add appcompat to a Unity game yourself if you’d like to – either as a plugin or in Android Studio after exporting the project. »
Does this mean if I am building a Android Plugin for Unity which uses appcompat library, I will not be able to build the Unity because the appcompat library is not included? And so to tackle this, the appcompat library needs to be added manually to Assets/Plugins/Android/?
I’ve tried this but seems like the app has a runtime error when I call/start an activity from the android plugin library I created that needs the Appcompat lib.
Yes you would need to include appcompat library yourself (into Assets/Plugins/Android/). As for your failing plugin – I think APK build would have failed if dependent library was missing. Please share your issues on the forums and post the link here, I’ll take a look.
Thanks for this article, I hadn’t considered how the Android theme could affect full screen games. So, I think I’m I right in thinking that if I do nothing, the manifest will show that I have the gingerbread and lower theme, but at runtime this will be changed to a later version if available on the device?
My reason for asking is I’m wondering how this affects Google’s ranking on the Play Store (and chances of being featured, as you mentioned) – do you know if Google would count this as not supporting the latest theme, simply because it’ not in the manifest of the APK?
On another note, it’s worth pointing out that the text input isn’t the only place your theme can make a difference – in lollipop the apps theme colours show on the task switcher, so it could be useful to include some theme colours to help with branding.
While we’re on the subject of the Play Store (sorry, last question!) do you know if anything is being done about Unity games showing as «designed for phones» even though they would work fine on tablets too? I’ve seen some people asking on the forums, but nobody seems to be able to answer why this is happening.
Thanks for the note on color/branding!
We do change the theme at runtime based on the device API level. Yes Google will consider you are not using latest theme in your APK – that’s what I know. To get featured, you need Material (minSdk = 21) or AppCompat (add Support library) – I’ve covered that in this post in brief. We at Unity don’t do any of these for a number of reasons, but you are welcome to add Support library on your own. (please let me know if you face any issues).
On the «designed for phone» issue – could you share the link to the forums? I’ll reply there and see whether we can fix it.
Thanks for replying Yury. I hadn’t seen anything on the Unity forums aroun the «designed or phones» issue, but I’m having it with my game, as an example: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.uk.toiletboy.toiletboy
…and I read about others having the issue here too:
Rich, you may want to create a forum thread to discuss it further. It does not look like a trivial issue with the manifest. Thanks!
What if the custom Assets/Plugins/Android/AndroidManifest.xml contains the default android:theme="@android:style/Theme.NoTitleBar" ? Does this cause the Android player on initialization use it instead of changing it to the best on the fly?
My custom AndroidManifest.xmlcreated by merging from different plugins contains for example this»
How this changes the behaviour of the Android player? I would like to have the best theme applied on the fly, but I’m not sure if the above allows this.
Additionaly some plugins add their own activities and themes for them, e.g. android:theme="@android:style/Theme.Translucent.NoTitleBar"
How to control all of this to get best results and still a chance to be featured (if there’s any ;)
The simplest way to get featured is to set minSdk = 21 and apply material theme! (just kidding)
If Unity activity has Theme.NoTitleBar.Fullscreen applied, then we auto upgrade it. Any other theme – we don’t touch it, because you have probably changed it intentionally.
For all the other activities in your app – feel free to apply what you find appropriate.
I would say trying to add support library and applying appcompat makes sense for me, if you want to get featured. (never tried though. Should do that and write another blog post!)
I want to ask why unity does not allow interacting UI while keyboard is open? Isnt the API unity provides us for keyboard really powerless?
When you call TouchScreenKeyboard.Open(), what you see is a simple Dialog with an EditText and a Button displayed over Unity. It means that the Unity window is losing focus, hence it cannot be interacted. As soon as you click outside the dialog (somewhere in the game), the dialog is dismissed, and the focus goes back to Unity. This is how Android OS works.
The keyboard is rendered and handled by Android OS itself, so we do not have much control over that, other than the keyboard type – text, numeric, …
Minor correction: I believe your example images for «Material» and «Holo» are mixed up. The Holo theme has the small spikes at the beginning and end of the input whereas the Material theme has just a flat underline indicating the input.
True! Fixed that. Thanks!