Android - Mobile Foldit Version Request

Case number:699969-2008159
Topic:General
Opened by:TwinDenis
Status:Open
Type:Suggestion
Opened on:Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 03:28
Last modified:Friday, September 27, 2019 - 19:29

It would be great to see foldit as an mobile-puzzle game in addition to the current version since there are so many players who are engaged into mobile gaming daily, many of which are commonly puzzle games.

(Wed, 09/25/2019 - 03:28  |  1 comment)


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No one from Foldit has replied, so I'll jump in.

First, the game is CPU-intensive, so heat and battery life would be an issue for mobile platforms. (Screen size is also an issue, it might be hard to get a good view on a phone-sized display.)

There have been a lot of similar requests going back a few years, such as asking for a Chromebook version. Google "foldit Chromebook" for a few examples. Probably the best Chromebook suggestion was running remote control software to access the game on another system.

Foldit is mostly in support mode these days, with very little new development. Recent projects have focused on things like a 64-bit client for Mac and upgrading the underlying Rosetta software to improve the quality of the results. A whole new platform seems to be an unlikely project.

The most recent changes have made Foldit less prone to crashing (at least on Windows), but have actually made it *more* CPU-intensive.

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