UPDATE 2012, May:
May time was also android time! After the first start of PokerTH in the android-emulator the GUI (Graphical User Interface) needs to be adjusted for the android display. The first steps were done on the start window and settings dialog.
The main difference between the android gui and the previous maemo gui was, that maemo users mostly uses the input pen for editing dialogs and input fields. Because android devices are mostly not shipped with input pens, and destinated to be used by finger touch input, many changes have to be done. Many buttons needs to be bigger to be catched also by "bigger" finger tips.
But there are also many dialogs with a lot of information like the settings dialog, which needs to be accessable on a clear widget space without rewriting the complete dialog. When we've found good compromises on the most dialogs the next big step was the gametable. Thanks to floty's maemo gametable gui changes, the main idea howto saving display space was already implemented. For the android version just a few adjustments are left.
So, one special may night the first gametable on a real android device shows up! Btw. the first android device with a running PokerTH app was doitux's Motorola Defy ;)
This article is about the long and difficult story of the PokerTH Android port.
UPDATE 2012, April:
Lotodore decided to give the Android port a new chance. He also setup a build environment and tested the PokerTH build. After a lot of testing he got the very unusual idea to rename the /usr/include/ directory to fix the first nasty build error. He was on a virtual machine with ubuntu setup just for this necessitas environment. So the rename of /usr/include didn't break his own productive system :-)
When he fixed the first error there was new drive for the port. Lotodore ported one lib after the other and then he finally got the first running binary. When the other team members checked their news there was a very legendary message readable on 2012-04-14:
[23:47:46 CEST] Lotodore: jaaa jetzt geht es (english: "yeees it works")
[23:47:56 CEST] Lotodore: warum schlaft ihr alle, das ist der durchbruch :-) (english: "why are you sleeping, this is the big break through :-) " )
In this screenshot you can see the running PokerTH lobby in an Android emulator for Android 2.2. Click on the picture for the full-size screenshot.
Now, there a some tasks with the deployment of the gfx and sound files. This is the next big step which has to be done for a first running PokerTH game on Android. But thanks to Lotodore we are closer to it than ever before! And also floty's gui changes for the maemo port are now also used for the Android gui! This is synergy as we like it ;-)
On 2012-03-03 we started to discuss the Android port again. To check the community needs we started a poll about prefered mobile ports of PokerTH
The poll shows us that it would be also VERY nice for the community to have a running PokerTH Android app ;-)