Android :: MotionEvent And KeyEvent Causing Excessive Garbage Collect (GC) Calls

Jan 3, 2010

I'm running into some issues with input events and garbage collection, or more precisely object allocation. I am creating a game and have pretty much got my head around the OpenGL environment. I've digested all the relevant material I could find regarding performance, memory allocation etc (and watched the excellent presentation by Chris Pruett - I've pretty much eliminated any object allocations after initial setup from my game (which is still in its infancy), but I'm still getting a bunch of GC calls, like this:...........................

Android :: MotionEvent and KeyEvent causing excessive garbage collect (GC) calls

Android :: Glbuffersubdata With An Offset Into Buffer Without Causing Garbage

Aug 1, 2010

I'm trying to update part of a VBO with a call to glBufferSubData(). When I update from the start (0) of my existing shadow buffer, there is no problem, as the buffer starts reading from 0. The following will read 0 to y from the buffer and place it at 0 to y in the VBO: gl.glBufferSubData(GL11.GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, 0, y, mPositionBuffer);

However, if I want to update a portion of the VBO (not from 0) I run into a problem; The following doesn't work, since it will write the values from the start of the buffer (0 to y) into position x to x+y of the VBO:........................

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Apr 13, 2009

In my ListView, there's one line of code in my ViewBinder that causes lots of garbage collection as I scroll through the list, about every two seconds...

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The offending code is here, which formats a price for each item in the list: String price = cursor.getString(columnIndex); final float pricef = Float.parseFloat(price); price = new StringBuffer("$").append(String.format("%. 2f",pricef)).toString(); ((TextView)view).setText(price);

If I comment out the line with String.format, the garbage collection goes away. So what's the "right" way to do this to avoid allocations? That database field holds an unformatted text string which I'm trying to format into proper currency format (example: format "1.5" to "$1.50")

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Nov 12, 2010

my goal is to target with a keyevent a specific application running either in foreground or background from a background service. I tried many solutions, but have not yet managed to do it. The few solutions tried (all from a background running service): With a broadcast, I tried to target the first application (for example the phone app) that would manage the key event

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Intent lKey1DwnIntent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_MEDIA_BUTTON);
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Apr 26, 2009

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Jan 28, 2009

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May 29, 2009

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May 2, 2009

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Aug 11, 2010

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Jun 7, 2010

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Is there a possibility to collect sensor data while the display is turned off?

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Feb 26, 2010

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05-26 22:08:57.052 W/dalvikvm( 1031): ReferenceTable overflow (max=512)
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05-26 22:08:57.052 W/dalvikvm( 1031): 503: 0x4494fda8 cls=Ljava/lang/String; (28 bytes)
05-26 22:08:57.052 W/dalvikvm( 1031): 504: 0x44a172c8 cls=Ljava/lang/String; (28 bytes)
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Feb 11, 2010

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Jul 29, 2009

I didn't use much Java before Android so my knowledge concerning the gc is marginal. Now I'm developing a highly physics-based game and therefore I need to do many calculations each time step and many (25) time steps per second. At the moment I'm almost only using local objects (float) in my methods, so I guess they are allocated every time the method is called (which might be, for example, 25*100 = 2500 times a second , for 100 objects with calculations on them). This causes massive activity of the garbage collector like freeing ~10000 objects every 1-2 seconds (taking ~200ms on a real device). Now I really want to optimize that because even there's no noticeable delay due to the GC (and the frame rate is constant), this seems just not well. But I read on many documentations concerning Java optimization, that there is not much to optimize in modern versions of (desktop) Java, because the GC is fast enough. Does this apply to Android, too? Does the compiler optimize anything like frequently, steady allocated objects (like floats)? What would be best practice: keep all local objects and allocate and free them all the time or use class-global objects, even if they are only used inside one particular method (which is bad programming style but conserves GC?

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Jun 6, 2010

I'm writing an Augmented Reality codes that should works in realtime,

But the VM's garbage collection hinders my program's performance.

I checked my program's execution time for each in OnPrevFrame(byte[], Camera)

and it execution time increases from around 50ms to 120ms at just after each garbage collection.

I copied parts of logs below. (local time is just before and after of signal processing, and global time is time stamps for every onPreviewFrame() calling )Also I executed onPreviewFrame without any signal processing on it, but

the garbage collection is also carried showing debugging message around 60ms it spends for memory release.

Is this garbage collection come from releasing byte[] yuvs image data? ( i uses 320x240 thumb nail )

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I found a way to directly access camera device? do you think this is feasible? Hope listen to others' comments.

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Nov 14, 2009

I was expecting the getEdgeFlags() method of MotionEvent to tell me when a MotionEvent had reached the edge of something, but the value returned from getEdgeFlags() is *always* zero. Is this the expected behavior? The documentation says that the flags indicate when a touch has reached the edge of the display. I've tried this on a real device and in the emulator, and the location coordinates never quite reach the edge of the display, and getEdgeFlags() always returns 0. By "never quite reach" I mean that if dragging a finger off the left edge of the display, the smallest X I got was 2. Reaching the edge of the view doesn't seem to change the value returned either.

I suppose I could set the flags myself using setEdgeFlags() using calculations with known dimensions of the object whose edges I care about. Is that how it's supposed to be used? Is this broken for now?

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Sep 10, 2009

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For MotionEvent.getPressure(), it seems to me this actually reflects the real finger touch size, as opposed to "pressure"; for me, I get values range from 0 - 0.63.

Am I missing anything or is it a known bug of the SDK?

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Sep 3, 2010

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I'm drawing a rect to a surfaceview. Nothing special, just a test like this, in the surfaceview-extended class:

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the rect just bounces around the screen. I'm watching DDMS, I still see the garbage collector being called, even with this simple draw loop. There is no other application code being executed.

I'm wondering if it's realistic to expect the gc to not be called at all if we take care to not allocate any objects during our draw loops. I'm trying to extend this example to do some smooth animations, but every once in awhile the gc is called and you can see the drawing stutter. Although none of my application code is allocating any new objects, I don't know what the underlying API is doing inside surfaceview etc, and I doubt we can control that. Just wondering if this is not possible, I'd prefer to abandon this game idea up-front if we can't guarantee smooth animation.

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