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How to turn off sound?
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Author:  waver [ Tue Mar 15, 2016 9:00 am ]
Post subject:  How to turn off sound?

How turn off sound, and also how to exit/terminate form app main screen?

Author:  Johny_G [ Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:29 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: How to turn off sound?

Sound options are currently not available. The game respects system-wide media volume.

About the termination - Google does not recommend to include such feature within apps and Apple straight-forward prohibits it, so it's not implemented as well. You can just press home, which suspends the app (so it does not consume any more resources, does not affect battery life and patiently waits until you come back exactly where you left), and system will kill it eventually when it needs more memory. If you wish to terminate the app anyway, simply swipe it away on the recent apps screen (some devices have hardware button for that, pure Android devices use the square button on navigation bar, and some manufacturers simply use long-press or double-tap of the home button). If you do so, the game will be terminated completely.

Author:  Queeg [ Tue Mar 15, 2016 5:53 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: How to turn off sound?

Johny_G wrote:
Google does not recommend to include such feature within apps and Apple straight-forward prohibits it

That's new, why is that? Care to elaborate?

Author:  Johny_G [ Tue Mar 15, 2016 6:48 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: How to turn off sound?

Oh, it's definitely not new. Apple has been rejecting games and apps with Exit button for years. But I guess some games might have been lucky and came through :-). I don't know any though.

On Android, you can pretty much do whatever you want unless you violate the terms of Google Play, since there is no review process. It's just considered a bad practice to interrupt the life-cycle of the app.

The general idea is, that when you go to chat for a while, browse some web, check your Facebook, or even go to sleep, you can always go back exactly where you left of. Since the app consumes no resources while suspended, it creates great user experience. The system's memory management decides by itself whether it needs the RAM previously addressed by the app, and only kills it if it needs to. Usually, games are so memory intensive, that they are the first to go anyway. There's no need for the user to be involved in the memory management process. It's actually pretty neat to come back exactly to the same spot, as it creates an illusion of window-based multitasking even though the app was actually sleeping the entire time. And for low-memory apps, this works very reliably. For games, not so well, but you might still enjoy the option to reply a message or read some walkthrough, and jump right back into the game.

This entire memory management thing applies to both platforms, and Apple likes to make sure that developers respect its intentions. Google likes that too, but doesn't enforce it. So, while it's possible to do on Android, we prefer to follow the best practice of the platform.

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