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Nick D
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Re: Android support for WoW???

This is a huge technical challenge, because Android is Java-based, and the Mac and PC clients are C++-based. So you'd either need a huge rewrite, or one helluva translation layer. There IS an Android native library, but I think its more of a compatibility tool than a useful feature.

Given that playing a hotkey MMO without a bunch of hotkeys (meaning a keyboard), a tablet version of WoW seems not super useful.

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said by Nick D:

This is a huge technical challenge, because Android is Java-based, and the Mac and PC clients are C++-based. So you'd either need a huge rewrite, or one helluva translation layer.

Given that playing a hotkey MMO without a bunch of hotkeys (meaning a keyboard), a tablet version of WoW seems not super useful.

The tablets and even cell phones support bluetooth. A keyboard and game mouse could probably be connected. IIRC Android is a Google variant of Linux.
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Nick D
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The kernel is Linux (or linux-like), but its APIs are all Java-based.


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I use a keyboard at times with my nexus 7. Also, I've read that people have used a usb hub to connect keyboard and mouse to the device. I guess they didn't have a blue tooth keyboard/mouse sitting around the home.
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There is only one MMO, that I am aware of, that plays on PC, Mac, Linux, and Droid devices. That game is vendetta online »www.vendetta-online.com/

I don't know how the game play is on a droid device however. Though I can't imagine it being all that great. I have found playing FPS on the Ipad and my Nexus 7 to be a pain in the butt. I just can't get the "fine" finger sliding needed.
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said by Nick D:

The kernel is Linux (or linux-like), but its APIs are all Java-based.

I appreciate you bringing this up because the information is interesting to me. I didn't know Android was based on Linux, as pandora See Profile advised, and actually feel a little bit let down to learn this.

However, at least according to Wikipedia, its APIs are written in C:
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Android consists of a kernel based on the Linux kernel 2.6 and Linux Kernel 3.x (Android 4.0 onwards), with middleware, libraries and APIs written in C and application software running on an application framework which includes Java-compatible libraries based on Apache Harmony.
»en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_(o···_system)