GLTools puts graphics optimization on Android in your hands

GLTools puts graphics optimization on Android in your hands
Do you want to get into the real nitty-gritty of your device's graphics performance? Think you're ready for the challenge of optimizing your GPU's shaders, texture compression, scaling... or *gasp* fake Android into believing you have an Nvidia Tegra GPU so you can play Tegra Zone games?! Go on, then - root your droid beast and install GLTools.

GLTools is a custom OpenGL ES driver that's compatible with any familiar OGL ES 2.0-compatible GPU and ARM or x86-based CPU. Experienced users could think of it as a ChainFire 3D alternative. Whisking control away from the system and into users' hands, this app has enough toggles and switches to turn you into an optimization obsessive. Here's a glance at what you can achieve with it!

For starters, you can change the resolution and color depth for any app and game, even if they don't support this by default. You can also decompress/recompress and resize textures, or optimize shaders while you're gaming.

You can also enable MSAA and CSAA filtering if your GPU supports them, and measure performance with an on-screen FPS counter. All your default settings are backed up, so if something goes haywire, just restore.

For owners of older, or low-end devices, the goal might not be better graphical quality, but rather the opposite - reducing image complexity to obtain better performance. Like any respectable graphics tool, GLTools travels both ways.

If a heavy 3D game is giving you trouble, force rendering to 16 bit, downscale textures, minimise the resolution, and experiment with other settings. It doesn't really take flashy graphics to enjoy a game, does it?

Okay, enough explanations! Download GLTools and get to work. The app can be obtained for free from the XDA Developers board, or bought from Google Play as a way of supporting the developer.

Developer: n0n3m4-experimentalDownload: Free / Paid
Category: ToolsPrice: Free / $1.99

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8 Comments

1. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Yeah , i used to play Nvidia Tegra games on my note 3 with this.

4. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Sounds pretty awesome. I'd like to change the resolution on some games

5. waddup121 unregistered

Hey i remember this topic! but cool job bringing it back PA!

6. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

Thanks PA returned to the interesting topics.

7. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Does it require root? Edit: it does.

8. Devang_Mehta

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 11, 2017

Really awesome graphics

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