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Hello, All!

I have just published MasterGear 4.6, emulating Sega MasterSystem, GameGear, SG-1000, and SC-3000 on Android:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.mg

This release introduces the completely new, modern interface for AndroidTV users. The new UI is based on the Leanback library, as suggested by Google. If you experience any problems with it, or miss any features, please, do not hesitate to email me.

In other news, I've fixed gamepad button assignment problems and made box art show up immediately as it gets downloaded. Also, there is now native support for 64bit Intel CPUs. As you remember, I had to disable cheat features to avoid Google staff banning MasterGear from the store. You can easily reenable cheats though by downloading this file to your Downloads folder:

http://fms.komkon.org/EmuAndroid/MasterGear-Cheats.zip

See below for all the changes in this release.

ALL CHANGES:
* Added completely new, modern AndroidTV interface.
* Please, email me if you encounter any issues with the new AndroidTV UI.
* Fixed gamepad button assignments.
* Completely refactored File Selector code.
* Made box art show immediately after download.
* Now properly wiping current screenshot when box art downloaded.
* Added 5ms and 10ms tactile feedback options.
* Added native 64bit Intel support.

Enjoy!

PS: Speccy Deluxe is on $2.99 sale this week:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.speccy.deluxe
 

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Hello, All!

MasterGear 4.6.1 for Android, a new version of my Sega MasterSystem and GameGear emulator, is now online:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.mg

This release fixes virtual buttons size on some devices and improves the new AndroidTV UI. I also fixed a bunch of crashes experienced by a few AndroidTV users. As you remember, I had to disable cheat features to avoid Google staff banning MasterGear from the store. You can easily reenable cheats though by downloading this file to your Downloads folder:

http://fms.komkon.org/EmuAndroid/MasterGear-Cheats.zip

Finally, MasterGear is currently on $2.99 sale at the Google Play Store. It is going to stay this way until the end of the week. See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Fixed virtual buttons getting too large or too small.
* Improved the new AndroidTV interface.
* Fixed rare division by zero when creating icon tiles.
* Fixed missing method crash in the new AndroidTV UI.
* Fixed null pointer crash when starting new AndroidTV UI.

Enjoy!
 

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Hello, All!

MasterGear 4.6.2 for Android, a new version of my Sega MasterSystem and GameGear emulator, is now available:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.mg

This release makes virtual buttons appear the same way on all devices, in all screen resolutions. If you had to tweak your buttons, use "Settings | Input | Edit Joystick Layout" option to tweak them back as necessary. I have also switched to the latest AndroidX and Firebase APIs from Google, so the app now requires Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) or newer. Whoever is still using Android Gingerbread, people, you really have to upgrade already. As you remember, I had to disable cheat features to avoid Google staff banning MasterGear from the store. You can easily reenable cheats though by downloading this file to your Downloads folder:

http://fms.komkon.org/EmuAndroid/MasterGear-Cheats.zip

See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Virtual buttons now have same size on all devices.
* App now requires Android 4.1+ (Jelly Bean) to run.
* Changed Apache HTTP library linkage.
* Switched to "androidx.leanback.*" APIs.
* Switched to Firebase for reporting.
* Switched to Gradle 5.6.

PS: AlmostTI, my TI graphing calc emulator, is currently on $2.99 sale at Google Play:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.ati

Have fun!
 

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Hello, All!

Just published MasterGear 4.6.4 for Android, a new version of my Sega MasterSystem and GameGear emulator:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.mg

This release adds keyboard navigation in all the dialogs and standard search functionality on AndroidTV. I have also fixed a few input-related issues, including screen literally going blue on some devices (such as Chromebooks). As you remember, I had to disable cheat features to avoid Google staff banning MasterGear from the store. You can easily reenable cheats though by downloading this file to your Downloads folder:

http://fms.komkon.org/EmuAndroid/MasterGear-Cheats.zip

See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Fixed screen going blue on some Androids, such as Chromebook.
* Added standard AndroidTV search functionality.
* Modified "Changes" dialog to keep Google approval drones happy.
* Enabled navigation with [DPAD_CENTER], [DELETE], and [ESCAPE] keys.
* Now ignoring repeated keypresses.

PS: ColEm Deluxe, the complete version of my ColecoVision emulator, is currently on $2.99 sale at Google Play:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.colem.deluxe

Enjoy!
 

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Discussion Starter · #125 ·
Hello, All!

Published MasterGear 4.6.5 for Android today, an updated version of my Sega MasterSystem and GameGear emulator:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.mg

This release fixes several user interface bugs, including two instances of a game getting started on double-clicks. As you remember, I had to disable cheat features to avoid Google staff banning MasterGear from the store. You can easily reenable cheats though by downloading this file to your Downloads folder:

http://fms.komkon.org/EmuAndroid/MasterGear-Cheats.zip

See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Fixed double clicks starting two game instances on some devices.
* Fixed settings not being applied after changing them in Preferences.
* Fixed screen going blue on some Androids, such as Chromebooks.

PS: Speccy Deluxe, the complete version of my Sinclair ZX Spectrum emulator, is currently on $2.99 sale at Google Play:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.speccy.deluxe

Enjoy!
 

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Discussion Starter · #126 ·
Hello, All!

Release MasterGear 4.6.6 for Android, a new version of my Sega MasterSystem and GameGear emulator:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.mg

This release makes sure the Advanced Settings dialogs properly handle inaccessible file system folders. You will no longer get stuck in these folders. As you remember, I had to disable cheat features to avoid Google staff banning MasterGear from the store. You can easily reenable cheats though by downloading this file to your Downloads folder:

http://fms.komkon.org/EmuAndroid/MasterGear-Cheats.zip

See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Advanced Settings now switch to app folder when current folder unavailable.
* Advanced Settings will not allow to select unavailable folders.

PS: AlmostTI, my TI graphing calc emulator, is currently on $2.99 sale at Google Play:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.ati

Enjoy!
 

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Hello, All!

MasterGear 4.6.7 for Android, a new version of my Sega MasterSystem and GameGear emulator, is now online:

MasterGear - MasterSystem & GameGear Emulator - Apps on Google Play

This release makes sure that File Selector will not go into inaccessible folders. If you need to quickly jump to a different folder, use the "Change Folder" menu option. Yes, it is also available on AndroidTV (in the top row). As you remember, I had to disable cheat features to avoid Google staff banning MasterGear from the store. You can easily reenable cheats though by downloading this file to your Downloads folder:

http://fms.komkon.org/EmuAndroid/MasterGear-Cheats.zip

See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
  • MasterGear is currently on $2.99 sale at Google Play Store.
  • Fixed AndroidTV file browser getting stuck on unavailable folders.
  • Fixed File Selector getting stuck on unavailable folders.
  • AndroidTV browser will point to "Folders" row after changing folder.
  • Toolbar now tries running paid apps before defaulting to free ones.
  • Added a message dialog when directing users to Google Play.

Enjoy!
 

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Hello, All!

I have published MasterGear 4.6.8 for Android today, a new release of my Sega MasterSystem and GameGear emulator:


For people storing their file son SD cards and USB drives, the new release adds a list of available storage devices to the "Change Folder" dialog. This way you do not need to remember and type the path name every time you switch storage. On AndroidTV, storage device options can be found in the top row of icons. Finally, MasterGear is on $2.99 sale at Google Play this week.

As you remember, I had to disable cheat features to avoid Google staff banning MasterGear from the store. You can easily reenable cheats though by downloading this file to your Downloads folder:


See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
  • MasterGear is on $2.99 sale this week.
  • Added list of available storage devices to "Change Folder" dialog.
  • Added available storage devices to the top row in AndroidTV UI.
  • Changed message indicating that Android denied a directory listing.

Enjoy!
 

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Hello, All!

I released MasterGear 4.6.9 for Android today, a new release of my Sega MasterSystem and GameGear emulator:


This release fixes a bunch of cloud-based features, such as State Exchange, Network Play, and Box Art Downloader. I have also fixed a crash on some AndroidTV devices when getting the list of storage locations. As you remember, I had to disable cheat features to avoid Google staff banning MasterGear from the store. You can easily reenable cheats though by downloading this file to your Downloads folder:


See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
  • Fixed stray crash on AndroidTV when obtaining the list of storage devices.
  • Fixed State Exchange feature.
  • Fixed Network Play feature.
  • Fixed box art downloader.

PS: Speccy Deluxe, the complete version of my Sinclair ZX Spectrum and Sam Coupe emulator, is on $2.99 sale this week:

 

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Discussion Starter · #131 ·
Hello, All!

I have published MasterGear 4.6.10 for Android today, a new release of my Sega MasterSystem and GameGear emulator:


This release makes multiple fixes to Box Art Downloader. It will follow URL redirects and use alternative storage location (/sdcard/MasterGear) if it cannot store box art where ROMs are. As you remember, I had to disable cheat features to avoid Google staff banning MasterGear from the store. You can easily reenable cheats though by downloading this file to your Downloads folder:


See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
  • When parent folder not available, showing storage devices instead.
  • Fixed Box Art Downloader to use alternative storage location.
  • Fixed Box Art Downloader to follow redirects.
  • Added HTTPS support to Box Art Downloader.

PS: ColEm Deluxe, the complete version of my ColecoVision and Coleco Adam emulator, is on $2.99 sale this week:

 

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Hello, All!

I have just released MasterGear 4.6, a new version of my Sega MasterSystem, GameGear, SG-1000, and SC-3000 emulator for Windows and Linux:

MasterGear: Portable SEGA MasterSystem/GameGear Emulator -- homepage
http://fms.komkon.org/MG/MG46-Windows-bin.zip -- free Windows binary
http://fms.komkon.org/MG/MG46-Ubuntu-x86-bin.tgz -- free Linux binary

The new MasterGear comes with many fixes and improvements to the Windows version. Window resizing and positioning has been fixed. The app should behave better on computers with multiple displays. The scaling and special effects framework has been refactored and optimized for larger screens. There is now a special option for hardware linear scaling, as well as the option to clear all app settings. See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
  • Refactored scaling and special effects framework in MG-Windows.
  • Optimized scaling for large screens and windows.
  • Added option to force hardware linear scaling.
  • Enabled "Video | Stretch Full Screen" option with effects enabled.
  • Enabled "Video | Force 4:3 Screen" option with effects enabled.
  • Added "Video | Interpolate Video | Linear Scaling" option to MG-Windows.
  • Added "File | Clear Settings and Quit" option to MG-Windows.
  • Fixed small windows behavior in MG-Windows.
  • Fixed window position behavior in MG-Windows.
  • Saving physical joystick/gamepad selection in MG-Windows.

Have fun!

PS: If you like MasterGear on Windows or Linux, consider buying MasterGear for your Android devices. The Android version is on $2.99 sale at Google Play this week:

 

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Hello, All!

I have released MasterGear 4.6.11 for Android this morning, a new version of my Sega MasterSystem and GameGear emulator:


This release is based on the latest MasterGear 4.6 for Windows and Linux, published earlier this week. It includes a new, separate option for linear image scaling. Finally, MasterGear is on $2.99 sale at Google Play this week.

As you remember, I had to disable cheat features to avoid Google staff banning MasterGear from the store. You can easily reenable cheats though by downloading this file to your Downloads folder:


See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
  • Based on the latest MasterGear 4.6 sources.
  • Added separate option for linear image interpolation.

Enjoy!
 

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Hello, All!

I have published MasterGear 4.7, a new version of my Sega MasterSystem, GameGear, SG-1000, and SC-3000 emulator for Windows and Linux:

MasterGear: Portable SEGA MasterSystem/GameGear Emulator -- homepage
http://fms.komkon.org/MG/MG47-Windows-bin.zip -- free Windows binary
http://fms.komkon.org/MG/MG47-Ubuntu-x86-bin.tgz -- free Linux binary

The new MasterGear adds a simple, CPU-based linear interpolation scaling algorithm, for cases where using hardware-based scaling is unfeasible. The Windows version also adds support for drag'n'drop: you can now drag supported files onto application window in order to load them. The Android version of MasterGear is currently on $2.99 sale at Google Play:

MasterGear - MasterSystem & GameGear Emulator - Apps on Google Play

If you like MasterGear on the desktop, please, consider buying the Android version to support further MasterGear development. See below for all the changes made in this week's release.

ALL CHANGES:
  • Added CPU-based simple linear scaling algorithm.
  • Added file drag'n'drop support to MG-Windows.
  • Added "-linear" command line option to MG-Linux.

Have fun!
 

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I have released MasterGear 4.7 for Android this morning, a new version of my Sega MasterSystem and GameGear emulator:


This release is based on the latest MasterGear 4.7 for Windows and Linux, published last week. It adds a simple CPU-based linear interpolation scaler, used when GPU-based linear interpolation is unfeasible. Just today, MasterGear is on $2.99 sale at Google Play.

As you remember, I had to disable cheat features to avoid Google staff banning MasterGear from the store. You can easily reenable cheats though by downloading this file to your Downloads folder:


See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
  • Based on the latest MasterGear 4.7 sources.
  • Refactored scaling and special effects framework.
  • Added simple CPU-based linear interpolation algorithm.

Enjoy!
 

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Hello, All!

I've just published MasterGear 4.7.1 for Android, a new version of my Sega MasterSystem, GameGear, and SG-1000 emulator:

MasterGear - MasterSystem & GameGear Emulator - Apps on Google Play -- at Google Play
Revive Old Software on Your Android Phone or Tablet! -- homepage

Starting this November, Google no longer allows Android apps to access files on Android10+ devices, outside app's sandbox. All storage access is now supposed to be done via something called "Storage Access Framework".

I had to make major changes to MasterGear in order to comply with the new regulations. If you have a newer Android10+, you will see the list of storage volumes in the File Selector. Once you click on a volume, the app may ask you for permission to access it. Otherwise, things should work the same as before. If you find any new problems with the app though, please, report them to the support group or email me directly. See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
  • Refactored app to comply with Google's latest ban on file I/O.
  • On Android 10+, all file access is now done via content providers.
  • Content is copied to a temporary folder for use, changes moved back on exit.
  • You may have to give app separate permission to read each storage location.

Have fun!
 

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Hello, All!

I've released MasterGear 4.7.2 for Android, a new version of my Sega MasterSystem, GameGear, and SG-1000 emulator:

MasterGear - MasterSystem & GameGear Emulator - Apps on Google Play -- at Google Play
Revive Old Software on Your Android Phone or Tablet! -- homepage

For this release, I have fixed a bunch of bugs introduced by the refactoring. The app should once again run on Android 4.2+ devices and handle file names with parentheses and spaces. Several possible crash sources have also been fixed.

As you remember, I had to disable cheat features to avoid Google staff banning MasterGear from the store. You can easily reenable cheats though by downloading this file to your Downloads folder:


See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
  • Fixed several crash sources that popped up after refactoring.
  • Fixed compatibility with Android 4.2/4.3.
  • Fixed handling of spaces and parentheses in "content://" URIs.
  • Fixed list of volumes in "Change Folder" dialog.
  • Fixed "Change Folder" functionality.
  • Fixed leaked dialog window on app exit.
  • Added rounded corners to legacy icons.

In somewhat related news, VGBAnext, my universal GBA, GBC, and NES emulator, is on $2.99 sale at Google Play for the next couple of days:

 

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Hello, All!

I've published MasterGear 4.7.3 for Android, a new version of my Sega MasterSystem, GameGear, and SG-1000 emulator:

MasterGear - MasterSystem & GameGear Emulator - Apps on Google Play -- at Google Play
Revive Old Software on Your Android Phone or Tablet! -- homepage

This release fixes File Selector UI on newer AndroidTV devices and also fixes opening Sega files from external apps, such as file managers. I have also enabled adding home screen shortcuts for newer Android devices.

As you remember, I had to disable cheat features to avoid Google staff banning MasterGear from the store. You can easily reenable cheats though by downloading this file to your Downloads folder:

http://fms.komkon.org/EmuAndroid/MasterGear-Cheats.zip

See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
  • Fixed file selection UI on newer AndroidTV devices.
  • Fixed opening files from File Managers and other apps.
  • Enabled adding home screen shortcuts on newer devices.

Enjoy!
 

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Hello, All!

I have published MasterGear 4.8, a new version of my Sega MasterSystem, GameGear, SG-1000, and SC-3000 emulator for Windows and Linux:

MasterGear: Portable SEGA MasterSystem/GameGear Emulator -- homepage
http://fms.komkon.org/MG/MG48-Windows-bin.zip -- free Windows binary
http://fms.komkon.org/MG/MG48-Ubuntu-x86-bin.tgz -- free Linux binary

The new MasterGear adds Windows clipboard paste functionality in the SC-3000 home computer mode. See "Hardware | Paste Clipboard" menu option. I have also swapped [YEN] and [AT] keys and made a few more changes. The Android version of MasterGear is currently on $2.99 sale at Google Play:

MasterGear - MasterSystem & GameGear Emulator - Apps on Google Play

If you like MasterGear on the desktop, please, consider buying the Android version to support further MasterGear development. See below for all the changes made in this week's release.

ALL CHANGES:
  • Added functionality for injecting ASCII text via SC-3000 keyboard.
  • Added "Hardware | Paste Clipboard" option to MG-Windows.
  • During paste, replacing backslash with slash, underscore with minus.
  • Swapped YEN and AT keys.

Have fun!
 

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Hello, All!

I've published MasterGear 4.8 for Android, a new version of my Sega MasterSystem, GameGear, and SG-1000 emulator:

MasterGear - MasterSystem & GameGear Emulator - Apps on Google Play -- at Google Play
Revive Old Software on Your Android Phone or Tablet! -- homepage

This release is based on the MasterGear 4.8 for Windows and Linux, released in February. It makes File Selector scrolling much faster, at the cost of not showing auxiliary files information on newer Android devices. As you remember, I had to disable cheat features to avoid Google staff banning MasterGear from the store. You can easily reenable cheats though by downloading this file to your Downloads folder:

https://fms.komkon.org/EmuAndroid/MasterGear-Cheats.zip

See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
  • Based on the latest MasterGear 4.8 sources.
  • Disabled querying content providers for auxiliary files to improve performance.
  • Scrolling in File Selector has become much more responsive.

Enjoy!

PS: AlmostTI, my Texas Instruments graphing calc emulator, is on $2.99 sale this week:

 
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