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Hello, All!

VGB 5.1.4 for Android, a new version of my GameBoy emulator, is now available for download:

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

This release improves compatibility with third party apps, such as email clients and file managers, that let you click on a file to open it in VGB. Among other things, I have fixed compatibility with the newer versions of Astro File Manager. Also, the screen updates synchronization has been fixed. If you have an Android device with Nvidia GPU, please, check if the "Settings | Video | Draw Frames | Automatic" option behaves better on your device now. Finally, I refactored quite a lot of library code, including virtual buttons and utilities to obtain extended information about ROM files. See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Refactored display updates synchronization.
* Fixed support for opening GameBoy files from Astro File Manager.
* Added support for opening "content://" URIs.
* Refactored file type definitions in the manifest.
* Refactored EMULib library code.
* Moved virtual buttons implementation into OvrButton class.
* Moved file-specific utilities into FileInfo class.

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Hello, All!

VGB 5.1.6 for Android, released this morning, adds cheats for 10 more games, including Metroid 2, Dexter, and Crash Dummies:

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

See below for the complete list.

ALL CHANGES:
* Added Cheatopedia cheats for 10 more games.
* Added cheats for Metroid 2.
* Added cheats for Crash Dummies.
* Added cheats for Cruis'n Exotica.
* Added cheats for Cubix Robots For Everyone.
* Added cheats for Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX.
* Added cheats for Deer Hunter.
* Added cheats for Dexter Laboratory: Robot Rampage.
* Added cheats for Dick Tracy.
* Added cheats for Die Maus (German).
* Added cheats for Dig Dug.

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Hello, All!

This week's VGB-Android 5.1.7 release fixes a bunch of accidental crashes reported by the new and improved Google Play console:

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

By public request, I have also removed the READ_PHONE_STATE permission from the package. VGB will now used AndroidID, rather than IMEI, to identify individual devices in the logs. Since I obviously do not know who owns which device, you may have to tell me your AndroidID when asking for help. See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Fixed multiple crashes reported by the new Google Play Console.
* Fixed crashes when showing or dismissing progress dialog in the File Selector.
* Fixed crash when blitting image to screen while exiting.
* Fixed crash when starting a game from the Gallery on Android Nougat.
* Hopefully fixed rare crash in the File Selector onCreate().
* Fixed file type definitions in the manifest.
* No longer asking for READ_PHONE_STATE permission.
* Application will use AndroidID rather than IMEI to identify users.
* When emailing for support, attach your AndroidID (dial "*#*#8255#*#*").

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Hello, All!

The free VGB 5.2, a new version of my GameBoy Color, GameBoy Classic, and Super GameBoy emulator for Windows and Linux, is now online:

http://fms.komkon.org/VGB -- homepage
http://fms.komkon.org/VGB/VGB52-Windows-bin.zip -- Windows binaries
http://fms.komkon.org/VGB/VGB52-Ubuntu-x86-bin.tgz -- Linux binaries

This release adds support for DirectInput joysticks on Windows, fixes several Windows bugs, and moves all the input options to the "Input" menu. See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Added support for DirectInput joysticks to VGB-Windows.
* Moved all input-related options to the "Input" menu in VGB-Windows.
* Fixed crash when changing audio sampling rate in VGB-Windows.
* Added "Draw 65% Frames" option to VGB-Windows.
* Fixed screen updates after changing scaling algorithm in VGB-Windows.

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Hello, All!

The VGB 5.2 for Android is now online:

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

This release fixes several crashes in the native code, as well as Cheatopedia. It is based on the same sources as VGB 5.2 for Windows and Linux, released a short while ago:

http://fms.komkon.org/VGB/

See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Released free VGB 5.2 for Windows and Linux.
* Hopefully fixed a crash in the native startup code.
* Hopefully fixed two native crashes when drawing screen.
* Fixed crash when dismissing progress dialog in Cheatopedia.
* Fixed the order of calls in onPause() / onStop() / onDestroy().

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Hello, All!

The fresh VGB 5.2.1 for Android has been released tonight:

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

This release fixes an awkward situation where newer Androids will not let VGB list the root folder. Previously, you would end up with an empty File Selector and nowhere else to go, but no more. I have also fixed several possible crashes and added Cheatopedia cheats for eight more games, including Dogz, Atlantis, and Donald Duck. See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Fixed File Selector getting stuck at unreadable root folder.
* Fixed native crash when processing initial commands sent by Java side.
* Fixed crash when loading an invalid skin bitmap file.
* Added cheats for 8 more games.
* Added cheats for Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Mulan.
* Added cheats for Buzz Lightyear and Disney's Dinosaur.
* Added cheats for Donald Duck in Maui Mallard.
* Added cheats for Donald Duck: Going Quackers.
* Added cheats for Tarzan and Dogz.

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Hello, All!

The latest VGB 5.2.2 for Android is now online:

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

This release adds the "Change Folder" option letting you jump between folders and fixes a few bugs. See below for details.

ALL CHANGES:
* Added "Change Folder" option to the File Selector for jumping between folders.
* Made folder listing error a bit less threatening, since it has become the new normal in Android 7+.
* Fixed hangup on exit where Java code waits for non-existent native thread.
* Removed outdated features from the EMULib code.

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VGB 5.2.3 for Android, a new version of my GameBoy emulator is available from the Google Play today:

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

This release makes sure that the selected GameBoy model and other hardware options in "Settings | Emulation" are saved between emulation runs. There are also improvements to the Joystick Layout Editor, with several bugs fixed and the display rectangle resizable in both directions. Please, be aware that the GameBoy screen has certain fixed ratio, so if you make the display rectangle too tall, the GameBoy screen will stick to its top. See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* GameBoy model and other hardware options will now be saved.
* Greatly improved the Layout Editor, fixing many bugs.
* Layout Editor now lets you resize screen in both dimensions.
* Screen rectangle will stay centered while resizing.
* Buttons gravity will be restored when resetting layout.
* Made states/screenshots deletion more reliable.

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Hello, All!

I've just published VGB 5.3, the new version of my GameBoy Color, GameBoy Classic, and Super GameBoy emulator:

http://fms.komkon.org/VGB/ -- homepage
http://fms.komkon.org/VGB/VGB53-Windows-bin.zip -- free Windows version
http://fms.komkon.org/VGB/VGB53-Ubuntu-x86-bin.tgz -- free Linux version

The new VGB adds support for multiple monitors and improves full-screen mode detection on Windows, fixes DirectInput joysticks support and the flickering window issue that appeared after the recent Win10 updates. The Windows version now supports two joysticks at a time (as long as a GameBoy or Super GameBoy game allows for two players) and makes XBox directional pads work. I have also switched the Linux version to PulseAudio sound, so that you no longer need to mess with the OSS sound emulation. See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Added second joystick support to VGB-Windows.
* Added multiple monitor support to VGB-Windows.
* Fixed disappearing window in VGB-Windows.
* Fixed best full-screen mode detection in VGB-Windows.
* Fixed window flicker that appeared after recent Win10 updates.
* Fixed DirectInput joysticks support in VGB-Windows.
* Made directional pads work on XBox gamepads.
* Switched VGB-Linux to using PulseAudio sound.
* Updated old PulseAudio driver for 64bit Linux.

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Hello, All!

VGB 5.3 for Android is now online:

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

This release fixes DropBox support, broken since DropBox changed their API last month. I have now switched to DropBox APIv2, but you may have to reset all settings or reinstall VGB to make DropBox work. It is also worth noting that VGB-Android is on sale for $1.99 for the next few days. Finally, I have also released the free VGB 5.3 for Windows and Linux at the beginning of this week:

http://fms.komkon.org/VGB/

See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Released free VGB 5.3 for Windows and Linux.
* Switched to DropBox APIv2. DropBox support works again.
* Use "Settings | General | Reset All Settings" to remove old DropBox token.
* Fixed a few bugs in the DropBox code.

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Hello, All!

I have just updated VGB-Android emulator to version 5.3.1:

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

This release applies final fixes to make DropBox work again, as well as fixes the issue with save files getting stuck in the /sdcard/VGB folder and overriding newer saves. See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Fixed issue with backup save file being chosen over the normal one.
* Fixed remaining DropBox issues.
* Fixed upload dates on the DropBox files.
* Made DropBox worker queue more reliable.
* Renamed DropBox authorization activity.

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Hello, All!

The new VGB 5.3.2 for Android is now online and still on $1.99 sale for the next couple of days:

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

This release fixes the DropBox crash that occurred when your app folder had subfolders. I have also fixed gamepads on ShieldTV and other AndroidTV devices, and moved all app development to the latest Android SDK. See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Fixed DropBox crash when app folder has subfolders.
* Fixed gamepad on Nvidia ShieldTV and other AndroidTV devices.
* Any input devices named as "virtual-*" are now ignored.
* Any virtual (android-16) and disabled (android-27) devices are ignored.
* Switched to the latest android-27 SDK.
* Now using Android build tools version 27.0.2.

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Hello, All!

VGB 5.3.3, a new version of my GameBoy emulator for Android, is now online:

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

This version fixes several rare crashes in the native code and restores ability to create home screen shortcuts to your favorite games. See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Fixed native crash when saving state.
* Fixed several other possible sources of native crashes.
* Fixed desktop icon placement.
* Fixed crash when passing "file://" URI via desktop icon.
* Fixed possible native crash when applying .IPS patches.

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Hello, All!

I am releasing VGB 5.3.4 for Android this morning, a new version of my GameBoy Color, GameBoy Classic, and Super GameBoy emulator:

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

This release adds the remaining time display during replay and fixes a bunch of replay bugs found while adding the display. I have also switched Settings to Material Design theme and added dark/light textured backgrounds, same as in the rest of the app. For the next few days, VGB is on $1.99 sale at Google Play. See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Added remaining time display during replay.
* Fixed replay rollover mechanism.
* Added shadow underneath the time display.
* Settings activity now uses black/white UI setting.
* Switched Settings to Material Design on Lollipop+.
* Stopping replay when emulation reset or state loaded.

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Hello, All!

The free VGB 5.4 for Windows and Linux is now online:

http://fms.komkon.org/VGB/ -- homepage
http://fms.komkon.org/VGB/VGB54-Windows-bin.zip -- free Windows version
http://fms.komkon.org/VGB/VGB54-Ubuntu-x86-bin.tgz -- free Linux version

The new release fixes several issues with the replay feature and adds the remaining replay time display. If you do not yet know what replay is, simply press F8 during the game and see what happens.

ALL CHANGES:
* Added remaining time display during replay.
* Added shadow underneath the time display.
* Stopping replay when menu opens on Windows.
* Fixed replay rollover mechanism.

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Hello, All!

VGB 5.3.5, a new version of my GameBoy Color, GameBoy Classic, and Super GameBoy emulator for Android, is now online:

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

This release fixes a couple of AndroidTV issues and adds Cheatopedia cheats for nine more games. See below for the complete list of changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Fixed Settings background on AndroidTV.
* Disabled DropBox on AndroidTV for now, since there is no browser.
* Added Cheatopedia cheats for 9 more games.
* Added cheats for Dr Mario and Dragon Dance.
* Added cheats for Dracula and Driver.
* Added cheats for Dragon Tales and Drop Zone.
* Added cheats for Dynablaster and Tower Of Druaga.
* Added cheats for Dragon's Lair.

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Hello, All!

I'm starting this week with VGB 5.3.6, the new release of my GameBoy Color, GameBoy Classic, and Super GameBoy emulator for Android:

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

This release makes life easier for AndroidTV users, by making sure the first player always gets to use the stock gamepad. Also, both players can exit emulation and access menus now. Finally, I added cheats for 12 more games, including Final Fantasy Legend, Elevator Action, and F-1 Pole Position. See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Made sure first player always gets stock gamepad on Nvidia ShieldTV.
* Either player can open menu or exit emulation now.
* Added Cheatopedia cheats for 12 more games.
* Added cheats for Final Fantasy Legend.
* Added cheats for ECW Hardcore Revolution.
* Added cheats for ESPN International Track & Field.
* Added cheats for Elevator Action and F-1 Boy.
* Added cheats for European Super League and Fastest Lap.
* Added cheats for F-1 Pole Position and Flash.
* Added cheats for Fire Fighter and Flappy Special.
* Added cheats for Ferrari Grand Prix Challenge.

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Hello, All!

I'm starting this week with the VGB 5.3.7 emulator release for Android:

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

For this release, I have deprecated some old code, rebuilt remaining code with stricter compiler options and fixed all warnings. The saved states are now compatible between 32bit and 64bit VGB builds. I have also added Cheatopedia cheats for six more games, including Flintstones, Flying Warriors, and Formula One. For the next few days, VGB is on $1.99 sale at the Google Play. See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Fixed saved state compatibility between 32bit and 64bit systems.
* Recompiled sources with "-Wall" and fixed warnings.
* Deprecated -DNO_WAVE_INTERPOLATION compilation option.
* Deprecated -DNEW_STATES compilation option.
* Added Cheatopedia cheats for 6 more games.
* Added cheats for two Flintstones games.
* Added cheats for Flying Warriors.
* Added cheats for Formula One 2000.
* Added cheats for Funny Field.
* Added cheats for Force 21.

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Hello, All!

VGB 5.4, a new version of my GameBoy Color, GameBoy Classic, and Super GameBoy emulator for Android, is out today:

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

This version adds the ability to pause replay with UP button and single-step through it with LEFT and RIGHT buttons. Once satisfied, press UP again to resume replay, or any other button to continue playing. I have also added Cheatopedia cheats for seven more games, including GameBoy Wars, Harley Davidson, and Hands Of Time. See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Added ability to browse through paused replay.
* During replay, press LEFT and RIGHT keys to browse.
* Press UP to resume replay, any other key to continue.
* Press any other button to continue playing.
* Made replay save states approximately every 170ms.
* Made replay code always return "replay-ended" when replay ended.
* Made WaitJoystick() exit when window closed.
* Added Cheatopedia cheats for 7 more games.
* Added cheats for two Japanese GameBoy Wars games.
* Added cheats for Harley Davidson: Race Across America.
* Added cheats for Hands Of Time and Generations.
* Added cheats for Game Of Harmony and Gourmet Paradise.

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Hello, All!

VGB 5.5, the latest version of my free GameBoy Color, GameBoy Classic, and Super GameBoy emulator for Windows and Linux, is now online:

http://fms.komkon.org/VGB -- homepage
http://fms.komkon.org/VGB/VGB55-Windows-bin.zip -- free Windows version
http://fms.komkon.org/VGB/VGB55-Ubuntu-x86-bin.tgz -- free Linux version

The new VGB adds emulation for the "GameBoy Advance Compatibility Mode", where someone plugs a GameBoy Color cartridge into GBA and plays it. Some games, such as Shantae, will sense this and enable additional features. I have also added ability to pause replay with UP button and single-step through your gameplay with LEFT and RIGHT buttons. Once satisfied, press UP to resume, or any other button to continue playing. See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Added ability to play GBC games in GBA "backward compatibility mode".
* Use -gba in VGB-Unix to enable GBA compatibility mode.
* Use "Hardware | GameBoy Model | GameBoy Advance" in VGB-Windows.
* Added ability to browse through paused replay.
* During replay, press LEFT/RIGHT keys to browse.
* Press UP to resume replay, any other key to continue.
* Press any other button to continue playing.
* Made replay save states approximately every 170ms.
* Made replay code always return "replay-ended" when replay ended.
* Made WaitJoystick() exit when window closed.

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