Chess for Android v4.1

I just released version 4.1 of Chess for Android, available at Google Play or as direct download (including a version with network/SMS permissions). The new features include:
  • Ability to send SMS messages (PGN, FEN, UNICODE, engine analysis)
  • Ability to enable/disable built-in book (useful when imported engine book should be preferred)
  • Larger engine analysis font
  • Further localization and internationalization
To send an SMS, long-press the notation window, and select "Send SMS", which pops up the window shown below. Simply fill out the phone number (which will be remembered for next time), and select between PGN, FEN, or UNICODE format (or engine analysis of an imported engine). Pressing the "Send SMS"  button will send the text message. The concise FEN format will be useful for correspondence players, since it can be directly copied and pasted by the other player (I have not implemented an SMS listener yet).


The UNICODE format sends the current chess position using UNICODE characters, as illustrated below (without fixed-width font, this may not always display as nicely).


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Comments

Anonymous said…
Hi,

it's possible to load a opening book (the book for critter)????

Kind regards,

Stefan
Aart Bik said…
Every third party engine can imports its book (usually this mean you need to install a book just like an engine to copy it to internal memory). The GUI cannot import third party book openings (yet) though....
Mike Dill said…
Hi Aart,

Great application. Thank you. Just want to point out that it does not appear to support the En Passant move.

Hope you have a Happy New Year.

Mike
Mike Dill said…
Hi Aart,

Great application. Thank you.

Hope you have a Happy New Year.

Mike
Aart Bik said…
Thanks Mike. En-passant is supported and is working as defined by the official rules, see this posting for more details.
Anonymous said…
Hi!! Many thanks for the good app.I have one question. Is it a big difference that your phone is 512 ram or 1 gb ram for at 1,2 ghz. What makes the difference in strength - the frequency of processor or the ram memory. SOrry if my question looks stupid for you?

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