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  • #16
    I do not think it is worth to create another companion application. At least for now. I recommend to use Android emulator to such operations (until Windows 11 will not release proper android support).

    Better to focus on improving support for new Android/iOS apps. Some controllers are designed for mobiles only and their additional buttons work only with their mapping applications.
    What we can have by having strong mobile app:
    • Rewasd Junior can forward signals from these applications, what can unlock even more config possibilities. Bonus: less playing with reconnecting controllers from Android TV/mobile phone to PC.
    • Additionaly mobile phone mounted (and grouped in reWASD) with controller can work as second motor for vibrations, generating different vibration defined in config or emulating xbox's Impulse Trigger Vibrations (eg. for Nintendo controllers).
    • Mobile phones can be Dualshock's 4 touchpad as well for Xbox/Nintendo controllers.
    • Mobile phones can unlock gyro support for other controllers as well. Especially iPegas will work great in this case.
    • Mobile's virtual controller (application pretending controller) can let us create a lot of additonal buttons. Easy to emulate SNES or Xbox 360 controllers, limited by our imagination and button wizard (SteamLink app is doing this great, good to check RetroArch layouts and generally config of Florian Grill's DroidJoy which has Bluetooth/Wifi connection). Volume up/down or rog phone shoulder buttons shall be ready to remap too. Bonus: using mobile phone as remote control.
    • Mobile's virtual controller layers can be half-transparent and they can be displayed above other applications (like Octopus app which I'm using currently on Android). In this way we can run Moonlight Game Streaming app, Nvidia Gamestream, Radeon ReLive game streaming or even Steam Link and Parsec. Using rewasd for better controls and playing on the phone pc games streamed by third party applications. Yay!

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    • #17
      Thank you for the suggestions FlameMan !

      Yes, we are currently researching what is possible to do with a mobile-device-as-a-gamepad-for-the-PC and whether we can send data from the real gamepad. Stay tuned!

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      • #18
        Originally Posted by wookiepediologist View Post
        Still, as per Microsoft announcement, Windows 11 is going to support Android apps out-of-box. Thus, we assume the Windows companion app for reWASD might be not required
        New Windows 11 beta supports Windows Subsystem for Android, but according to official documentation:
        The Windows Subsystem for Android is a required software component that lets you install apps from the Amazon Appstore.
        reWASD Junior is not available on Amazon Appstore yet. Are you planning to release your app there? It would be helpful and let avoid "sideloading".

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        • #19
          Hello!
          We plan to add reWASD Junior to other stores in the future, but there is no ETA. Stay tuned!

          Also, we have some ideas about a Windows-based companion. Will be happy to share more info once we are ready.

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          • #20
            Wow, good to hear that. If you are preparing a windows-based companion maybe you will try with Xbox Game Bar SDK?

            It would be nice to be able to change the configuration by pressing win+G (activating xbox game bar) and not leaving/minimizing the game. At least it's worth considering.

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            • #21
              Originally Posted by FlameMan View Post
              Wow, good to hear that. If you are preparing a windows-based companion maybe you will try with Xbox Game Bar SDK?

              It would be nice to be able to change the configuration by pressing win+G (activating xbox game bar) and not leaving/minimizing the game. At least it's worth considering.
              At this time, we are not sure if we will use Game Bar.
              However, we do have ideas for improving the overlay. We plan to make it possible to use configs with it and much more.
              Stay tuned!

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              • #22
                After our last update, we received a lot of messages from Android players, who wanted to use reWASD with the new Companion app for Android. And our team of devs and testers didn’t sit idle: we got you all prepared for the next big reWASD 5.6 update! This one is packed with many new features, as well as updates for Joypad app and D-pad improvements.

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                • #23
                  Originally Posted by Paolaya View Post
                  After our last update, we received a lot of messages from Android players, who wanted to use reWASD with the new Companion app for Android. And our team of devs and testers didn’t sit idle: we got you all prepared for the next big reWASD 5.6 update! This one is packed with many new features, as well as updates for Joypad app and D-pad improvements.
                  Hello! reWASD companion app is already out, but it still works as a companion at the moment. Are you about being able to remap the gamepad to use it for Android games?

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