UCI and XBoard Engines for Android
Chess for Android is a chess application
for the Android platform that supports the Universal Chess Interface
(UCI) and Chess Engine Communication Protocol (often simply called
the XBoard or WinBoard protocol). This feature allows users to import
third party chess engines into the application, as further explained at
UCI and XBoard Protocols for Android.
Users can either play an imported engine directly, use infinite
analysis to study games, or even run tournaments
between engines. Engine setup furthermore features pondering, hash tables,
multiple threads, endgame tablebases, and opening test suites.
The application also recognizes Android Chessbase compatible engines.
UCI and XBoard Engines
Although Chess for Android runs on any Android device,
it is important that the engine has been compiled into proper
native code for that device. Currently, the Android platform
distinguishes between x86-based devices and ARMv5TE-based devices.
UCI and XBoard Engines for x86
For x86-based Android devices (such as Google TV), any
engine binary that has been compiled for 32-bit
x86 Linux will work. This format is widely available
for many chess engines.
UCI and XBoard Engines for ARMv5TE
Engine binaries that run on ARMv5TE-based Android devices
(most phones and tablets) are not widespread yet. The entries
below, however, list such engines, either as a link to the
engine's website or as a direct download of a binary compiled
by Aart Bik
(for all direct downloads, the engine authors have given kind
permissions to post the binaries on this website).
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