3D animated photo cubeLearn from this tutorial how to draw 3D cube with Open GL, rotate it, put six images, one on each side of it and play a sound on click  in Android Studio version 1.4. Create New Project with Application name: PhotoCube; Minimum SDK: API9Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Add 6 pictures from computer, in project folder res -> drawable: pic1.jpg,  pic2.jpg, pic3.jpg, pic4.jpg, pic5.jpg, pic6.jpg. Create New Java ClassMyGLActivity” and complete the code.
import android.app.Activity;
import android.opengl.GLSurfaceView;
import android.os.Bundle;

public class MyGLActivity extends Activity {
   private GLSurfaceView glView;                   // use GLSurfaceView

   // Call back when the activity is started, to initialize the view
   protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
      glView = new GLSurfaceView(this);           // Allocate a GLSurfaceView
      glView.setRenderer(new MyGLRenderer(this)); // Use a custom renderer
      this.setContentView(glView);                // This activity sets to GLSurfaceView
   // Call back when the activity is going into the background
   protected void onPause() {
   // Call back after onPause()
   protected void onResume() {
Create New Java ClassMyGLRenderer” and complete the code.
import javax.microedition.khronos.egl.EGLConfig;
import javax.microedition.khronos.opengles.GL10;
import android.content.Context;
import android.opengl.GLSurfaceView;
import android.opengl.GLU;
public class MyGLRenderer implements GLSurfaceView.Renderer {
   private PhotoCube cube;     // (NEW)
   private static float angleCube = 0;     // rotational angle in degree for cube
   private static float speedCube = 0.5f; // rotational speed for cube
   // Constructor
   public MyGLRenderer(Context context) {
      cube = new PhotoCube(context);    // (NEW)
   // Call back when the surface is first created or re-created.
   public void onSurfaceCreated(GL10 gl, EGLConfig config) {
      gl.glClearColor(0.0f, 0.0f, 0.0f, 1.0f);  // Set color's clear-value to black
      gl.glClearDepthf(1.0f);            // Set depth's clear-value to farthest
      gl.glEnable(GL10.GL_DEPTH_TEST);   // Enables depth-buffer for hidden surface removal
      gl.glDepthFunc(GL10.GL_LEQUAL);    // The type of depth testing to do
      gl.glHint(GL10.GL_PERSPECTIVE_CORRECTION_HINT, GL10.GL_NICEST);  // nice perspective view
      gl.glShadeModel(GL10.GL_SMOOTH);   // Enable smooth shading of color
      gl.glDisable(GL10.GL_DITHER);      // Disable dithering for better performance
      // Setup Texture, each time the surface is created (NEW)
      cube.loadTexture(gl);             // Load images into textures (NEW)
      gl.glEnable(GL10.GL_TEXTURE_2D);  // Enable texture (NEW)
   // Call back after onSurfaceCreated() or whenever the window's size changes
   public void onSurfaceChanged(GL10 gl, int width, int height) {
      if (height == 0) height = 1;   // To prevent divide by zero
      float aspect = (float)width / height;
      // Set the viewport (display area) to cover the entire window
      gl.glViewport(0, 0, width, height);
      // Setup perspective projection, with aspect ratio matches viewport
      gl.glMatrixMode(GL10.GL_PROJECTION); // Select projection matrix
      gl.glLoadIdentity();                 // Reset projection matrix
      // Use perspective projection
      GLU.gluPerspective(gl, 45, aspect, 0.1f, 100.f);
      gl.glMatrixMode(GL10.GL_MODELVIEW);  // Select model-view matrix
      gl.glLoadIdentity();                 // Reset
      // You OpenGL|ES display re-sizing code here
      // ......
   // Call back to draw the current frame.
   public void onDrawFrame(GL10 gl) {
          // Clear color and depth buffers
          gl.glClear(GL10.GL_COLOR_BUFFER_BIT | GL10.GL_DEPTH_BUFFER_BIT);
          // ----- Render the Cube -----
          gl.glLoadIdentity();                  // Reset the model-view matrix
          gl.glTranslatef(0.0f, 0.0f, -6.0f);   // Translate into the screen
          gl.glRotatef(angleCube, 0.15f, 1.0f, 0.3f); // Rotate
          // Update the rotational angle after each refresh.
          angleCube += speedCube;
Create New Java ClassPhotoCube” and complete the code.
import java.nio.ByteBuffer;
import java.nio.ByteOrder;
import java.nio.FloatBuffer;
import javax.microedition.khronos.opengles.GL10;
import android.content.Context;
import android.graphics.Bitmap;
import android.graphics.BitmapFactory;
import android.opengl.GLUtils;
 * A photo cube with 6 pictures (textures) on its 6 faces.
public class PhotoCube {
   private FloatBuffer vertexBuffer;  // Vertex Buffer
   private FloatBuffer texBuffer;     // Texture Coords Buffer
   private int numFaces = 6;
   private int[] imageFileIDs = {  // Image file IDs
   private int[] textureIDs = new int[numFaces];
   private Bitmap[] bitmap = new Bitmap[numFaces];
   private float cubeHalfSize = 1.2f;
   // Constructor - Set up the vertex buffer
   public PhotoCube(Context context) {
      // Allocate vertex buffer. An float has 4 bytes
      ByteBuffer vbb = ByteBuffer.allocateDirect(12 * 4 * numFaces);
      vertexBuffer = vbb.asFloatBuffer();
      // Read images. Find the aspect ratio and adjust the vertices accordingly.
      for (int face = 0; face < numFaces; face++) {
         bitmap[face] = BitmapFactory.decodeStream(
         int imgWidth = bitmap[face].getWidth();
         int imgHeight = bitmap[face].getHeight();
         float faceWidth = 2.0f;
         float faceHeight = 2.0f;
         // Adjust for aspect ratio
         if (imgWidth > imgHeight) {
            faceHeight = faceHeight * imgHeight / imgWidth; 
         } else {
            faceWidth = faceWidth * imgWidth / imgHeight;
         float faceLeft = -faceWidth / 2;
         float faceRight = -faceLeft;
         float faceTop = faceHeight / 2;
         float faceBottom = -faceTop;
         // Define the vertices for this face
         float[] vertices = {
            faceLeft,  faceBottom, 0.0f,  // 0. left-bottom-front
            faceRight, faceBottom, 0.0f,  // 1. right-bottom-front
            faceLeft,  faceTop,    0.0f,  // 2. left-top-front
            faceRight, faceTop,    0.0f,  // 3. right-top-front
         vertexBuffer.put(vertices);  // Populate
      vertexBuffer.position(0);    // Rewind
      // Allocate texture buffer. An float has 4 bytes. Repeat for 6 faces.
      float[] texCoords = {
         0.0f, 1.0f,  // A. left-bottom
         1.0f, 1.0f,  // B. right-bottom
         0.0f, 0.0f,  // C. left-top
         1.0f, 0.0f   // D. right-top
      ByteBuffer tbb = ByteBuffer.allocateDirect(texCoords.length * 4 * numFaces);
      texBuffer = tbb.asFloatBuffer();
      for (int face = 0; face < numFaces; face++) {
      texBuffer.position(0);   // Rewind
   // Render the shape
   public void draw(GL10 gl) {
      gl.glVertexPointer(3, GL10.GL_FLOAT, 0, vertexBuffer);
      gl.glTexCoordPointer(2, GL10.GL_FLOAT, 0, texBuffer);
      // front
      gl.glTranslatef(0f, 0f, cubeHalfSize);
      gl.glBindTexture(GL10.GL_TEXTURE_2D, textureIDs[0]);
      gl.glDrawArrays(GL10.GL_TRIANGLE_STRIP, 0, 4);
      // left
      gl.glRotatef(270.0f, 0f, 1f, 0f);
      gl.glTranslatef(0f, 0f, cubeHalfSize);
      gl.glBindTexture(GL10.GL_TEXTURE_2D, textureIDs[1]);
      gl.glDrawArrays(GL10.GL_TRIANGLE_STRIP, 4, 4);
      // back
      gl.glRotatef(180.0f, 0f, 1f, 0f);
      gl.glTranslatef(0f, 0f, cubeHalfSize);
      gl.glBindTexture(GL10.GL_TEXTURE_2D, textureIDs[2]);
      gl.glDrawArrays(GL10.GL_TRIANGLE_STRIP, 8, 4);
      // right
      gl.glRotatef(90.0f, 0f, 1f, 0f);
      gl.glTranslatef(0f, 0f, cubeHalfSize);
      gl.glBindTexture(GL10.GL_TEXTURE_2D, textureIDs[3]);
      gl.glDrawArrays(GL10.GL_TRIANGLE_STRIP, 12, 4);
      // top
      gl.glRotatef(270.0f, 1f, 0f, 0f);
      gl.glTranslatef(0f, 0f, cubeHalfSize);
      gl.glBindTexture(GL10.GL_TEXTURE_2D, textureIDs[4]);
      gl.glDrawArrays(GL10.GL_TRIANGLE_STRIP, 16, 4);
      // bottom
      gl.glRotatef(90.0f, 1f, 0f, 0f);
      gl.glTranslatef(0f, 0f, cubeHalfSize);
      gl.glBindTexture(GL10.GL_TEXTURE_2D, textureIDs[5]);
      gl.glDrawArrays(GL10.GL_TRIANGLE_STRIP, 20, 4);
   // Load images into 6 GL textures
   public void loadTexture(GL10 gl) {
      gl.glGenTextures(6, textureIDs, 0); // Generate texture-ID array for 6 IDs
      // Generate OpenGL texture images
      for (int face = 0; face < numFaces; face++) {
         gl.glBindTexture(GL10.GL_TEXTURE_2D, textureIDs[face]);
         gl.glTexParameterf(GL10.GL_TEXTURE_2D, GL10.GL_TEXTURE_MIN_FILTER, GL10.GL_NEAREST);
         gl.glTexParameterf(GL10.GL_TEXTURE_2D, GL10.GL_TEXTURE_MAG_FILTER, GL10.GL_LINEAR);
         // Build Texture from loaded bitmap for the currently-bind texture ID
         GLUtils.texImage2D(GL10.GL_TEXTURE_2D, 0, bitmap[face], 0);
Modify code in AndroidManifest.xml file.
    android:theme="@style/AppTheme" >
    <activity android:name="MyGLActivity" >
            <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />

            <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />
Run the app in Emulator. In next steps learn how to add sound on click and how to stop sound when exit app. In “res” folder, Create New Directory: raw. Add an mp3 with name “sound.mp3” in folder “raw“. Complete code for play a sound on click in MyGLActivity.java file:
private MediaPlayer mp;
In onCreate add code:
glView.setOnClickListener(new View.OnClickListener() {

    public void onClick(View v) {
        mp = MediaPlayer.create(MyGLActivity.this, R.raw.sound);
Add code to stop sound when exit app.
draw 3D cube with Open GL, rotate and play sound on click Run app and see 3D cube that rotates and has on each side of it, one of the photos you’ve included in the project and on click it heard the sound also included in project. Watch the video tutorial to draw 3D photo cube in Android Studio version 1.4: Download free app photo-cube.apk from here and install it on your device to see 3D cube with 6 images on each side, rotating and playing a sound on touch. For further questions leave a message.


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Thanks for the tuto, it was really helpful.
I wanna know to add a sound for each side of the cube.

nice tutorail…but the point is…how to know which face is touched?

    Hey have you find out solution for which face is touched?

Hi, I know this is old but how could I do this so that it renders the shape with a colour rather than with an image?

how to know which face is touched?

Nice tutorial!
Haven’t tested it but maybe you could draw the sides like this in the PhotoCube:
float[] rotationArray = new float[] {270.0f, 180.0f, 90.0f, 270.0f, 90f};

for(int i = 0; i 0) {
gl.glRotatef(rotationArray[i – 1], (float) (i / 4), 1f – (float) (i / 4), 0f);
gl.glTranslatef(0f, 0f, cubeHalfSize);
gl.glBindTexture(GL10.GL_TEXTURE_2D, textureIDs[i]);
gl.glDrawArrays(GL10.GL_TRIANGLE_STRIP, i * 4, 4);

If it works you could save a lot of lines of code.

How to make png files transparent?

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