Android: GLES20: Called unimplemented OpenGL ES API-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

I am getting a “Called unimplemented OpenGL ES API” error, when trying the GLES20 Sample, provided by I modified the sample, though.
The reason was because
I got an IllegalArgumentException in GLSurfaceView.BaseConfigChooser.chooseconfig, so i replaced
mGLSurfaceView.setEGLContextClientVersion( 2 );

The new OnCreateMethod:

protected void onCreate( Bundle savedInstanceState )
    super.onCreate( savedInstanceState );
    mGLSurfaceView = new GLSurfaceView( this );

    mGLSurfaceView.setEGLConfigChooser( new EGLConfigChooser()
        public EGLConfig chooseConfig( EGL10 egl, EGLDisplay display )
            EGLConfig[] configs = new EGLConfig[1];
            int[] num_config = new int[1];

            boolean check = false;

            int[] configSpec = { EGL10.EGL_DEPTH_SIZE, 16, EGL10.EGL_NONE };

            check = egl.eglInitialize( display, new int[] { 2, 0 } );

            if ( !check )
                return null;
            check = false;

            check = egl.eglChooseConfig( display, configSpec, configs, 1, num_config );
            if ( !check )
                return null;

            return configs[0];
    } );

    mGLSurfaceView.setEGLContextFactory( new EGLContextFactory()
        public void destroyContext( EGL10 egl, EGLDisplay display, EGLContext context )
            egl.eglDestroyContext( display, context );

        public EGLContext createContext( EGL10 egl, EGLDisplay display, EGLConfig eglConfig )
            int[] attrib_list = new int[]{EGL10.EGL_VERSION, 2, EGL10.EGL_NONE};

            EGLContext context = egl.eglCreateContext( display, eglConfig, EGL10.EGL_NO_CONTEXT, attrib_list  );
            return context;

    mGLSurfaceView.setRenderer( new GLES20TriangleRenderer( this ) );

    setContentView( mGLSurfaceView );

The “Called unimplemented OpenGL ES API” error occurs for example at
GLES20.glCreateShader; or GLES20.glShaderSource.

I thought, maybe to check the version, so I called
gl.glGetString( GLES20.GL_VERSION ); in
public void onSurfaceCreated( GL10 gl, EGLConfig config ).
glGetString returned “OpenGL ES-CM 1.0”. OnSurfaceCreated is called after choosing the config and creating the context, so I really do not understand, why glGetString returns “OpenGL ES-CM 1.0”.

I am using Android 2.2 API and tried the sample on a Android 2.2 Virtual device and on a HTC Wildfire, with Android 2.2.1.

I appreciate any help

How to solve:

See this post –
triangle opengl in android

As mentioned there, the emulators do not support GL2, but as that post mentions, it worked for me on an actual device.


This is not an error, but a statement. It simply tells you that your target doesn’t support OpenGL ES version 2.0.


It may be because you are using the GL10 instance we are getting as a parameter in onSurfaceCreated(), onSurfaceChanged() and onDrawFrame() in your Renderer implementation. Since you intend to use OpenGL ES 2.0, we can and probably not use the instance and use an alternative instead. There are alternatives! This is the reason we see those parameters names and unused or similar in codes across the net!

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