Angry Birds

For those of you not running the latest and greatest Android smartphone but still have a hankering for some Angry Birds, fear not -- a "lite" version of the game is in the works. In a blog post about recent feedback it's received, developer Rovio says the following:

"We are currently developing a lighter solution to run Angry Birds on lower end Android devices. This does not mean lighter gameplay or a lesser amount of levels, but a game experience optimized for devices with less processing power.

Rovio also trumpets GetJar, saying it used the web-based app distributor instead of the Android Market because "we wanted to make Angry Birds available for every feasible Android device ... and why the game is supported by advertising." (We'll let you try to figure that one out.)

Rovio also listed all of the phones that aren't currently supported by Angry birds. That list includes the Droid Eris, HTC Dream, Hero, Magic/Sapphire/myTouch 3G, Tattoo, Wildfire, Huawei Ideos, LG Ally, LG GW620, Motorola Backflip, Motorola Cliq, Samsung Acclaim, Samsung Moment, Samsung Spica, Samsung Transform, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini, T-Mobile G1 and the new old G2. Plus, anything running on Cupcake (Android 1.5) or below is not supported; same goes for custom ROMs (though we all know that's just a CYA move).

We've run Angry Birds on the Samsung Transform -- not great, but it works -- and the HTC Wildfire -- don't bother -- so it's great to see that a lite version is in the works.s [Rovio]

Update: Ah! PC Mag's Sascha Segan got clarification on the G2 not being supported. It's the old Euro G2 (as in the Euro version of the myTouch), not the brand new T-Mobile G2.


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Angry Birds lite coming for older phones


That's weird that they say the game doesn't support custom ROMs. I'm running Enomther's latest TheOfficial ROM on my Nexus and it works perfectly fine.

Of course, I also find it weird they say it isn't supported on the G2, which has waaaaay more than enough horsepower to play that game as well as anything else out there.

Yeah when I read "... and the new G2" I did a double-take. Is that because the non-lite version requires 1GHz because I think it's pretty clear the thing can hold its own. Am I missing something? I though the G2 was considered pretty beefy even non-o'clocked.

Well this is good news. I think everyone should be able to experience the awesomeness of this game!! It runs great on my EVO (with a custom ROM).

As long as they don't remove the sounds from the Lite version I can't wait. 1.3 is playable on the Hero but has mssing graphics making some levels very hard. 1.4 has working graphics but is unplayably slow.

Sprint Samsung Intercept. 1.3 played just fine, although with some graphics missing. 1.4 runs just fine, but only the first time I play, every time after that is unbearably slow, and impossible to do some levels. If I uninstall it, and reinstall, than it runs just fine again (but I have to start over), and once I close it, it will not run correctly again.

it plays perfectly on my g2... loads faster than any of my friends with 1ghz phones and plays smoother... i've had no issues other than the TERRIBLE placement of adds that regularly interferes with gameplay...

I emailed them about the ads a few days ago and I just got an email back this morning saying an ad free version is in the works.
I have an Ally and it runs mostly fine except for a select few levels where game play gets a tad choppy, but it is still completely playable. So what do they mean by not supported then?

I'm glad to hear it. The ads interfere with the game play, so I'd like to at least have the option to pay for an ad-free version.

Cool. I uninstalled it rather than get (more) frustrated with the ads and choppy play. If they come out with an ad-free version, I'll happily buy it and re-install.

I have a Droid Eris running the XtrSense Rom and the game works the adds just slow my game down if they had a paid version with no adds it would run great on my phone

1.4 on my rooted sprint hero (AOSP 0.9.7 -Froyo 2.2 overclocked to 691mHz) is extremely laggy that I almost can't stand to play it. It was similarly laggy, yet more playable, when my hero was unrooted on version 1.3, although some of the graphics were missing... please bring a lite version asap.

Funny this popped up the morning after my wife saw me playing on my Epic and said, "I guess I'll never play that game again."--since the latest version wouldn't run on her Moment. Good on Rovio. P.S. Ads at the top interfere with gameplay on high arcing shots.

Angry birds works on my LG Ally, and pretty much at full speed if you wait for the adds to load on the more complex levels, if not it can get a little jittery if you start playing while the add is loading.

If you want to disable the adds and don't mind not receiving calls, email, or messages while playing, just put the phone in airplane mode before playing and the game runs very smoothly on an a stock Ally! I was surprised to see this phone listed as not supported.

i always play on airplane mode. Runs much better and the ads are gone! you can use the green boomerang birds again. also it runs nice and smooth on cyanogen and myns warm. evo

@repinphilly247 Wow. Our situations are very similar I have a Vibrant as my work phone and my wife has a Transform. So she had also given up on playing again unless it was on my phone. Which sucked cus she had a Pre previously which we had paid for the game and she had almost beat it.

It plays ultra smooth on my "unsupported" G2, adds and all. I have not had a single slow down since playing it.

" "we wanted to make Angry Birds available for every feasible Android device ... and why the game is supported by advertising." (We'll let you try to figure that one out.)"

Er, this will be for the countries that don't yet support paid apps on the market.

But I don't like the ads. Rovio, please make a purchasable ad free version

Just acquired an HTC Wildfire and I can say that it runs perfectly on my phone with 2.2. At first you get a very zomed in version so it looks like it wont play but if you press standby then press it again to wake it up, unlock it and it is perfectly shown.