Angry Birds And Steve Jobs Agree: Android Is Fragmented

Angry Birds And Steve Jobs Agree: Android Is Fragmented

When Steve Jobs said that Android was fragmented, here’s exactly what he meant: according to Rovio, who make the popular mobile game Angry Birds, they are struggling to support the game on all of the different Android hardware. In comparison, iOS development is easy as a dream.

Noting that there are many fans who have had trouble running Angry Birds on Android, Rovio proceeds to rattle off over twenty Android handsets that are not officially supported in a recent blog post. These devices include:

• Droid Eris
• HTC Dream
• HTC Hero/T-Mobile G2 Touch
• HTC Magic/Sapphire/Mytouch 3G
• HTC Tattoo
• HTC Wildfire
• Huawei Ideos/U8150
• LG Ally/Aloha/VS740
• LG GW620/Eve
• Motorola Backflip/MB300
• Motorola Cliq/Dext
• Samsung Acclaim
• Samsung Moment/M900
• Samsung Spica/i5700
• Samsung Transform
• Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini
• T-Mobile G1

Rovio is saying that they are exploring a “lighter solution to run Angry Birds on lower end Android devices” but you can sense the frustration: sure, iOS hardware ages, and earlier iPhones can’t necessarily support the latest games, but that’s generational. Android’s fragmentation, on the other hand, is all over the place, and it’s shocking that given the relatively simple gameplay and graphics of Angry Birds that even the very first Android phone can’t run it. Meanwhile, the original iPhone runs Angry Birds like a charm.

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