If you’ve got an older Android phone, then there’s no doubt that the above picture perfectly depicts you wondering why one of the most popular mobile games is nowhere to be found on your device. Rovio, the genius’ behind Angry Birds are deeply sorry that the game won’t run on your phone and are working on a solution.

That solution is going to be in the form of “Angry Birds Lite.” This is not to be confused with the beta version of the game (which was also called lite). This new “lite” version will have all the same levels and Angry Birds goodness, it’ll just be optimized for your “less than optimal” device. As of right now, here’s Rovio’s list of phones not supported by the current version of Angry Birds:

  • Droid Eris
  • HTC Dream
  • HTC Hero
  • HTC Magic/G2 (The old G2, not the new one) /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

Here’s a direct quote from the Rovio blog:

From the beginning, we have wanted to make Angry Birds available for every feasible Android device. This is why we chose to distribute the game via GetJar, and why the game is supported by advertising. We tested the game extensively on a large number of devices, and gathered all the feedback we received from our beta testing to address every possible issue.

So far, we have hesitated to create multiple versions of Angry Birds for the Android platform. But judging by the feedback we have received, we feel that by providing a lightweight solution, we are doing a favour for our fans.

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.
Again, we are thankful for your continuing feedback and support – we want to work together with our fans to provide the best game ever made on the Android platform!

I have to say it’s very refreshing to see a developer support their products so strongly. Many times a game or app is just cranked out with no regards for ongoing support, obviously Rovio stands behind what they produce and that’s great to see.

Via: Rovio Blog