October 15, 2010 | by Chris Smith
In a move to get more and more users hooked to the Angry Birds phenomena, the developer Rovio has decided to bring the full version of the popular (and addicting) game to the Android platform for free. The app will be available later today in the Android Market or you can get your hands on it now at GetJar,an app hosting site (that is, as long as the server is up).
If you don’t know, Angry Birds is a game where you throw birds with different “powers” at pigs that are surrounded by destructible buildings. The point is to destroy the pigs before you run out of birds. Yeah, it sort of sounds stupid, but play it for more than five minutes and you will be hooked.
It’s sort of strange that Rovio decided to go with a third party app provider like GetJar, especially that at this time the download and service is unavailable from the mobile site on my HTC Incredible. It’s not to say that the Android Market doesn’t have its own problems, but it seems like a twist in logic to make the app a little harder to get rather than just making it available on the Android Market now.
On another note, Rovio’s announcement shows just how fragmented the Android platform is starting to become,
Angry Birds will run on second generation Android devices and upwards, with Android platform 1.6 or later. Your device needs to support OpenGL ES 2.0. QVGA display resolution is not supported currently, but we will add support for QVGA devices soon.
Standard cosumers probably have absolutely no idea what OpenGL ES 2.0 or QVGA is making this release even more confusing. It’s good that Rovio is bringing their demanded game to the Android platform, but it seems that the way they are releasing it is somewhat annoying.
Anyways, if you want to have your productivity plummet today (unless you count killing pigs with birds as productive) try to head over to GetJar and get a copy.