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Engadgets misinterprets Rovio blog, what a shocker!

This is what Rovio (the developers of Angry Birds) wrote on their blog:

Angry Birds Android Feedback

We have received a lot of feedback regarding the latest Angry Birds update on Android.

First of all, we offer our apologies to all of our fans who have had trouble running Angry Birds. We thank everybody who has sent their feedback and comments to us – we really appreciate you taking the time!

With our latest update, we worked hard to bring Angry Birds to even more Android devices. Despite our efforts, we were unsuccessful in delivering optimal performance.

Right now we are running even more testing and resolving all the issues we have identified. We are also looking at all of the feedback we have received, and trying to improve the ad performance.

The post continues with a list of [mostly very old] devices on which Angry Birds is currently unsupported (i.e. it works, but may be a little slow). Android users have reported that most of the issues is related to the in-game ads, when ads are turned off (e.g. in airplane mode), the game works very well even on the “unsupported devices”. Also, remember that these are mostly generation 1 devices. I don’t see Apple supporting Angry Birds on the first generation iPods and no one is complaining 😉

Anyway, this is how Engadget reported this very same blog article:

(emphasis is mine)

So, it’s real after all, huh? Android fragmentation is making its way into the news again, and this time it counts. Rovio, developer of a little-known title called “Angry Birds,” has just penned a new blog post detailing the night terrors that have come with coding a single program to work on a cornucopia of platforms. In the weeks since Angry Birds was released to Android users everywhere, the company has been inundated with performance complaints, mostly from users with older / underpowered Android devices or phones using Android 1.6 or earlier. A laundry list of smartphones have now been added to the “unsupported” list (shown in full after the break), but thankfully for you, a “lightweight” version of the game is in the works. According to Rovio, that build won’t reduce the number of levels (or amount of fun / frustration, for that matter), but will instead be optimized for dawdling processors and Android versions that have been helplessly malformed by carriers. Nice going, guys.

After reading this, don’t you agree that the Engadget crew are bunch of pathetic heavily biased “bloggers” (I refuse to use the term “journalist”) who are paid by Apple?

Now, if you excuse me, I will go back and play Angry Birds on my “unsupported” phone….

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  1. Frank
    20/11/2010 at 19:56

    Based on what I have read here, I do not agree the Engadget crew are bunch of pathetic heavily biased “bloggers” who are paid by Apple. The bash on Android being malformed by carriers is common knowledge. If anything, this makes Rovio into the bad guys. You also did not quote all of Rovio’s post, which seems very ingenuous on your part. I also do not view Engadget as journalism, and do think they suck to a degree. However, your petty “don’t you agree” attack does not give you much credibility.

  2. Drew
    21/11/2010 at 09:21

    Exactly. They totally blew that out of proportion. I don’t know about Engadget as a whole, but Darren Murph is definitely biased.

  3. 21/11/2010 at 15:11

    Frank :

    Based on what I have read here, I do not agree the Engadget crew are bunch of pathetic heavily biased “bloggers” who are paid by Apple. The bash on Android being malformed by carriers is common knowledge. If anything, this makes Rovio into the bad guys. You also did not quote all of Rovio’s post, which seems very ingenuous on your part. I also do not view Engadget as journalism, and do think they suck to a degree. However, your petty “don’t you agree” attack does not give you much credibility.

    I didn’t quote the whole post, but I did write what it contained (a list of “unsupported” phones, I didn’t really need to list them all again, did I ??)

    In any case, unless you have been living under a rock (or an apple), you would know that the performance problems in Angry Birds started with the new updates which added ads.
    Should also mention that the Android version have higher resolution graphics which makes it more demanding than the iPhone version. It should not come as a surprise to everyone that it runs a little bit slower on old phones. What the hell that has to do with “fragmentation” is not known to me…

  4. 22/11/2010 at 08:16

    The comments on reedit about this issue are just AWESOME:

    http://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/e976s/and_this_is_why_im_done_with_engadget/

  5. Spanker
    22/11/2010 at 08:23

    STOP THE PRESSESS!!!

    Engadget just acknowledged that iPhone is fragmented too!! Look what they wrote at the end of review of the “Rage HD” iphone game:


    N.B. — There’s also an SD version of the game available on the App Store, costing $0.99, that extends compatibility down to the iPhone 3G and iPod touch second and third generation devices.

  6. JoshTopisgay
    22/11/2010 at 15:24

    I recently started digging back through all the review articles on Engadget after getting a sneaking suspiscion. I noticed hat EVERY single Apple main hardware/software review is done by Joshua Topolsky and NO apple device/software has recieved less than a 8/10 (most are 9/10). You could dismiss this by saying “well he IS the boss there and maybe he likes apple stuff so he prefers to do the reviews”. Perhaps, but why is it that every single product that is a ocmpetitor in the same space as one of Apples products is also reviewed by Josh? The Evo 4G and many other top of the line phones are ALWAYS reviewed by him, regardless of the fact that Chris Zeigler is their phone editor. Hell, the only reason the Evo 4G ended up gettin a 9/10 was due to the amount of poeple calling him on his BS. If AOL knew what was good for their little blog, they’d fire him and throw him out on the street.

  7. TopJealousky
    24/11/2010 at 14:52
  8. Moby Dick
    29/11/2010 at 13:26

    LOOK!! iphone is fragmented too!!!

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/angry-birds-lite/id354139923?mt=8

    now i demand that engadget publishes a story about how fragmented the iphone phones are!

  9. MindFever
    01/02/2011 at 02:28

    Angry Birds LITTLE KNOWN TITLE? On what part of the fuckin’ planet do they fuckin’ live ?

    BTW NOBODY AT ENGADGET SAID THIS: If you turn OFF your 3G/data and Wi-Fi , NO ADS WILL RUN IN THE BACKGROUND = better experience 🙂 At least that’s true on my phone

  10. MindFever
    01/02/2011 at 02:30

    p.s.: i mean, every time you want to run a free Android game turn off your wi-fi / data … no fuckin’ ads

  11. David
    14/05/2011 at 19:41

    “Rovio, developer of a little-known title called “Angry Birds”

    I stopped reading after reading this. Besides, I stopped reading Engadget a long, long time ago…

    Yeah, they are a bunch of craptastic pseudo-tech-bloggers. They gone the way of the back-advertisement, and any customer that has a bit of gray matter knows how to recognize such bloggers and keep a safe distance from them.

  1. 21/11/2010 at 04:42
    Engadgets misinterprets Rovio blog, what a shocker! « Engadget Sucks

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