Google has been insisting that fragmentation was no big deal for Android, but there are apparent differences between the performance of applications on new Android phones and old ones. This is why Rovio Mobile is developing a new version of Angry Birds for lower-end Android devices after they found “severe performance issues.”
“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,” stated Rovio in a blog post. “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 favor for our fans. We are currently developing a lighter solution to run Angry Birds on lower-end Android devices.”
Apple CEO Steve Jobs blasted Google in a recent conference call because of Android fragmentation. Jobs said that the fragmentation had inflicted a “daunting challenge” on developers.
Rovio said that the lighter-weight version won’t be worse, but will just be different. “This does not mean lighter gameplay or a lesser amount of levels, but a game experience optimized for devices with less processing power,” said Rovio.