As promised, Rovio has finally released Angry Birds, in beta, for Android users on Android Market.
As we said earlier in the week, Rovio was promising a roll-out of Angry Birds in beta form today – but it turns out that you didn’t need to sign up to get access to the game because it’s been put on Android Market for all to see.
As a beta release, Rovio has added an extra option to report any bugs found on your Android phone, whether it’s down to the processor, screen size or Android OS version. They are looking to you to help them get it in a fully stable condition, which will then allow them to release the full version to buy. If you’ve already played the iPhone version, it won’t take long to complete the free levels.
Rovio hasn’t stated what the minimum requirements are for the game yet, but we found that we couldn’t get it for the Sony Ericsson X10 mini pro so this either means Android 1.6 is out, or else the game won’t work on QVGA-resolution (320×240 pixel) screens. Or both.
We had no such problems installing on our other handsets that include the Samsung Galaxy S, Motorola Milestone and HTC Desire. As long as you’re running Android 2.0 or above, you’ll probably be okay.
Although some people will simply see this as a simple game, it’s actually quite an iconic moment for Android. Although the beta-release idea hasn’t done Android many favours, it does still signify that Android could soon be taken more seriously for gaming.
Now where’s Plants vs Zombies?