Angry Birds, one of the top selling games for the iPhone, hit the Anroid Market this morning.

Rovio, the company behind Angry Birds, promised an off-Market beta earlier this week, but got so much positive response that it decided a Lite Beta version in the Market was actually a much better idea. In fact, the Android launch is turning out to be so popular that Rovio's own servers are are too overloaded to handle all the traffic.


The premise behind the game is simple - you use a sling and launch angry, bickering, round birds at pigs cowardly sitting in their forts. The game is polished so well that it becomes an instant favorite from the first sight.


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Beta Experience + What You Can Do To Help

We have been warned that the game is in beta and therefore may not work on all devices yet. Unfortunately my EVO running Froyo is one of those devices - the game loaded one time but now crashes right after the splash screen. Moving the game from SD back to the phone didn't help.

It seems I'm not alone - it doesn't work for many others:


If Angry Birds is crashing for you, you will need to wait for a fix. In the meantime, however, why not help Rovio figure out what's wrong?

  1. Download aLogCat from the Market and start it.
  2. Fire up Angry Birds and wait for a crash.
  3. Switch back to aLogCat and email the logs to [email protected].
  4. Your good deed for the day is now complete.


Angry Birds Lite Beta is available on the Android Market - download it by scanning the barcode below or, if you're browsing on your phone, just click.

Be warned though - I haven't confirmed it yet but it seems like Rovio set the minimum Android version necessary to run the game as Android 2.2, so you if you have anything lower, you may not see it in the Market at all.

The game weighs in at a whopping 11.5MB, which on Froyo gets offloaded to the SD card. I am thinking this large size was the main reason behind setting that minimum Android version so high. If that is indeed true and there is nothing else preventing Angry Birds from running, then Rovio, tone the min version down - a lot of your fans want to try it out, no matter what the size is.

Update: You *may* be able to sideload the app onto devices < 2.2 Android by using the Appbrain + Fast Web Installer apps from the Market and then installing from the Appbrain.com Angry Birds page directly. Report your luck in the comments.

QR code for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rovio.angrybirds_lite

Source: Rovio

Artem Russakovskii
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  • Tim

    Crashes on startup on my Evo here :(

  • Jakub Glodek

    Crashed once, but was able to play when I restarted the game. - EVO

  • Mark

    What tease im on a Samsung Captivate. I wonder if it can be side loaded?

  • http://www.suddenfish.net Daryl

    Works very nice on the Nexus One. Thanks for the news, I was bored as hell right now. XD

  • bradley

    Its not even on the market for me... can't find it anywhere- backflip

  • Dan

    Works on my Epic, running 2.1 (not rooted). I found it in the market and installed - no sideloading necessary.

  • Twistednee

    Does not show up in the Market on EVO CM6 but someone from Giz posted the apk. Email it to your gmail account and install right from your inbox.


    • http://www.destinobles.ch Thierry

      Works on spica 2.1 with the provided link. Thanks a lot

  • Dennis

    Works great on droid x not rooted running 2.1

  • http://www.pallab.net Pallab

    I can confirm that it runs on 1.6. I have been playing it for the past 30 mins on my X10i. This game is fun as hell, once I am done with all the levels I am gonna replay them to get 3 star rating on all of them.

  • http://blog.iangclifton.com Ian G. Clifton

    It seems to run well on the Nexus One; however, I'm not sure it's ready for beta status yet. Unless I am missing something, the only setting appears to be turning sound completely off/on. If you receive a phone call or otherwise leave the game while playing, the app seems to close out entirely.

    Despite the polished appearance, I was surprised to see such a large cast (four producers?). Once they get the bugs worked out, this will likely be a very popular game on Android devices, particularly as more Android devices get 2.2 and can offload it to the SD card, and as newer devices come out that have significantly more internal storage.

  • pablo.station

    2.1 Samsung Epic 4G

    Crashed once, reloaded it and now it has been amazing!

    downloaded it from the market.

  • rossu

    works great (as all things do) on Nexus one.

  • Bond

    damn, I can't find it on the market. Using CM 5.0.8..

  • J. Abrams

    I've a Samsung Moment with 2.1... It doesn't show up in the Market and even with the AppBrain+Web Installer set up it still won't install.

    • aaron

      Same for me! It's pissing me off!!! HELP!!!

  • FtBastrd2

    works fine on my 2.1 desire

  • David Brauss

    The Birds must be very Angry. My Evo can't run it and even pushed it off to the SD card.

  • Andreas

    Nah its not true you need 2.2. the minimum specs should be 1.6!

    For me it runs fine on 2.1 with Samsung galaxy S.

  • dp

    Please help me. I cant download angry birds of any of the ways that are explained. I have a rooted tell. Is that a problem?

  • dp

    If i click on the link the market tells me that its not available.

  • http://freelancewritingphilippines.com Krysia – Freelance Writing Philippines

    Doesn't work on the Galaxy 5. Crashes right after the splash screen :(

  • sam

    also have samsung moment, doesn't show in android market. what to do?

    nobody cares if it actually works on your phone. we want to know what the solution is.

  • martha ramirez

    i downloaded the application but it wont wont appear on my screen it says eror 18,on the droid-x