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Angry Birds angered at Android fragmentation

by Kristen Nicole

Archos Android tablet ships

Android tablets are taking a similar path to the earliest of the platform’s supporting smartphones, coming in a range of prices from various manufacturers. On the tail of the launch of their 43 and 70 Internet tablets, Archos (JXR.PA) has started shipments of their 101 tablet, running on Android 2.1, reports Softpedia. With a 10.1-inch display, HDMI out, Wi-Fi and a microSD card slot, this tablet has all the basics for about $300.

Angry Angry Birds

The industry is encouraging app development too, but Google’s (GOOG) Android fragmentation is causing issues for some app publishers. The team behind popular title Angry Birds noted several of their issues in developing across the myriad of Android devices, pulling back on several phones, including the HTC (2498.TW) Droid Eris and Wildfire, plus several others.

In a blog post this morning, the Angry Birds team said “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 favour for our fans.”

Scoreloop's success

While Angry Birds deals with the downside of growing a game on Android, Scoreloop’s platform couldn’t be happier about its recent progress. The cross-platform mobile game network sent us their numbers yesterday, boasting three million new players signing-up every month, handing over 18 million leaderboard score submissions. Scoreloop has also launched a new SDK, enabling developers to cross-promote games, push news to players and better integrate with social networks.