Angry Birds for Pre and Pixi not likely to get updates anytime soon
You may or may not have noticed this, but over the last two months, webOS device users have been unable to get the monthly updates for the various titles of the Angry Birds franchise. While the rest of the world pushes forward on their endeavor to destroy the kingdoms of pigs and monkeys, webOS users are left with the same levels of the game that we got back in April. We have missed two full months of new Angry Birds goodness. It's amazing that we haven't started a riot by now.
Luckily for us, Rovio Mobile (the company behind Angry Birds) has addressed the issue publicly on Twitter and in support emails finally returned to several impatient users. Apparently, because of the lack of firmware updates for the Pixi and Pre (as HP has stopped supporting them with OTA updates), the newer levels of Angry Birds games work less than optimally on these devices. While Rovio is working to find a way to support these devices without the firmware fixes, it's looking less and less likely that they will be continuing to update their games for older webOS devices. At least, that's what they've said in the support email they sent out (after the break).
For newer device owners Rovio says that everything is intact and will continue to be updated in the future. One problem they'll have, though, is that if they just update the app in the catalog for all users, then those older devices will get the update as well, breaking their games in the process. That's something Rovio definitely does not want and is probably looking to solve. They have already submitted an app update to the catalog on June 13th, but we have yet to see it pushed to our devices. "Soon," we are told.
Rovio Support, Jun-23 16:22 (EEST):
Hello, and thank you for your patience in waiting for an answer from us.
We have been investigating performance issues on Palm devices for a long time now. Palm Pre and Pre Plus have some severe firmware issues which prevent latest versions of Angry Birds running properly. Unfortunately Palm has decided not to support them with firmware updates anymore.
We are working very hard to solve those issues but unfortunately can not guarantee Angry Birds games to work perfectly on those devices.
Same goes to Palm Pixi and unfortunately there will be no more updates for Pixi.
The good thing is that when Palm is starting to roll out new devices, we will be able to support them all.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
Angry Birds Team