You have to hand it to Rovio for finding alternative ways to squeeze revenue from its Angry Birds game, which it recently released to the Android Market as a free download.
Available now but in limited quantities, Rovio is selling a collection of Angry Birds plush toys. There are nine in all to choose from, each one commanding $15. That works out to $135 for the whole lot, and you know there will be some super fans out there who absolutely have to have the entire set.
Unfortunately, even though you can order them now, they won't actually ship until January. That's a bummer if you were hoping to sneak one (or 15) under the Christmas tree / Hanukkah Menorah, etc.
Millions of Android users have now had a chance to see what all the fuss is about surrounding Angry Birds, the popular mobile app previously only available via Apple's App Store and Ovi. Since launching in the Android Market, Angry Birds has racked up 7 million downloads on the open source platform, Rovio confirmed in a Twitter post.
If you're an Android user, you have reason to gloat. Angry Birds is a 99 cent app for the iPhone and iPod touch, and $2.99 on the iPad. But on Android, it's free. The reason?
That leaves the Windows Phone 7 platform, but don't get your hopes up for a 2010 release. When asked if it's going to happen, the Twitter-happy company responded, "never say never, but it's highly unlikely."
Today is a big day for fans of the Android platform. The wildly popular mobile game Angry Birds was made available in its full version on Android today. The game has been making waves on the iPhone for months now, and Finnish developer Rovio has been reaping the rewards. Rovio delayed the release of the full version a week to add support for Android's multitasking system.
Unfortunately, the launch didn't go smoothly. Early this morning, Rovio announced that the game would be available exclusively on indie app store GetJar. About five minutes later the GetJar servers were completely inundated, eventually going down. Then Rovio's own site was brought down by users looking for alternative downloads. The original plan was to give GetJar a 24 hour exclusive, but just a few hours later, the game was uploaded to the Android Market.
Rovio is offering the game for free, with ad support. A future update will support the option to pay to opt out of advertisements. Have you tried Angry Birds on Android? How do you like it?