By Evan Blass | November 28, 2010 2:01 PM
Rovio has confirmed via Twitter that an ad-free version of Angry Birds for Android is forthcoming. After responding in the affirmative to a query about such a version from @cellothejello, @Rovio went on to reveal in multiple tweets that it will come in the form of an update to the current app — meaning that users won’t lose their progress if they choose to presumably pay for an ad-free experience. Fans have been complaining of both the intrusiveness of the ads — which recently moved the upper-right corner of the screen — as well as their presumed effect on game performance. The company had previously announced a lightweight version for less-powerful Android handsets — sparking new cries of fragmentation in the process — although it’s not clear if that title will be also be available without advertising.
Separately, Rovio revealed that the highly-anticipated Angry Birds Christmas episode (first screenshots pictured above and below) would in fact be a free update to Angry Birds Halloween, instead of a paid, standalone game. Even though Halloween was only released on iOS, the company also promised that Christmas was coming to Android as well, although it was not made clear in what capacity. Owners of the original iOS title can apparently expect a 15-level upgrade of their own in the near future, featuring the Mighty Eagle of add-on content fame; the episode has reportedly been submitted for App Store approval already.
Finally, Rovio claims to be considering an instant replay option for the game, which would allow users to relive those glorious three-star shots over and over again.