Angry Birds Android Ad-Free Coming Soon as In-App Purchase
Angry Birds developer Rovio announced further details of its plan to offer Angry Birds Android without the ads, revealing that an update will bring the ability to turn them off via an in-app purchase using the company’s new payment architecture. Known as the Bad Piggy Bank — hilarious, we think — the system eschews credit card payments for direct carrier billing, meaning that purchases show up on your monthly phone bill. (Do you think Rovio will have to work hard to convince carriers to adopt this model in exchange for a cut of each transaction?) Besides being able to buy the ads into oblivion, players will also have access to the mythical Mighty Eagle as part of the ‘Bank rollout, which will reportedly begin shortly starting in Finland and reaching the rest of the world early next year; the international rollout depends entirely on the dozens of individual carrier deals Rovio must nail down.
In announcing the new payment ecosystem, which the company will open up to other developers as a way to enable in-app purchases of their own, CEO Peter Vesterbacka didn’t hesitate to take a shot at the current state of Android payment schemes, calling it “less than perfect.” (To be fair, he said that he was “not picking on Android particularly,” but that sounds to us like a developer trying to be diplomatic.)
In other Birds news — doesn’t it always seem to come in pairs? — Angry Birds Seasons, the companion game featuring Halloween- and Christmas-themed levels, has been released for webOS devices, costing $1.99: twice the iOS price and infinitely more expensive than the Android version. Rovio was recently able to push a level-adding update for the original game through Palm’s App Catalog after an unknown issue caused somewhat of a significant delay.