The very much anticipated release of Angry Birds to the Android market had finally arrived; and the popularity of the game was under estimated by it’s creator Rovio. Upon release date it brought the companies site to a halt due to the large demand for the game from Android users. GetJar collaborated with Rovio to be the first official download site for the game, and even they had some major issues supplying the high demand. To the point that they recommended downloaders to go to their mobile site to download the game so to save some bandwidth from their main site.
There are two main reasons why this release was such a big deal. First, obviously because the game is the most successful and most popular game in the iPhone market; it sold more than seven million copies and has held it’s position for quite some time. Secondly, and what some might not have realized is that this new release for the Android is being offered for free because the game is supported by ads rather consumer sales. Rovio does plan on releasing a no-ads paid version to the market for those that rather fork out the cash than deal with the annoying ads, but it is not yet currently available.
In an interview with Peter from Rovio he remarked that the game is being played over 65 million minutes per day and that’s just with the iPhone version and now with it being available for the Android he predicts that it will rise to over 100 million minutes per day. Not even mentioning or thinking about the releases for other platforms such as the PC, blackberry, etc.
The release of the game has shown the strength of the Android community, and it’s numbers are growing quickly. In my opinion it will eventually surpass the iPhone population. It is about time the iPhone has a legitimate competitor and with Google as it’s locomotive there is likely no end to its track. Google is an ambitious company and is constantly venturing into new markets. They afford great quality work and always open source to allow for faster growth and opportunities for developers and even non developers to have fun and sometimes even create some small income for those dedicated. Right now the main problem i see with Android is the lack of rules in the development of programs and the leniency for accepting those programs. Many programs currently on the market are buggy and can cause your phone to malfunction, but i am sure that soon these programs will be eliminated by better programs produced by better developers.
Anyhow, back to the game, keep a lookout for new platform releases for all of your computing and entertainment devices.