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.