Rovio swaps GetJar for Amazon in new film-themed version of its feathery franchise.
Fresh from announcing 100 million downloads for its Angry Birds games and predicting that tablets will kill consoles, now Rovio has announced an exclusive deal for the Android version of its Angry Birds Rio game.
No, not with GetJar, the app store that bagged first dibs on the original Angry Birds for Android. Rovio is teaming up with Amazon to initially release the Rio version on its store exclusively.
What's more, the Amazon Appstore for Android will also have exclusive paid Android versions of Angry Birds and Angry Birds Seasons.
“The Android platform has seen phenomenal growth, and it’s great that new avenues for app distribution are opening up,” says CEO Mikael Hed. “The openness of the Android platform works for the benefit of consumers and developers alike. It has been delightful to team up with Amazon to bring the Angry Birds franchise to this great new application marketplace.”
Angry Birds Rio is the result of a deal between Rovio and Twentieth Century Fox, and features characters from the upcoming Rio animated film.
Amazon's Android app store hasn't launched yet, but is presumably about to - the film comes out next month after all. Amazon has launched a holding page for the Angry Birds Rio game, where fans are invited to Like Amazon on Facebook or follow it on Twitter to get first news of the game's availability.
Rovio says that Angry Birds Rio will be available on 22 March, so Amazon's Appstore for Android will presumably go live before or on that date.