Angry Birds has wings; 1 million downloads in first day on Android

Angry Birds developer Rovio announced today via Twitter that their release of Angry Birds on Google's Android mobile operating system has managed to bring in a massive 1 million downloads in just one day. 

Angry Birds was released for free on Android last Friday and while the servers crashed due to a huge amount of downloads, once they were back up and running users still couldn't get enough of it. Not only is this great news for Rovio, it is also proof, if ever needed, that users of the Google Android OS want more professionally developed games on their hardware.

Gaming uptake on Android has been slow in coming. This is mostly due to the mixture of hardware and the varying versions of the Android operating system. This made it harder for users to get great games on their devices compared to the iPhone. Gameloft pushed out some releases a few months ago like Dungeon Hunter but although their sales are currently unknown, their graphical performance on newer devices has been great. 

Angry Birds can be picked up for free on the Android Market. It is also out now for the iPhone via iTunes and well worth picking up if you haven't already done so. While it hasn't been confirmed, Angry Birds will likely be released in the future on Windows Phone 7.

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SHoTTa35 said,
They got another million on day 2!

I just read that at another site aswell... This game is awesome, I hope Rovio will release their next game for Android and iPhone at the same time so us Android gamers don't have to wait a few extra months for our turn... They must've understood that Android has a large gamer crowd by now.

I'm sure uptake is much higher than 1 million, I for one downloaded it from an alternate site as I am sure others have as well since the main site went down

I really do wish it ran better on my Touch Pro 2, but I am still a bit mind-blown that it runs at all. The guys at XDA and PPCG are unbelievably good at what they do.

Wow, just to comment on cut the rope, AWESOME. Bought it just now. These 2 games will keep me busy. Still on block 1 chapter 3 level 14.

I love good games for a great price.

I just bought angry birds a few days ago after reading about it on here, ****ing love it on my iPhone and gf loves it on her iPod and friend loves it on his iPod.

Such a epic game for .99 cents. Im glad android users got it for free but I had no problem paying $.99 for a game with over 100 levels total. I dont how to break it down but you have the first 4 blocks, then the 3 chapters with 21 levels each. Thats amazing. This game was worth the money.

Now, onto cut the rope, Just heard about it from here so downloading it right now, I hope its a good game, sounds like it from all the people recommending it.

Is there a news feed or website that tracks all the apps / games that come out for iDevices?

If you cannot find it on the Market, it is probably because of one of 2 things...
1. Your phone does not meet the requirements to run Angry Birds.
2. You have a phone firmware that Google does not recognize and thus all Copy Protected Applications are blocked. (Hurray for DRM and Google's inability to maintain the ROM database)

But, there is hope! Try getting Angry Birds from GetJar (Where it was actually released first)
http://www.getjar.com/mobile/43600/angry-birds/

Im currently playing this on my Palm Pre Plus aswell, im addicted, I'm suprised they havent got the pay version out aswell, im sure they would of made some serious dollar on that!

daniel_rh said,
Is this game that good? Or is it the only good game on the Android?

All phone games are mediocre. People just make a big deal because all the iPhone people like it so much.

Awesome game on iPhone and iPad, my 3 year old son loves it... Good job taking it to Android, hope the marketplace there is as fruitful to them as the app store has been so far!

Meh, couldn't careless about gaming on Android...considering I only get ~100Mb for apps (and nearly full), Telstra is still stalling FroYo and I refuse to root my phone as I'd like to keep my warranty.

Xerxes said,
Meh, couldn't careless about gaming on Android...considering I only get ~100Mb for apps (and nearly full), Telstra is still stalling FroYo and I refuse to root my phone as I'd like to keep my warranty.

You can unroot your phone just as easily as rooting it in order to preserve your warranty...

what's the deal with angry birds anyway? i played it once. then i analyzed the game mechanics, deduced that the rest of the game would be throwing birds at things to knock them over and sat my phone down. i hear there is something to do with egg bombs in later levels? sounds hilarious and repetitive. i guess i just don't understand being addicted to a non-sandbox game...

Wombatt said,
what's the deal with angry birds anyway? i played it once. then i analyzed the game mechanics, deduced that the rest of the game would be throwing birds at things to knock them over and sat my phone down. i hear there is something to do with egg bombs in later levels? sounds hilarious and repetitive. i guess i just don't understand being addicted to a non-sandbox game...

It's fun and instantly playable if you're interested in that sorta thing.

I note the Android version has got Ads in it - they must feel they can earn more money with in-game Ads because they've just lost out on £590,000.00 by not charging 59p per download!

Jedimark said,
I note the Android version has got Ads in it - they must feel they can earn more money with in-game Ads because they've just lost out on £590,000.00 by not charging 59p per download!
(although yes, less people would have downloaded it)

Jedimark said,
I note the Android version has got Ads in it - they must feel they can earn more money with in-game Ads because they've just lost out on £590,000.00 by not charging 59p per download!

The ads are non-intrusive in most cases so it is a non-issue to me. I'll gladly get the paid one later on though.

For free though? Is that a lite version or are they offering the full version for free?

But if it was the paid version, what is 1 million 59p?

evo_spook said,
For free though? Is that a lite version or are they offering the full version for free?

But if it was the paid version, what is 1 million 59p?


Free. Like Hollow.Droid said, they plan to release a paid version shortly. I have the paid iPhone version and I love the game--can't get enough of it!!

evo_spook said,
Angry Birds? That is so last week, when is Android getting "Cut the Rope"?

Slice it! and Cut the Rope is what I've been playing lately, too!

Shadrack said,

Slice it! and Cut the Rope is what I've been playing lately, too!

Slice it? not heard that one. If any developer has brains, they will release for every platform, its the sensible thing to do.

evo_spook said,

Slice it? not heard that one. If any developer has brains, they will release for every platform, its the sensible thing to do.

You realize that iOS is an objective c platform while android uses java right?

FusionOpz said,
You realize that iOS is an objective c platform while android uses java right?

I do, but that has nothing to do with releasing the game on multiple platforms

evo_spook said,

I do, but that has nothing to do with releasing the game on multiple platforms

You're trolling, right? You think this guy has developed a multi-platform game engine just for a few free games?

evo_spook said,

I do, but that has nothing to do with releasing the game on multiple platforms

You can also develop in C iirc on Android

LiquidSolstice said,

Aha, that sounds so emo xD. Sorry, had to point that out.

If he were truly emo, he wouldn't even think about cutting the rope. Just himself.