At a streamed press conference Friday, Rovio CEO Peter Vesterbacka announced the creation of a new mobile payment system dubbed Bad Piggy Bank. Rovio is the development company responsible for the creation of the wildly popular mobile game, Angry Birds. Bad Piggy Bank is an in-app payment solution for the Android platform that will allow users to purchase application upgrades, or unlock an ad-free version of the app, without the need of a third-party, credit-card based service. The service partners with local wireless providers and in-app purchases are billed directly to the users wireless account. Mr. Vesterbacka said his company plans to make the new payment method available to all Android developers in the near future. Angry Birds has eclipsed the 50 million download mark, 10 million alone on the Android platform. More →
Google’s mobile AdMob team has posted a YouTube video touting the advertising success of Rovio’s wildly popular mobile game, Angry Birds. In the clip, Peter Vesterbacka, Rovio’s Mighty Eagle, says that his company prefers using the ad-supported model featured in the application’s Android version to the paid-application model seen in the iOS game. To date, Angry Birds has been downloaded over 30 million times — 5 million times for Android alone. However, the most impressive number not mentioned in the video is $1 million. According to AllThingsD, that is the amount Mr. Versterbacka told Google Angry Birds for Android would net his company each month by year’s end. Hit the jump to see the full interview with the Mighty Eagle. More →
Vodafone, one of the UK’s largest networks, has launched a smartphone security service aimed at business professionals. The aptly named service — Vodafone Smartphone Professional — will allow for companies to manage sensitive corporate data remotely without interfering with employee’s personal content. The service will provide IT administrators with an online portal to tweak, remotely wipe and encrypt data over the air. Peter Kelly, Enterprise Director for Vodafone had the following to say:
With smartphones becoming increasingly popular, securing the way data is accessed and stored on these devices is crucial. Many businesses want to allow employees to use the mobile device that they choose to do their job most effectively. With Vodafone Smartphone Professional, businesses have the peace of mind that mobile devices and data are secure.
The service will include the customary 500MB data allowance and will cost you £20-a-month in addition to a £50 in activation fee. A small price to pay for your peace of mind, right? More →
HTC’s CEO, Peter Chou, was speaking with FierceWireless when he spoke the following words: “I don’t think we would do complete Sense UI on Windows Phone 7. However, I will say that we will innovate differently to improve the experience and to get some HTC unique and differentiated experience on Windows Phone 7 in the future.” A company spokesperson clarified some of Mr. Chou’s remarks: “Sense, by definition, is a way for HTC to improve the user experience in both big and small ways–which we will certainly work to do with Windows Phone 7 devices. But, if this does not include a fully revised user interface, that does not mean that it doesn’t have a form of the Sense experience–it may just be expressed in ways that do not include the interface.” It certainly will be interesting to see how HTC puts its own touches on future WP7 devices without the full Sense UI as we know it. More →