Rovio introduces ‘Bad Piggy Bank’ in-app mobile payment solution for Android

By on December 11, 2010 at 10:00 AM.

Rovio introduces ‘Bad Piggy Bank’ in-app mobile payment solution for Android

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 →

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Google markets Angry Birds as AdMob success story, soon to net Rovio $1 million per month

By on December 3, 2010 at 5:31 PM.

Google markets Angry Birds as AdMob success story, soon to net Rovio $1 million per month

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 →

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