The Amazon App Store for Android will come out swinging when it launches in the next few months, scoring exclusivity for the Android version of the upcoming Angry Birds title Angry Birds Rio. The game was developed by Rovio in conjunction with Twentieth Century Fox, and featuring characters from the upcoming film Rio. In Angry Birds Rio, the Angry Birds are kidnapped and taken to Rio, where they have to escape their captors and find their friends, two macaws, who happen to be the stars of the upcoming Fox motion picture.
“Amazon is thrilled to work with a leading developer like Rovio in offering our customers Angry Birds Rio for Android exclusively in the Amazon Appstore,” said Aaron Rubenson, category leader for Amazon Appstore. “We think Angry Birds Rio is sure to be an instant customer favorite.”
“Angry Birds Rio is a fun and interactive way to introduce millions of fans to the exciting world of ‘RIO,’ and we are proud to work with both Rovio and Amazon to make this experience available to users on the Android platform,” said Peter Levinsohn, president of new media and digital distribution for Twentieth Century Fox. “The Amazon Appstore will be a great new way for consumers to download all their favorite Android apps, and we’re excited to offer Angry Birds Rio as one of the first pieces of content to be made available to consumers through this new store.”
The Amazon-exclusive deal should be a wake up call for the Android Market, which has been criticized by developers for the ease in which applications can be pirated. The game will also be available in the Apple App Store for iOS devices. A version of Angry Birds is also on its way to Facebook.
What do you think about Amazon scoring exclusivity for Angry Birds Rio? Do you think it will cause Google to take a closer look at its App Store?