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With the film Rio set for release shortly, Rovio has partnered exclusively with Amazon to bring the hotly anticipated Angry Birds Rio to the Android platform.

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Interestingly, Rovio has decided not to use their old partners GetJar for the launch of this eagerly awaited game; instead it will be available exclusively through the Amazon Appstore. It is unclear at this time exactly how long this exclusive agreement will last and when the game will debut in the Android Market. Suffice to say this is a major coup for Amazon's still nascent app store.

The developers of Rovio have been working with 20th Century Fox to bring the heroes of the film Blu and Jewel - two rare macaws - to life. Their mission, should they choose to accept it, will be to save the original Angry Birds, who have been taken captive in the magical city of Rio. The game will launch with 60 dedicated levels themed around locations found in the film, with more content to follow thereafter.

Rovio has indicated that the game will launch on March 22nd, while Amazon has already put up a temporary page.

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While we wait, check out the trailer for the game:

Not content with just one? Check out this clip, which shows some actual gameplay (which looks very much as you would expect it to):

Rovio also announced that ad-free versions of the original Angry Birds and Angry Birds Seasons will be available through the Amazon App Store as well.

Press release:

Angry Birds Android on Amazon App Store.

AUSTIN, Texas/ESPOO, Finland- March 14, 2011- Rovio today announced that the highly anticipated game Angry Birds Rio will be introduced for the Android platform exclusively in the Amazon Appstore. Developed in conjunction with Twentieth Century Fox, Angry Birds Rio features the animated stars of the studio’s upcoming motion picture, RIO. Additionally, for the first time ever on the Android platform, fans of Angry Birds games will have the opportunity to purchase and download ad-free versions of Angry Birds and Angry Birds Seasons. Both will debut only in the Amazon Appstore.

"The Android platform has seen phenomenal growth, and it’s great that new avenues for app distribution are opening up," said Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio."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."

"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."

In Angry Birds Rio, the original Angry Birds are kidnapped and taken to the magical city of Rio, where they eventually escape their captors and set out to save their friends, Blu and Jewel- two rare macaws and the stars of the upcoming Fox motion picture, RIO. From the creators of Fox’s blockbuster ICE AGE motion picture franchise, RIO debuts in theaters worldwide on April 15, 2011. Angry Birds Rio will launch with 60 dedicated levels, with more content to follow via app updates.

Angry Birds Rio will be available for download on Android phones and tablets at amazon.com/angrybirds.

Credit: Phandroid

Abhiroop Basu
Abhiroop Basu is an opinionated tech and digital media blogger. As a doe-eyed twenty-something he started his first blog TechComet to comment on anything tech-related that caught his omniscient eye. Since then he has blogged for Android Police, Make Tech Easier, and This Green Machine. In the real world, Abhiroop Basu is a resident of Singapore and the Editor of The Digit, a subsidiary of The Potato Productions Group.

  • baley

    I have played enough Angry birds for now, I don't think I will bother with that one, at least for now.

  • Zigmar

    I really hope this amazon thing fails. The last thing we need is a multiple markets competing with each other. With all the stupid 'fragmentation' trolling around different hardware, this one might might actually be the serious issue.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      There is no way it will fail, with their distribution power. And define fail - they'll keep it there and whether 100 of the best apps use it or 100,000 still makes it not a fail. We have to define fail here.

    • ari-free

      Developers are making very little money on Android market. Developers are even making more money on Ovi market which is for the dying symbian platform. Something is wrong.

    • Álmos

      On the other hand, competition always tends to persuade companies to improve their products. Personally I don't think the Amazon store will succeed, but the -let's be honest- minor inconvenience of having two separate stores is something I'm willing to live with if this makes Google improve the official market.

      • Zigmar

        The thing that matters most for the store (both from user perspective and developers) is it's size. Fragmation is certainly not going to contribute.
        I myself an Android developer and a user, only see downside for several markets competing. It's true, there is always a niche for a second-tier devices without "google experience", but I'm afraid Amazon might start pushing it's market to a mainstream carriers and hardware manufactures.

  • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

    Too bad, I'll just skip that one.

  • Mike

    Guess which version of Angry Birds I won't be playing? That's right, RIO! Nice try amazon, but if it's not in the Google Market, I'm not getting it. I'm not going to crapify my phone to get Rio. No. End of story and hopefully, end of their attempt at a market.

  • Ping Ling

    Not to mention that Amazon store initially will be US-only... They say it in their FAQ.

    • Tee

      You're right. The Amazon Appstore is just a BIG flop.

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