LG has gone so far as making an “unprecedented” announcement by confirming that Angry Birds Rio will be bundled and pre-loaded with their latest lineup of Optimus smartphones, namely the Optimus 2X, Optimus Black and Optimus 3D.
A free game… for free.
“We’re excited to bring one of the most successful mobile games to our customers,” said Yong-seok Jang, Vice President of Business Strategy at LG Electronics’ Mobile Communications Company. “Angry Birds Rio will help showcase the power, smoothness and speed of LG’s Optimus series of Android smartphones to our customers.”
“We’re thrilled to expose the millions of LG customers across the world to the fun and exciting world of Angry Birds Rio,” said Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio. “With more than 20 million downloads to date, Angry Birds Rio’s launch has been our most successful ever, and by pre-loading the game on high-performance LG Android smartphones worldwide, we look forward to even more success in the future.”
Okay, that’s all well and good and is pretty decent news, but the major problem is… Angry Birds Rio is a free app on the Android Market! Makes you wonder why they took the trouble of making this announcement, doesn’t it?