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Angry Birds’ naughty Piggy Bank, and other Android industry news

by Kristen Nicole

Angry Birds get a naughty Piggy Bank

With over 50 million mobile downloads, Rovio couldn’t be happier with the success of its flagship game, Angry Birds. Or could it? The developer team is going to loop in a “bad” Piggy Bank system next year, enabling direct payments from players. It’s a one-touch solution that makes it easier to pay for the full version of the game, with in-app options that are already integrated with compatible payment mechanisms.

This marks another benchmark for Rovio, with a great deal of revenue potential. It will allow them to not only retain more of the money generated from the Angry Birds game, but sets out an opportunity to build a wider platform for in-app payments from here. It’s the mobile gaming industry that has an early shot at success around platform payments, and companies like Papaya Mobile are already benefiting from this level of integration.

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas arrives right on time

Another industry taking to the mobile scene is print media, with books becoming widely distributed through Android devices. Classic stories like The Cat in the Hat are reaching new audiences as a result, thanks to two title releases from Dr. Seuss’ iconic collection. One of my all time favorites, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, has landed in the Android Market just in time, too.

Gmail, YouTube updates

With Google’s (GOOG) big plans for pushing its cloud-based services through connected devices everywhere, there’s been a concentrated effort around its Apps updates for Android. Gmail and YouTube both received attention this week, with improvements around the Priority Inbox, message composition, and added details for video clips and navigation. In all, Google’s striving to make the mobile experience match that of the desktop, with an aim towards personalization.