Rovio高管Vile Heijari表示，他们希望让小鸟显得更简单，所以按颜色给这些小鸟命名（游戏邦注：例如Red Bird、Yellow Bird和Orange Bird）。这款游戏在2011年创造了许多新关卡，但仅推出橙色小鸟这一新角色，原因在于Rovio团队虽然有许多新想法和理念，但他们只想选择其中最优者植入游戏中。
3）据research2guidance观察发现，尽管Android Market每月下载量有可能在2012年6月赶超App Store，但这些Android应用被移除的比例却高于App Store。
该公司调查结果显示，开发者在2011年9月之前向Android Market提交的34%应用随后都会被移除，而在App Store同一时期提交的应用中，有24%随后被应用商店移除。
调查还发现，78%以上被移除的Android Market应用属于免费产品；截止9月底，App Store共有45万9589款应用，Android Market则是31万9161款应用。
5）法国发行商Gameloft最近针对《Order & Chaos Online》的Facebook和iOS用户帐号被黑事件作出回应（游戏邦注：索尼和CCP公司不久前也遭遇同类情况），确认有100名用户的帐号受到影响，为安全起见，他们将关闭网页版的Gameloft Live服务。
1）Angry Birds Rio wins Golden Joystick 2011 Award for Best Mobile Game
by Will Wilson
Rovio’s physics-puzzling behemoth Angry Birds Rio secured the GamesMaster Golden Joystick Award 2011 for ‘Best Mobile Game of the Year’ today in London.
During this annual ceremony, held at the swanky Westminster Plaza hotel in London, gongs are handed out to titles that have been voted for by gamers, rather than by mysterious men in suits or sales robots.
Angry Birds Rio, self-published by Rovio, was one of the first games on iOS to get the movie tie-in treatment.
In this Pocket Gamer Bronze Award-winning iOS and Android hit, everyone’s favourite furious fowl go head-to-head against some of the villains from DreamWorks’s summer cartoon Rio.
Back in August, Rovio claimed series-wide downloads had now passed the 300 million mark. （source:pocketgamer）
2）Meet the new member of the Angry Birds team – Rovio introduces us to the Orange Bird
by Mark Brown
The Angry Birds have a new friend: another self-sacrificing avian assassin has joined the team to help put an end to those naughty, egg-thieving piglets.
He’s called Orange Bird, and while he might look like a scrawny little chick in the catapult, one tap of the touchscreen will make him blow up like a self-inflating dinghy. This ballooning bird is perfect for throwing into tight gaps before expanding and dislodging foundations.
You can play with this new bird right now by downloading the free Ham’o'ween level pack for Angry Birds Seasons and unlocking Level 4. We spoke to Angry Birds developer Rovio to find out everything there is to know about this new birdie.
“We like to keep things simple with our birds on a general level,” Ville Heijari, VP of franchise development at Rovio, squawks. (That explains why the birds go by names like Red Bird, Yellow Bird, and, now, Orange Bird.)
“In future stories, you might get to meet and know more individual birds,” Heijari chirps.
While there have been armfuls of new levels for Angry Birds in 2011, “there’s a reason why Orange Bird is the only new bird that has appeared in our adventures this year,” Heijari cheeps.
“There are loads of ideas and concepts floating around the studio, so picking the one that gives the best experience and most fun gameplay is quite the task.
“Everybody seems to love the Black Bird, so we wanted to create another big, physical experience. At first, the Orange Bird was a bit too powerful, smashing everything when you activated the special power. But we toned him down just enough, so you get a really nice, physical mechanic where you just push blocks out of the way.”
It can take up to four weeks to make a new bird from concept to finish, “but it’s a lot of work to incorporate them into the existing gameplay seamlessly without disrupting the balance,” Heijari crows.
He reckons the hard work paid off, though: “What we ended up with is a completely new, distinctive bird, with gameplay that’s in my opinion the most fun we’ve had so far in Angry Birds.”
Rovio wouldn’t tell us whether or not we’ll see the Orange Bird in the classic Angry Birds game, or if he’ll show up in Rio – “that remains to be seen,” Heijari coyly tweets.
But what about a whole new bird – is the Angry Birds team finally complete?
“There are around 10,000 different species of birds in the world. Some of them must be Angry – we just have to study them a bit more and discover the most special ones,” Heijari trills.（source:pocketgamer）
3）34% of Android Market apps later pulled from sale, reports research2guidance
by Matt Sakuraoka-Gilman
Android Market might be on course to pass the App Store in terms of monthly downloads by June 2012, but according to research2guidance, many of those apps go on to be pulled from the marketplace altogether.
Indeed, the firms claims there is a marked discrepancy between the number of apps submitted and later removed from Google’s Android Market than on Apple’s App Store.
Rigidity as standard
According to the company’s research, 34 percent of apps submitted to Android Market before September 2011 were later removed.
The App Store’s tally came in somewhat below that figure, with 24 percent of apps pulled at a later date.
The firm claims one of the possible reasons for this difference is “the more rigid application submission requirements [on iOS] prevent developers from publishing multiple trial or low quality applications whereas publishers in the Android Market place a lot of market testing, trials, demo and malware content.”
In short, the loose nature of Android means scores of apps go live before they’re checked, pulled from sale later on when they’re deemed unsuitable for whatever reason.
The report also highlights how Apple and Google’s differing business models may impact on the two marketplaces.
“Over 78 percent of the apps removed from the Android Market were free, which could mean that publishers put more effort into the applications they place with the pay-per-download business model, thus ensuring that it is kept longer in store.”
Other figures released by the firm include the total number of apps available on each platform.
The App Store – as of the end of September – holds 459,589, whereas Android Market plays hots to 319,161.
Android developers do have a higher average multiple app total than those working on iOS, however. The average Android developer has published 6 apps on the platform, whereas on iOS the average figure is just over 4 apps.（source:pocketgamer）
4）Android grabs 52 per cent of Asian smartphone market
by Zen Terrelonge
Tech researcher ABI is behind the report, which examines Asia-Pacific’s growing mobile market. It claims the smartphone market has a 24 per cent share of total handset shipments in 2011, which has increased by 17 per cent from last year.
This demonstrates the popularity for smartphones in the region. Just yesterday we reported Thailand’s shipments are to increase 19 per cent.
Google’s Android devices account for the majority of smartphone shipments, up 16 per cent from 2010 to 52 per cent.
This increase has led to the market share held by ‘big three’ Android makers Samsung and HTC rising from 11 per cent to 24 per cent for the year.
However, ABI says this domination could be challenged as low-end handset firms such as Huawei, Micromax, Karbonn, G’Five and ZTE raise their smartphone market shares.
Tablets also seem to be popular in Asian markets as 7.8 million devices are predicted to be shipped for 2011.
Jeff Orr, group director, mobile devices, said: “Despite the current global economic situation, markets in the Asia-Pacific will continue to see increased acceptance for media tablets, driven by the accelerated penetration of 3G in emerging markets, as well as the availability of media tablets in lower price ranges.”（source:mobile-ent）
5）Gameloft shuts down web version of Gameloft Live after user account hack
by Matt Sakuraoka-Gilman
Mobile publisher Gameloft is no stranger to controversy – its most recent low point the revelation of poor working conditions suffered by former employees.
Recent reports pertaining to a leakage of Gameloft Live player account information may have dented the company’s reputation further.
A number of Order & Chaos Online players had earlier reported that their accounts had been hacked – something Gameloft confirmed to sister site Pocket Gamer, stating the firm was looking into the cause of the breach.
Since then, Gameloft has released an official statement, confirming around 100 users have been affected and that, as a security response, the firm is closing down the web version of Gameloft Live.
“All users who have contacted us saw their account situation restored,” read the statement.
“As less than 1 percent of Gameloft Live users accessed Gameloft Live through the web version, we decided to close the web version of Gameloft Live.”
“We’re taking this situation very seriously. It is a priority for us to keep player’s data protected.
Gameloft joins Sony and CCP as a major player to suffer user accounts hacks.
Sony’s PSN was shut down for weeks in April 2011 while CCP, developer of the upcoming PS Vita shooter Dust 514, has also seen accounts hacked on its PC-based MMO Eve: Online.（source:pocketgamer）
6）Jobs biographer: Steve vowed to ‘destroy’ Android, branding Google’s OS a ‘stolen product’
by Keith Andrew
As Adobe and Flurry will attest, former Apple CEO Steve Jobs very rarely kept his opinions to himself if he felt a company had overstepped the mark.
According to one of the first biographies published since his death, however, his personal views on rival Google – and, in particular, Android – weren’t fit for broadcast, with Jobs branding the OS as a “stolen product”.
Hatin’ on HTC
Obtained by the Associated Press, “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson recounts Jobs’s views on Android in January 2010.
Following the launch of an unnamed HTC device Jobs reportedly believed sported features lifted from Apple’s iPhone, Isaacson claims Jobs told him Android was guilty of “grand theft” in an ‘expletive-laced’ encounter.
“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong,” Jobs is quoted as saying in the book.
“I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”
Mo money, mo problems
As it happens, two months later Apple sued HTC, with Jobs detailing his anger in a more diplomatic fashion in a press statement.
“We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We’ve decided to do something about it,” said Jobs in the release.
“We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”
Isaacson also claims Jobs told then Google CEO Eric Scdmidt in a later meeting that Apple wasn’t interested in settling the lawsuit.
“I don’t want your money,” Jobs told Schmidt, who had previously served on Apple’s board.
“If you offer me $5 billion, I won’t want it. I’ve got plenty of money. I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that’s all I want.”（source:pocketgamer）