Earlier this year, the folks Rovio teased a new Angry Birds game called Angry Birds Go!, which was later revealed several months later to be a kart racing game. Given that the Angry Birds franchise has been more or less about slinging birds into pigs, just in different settings, this appeared to be a pretty refreshing change. The game was pegged for a release on the 11th of December and sure enough Rovio has announced the release of the game! To be fair the game had a soft launch not too long ago, although it appeared to be available only for the Australia and New Zealand iTunes App Store, but with the official launch, presumably everyone will be able to get their hands on the game.
For those hearing about it for the first time, Angry Birds Go! is a karting game where players will be able to choose characters such as Red, Chuck, Stella, and King Pig, just to name a few, all of which are from the Angry Birds franchise. Gamers will also be able to choose from over 50 karts to race in as well as a variety of different race tracks. The game will be free-to-play, and Rovio expects to monetize the game through in-app purchases which could get pretty expensive. The app will be available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8, and BlackBerry 10 devices starting from today, so head on over to your respective app stores for the download!
I don’t know about you, but my experience with ASUS products have not exactly been happy ones. The hinge on my ASUS notebook popped open one fine day without any warning, where the other hinge followed a couple of weeks later – and I was apparently informed by the ASUS service center here that “it happens”, without any explanation as to why it happened. Still, I am quite sure that you have horror stories of your own when it comes to the different consumer electronics brand in the market, but let me not take the shine off ASUS’ intention to deliver its new PadFone collection to the US.
ASUS CEO, Jerry Shen, claimed that the company has already sold more than 10,000 PadFones in Taiwan between April and August, and continued, “Without knowing our customers’ acceptance, I did not dare to go mainstream. The fact that such an expensive device still managed to sell nearly 300 units per day in Taiwan means the user base is quite stable. So in June, I was confident enough to tell my team that it’s time to go mainstream. Without knowing our customers’ acceptance, I did not dare to go mainstream, because going mainstream requires a lot of effort.”
It seems that this means the new PadFone devices will be headed for the US, and Shen did share that they are working on a device for an unnamed but “big” operator for a Q2 launch in the US. Anyone wants to warrant a guess as to who this operator would be?