Angry Birds “Rovio News” Can Now Be Disabled

If you don’t like seeing ads or news items when you pause Angry Birds they can now be disabled by tapping “Postman Piggie”. To find this feature open up any level and tap the pause button. When the “Rovio News” items appear you’ll see a mail pig standing in the sun wearing a hat and holding a mailbag (see screenshot below). If you tap the mail pig the sunshine will give way to clouds and rain and the pig’s mailbag will be empty. You’ll also notice that the ads and news items will disappear.

From what we can tell this feature has been pushed to all versions of Angry Birds, including Angry Birds Seasons (right now it actually seems that Rovio News has been disabled completely in Angry Birds Rio).

I know for most this isn’t an earth-shattering update, but when Rovio News was first released it was met with a mixed reaction. Personally, I didn’t mind it, but my son did. Why? Well, he likes to pause the game right when the birds hit so he can see (and showoff) the destruction. I can’t argue with that. It’s nice to know that Rovio listened to the fans and offered a solution for those who wanted one.

Thanks to @catsnbirds in the forum for tipping us off to this.

Tags: News
Category: Angry Birds News & Updates, News, Updates

    Comments (15)

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    By Thee Elf (@thee-elf)

    I actually like the update. I hated when I paused it and accidentally hit the add, which exits the game on the iPhone.

    By Joe

    I’m still not satisfied with the mini update. It still takes milliseconds to pause the game to restart. I prefer instant pause and restart. Rovio probably should add a restart button next to Mighty Eagle’s button or something.

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    By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

    I wouldn’t like a Reset button in-game. I’d be petrified of hitting Reset by mistake when trying to tap Pause or Eagle. Also, wouldn’t three buttons in the corner be a bit busy on non-tablets?

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    By Bird Leader (@birdleader)

    I agree. I know I would accidentally hit it right after some amazing shot. That would really suck.

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    By Peatree2 (@peatree2)

    This is old, but what about making it so you have to double tap the restart button? You can’t accidentally double tap it, right… :)

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    By bigbrotherbird97 (@bigbrotherbird97)

    @peatree2 What if players think the screen is frozen, but it was slow, and they were pressing every part of the screen, trying to get the game going again. So they end up pressing the reset button twice, and they will get mad because you were about to get 3 stars on the level.

    By Shelly

    I have the HTC incredible, and I don’t have the Rovio News on mine, so the mail pig doesn’t show up. I would love to get rid of the ad though!! :(

    Rank: Sling God with 29740 points
    By Bird Leader (@birdleader)

    There are a different type of ads. You could go pay $0.99 for ad free version from Amazon right?

    Rank: Deputized with 125 points
    By Birdman565 (@birdman565)

    Well what do you know rovio news is back in Rio!

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    By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

    Sure, but since it’s configurable, why not?

    Rank: Master Slinger with 7130 points
    By Kelani (@kelani)

    not anymore, apparently. No mail pig in Rio?

    By Jeremy

    so if you press the pig will the ads be disabled permanently unless enabled again? or do you have to hit the mailpig every time you start a level?

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    By Bird Leader (@birdleader)

    For me, it remembers my choice. I have to re-enable them to see the ads again, even after closing and reopening.

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    By Austin (@austin18)

    i found this out on my own after not noticing it for a while. i kept wondering if rovio was ever going to release a update for disabling ads and they finally did. thanks rovio.

    By Wrasheed

    This disabling is also done by chrome

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