Angry Birds finally available on RIM's PlayBook

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 21, 2011 12:09 PM
Angry Birds finally available on RIM's PlayBook

TORONTO (Reuters) - It took seven months, but Research In Motion has finally delivered on a promise made by co-founder Mike Lazaridis. Angry Birds is now available on RIM's PlayBook tablet.

The widely popular game, where birds destroy the pigs who stole their eggs with the help of a slingshot, has long been available on Apple and Android-based devices.

But its absence had become symbol of the relative dearth of consumer-friendly applications available for RIM's PlayBook, a business-focused device which is powered by QNX software the company expects to use on make-or-break BlackBerry smartphones from late next year.

The game, which developer Rovio says has been downloaded 600 million times, is not available on RIM's current smartphone lineup, which uses an older operating system.

Each of the three versions listed on the BlackBerry App World website costs $4.99.

RIM stock rose more than 11 percent to $13.91 on the Nasdaq on Wednesday after a Reuters report late on Tuesday that the Canadian company had rebuffed offers from and other potential buyers.

But the stock is still down more than 70 percent this year, and it remains below already-depressed levels seen before the company released its latest earnings report last week and offered a later-than-expected delivery date for the new smartphones.

(Reporting by Alastair Sharp; editing by Janet Guttsman)