Facebook-enabled Angry Birds Friends launches free on App Store

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As promised, Finnish mobile games maker Rovio today launched the mobile edition ofAngry Birds Friends. The Facebook edition launched on Facebook a year ago.

Given that the Facebook edition of Angry Birds Friends sees 60+ million monthly installs and has over 1.2 million daily users, the iOS and Android editions of Angry Birds Friendsshould prove pretty popular.

If you’re a fan of social gaming experiences, Angry Birds Friends will let you invite your Facebook friends to play, brag about your achievements by spamming your Facebook friends’ Newsfeed, spend cash on virtual gifts and coins, earn bronze, silver and gold trophies and more. I’ve included the launch trailer, screenies and more info after the break…

Billed as “the ultimate pig popper and bird flinger,” the game uses Facebook Connect to sync with the Facebook edition of Angry Birds Friends. This also means you won’t be able to play Angry Birds Friends without a Facebook account and an Internet connection.

The social component is obviously the key highlight as Angry Birds Friends includes tournaments, challenges, daily rewards and trophies.

Here’s the launch trailer for the Facebook app, posted back in May 2012.

Rovio is promising new tournament levels every week, four classic power-ups and an additional power-up that’s exclusive to the mobile edition of Angry Birds Friends.

From Rovio’s news release:

Every Monday a different tournament gets under way, with all-new challenges for you and your friends. Use power-ups such as the King Sling, Super Seeds and Birdquake – or call in the Wingman to give you that winning edge on a new level.

And when it’s game time, play for that gold crown and then brag to your friends about your glorious victories. Plus you can celebrate your wins on Facebook and even share fun gifts.

In an effort to lure gamers into in-app purchases, Angry Birds Friends gives you free bird-coins just for completing the tutorial.

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Right below: Angry Birds Friends on iPad.

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On a related note, Rovio today announced that a new version of Angry Birds on Windows Phone is free until May 15, featuring over 400 levels and Xbox Live integration with new achievements and leaderboards.

Angry Birds Friends is available free on the App Store as a universal binary running natively on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices. If you’re on Android, you can download the game from Google’s Play store.

PS: If you can’t find it on the app store / Google play, just give it some time it’s rolling out to app stores globally as we speak.

Facebook for BlackBerry updated, brings BBM integration!

Does Zuckerberg have his eyes on RIM?

The Facebook client for BlackBerry has been updated to version 3.3. This latest version brings a number of improvements and cool features that will surely be appreciated by BB users.

First of all, the application has gotten a visual overhaul with refreshed navigation icons and status publisher. Then comes what’s probably the most important new feature (although it largely depends on your own understanding of “importnat”): BBM integration! With Facebook 3.3, BlackBerry users will be able to add BBM friends and start BBM chats directly from the app, and what makes this integration even cooler is that you’ll easily be able to see who of your Facebook friends have BBM.

The other two improvements include the ability to un-friend people and an enhanced photo viewer. Photos will now first appear in a grid of thumbnails, allowing you to browse them more easily, and then, once you’ve chosen a photo, you’ll be enjoying a higher-resolution view and better performance when switching between shots.

All in all, it sounds like a pretty decent update of the app, so we’d advise all the remaining BlackBerry users out there to just go and get their copy of Facebook 3.3!

Download Facebook 3.3 for BlackBerry