Angry Birds claims 6.5 million Christmas Day downloads

It's no turkey.

Smartphone phenomenon Angry Birds was downloaded 6.5 million times on Christmas Day, developer Rovio has announced.

The figure includes all three versions of the game - Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Rio - and counts both paid and free downloads.

According to The Wall Street Journal, that's more than triple what the game managed on the same day in 2010, when it was downloaded two million times.

"We're really excited to have such a massive number of new people get acquainted with Angry Birds over the holidays - we have exciting new releases lined up for 2012, and can't wait to introduce them to the public," commented Rovio's Ville Heijari.

The Finnish developer claims that, as of November 2011, Angry Birds has now been downloaded over 500 million times.

"We think we have a good shot at being the first entertainment brand that has a billion fans," said chief marketing officer Peter Vesterbacka at the time.

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