Mobile news roundup: An Angry Birds Christmas, Ubuntu for mobile and a Ouya competitor

By Emanuel Maiberg Comment

30 million Angry Birds titles downloaded over Christmas – Mobile game developer Rovio reported that 30 million Angry Birds titles were downloaded between Dec. 22 – 29, with 8 million downloads on Christmas day alone. At this time Angry Birds Star Wars is also the No.1 paid app on iPhone according to AppData.

Ubuntu comes to mobile — Canonical announced the mobile version of its popular linux-based operating system Ubuntu. Canonical touted that Ubuntu’s user interface which uses all four edges of the phone to quickly switch between apps, and the ability to connect to a screen, keyboard and mouse for a full PC experience. You can read more details about Ubuntu for phones here.

PlayJam funds Ouya competitor with Kickstarter — Smart TV game platform and SDK provider PlayJam has successfully Kickstarted GameStick, an Android-based games console very similar to the Ouya, the most funded Kickstarter project to date. GameStick is composed of a USB stick which connects to a television and a small gamepad. At this time the project is well over its pledge goal of $100,000 with over $170,000. You can find out more about the project here.

Chilingo launches Swing King and Catch the Ark — Mobile games publisher Chilingo today announced it launched two new games on the Apple App Store, Swing King and Catch the Ark. Swing King, which is priced at $0.99, is a physics-based puzzle game developed by Zoink!. Catch the Ark, also priced at $0.99, is an endless runner in which animals attempt to catch up with Noah’s Ark during the great flood.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) adds tablet, Android support — Amazon announced several improvements to its cloud computing service AWS which make it easier to manage on mobile. The Management Console has been optimized for tablets with a new, “simple and intuitive” web-based user interface (still no tablet specific app). Amazon also announced an AWS Console app for Android phones which you can download now from Google Play.