Now the phrase is synonomous with the iPhone to the point the game has become its most popular app/

The much-loved game, seen on a Tube near you, topped the chart for paid-for iPhone apps purchased from Apple in 2011.

And to boster its posiiton, two of its spin-offs – Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Rio – also made it into the top 10.

The game has players catapulting round red birds at rickety structures in order to defeat their enemies – a bunch of green pigs.

Facebook topped the free app downloads on the iPhone, while Twitter, Skype and eBay all made it into the top 10.

The BBC’s iPlayer came first on the iPad free app download chart.


Top 10 paid-for iPhone apps in 2011

1. Angry Birds

2. WhatsApp Messenger

3. Angry Birds Seasons

4. Cut The Rope

5. Fruit Ninja

6. Angry Birds Rio

7. Doodle Jump

8. Tiny Wings

9. TuneIn Radio Pro

10. Where’s Wally? In Hollywood

Top 10 free iPhone apps in 2011

1. Facebook

2. Skype

3. Twitter

4. iBooks

5. Viber

6. eBay

7. Angry Birds Rio Free

8. National Lottery Official App

9. BBC News

10. Bubble Shooter Free

Top 10 paid-for iPad apps in 2011

1. Pages

2. GarageBand

3. Angry Birds HD

4. Scrabble

5. Angry Birds Seasons HD

6. Angry Birds Rio HD

7. Numbers

8. Fruit Ninja HD

9. Monopoly

10. Keynote


Top 10 free iPad apps in 2011

1. BBC iPlayer

2. iBooks

3. Mr Giggle HD Lite

4. ITV Player

5. 4oD Catch Up

6. Mr Giggle 2 HD Lite

7. eBay

8. Skype

9. Angry Birds HD Free

10. Calculator