Angry Birds developer Rovio abandons Windows Phone, remains dedicated to Android and iOS

Angry Birds developer Rovio abandons Windows Phone, remains dedicated to Android and iOS
Yesterday, Angry Birds developer Rovio unveiled that it would no longer be supporting Windows Phone. The information came in the form of an email sent by the company in response to a customer asking about future products and updates for existing Rovio products on the Microsoft platform.

The email states that the the developer will be shifting its efforts away from the platform, and focusing on Android and iOS instead. Although Rovio won't be developing any new games, or updating its existing lineup on the Windows Store, it is unlikely that older games will be pulled from the store. 

Rovio has 10 titles available on Microsoft's platform, neither of which has been updated as a universal game for Windows 10. Considering that Windows Phone's market share is at around 2% worldwide, it is not that big of a surprise that Rovio, which has been experiencing its own fair share of problems with the dwindling popularity of its golden egg franchise, has decided to stop developing for the platform.

That's arguably not that big of a deal since Angry Birds' heyday is a thing of the past anyway, and most people have had their fair share of the physics-based, bird shooting puzzler. What Windows Phone users are frustrating over these days is the fact that Pokemon Go is not out for their platform of choice.

via: MSPoweruser

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13 Comments

1. rkoforever90

Posts: 438; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

no surprise microsoft themself dont bother making app for windowsphone

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7249; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

WP/W10M has less than 1% now. So where did the author get 2%?

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? So what is Microsoft Office, Outlook, OneNote, Skype, OneDrive, Xbox 360/One SmartGlass, Groove and many more?

2. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Who cares!! Nobody loves angry birds now!! Its Pokémon time!!

3. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Please Microsoft support your own then we might have more support

4. gigi3

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

I don't care. I abandoned playing angry birds 3 years ago. :p

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I feel so disappointed. For iOS, I purchased I think 5 different Angry Birds game because I thought they were so cool. The wife actually completed the first one as we were in a race, but I didn't have the time to play as often as I was working on a startup. Though I have them installed on my iPad, I don't even open them to play. I downloaded 3 of them for my Android, but again, just never opened to play them. They made to many at one time and they didn't really change nothing. Just added some new birds with new powers. But overall the concept never changed. Its like what Mario games are for Nintendo. But at least they changed the characters role in games to make it different.

5. sumpil

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 02, 2016

Microsoft is just been selfish, they need to cancel their OS, they are persuading people to buy their phones and then does people are left high and dry. Can't Microsoft adopt android and make it closed and put their user interface on it.

6. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

That's just it. They aren't. They do 0 advertising. They only released a few units for the enthusiasts and as reference models for OEMS. In the meantime they are working on their ecosystem and the operating system so that when they are ready with Redstone 2 they can go all in. They have retrenched and stopped selling phones so not sure what you mean really. The new phones are for the fans as they have always said. The people who want to see where the tech is going and be part of the previews they release. The OS is coming along great. It sucks that we have to wait another year for it to be finished but that's life. In the meantime most of their resources are going to help with the app problem. ANd it is helping big time. But it's only helping for the apps that are released on Desktop and as a result also on mobile. Mobile only apps are still not viable for most developers. Though Niantic never said they won't create a pokemon GO for windows mobile. They are thinking about Hololens and likely would also publish to mobile.

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7249; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

They did that a few years ago with their Nokia X devices. Only they had Microsoft apps and services only on these devices. There was no Google apps and services on their X devices what so ever. So these devices failed. Btw Microsoft owns BLU company now, which they make Android smartphones. Just like Microsoft owns Alcatel as well now.

9. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

Correct. Unless and until google comes on WP platform, the WP problems are not going to be over.

13. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Still WP is better than Tizen.

14. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

At least!

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