Angry Birds triumphs at Appy Awards

Angry Birds and Facebook were among the winners at Monday night's (11 April) Appy Awards in London.

More than 30,000 people voted for 50 apps nominated across 10 categories.

The big winner on the night was Angry Birds which collected best game app and the main award for best app of the year.

Facebook won best time waster app and Spotify landed the best music app, while Google Maps won best time saver at the event.

Oona Hilkamo works for Rovio, the company that developed Angry Birds.

She said: "It's been just amazing.

"First of all winning the public vote for best game and then afterwards the judges decided for us to be app of the year.

"It's been a great year for us."

Growing business

Apps are big business, with 350,000 on offer from Apple, 200,000 for Google's Android operating system, 65,000 from Nokia and 11,000 for Windows.

More than 10 billion apps have been downloaded from the Apple App store in 18 months, with the technology giant paying out £1.2bn to developers.

It's figures like those that suggest the app business is likely to continue growing.

Ben Wood, mobile phone industry analyst from CCS, agrees: "I think the app business has still got lots of growth in it.

"Obviously Apple are kings of the hill but there are lots of other phones where people still want apps.

"So the opportunities are only limited by your imagination, if you've got a great idea you can make an app and get it out to people."

No app other than Angry Birds won more than one award but Claudine Beaumont from Google Maps was very happy with her gong.

She said: "I think it's a pretty glowing endorsement of the tool and that's what Google is all about.

"Making tools that work for users, that work for consumers, that they can use when they're out and about to get the information that they want at their fingertips."

Organisers Carphone Warehouse hope the Appys will become an annual event.