Relevant Games’ first mobile title has undergone a name change since its announcement in February 2014, as “Evil Genius: Scrap Squad” has become simply “Scrap Squad,” and has been released in full on iOS and Android devices. The game asks players to take on the role of an evil genius, but instead of world domination, players must focus on recycling trash (how else would an evil genius earn the money to fund his empire)?
Mobile advertising company Opera Mediaworks has released its State of Mobile Advertising report for the first quarter of 2014, which shows Android now on top as the No. 1 device platform. Android was the leading smartphone platform as of Q4 2013, but now, its the overall smart device leader, with 42.8 percent of all traffic, compared to iOS’ 38.2 percent.
After a successful launch on iOS in late 2013, NaturalMotion has released Clumsy Ninja on Google Play for Android devices. The app is described as an ‘interactive character game,’ which utilizes NaturalMotion’s Euphoria technology to make the character as believable and lifelike as possible. In the app, players will help their ninja grow as they complete quests.
Smartphone adoption in the US has climbed to over 70 percent, according to new data from Nielsen. That means seven out of every 10 Americans own a smartphone, with a majority of Americans age 55+ now belonging to that group. As of Q1 2014, 51 percent of adults over the age of 55 own a smartphone, a ten percent increase from Q1 2013.
Mobile messaging app Tango has announced the launch of its News Feed feature, creating a hub of content for the platform’s more than 200 million registered users. The News Feed supports text, videos, music from Spotify and more, and was created with the goal of offering a deeper experience for users.
Social messaging app Yik Yak has received $1.5 million in additional funding for the expansion of its ‘hyper-local engagement’ platform, with funding from Vaizra Investments, DCM, Azure Capital Partners and others. The Yik Yak platform is an anonymous social experience, which allows users to connect to others based on location, with support for connections within a 1.5 mile radius.
On April 11, Samsung launched its Galaxy S5 Android smartphone. According to new data from mobile app analytics company Localytics, within a week of its global release, the Galaxy S5 made up 0.7 percent of all active Android smartphones worldwide, and has an early adoption rate similar to that seen with the release of the iPhone 5S.
The popular UberFacts Twitter account has grown into a full mobile app, as iPhone users can now take the facts-driven database with them wherever they go. Instead of waiting for the platform’s Twitter account to post a new fact, users can browse through 10 categories, learning interesting tidbits about topics that matter most to them.
Stormburn Limited has launched its newest game on iOS devices: Gem Flurry. Created with the goal of taking the “tired old ‘matching’ puzzle genre and [mixing] it up,” Gem Flurry was designed with a focus on speed and reflexes, rather than concentration and combos, as players must continue to create matches with gems, before the screen completely fills.
Gameloft has announced the launch of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 mobile game on iOS and Android devices. Announced in March 2014, the open-world adventure game sees players stepping into the suit of the web-slinger to save New York City from Electro. The game is an expansion of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 film, which hits theaters in the US next month.
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