Wednesday Mobile Roundup: iPad App Revenues, Angry Birds Passes 140M Downloads
Here’s what we’re reading today:
The Top 100 Paid iPad Apps Are Seeing $400,000 in Revenue Per Day Excluding In-App Purchases, Distimo Says: The Dutch app store tracking company says overall, the top 100 free and paid iPad apps are seeing at least 500,000 downloads a day. The number of apps in Android Market should also surpass iOS sometime in the second half of this year.
Angry Birds Gets Downloaded More Than 140 Million Times: The game’s maker Rovio said this seemingly unstoppable hit racked up another 40 million downloads in the last month and a half. The company has big ambitions for the Chinese market, which has quickly become its second biggest behind the U.S.
The iPad 2 Comes to Asian Markets Including Japan, Hong Kong and Korea: Apple said the second generation of its tablet is coming to 12 new countries this week.
Square Snags a Strategic Investment From Visa: The mobile payments company, co-founded by Twitter creator Jack Dorsey, gets a dose of credibility with the credit card company’s investment. The company did not disclose the size of the round. It recently raised $27.5 million and supported $66 million in transactions in the first quarter. It expects to triple that in the second quarter of 2011.
ZangZing Enters Private Beta — A new group photo sharing site by the name of ZangZing has entered private beta. From the site, users can create photo groups, and view all albums they have either created or Liked from their homepage. In addition to being sharable on Facebook and Twitter, other users can contribute to albums (if invited to) and add photos directly from their computer or smartphone.
Viewdle Launches New SocialCamera — A new Android app by the name of SocialCamera launched from visual analysis company Viewdle today. With it, users can instantly tag photos, add captions, and share them on various social feeds. The app is currently in its beta phases and free to download.
Android 3.0.0 SDK from Mobclix Released — Mobclix has released their newest update to its Android SDK, 3.0.0. Updates include a handful of bug fixes, ProGuard support, and general memory usage improvements. More details can be found here.
Gameloft Launches iOS MMO, Order & Chaos — Mobile developer Gameloft has launched, perhaps, one of its more ambitious developments for iOS, the MMORPG Order & Chaos. “Insipired” by World of Warcraft, the game is one of the few iOS titles to make use of a subscription-based monetization model costing an initial $6.99 (for a three-month subscription) and then $0.99 per month, $1.99 for three months, or $2.99 for six months, after that.
Scoreloop Creates new Mobile Social Gaming Platform in Hong Kong — Scoreloop has announced a new deal with Hong Kong mobile carrier CSL Limited. Under the deal, Scoreloop has created a mobile-social gaming platform directly for the carrier. The service is now available to any CSL user with and Android device.
Milk Raises $1.5 Million in Angel Round — Mobile development company Milk has completed an angel round for $1.5 million, as TechCrunch covers. Investors include web celebrities and Valley figures such as Ron Conway, Tim Ferriss, Dave Morin, Philip Rosedale, Evan Willians, Shervin Pishevar, Joshua Schachter, Anthony Casalena, Ashton Kutcher, Philip Kaplan, Chris Sacca, Gary Vanyerchuk, Tony Hsieh, Chamath Palihapitiya, Matt Mullenweg, Don Dodge, Matt Williams, Michael Arrington, Tony Conrad via True Ventures, and Rob Hayes.
RIM Acquires Tungle.Me — In acquisition news, Research in Motion (RIM) has acquired a the startup company of Tungle.Me. Tungle.Me develops a social, web-based, calendaring application that allows users to share calendars across companies, platforms, and various mobile and web applications.
The Mobile Movement: Understanding Smartphone Consumers — It’s clear that smartphones are a part of everyday life, but understanding the breadth of their usage is not always so. As such, an an interesting video called “The Mobile Movement: Understanding Smartphone Consumers,” from Google, has begun circulating that helps break down the nuances of the smartphone boom.
Apple Responds to iPhone Tracking — Though there has been growing commentary and concern about the fact that Apple is able to gather and use information about iOS users’ locations, the company has finally sat down to try and clarify concerns in a Q&A. That said, Apple does state, initially, that it does not, nor has any plans to, track the location of one’s iPhone.
iPads to Get Spoofed by South Park — Yes, the Apple iPad has become so popular that animated comedy, South Park is dedicating an episode to it that will kick off the show’s 15th season. “HUMANCENTiPAD” premieres tonight.
How Hard Is it For Mobile Service Providers to Raise a Seed Round? Brendan Baker from AngelList shows how Appmaker, which lets consumers create mobile apps without any technical background, went through 173 leads before it raised $1 million.