Thursday Mobile Roundup: Powerslide Penguin, Ionocraft Racing, Card.io & More
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop Shows Off The Company’s First Windows-Based Phone: Can a device two years’ too late to market help jumpstart two lagging giants? Elop, who came to Nokia from Microsoft, showed off a new device running the Mango version of Windows Phone 7. Engadget says it’s nearly identical to the recently revealed N9, except it has an LED placement and on the back and a new hardware button.
Apple May Ship 14.4 Million iPads in The Third Quarter, Above The 10 to 12 Million Consensus: CLSA, a Hong Kong-based research firm used LCD sales data from DisplaySearch to make its aggressive prediction. In the first quarter, Apple sold 4.69 million iPads, down from 7.33 million during the previous holiday quarter.
iOS Users Tend to Rely on Wi-Fi More Than Android Ones: The different in tablets is easy to explain, as the iPad still leads all other Android-based competitors by a longshot and people tend to use tablets at home as opposed to on the go. With phones, it’s possible that iOS is better at sniffing out wireless networks.
Foursquare Expands Deal With American Express: Consumers will get discounts automatically applied to their American Express accounts when they check into participating locations. Foursquare is facing competitors like Groupon, which has a much better revenue-generating model (even if it as just as prone to net losses).
Card.io Automatically Reads Credit Card Information From Snapshots: The company, from a crew of ex-AdMob folk plus one former software director of Sifteo, helps consumers bypass entering their credit card information into their phones by taking snapshots instead. The company raised $1 million from a group of notable angel investors including Harrison Metal’s Michael Dearing, SoftTech’s Jeff Clavier and Charles Hudson, Manu Kumar of K9 Ventures, Alok Bhanot the former vice president of Risk Technology at PayPal and AdMob founder Omar Hamoui.
Music Discovery Platform exfm Launches iOS App: exfm is a Chrome extension that compiles all the tracks of music a consumer stumbles across as they browse the web into a single library. Now they can have mobile access to it through an iOS app. exfm has raised $1.25 million to date from Spark Capital, Betaworks, Founder Collective and Dave Morgan.
Apple COO Tim Cook Spotted at China Mobile Headquarters: The visit spurred rumors that the next version of the iPhone will support the operator’s 4G TD-LTE technology.
Steampunk Game Ionocraft Racing Comes to iOS: This paid app, which costs $1.99 for the iPhone and $3.99 on the iPad, has players race through industrial environments where they can earn in-game currency to customize and upgrade their cars. The app was designed by Stockholm-based Fabrication Games.
Chillingo Brings Powerslide Penguin and D.A.R.K. to iOS: Powerslide Penguin, which might draw comparisons to Gamevil’s Air Penguin, appears to be a pinball game while D.A.R.K. is an action RPG from Krakow-based Gamelab. Powerslide Penguin is from Glasgow’s Cobra Mobile. Both are on sale for $0.99.
Banjo App Consolidates Check-Ins From Social Networks: The app, which calls itself a discovery service, pulls in check-ins from Foursquare, Twitter and Facebook. We’re not sure what the unique value of this app is considering that Facebook Places has a much larger established reach and also consolidates check-ins from other third-party apps.