Mobile apps news roundup: Rage of Bahamut’s printing money, RIM’s problems get worse and Amazon might launch the Kindle Fire 2 soon
Rage of Bahamut is making tons of money on iOS and Android — Mobage’s popular social card battle title Rage of Bahamut is popular, but how much money is it making? According to Dr. Serkan Toto, the Android version of the game is bringing in $43,000 a day (excluding revenues in Japan), while the monthly revenue across iOS and Android might be as high as $2.6 million a month.
RIM announces losses, delays BlackBerry and faces tough decisions — Research in Motion reported operating losses this week that were worse than expected, causing its stock to fall almost 20 percent. Additionally, the launch of BlackBerry 10 mobile devices has been delayed until 2013 (over a year later than first promised) and the company is under pressure to sell its network business or form an alliance with Microsoft in order to survive.
Amazon rumored to launch new version of Kindle Fire — CNET is reporting Amazon plans to launch a new Kindle Fire on July 31. CNET claims the device will come with a camera and physical volume buttons, while DigiTimes says it will have a 1,280 x 800 display.
iTunes expands further into Asia — Apple’s iTunes Store launched in 12 new countries this week, including Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
Gameloft and GREE release Gang Domination [Launch] — Gameloft and Gree released their new social card game Gang Dominion. The game is available around the world for free on both iOS and Android devices, as well as feature phones in Japan.
Legend Cards hits North American mobile devices [Launch] — Ngmoco and gloops International are bringing the new trading card game Legend Cards to both Android and iOS devices in North America.
Aviary raises $6 million in funding — Aviary announced a $6 million round of funding from Spark Capital, Bezos Expeditions and other to-be-announced investors. Aviary credits its growth in the photo app category — due to the success of Photo Editor by Aviary — as a driving factor for the funding.
Mobile devs can now tap into Heyzap’s user base — Mobile social gaming network Heyzap revealed how mobile game developers can reach its millions of users on both Android and iOS. Heyzap is letting developers pay to advertise their app as “the game of the day” to its users.
MoMinis announces “Collaboration Program” — Israel-based MoMinis, which helps developers transition games from other platforms to mobile devices, announced its new Collaboration Program. The new program will have MoMinis create, publish and monetize the mobile version of a developer partner’s existing game (“at no cost”) on Android. Revenue from the mobile game will be split by MoMinis and its developer partner.