Bitstrips, creators of the popular Facebook and mobile application that allows users to place cartoon avatars of themselves in various situations, has announced the launch of Bitmoji, its customizable emoji sharing app, on iOS devices. Bitmoji expands upon the principle of Bitstrips, as users can create an avatar to represent them, and then use that created avatar in expressive emojis when talking to friends.
Australian party app KickOn has officially launched in the US, bringing with it an event discovery platform that connects party attendees to party throwers in a service described as Tinder, but for parties. With KickOn, a party host uses the app to setup their event, and can make it discoverable by users, even if they’ve never met. From there, other users can request to attend the event and the party host has the option of accepting or declining these requests.
Social and mobile game developer and publisher Game Insight has announced a slew of new Halloween content updates for its games across mobile devices and Facebook. From helping Dracula prepare for Halloween in 2020 My Country to defeating zombies and ghosts in Cloud Raiders, there looks to be something for everyone this spooky Halloween season. Here’s a look at the company’s updates on iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Amazon mobile devices.
Taco Bell has released a new version of its mobile app, introducing mobile ordering to customers. Using the app, iOS and Android users can create their order, using the exact ingredients they’d like on each food item, and then pay securely from within the app. There’s no need to set a pickup time, as users simply enter the store and approach the counter through a separate line to receive their food (or go through the drive-thru), with their meal prepared fresh when they arrive.
Chukong Technologies has today announced its partnerships with Chartboost, Kochava, PlayFab, Scientific Revenue and Vungle to create the Cocos Services Initiative. Cocos Services will be offered alongside the company’s Cocos2d-x game engine, giving mobile developers access to a full suite of helpful services, through a single platform. The Cocos2d-x game engine has been used by over 400,000 developers around the world, including Zynga, Big Fish and Wooga.
The revitalized Big Huge Games (formerly SecretNewCo), in partnership with Nexon, has announced the development of the company’s debut mobile title, DomiNations. The studio, founded by 23-year industry veteran Brian Reynolds, is a reincarnation of the original Big Huge Games (itself formed in 2000), which saw Reynolds and his team creating Rise of Nations and Rise of Legends, prior to the studio’s closure in 2012. DomiNations is described as an “epic, strategic combat game” which focuses more on advancement through time and exploration than other titles in the genre.
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