Software testing company uTest has relaunched as Applause. The updated company has expanded its focus to “360 degree app quality,” offering in-the-wild testing of products so developers can maximize their app quality across a variety of factors. In addition, the company has announced its acquisition of German crowd-testing company Testhub, which will become Applause’s European base of operations, Applause EU.
Digital newsstand and magazine platform Zinio has announced its acquisition of Audience Media, a developer of mobile app solutions. The pair will work to translate print publications into mobile apps for the best smartphone and tablet reading experiences possible.
The Zinio app on mobile allows users to access more than 5,000 digital magazines. This acquisition of Audience Media will expand the company’s digital publishing services. In turn, Zinio will extend its footprint in the world of branded apps for individual publications.
Vancouver-based game developer Roadhouse Interactive Limited has announced its new publishing services division, which will work to partner with other developers from around the world to manage live game operations. This new publishing services division will be led by the team from Roadhouse Interactive’s newly acquired Chunky Pig, a digital marketing company.
Cloud-based web development platform Wix.com has announced its acquisition of Appixia, a platform for building native mCommerce apps. By joining forces, the two companies will allow businesses and individuals to build their online presence using the pair’s tools for creating native mobile applications. Wix launched its mobile adaptive solution last year, and now, over 30,000 new mobile sites are created by Wix users each day.
Social and mobile game developer and publisher Kabam has announced its acquisition of Phoenix Age, the developer of mobile and Facebook game Castle Age and iOS title Underworld Empire. The terms of the acquisition weren’t revealed, but the 44-person Phoenix Age team will continue to operate in its current offices.
Mobile and social game developer and publisher Zynga has revealed its earnings for Q4 2013, with the company announcing a full year of profitability in 2013 and Q4 revenue of $176 million. This is a 43 percent decrease in revenue year-over-year and a 13 percent decrease from Q3 2013. Zynga’s full 2013 revenue was $873 million, a decrease of 32 percent from 2012.
Mobile ad platform Airpush has announced its acquisition of Hubbl, developer of mobile personalization and native advertising technology. The acquisition will see the pair partnering to bring more effective native advertising to Airpush’s ecosystem of 120,000 mobile apps, via an ad platform that’s currently in development.
Diner Dash developer PlayFirst has announced its acquisition of the game portfolio and IP of mobile app developer Big Head Mode. This move will see multiple Big Head Mode employees joining PlayFirst in leadership positions.
Former CEO of Big Head Mode Tipatat Chennavasin will join PlayFirst as Director of Product Management, while Big Head Mode Co-founder Richard Au will become Senior Director of Engineering.
Yelp has strengthened its focus on online restaurant reservations with the acquisition of SeatMe, a San Francisco based web and iPad app developer that has created a streamlined reservations solution for restaurant and bar owners across the US.
The acquisition will see Yelp’s users being given an additional option for scheduling restaurant reservations without leaving the app’s experience, tracking down a restaurant’s website or phone number.
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