Playrise Digital launches Table Top Racing: Gamer Edition on Amazon and Samsung stores


Playrise Digital has released a new version of its popular Table Top Racing mobile game to Amazon and Samsung gamers. Table Top Racing: Gamer Edition sees the ads and grinding removed from the experience, as players can access all of the game’s content with less work and time.


Kobojo’s Facebook hit Mutants: Genetic Gladiators launches on mobile


Social and mobile game developer Kobojo has announced the launch of Mutants: Genetic Gladiators on iOS and Android devices. The game was released on Facebook in 2013, and has been played by nearly 6 million players. In Mutants: Genetic Gladiators, players take on the role of a Psy Captain, challenged with controlling a group of minions, training and breeding them to discover new abilities and species, and then taking them into combat.


Animoca crosses 220 million downloads, releases Star Girl: Valentine Hearts


Hong Kong based mobile game developer and publisher Animoca has passed 220 million downloads across iOS, Google Play and the Amazon App Store. The company has released over 300 apps since launching in early 2011, and today announces the release of the newest game in its popular Star Girl franchise, Star Girl: Valentine Hearts.


Amazon hoping to drive Appstore downloads with Christmas week deals


With new smartphones and tablets near the top of just about everyone’s holiday wish list, Amazon is hoping to drive all new users to its Appstore by offering a slew of deals, including free games and even a $5 credit to use on future purchases. (more…)

Amazon Prime’s iOS app now features Airplay


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When Amazon first launched its instant video app Prime for iOS, users let out a collective groan when they realized the service didn’t work with Apple TV’s Airplay.


Amazon rumored to be developing Android console for release this year

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Rumor has it Amazon is developing its own Android console, say sources close to the situation.

Speaking with Game Informer, sources with “knowledge of the in-development hardware” confirm the console will be released by the end of the year, and will mostly likely be available before Black Friday in November, the official start of the holiday shopping season.


What features are most important for mobile commerce apps?


According to a study, 57 percent of shoppers use their mobile devices to search for information while out shopping. This statistic shows how important it is for businesses to provide mobile components for their customers either through mobile apps or mobile experiences. The same study provided some significant insight on what type of features are most important to consumers in mobile apps. (more…)

Distimo takes a deep dive into the Amazon Appstore, compares to Google Play

Distimo logoDistimo’s latest report takes a deep dive into the Amazon Appstore, taking a look at the top apps and publishers in terms of estimated daily downloads and one-off revenues in the app store. The report also takes a look at the differences and similarities between the Amazon Appstore, a third-party app store for the Android platform, and Google Play.

App tracking company Distimo kicked off its April report by revealing that the top 200 free apps on the U.S. Amazon Appstore saw a total of 16 million downloads in March. Similarly to the Apple App Store and Google Play, the most downloaded genre of apps were games, with Imangi Studios’ Temple Run 2 leading the way as the most downloaded free app. Also, eight of the top 10 most downloaded apps were games, with Netflix and Facebook as the two non-game apps.

As expected, the amount of device installs for free apps in Google Play is significantly higher compared to the Amazon Appstore. The Dutch firm adds that Google Play is approximately 10 times larger than the Amazon Appstore in the U.S. For example of the disparity between the two app stores, Developer Halfbrick Studios’ Fruit Ninja Free, which is ranked No. 9 in the Amazon Appstore among the top free apps, was downloaded 9.1 times less than in Google Play, which translates to 2.3 million installs from Google Play and 250,000 from the Amazon App Store in March.Distimo April 2013 report chart


Animoca: 7-inch tablets dominate the Android tablet market, Samsung the leading manufacturer

Animoca logoAndroid-focused mobile game developer and publisher Animoca today released Android tablet data gathered from its network of users, which showed that four of the five most used tablets were of the 7-inch screen variety, and Samsung devices were the first and second most popular tablets overall.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7 (includes p3100 and p3113) took an 11.8 percent share and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 grabbed an 8.3 percent share. Amazon’s Kindle Fire devices also faired well, coming in at the No. 3 and No. 4 spots, with a 7.5 percent share for the standard Kindle Fire and a 4.9 percent share with the HD model. Another notable tablet was Asus’ Google Nexus 7, which generated a 3.8 percent share.

Beyond the No. 7  spot, the remaining tablets each claimed less than a one percent market share. So, given an error margin of 0.1 percent and the slight differences between the No. 8 tablet onward, Animoca says it couldn’t be sure of the correct ordering.

Developers should be creating mobile apps made for their target audience, and knowing which devices to develop for like tablets, in terms of screen size, hardware specifications, and platform market share, is important.

Animoca previously released similar data that analyzed for most used devices on its network, taking a look at the top Android smartphones in markets like the U.S., Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and India.

The Hong Kong-based game company collected data for this report from 978,000 users worldwide who used Google Play and played an Animoca game on a tablet device between February 18 to March 20.

Amazon throws its hat in the mobile ad network ring

Amazon logoAmazon today announced its Amazon Mobile Ads API service for mobile developers to monetize their apps.

Amazon is entering a crowded mobile ad network market filled with the likes of Google AdMob, Millennial Media and InMobi. Even Facebook seemed poised to get into this business at one point last year before it ended its test after a few months.

Amazon did not share what cut of ad fees it offers developers, but says its service offers a “competitive eCPM.” According to the company’s publisher agreement, the portion of the advertising fees that a developer will receive “may be adjusted depending on a variety of factors, such as the quality of your inventory or deductions for various expenses.” Ads will come with mobile-optimized display ads from Amazon itself and other “top” brands, the company says.

Amazon’s mobile ads API offers ads in two different flavors. First is the “floating ad,” which acts like a typical mobile banner ad that floats at the bottom of the screen. Second, is the “simple ad,” which is a rich media expandable banner ad such as a video ad.

Amazon simple ad example


For now, the API is in beta and only available for U.S. users and apps for the Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD and other Android smartphones and tablets. Note that for the API to work in a developer’s app, the app has to be available for download on Google Play as well as on the Amazon Appstore for Android.

Developers interested Amazon’s mobile ads API can head here for more information and to download the API.

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