Instagram has announced Instagram Direct, introducing new functionality to the photo and video sharing service, which now allows users to send photos and video messages directly to their friends. These ‘Direct’ posts are shared to users’ in-app inboxes, with separation based on whether or not the user is a known contact.
If your Facebook feed has been taken over by Bitstrips, you’re not alone, as the Toronto-based social comic strip producer just announced their initial numbers, and they’re staggering, to say the least. In just over two months since the Bitstrips app launched on iOS and Android, there have been over 30 million avatars created, rocketing Bitstrips up the charts to the number one app spot in over 40 countries, and the number one entertainment app in over 90 countries.
In fact, there have been over a quarter of a million avatars created in the following cities alone: Mexico City, Chicago, Hong Kong, Lima, and London.
“It feels like we transformed the Internet into a comic strip,” says BA, aka Jacob Blackstock, Co-Founder, CEO & Creative Director of Bitstrips. “The numbers we’re releasing really blew us away. We expected it to grow, but the daily reality blew away our monthly projections.
“I think one of the reasons it’s really taken off is that comics are universally loved. Even if you’re not into comic books, you’re into the Sunday Funnies.” (more…)
In a special year-end report, mobile advertising company Opera Mediaworks has revealed the top mobile advertising trends from 2013. Its ad platform currently reaches 400 million consumers each month via 60 billion ad impressions, and found that 2013 marked a year of changes and improvements in mobile advertising.
Tiny Village developer TinyCo and Fox Digital Entertainment have today announced a partnership to develop a mobile game based on the popular Family Guy television show. The game will see players meeting and interacting with their favorite characters from the show in an original storyline influenced by the series’ previous episodes and current events.
Electronic Arts has announced its biggest update ever for The Simpsons: Tapped Out, bringing a massive holiday event to gamers on smartphones and tablets. From now until January 7, players will be able to collect presents from friends and give some of their own, as they complete over 50 quests and unlock a variety of new buildings, costumes and characters.
Puzzle & Dragons publisher GungHo Online Entertainment has announced the launch of Dokuro on iOS and Android. Originally released on PlayStation Vita in 2012, the side-scrolling platformer and puzzle game sees players taking on the role of a skeleton who turns against his Dark Lord to rescue a princess.
Mobile game publisher DeNA has announced the launch of Flutter: Butterfly Sanctuary on Android devices, complete with the expanded and updated features brought to the iOS version since the game’s launch earlier this year.
It’s one thing to boast about your Tetris skills to friends, it’s another thing to beat those same friends while earning huge coin payouts at the same time.
That’s what’s new in EA’s Tetris Blitz, as the game introduces tournaments where Tetris gamers compete against each other in limited-time events, each offering unique rules and leaderboards. (more…)
Electronic Arts has announced the launch of Heroes of Dragon Age, bringing the franchise’s famous characters to mobile devices for the first time. The strategy combat game sees players collecting characters from the Dragon Age franchise and sending them into battle against story opponents as well as other players.
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