Mobile Game News Roundup: Halloween 2014 Edition

Fruit NinjaHalloween is quickly approaching, and it’s likely that many of your favorite apps have been updated with content to celebrate this spooky time of year. Here’s a look at some of the frightening new apps and content updates you can now download on your mobile devices. Happy Halloween!

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Mobile Game Roundup: Piano City, Speedy Pups, Indy Cat and More

As we head into cooler weather, and many of us begin to spend more time indoors, it’s likely we’ll start looking for new iOS and Android games to play during these colder months. Keeping that in mind, here’s a quick look at some of the games you might have missed this month. (more…)

iOS 8 Keyboard Round-Up: Swiftkey, Swype, MyScript Stack and more

swiftkey 650With the launch of iOS 8, Apple has allowed developers to release third-party keyboards, which can be used in place of the system’s default keyboard option. Developers have jumped at the chance to create these experiences for users, and Apple has gone one step further, highlighting some of the options as featured apps in the iTunes App Store. Here’s a look at some of the keyboards you might want to check out for your iOS 8 device.

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Mobile Game Roundup: Glidefire, Epic Eric, Tiny Runners: Boom and More

With so many games launching on iOS and Android each month, and even each week, apps from smaller or independent developers can often become lost in the shuffle. While this is in no way a complete list of all of the games released recently on iOS and Android, here’s a look at a few of the games you might have missed.

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Celebrate the World Cup one mobile app at a time

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The World Cup is here, and whether you’re a casual sports fan or a diehard fanatic, there are plenty of ways to celebrate your favorite teams, or the sport of soccer in general, on mobile this year. Here’s a look at some of the soccer-themed updates and completely new apps, that are ready for use on your favorite smartphone or tablet.

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CES 2014: Mobile tech and apps from the Consumer Electronics Show

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Each year, Las Vegas plays host to the Consumer Electronics Show, where the biggest and newest trends in technology are shown off to eager attendees from around the world. Can’t make it to the show this year? That’s alright, as we’ve got a look at some of the newest tech and apps being shown at the convention this year.

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Mobile game news roundup: Christmas comes to Star Wars: Tiny Death Star, Pixel People and more mobile favorites

Image via Disney Interactive

Image via Disney Interactive

While many store fronts and attractions are now picture-perfect examples of Christmas cheer, many app developers have released equally festive content in their mobile apps and games. From a special Santa Warrior Card Pack in Elemental Kingdoms to the addition of Decorator Droid in Star Wars: Tiny Death Star, here’s a round-up of ways to get into the holiday spirit, right from the palm of your hand.

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Mobile apps news roundup: Login with Amazon, Google Play app revenue catches up, Scopely hires former Zynga GM and more

google_logo_33Google Play Music coming to iOS soon, says Sundar Pichai – Google senior vice president of Android, Chrome, and Apps, Sundar Pichai announced at the AllThingsD D11 conference that the new Google Play Music service will be coming to iOS soon. Music streaming service Google Play Music is Google’s response to Apple’s iTunes and Spotify.

amazon-logoAmazon announces Login with Amazon, competes with Facebook Connect, Google+ Sign-In – Amazon announced a new service this week called Login with Amazon, which allows users to sign into apps, games, websites and other services using their existing Amazon credentials with just the click of a button. Most mobile apps integrate Facebook Connect, and Google recently announced Google+ Sign-In, so Amazon is entering a crowded log-in space.

distimoDistimo’s April 2013 report: Google Play’s app revenue market share up 8% since November, DeNA sees even revenue from both major app stores – App tracking company Distimos April 2013 report revealed that Google Play’s app revenue market share between the two major app stores — Google Play and the Apple App Store — moved from 19 percent to 27 percent since November 2012, an 8 percent increase. One particular developer that’s generating nearly an equal amount of money on both app stores is DeNA. Games from the mobile-social gaming giant generated more than $5.1 million on Google Play in April and $5.6 million on the Apple App Store.

Line app iconLine adds first video game makers to its platform in Square Enix, Konami, Koei Tecmo – Japan’s leading messaging app Line, which has 160 million users worldwide now, has been very selective with adding games to its games platform for Line. Line is still closed to third-party game developers, but the company has recently brought on games from Square Enix, Konami and Koei Tecmo.

puzzle-and-dragons-app-icon-roundupPuzzle & Dragons reaches 14M users – Developer GungHo’s Puzzle & Dragons is showing no signs of slow down. The puzzle and RPG hybrid added a million players in under three weeks again — for the 12 time in a row.

scopelyScopely hires former Zynga GM Reed Shaffner – Interactive content company Scopely added former Zynga general manager Reed Shaffner to head its product team. Shaffner will be tasked with overseeing games from the Los Angeles-based company’s developer partners as well as its infrastructure.

Mobile apps news roundup: Mobile revenues surpasses handhelds, Adelphic appoints new CEO, Disney launches Where’s My Summer? and more

HasOffers logoHasOffers raises $9.4M round of funding – Affiliate marketing company HasOffers announced a $9.4 million round of funding led by Accel Partners. HasOffers is known for its third-party tracking service MobileAppTracking, which allows app developers to track ad networks, seeing exactly what networks resulted in user acquisition. Other participants in this round of funding included RealNetworks founder Rob Glaser and Founder’s Co-op partner Chris Devore.

App Annie logoApp Annie and IDC portable gaming report Q1 2013: Smartphone and tablet revenues increase threefold – In a new report on mobile gaming, research firms App Annie and IDC revealed that smartphone and tablet revenues from Google Play and the Apple App Store increased threefold compared to handhelds, while also surpassing traditional handhelds in total revenue. For the first time, Google Play surpassed the Apple App Store in total downloads, but the Apple App Store remained the leader in revenue.

Adelphic logoAdelphic taps Michael Collins as CEO – Adelphic announced that former CEO at WPP-owned mobile marketing agency Joule was tapped as the new CEO for the mobile ad startup. Adelphic is known for helping mobile advertisers find the most ideal audiences for their ads, addressing the inconsistent ID for mobile users by analyzing different signals that allow Adelphic to predic a user’s demographic information.

Payvia logoPayvia to acquire Mogreet – Carrier-based mobile billing startup Payvia revealed it’s buying Mogreet, a mobile marketing company which delivers campaigns through text, video and picture messaging services. Acquisition terms were not disclosed.

playfirst_logoPlayFirst brings Diner Dash to Android – Resource manager Diner Dash, from developer PlayFirst, made its way to Google Play this week. PlayFirst also revealed that its Dash franchise reached more than 700 million downloads across all platforms globally.

Disney Interactive logo roundupDisney launches Where’s My Summer? – Disney Interactive launched Where’s My Summer? yesterday for iOS (coming soon to Android). The physics-based puzzler features Perry the Paltypus from Disney’s animated TV show Phineas and Ferb who also stars in the hit mobile title Where’s My Perry? The game is packed with 12 new limited-time levels.

Elephant Mouse logoElephant Mouse launches Star Trek Rivals – Developer Elephant Mouse launched collectible card battler Star Trek Rivals (free) last week for iOS. The game features characters and ships from the two most recent Star Trek films — Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness.

chillingoChillingo partners with Ninja Theory to publish Fightback for mobile – Mobile game developer and publisher announced a partnership with Ninja Theory, the developer behind the recently released DmC: Devil May Cry for consoles. Chillingo will publish the Cambridge, U.K.-based indie studio’s first mobile game, Fightback for iOS and Android.

DeNA logoDeNA releases ShowStopper Basketball – DeNA, in partnership with GameCloud Studios, launched ShowStopper Basketball this week for iOS. The game is a basketball action simulator, putting users in charge of their own teams to coach them in real-time on the court.

Mobile apps news roundup: Line removes gifts, GungHo bigger than Nintendo and more

puzzle-and-dragons-app-icon-roundupPuzzle & Dragons creator GungHo reaches $15.1B market cap; higher than Nintendo – As pointed out by industry watcher Dr. Serkan Toto, GungHo Online Entertainment’s market cap, the Japanese company behind the wildly success mobile game Puzzle & Dragons, reached as high as 1.54 trillion yen ($15.1 billion) on Monday on the Osaka Stock Exchange, higher than Nintendo’s market cap of 1.53 trillion yen ($15.0 billion). It’s highly lucrative puzzle and RPG title currently has 13 million downloads in Japan, while pulling in $113 million in sales in April.

Line app iconApple clamps down on Line, users can no longer send virtual items as gifts – Japanese company Line Corp.’s removed a gift sharing feature from its iOS version of messaging app Line at the request of Apple. Prior to the removal, users could send other users stickers, a special emoji that’s been highly lucrative for the company to the tune of $58.9 million in revenue for Q1 2013, with 30 percent (approximately $17.4 million) of that revenue from stickers. Line recently surpassed the 150 million worldwide user mark.

sega-logoSonic The Hedgehog debuts on Android – Game developer and publisher Sega announced that the 16-bit Genesis classic Sonic The Hedgehog has launched on Android. The game, which was already available on iOS, is now available to download from the iTunes App Store for $2.99.

Kabam logoKabam to implement Google+ Sign-In – Social game developer Kabam announced that it will be the first games company to implement Google+ Sign-In. The new integration will provide users with a simple and secure sign-in process on Kabam.com and the ability to engage users with interactive posts, which allow players to share content and prompt friends to take specific actions in their games.

EAFormer New York Times digital and mobile products manager joins EA’s Board of Directors – Game developer and publisher Electronic Arts has appointed Denise F. Warren to its Board of Directors. Warren is executive vice president of the digital products and services group and former chief advertising officer at The New York Times Company. The announcement comes on the heels of EA’s Q4 2013 earnings report which revealed the company earned $104 million in revenue from mobile, and its increasing focus on mobile and digital products.

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