Flirt Planet and the gamification of dating apps


Can virtual flirting lead to romance in real life?

That’s the premise behind TrulySocial’s innovative new dating apps, Flirt Planet Meet and Flirt Planet Play, as users looking for love can now use their iPhone or iPad to practice their smooth moves on computer-controlled characters before actually interacting with other humans through the app. (more…)

Tapjoy: 90-percent of users have multiple music apps on their mobile device


One in three people prefer their mobile device over desktop computers or radio when listening to music. (more…)

Cleverbug receives $6M in additional funding

Social gifting company Cleverbug, creators of the popular CleverCards app (downloaded in over 150 countries), announced today that it has received $6M in financing led by Delta Partners. (more…)

Roblox paying kids to develop games


If Minecraft and Lego had a baby, the results would be Roblox, an incredibly popular user-generated sandbox, where kids 8 to 18 not only play, they have the ability to build custom games for the rest of the Roblox community to enjoy.

In order to continue to push innovation within these user-created games, Roblox has announced a Developer Exchange program (DevEx), enabling kids who develop games inside the Roblox universe to cash-in their virtual currency for real-world dollars. (more…)

Insider Q&A: Kiwi CEO, Omar Siddiqui


After finishing 2013 with $9M in funding and three games in Google Play’s Top Grossing Charts –Shipwrecked: Lost Island (5M+ downloads), Hidden Object: Mystery Estate (1M+ downloads), Westbound (1M+ downloads) – Android-first mobile game developer Kiwi is looking for even bigger things in 2014. (more…)

CleverCards, WOOFipedia team to deliver doggy digital cards


The American Kennel Club announced today a partnership with CleverCards, enabling all WOOFipedia community members the ability to transform their dog photos into digital and printed greeting cards. (more…)

Messaging app Backdoor rebranded as Backchat, launches for Android


Teen-created messaging app Backdoor has officially changed its name to Backchat, as the popular (and free) iOS app heads to Android.

Backchat enables users to send anonymous messages to friends, with the recipient trying to guess the identity of their “secret messenger.” Free clues are provided to help reveal the sender, with additional clues made available via in-app purchase. (more…)

Snapchat app update to address security concerns


Snapchat finally addressed the hacking breach of 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers from it service, writing a blog post that promises an update to the app that will enable users to opt out of the Find Friends functionality that led to the all of the chaos. (more…)

Brainly now reaches over 20 million users worldwide


With the school year hitting full stride, Brainly announced today that their series of educational apps, along with their Web site, have now reached more than 20 million users.

Inside the social apps, students ask questions about their homework, then receive help from other students who have a better grasp of the subject matter. The apps combine the social aspect of peer support with gamification aspects such as points, rankings, and prizes, resulting in not only a platform of engagement, but a place students can go and find help for their toughest homework assignments. (more…)

Big Win NHL skates onto Google Play


In an interview with Inside Mobile Apps earlier this year, Chris Golier, the NHL’s vice president of mobile marketing and strategy broke down how the league was looking toward the world of video games to help expand to new audiences.

With the launch of Big Win NHL on Google Play, the expansion continues, as the popular iOS game is finally made available to hockey fans with Android devices. (more…)

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