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…)

Bitstrips dominating app charts as users create over 30M avatars


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…)

Insider Q&A: Win COO Yaniv Leven

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Image via Win

When Win COO Yaniv Leven looks at the social casino space, he sees plenty of competition in the slots and bingo games his company produces, but he also sees a huge opening in the lucrative world of sports betting.

Leven and Win hope to jump into this space in early 2014, looking for fans who talk trash about each other’s favorite soccer clubs to put their virtual money where their mouths are, tracking results as you bet on the biggest games each week in the real world, even enabling gamers to bet their fake currency in simulated match-ups when there are no real games to be played. (more…)

Cheeky Bingo HD launches worldwide on iPad

Image via Win

Image via Win

Like your bingo both social and sassy? Win and Murka launched the free-to-play Cheeky Bingo HD worldwide this week on iPad, taking advantage of the retina display to showcase the popular hostess Cheeky like you’ve never seen her before. (more…)

Fancred 2 looks to become social media destination for sports fans

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Image via Fancred

Talking sports on social networks can be a frustrating experience. From your ranting rage-post on Colin Kaepernick’s troubles reading defenses being pushed down by a picture of your cousin’s dog eating pancakes, to trying to explain the justification of picking up a penalty flag after it was already thrown on the last play of the game in just 140 characters, sports fans just don’t have an ideal outlet to type away their daily cheers and jeers.

That’s where Boston-based Fancred steps in, treating each team as a community onto themselves, and letting sports fans have their own place (with their own people) to vent. (more…)

Kixeye opens Portland office

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Image via Kixeye

Blockbuster combat strategy game developer Kixeye continues to expand at a rapid rate, opening up a new office in Portland, Oregon to serve as the company’s main consumer advocacy center for all games. (more…)

Insider Q&A: Bee Cave Games’ Jeremy Strauser and Erik Bethke

Blackjack Casino

In just over a year, Austin-based Bee Cave Games has become a big-time player in the virtual casino market with their blockbuster app, Blackjack Casino.

Then again, when you look at the company’s roster of employees, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. COO Jeremy Strauser spent 16 years at EA Sports, working on both the Madden and NCAA franchises before heading to Zynga to spearhead Texas Hold‘em, Zynga Elite Slots, and Zynga Bingo. At CEO for BCG, Erik Bethke is another old-school gaming vet, having founded GoPets before moving on to work on games like Mafia Wars and FarmVille. (more…)

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