Disney Interactive and NimbleBit have officially launched Star Wars: Tiny Death Star on mobile, transforming the galaxy far, far away into an 8-bit paradise. The game allows players to join Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader on their quest to create the best of all Death Stars, with gameplay that’s similar to NimbleBit’s original Tiny Tower.
Corona Labs has today announced a collaboration with Microsoft to allow developers using the Corona SDK to create apps for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Store. Developers will be able to use their existing code to build apps for these platforms, in addition to developing for iOS, Android, Kindle and Nook.
Matmi today announced the upcoming launch of its newest mobile game, Rollabear, which will roll onto iOS devices next month. The game features over 60 levels across multiple themed worlds, and asks players to control rolling bears through 3D environments filled with collectibles to pick up and obstacles to avoid.
Rovio Entertainment aims to steal away our free time once again with Angry Birds Star Wars II, which has launched on iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 devices worldwide. The game offers a line of over 30 playable characters, and is a follow-up to the original Angry Birds Star Wars, released in November 2012.
Following a suspicious tweet by game creator Tim FitzRandolph, Disney has officially unveiled and released Where’s My Water? 2 on mobile devices. The true sequel to the original Where’s My Water? brings all three of the game’s main characters to the forefront of the experience, giving players new levels to complete with Swampy, Allie and Cranky.
Currently only available on iOS and Android devices, popular video sharing app Vine, will release an iteration on Windows Phone due out later this year. The announcement was tucked into launch news of Nokia’s Lumia 1020 smartphone. Other popular applications such as Flipboard and Path will make their debut on Windows Phone in the near future as well. (more…)
Microsoft has quietly released an Office application for iPhone. Though it is available to download for free, Microsoft requires users to be subscribers of Office 365 to actually use the application.
The application comes with Word, Excel and Powerpoint, making the documents usable on iPhone. It also supports cross-platform symmetry with cloud sharing, SkyDrive. Users can easily access recently opened documents on desktop on mobile and vice versa.
Editor’s Note: Sho Masuda is vice president of marketing at mobile-social gaming giant GREE. Here’s look into what will be talked about at the “Platform Opportunities for Social Apps” session at Inside Network’s Inside Social Apps conference June 6 to 7.
Inside Mobile Apps: iOS and Android have remained the two top mobile platforms. Is there no more room or opportunity for another competitor to reach a similar market share? Is Windows Phone and Blackberry’s days numbered?
Sho Masuda: iOS and Android have absolutely dominated the market and have done a fabulous job of building an ecosystem of mobile content. Specific to gaming, smartphones and tablets are now the primary devices for gaming-on-the-go, Where before players couldn’t see past the traditional console first parties for gaming outside of the living room, we are now seeing mobile studios generating millions in revenue daily.
I do believe the market is cyclical and the audience is always looking for the next best thing so there is definitely room for another competitor to swoop in with something completely unexpected. That said, Apple and Android have been leading the market and will likely continue to lead and innovate how people use their devices. I don’t see them losing that market share anytime soon.
As for Windows Phone, Blackberry, or what may be coming — there is potential for them all. This industry is so young and just at the start of what it can do. To put it numerically — there are one billion smartphone users out there and six billion mobile subscribers worldwide — we have just scratched the surface and there is so much more to come.
IMA: Where do you think the relationship between Samsung and Google is heading?
Google and Samsung have had an exceptionally strong relationship to date and it is clear that Samsung has built some of the best Android-operated hardware on the market. One thing we are missing when it comes with Android is the one tablet that owns the Android market — the one that can truly go head-to-head with the iPad. That is definitely something we — as gaming developers — are looking forward to.
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