Mobile app news roundup: Android earnings, the Kindle Fire and Viddy

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Trial unearths Android earnings — According to information revealed in Google/Oracle trial over the use of Java in Android, in 2010 Google estimated it would earn $278.1 million from Android, breaking down to $158.9 million on ads and $3.8 million from app sales, reports The Verge.

Nintendo posts $534 million loss — Nintendo has posted its first annual loss in 30 years. Numerous factors contributed to the loss: selling the 3DS below cost, a 30 percent drop in sales due to low demand for the Wii and competition from smartphones and tablets.

Draw Something now on Fire — Zynga has brought its smash-hit social game Draw Something to the Kindle Fire. As with iOS and Android, the game is available in both a free and a paid $1.99 version in the Amazon Appstore.

Indie hit SpellTower adds 20,000 downloads in two days – Gamasutra is reporting Zach Gage, the creator of SpellTower, was able to sell 21,576 copies of his game in two days after going on a social media push. The game had sold 61,987 copies in its previous five month on the App Store.

Viddy raising $30 million – Popular mobile video sharing app Viddy is raising a $30 million round of funding that would value the company at over $300 million, reports VentureBeat.

Carmen Electra the new face of Texas Hold ‘Em Poker app — Kama Games has signed Carmen Electra as the face of its top grossing poker app Texas Hold ‘Em Poker. Electra appears in the game’s loading screen, main menu, tutorial and as the dealer at each table.

Google expected to sell 10 million Android tablets in 2011 — Google had lofty goals for its tablet plans. The company expected to sell 10 million tablets a year in 2011 and 2012, owning a third of the tablet market, reports The Verge.

Gumi opens Singapore office — Japanese mobile social game company gumi has opened its second overseas office in a month, setting up shop in Singapore.

Kindle Fire captures 54% of Android tablet market – More than half of all Android tablets are Kindle Fires, according to the latest study from ComScore. The Amazon devices make up 54.4 percent of all Android tablets. The second most popular choice is a Samsung Galaxy tablet, which accounts for 15.4 percent of all Android tablets.

Rovio execs depart to form own studio — Rovio’s Antti Stén and Tuomas Erikoinen have left the Angry Birds nest to form their own game studio, Boomlagoon. Erikoinen was the lead artist for Angry Birds, Angry Birds Rio and Angry Birds Seasons.

[Funding] DoubleDutch nets $2 million Series A — Cloud-based mobile enterprise platform DoubleDutch has closed a $2 million round of Series A funding. The round was lead by Bullpen Capital.

[Funding] Moat float $12 million – Advertising analytics company Moat has netted $12 million in a second round of funding. The round was lead by Mayfield Fund. Mayfield’s Tim Chang has also joined Moat’s board.