Mobile app news roundup: Apple, Android malware, Big Fish Games and more


By Kathleen De Vere Comment

Apple helps devs complain about app copycats — Apple now gives developers the chance to report copyright infringing apps and content reports The Next Web. The revamped forms read in part:

If you believe that an application available in the App Store violates your intellectual property rights, you can use this form to submit a claim to the App Store Legal Team.

Apps on the App Store are made available by third party providers. Once you have identified the app and described the alleged infringement on the following pages, we will respond via email with a reference number and will put you in direct contact with the provider of the disputed app. 

Malware explodes, Android targeted the most — Security firm McAfee’s second quarter Threat Report has found 1.5 million pieces of new malware. On the mobile front, botnets and ransomware were the fastest growing category of malware. McAfee’s report was also bad news for Android owners — the firm found almost all the new mobile malware it detected during Q2 was targeted to Android devices.

Flurry expands mobile video ads to Android — Mobile analytics/advertising company Flurry has brought its mobile video ad service AppCircle Clips to Android, reports TechCrunch.

7 million Lumia phones sold — Nokia has sold 7 million Lumia model Windows smartphones, according to a tweet from VisionMobile founder Andreas Constantinou.

Rovio announces Bad Piggies – As heavily teased by the Finnish company, the green pigs from Angry Birds will soon have their own game. Bad Piggies will be available on iOS and Android. According to Fast Company’s exclusive preview, the game will be a physics puzzler.


Big Fish streaming service comes to Android tablets — Big Fish Games’ Unlimited Streaming service has made the jump to mobile, and is now available on Android. The service has been optimized for the Nexus 7, but doesn’t currently work on Android phones.

MoMinis brings PlayScape to entire game lineup — Israel’s MoMinis announced this week its PlayScape mobile social network and shared virtual currency will be available in all its titles. The service is available via Google Play.

Devs throw weight behind Kindle Fire HD – It may not be available yet, but developers are already announcing support for the Amazon’s new 8.9” Kindle Fire HD tablet. Gameloft has announced it will optimize The Oregon Trail: American Settler, Asphalt 7: Heat, Fashion Iconand Ice Age Village for the device with new features. Crytek’s physics Puzzler Fibble – Flick ‘n’ Roll will also land on the device with two new areas.

SocialCam’s API opens up — Third party developers can now create apps that use video creation and sharing app Socialcam’s API through its new developer program.

GREE signs 6 game deal with Capcom – GREE has signed a deal with Capcom that will see six mobile social games released on the GREE network by the end of the year reports Dr. Serkan Toto. Three of the titles, based on Dead Rising, Resident Evil and Monster Hunter, will be available on GREE’s global platform.

[Launch] Skylanders touches down on Kindle Fire – Activision has brought its lucrative children’s game Skylanders Cloud Patrol to Android via the Kindle Fire. Players will be able to purchase physical Skylanders toys from within the app. The game will cost $0.99.

[Launch] Zillow debuts iOS rentals app — Real estate listings company Zillow is expanding its mobile presence again, bringing its rental listings app to iOS. The app made its debut on Android earlier this year.

[Launch] Bubble Shot hits iOS – Independent Brighton-based developer Fat Fish Games has released its arcade bubble shooter Bubble Shot into the iOS app store.

[Funding] Ooomf nets $500,000 for app discovery platform — Montreal-based Ooomf has raised $500,000 from Real Ventures and BDC Venture Capital for its user-centric app discovery platform, reports TechCrunch.

[Funding] Snappli snaps up $1 million in funding – Mobile data compression service Snappli has raised $1 million in funding from VC firms Greylock Partners, Index Ventures and Angel Investors Simon Murdoch, Klaus Hommels and Alex Zubillaga.