Mobile app news roundup: Apple, Kiip and Path

By Kathleen De Vere Comment

Consumers prefer to buy iPhones in person — A new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners found that 76 percent of people buying iPhones purchase them from brick-and-mortar stores. According to the study, iPhone sales break down as follows:

  • AT&T – 32%
  • Verizon – 30%
  • Apple – 15%
  • Best Buy – 13%
  • Sprint – 7%
  • Other – 3%

Angry Birds Space is coming to Windows Phone — Angry Birds Space has been a big hit on iOS and Android so far, but initially it looked like the game wouldn’t be coming to Windows Phone, a move that Bloomberg called “a blow to the platform.” However, according to Pocket Gamer, Rovio has confirmed it is working on a port of the title for Windows Phone.

Second Humble Bundle comes to Android – Charity fundraiser the Humble Indie Bundle released another Android compatible bundle. The bundle, which is available here, includes Cogs, Zen Bound 2, Canabalt, Avadon: The Black Fortress and Swords and Soldiers. So far more than 76,000 bundles have been sold, with all proceeds going toward the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child’s Play.

Mobile games played at home — A new study from MocoSpace shows the most popular place to play a mobile game is at home. Of MocoSpace players surveyed, 96 percent indicated they played mobile games at home. The most popular place to play at home was in bed with 53 percent of respondents indicating they play while under the covers.

DeNA partners with Coconut Island — DeNA announced a partnership with yet another Chinese company as it expands into China. The firm announced this week it has partnered with game developer Coconut Island. From now on, all the company’s games in China will be on DeNA’s Mobage platform, reports Pocket Gamer.

Juniper Research: tablet revenues to pass $3.1 billion by 2014 – A new study from Juniper Research predicts worldwide revenues from tablet games will reach $3.1 billion by 2014, and will account for 30 percent of all mobile gaming revenue. The report also singled out tablet gamers as more likely to spend money on games and in-game items, a finding backed up by developers like Game Insight, who have reported their games monetize better on tablets than on smartphones.

Instagram + Hipstamatic = <3 — Rival photography apps Instagram and Hipstamatic have put their differences aside and formed a partnership that will allow Hipstamatic’s four million monthly users to share their photos on Instagram reports Fast Company.

Path cloned in China — Startup social network Path has had its entire look stolen by a Chinese app called Daka, reports Tech in Asia. Unlike Path, Daka focuses on following celebrities, but the two apps look identical. Daka was developed by Chinese video streaming site LeTV.

PlayPhone buys SocialHour for $51.5 million — PlayPhone has bought mobile marketing firm SocialHour for $51.5 million in stock. The move will bolster PlayPhone’s mobile-social network. The company also unveiled its new InstaMultiplay technology, which allows players to connect cross-platform within a quarter of a second.

More devs leave traditional games industry to create mobile studios – Gamasutra is reporting two new mobile studios have been founded by ex-console developers. Gael Giraudeau and Nicolas Godement-Berline have left Arkane Studios to form Majaka, which will be headquartered in Paris, France. Meanwhile Lady Shotgun Games has been formed by former Tomb Raider designers Anna Marsh and Sarah van Rompaey.

GREE partners with Dentsu — GREE has announced a marketing partnership deal with Dentsu. The company is one of the biggest advertising agencies in the world and will help promote GREE as it expands out of Japan. Dentsu will also advise GREE on content acquisition and potential investments.

Kiip brings real rewards to non-game apps – Developers of any type of app are now able to incorporate Kiip’s rewards into their products. According to TechCrunch, the service now gives away more than 5 rewards a second and reaches more than 30 million users.

Halfbrick buys Onan Games — Fruit Ninja developer Halfbrick has acquired Onan Games, best known for its multi-platform development tool Mandreel. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Gumi expands to the U.S. — Japanese game developer Gumi is expanding to the U.S., appointing a senior executive manager for its new foreign business segment, reports Serkan Toto. The company is one of the most successful third-party developers on GREE.

New iPad sells 3 million first weekend — Apple has sold more than 3 million new iPads in the first weekend of the device’s availability. “The new iPad is a blockbuster with three million sold — the strongest iPad launch yet,” said Apple VP of Worldwide Marketing Philip Schiller in a statement. Investment banking firm Piper Jaffray estimates Apple will sell as many as 66 million new iPads in 2012. Meanwhile the new iPhoto app that was unveiled with the new iPad now has more than one million users, reports The Loop.