Mobile app news roundup: Chartboost, Red Robot Labs and the Tokyo Game Show

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By Kathleen De Vere

Chartboost sees iPhone 5 bump advertising costs — Cross promotion network Chartboost saw a 13 percent rise in the average price per user for its CPI campaigns during the iPhone 5’s launch weekend, the company reports. Prices peaked on Sunday, Sept. 23 with CPI costs rising 21.1 percent week-over-week.

RIM loses $235 million in Q2 — Beleaguered BlackBerry maker RIM has beat analyst expectations, posting a $235 million loss on $2.9 billion in sales. The company’s shares were up on the news, and are now trading at $7.44 — a significant increase over last week’s sub-$7 prices.

Red Robot Lab’s Life is Crime sees 4.3 million downloads in first year — Red Robot Labs has released a variety of interesting user statistics about its location-based game Life is Crime to celebrate the game’s one year anniversary. Most notable are the game’s download statistics — the title has seen 4.3 million downloads total, 2 million on Android and 2.3 million on iOS. The full infographic can be found here.

Navfree notches up over 10 million users – British company Navfree has announced its free, self-titled navigation app now has more than 10 million users. The app is available for both iOS and Android in over 30 countries. The company also reports its users make more than 1 million journeys ever day with its app.

Mobile-social games dominate at TGS — Mobile games and smartphone titles ruled this year’s Tokyo Game Show reports Tech in Asia. The blog counted 265 titles for smartphones on display, 100 tablet titles and 142 feature phone titles. Meanwhile the PS3, 3DS, PSP, Vita, Xbox and Wii had a grand total of 174 titles combined.

Future makes $8 million on iPad magazines – Magazine publisher Future has sold more than $8 million worth of digital magazines since Apple launched newsstand in Oct. 2011 according to Paid Content.

Zynga and American Express team for charity in Words with Friends — Zynga and American Express have launched the Words with Friends celebrity challenge featuring Kristen Bell, Jonah Hill, Snoop Lion, Edward Norton and other celebs. Players can join celebrity teams to help earn money for charity.

Google is working on a Maps app — In an unsurprising, but welcome piece of news, Google has confirmed to the New York Times it is working on a maps application for iPhone and iPad. The company is hoping to launch the app by the end of the year.

Kiip heads to Japan – Real life rewards service Kiip is headed to Asia. The company announced this week that Japan’s Digital Garage was one of the strategic investors in the company’s $11 million round of Series B funding. Kiip will launch in Japan in 2013.

Temple Run hits the table — Imangi Studio’s hit mobile game Temple Run will soon be a board game. The company is working with Spin Master Games, and the final product will be called Temple Run Danger Chase. The game will be out Oct. 1.

Disney turns on the cross-promotion stream in Where’s My Water — Disney is promoting the upcoming Tim Burton movie Frankenweenie in its mobile game Where’s My Water. The 10 Days of Frankenweenie promotion will see players get new Frankenweenie-themed levels for free. So far the Where’s My Water franchise has racked up more than 100 million downloads.

Toca Boca passes 15 million downloads — Swedish developer Toca Boca’s series of child-friendly apps have now been downloaded more than 15 million times reports The AppSide. The company revealed the figure in a job posting.

Barnes & Noble shows off HD Nooks — Barnes & Noble won’t be left behind in the HD tablet race it seems. The company has revealed two new products – a 7” Nook HD and a 9” Nook HD+ reports All Things D. The devices will cost between $199 and $299 and will come with anywhere from 8 to 32GB of storage. Both devices will run a modified version of the Android operating system.

[Launch] YoYo Games launches B.A.S.E. Jumper — YoYo Games has released its newest game B.A.S.E. Jumper in the iTunes App Store, the Amazon App Store, Facebook, Chrome, Google Play and other app stores. It was developed using the company’s GameMaker: Studio program.

[Launch] FIFA 13 hits iOS, sets EA sales record – EA’s popular FIFA series is back on iOS. The latest incarnation, FIFA 13 was available on iOS three days before the console version was available and is now EA’s fastest selling mobile title. EA did not disclose sales figures for the chart-topping title, but did reveal FIFA 13’s launch days sales were 62 percent higher than FIFA 12’s.

[Launch] Hoolai launches first English game — Well known Chinese mobile game company Hoolai has launched its first English language game, Rise of Olympia on iOS. The game is part of the GREE network.

[Launch] Cartoon Wars Blade launches — South Korea’s Gamevil is expanding on the success of its Cartoon Wars title with Cartoon Wars Blade, an action RPG set in the same universe as the popular tower defense title.

[Funding] Duck Duck Moose raises $7 million Series A – Educational app developer Duck Duck Moose has raised $7 million in Series A funding from Sequoia Capital and Lightspeed Venture Partners.