Mobile app roundup: Gamevil, Millennial Media and the next iPhone

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Unity Awards nominations now open — Nominations for the annual Unity awards are now open. The awards were created to recognize outstanding examples of games and other projects created using Unity. The deadline for nominations is June 15 and the winners will be announced on August 23.

Industry vets unite to form Fun Machine — Video game industry veterans Patrick Curry, Michael Hadwin, Neill Glancy and Stephen Palmer have taken their mobile entertainment start-up, Fun Machine out of stealth. Based in Austin, the company’s first game Awesome Eats has been downloaded more than 800,000 times on iOS.

GameSalad expands to Windows — GameSalad’s code-less mobile app development tool is now available on Windows. To date GameSalad users have created more than 60,000 mobile and web apps.

iZettle distributes 3,000 free mobile payment readers to small businesses in the UK — Swedish mobile payment provider iZettle is looking to cement its lead over potential rivals Square and Paypal in Europe. This week the company launched its UK service by distributing 3,000 free mobile payment readers to small businesses in the country reports TechCrunch.

iOS has 55 percent of mobile advertising market, Android 45 percent — According to mobile marketing company Velti’s State of Mobile Advertising report, iOS now accounts for 55 percent of mobile advertising impressions.

Amazon selling $600,000 advertising packages on Kindle Fire — Amazon is offering advertisers a chance to get their ads on the welcome screen of its Kindle Fire tablet. AdAge reports the packages begin at $600,000 and will run for 2 months.

Everyme unveils new apps — Mobile group sharing startup Everyme has launched new Android and web apps and revamped its iOS app. According to TechCrunch, the service’s users have shared 100,000 stories and 30,000 photos since launching last June.

[Earnings] Gamevil posts $4.45 million profit in Q1 2012 – South Korean mobile-social game company Gamevil has posted a net profit of 5.2 billion won ($4.45 million) and 16.6 billion won in sales for Q1 2012 ($14.2 million), up 160 and 105 percent year-over-year. 91 percent of the company’s total sales were from in-app purchases and 92 percent of total sales were from smartphones.

[Earnings] Millennial reports net loss of $4 million — Mobile advertising company Millennial Media had a disappointing first earnings report as a publicly traded company. The company’s revenues increased to $32.9 million but posted net loss of $4 million for Q1 2012. The company lost $23,000 in the first quarter of 2011.

[Funding] Serious Parody nets £1 million — Scottish iOS developer Serious Parody has recived a £1 million investment from private investors, but also including £230,000 in funding from the Scottish Enterprise Regional Selective Assistance grant, reports VentureBeat.

[Launch] Songify comes to Android – Smule has released Songify, an app it picked up when it acquired Khush, on Android reports VentureBeat.

[Rumor] Next iPhone to have 4 inch screen – Various sources are reporting the next iPhone will have a much larger screen, measuring 4 inches from corner-to-corner, up from the current 3.5 inch screen.

[Rumor] Chrome coming to iOS — Macquarie analyst Ben Schacter is predicting Google is bringing its Chrome browser to Apple’s iOS operating system, reports Business Insider.