Mobile apps news roundup: Apple, Gameloft, Twitter and more

By Emanuel Maiberg Comment

apple-logoApple announced 128GB fourth generation iPad – The new Retina Display iPad will go on sale starting Feb. 5. for $799 with Wi Fi and $929 with Wi Fi and Cellular.


Twitter Acquires Crashlytics — Crash reporting solution company Crashlytics announced that it has been acquired by Twitter. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the move does indicate Twitter’s growing commitment to the mobile space.


Sift secures $540,000 in seed funding – Sift, the mobile app which collects and re-formats all your shopping emails in one place announced it secured $540,000 in seed funding. The company was originally backed by Tandem. New investors include Shawn Wang, co-founder of Baidu and Unity Ventures, Deep Nishar, SVP of Product at LinkedIn, Bhupen Shah, co-founder of Sling Media, Sand Hill Angels and others. You can read our previous coverage of Sift here.


Gameloft partners with Tencent to launch Ice Age Village in China’s Android market — French mobile game developer and publisher Gameloft announced that it is partnering with Tencent’s Mobile QQ Game Platform to launch Ice Age Village on Android in mainland China. The Tencent Mobile QQ Game Platform has over 350 million registered user accounts, making it one of the biggest online game communities worldwide.


PlayPhone announces new developers for its platform — PlayPhone announced that the following developers will be debuting new games on its Social Gaming Network: Glu Mobile, Ambush Games, Pub Games, TreSensa, 7Seas, Evil Dingo, Hui Games, Youda Games, Nanjing Jike, Diamond Star.


Spil Games launches Click the Bolt – Spil Games announced the global launch of its phsyics-based puzzle game Click the Bolt. the game features 10 planets and 50 levels, Game Center leaderboards and achievements and graphics made for the Retina Display. You can find the game on iTunes here, or try it online here.


Playrise Digital launches Table Top Racing – Mobile game developer Playrise Digital announced the launch of its iOS racing games Table Top Racing. There is no shortage of racing games on iOS, but readers may want to keep an eye on this one since it comes from the co-creator of the famous futuristic racing series for PlayStation, wipEout.


BlackBerry unveils Z10 and Q10 phones – RIM announced that it officially changed its name to BlackBerry, and unveiled its two new phones, the BlackBerry Z10 and the BlackBerry Q10. The Z10 model is BlackBerry’s first smartphone. It is set to launch in the UK on Jan. 31, and is said to have 70,000 available to download then. The Q10 model follows the traditional BlackBerry design with a physical keyboard.


Apple largest mobile phone vendor in U.S. in Q4 2012 — A report from Strategy Analytics found that Apple became the number one mobile phone vendor for the first time ever, capturing a record 34 percent market share. The report also found that mobile phone shipment grew by 4 percent this year, reaching 52 million units in the U.S. during the fourth quarter of 2012.