Mobile apps news roundup


Zynga launches What’s the Phrase — Social games giant Zynga announced the launch of What’s the Phrase on iOS. As its title suggests, What’s the Phrase is a word game which invites players to guess and complete well-known phrases. Phrases are pulled from different categories geared towards different ages and interests like Internet Memes and TV Shows. You can download the game for free here.


Google Maps 1.1 adds better local search, contacts — Google’s Maps app for iPhone updated to version 1.1, allowing users to find directions to people in their Google contacts. Users can now also search for businesses that are near them like bars, theaters and more. You can get Google Maps for iPhone here.


Sony sells its shares of DeNA — Sony announced it has entered into a contract to sell all its shares (17,722,500) of Japanese mobile games company DeNA. The sale will  net Sony $437 million in profits. Sony says that the sale is meant to “strengthen its corporate structure.”


Sega announces Sonic Dash — Games publisher and developer Sega announced Sonic Dash, a new endless runner game featuring its iconic mascot Sonic the Hedgehog. Players will be able to choose Sonic or one of his friends as they run down Seaside Hill, collecting rings and unlocking power-ups. Players can also compare their best time with friends with the game’s leaderboards. The game is available to download from the iTunes App Store for $1.99 here. Look forward to our review on Inside Social Games.


Glu launches Samurai vs. Zombies Defense 2 — Mobile game developer and publisher Glu announced the launch of Samurai vs. Zombies Defense 2, the sequel to Glu’s hit strategy defense game. Samurai vs. Zombies Defense 2 adds new weapons, defenses, and magical abilities for each unit. You can download the game for free from Google Play or the iTunes App Store.


Telly launches version 2.0 — Video discovery app for iPhone Telly updated to version 2.0. Among the new features is group video sharing, which allows users to share discovered or created videos with specific friends and engage in conversation via chat or reply videos. Telly claims that 36 percent of those who have downloaded Telly’s iOS app return to it monthly, with 55 percent returning on Android each month. You can download and discover more of Telly’s new features here.

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Hothead Games launches Rivals at War — Game developer Hothead announced the launch of Rivals at War, or RAW, a turn-based tactical game. Players choose from six unit types, equip them with special gear, and then deploy them in one of four different battle scenarios, each with a unique look rendered in 3D. The game is available to download for free from the iTunes App Store and Google Play.


MyPermissions secures $1M in funding — MyPermissions, a tool which helps users control and secure personal information on their mobile device, announced it has raised $1 million in a round of funding. The round was led by lool Ventures, 500 Startups and 2B Angels, with participation by Plus Ventures and Robby Hilkowitz. The Israeli company will use the investment to expand its product offering and accelerate the growth of its user base worldwide.