Mobile apps news roundup


Crittercism raises $12M in Series B funding — Mobile app performance monitoring service provider Crittercism announced it secured $12 million in Series B funding in a round led by existing investor Google Ventures. General partner at Google Ventures Wesley Chan will be joining the board as part of the investment. Other participants in the round include Shasta Ventures and Opus Capital, both of which were also existing investors. Crittercism also announced  a new service that will report on the performance of cloud services and network conditions as they relate to clients’ Android, iOS, Windows Phone 8 and HTML5 apps.


IDC predicts iPad losing ground to Android tablets, other devices — International Data Corp released a report which predicts iPad shipments will account for 46 percent of the tablet market in 2013, down from 51 last year. Android devices are expected to grow to 49 percent of the market share, up from 42 percent last year. IDC also said Windows 8  tablets would grow their market share from 1 percent last year to 7.4 percent by 2017.


Fuse Powered launches Fuseboxx 2.0 — Mobile ad technology and publishing platform Fuse Powered announced the launch of Fuseboxx 2.0, a public version of its publishing platform for iOS and Android apps. Fuseboxx 2.0 features reporting, per player analytics and other tools to help developers increase user retention and monetization. Since its internal debut, Fuseboxx resulted in 75 million downloads and 115 ads served. Developers can find out more about the platform here.


LifeStreet Media pays developers over $150M in ad revenues — In-app advertising company LifeStreet Media announced it has paid developers over $150 million in ad revenue. The company also revealed that it delivered more that 300 million installs and conversion to advertising, averaging 350,000 new customers delivered per day. LifeStreet is now processing more than 70 billion ad transaction per month, an increase of 350 percent in monthly transaction since last year.The company expects to process over 1 trillion transactions this year.

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MessageMe hits iOS and Android — The app aims give users an “all-in-one mobile messenger.” It will allow users to send their friends pictures, videos and voice messages. Users can also send drawings or modified pictured with MessageMe’s doodle feature. The app also features group chat and the ability to integrate with the user’s existing social networks. You can download the app from the iTunes App Store or Google Play.


PayPal acquires Duff Research — PayPal announced it has acquired mobile app developer Duff Research. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Duff team has shipped more than 40 apps to date and have been awarded four “Best of CES” awards and well as two technical Emmys.

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Tom Frisnia launches Tilting Point — Former founder and General Manager of EA Partners Tom Frisina and other industry veterans have formed Tilting Point, a digital publisher which aims to fund, support and offer resources to independent mobile developers. “Our view is that independent developers own the future of games,” Frisina said in a statement. “However, a studio’s potential can be severely hindered without a partner they can trust to help navigate the challenges of discoverability and monetization. We will nurture the best teams, positioning them for independent success over the long term.”


Overhaul Games wants your input for Baldur’s Gate — Overhaul Games, the developer currently working on Baulder’s Gate: Enhanced Edition for Android wants to know which Android device they should optimize the game for. With a relatively small team and so many Android devices in the market, there are only so many devices Overhaul can realistically make sure run Baulder’s Gate smoothly and without issues. If you’re looking forward to the game you can join the discussion on the official forums here.