Monday Mobile Roundup: Capcom Mobile Revenue, Freemium Skepticism, Nvidia

Capcom’s Mobile Revenue Up to $50 Million Annually — Japanese developer and publisher, Capcom, said it earned $50 million for the fiscal year ending March 31 off mobile games, in its earnings report. That’s year-over-year growth of 13 percent and mobile makes up 4 percent of Capcom’s total revenue. For comparison’s sake, EA said it earned $230 million from its mobile division over the past fiscal year from the quarter ending in March and France’s Gameloft said its smartphone and tablet revenue grew by 56 percent year-over-year in the first quarter.

Report: Rovio Mobile IPO in 3-4 Years — According to Reuters, Rovio Mobile may wait awhile before going to public markets, but Chief Marketing Officer, Peter Vesterbacka notes that, “It is very possible that we will be listed in bourse in three to four years, but we are not in a hurry.”

Some Skepticism About How Big Freemium Will Get From Pocketgamer — We aggressively cover free-to-play gaming here on Inside Mobile Apps, but others analyzing the mobile gaming industry say there’s too much hype around the mobile. PocketGamer says freemium gaming will be an important, but not necessarily dominant financial model for the industry. Check out their three part series here: Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3

Angry Birds Rio Gets First Major Update — Movie-tie-in iOS game, Angry Birds Rio is to receive its first major update this week. With it will come a whole new slew of levels dubbed “Beach Volleyball.”

Jeipang Begins NFC Testing — Jeipang is a Foursquare-style check-in service in China, and it has begun testing NFC — a wireless technology allowing data sharing between devices in close proximity — according to TechNode. It was initially distributed at the Strawberry Music Festival last weekend and is the first of its kind to begin such testing in China.

Samsung Galaxy II Pre-Orders Hit 3 Million — Samsung has announced global pre-orders for its new Galaxy II device. According to Electronista, the Android-powered smartphone has already hit 3 million orders in total; as of the end of April.

TabbedOut Raises $3.7 Million for Mobile Payments in Restaurants — Tabbedout, a platform that lets consumers pay restaurant or bar tabs with their phones, has raised $3.7 million in additional funding from New Enterprise Associates to complete the company’s Series A round of venture funding, totaling $5.75 million. This brings the company’s total funding to $6.5 million.

Nvidia Agrees to Buy Icera For $367 Million as Mobile Processor Market Heats Up: GigaOm says Icera makes a baseband chip that can listen to many different frequencies and technological standards in one small package from 2G up through 4G. With the acquisition, Nvidia will be able to change up the radio for customer’s demands at a much faster rate and engage in faster device cycles to please manufacturing partners.

DoubleTwist Adds Support for AirPlay — DoubleTwist Player, for Android, has received a new update that adds support for AirPlay from Apple. Now, users can send their streaming media to their Apple TV.

Rent Cars on Android — Zipcar, a rental car company, has released its Zipcar app for Android. Though it is still a beta version, the app allows users to rent cars from their smartphone. An iPhone version has also been available for some time.

WebMD Comes to Android — Another popular service has made its way to the Android platform. Online medical database, WebMD is now available on Android smartphones.

Paperphone Created — Highlighted by Gizmag, the Human Media Lab at Canada’s Queen’s University have created a floppy E-Ink smartphone. A sort of “paperphone,” it can make calls, store e-books, and play music, but is only paper thin. [image via Gizmag]

Smartphone “Tracking” Continue– The fiasco of lawsuits against Apple and Google regarding smartphones tracking issues continue on. Now, according to Reuters, the two company’s will submit to questioning from a congressional panel, regarding the concerns, Tuesday.

Roughly Half of All Digital Game Downloads are Mobile — According to a recent report from market research firm, NPD Group, nearly half of all game downloads are mobile. The survey was of over 8,200 individuals, and focuses on units, not revenue.

Mobile Social Media Usage Rises 80% in UK — In a quick tidbit of interesting metrics, comScore Data Mine is reporting that 7.9 million mobile users in the UK are accessed social media daily, this past March, with 14.7 million at least once a month. This is an 80 percent increase over last year. [image via comScore]

Google Recruiting Marketing Head — With Google set to release its new mobile wallet platform for Android in the near future. As such, the company is attempting to increase its efforts in hiring a new marketing head to led the mobile wallet and offers division.

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