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Publisher Spotlight: Futureplay

Posted May 12, 2017

With over 180 years combined industry experience, Futureplay’s offices in Helsinki, Finland, is one of the strongest mobile game studios around. Not only have their Build Away! and Farm Away! titles seen over 14 million downloads and counting, but the team is having a blast doing it. We spoke to Camilo Fitzgerald, an analyst and…

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Publisher Spotlight: Big Blue Bubble

Posted Apr 28, 2017

The city of London in Ontario, Canada, houses one of the app stores most prolific publishers. Big Blue Bubble is an award-winning studio with over 100 apps and growing, and the company has spent time working on mobile games since before the days of smartphones and high-res touch screens. High Profile Beginnings Founded in 2004…

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Publisher Spotlight: Polymail

Posted Mar 31, 2017

Checking email on mobile is something that’s been a core part of the smartphone experience for decades, email was part of phones long before app stores, even before touchscreens. The default mail experience wasn’t good enough for Polymail –  a Los Angeles-based company that’s reinventing the way users engage with email. Their mission is simple:…

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Mobile Monday: Myths & Resolving User Friction

Posted Mar 27, 2017

In this edition of Mobile Monday, we are taking a look at myths of mobile apps according to a leading mobile intelligence company as well as how removing frictions in the user experience can improve long-term engagement. Mobile Myths With the mobile ecosystem ever-changing, the proliferation of outdated or inaccurate information is common. To combat this, App Annie…

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Publisher Spotlight: Idiocracy

Posted Mar 17, 2017

As more and more apps are released, small publishers face an uphill battle in getting discovered by users. Despite this challenge, Korean developer Idiocracy, founded in 2014 by talented a crew calling themselves ‘idiots’, proudly placed in the Top 7 at Google Play Indie Game Festival with their game Pirates War – The Dice King….

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Publisher Spotlight: Kongregate – 2017

Posted Feb 24, 2017

Even if you haven’t heard of Kongregate, there’s a very good chance you’ve played one of the many games they’ve had a hand in. The mobile publisher and online gaming hub boasts tens of millions of downloads and hundreds of millions of sessions. So, what makes Kongregate so successful? We looked a little bit closer…

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Publisher Spotlight: Mighty Kingdom

Posted Feb 10, 2017

Australia has seen a boom in high-quality mobile app development in recent years, and one of the studios leading the charge is Mighty Kingdom, purveyor of some of the cutest, most colorful properties on the app store. With games for Disney and the successful Shopkins license, under their belt, Mighty Kingdom has ridden the mobile…

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With iOS 10.3, a 32-Bit Deadline Looms

Posted Feb 7, 2017

Developers who installed the most recent iOS 10.3 beta were greeted with a warning when launching some older apps. The latest version of Apple’s operating system pops up a message when 32-bit apps are launched saying, “This app will not work with future versions of iOS.” The message continues; “The developer of this app needs…

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The Mobile Screen Time Crunch

Posted Jan 24, 2017

Time spent on mobile devices has been slowly overtaking other media for several years now, but as time on mobile devices increases, so too does the competition for the small screen. Recently, we wrote about the first half of mobile and app’s growing time as part of digital media consumption habits. The second half of…

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An Introduction to Push Notifications

Posted Dec 8, 2016

Push notifications have been with us almost as long as smart phones themselves. You see push notifications frequently, ranging from the latest news alerts, to alerts that your friend has beaten your score in the hottest new mobile game. Put simply though, a push notification is a small message for a specific app that is…

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