Multi-channel videogame retailer GameStop reported first-quarter mobile sales of $46.8 million, an increase of 290 percent over year-ago totals. The firm's mobile efforts include Kongregate, a free gaming app optimized for Google's Android operating system.
Pandora Media reported first-quarter fiscal 2014 revenues of $125.5 million, a 55 percent year-over-year increase fueled by the continued growth of the streaming music service's mobile advertising efforts. Losses nevertheless widened to $28.6 million from $20.2 million during the year-ago period as content costs jumped 48 percent to $82.9 million.
Microsoft has updated its YouTube video application for Windows Phone a week after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from Google demanding the app's removal.
Pandora is extending its partnership with Facebook with the launch of its new Timeline App, which allows registered users to publish their music listening activity to their Facebook Timeline.
Sony Music Entertainment is refusing to sign off on song skipping features integrated into Apple's iRadio, delaying the long-rumored streaming music service's commercial launch, CNet reports.
Until comparatively recently, watching TV or video on a mobile device was simply not a great experience; the poor quality displays meant viewers spent most of their time squinting at the device, that is, if the content loaded in the first instance. However, over the past two years, the quality of the viewing experience of TV and video on smartphones, tablets and even high-end feature phones has increased dramatically.
Google has mailed a cease-and-desist letter to Microsoft demanding the removal of a new YouTube video application for Windows Phone introduced last week.
Multi-platform gaming company King announced it is now seeing 70 million daily players across all platforms including mobile, bypassing mobile gaming giant Zynga's 52 million DAUs. In addition, the company is expanding its third title to mobile. Pet Rescue Saga , which is already available via Facebook, will launch on Apple's iOS (iPhone, iPad and iPod touch) and Google's Android this summer.
Google is poised to unveil a subscription-based streaming music service rivaling platforms like Spotify and Pandora.
Rovio Entertainment launched a new game publishing program, Rovio Stars, which promotes mobile titles from third-party developers, a first for the mobile gaming giant. The first title to be launched through the initiative is Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage from Nitrome Ltd. No release date was given for Icebreaker .