Happy Friday! Here is a roundup of some important mobile news from the past week:
VentureBeat: Softbank boosts its stake in Clash of Clans developer Supercell to 73 percent by Mike Minotti, June 1st, 2015
One of the biggest gaming ventures in Japan wants a larger stake in the Clash of Clans money-making machine. Softbank increased its stake in Clash of Clans developer Supercell by 22.7 percent, bringing its total share in the company to 73.2 percent. Softbank originally acquired a 51 percent stake in the company in October 2013 for $1.5 billion. If Supercell was worth the same now as it was then, the new 22.7 percent would be worth about $660 million. However, SuperCell is worth more than it was in 2013 thanks to hits like Clash of Clans and Boom Beach.
Forbes: Mobile’s Explosive Growth Means Developers Could Ignore LTE – by Ewan Spence, June 4th, 2015
With 4G LTE connectivity, stable wi-fi, and all the benefits of fast and accessible data pipes, mobile developers have the luxury of always-on and always-available data. While that’s great for the North American and Western European app market, as new territories become more immersed in smartphone culture, new opportunities open up, those opportunities will come with unique challenges. One of those will be bandwidth and connectivity.
Top Tech News: Microsoft Scoops Up Maker of Wunderlist To-Do App – by Dan Heilman, June 2nd, 2015
The Berlin-based company behind the Wunderlist to-do app has been purchased by Microsoft . Redmond reportedly agreed to buy 6Wunderkinder GmbH for between $100 million and $200 million. The deal was confirmed Tuesday on 6Wunderkinder’s blog by company founder and CEO Christian Reber. The purchase comes a little less than two months before the launch of Microsoft’s next-generation operating system, Windows 10.
TechCrunch: MoPub Report Points To Growth In Video Ads And Super Bowl Spending – by Anthony Ha, June 4th, 2015
The buzz around native and video advertising isn’t just hype — they’re bringing in more dollars for publishers, according to a new report from Twitter-owned MoPub. MoPub offers ad management tools for mobile publishers, and it releases a quarterly report showing trends across those publishers. The latest report covers the first three months of 2015 and includes data from more than 31,000 mobile apps.
AdWeek: Instagram Offers Big Data, but Pinterest Has Purchase Intent – by Christopher Heine, June 4th, 2015
Social media platforms don’t often roll out retail-based features or rush them to the forefront, because getting people to shop while they digitally interact with friends can be tricky. So, it was interesting to see Instagram and Pinterest release back-to-back offerings Tuesday—within a couple hours of each other—that are clearly designed for merchants.