Android和iOS占据日本智能手机市场87%的份额，而其他手机平台却鲜能从中分羹。尽管谷歌Android在日本智能手机市场最占优势，但当地最受欢迎的智能手机设备却是苹果32GB的iPhone 4，其支持率超过了索爱Xperia手机和16GB的iPhone 4。
4）继数周前搬迁至英国布赖顿新办公室之后，Unity Technologies近日又宣布在瑞典首都斯德哥尔摩成立新工作室。该工作室将作为公司在当地研发中心，扩大采用Unity引擎的产品规模。软件工程师Erik Hemming和美术高管Erland Korner将负责掌管新工作室事务，Hemming之前曾与EA、DICE和Avalanche等公司合作，参与《Battlefield》和《Just Cause》等作品的开发，而Korner则曾介入EA的《极品飞车》和《Mirrors Edge》的开发工作。
5）手机支付服务供就商Boku日前宣布其1-Tap计费解决方案正式上线，向56个国家的Android平台开放服务，该产品经过测试后提高了速度和稳定性，并修复了其他漏洞。Boku SDK支持Android开发者在自己的应用程序中绑定一种运营商计费系统，以便用户无需使用信用卡，PayPal或Google Checkout，就可直接购买虚拟商品，其费用将从每月话费帐单中扣除。
1）Apple’s App Store hits milestone with 100,000 iPad apps
The iPad reached a new milestone today as the App Store now carries more than 100,000 apps tailored specifically for Apple’s tablet.
The first Apple iPad was released to much fanfare in April 2010 and the brouhaha continued with the launch of the more powerful iPad 2 in March. The iPad asserted its dominance over other consumer tablets in good part through the number of high-quality applications its platform provides.
It only took 16 months for the iPad to hit six figures, and the count does not include all the iPhone apps that also run on the iPad. The iPhone took more than two years to hit the 100,000 marker but now counts more than 425,000 apps.
The other major mobile app store, Google’s Android Market, only carries about 1,400 apps optimized for tablets. In total, the Android Market carries around 300,000 apps but as you can see, most of those are meant for Android phones and not tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 or Motorola Xoom.（source:venturebeat）
2）iPhone, Android phones trump feature phones in recent sales
By Ryan Kim
Tweet It won’t be long before most phones will be smartphones, which are outselling feature phones in recent sales, according to new figures from Nielsen . The firm said smartphones made up 55 percent of recent phone acquisitions in May 2011 in the U.S., pushing past feature phones for the first time.
The numbers, which count people who bought a phone in the last three months, are up from 34 percent a year ago and reinforce similar findings from NPD. Together, they further confirm that the rise of smartphones is certain and is still on pace to eclipse feature phones in overall marketshare this year. Nielsen said smartphones account for 38 percent of the market right now.
Verizon + iPhone = Sales
The growth of smartphones in recent sales was driven by the iPhone, which arrived on Verizon in January and went from accounting for 10 percent of recent sales in February to 17 percent in May. Meanwhile, among recent acquisitions, Android remained at 27 percent from February to May.
That follows other reports that Android’s marketshare gains have slowed with the expanded distribution of the iPhone. Whether that continues could depend on how many more carriers Apple partners with and whether it introduces cheaper handsets to compete with Google’s army of Android devices.
RIM’s Painful Transition
One company that isn’t enjoying this fight is RIM, which saw its share of recent acquisitions fall from 11 percent in February to 6 percent in May. That kind of tumble places more pressure on the company as it struggles though a painful transition period shifting from the old BlackBerry OS to QNX for its smartphones. Even with the promise of new phones later this year, RIM is under the gun to gain back users who are finding more to like among Android and iPhone choices.（source: gigaom)
3）Android surges past iOS in Japan top take top spot with 4.6 million users
by Keith Andrew
Almost a mirror image of Google’s earlier path to glory in the US, comScore’s latest report suggests Android has swept past iOS to become top dog in Japan.
Its rise to the summit comes just three months after Google’s OS trailed iOS by more than 1.5 million subscribers.
The firm’s numbers – taken from its MobiLens report for March – have Android on 4.6 million users to the 3.9 million on iOS, with Google’s userbase up from the 2.2 million it boasted at the end of 2010.
Hopping on with Android
As a whole, comScore notes that smartphone subscriptions are up 71 percent over the course of the six month period between September and March, with adoption continuing to accelerate across the country.
“The surge in smartphone adoption during the past six months has been led by Android devices, which has increased its installed base by nearly 3.8 million users while the market as a whole has grown by 4.1 million users,” the firm notes, adding Android’s userbase has more than double in the past three months.
Both Android and iOS account for 87 percent of the smartphone market in Japan, with other platforms barely registering any share.
However, while Google can claim to be the market leader in terms of OS, Apple’s 32GB iPhone 4 remains the best selling smartphone device in the region, ahead of Sony Ericsson’s Xperia (the specific handset not named) and the 16GB iPhone 4.（source:pocketgamer）
4）Unity Technologies makes move on Sweden with Stockholm office
by Keith Andrew
A matter of weeks after Unity Technologies moved to a larger UK base in Brighton, the firm has announced it has established a new office in the Swedish capital Stockholm.
Unity says the office will serve as a local development hub as the company looks to expand the number of top titles employing its development engine.
Headed up by software engineer Erik Hemming and technical artist Erland Körner, Unity VP of enginering Steffen Toksvig said the opening of the office is an important step in the company’s continued growth.
Sweet as a swede
“We are pleased to continue Unity Technologies’ growth with the opening of the Stockholm office in what is one of the centres of game development talent,” added Toksvig.
“We are building a small office of a handful of really experienced people that can complement the awesomeness of Erik and Erland.”
Hemming has previously worked with the likes of EA, DICE and Avalanche on franchises including Battlefield and Just Cause, while Körner has been involved with big EA series like Need for Speed and Mirrors Edge.（source:pocketgamer）
5）BOKU Goes Live for Android App Developers: Carrier Billing for 56 Countries
By Sarah Perez
Today BOKU, a mobile payments company that offers carrier billing on 230 operators around the world, announced that its 1-Tap billing solution for Android has gone live. The new commercial release is available in 56 countries, a big jump up from the small handful it supported while in beta.
In addition, the company says it has made a lot of technical improvements in the product related to speed, stability and other bug fixes.
The BOKU SDK for Android allows developers to integrate a carrier billing option for in-app purchases into their mobile applications. That means, instead of having to provide a credit card, or paying through PayPal or Google Checkout, an end user can purchase items which will later show up on their monthly bill from their mobile provider.（source:readwriteweb）
6） MumboJumbo Files New Motion Against PopCap In Light Of Acquisition
by Mike Rose
Casual game publisher MumboJumbo has filed new court motions against gaming giant PopCap, to ensure that a settlement reached last year is paid, even if PopCap is bought.
Just over a year ago, MumboJumbo won a court case against PopCap, after a jury found PopCap liable for fraud, tortious interference, and breach of contract with its former business partner.
The two companies signed a game retail distribution agreement in July 2006, in which Dallas-based MumboJumbo was meant to provide sales and distribution services for PopCap and its games.
That deal eventually went sour, with PopCap suing MumboJumbo for payments allegedly owed under the agreement, and MumboJumbo countersuing.
MumboJumbo was eventually awarded $7.3 million in total damages and fees, although both companies appealed the court’s decision, with PopCap noting, “PopCap continues to believe that it did nothing wrong in this case, and will vigorously pursue its claims and defend itself through the appeals process.”
With reports last week that Electronic Arts are in discussions to acquire PopCap, MumboJumbo is now looking to make sure it receives its multimillion dollar settlement whether PopCap is sold or not.
Attorney Martin Rose of Rose Walker, who is representing MumboJumbo in the case, said, “We’re hearing all sorts of talk about a sale or IPO of PopCap – and that’s great – but the company has a responsibility to pay its debts.”（source:gamasutra）