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Mobile app analytics platform Kontagent and business engine PlayHaven will merge, the two companies announced today, with PlayHaven’s ex-CEO Andy Yang at the helm of the combined companies, and Kontagent’s ex-CEO Josh Williams becoming CTO and chairman of the board. In an interview, Yang said the decision was spurred by an “extremely fragmented” mobile B2B market and overlap between the companies’ customers. Over time, Kontagent-PlayHaven will integrate the two companies’ products into one suite.
Apple continues to flesh out its Apple TV set-top-box offering, quietly adding handful after handful of new channels to the service. On Wednesday, the company added to its Apple TV “hobby” Bloomberg TV, Crackle and KOR-TV, alongside cable subscriber access to local ABC affiliates via a “Watch ABC” channel. Today’s additions join a number of new entertainment options that have appeared on Apple TV in recent months, including PBS, HBO, The Disney Channel and ESPN.
News Bytenew report from App Annie. The app analytics company attributed the surprising shift to rapid smartphone adoption over the past year in Japan — where feature phones have held on for longer — and explosive growth in Google Play spending, outpacing global trends due to the availability of carrier billing as an alternative to credit cards.
News ByteNov. 22 debut. Last week, Sony said it had sold 2.1 million PlayStation 4s, which debuted a week earlier, on Nov. 15. The Xbox One is currently available in 13 countries, and the PS4 is in 32.
News ByteNWay, the two-year-old gaming startup behind the Facebook game Chrono Blade, has raised a $5 million Series A round. Co-founder and CEO Taehoon Kim said TransLink Capital, which led the round, is well connected in Asia and that the action RPG has generated interest from Asian publishers. The company plans to launch new online multiplayer features this week, and will carry those real-time MMO features over to iOS, Android and Ouya ports of Chrono Blade next year — something nWay says is a technological feat for mobile.