Mobile apps news roundup: KakaoTalk, Flurry, Game Insight and more

KakaoTalk surpasses 10 million downloads in Japan — While Line Corp’s (a new company operating under NHN Japan) messaging app Line remains the king of messaging apps in Japan, with nearly 50 million domestic users, Korean messaging app KakaoTalk recently made some headway, surpassing the 10 million download mark in Japan on March 24.

Apple implements age rating tags to Apple App Store — Apple this week modified the descriptions for apps in the Apple Store, adding a recommended age rating box that’s located below an app’s developer credits.

80 percent of time spent on smartphones is spent in apps, Flurry says — Mobile app analytics firm Flurry released a report earlier this week, which showed that, among U.S. users, 80 percent of time spent on smartphones is spent in apps and 20 percent on the mobile web. 18 percent of time spent in apps came from the Facebook app, which is a figure larger than any other individual app.

Non-gaming apps integrating with Tapjoy — In an effort to support apps outside of its core gaming base, Tapjoy announced that non-gaming apps like Top Chef University, FreedomPop, Pinger, University Wallpaper and others, have integrated with Tapjoy’s value exchange-based advertising platform.

Ludia brings Popeye Slots to iOS — Ludia, in partnership with Sarbakan and King Features, launched Popeye Slots, a slots game for iOS that’s themed after the cartoon character Popeye. The game will later launch on Android and Facebook.

App Icon Quiz hits the Apple App Store — Independent video game developer Zing Games launched App Icon Quiz for iOS this week, a quiz game on the surface for users, but an app icon testing and app promotion service for mobile game developers underneath. Basically, users play the game, and then the app collects data that is shared with game developers to help them figure out how their icon design is liked and understood. Zing Games believes as more users play App Icon Quiz, the more traffic and installs will be generated for mobile game developers’ games.

Chillingo launches Dram Chase for iOS — Electronics Arts-owned mobile game publisher Chillingo launched Dream Chaser earlier this week, an endless runner featuring 26 story-driven missions. The game is available now on the Apple App Store for $0.99.

Disney launches Mittens for iOS — Disney earlier this week launched its latest game Mittens, a physics-based puzzler from developer MetroGames. The game is available for iPhone for $0.99 and iPad for $2.99. Read our positive review of the title here.

Game Insight releases Battle Towers for Android — Game Insight, which recently released Dragon Eternity for iPad (review), released Battle Towers for Android this week, a fast-paced strategy game.