Instagram partners with Hipstamatic, Zynga acquires OMGPOP + Eventbrite tries to drink Square’s milkshake


Your Wednesday Mobile Pint: the top mobile stories from the past 24 hours, good to the last drop.

Exclusive: Hipstamatic, Instagram To Unveil Photo-Sharing Partnership (via Fast Company)
Hipstamatic is set to unveil a partnership with Instagram that allows photos taken on the camera app, which enables users to snap professional-looking pictures with stylized films and vintage-era lenses, to be ported directly into Instagram’s network with just one click. It represents the first time Instagram has opened up this platform API to third parties, and marks a move toward letting photos freely flow into Instagram’s network from outside sources.

Zynga Acquires OMGPOP for a Reported $200 Million (via BetaKit)
OMGPOP, which launched in 2006 as iminlikewithyou, is behind the wildly popular social game Draw Something, which is like a mobile Pictionary. As reported in the announcement today, the iOS version of the game has amassed over 35 million users since launching less than six weeks ago, and users have created over one billion drawings in the last week alone.

Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom On Hipstamatic Partnership, Future Of Photo-sharing With Camera+, Facebook (via Fast Company)
Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom talks about opening up his API to Hipstamatic and the risks and rewards of opening up to even more photo apps in the near future.

Kevin Systrom Drops A Few Hints About Instagram’s Business Model (via TechCrunch)
We still think Twitter needs to buy Instagram right now.

Eventbrite Launches iPad Credit-Card Reader At The Door: A Lost Opportunity For Square? (via Fast Company)
So why didn’t Eventbrite take advantage of a solution like Square? “Square does not have an open API,” Mendelsohn says. “The real value of the solution is the ability to pass data back into the Eventbrite’s management console and reporting. So if you are using a device like Square, you wouldn’t be able to capture all that attendee information and marry it back into our dashboard.”

China now leading source of iOS, Android activations (via GigaOM)
Flurry’s data–gathered from the analytics software that its clients install in their apps–shows that China accounted for more iOS and Android device activations than the U.S. for the first time in February. Around 24 percent of activations running either of those operating systems in March are expected to come from China, according to projections for the month, while 21 percent of activations will come from the U.S.

Sprint CEO defends company’s decision to bet it all on Apple’s iPhone (via BGR)
Don’t forget to check out our very own Jennifer Daly’s take.

[Infographic] The Hype Versus Reality of HTML5 Deployment (via ReadWriteWeb)
While some of the information on this particular infographic is a little dated, the general theme is spot on: yes, HTML5 is still in adoption phase and is outpaced by the native frameworks.

About the author

Douglas Soltys

Douglas is the former Editor-In-Chief of Inside BlackBerry, BlackBerry Cool, and QuicklyBored, which he launched as a mobile gaming industry site. His knowledge of mobile and social media led him to a job at RIM (BlackBerry), where he got to travel the world and do lots of cool things. He is often left-handed, but rarely sinister.

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