Today in Mobile

There’s still plenty of attention surrounding yesterday’s official unveiling of Windows Phone 7, but the biggest news so far today is that Japan’s DeNA is acquiring Ngmoco for as much as $400 million. A San Francisco-based operation, Ngmoco has gained traction with mobile social games on the iPhone and is expanding to Android following a reported investment from Google. Social games have become huge moneymakers on the web through communities like Facebook, and they’re a natural fit for wireless because they leverage connectivity, can be played on the go and don’t require the immersive graphics or sophisticated controls of traditional console-type games. Which is why Ryan Kim at GigaOM.com is right when he says the future of social games is mobile.