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Top ten stories of the week

Top ten stories of the week
Daniel Gumble

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Industry / Market Data / February 8th 2013 at 1:45PM

Check out the hottest stories on Mobile Entertainment from February 1st-7th.

It’s Friday afternoon, so sit back, relax and savour the weekly treasure that is the ME top ten rundown.

Among the chart’s big hitters this week was our guest column from Dialphone on BlackBerry’s potential to reclaim its seat at the head of the smartphone table, while reports of Samsung unveiling two new smartphones also ranked highly.

Meanwhile, news of Nike and Morrisons becoming the first brands to run Weve mobile ads comfortably made the top ten, along with the announcement that Three customers will be able to upgrade to 4G services at no extra cost.

See below for the full rundown.

 

1. BlackBerry 10: First Impressions (VIDEO)

The new BlackBerry 10 operating system (OS) was unveiled alongside the flagship BlackBerry Z10 last week, but after months of delays and building expectation, did the firm, formerly known as RIM, do enough to win over critics and tempt new users?

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2. Thomas Cook: A third of children take smart devices on holiday

It's no longer enough to jet overseas for culture and picturesque views alongside a healthy dollop of sun, sea, and sand, as Thomas Cook reveals how key mobile is becoming for escapism.

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3. Samsung unveils new 4G and water resistant smartphones

Samsung has lifted the lid on two new smartphones prior to the upcoming MWC 2013 show in Barcelona later this month.

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4. Over 50 per cent of mobile apps will be hybrid by 2016

With businesses increasingly looking to further develop their engagement with customers and ‘accommodate mobile work styles’, research and advisory company Gartner has predicted that more than half of mobile apps deployed by 2016 will be hybrid.

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5. Nike and Morrisons become first brands to run Weve mobile ads

Nike and supermarket chain Morrisons are set to become the first two brands to launch mobile marketing campaigns across Vodafone, EE and O2 at the same time via the Weve joint venue, Marketing Magazine has reported.

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6. Three customers to receive free 4G upgrade

Mobile operator Three has today revealed that all of its customers will be able to upgrade to 4G at no extra cost when the superfast service launches later this year.

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7. VIDEO: Nissan Juke Nismo debuts in mobile game for virtual test drive

Gameloft's mobile racing game franchise, Asphalt, has been downloaded more than 50 million times across Android and iOS devices, and the impressive following has caught the eye of Nissan.

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8. Tim Green: "Sometimes I wish phones were rubbish again"

So, you'll be aware that BlackBerry is back with its BB10 phones. I've had a quick play, and have been impressed with the new UI. It's lightning quick to transition between screens and it all seems pretty intuitive as a UI.

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9. App Of The Day: Valentine's Day 2013: 14 free apps for love

Valentine's Day is like Marmite, some love it and some hate it. But sure as the sun will rise on a new morning, the celebration of love will return on February 14th.

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10. Playboy magazine smothers itself in augmented reality

Times have changed somewhat since Playboy launched 50 years ago, and the men's magazine has teamed with AR specialist Layar to produce a virtual mobile campaign for readers based in the Netherlands.

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