Mobile phone users around the world were busy on their devices over the Christmas weekend and racked up more than $500 (£404) million in sales.
Users were loading up video games as well as streaming services, says research firm Sensor Tower.
Compared to the Christmas weekend in 2015, sales grew by 52% with mobile games leading the way to account for 87% of all worldwide app revenue for the weekend.
The biggest earning apps were all games including Pokémon GO, with the most popular non-game apps around the world being led by messaging and calling app LINE and then Netflix and Tinder.
WhatsApp users wondering what’s up
Millions of WhatsApp users will have discovered in the past week that the app is no longer working for them since the firm decided to drop support for a range of mobile platforms.
Most of these are running on old Nokia, Android and iPhone devices; users are advised to upgrade their mobile phone as soon as possible.
Currently the world’s most popular app for chat, there are around one billion active users, the move will see millions of users unable to make VOIP calls are hold video chats.
Dating apps linked to crimes
Police in England and Wales have revealed that dating apps have been linked to 500 crimes with one in three being registered as sex offences.
Researchers say 500 people have been the victims of crimes ranging from child abuse to murder because they used popular dating apps including Grindr and Tinder.
Now one online safety organisation is calling for users to be wary when using dating apps and other social media platforms.
A spokesman added that the organisation was particularly worried about the number of young people who are falling victims to sexual offences.
Phone app will reveal how fat the user is
At the popular CES exhibition there have been a range of new phones and apps unveiled but there’s one standout applications that will reveal how fat the phone user is – among other uses.
It does so by using a stand-alone sensor for the near-infrared spectrometer in the phone and analysing the data quickly.
The range of preloaded apps have various interfaces for scanning a variety of objects, including fruit, people and whether the user’s medicine is counterfeit or not.
The scanning process takes a few seconds with the data sent to a database cloud for processing and the results are then delivered.
The Changhong H2 phone will be unveiled in China in a few months and then later in Europe and the US.
In other Miratrix mobile phone app news …
A suite of 13 Intellicare mini-apps have been unveiled which will help users seek mental health advice on their smartphone by helping to reduce depression and anxiety significantly. The user will need to use the apps up to four every day and these will offer exercises for reducing stress, worry and self-criticism.
Industry experts have announced that iOS 10 is now installed on 70% of Apple phones.