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On Friday, Flurry reported that mobile device activations were up by 63% compared to an average day in the first three weeks of the month of December.

For iOS and Android alike, smartphone ownership spiked markedly this week in light of the Christmas holiday.

“In each of the past three years, Apple has experienced a larger Christmas lift than Samsung; however the gap between them narrowed this year compared to previous years,” Flurry’s new report reads. “While the magnitude of the Christmas increase is smaller for these manufacturers than for Amazon, their baseline level of activations is so large that even a doubling of daily activations on Christmas (1.9x for Samsung and 2.3x for Apple this year, according to our data) represents a large number of devices.”

So now that you’ve got the hardware, all that’s missing is the best mobile content available from the world’s top app stores. But with hundreds of thousands of apps to navigate, where do you start? Right here. Check out our list of the top 5 must have apps available now for one or more of your preferred mobile operating systems.

Without question, the most instantly addictive and outrageously fun game in the history of mobile is Candy Crush, a contemporary variation of familiar match-three games. Each level sports a game board colorfully littered with different candies and obstacles to their alignment - the basic challenge of this game. Once you start playing, you won’t be able to stop. Get it on iOS here. Get it on Android here.

Having already earned a reputation for being the most scientifically advanced sleep app on iOS, Sleep Genius recently arrived on Android amidst a chorus of similar praise. Sleep Genius is a neuroscience-based sleep app that delivers to the bedroom groundbreaking technology backed by decades of research from leading experts in neuroscience, sleep, and music. An insomniac's best friend, Sleep Genius provides a safe and effective solution proven to help users get to sleep faster and benefit from more quality sleep. Get it on iOS here. Get it on Android here.

To better manage all of your social networks within one mobile app, check out Fuse, an iOS app that serves up a convenient single feed of updates and management resources from the top social networks. To get it on iOS, click here.

Flipboard, the popular social reading app made an iconic institution on the iOS platform, has finally arrived on Android smartphones. Nothing is lost in translation. Flipboard aggregates Web content, from news clips to videos, in a seamless and attractive magazine-style layout. To get it on iOS click here. To get it on Android, click here.

The recently refreshed Hangouts app is a quality offering from Google, letting users easily keep up on instant messages through Google. Hangouts app all allows free person-to-person video calls and up to 12 participants if you have a Google+ account. To get it on iOS click here. For Android, click here.



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