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Mobile Minutes: Facebook app; NFL and Snapchat; BlackBerry blooms; Apple, Samsung face off

27069Facebook tops 2015 US app charts, Netflix app surges worldwide
Facebook did it again: The social network’s mobile app was once again the most-used app for U.S. smart phone users in 2015, attracting close to 128 million monthly users on average this year, according to new data released by Nielsen this week.
Read more on Variety

NFL signs on as first Snapchat Explorer sports partner
The National Football League is deepening its relationship with Snapchat.
Read more on The Wall Street Journal

BlackBerry earnings top expectations on software; shares rally
BlackBerry on Friday reported a smaller quarterly loss and its first quarter-to-quarter rise in revenue in over two years, sending its stock soaring as much as 12.6 percent, as its pivot to software begun to bear fruit.
Read more on Reuters

Apple and Samsung will launch mobile payment battle in China in 2016
With mobile payments seen as one of the biggest areas of growth for smartphone companies in the coming years, it is no surprise to see Apple and Samsung have both signed deals with China’s state-run credit and debit card processing network, UnionPay, to launch their respective services in the world’s biggest smartphone market in 2016.
Read more on International Business Times