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The mobile category has been growing strongly, and data disclosed by mobile analytics firm Flurry showed that 2011 ended with a bang. The last week of the year, from December 25 through December 31, is usually a strong week for new devices. The end of 2011 saw a record 6.8 million combined iOS and Android devices activated on Christmas Day (and 242 million app downloads), with over 20 million devices for the two operating systems activated in that week. Over 1.2 billion apps were downloaded that week; since games are at least 25% or more of all apps, easily 300 million games were downloaded last week to mobile devices.