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6th November 2010

Apple joins the Top 5 mobile phone vendors for first time

During Apple’s recent financial earnings conference call, Steve Jobs announced that the Mac maker had shipped a record-breaking 14.1 million iPhones worldwide in the last quarter. For the first time in its history, Apple joined the Top 5 mobile phone vendors, overtaking Sony Ericsson and RIM in the process, who sold 3.7 million and 1.7 million units fewer respectively. With a global market share of 4.1 percent, Apple still trails Nokia, Samsung, and LG in fourth place.

Popular Mega Jump gets substantial update

With over 6 million downloads to its name now, the highly Qi rated Mega Jump continues to grow both in community and features. Joining the host of colourful characters, such as hero Redford, and huge combos as part of Get Set Games’s latest update are Game Center support, a help guide, and the Incredible Upgradable Action Umbrella.

Reckless Racing
drops down a gear to 59p

Electronic Arts’s highly Qi rated Reckless Racing only joined the App Store grid a fortnight ago, yet has already entered the pit lane for a price reduction. In EA's world of no-rules, top-down driving you must skid, slide, and slip your way to victory across five gorgeously rendered courses. Get behind the wheel of six different vehicles, ranging from off-road trucks to rally car monsters, in three challenging game modes - Dirt Rally, Hot Lap, and Delivery.

Apple takes lead in US smartphone market

According to the analysis firm Canalys’s estimates, Apple shipped 5.5 million iPhones in the US during the last three months, ousting RIM from the top spot for smartphone vendors. Thanks to a 26.2 percent share for the quarter, Steve Jobs & co. took the smartphone lead from the BlackBerry maker. The US smartphone market is the largest of its kind on the planet, so serves as a more-than-useful barometer for worldwide research and analysis.

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If you don’t already know, Qi trawls the print and online media for game and app reviews from respected sources like Macworld, TiPb, 148Apps, and GameSpot. A unique Qi formula is then applied to each site and publication to establish a definitive Qi score for the app or game. Top 5 recommendation lists, news round-ups, and regular industry analysis complement the dynamic Qi charts. Qi has its own Twitter feed, too, @qualityindex.

Notable changes to the Quality Index charts

Having fought off the vengeful samurai-slashing Daisuke last week at the top of the Qi recent games releases chart, the innovative match-three puzzler Linkoidz remains in fantasy land.

Retro Dreamer’s out of this world arcade title demands both lightning quick reflexes and a healthy dollop of strategic nous, as the alien onslaught inevitably intensifies.

Linkoidz’s match-winning combo of action and analysis garnered special attention from Slide to Play, who acclaimed its “eye-catching graphics and animation, the exciting soundtrack; the novel control scheme, and the increasingly frantic challenge.”

Swinging onto the App Store only a few days ago, Baseball Superstars 2011 has already established an impressive batting average from the world’s most respected reviewers.

The third in Gamevil’s ultra-popular series on iPhone bats at #5 on the Qi charts this week, successfully blending role playing elements into a classic sports simulation.

AppSpy awarded Baseball Superstars 2011 a home run on review, pitching the “streamlined gameplay management options” and “deeper interaction between game modes” as significant improvements over its predecessors.

And speaking of long-running sports franchises on iOS, the latest addition to Gamerizon’s Chop Chop series, Chop Chop Hockey, has skated straight onto the Qi Top 10 recent rundown.

Offering three-on-three action (of the PG kind, thank you) in glorious Retina display-supporting arenas, Chop Chop Hockey should appeal to NHL fans and non-fans alike.

Gamezebo described the ice-cold cartoonish competition as “an awesome arcade experience that’s perfect for short gameplay sessions and, at the end of the day, is simply great fun to play.”

Which, Qi thinks, is always the main thing. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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