50 Million iOS & Android Devices Activated During the Holidays

This holiday season mobile devices, tablets and apps seemed to be the gift of choice.  According to Darrell Etherington of TechCrunch, a report from mobile analytic firm Flurry shows that 50 million iOS and Android devices were activated during the week of December 25:

“Over 50 million iOS and Android devices were activated during the period between December 25 to December 31, versus just over 20 million devices last year. Users of those and existing devices downloaded 1.76 million apps, a 47 percent increase over the 1.2 billion app downloads during the 2011 holiday week.

Flurry previously reported that 17.4 million iOS and Android devices were activated on Christmas day alone, an increase which likewise shattered previous records. The analytics firm also looked at the breakdown by country of downloads over the week, and found that as per usual, the U.S. accounted for the vast majority of downloads during the holiday period. China and the U.K. followed up in second and third place, and increases versus baseline download rates were more significant in countries including Canada, Germany and France where Christmas is more commonly celebrated than in some other high-performing nations like China and South Korea.”

Flurry didn’t release the iOS vs. Android activation numbers, but TechCrunch says recent Fortune analysis shows that Apple may have taken the lead due to iPad and iPad mini tablet sales. Here’s Flurry’s chart as featured on TechCrunch:


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