1.76 billion apps downloaded for iOS/Android the week of Christmas

Last week, the online app ad network Flurry claimed that on Christmas Day 2012, 328 million apps were downloaded worldwide for iOS and Android devices. Today, the company released some new stats that they claim show that app downloads for those platforms set a new one week record for Christmas week.

The official Flurry blog stated that, based on the data they receive from over 260,000 apps that use its Flurry Analytics system, there were 1.76 billion downloads of iOS and Android apps between December 25th and 31st. This compares to just over one billion app downloads last year which was the previous one week record set during Christmas week of 2011.

The US had the most app downloads that week with 604 million, followed by China with 183 million downloads and the UK was third with 132 million app downloads. Flurry also says that during Christmas week 2012, over 50 million new iOS and Android devices were activated; 17.4 million of those activations happened on Christmas Day.

Based on their data, Flurry predicts that 2013 will see one billion downloads a week become the normal average worldwide and that we will see the two billion a week app download barrier broken sometime in the fourth quarter of the year.

Source: Flurry | Image via Flurry

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I wonder if that counts updates or new application downloads / purchases?

I bought a Nexus 7 tablet earlier this week and after an OS update, I found that [u]15[/u] apps built into the device needed updates... so many updates to built in applications would seriously skew results!

WHAT??!?
no figures for winegg or winmo?!?!?!?
no camaraderie fanboys blowing smoke up each others' posteriors?!?!?!?
this is very unbecoming of neowin.

Can we get stats for how many apps were installed on all Windows computers over the Christmas week? We hear lots of bragging about 700,000 apps for iOS, and there are literally millions for Windows, with over a billion PCs in use, so we should be seeing a billion or so apps installed every day.

nohone said,
Can we get stats for how many apps were installed on all Windows computers over the Christmas week?

Why? And how do you suppose we'd measure that?

CSharp. said,

Why? And how do you suppose we'd measure that?

So it is only important to count the number of apps for Apple or Google platforms? We know, they want to stand around, have a big circle-jerk and pat themselves on the back thinking they have done something that nobody else has done, when people have written millions of apps with billions of app installs for decades on Windows. The difference is that for decades, nobody would touch an Apple OS, and now the fanboys cant contain their glee that Apple has finally become relevant - they like to make fun of the "developer, developers, developers!" line, but they themselves chant "apps, apps, apps!" when they can.

When the Surface Pro is released, those 700,000 apps for iOS will be a joke as I will be able to install a few million on my tablet.

nohone said,
So it is only important to count the number of apps for Apple or Google platforms?

No. That's not important either.

nohone said,
When the Surface Pro is released, those 700,000 apps for iOS will be a joke as I will be able to install a few million on my tablet.

Well…have fun with that. I'm sure Win32 apps are a blast on tablets!

They are - I have an Asus EP121 tablet. It is a bit heavy and big, but it has all the benefits of a tablet with a real CPU in it. I am able to install any software I like onto it, including development tools. So while my Surface is nice for browsing the web, email, etc. and still run laps around my old iPad, when the Surface Pro is released I will have a tablet that can do real work and run millions of software packages.

nohone said,
They are - I have an Asus EP121 tablet. It is a bit heavy and big, but it has all the benefits of a tablet with a real CPU in it.

Seems like If it's "a bit heavy and big" you're already missing out on one huge benefit of a dedicated tablet. That's one trade-off I personally wouldn't want to make.

What's "a real CPU"?

nohone said,

I am able to install any software I like onto it, including development tools.

and excluding iOS and OS X apps, I suppose.

nohone said,

So while my Surface is nice for browsing the web, email, etc. and still run laps around my old iPad, when the Surface Pro is released I will have a tablet that can do real work and run millions of software packages.

And that's all well and good if the kind of "real work" you do requires Win32 applications and the availability of "millions of software packages" and you're not willing to add another device to your toolbox. Note that, while I personally find the iPad enjoyable, I could never in a million years use it as my only device. Never mind the Surface RT. But if the Surface Pro allows you to do that, this might just be the perfect solution for you. Like I said, have fun.

100% of iOS downloads were for Google services
100% of Android downloads were for preserving battery life
I didn't download any because my windows phone doesn't have any apps (or so I am told)

/ducks

BajiRav said,
100% of iOS downloads were for Google services
100% of Android downloads were for preserving battery life
I didn't download any because my windows phone doesn't have any apps (or so I am told)

/ducks

There hasn't been many Google service updates.

Yeah...I've been wanting more than 12-15 hours of runtime with 150-250 text messages/day, email push, on mobile data (VZ 4G LTE), calls, streaming music, 1.5-2 hours of on screen time on my Verizon Galaxy Nexus. Oh wait, nope! It actually does last longer than that, but that's worse case scenario.