3.7 million Android devices activated over Christmas

According to a tweet by Google Android chief Andy Rubin, over the two day period of the Christmas holiday, there were 3.7 million Android devices activated.

Last week, Rubin announced that Google was activating over 700,000 devices on a daily basis, so the number during this period represents a nearly 3x increase over the average day. As Rubin explained last week, Google considers an activation to be going into a store and purchasing a new device, not repurposing an old phone or doing a firmware upgrade of the same device.

According to the mobile anayltics firm Flurry, on Christmas Day, activations on both Android and iOS platforms jumped to more than 6.8 million. On Christmas 2010, Flurry estimated there were only 2.8 million device activations between the two market leaders, meaning Christmas 2011 grew the two platforms by more than 140% compared to last year. Likewise, both app stores saw nearly double the traffic, with nearly 1 billion new app downloads expected to take place on the week between Christmas and New Years Day.

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evo_spook said,
Well I activated a tablet, but seeing how I already have a iPad and a iPhone aswell I'm not taking sides!

I think it's becoming iOS / Droid vs WP7 / BB anyway.. so Apple and Droid users seem to be on the same side!

rijp said,

I think it's becoming iOS / Droid vs WP7 / BB anyway.. so Apple and Droid users seem to be on the same side!

Why can't we all just be on the side of what's best for the consumer? Healthy competition with nobody going completely under is what is best for us. Why does it HAVE to be some sort of high school football rivalry with one team vs the other?

rijp said,

I think it's becoming iOS / Droid vs WP7 / BB anyway.. so Apple and Droid users seem to be on the same side!


WP doesn't even register. The marketshare is too small. lol

Marshalus said,
I'd really like to get my hands on some numbers for Windows Phone 7 devices.

Wouldn't we all. But when numbers are poor, they don't want to release them so as to not scare investors.

UndergroundWire said,

Wouldn't we all. But when numbers are poor, they don't want to release them so as to not scare investors.

yeah cause until the numbers are posted on neowin or some other tech site the investors are completely clueless.

Colin McGregor said,

yeah cause until the numbers are posted on neowin or some other tech site the investors are completely clueless.


Investors don't know any more than we do. Microsoft is being uncharacteristically reticent about WP device sales. That's a huge sign that the numbers are very disappointing.

Joey S said,

Investors don't know any more than we do. Microsoft is being uncharacteristically reticent about WP device sales. That's a huge sign that the numbers are very disappointing.

Exactly. Better to be in the dark so the fanboys can make every excuse in the book.

Not that impressive. I have friends that got android pay as you go phones for like $40. Does apple or MS have any cheap phones like that?? Its kinda like when people try to say that mobile gaming is outselling and destroying ds and psp but its not at all similar considering psp and ds don't have $1 games.

Colin McGregor said,
Not that impressive. I have friends that got android pay as you go phones for like $40. Does apple or MS have any cheap phones like that?? Its kinda like when people try to say that mobile gaming is outselling and destroying ds and psp but its not at all similar considering psp and ds don't have $1 games.

No, thankfully. You can however get a perfectly legitimate and usable iPhone 3GS for $0.

Colin McGregor said,
Not that impressive. I have friends that got android pay as you go phones for like $40. Does apple or MS have any cheap phones like that??

Doesnt really matter and no, MS and Apple don't have anything like that. This is what sets Android apart from the others. Can get what you what, different options, and not locked down to one device/look/model. Doesnt matter if it is a $40 phone, or a $600 phone...just making Android more popular and gaining more ground/exposure.

Marshalus said,

No, thankfully. You can however get a perfectly legitimate and usable iPhone 3GS for $0.

For $0 + 2 year contract. If you don't want a 2 year contract be prepared to pay ~ $150 (ebay) to $300 (amazon) for a non-contract iPhone 3GS.

techbeck said,

Doesnt really matter and no, MS and Apple don't have anything like that. This is what sets Android apart from the others. Can get what you what, different options, and not locked down to one device/look/model. Doesnt matter if it is a $40 phone, or a $600 phone...just making Android more popular and gaining more ground/exposure.

So all the android phones (from the $40 to the highend) can all play the same games, all get the same update, all do the same thing??

techbeck said,

Doesnt really matter and no, MS and Apple don't have anything like that. This is what sets Android apart from the others. Can get what you what, different options, and not locked down to one device/look/model. Doesnt matter if it is a $40 phone, or a $600 phone...just making Android more popular and gaining more ground/exposure.

A bit misleading. While there are not a plethora of "device/look/model," options like Android, if one were to go WP7 or iOS, there's definitely more than one option for each. Even when it comes to price.

I hate to ruin another pro-Android crusade of yours, but there's no need in misleading people.

omgben said,

A bit misleading. While there are not a plethora of "device/look/model," options like Android, if one were to go WP7 or iOS, there's definitely more than one option for each. Even when it comes to price.

I hate to ruin another pro-Android crusade of yours, but there's no need in misleading people.

pro android crusade? can you read my post before flapping your gums or is that too much to ask?? Im saying i dont think these numbers are a sign that people prefer android based on features and it being better then the rest and more that people will buy a phone because its dirt cheap ($40 without a contract) and apple / ms dont have those options aside from a contract. im a wp7 user (i tried android and ios and picked wp7). So nice try on your comment kid but you failed.

omgben said,

I hate to ruin another pro-Android crusade of yours, but there's no need in misleading people.

Yea, because thats what I was doing...going on an Android crusade and not just expressing my opinion..... /s

The options you can get with Android far out weighs what you can get with others.

Colin McGregor said,

So all the android phones (from the $40 to the highend) can all play the same games, all get the same update, all do the same thing??

Dude, read what I said. Did I say they could all do the same thing? No.

People can buy Androids for WHAT THEY want to use it for. Only need email/facebook? Get a cheaper Android that does just that. Want to play games, video/photo editing....get a phone that does just that. Why pay a crap load for a phone when you are not going to use it to its full potential. Waste of money IMO.

And in my experience, people who only use their Androids for email could are less about the OS updates.

rippleman said,
i was one who activated a droid and i hate it so far

Well go on then which phone and how much and what was your previous phone?

I say MS couldn't care less having sold over 10 million xbox consoles that probably cost more than half of those Android devices.

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