iOS and Android device activations break new Christmas 2012 record

Christmas Day is a huge day for smartphone and tablet companies. That's when more new devices are activated by users than any other day of the year, as people receive them as Christmas gifts. Today, the online ad network Flurry claimed that Christmas Day 2012 set a new record for iOS and Android activations.

In a post on its blog, Flurry stated that there were 17.4 million combined activations of Android and iOS devices on Christmas Day. That compares to a normal baseline of about 4 million activations per day in the 20 days before Christmas. It's also much higher than Christmas Day 2011, when Flurry said there were 6.8 million new product activations. Flurry bases its data on the over 260,000 apps that use its Flurry Analytics system, along with "publicly announced figures from Google and Apple."

Along with all of those new gadgets, Christmas Day also sees a massive increase in the number of mobile apps that are downloaded. For Christmas Day 2012, Flurry says 328 million apps were downloaded for iOS and Android devices. That compares to 242 million apps downloaded on Christmas Day 2011. The blog added:

Over the next week, up through New Year’s Day, app download rates will remain significantly elevated.  Flurry anticipates downloads to surpass more than 1.5 billion, and have a shot at breaking through the 2-billion download barrier for the first time ever.

While more smartphones than tablets were activated in the days before Christmas Day, with a ratio of 80 percent versus 20 percent, Flurry says that on the day itself, tablets had a slight majority of new activations; 51 percent versus 49 percent for smartphones.

Source: Flurry | Image via Flurry

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I've been using an iPhone for the last 4 years… I just bough a Galaxy S III 2 weeks ago… you know whant? iOS feels VERY outdated… they need to do something about it

Very hard to do something about it. The OS is targeted to so many different kinds of people. Image iOS 7 changes everything. What would happen with App compatibility an how people interact with it. Very hard thing for Apple to break away from. At least that's how I see it.

It's highly unlikely iOS will change much at all. One of the strengths of iOS (particularly over Android) is it's extreme ease of use and intuitiveness. Part of the reason people love the iPhone is because just about anybody can pick one up and know how to use it straight away. Apple will not jeopardise that by making major changes to please the minority of power users demanding change for the sake of it.

In the long run, most people will be bored by how stale iOS looks and just move on.

A few of my friends left the iPhone for Android because they were bored by having the same exact phone for 4 years. They are not power users.

There is no point comparing it with iOS. Android has hundreds of devices across the world. Apple has what, 4?

DoomsDayMayan said,

Yeah only because that is when Apple released their new products. Talk to me in Q2 2013. Will it mean Apple is garbage? Do more than just look at numbers,; know why those numbers are like that.

I think that period included 9 days during which the iPhone 5 was available. Q1 2013 will probably be in Apple's favour also. Q2 2013 ... who knows.

sabrex said,

I think that period included 9 days during which the iPhone 5 was available. Q1 2013 will probably be in Apple's favour also. Q2 2013 ... who knows.

Nice try. The iPhone 5 was released September 21, 2012. This data is good until October 28, 2012. I don't know where you got 9 days from.

You may not know how to count but at least you agree with me on Q2 2013.

I wonder why the report doesn't specify how many of those activations were for each OS... and is this for the US, or Worldwide?

Title makes it look like there was a previous Christmas 2012 record..

"iOS and Android device activations break new Christmas 2012 record"

Andrew Lyle said,
Title makes it look like there was a previous Christmas 2012 record..

"iOS and Android device activations break new Christmas 2012 record"


Now if apple could make iOS 7 an upgrade instead of a sidegrade.

Just upgraded my iPod Touch to iOS 6 and i'm not impressed at all by it. Still love the device but iOS 6 feels like Vista right now.

Well still an awesome piece of hardware that is worth every pennies i spent on it 2 years ago.

Since when is an iOS upgrade anything more than 1-2 features copied from android, and new ways to anger Dev's? They sued them selves into a corner and cant 'innovate' any more.

what a jerk!

Beyond Godlike said,
Since when is an iOS upgrade anything more than 1-2 features copied from android, and new ways to anger Dev's? They sued them selves into a corner and cant 'innovate' any more.

NeoPogo said,
what a jerk!

No...its a fact. Need help with understanding? The iPhone 4 was a significant upgrade to the 3GS, hardware wise. New device design, tho still carry the roots of its predecessor. But the OS had a significant features set above older models. However the 4S wasn't even an upgrade. To use the above term, "sidegrade" is more appropriate. The only new thing Apple did was add Siri which is still in Beta, works like crap and the device is small. The iPhone 5 offers no huge difference over the 4S, other than a faster CPU, more RAM and maps that don't work. The reality is, too prove the BS you all say about Android, you claim Android is so bloated it needs multicore processing to prevent lag. Well look at the iPhone. Just as with the iPhone 3G which sucked at running iOS4.x, the iPhone 4 also is sluggish running iOS6. It is a pain to use. The 4S is doing ok with it, but it isnt as fast as it was on iOS5.x.

Facts show that iOS applications also crash more than they do on ALL Android devices and OS versions combined. iOS 5.1 and 6 both account for a high degree of apps that dont work or crash when opened. Here is the data from iOS 5.1 as far as crashed - http://www.phonearena.com/news...more-Android-or-iOS_id26542

Those with iPad 3's including myself, noticed a significant drop in speed. The frikkin app store takes forever to open on any connection. I have Comcast at home and we also use it at work. At home I have the one with SpeedBurst Technology which increases my download speed. On my wife's iPad it literally to more than 10mins for all the purchases to show up on the screen. The screen was white for at least that 15mins before items finally started to populate.

I wonder why its like that? I have already tried resinatllign the IOS6 package and it doesnt change NOTHING. Its slow.Siri still works like crap. Maps still work like crap. I dont care how pretty the device is if it doesnt work.

In fact in Apple's history the fact is they have always made good looking devices and computers and they all work like crap...every last one of them.

Windows has to work on PC's that aren't made by Microsoft and Windows works betetr vs Apple who makes both the OS and hardware with it.
I had 2 iPhone the 4 and 4S and swear no more. I have the iPad 3 and will use it until Apple stops supporting it which is likely to say, iOS7 will be the last support package which will pale in comparison to the iPad 4 which will likely get the full package of features.

The next Mini si already to be rumored to have a retina display. Think they couldnt have made it for this model? Yes, but they rushed to get it out because it turns out Stevo was WRONG about 7" tablets as he was also about 4" phones. HE says all that stupid crap because he knows he has people like you hanging on his every word like he is spewing gold, when its nothing more than BS.

Yes the iPhone is a nice phone, but it no longer sets the bar for what a phone should be,,,The Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note 2 are the new bar that phone makers need to meet. Doesnt have to be as big, but certainly needs to be on par feature and capability-wise. My GN2 at the same price point as an iPhone 5 just kicks the iPhone 5's ass all over the place.

Beyond Godlike said,
Since when is an iOS upgrade anything more than 1-2 features copied from android, and new ways to anger Dev's? They sued them selves into a corner and cant 'innovate' any more.

Like what? Individual customized vibration tones were ripped off from Android? Facebook integration that works (and don't require products like haksync to work properly)? AirPlay mirroring was ripped off how from Android?

Google needs to rip off a proper backup setup from Apple because what they have now on Android is a joke...

You think apple invented those? Wooo the distortion field is strong in this thread. FB integration works fine, ive been using my awesome 'share' button for 2 yearsnow and its still better than crapple's current share method. As for apples proprietary sync between devices crap, this is no new concept, its easy to do when you sell such a small array of devices. Microsoft has had device sync for a decade, same with other hardware manufactures..this isnt even a mobile phone concept.

Android backup works awesome, though, neither iOS or androids implementation works as great as titanium backup or the alternatives on android, too bad iOS isnt capable of these things. In fact, you people JUST got panoramic camera and half a inch to show for the last year of apple development. Thats pathetic, you were behind 2 years ago, youre even more behind now. Apples market share is holding steady, google's is growing still, and has won the mobile market share. AS much as you wanna sit there and bash android, the masses chose, android won. Get over it, go overpay for some crapple devices and stop offering expertise where you have none.

Android backup doesn't even save your home screen setup. Doesn't even save your phone log or SMS messages. You get your wallpaper back and it redownloads your apps (but forget about any app data... Even stock Google apps don't properly backup). It is total joke.

Titanium Backup is nice and I use it. Too bad you have to unlock your boot loader (void warranty), root your phone, enable USB debug (another thing that can screw things up if not careful, and enable non-signed applications (again, another fat warning on how you can get malware with this turned on). ALL for proper backup? Are you kidding me that this is better than iOS? How? You don't even know because you are probably stuck in a 'I hate apple' mindset. Oh well.

Edited by Shadrack, Dec 27 2012, 11:03pm :

Nandroid backup from recovery is the best. Makes a perfect image of your device. How can an iPhone beat that with the ****ty backup button in itunes. God I hate that. I had an iPod touch and it was hell, gladly sold it.

Sight ... just to upgrade a freaking iPhone 4 to iOS 6 for my father, it took over 30 min. What a freaking joke. I can flash a rom in a minute or so on Android.

Granted, the joy of android comes after you root your device and you know what to do with it. That is the real fun.

And regarding facebook, the facebook team finally released V2.0 app, it is now much better. Thank god. What a ****ty job they did with HTML 5 initially.

Edited by 2xSilverKnight, Dec 28 2012, 12:02am :

2xSilverKnight said,
Nandroid backup from recovery is the best. Makes a perfect image of your device. How can an iPhone beat that with the ****ty backup button in itunes. God I hate that. I had an iPod touch and it was hell, gladly sold it.

Sight ... just to upgrade a freaking iPhone 4 to iOS 6 for my father, it took over 30 min. What a freaking joke. I can flash a rom in a minute or so on Android.

Granted, the joy of android comes after you root your device and you know what to do with it. That is the real fun.

And regarding facebook, the facebook team finally released V2.0 app, it is now much better. Thank god. What a ****ty job they did with HTML 5 initially.

The iPhone's back-up beats it because I don't have to root my phone, install additional software, or run a script to do it without putting it into recovery mode.

WRONG. FB integration first appeared on HTC devices that sported Sense UI. In fact the Droid Incredible which I had that came with Android 2.1, integrated FB using Sense and Sense also handled the Flash coding. The flash playback was slow, but it worked. Then 2.2 came out and fixed Flash with an Adobe Flash Player and FB integration was also stepped up a bit.

So I say Windows Phone 7 copied HTC. Samsung also offer FB integration in TouchWiz.