Report: Over one billion app downloads for Dec. 25-31

Last week was a record setting one for iOS and Android devices and the apps that were downloaded for those products. According to a new report on Flurry, during the time period between December 25 and December 31, over 20 million new iOS and Android devices were activated. Flurry says it is able to detect nearly 100 percent of all user activations for these operating systems due to over 140,000 apps using its Flurry Analytics program.

In addition, the report claims that over 1.2 billion apps were downloaded from Apple's App Store and the Android Marketplace during that same time period. It's the first time that there have been over 1 billion apps downloaded during that holiday week. That's also a 60 percent increase compared to the number of apps that were downloaded between December 4 and December 17.

Not surprisingly, the US downloaded the most apps during that holiday week with 509 million downloads, or 42.3 percent of the world's total. China was second with 99 million downloads for that week followed by the UK with 81 million app downloads.

Even though this is the first time that app downloads have broken the one billion barrier for one week, Flurry predicts that in 2012 that number will become more commonplace as more and more iOS and Android devices are sold and activated.

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Not surprising. A lot don't root their phones and use TB to backup apps. So they must be re-DLed when you get a new phone.

I have an iPad and I've noticed I'm using apps less and less and just using Safari, e.g. the BBC news app is redundant to me since the BBC website added HTML5 (or Quicktime, can't tell) video support to their website.

thealexweb said,
I have an iPad and I've noticed I'm using apps less and less and just using Safari, e.g. the BBC news app is redundant to me since the BBC website added HTML5 (or Quicktime, can't tell) video support to their website.

I'm in the same exact boat. I have ALL of my favorite sites book marked and I just use the browser when I want to find something. The apps dont do anything for me.

thealexweb said,
I have an iPad and I've noticed I'm using apps less and less and just using Safari, e.g. the BBC news app is redundant to me since the BBC website added HTML5 (or Quicktime, can't tell) video support to their website.

Funny but I was mentioning this just last week, that it's ironic phones have more capacity and RAM, but the apps are more web based... so no need for drive space or RAM.

I would agree that web sites are better and apps are basically doing more web concentric things.

thealexweb said,
I have an iPad and I've noticed I'm using apps less and less and just using Safari, e.g. the BBC news app is redundant to me since the BBC website added HTML5 (or Quicktime, can't tell) video support to their website.

Still soooo irritating that most video sites use flash I can't see anything :SSSS
That's the only flaw of the iPad for me

Richio said,

Still soooo irritating that most video sites use flash I can't see anything :SSSS
That's the only flaw of the iPad for me

Most videos on YouTube, The Guardian and the BBC work in Safari so I'm set

Richio said,

Still soooo irritating that most video sites use flash I can't see anything :SSSS
That's the only flaw of the iPad for me

Most porn sites are HTML5 and work in Safari so I'm set