iOS, Android post record app downloads of 1.2 billion during last week of 2011

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The week between Christmas and New Year's saw record iOS and Android app downloads of 1.2 billion, while the two platforms saw a total of 20 million device activations during the so-called "power week," making it their largest week ever, according to a new analysis.



Mobile analytics firm Flurry detailed the holiday week figures in a report on Monday. The data reflects a continued trend where app makers see their biggest sales surge in the week following Christmas, rather than during the usual pre-Christmas shopping season.



According to the report, combined iOS and Android new app downloads from December 25-31 topped 1.2 billion, representing 60 percent growth over the weekly average from the first two weeks in December. 242 million application downloads came on Christmas Day alone. By comparison, the week before Christmas saw 857 million downloads, driven largely by a boost in downloads on Dec. 24.



The U.S. held a large lead over other countries in terms of total app downloads during the holiday week, consistent with the firm's earlier estimates that the American installed base is the world's largest with 109 million. The report claimed the U.S. saw 509 million application downloads, or 42.3 percent, last week.



China, which has grown to become the second-largest app market, came in second in terms of app downloads during the period with a total of 99 million. The U.K. came in third with 81 million downloads, followed by Canada, Germany and France.







The firm pointed out a trend where countries with less-established traditions of celebrating Christmas saw significantly less app downloads than regions where the holiday is observed. For instance, countries like the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, France, Australia, Italy, Spain and Mexico over-indexed against countries like China, South Korea and Japan. Canada saw the biggest leap, logging the 4th most downloads over the period despite being the 8th largest installed base.



Looking ahead to 2012, Flurry predicts iOS and Android will begin regularly surpassing the one-billion-download-barrier on a weekly basis. "While iOS and Android growth continues to amaze, the market is still by all measures relatively nascent," the report read.







The report also noted that total iOS and Android activations for the week of Dec. 25-31 set an all-time high of 20 million devices. The firm had previously reported that Christmas Day device activations surged 353 percent from earlier in December.



When compared against numbers provided by Google Android Chief Andy Rubin, iOS activations appeared to have topped Android activations by more than 1.6 million units. Rubin announced last week that 3.7 million Android devices were activated on Dec. 24 and 25. He also revealed last month that daily Android activations had passed the 700,000 unit mark.



Flurry takes its data from over 140,000 apps that use its analytics tools on either platform. It claims to detect over "90% of all new devices activated each day." The company also claims to have its analytics service in more than 20 percent of all applications downloaded from the App Store and Android Market each day.

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  • Reply 1 of 20
    MacProMacPro Posts: 17,985member
    Removed
  • Reply 2 of 20
    normmnormm Posts: 545member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    Mobile analytics firm Flurry detailed the holiday week figures in a report on Monday. [...] According to the report, combined iOS and Android new app downloads from December 25-31 topped 1.2 billion, representing 60 percent growth over the weekly average from the first two weeks in December.



    They must know the separate numbers for iOS and Android. Are the numbers for Android alone so much worse than for iOS that they don't want to embarrass Android by breaking them out?
  • Reply 3 of 20
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    Originally Posted by NormM View Post


    They must know the separate numbers for iOS and Android. Are the numbers for Android alone so much worse than for iOS that they don't want to embarrass Android by breaking them out?





    LOL, Its an apple related forum you dope, Android is wiping the floor with iOS. they are breaking it down like they did to save face. Android a million activations a day, oh man its a slaughter.
  • Reply 4 of 20
    shadashshadash Posts: 470member
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    Originally Posted by some internet dude View Post


    LOL, Its an apple related forum you dope, Android is wiping the floor with iOS. they are breaking it down like they did to save face. Android a million activations a day, oh man its a slaughter.



    Too bad Android apps are mostly shit though.
  • Reply 5 of 20
    piotpiot Posts: 1,346member
    Who let the children in?
  • Reply 6 of 20
    hill60hill60 Posts: 6,989member
    These figures are hardly surprising, how many Apps were paid for using iTunes vouchers given as Christmas gifts?
  • Reply 7 of 20
    dickprinterdickprinter Posts: 1,060member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by NormM View Post


    They must know the separate numbers for iOS and Android. Are the numbers for Android alone so much worse than for iOS that they don't want to embarrass Android by breaking them out?



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by some internet dude View Post


    LOL, Its an apple related forum you dope, Android is wiping the floor with iOS. they are breaking it down like they did to save face. Android a million activations a day, oh man its a slaughter.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by shadash View Post


    Too bad Android apps are mostly shit though.



    Uh oh, the gloves are coming off for this one....



    I predict a 200+ post thread with this article.
  • Reply 8 of 20
    How did they count china google doesn't have an application market in china. Instead china has several different places to download apps. Since Google does not have an official presence in china are they just counting iOS or are they digging into some of the various alternative application sources in China.
  • Reply 9 of 20
    orlandoorlando Posts: 601member
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    Originally Posted by Apple v. Samsung View Post


    How did they count china google doesn't have an application market in china. Instead china has several different places to download apps. Since Google does not have an official presence in china are they just counting iOS or are they digging into some of the various alternative application sources in China.



    Flurry claims to have their service in 20% of all apps. So it is the app reporting back to Flurry, not the app store. The apps could have been downloaded from anywhere or even pirated.
  • Reply 10 of 20
    herbapouherbapou Posts: 2,217member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by some internet dude View Post


    LOL, Its an apple related forum you dope, Android is wiping the floor with iOS. they are breaking it down like they did to save face. Android a million activations a day, oh man its a slaughter.



    Does he mean Flurry is a pro apple site because they combine the stats?
  • Reply 11 of 20
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    Originally Posted by herbapou View Post


    Does he mean Flurry is a pro apple site because they combine the stats?



    No, he's saying that AI is an Apple fanboi site and that the article didn't offer a ratio or breakdown between the two platforms because Android app downloads trounced iOS, and that is why they combined the stats.
  • Reply 12 of 20
    russellrussell Posts: 296member
    You're stupid if you believe every article written (mostly copy & pasted) by biased, AppleInsider staff.

    Anybody with half a brain knows they should verify their sources.



    If you checked out Flurry's website, you'll learn that they don't give a rat's ass about who's winning the mobile wars. That is why they didn't breakdown the numbers between Android and iOS in their free report. All they care about is selling you their analytic services.
  • Reply 13 of 20
    slapppyslapppy Posts: 331member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by some internet dude View Post


    LOL, Its an apple related forum you dope, Android is wiping the floor with iOS. they are breaking it down like they did to save face. Android a million activations a day, oh man its a slaughter.



    It seems that more and more reports are combining the numbers. It's safe to say that the reason must be the declining popularity of iOS. I would hope that future data that are reported will stop combining Android and iOS. The results will probably place iOS in poor light.
  • Reply 14 of 20
    shadashshadash Posts: 470member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by slapppy View Post


    It seems that more and more reports are combining the numbers. It's safe to say that the reason must be the declining popularity of iOS. I would hope that future data that are reported will stop combining Android and iOS. The results will probably place iOS in poor light.



    Whether that's true or not, would that be a good thing? Google's business is based on tracking what you do on the Internet, while selling people like you on the idea that they're "open." Of course my wife is out of luck trying to uninstall the City ID crapware app that came on her Incredible.
  • Reply 15 of 20
    slapppyslapppy Posts: 331member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by shadash View Post


    Whether that's true or not, would that be a good thing? Google's business is based on tracking what you do on the Internet, while selling people like you on the idea that they're "open." Of course my wife is out of luck trying to uninstall the City ID crapware app that came on her Incredible.



    Doesn't matter if it's a good thing or bad. What matters is providing real data between platforms. This combined number is just silly and misleading to people.
  • Reply 16 of 20
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by some internet dude View Post


    LOL, Its an apple related forum you dope, Android is wiping the floor with iOS. they are breaking it down like they did to save face. Android a million activations a day, oh man its a slaughter.







    This is what your phone would look like if Apple didn't exist. Better pray that Apple does well so you can continue to enjoy copies of things that are cool.
  • Reply 17 of 20
    piotpiot Posts: 1,346member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by slapppy View Post


    What matters is providing real data between platforms. This combined number is just silly and misleading to people.



    Then go and see:



    Gartner

    IDC

    Comscore

    Nielsen

    Canalys

    etc













    and stop trolling!
  • Reply 18 of 20
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    Originally Posted by Slow Cheetah View Post






    This is what your phone would look like if Apple didn't exist. Better pray that Apple does well so you can continue to enjoy copies of things that are cool.



    Uhg! how ugly!! Is this a WhiteBerry?
  • Reply 19 of 20
    MacProMacPro Posts: 17,985member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by shadash View Post


    Too bad Android apps are mostly shit though.



    You got that right. Millions of ten year olds with Android OS toys downloading hangman isn't going to really matter in the end. Check out the graph in this article and weep Fandroids



    Courtesy of CNN Money:



    http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2012/01/...-overtaken-it/
  • Reply 20 of 20
    zunxzunx Posts: 620member
    Mac OS X, Windows post record sales during 2011. What a nice way to misguide people (because the independent figures is what really matters)!
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