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Rubin: 3.7 million Android devices activated over weekend

updated 06:00 am EST, Wed December 28, 2011

Apple: 4.95 million iOS device activations 12/25

Andy Rubin has used his Twitter account to inform his audience that a staggering 3.7 million new Android devices were activated over the holiday weekend. Rubin recently tweeted that Android is now averaging 700,000 activations a day, but this more than doubled for the past weekend. On each day of last Saturday and Sunday, 1.85 million devices were activated.

According to Flurry Analytics, a total of 6.8 million iOS devices and Android device combined were activated globally on Sunday alone. This would mean that Apple devices including iPhones, iPads and iPod touches still accounted for around 4.95 million activations on that day. The exact mix of device sales, however, was not immediately available.

Flurry's tracking has also shown that December 25 is the day when typically more apps are downloaded than any other single day, for obvious reasons. This year, app downloads on Christmas Day were 125 percent higher than last year. While Google recently reached its 10 billion app downloads since the launch of the platform in 2008, Apple is on track to achieve that figure in 2011 alone. This will actually outstrip the combined App Store downloads over 2008, 2009 and 2010. [via TheVerge]

by MacNN Staff



  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    We've now learned that a lot of people give each other cheap c*** for Christmas. Thanks for sharing, Andy.

  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969


    4.95 million

    Great sales, especially considering that non-touch iPods are not included in the Flurry numbers.

  1. facebook_Sam

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    Joined: Dec 2011


    Just curious

    How many of those were cheap BOGO or free with contract phones, and how many were Kindle Fires, which are technically Android tablets.

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969



    And all of these Android phones are pre-loaded with carrier crapware

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    We learn that there are people who can't fathom why someone would want something other than an apple product, and therefore decide they must be criticized for their purchase. Or decide to come up with some reason why the numbers are somehow fake (and what is the point of asking about BOGO? An activation is still an activation, the only ones who care about phone sales are the carriers).

    Oh, and somehow a Kindle Fire shouldn't count as an android activation because it's, um, android?

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Count me into the 3.7 Million!

    I activated an Android device during this time :-)


  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Doubly Amazing!

    We learn that testy and stenchy still don't get it; testy for not understanding that if you have to BOGO your devices to troll for activations and you still come in second that you really aren't doing as great as you like to self-delude yourself that you are, and stenchy for once again being a swollen 'roid and claiming he activated some unspecified (but undoubtedly BOGOed) device.

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