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Andy Rubin Says Lots of Android Devices Were in People’s Stockings

It appears that more than a few people got Android devices for the holidays.

In a Twitter posting on Wednesday, Android boss Andy Rubin posted that 3.7 million Android devices were activated on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

Rubin, who uses his Twitter account mainly to call attention to Android momentum statistics, noted on Dec. 20 that Android activations had reached a rate of 700,000 per day.

Clearly, though, the holidays are a busy time for all devices, not just Android.

Flurry Analytics estimated a total of 6.8 million Android and iOS devices were activated on Christmas Day alone. Assuming both its numbers and Google’s are accurate, that means Apple had quite the holiday, as well. It will be interesting to see if Cupertino comments at all on what it has seen this holiday season.

On the app side, Flurry projected that there were 242 million app downloads for Android and iOS, up from an average of just more than 100 million app downloads a day during a typical 24-hour period earlier in the month.


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