iOS probably had more device activations than Android on Christmas

Flurry Analytics released its findings a few days ago for the number of collective iOS and Android activations made on Christmas Day this year. The statistics were impressive, but they didn’t represent the accomplishments of each individual operating system, and what would the mobile industry be today without some friendly competition between iOS and Android? So, which OS reigned as champion of Christmas 2011? According to estimates, iOS.

CNN Money crunched Flurry’s numbers along with stats Andy Rubin released for Android. Flurry, based on their access to 140,000 smartphone apps, said approximately 6.8 million devices were activated on Christmas. Then we have Rubin’s data: 3.7 million Android devices on Christmas Eve and Day combined, 700,000 daily activations, and Christmas Eve activations are historically 50 percent higher than that.

Now for the guessing game. CNN Money assumes that at least 1.1 million Android devices were activated on Christmas Eve based on this data. Rubin’s 3.7 million total minus the 1.1 million on Christmas Eve leaves us with roughly 2.6 on Christmas Day. Finally, they take Flurry’s 6.8 million total iOS and Android devices, subtract the 2.6 million Android devices, and we are left with an estimate of 4.2 million iOS devices activated on Christmas Day — 1.6 million more than Android.

Again, technically speaking, this is all one big hypothesis. But it’s supported by solid numbers from Flurry Analytics and from Google’s Andy Rubin. For a less significant way to get a vague guess, try asking around like I did. About ten people I know received an iPhone 4S or iPad, while only one received an Android tablet.

[via CNN Money]

  • And I don’t know anyone that received a new phone for Christmas. Does that mean that nobody got one? These numbers are all flawed and bias according to who is looking at them. Can we get a real news story?

    • It’s guess work by CNN, but admittedly, they do have some supporting factors.

      • Anonymous

        he’s upset that the phone his mom got him wasn’t the most popular, don’t even bother with fanboys. 

  • Seq1

    Why should market share vary so drastically during holidays compared to the rest of the year? This does not make any sense at all.

    At least you call your self a dedicated apple fanboy. That would explain this article.

    • The guess work was done by CNN Money, not IntoMobile.

    • Anonymous

      It does make sense.  Non tech-savvy parents are more likely to assume iDevices for their offspring.  Kids are more likely to go for the status symbol when asking for the gift, and are also more likely to ask for “the latest iPhone” because that’s a request that can’t get lost in translation.  Android phones are great and if you’re picking carefully for yourself then you’re more likely to find your hearts desire because the selection is diverse.  That diverse selection though means some options aren’t best so for gifting iDevices are a safer choice.  iThings are always more popular at gifting times (Christmas, Valentine’s, Mom’s, Dad’s, Grads, back-to-school) and so on.

      This (admittedly sketchily estimated) result is not out of bounds of reasonable expectations.  It doesn’t mean that in the long term Apple’s seeing an iPhone resurgence or anything – it’s just a normal seasonal variation.  If it kept up for a couple months that would be really something, but that’s not expected.

    • Anonymous

      simple, it doesn’t. Your reading how the iPhone (sans touch and iPad) to versus android as a whole. 

      Why is it upsetting to you when iOS does well? It’s a giant. 

  • CJ

    iOS probably did have more activations than Android. iOS had three platforms while Android has two, the iPod, iPad, and iPhone compared to the phone and tablets on Android. Rubin also stated that they activated 3.7 million over Christmas weekend (2 days). They only include devices that are placed onto carriers plans, not wifi only devices. If you take Android phone to iPhone numbers, the number would probably be much closer.

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