You don’t need to be told that mobile devices are leading the technology and gaming markets right now, but this recent report from Flurry still manages to stun. 17.4 million iOS and Android devices were activated on Christmas day, breaking records and creating a 332% increase in activation over the baseline average of the first 20 days of the month.
This is over double the amount of activations of Christmas day 2011, which achieved 6.8 million. The report also estimates that 328 apps were downloaded across both platforms.
You may be even more surprised to hear that tablets overtook smartphones with a 51% share of activations. It seems iPads are becoming all the rage.
I can proudly state that I contributed to this statistic, as I too received my first smartphone. After finally partaking in the mobile scene and using Android, I’m pretty pleased and can now see what the fuss is about.
I can’t help but feel sad for the Wii U though, which performed less victoriously over Christmas. Mobile is certainly a gaming platform to be respected, but it’s a shame that less kids are inclined to want to open up a new console from Santa instead of a phone. I’m getting old, aren’t I?