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Numbers more than double last year's X-mas figures, shatter single-day activations record

Google and Apple both had a merry Christmas, as a record 6.8 million of their devices were unwrapped on the holiday.

The statistics, which were released by Flurry Analytics, suggest that an average of 1.5 million of the devices are activated on any day from Dec. 1-24. The number of activations on Christmas accounts for a 353-percent spike in activations.

The numbers account for a 140-percent increase over the previous single-day activation record (on Christmas 2010), which boasted 2.8 million smartphone activations.

Furthermore, Flurry suggests that the number of apps downloaded on Christmas day more than doubled the single-day average for the rest of December.

Meanwhile, Andy Rubin, Google's senior VP of mobile, tweeted that more than 3.7 million Android devices were activated over the holiday weekend, accounting for a little more than half of all activations.

While the ubiquitous iPad boosted Apple's numbers, despite the company not launching a much-hyped iPhone 5, the major increase has been attributed by some experts to more affordability and choice (perhaps even overload) in the market.

"What you have, certainly with the Android, is that there's been a steady push for cheaper smartphones, which do just as much as the top end models," former Mobile magazine editor James Atkinson told the BBC.

Where were the other competitors, such as Microsoft or RIM? Considering that four out of five smartphones sold in the U.S. run either iOS or Android, it's almost safe to say they barely registered.

Sources: BBC, Flurry Analytics



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Religion
By GuinnessKMF on 12/28/2011 11:16:22 AM , Rating: 0
Why do we even keep trying to pretend it's a religious holiday instead of just a consumer holiday?

... and did it ever bother anyone else that they brought baby jesus gifts of gold? Why would the son of god care if we dug up metal out of the ground, smelted it into baubles and gave it to him?




RE: Religion
By JasonMick (blog) on 12/28/2011 11:30:30 AM , Rating: 5
quote:
Why do we even keep trying to pretend it's a religious holiday instead of just a consumer holiday?

... and did it ever bother anyone else that they brought baby jesus gifts of gold? Why would the son of god care if we dug up metal out of the ground, smelted it into baubles and gave it to him?

Well, really it's a pagan holiday adopted by Emperor Constantine to try to win over the heathen...

The pagans in Europe at the time celebrate Saturnalia (sp?) a festival on the winter solstice. Typically this fell around Dec. 21 or 22. The pagans celebrated nature by killing animals and bleeding them (red) and chopping down trees (green) to celebrate the animal and tree spirits.

Constantine invented a Christian holiday, complete with red & green decor. To make it more ridiculous, he labeled it the birthday of Jesus.

In reality, it's a well known fact that Roman tax collection season was in the spring and autumn -- they never collected taxes in the winter, because forcing peasants to travel then would be a possibly deadly formula. So Jesus was likely born in the spring or fall -- it's virtually impossible that he was born on Dec. 25.

So I suppose Christian or not it's appropriate to turn this into a consumer holiday (e.g. "Sweetest Day"), as it was truly a pagan holiday in the first place....


RE: Religion
By Mitch101 on 12/28/2011 11:41:09 AM , Rating: 1
St Nick is the patron saint of prostitution. Hoe Hoe Hoe


RE: Religion
By nafhan on 12/28/2011 11:59:11 AM , Rating: 2
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did it ever bother anyone else that they brought baby jesus gifts of gold?
It's the thought that counts! At least, that's what I get told whenever I get a gift that's meaningless to me...

Some Christians believe that celebrating Christmas is bad (this was the case with my grandparents). Whether or not it's a religious holiday is up to the individual. I say, just let your kids have fun celebrating Santa/baby J/Kwanzaa angel of vengeance*/whatever, and don't worry about it.

*I made that one up.


RE: Religion
By Breathless on 12/28/2011 12:06:07 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, that was really out of left field.

In any case, to some people it is more of a religious holiday, and to some it is more of a gift giving holiday, and to some it is both. As a Christian myself, I know that it is not Christs birthday, but that is irrelevant. If even the world wants to remember the birth of Christ on some day (whether accurate or not), i'm all for it. The bible says that if one man wants to hold one day above another, he can do so - and if another man wants to regard all days as the same, he can do that as well, and its "alllll good". Thats Romans 14:5.

Some people try to make its so called "origins" an issue, which is pretty silly. Pagans did not do what we do, and they didn't do it for the same reasons, so its quite simply not the same. We all do nice things for ourselves throughout the course of the year, so it makes good sense that at least one day out of the year we should all get gifts for other people. We all (almost) celebrate our own birthdays, so if our country nationally observes a particular day (namely Dec 25th in this case) as a day to celebrate the birth of Christ, than that is also good. The day that they pick to do it is irrelevant. Frankly i'm glad that they do it for many reasons. Those that take issue with the days "religiosity" should get over themselves anyway, because even from an atheistic perspective, it is at least a benefit for our economy.


RE: Religion
By Reclaimer77 on 12/28/2011 2:54:24 PM , Rating: 2
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Wow, that was really out of left field.


LOL yeah, not sure what his rant had to do with the article. But never underestimate the lengths some will go to drag religion into an argument.


RE: Religion
By V-Money on 12/28/2011 5:08:45 PM , Rating: 2
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... and did it ever bother anyone else that they brought baby jesus gifts of gold?


People will kill each other for gold due to it's perceived worth, for someone who isn't wealthy to give up something that valuable seems like a pretty big deal...now the other 2 gifts, there is a different story.

http://www.gocomics.com/theargylesweater/2011/12/1...


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