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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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RE: Missing Out
By jarman on 12/28/2011 5:48:16 PM , Rating: 2
Looks at on-screen programs currently open... notes gVim, GCC, IDLE, SSH (XTerm), and Firefox.

Turns to look at the Condor cluster on the other side of the room... notes RHEL, Solaris, and a Solaris ZFS SAN.

Stares at the running CFD threads...

... How is it that ONLY Microsoft was able to provide those technology shaping tools again???

RE: Missing Out
By Reclaimer77 on 12/28/2011 8:55:26 PM , Rating: 2
Are you THAT close minded? Or are you deliberately refusing to acknowledge the true scope of Microsoft's achievements. Microsoft was the first real software company AND the one responsible for putting a PC in every office and every home. Your argument is like saying that because you have a Nissan Z in your garage, Ford Motor Company didn't really provide anything for you.

By shifting the value in computing to software, Microsoft commoditized computing hardware and made computing accessible to the masses. If this isn't one of the most significant events in history, nothing is.

Being the first big, viable software company also meant Microsoft cleared the way for thousands of other software innovators, when it was in no way obvious at the start that a company could be viable making just software.

ALL of those examples you cited DIRECTLY exist today because of Microsoft. To claim otherwise is such obscene ignorance it's offensive to the tech community. Microsoft CREATED the entire software industry you idiot.

RE: Missing Out
By jarman on 12/29/2011 11:36:29 AM , Rating: 1
Are you THAT close minded ...

... ALL of those examples you cited DIRECTLY exist today because of Microsoft. To claim otherwise is such obscene ignorance it's offensive to the tech community. Microsoft CREATED the entire software industry you idiot.

The irony of those two statements is deafening.

RE: Missing Out
By Reclaimer77 on 12/29/2011 2:03:25 PM , Rating: 2
I just think you don't have enough knowledge about those early computing days to make a solid argument. Or you're purposefully being obtuse.

Linux never would have gotten off the ground without Microsoft. Because without Microsoft we wouldn't have the PC. IBM and Apple were releasing outrageously priced computers with closed source, incompatible, software and operating systems. They did NOT share Bill Gate's vision of PC's being common, affordable, and widely used. Because of Microsoft, DIRECTLY, computers are affordable, compatible, and widely used.

Again, you're being very closed minded. I would like for you to explain how cold hard facts are "irony" to you.

RE: Missing Out
By dexter64 on 12/30/2011 9:21:49 AM , Rating: 2
I think you need to re-check your facts again closely. Microsoft was not the 1st software company, it was the 1st software marketing company. Its 1st product namely MS-DOS was a relabeled product of other company that was licensed by Microsoft. Then they also bought Foxpro, if I remember correctly, the 1st purely Microsoft's product was Windows and then Office. From there they became a truly software company.

RE: Missing Out
By spread on 12/28/2011 11:36:17 PM , Rating: 2
Tell me how great Firefox runs on the chaotic mess that is Linux. Tell me about the back end software support like the libraries to do GPU acceleration, font hinting and so on...

There's a reason Microsoft is #1 and Linux isn't.

RE: Missing Out
By jarman on 12/29/2011 11:58:39 AM , Rating: 2
Honestly, I've never had a single problem with Firefox running on either GNU/Linux or UNIX.

#1 at what, exactly? Desktop adoption? Sure, that's well established. However, there are many environments where Microsoft products are the exception, rather than the norm. For instance, every major lab that I've ever worked with (MIT, JH/APL, NASA/JPL) is dominated with either UNIX or GNU/Linux OSes.

"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch

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