Weekly apps downloads on smartphones broke the billion barrier for the first time, with a combined 1.28 billion iOS and Android apps downloaded in the last week of 2011.
Figures published by research firm Flurry has revealed the staggering feat by the App Store and the Android as record number of new devices running on both platforms were activated during the festive period.
The previous high of 857 million downloads came in the week just preceding Christmas. In the US alone, 509 million apps were downloaded over the holiday, followed by 99 million in China, where Christmas is celebrated as a secular holiday, and the UK closely behind with 81 million.
The record is especially impressive considering a significant population of the world have yet to migrate to a smartphone. With Android on the rise in emerging markets and the prospect of the iPhone 5, the figures could easily double in the same period this year.
The Next Web
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