Apple and Android app downloads top 1.2 billion in a single week

Final week of 2011 sees new app download record set for industry's two leading players

Festive period sees Apple and Android hit new heights with 1.2 billion apps downloaded across the two platforms during the final week of 2011

With both Apple and Google’s Android OS touting record device activation figures in the wake of the recent Christmas festivities new reports have revealed that a staggering 1.2 billion applications were downloaded across the two leading platforms in the final week of December 2011.

Ending the year with a bang, the hefty app download marker is a reported 60 per cent increase on the number of apps downloaded via the Apple App Store and Android Market earlier the same month.

Apple and Android Apps

With a previous combined weekly record topping the 857 million app download milestone, the new 1.2 billion landmark is a significant increase and follows the news from Google that 3.7 million Android devices were activated globally during the Christmas weekend.

With millions of new devices being activated and existing users having time to kill whilst off work, the festive week’s app download figures soared with the US leading the way with a combined Apple and Android download figure in the region of 509 million applications.

The figures, compiled by analyst firm Flurry showed that China sported the second highest number of downloads during the last week of December followed by the UK, Canada and Germany.

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Via: GeekyGadgets