Mobile analytics firm Flurry is out with its December Christmas week research, like it does every year, and one thing is extremely evident – Santa loves Apple. The iPhone accounted for 51 percent of new device activations from December 19th to December 25th, putting a pretty good beating on Samsung, who only accounted for 18 percent.

Flurry found that for every one Samsung device that was activated, Apple activated 2.9 devices. For every Microsoft Lumia device activated, Apple activated 8.8 devices. We’ll have to wait until Apple’s earnings call probably sometime in January for more of a per-device breakdown, but it looks like the iPhone 6 far outweighed any other version of the iPhone.

“In the week leading up to Christmas, 13% of new device activations were phablets compared to just 4% in 2013. In fact, the iPhone 6 Plus was one of the top 5 devices Flurry saw activated for Christmas; the iPhone 6 was number one,” the research firm reported.


It looks like Apple may have had another blockbuster holiday quarter, despite electronics spending being weak this holiday season, according to MasterCard.

As expected, Christmas day triggered a record number of app installs, as customers turned on their devices for the first time and wanted to populate them with apps.

Flurry tracked 2.5x the number of app installs as compared to an average day in the first three weeks of December. Games and messaging apps saw the highest increase in app installs on Christmas Day as we sought entertainment and connection with friends and family.

Flurry complies its data from more than 600,000 tracked apps.


  • john diaz

    Samsung needs to step their game up!

    • BoardDWorld

      They’re doing well. The Note 4 is the best smartphone out there for those who are tech savvy and can utilise all of the functions. I’m jealous to be honest, I love the screen and the multitasking that makes appheads look like a joke. But, I will not pay a premium price for something that should be fully subsidised by Google.

      • springer85

        LMFAO?Doing well are you insane?Apples FIRST EVER Phablet has OBLITERATED the Note 4 SAMESUNGS 4TH PHABLET ALL OVER THE WORLD!!
        The 6 Plus is not even Apple’s best while the Note 4 is SAMESUNGS!
        All the pathetic time wasted on mocking Apple in lame adverts has backfired on them so badly that it really is hilarious!
        Maybe now SAMESUNG will actually put the focus they keep using to try and mock Apple and keep failing in to actually making the next ground breaking device like Apple did with the Iphone and then with the Ipad!
        SAMESUNG are in serious trouble, the 6 has DESTROYED the S5 and the 6 Plus has OBLITERATED the Note 4.
        SAMESUNG really thought that the 6 Plus would fail just as they already had a 4 year head start with their own!

      • Jason Baroni

        No need to scream with capslock, though I agree with you.

      • Tech savvy… this must be the new Android mantra… iPhones are for noobs and Android is for tech savvy people.

      • BoardDWorld

        The benefits of the Note 4 wouldn’t be useful for the likes of my wife, mother or grandfather. 80% of those that take the time to read blogs like this would be in the tech savvy category. I can give an iPhone to whoever and set them on there way with little introduction. Apple has always been by design geared towards noobs hence its popularity. I didn’t say that was bad but it is limiting in some major areas.

    • I don’t think it makes a difference what Samsung does. Apple really didn’t advertise that much over the Christmas period and still dominated…

  • Invisi

    Can’t decide between Macbook Pro Retina 13 or 15 πŸ™ 15 seems like overkill not sure if its worth the extra Β£360

    • Darthque

      Guess it all depends on what you’re trying to do. If u need a discrete graphics card then the 15″ is your only option. However, if u don’t need all that graphical horsepower u might be better off with the 13″. IMHO

  • William Melendez

    Looks like shamesung needs to hire a new marketing staff. Critizing on Apple on their commercials isn’t helping them apparently.

    • Sokrates

      Or just create better products.

  • Cesar D

    Haha lol.

  • springer85

    All that time trying to mock Apple with their pathetic boring adverts has backfired so badly that it really is priceless!
    SAMESUNG really did think the 6 Plus would fail, then after the amazing launch they bricked it and even brought the release date of the Note 4 3 weeks early in China which has ZERO affect as the 6 Plus destroyed it!!LOL
    The amazing success of the 6 and 6 Plus has stunned SAMESUNG and it really is hilarious!
    SAMESUNG really need to stop focusing on screen DPI and resolution as the naked eye cannot tell the difference and what NO ONE gives a s..t about!
    The S6 better be a truly ground breaking device that changes the phone market or they will go even worse!

  • Annie Leonhardt

    πŸ˜€ I like when Android users lose. They are like “but iPhone has 2012 specs” lol. 2012 specs still outperform in benchmarks. Then they are like “Benchmarks don’t matter. iOS is boring” LOL πŸ˜€

    Take that Android users.

    • NekoMichi

      Actually that “welcome to 2012” infographic is really misleading. It lists several old iOS features as being introduced in 2014 when actually they were released as early as 2010. It’s very biased and manipulates statistics.

    • Dan

      I’m an android user and don’t really see this as losing. It’s not a competition. I prefer android for many reasons, if you prefer iOS, that’s fine. People need to grow up.

      • Annie Leonhardt

        Yeah. Those childish android users are annoying. πŸ™‚

      • Dan

        Your comments haven’t been exactly mature either fyi.

  • Jonhatan

    the iphone is lack in features samsung has way many features

    • Annie Leonhardt

      What feature can’t the iPhone do? πŸ™‚

      • TDD140

        No Split screen multitasking
        There’s no IR blaster
        It’s not waterproof
        No expansion slot

      • Annie Leonhardt

        Split Screen ==> Many Android devices don’t even have this.. lol.

        IR Blaster ==> Also many Androids without this… (can be done with cheap ir dongle for iPhone)

        Not WaterProof ==> There’s like 2 Android devices that are waterproof… Why have your phone near water in the first place? Gimmick.

        No expansion slot ==> Good point. An expansion slot would be nice. (But there is a dongle for that too if it gets that serious)

      • TDD140

        All good points, however having a waterproof/ water resistant phone (yes I know the difference) in my opinion is quite a nice feature to have. It’s nice having one less thing to worry about that could mess up your phone.

      • So, ’cause many Android phones don’t have it, it’s alright for Apple to remain behind with them yet charge the same price? I don’t get your point…

      • Annie Leonhardt

        Think harder… Android is charging the same price. I’m not sure why you don’t understand. It’s pretty obvious.

        Neither android nor iOS has the features. Just because 1 of the 1000 Androids have a feature doesn’t make it a standard.

        Why did I need to explain this obvious matter to you? Don’t let it happen again.

        Apple isn’t behind anyone…

      • Right, so you’d rather pay for less than have new/innovative useful features at no extra charge…or in other words, you prefer to get ripped off…your money.

        Apple is behind in terms of what you get for your money, they’re only ahead in terms of money in the bank. Last time I checked, that’s no benefit to anyone but themselves.

      • Annie Leonhardt

        Please tell me… How are we paying for “less”. Specs? iPhone beats Android in performance… So? Not specs?

        Software? … We can Jailbreak and do anything a android can do…

        So what are you blabbering on about now?

      • First off, stop with the Android generalization, I’m talking about the Note 4.

        Second off, regarding specs, no, the Note 4 beats the iPhone 6 in terms of speed performance (youtube com/watch?v=tieXqhSCC68) and camera performance (bit ly/1FUeyoP). Also, with 3 times as much RAM as the iPhone 6, you will never worry about apps crashing in the background, nor web pages randomly reloading, resulting in terrible multi-tab browsing experience. Don’t bother pretending that’s no issue, I’ve been using jailbroken iPhones for 5 years now, that issue still exists today on the iPhone, and was a major PITA.

        Finally, regarding jailbreak, those awesome tweaks will make the iPhone lag due to the low RAM in the iPhone. Regardless, that’s only software, no jailbreak tweak will provide the digitizer pen features of the Note 4.

      • Annie Leonhardt

        So you pick the only Android device that barley beats the iPhone as the general Android market? You failed and proved my point.

        You just proved we aren’t paying for less. Thanks champ. IPhone is on par with the best Android device on the market.

        But hey, Apple isn’t losing 60% revenue a year like Samsung.

        Also android needs those specs to operate. Android is a heavy OS that uses more than a gig of ram with nothing running compared to iOS 200mb.

      • Where did I imply that it’s the general Android market? If you’re going to look at all Android devices and claim the latest iPhone (which was released after them) beats them, might as well look at the past I phones too and notice how they get beaten by the Android phones that were released after them.

        Right, it’s “on par” by having less to offer for the money…makes iSense.

        As for Apple’s money, yeah, they’re making billions of $ that you’ll never touch nor benefit from, and laughing at people like you that mindlessly follow them.

        Android needs those specs to operate? SMH. Then how do you explain a years ago phone like the Galaxy S2 being able to run a later version of Android faster than previous versions (youtube com/watch?v=01NnZIWzlJc)? Oh right, you can’t, you’re just repeating what you heard on TV.

      • Annie Leonhardt

        Droid sheep. Enjoy your note 4 with 1.9gb available. And each app taking up 100+ mb using up resources quickly. πŸ™‚

        I’m beating you with my “2012” specs xD

        Enjoy the defeat DroidSheep. Keep lurking on the iPhone blogs. πŸ˜‰ you’ll be joining us soon.

      • Haha, now resorts to ignoramus name calling when it’s got no counterargument…you go iSheep, suck on Apple’s cock till you pass out, Tim Cook would be proud of you.

        PS. I’ve never bought nor owned a Samsung phone. Went from 5 years of jailbroken iPhone to the OnePlus One.

      • Annie Leonhardt

        Oneplus sucks. Btw. I am @kallen on the Oneplus forums ;D 870+ invites shared. πŸ™‚

      • At least I can have a very immersive multi-tab browsing experience (30+ tabs) without tabs randomly reloading, I can make my phone look and work as I please, I never worry about battery life, and I get the greatest bang for my buck. If the OnePlus sucks, the iPhone is dead incompetent.

      • Annie Leonhardt

        Hope you know I do own the Oneplus… You’re not fooling anyone. That phone is the buggiest android on the market. It’s pure trash.

        Who cares about browser tabs?
        Jailbroken iPhone can do the same for the children who have no jobs and want to “theme” their device.
        iPhone 6 battery is a beast.

        Your Oneplus will stop working like everyone else. Enjoy your crap customer service. It will cost you $200+ for any repair. Cheap bum πŸ˜€ can’t afford an iphone? Lol

      • Haha, poor thing, thinks unnecessarily separating themselves from their cash makes them cool. A fool and their money will always depart πŸ˜€

        Money is no problem for me, you probably won’t be doing your cunt job in the first place if I didn’t do mine of supplying power to your workplace…

        Regarding bugs, nothing as bas as what iOS 8 was. And thanks to the community, all problems I’ve had were easily fixed without the need to wait for a whole new OS nor the need to restore my entire phone.

      • Annie Leonhardt

        The Oneplus forum users say otherwise.

        πŸ˜€ lying sack of crap. OPO has HARDWARE issues that are unfixable. There’s a reason you’re lurking on the iPhone blogs;) looking to come back. Lulz. You’re not fooling anyone.

      • Tronjheim79

        “Refinements,” murmured Dumbledore, “not feature creep. Precisely.”

      • NekoMichi

        iPhone lacks the specialised credit card holder slot between the screen glass and the casing. Note 4 has this covered.

      • Dan

        yeah… I have a Note 4, that’s not true, same as people claiming the iPhone bends.

      • NekoMichi

        Yeah, I imagine that the “gapgate” issue wasn’t as bad as people claimed. But it goes to show how both sides tend to focus on one flaw (whether actually true or not) of their rival and blow things out of proportion.

  • Ted Forbes

    No one is saying Samsung S5 and Note 4 are not great devices, its just that Apples got the edge and they fail to take it away, they came pretty close but that was not good enough. Samsung should have hid their sales away, on the larger phones and fablets, kept their mouth shut and kept Apple as far away from their Ads as possible but they didn’t, so now, it looks like its over the cliff for them and its seems this is just a matter of time.

  • Annie Leonhardt

    You know I am the legendary @kallen | The Angel of Invites πŸ˜‰

    I had the OPO since June. After a few months you will start having hardware issues just like everyone else in the secret Oneplus Google Hangout chat. Most of the mods don’t even like the phone anymore and have switched. They only stay around because of the community. I’m on the forums and chat every day because the users are pretty cool to chat with. Everyone secretly dislikes the phone and company Oneplus. You barley got the phone and you think it’s golden. xD Give it two more months and watch your device wear down, heaphone jack will no longer work, battery life will significantly decline, it will begin to randomly reboot, apps will force close, pixels will die, and you’ll just be looking stupid thinking a RMA will help you. lol. You will realize VERY quickly, you get what you pay for. It’s only a matter of time now.

    PM me on the forums @kallen. Replying here is a hassle.

    • Nothing worse than the random reboots of iOS, common app crashes (due to low RAM), and bendgate “non-issue” (bit ly/1sQlf29) on the iPhone 6 side…replace your iPhone all you like, you’ll still be stuck with the app crashes and “premium” tin-can design. Then you’ll realize you’re just departing yourself from your money like a fool…

      • Annie Leonhardt

        My iPhone works like a charm. Outscores the OPO by 6,000 on Atuntu πŸ˜‰ Mad? is that it? you’re mad your you got beat by an iPhone with “2012” specs LOL.

        Get mopped, kid.

  • Dan

    Android may be better for some and iOS may be better for others.

    I like to automate my phone, have it turn on certain functions when I am at work, at home or in the car. I like to quickly transfer videos of any kind on my micro sd. I like to be able to theme, change icons, without jailbreaking. I use NFC to launch certain apps or settings. The list goes on, and for those reasons, android is superior to iOS when it comes to me needs.

    I’m not r3tarded, to put it in your words, to say that android is better for everyone and it would be as equally ignorant to say the same of iOS.

    • Annie Leonhardt

      πŸ˜€ awesome