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All signs suggest tablets were very popular Christmas presents this year. Analytics firm Flurry...

All signs suggest tablets were very popular Christmas presents this year. Analytics firm Flurry claims tablets made up 51% of all iOS (AAPL) and Android (GOOG) device activations it detected on Dec. 25, compared with just 20% from Dec. 1-20. In total, Flurry detected 17.4M Christmas activations, up over 2.5x from 2011's 6.8M. One caveat: Flurry relies on data shared by its huge app network to determine activations. Hence its numbers could be affected by download activity and changes in the size of the network. (IDC forecasts)
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  • Sal Marvasti
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    great for apple not do much google.
    29 Dec 2012, 07:27 AM Reply Like
  • gensearch2
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    1/2 of the activations were tablets. I suppose that means the other half was smartphones. People were more likely to hold the tablets they bought to give as Xmas presents.

     

    The tablet market is growing .... we knew that.
    They were given as Xmas presents .... not exactly shocking news.
    29 Dec 2012, 10:36 AM Reply Like
  • mitchad1
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    "App Spike: On Christmas Day, the number of app downloads for iPhones and iPads soared 87% over an average day in December, CNET noted. Better still for Apple, sales generated by those downloads surged 70% over a typical December day, according to industry research firm Distimo. If Christmas Day downloads provide a yardstick, a lot of people received iPads as gifts this year. Downloads of iPad apps spiked 140% on Christmas Day, with revenue from those apps jumping 83%. Hot on the list of apps were Google‘s (NASDAQ:GOOG) iOS maps app, Disney‘s (NYSE:DIS) Where’s My Holiday?, and Microsoft‘s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Skype."

     

    http://bit.ly/RYFPBP
    29 Dec 2012, 05:27 PM Reply Like
  • aardvark3
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    And not all tablets are activated IMMEDIATELY.
    29 Dec 2012, 11:25 AM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    they most likely are once they are turned on :)
    29 Dec 2012, 12:09 PM Reply Like
  • rocback
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    I see a good year ahead for Apple.
    29 Dec 2012, 01:15 PM Reply Like
  • sduris
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    Indeed.
    29 Dec 2012, 01:59 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    Got our kid a Android-based tablet for XMas - he loves it / hasn't got off it since. Between Amazon AppStore and GetJar, he got all the apps he wanted. One of the better XMas presents we've ever gotten him (besides stock shares).
    29 Dec 2012, 08:20 PM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    yup. just on free apps alone, Android tablets are perfect for the kids. mine is using my HP touchpad loaded with android
    29 Dec 2012, 08:46 PM Reply Like
  • gensearch2
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    Are you indicating that your child's Xmas present has a statistical significance in all the millions of tablets purchased for Xmas presence?
    30 Dec 2012, 07:59 AM Reply Like
  • gensearch2
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    Mitt Romney has an iPad and has never bought an app; he's quite proud of that. Which makes the iPad a perfect choice for your son and all the people who have a net worth through at least $200 million.

     

    How many free apps are there in iTunes store?
    How many free apps are there in the Play store?
    How many free apps are there in the Amazon store?

     

    That way we'll know which is the more "perfect" tablet for kids and tight wad multimillionaires.

     

    BTW ... Are you recommending that people buy HP Touchpads? How many do you estimate were purchased for this Xmas?
    30 Dec 2012, 08:04 AM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    Sounds like you're bitter that Itunes has never really given you any apps for free.

     

    Ever consider a Nexus on the side?
    30 Dec 2012, 08:06 AM Reply Like
  • sduris
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    LMAO on that one!
    30 Dec 2012, 01:03 PM Reply Like
  • dmarilley
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    I can't rum Mathematica 9.0 on an ipad, and it was a discounted 465 dollar app, but it runs well on my 1800 dollar xps.
    30 Dec 2012, 01:06 PM Reply Like
  • gensearch2
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    I've got plenty of free apps and I'm certainly not bitter.

     

    Why don't you answer the questions?
    31 Dec 2012, 08:11 AM Reply Like
  • gensearch2
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    Oh !!!.... You don't know that there are free apps at the app store in iTunes !!! I get it now.

     

    Let me be the first to tell you that there are free apps at the app store. There really are. In fact, there is a whole section labelled free apps.

     

    You HP tablet people aren't very well informed. Are you awared of what HP decided to do with their awesome tablets product line?
    31 Dec 2012, 08:19 AM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    Of course I am. The HP touchpad is really only useful at this point if you load android on it. But for a $99-149 tablet, it still beats the socks off most other 10" tablet in that price range.

     

    And for the record, Android offers more free apps than Itunes. That's well-establish. Amazon offers a free PAID app every day.

     

    Android is also infinitely more customizable offering things like widgets, and support for external storage via USB and microSD/SD etc.
    31 Dec 2012, 08:20 AM Reply Like
  • gensearch2
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    Instead of using rum try a single malt scotch.
    31 Dec 2012, 08:22 AM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    I was just stating facts. We're a fairly average family, of modest means. I'm sure if you add up all of the "other than iPad" tablet purchases that were made for Christmas presents by people like us, it would be statistically significant.

     

    You Apple people are so damn sensitive. I'm glad you enjoy your expensive tablet, and your expensive apps.

     

    Happy New Year
    31 Dec 2012, 10:15 PM Reply Like
  • gensearch2
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    Apple people aren't sensitive. It's the Android people that are obsessed with Apple. I don't really care what car you buy, what television you buy, what refrigerator you buy, or what tablet you buy. From what I can discern about other Apple users they don't care either.

     

    Some time ago, for educational purposes, I went reading some Android blogs/threads. All the damn people would talk about was iOS. Insane. Get a life. What smartphone or tablet someone uses doesn't determine quality of life. It's a toy. Sometimes a useful toy, sometimes it's just a toy. I know Android smartphone users that save a lot of money and time with Android apps. They don't have any, they don't want any; they don't check their e-mail; they don't get on the web; they don't stream video or play musice. They use their Android phones to make phone calls and get voicemail. But they're happy they have an "Open OS" and they paid less than what they would have paid for an iPhone. I'm happy for them.

     

    IT Security was my career and based on how I use my mobile devices security is a very high priority. I wouldn't consider Android for a second. And every IT security company I know trashes Android as worthless. At the same time, I know that the vast majority of users don't give a thought to security and never will. Nor do I care whether security is a priority for you. That's your decision.

     

    Why are you and chopchop even here if you're not obessessed with Apple? You two have some serious insecurity problems that you need to look inward and address.

     

    Happy New Year.
    1 Jan 2013, 08:11 AM Reply Like
  • gensearch2
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    "if you add up all of the "other than iPad" tablet purchases that were made for Christmas presents by people like us, it would be statistically significant."

     

    So what? Why do you think that's important. Are you going to go compare the brands of shirt or sock purchases of statistical significance?
    1 Jan 2013, 08:14 AM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    Hardly gensearch. You made the decision to come respond to this post with your pro aapl views as usual

     

    Plenty of aapl fans are very sensitive for the premium they pay and the functionality they give up. You're no different

     

    Interesting that the first mention of iPad was made by you in this thread
    1 Jan 2013, 08:15 AM Reply Like
  • gensearch2
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    I asked specifically what the record was ... numerically.

     

    Lay them out and provide links to the sources.

     

    App store free apps"
    Play store free apps:
    Amazon free apps:
    Windows 8 free apps:

     

    The USB storage and Android OS introduces a security vulnerability. That's something you can accept; I find unacceptable. That vulnerability alone makes Android DOA as a mobile device that I want to use. You don't care. Fine. No skin off my back.

     

    I love that "infinitely more customizable". What a great criteria! An insecure platform that's infinitely more customizable.

     

    I couldn't even get a Samsung Galaxy IIIs to sync with iTunes and tried Samdung s/w, and two other apps; from reading the tech support areas I wasn't alone. How much time was I supposed to spend getting the Galaxy to sync with iTunes? When it looked like from reading tech support the answer was "don't use iTunes". Infiinitely customizable and can't sync with iTunes. Sweet.

     

    There are free offers for paid apps at the app store. I haven't bothered to count how many free apps are offered over various time periods.
    1 Jan 2013, 08:25 AM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    Amazon has a free one every day. That alone outdoes the iTunes app store. most are decent, some suck

     

    And if you are inserting random USB sticks and microSD into your device then you deserve whatever security issues that arise
    1 Jan 2013, 08:33 AM Reply Like
  • gensearch2
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    Ok. You don't know. I can't imagine any one is surprised.

     

    Even Samsung is bailing out on Android.

     

    http://read.bi/Xjms8g
    2 Jan 2013, 02:52 PM Reply Like
  • gensearch2
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    I said nothing about inserting random USB stick and micro SD cards in my mobile device.

     

    Have you ever heard of people losing their mobile phones or mobile tablets? Or has that possibility eluded you? The capability represents a vulnerability that Google doesn't address. That's but one of the many reasons why every decent IT security company will stay as far as they can from Android.

     

    How many S&P 500 companies are adopting Android? There's a reason their IT people don't recommend it. Now perhaps you think you know a lot more than the IT people of all the S&P 500 companies and all the IT security companies out there. I have my doubts if you can't fathom what that particular vulnerability opens up.

     

    I understand and accept that you don't care about mobile OS security. That's perfectly fine. Nor do I even want to try to convince you that you should. Use Android. Use your awesome state of the art HP tablet. You bought a tablet that the company quickly figured out had no life. Pat yourself on the back.

     

    I'm sure you can get a great deal on a Nexus Q. Buy a couple; give them away to friends and family for their upcoming birthdays.
    2 Jan 2013, 03:06 PM Reply Like
  • gensearch2
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    My first response to this story was to paraphrase. .... It didn't tell us anything we didn't already know. I said nothing about either platform. Maybe you call that pro AAPL view; so be it.

     

    Then you come along and tout that you bought an HP tablet [which ran Web OS BTW, since discontinued]; installed Android on it. Now what does that have to do with this Xmas sales?

     

    I'm not even sure why you would embarass yourself by admitting the you bought a product that the company concluded was a failure. But ok, you don't think very deep.

     

    I ask

     

    How many free apps are there in iTunes store?
    How many free apps are there in the Play store?
    How many free apps are there in the Amazon store?

     

    Asking how many free apps each store has to offer. ...
    You call that pro AAPL bias? Fine. How would I reprase that question so that it was neutral? I'm going to enjoy seeing that one.

     

    dmarilley says that he can't rum Mathimatica 9 on an iPad. He can't type either, but I'll take him at his word. That sounds like a mathetica problem and it would make some sense to post that on some mathematica thread somewhere for the people that would be interested in that. That would make sense. Or, if he wanted to make it germane to ipad sales, then he ought to give us a hint as to how many mathematica users are interested in buying an ipad in the market of a couple hundred million buyers.

     

    I'm sorry, but what you bought your kid for Xmas or what someone else bought their kid for Xmas is called "anecdotal" and worthless as a piece of information. Someone who uses mathematica should probably know that, but apparently doesn't.
    2 Jan 2013, 03:30 PM Reply Like
  • Michael O'Neill
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    I think this really is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get on board the Apple stock train at these bargain basement rates (10 x PE/7 x PE if you deduct the cash) if you missed it in previous years.

     

    They are clearly the only smartphone or tablet to own. Everyone I know who choose a cheaper variety has regretted it, and seem to make excuses as to why they have not purchase an Apple (we now it is only price). Not businessman or trendsetter would be seen dead with one of the copycat products. Sure there will always be room for cheaper and low-cost models such as the Samsung range but it is clear Apple has targeted the premium section. Let's not forget Apple make 2-3 times the profit per device than the other brands having to sell at much lower price points/margins to win any sales.

     

    All the indications are pointing to a blowout earnings season and that is without China Mobile selling the iPhone 5 (they were still selling the iPhone 4/4GS and iPad though which still sold well). China Mob are expected to add another 25-35m iPhones 5 in 2013 plus similar numbers of iPads. They will all help propel the company's earnings forwards next year and into 2014.

     

    Let's not forget Apples new products line-up only just released too - iPad mini looks like Apple own initial sales projections are up to 100% to low (the next version will have retina display and be a huge hit of course which is the one I am waiting for), all new iMacs, new MacBooks with retina etc that are only still being rolled out around the globe. Plus new products such as Siri search (a possible Google beater in the fast growing mobile search arena and an ad revenue stream for the future), plus iTV of course which Apple are now testing.

     

    We all know (according to various research firms such as IDC) the tablet market will double in the next three years and they predict Apple will only lose 3-4% of this market to new lower cost entrants. For smart phones Apple are increasing market share also in a market that will double.

     

    We all know once you buy one Apple product you buy more as their quality and experience is so superior to the rest. This bodes well then for sales of all other hardware, plus of course the hugely increasing revenues from the iTunes ecosystem of movies, books, and music. I have no doubt the Apple iTV will be a huge success too with millions of loyal customers worldwide wanted one as soon as it becomes available.

     

    Yes, for sure - jump on board the Apple train whilst it has stopped at the station. The future is bright, the future is Apple.
    30 Dec 2012, 05:27 AM Reply Like
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