Android and iOS devices prove a big hit at Christmas

The popularity of smartphones got a major boost over Christmas with more than 6.8 million Android or iOS devices being activated on Christmas Day, according to industry estimates.

That's more than double the number activated on Christmas Day 2010.

Andy Rubin, Google's senior vice president of mobile, has tweeted that more than 3.7m Android devices alone were activated over the Christmas weekend.

And statistics from Flurry Analytics suggest 242 million apps were downloaded on Christmas Day too.

The peak time for downloading new apps on Christmas Day was between 7pm and 10pm, the company said.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.