ADOTAS – Christmas Day in Louisville, Ky., I smirked while watching four of my cousins (ranging in age from 16 to 26) glued to their iPhones, typing, surfing, downloading, apping — whatever can be done, they were ignoring seldom-seen relatives for the warm glow of the touch screen.
Occasional bits of chatter were exchanged between the tech-enraptured: “Check out this ringtone!” “You gotta download this app!” “This is so cool!”
“Congratulations on raising a family of iPhone zombies,” I remarked to my aunt and their mother.
She snorted. “Give them a break — they just got those this morning.”
I doubt my cousins were the only ones to find new Apple toys under the tree (or beside the menorah) this year, especially considering that the Apple App Store witnessed a 51% increase in downloads from November to December, according to mobile app analytics company Flurry. That’s an impressive bump considering that October to November had only a 15% hike in downloads.
But my cousins seemed to be the exception when it came to the product Santa brought down the chimney: iPod Touch download volume saw a nearly 1,000% jump in downloads on Christmas Day, leaping past iPhone downloads.
Google Android users weren’t left out of the ap merriment — the Android Market witnessed a 20% increase in app sales, with 49% of the credit going to the Motorola Droid. Downloads from the market increased 22% from November to December, according to Flurry.