Mobile analytics site Flurry has released a teaser for its annual year-end report, and things look pretty rosy for Apple: by Flurry’s estimate, 51 percent of the smartphones activated worldwide from between December 19 and December 25 were iPhones. Android collectively took second place, with Samsung grabbing the only other double-digit activation share at 18 percent.
"To put this in perspective," writes Flurry, "for every Samsung device that was activated, Apple activated 2.9 devices. For every Microsoft Lumia device activated, Apple activated 8.8 devices."
Flurry elaborates that the category which grew the most this year is phablets, large smartphones that bridge the size gap between phone and tablet. The increase in that segment appears to have come at the expense of full-sized tablets, which shrunk from 17 percent of new device activations in 2013 down to 11 percent in 2014. There are implications here for app developers, notes Flurry: making sure apps look good on outsized phones should no longer be a secondary consideration for anyone putting together mobile applications.