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Apple in good cheer over a billion-dollar Christmas and New 12 months on the App Retailer

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The week after Christmas is a lazy one, however the App Retailer was working extra time. Apple triumphantly introduced at present that the late vacation season introduced in additional than a billion in purchases on its cellular market.

Certainly, $300 million got here in on New 12 months’s Day alone, presumably as everybody made unwise in-app purchases to get by their hangovers. And $890 million was spent within the week beginning Christmas Eve, although, sadly, Apple doesn’t break it down additional than that.

Extra granular numbers would have been useful, as it could have allowed us to match them to Sensor Tower’s report that Christmas Day had a complete of $196 million in cellular spending, excluding China — up about 12 p.c from final yr.

Simply as a thought train: If we have been to divide that quantity equally all through the week, that places Apple at round $126 million on the 25th, leaving $70 million for Google. That’s simply spitballing, after all, as Google hasn’t launched any information like this, and excluding China tilts the numbers in Apple’s favor.

Each corporations’ app shops, nevertheless, pointed on the holidays’ true winner: Amazon. The Alexa app topped the free charts on each platforms, and Amazon proudly crowed that it had bought out of virtually each new Echo gadget.

“Hundreds of thousands” of units costing wherever from $25 to $250 add as much as fairly a sum, and, after all, the devices are little greater than perennial reminders to enroll in Prime and purchase much more stuff you don’t want.

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