Google’s Rubin Boasts Android’s Spectacular Holiday Season

The head of Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android division, Andy Rubin, celebrated the brand’s wildly successful holiday season with a tweet that said, “3.7 million Android devices were activated over the weekend”. The sales growth of Android devices can be seen by following Rubin’s tweets over the past year. Rubin began by celebrating a daily activation number of 300,000 in December 2010, followed by 500,000 in June of 2010 and finally 700,000 on December 20.

The announcement by Google followed a report by Flurry Analytics that Apple and Android activations combined for December 25 alone totaled 6.8 million, up from just 2.8 million last year. Flurry said that Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS and Android activations were up 353% over the holiday weekend and set a single-day activation record.

While the holiday season was nice to both Apple and Google, who is the real winner? The Guardian quoted IDC mobile analyst Francisco Jeronimo, who placed his bet on Google.  “I am expecting to see Apple as number one for this quarter, but not next. In the longer term, Android will continue to be the number one, with a market share over 50% worldwide.”

Here’s how Apple and Google shares are reacting to holiday sales news:

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG): GOOG shares recently traded at $636.08, down $3.62, or 0.57%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $473.02 to $645.00. Volume today was 473,671 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 3,092,630 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 21.68, while trailing earnings are $29.34 per share.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): AAPL shares recently traded at $401.70, down $0.94, or 0.23%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $310.50 to $426.70. Volume today was 2,112,324 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 16,562,200 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 14.51, while trailing earnings are $27.68 per share.