1.2 billion apps downloaded worldwide last week

(Rachel Schwartz/ABC7)

January 3, 2012 7:08:14 PM PST
It was a record setting holiday season for downloading apps.

A new report says a record-breaking 1.2 billion apps were downloaded worldwide last week, 60 percent more than normal.

Americans downloaded 509 million apps, almost half the worldwide total.

The Chinese downloaded the second most, with 99 million apps, with the United Kingdom coming in third with 81 million downloads.

Experts say gift cards to app stores and new devices under the tree probably contributed to the total.