Decade in review: 10 years of the biggest stories in Android and Google

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Ten years. It's an impossibly long time in the tech space, and it's similarly impossible to highlight all of the major events and stories that shaped the world during the period. So we're not going to do that.

Instead, we're going to highlight a few of what we think are the biggest Google and Android-related stories from each year in this decade, starting with 2010.

We're not pretending this is every story pertaining to Android and Google. Not even close. These were the ones our editors considered the most interesting, the most dynamic, the most controversial. These were the ones we remembered.

AC Staff
  • My heart stays with the Nexus 9 tablet, I loved it
  • I loved early Google+, I met and interacted with a lot of Android nerds that had the same passion I did for the phones. It's a shame it went down.
    Even though I no longer have an Android phone the Motorola Droid and Moto X (2014) are still my favorite phones I ever owned. The Galaxy Nexus is second.
    The first part of the decade will always have fond memories for me. Besides the constant barrage of new phones my life was simpler back then. Adulting sucks.
  • The Note 7 thing was way overblown
  • 2010 - You forgot Apple trolls. Android reached feature parity with iOS and this brought out all the frothing Apple fans.
  • Decade isn't over till end of next year
  • Look at this for the decade.
    The 2000's started in 2000, and ends in 2019. From 2000 to 2019 is 10 years which equals one decade.
    January 1st, 2020 starts the decade of the 2020's and ten years later (a full decade) will end on December 31st, 2029.
  • Hmmmm 2000 to 2019 is 19 years just saying I guess if you are using common core math maybe 2000 to 2019 might equal 10 years
  • I'm siding with Kitwalz on this one!
    But, look backs often come as a milestone is approaching, so the article is fine.
  • 2010 - 1st yr, 2011-2nd, 2012-3rd, 2013-4th, 2014-5th, 2015-6th, 2016-7th, 2017-8th, 2018-9th, 2019-10th yr. Unless you want to quibble about 8 days. Guess that is really for the 'decade isn't over until end of next year' comment that started this miss-math excursion.
  • Every day is a new decade
  • The decade is over next year, but this decade for this article, which he sates, is 2010-2019.
  • They qualify that it is 2010-2019, which is a decade, just not THE decade, which is 2011-2020.
  • This is fascinating--nice work, guys!
  • I had 3 Huawei phones and would still be using them, but, living in the USA...well, you know updates & patches would be a problem, not to mention making sure they work on the carrier networks.
    I don't root/flash/mod any more so it would have to be 100% stock.
    Sad...I REALLY loved the Huawei phones.
  • This was perhaps the decade where the most outstanding qualities in it have been stupidity, ignorance, mediocrity, selfishness and just sheer greed. That is nothing new, but this decade sure stands out in terms of the level at which all those things grew and unfurled before our very eyes...and how we all glorified them. With all that we got more tribalism, division, virtue signalling, the perpetually outraged, and and a regression in terms of our rights and freedoms, nevermind a worrisome and very real increase in inequality and poverty. It is astounding that with all the technological innovation and advances we have had this decade, our level of education has decreased and that of ingnorance has increased. We are literally stupider than we were ten years ago. We have sacrificed reason, critical thinking and the use of common sense as well as the ability to interpret the information available at our fingertips for convenience, trends, hashtags and a fake sense of moral superiority. We are ruled by "influencers" and "benevolent" multinational corporations that have brought us the "gig economy", which basically amounts to the "bartering economy" that was popular in the Middle Ages. Being fake and superficial is what sells and gets you ahead. What a sad place this world has become. But we are too deaf, dumb and blind to realize it, as we stumble ever closer to the precipice... That is a long winded way to say, we are soo f**ked...