In Pictures: A retrospective of Google’s Android mobile platform

Our look back on the Google smartphone and tablet platform’s progress from experiment to market leader.

To the mainstream

Android didn’t set the world on fire from the outset, finishing 2009 with about 4% of total sales, according to Gartner. A new generation of devices that began with the Motorola Droid, however, used the slick new 2.0 “Éclair” version of the OS and high-end hardware to push that figure above 22% for 2010 and 46% for 2011.

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