The first Android smartphone did not appear in 2010, but 2010 was the beginning of the wide popularity of Android smartphones. This is a period when Google has already taken a strong position in the market and has not slowed down since then. The year 2020 is on the nose, so it’s time to sum up and consider the most significant and important events in the history of the company.
Technologies of 2010
We’ll start with Nexus One. On January 5, 2010 Google introduced this device, which was produced and developed by the most popular manufacturer at that time – HTC. The device is remembered by all metal case and trackball.
The year 2010 is considered to be the time when all major players started their game in the world of smartphones. Huawei, Xiaomi, LG, Sony, Motorola, Samsung – all of them started successfully selling their Android devices around that time. At the same time, the first Chromebook Cr-48 appeared, which never entered the market. However, there was nothing to tell about it.
Oh yes, it was in 2010 that the first trials of Gogole and Oracle began. Disputes between the companies continue to this day. Oracle believes that Google developed Android without a Java license, and the company allegedly copied the Java API.
What products were shown in 2011?
At this time Google recognized the popularity of the iPad, released on April 3, 2010 and developed Android Honeycomb specifically for tablets. The system turned out to be glitchy and unsuccessful; Android manufacturers failed to compete with Apple tablets.
In the same year, the first HTC Thunderbolt LTE smartphone was introduced, Google+ service was launched and Samsung introduced the first Note-line device with a 4.3-inch screen. Believe me, at that time it seemed just huge.
Events on the smartphone market in 2012
In 2012 Google buys the company Motorola, which is sold 2 years later for 1/6 of the amount Google paid for it in 2012. The sale of Motorola smartphones under Google’s leadership was bad, but we still remember the amazing Moto X (2013), but about it a little later.
The year 2012 will be remembered by many people with another novelty – Galaxy S3. It is probably the biggest Android smartphone of all time. I still remember how envious many people were when they looked at the owners of the Galaxy S3. The device at the time offered great hardware, an AMOLED screen with HD resolution, and gesture control. For example, you could flip through pages in your browser with the movement of your eyes. It was a space gadget for its time.
In 2012 Asus introduced another stunning Android smartphone – Nexus 4. It was a great device for geeks with powerful iron and interesting design of the back panel for 300 dollars.
2013 – year of Motorola
Moto X (2013) wasn’t the most powerful technically at the time of release, but it offered amazing solutions in the form of Always On Display with AMOLED screen and Google Assistant, which could respond to the voice even if the smartphone was in sleep mode.
At the time, Moto X seemed like an iPhone among Android devices. The device had very thin side frames, and on the company’s website you could buy a custom version with different color variations, including the choice of body material.
Moto X is undoubtedly the best Google product in 2013. By the way, in the same year the company showed the world the famous Nexus 5. It had the best iron at the time, the freshest software and excellent design. So far, many people remember with warmth those times when smartphones were still more than just soulless iron.
The 2014. The first OnePlus smartphone
At this time comes the first Android Wear gadget, the first smartphone OnePlus, the first VR helmet from Google – Cardboard, the first Android with Material Design, the first premium Nexus smartphone (Nexus 6), the first budget smartphone line Redmi worth $100.
What happened to the last five years?
Surprisingly, 2015 isn’t a memorable year. Sundar Pichai became the head of Google this year, but is it that important? You can think of the Galaxy S6 Edge with its rounded edges, I definitely liked it for its technology.
In 2016, the first Google Pixel was shown, and at the same time Samsung had problems with Note 7, which exploded for no reason. I still remember the time when Apple fans ridiculed the Android owners, and not without reason, obviously. Although we all remember how the iPhone 6 was bent.
In 2017, portrait mode became popular, around this time companies began to seriously improve the camera smartphones, and the leading position was already then Google, releasing Pixel 2.
But the year 2018 is not particularly memorable, except for the release of the first frameless devices and rumors about flexible devices. Although, of course, the appearance of flexible devices should be counted exactly in 2019. This year is also quite a busy one, Motorola Razr, Galaxy Fold, Huawei Mate X were shown, the first 5G smartphones were launched. But remembering now 2013 and 2014, I understand that that was the time when the market was booming.