Cloud Computing: Google+, Android, Chrome Top Google Products in 2011
Google's mobile operating system is firing on all cylinders. The platform started the year with 25 percent to 30 percent market share and will end it with more than 50 percent share worldwide, putting further distance between itself and Apple iOS, and all but burying the flagging Research in Motion BlackBerry OS and Microsoft Windows Phone. And the momentum is still building, as Android forefather Andy Rubin said Dec. 20 that 700,000 Android devices-smartphones, tablets and TVs-are being activated each day all over the world.
As 2011 speeds to a close, it's time to reflect on companies' top products or achievements for the year. Google had a solid year on many fronts, carrying on its tradition with its search engine and expanding Android to be the dominant mobile platform for smartphones. The company also launched Google+, its belated answer to Facebook's giant social network, and continued development on its popular Chrome Web browser. We should also applaud Google for its green efforts, and for its work in sprinkling artificial intelligence into driverless cars and in powering homes via its Android@Home initiative. eWEEK walks through some of the more successful products and moves the company made in 2011.