As the Android news agenda begins to wind itself down, we’ve decided to decided to look back on what has been a momentous year for Google’s smartphone and tablet OS. With both Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich launching over the course of the past 12 months, plus plenty of quality of apps hitting the Android Market, there’s plenty to get misty eyed and nostalgic about.
So whether you’ve just joined the Android army or have been a hardcore fan from the start, sit back, relax and watch the months roll back.
The two-horse race for tablet supremacy – In January, the tablet war was split between Apple, Android, Microsoft and Web OS. Now only Android and Apple remain, Tom Dunmore called it before anyone else.
Android in space – We’ve run a few news stories over the course of the year featuring Android’s adventures in the great cosmos but this was the first and a prelude to many others.
Android 3.0 Honeycomb in detail – February saw the release of the first dedicated Android tablet OS and we were happy to give the lowdown on the best bits of this prelude to Ice Cream Sandwich.
Create your own robot with Androidify – Androidify may have started its life as a marketing gimmick by Google but it quickly grew to be one of our most frequently used Android apps. Who knew Android avatars could be so much fun?
Flight Control lands on Android – This cartoon flight simulator app has been an office favourite ever since it arrived on Android in February. If you still still don’t own this Namco classic you can download it here.
Android is No.1 mobile platform in America - This year has undoubtedly been Android’s most dominant yet in the smartphone market. Its long running popularity in the US began in March when Google first stole the number 1 slot from Apple.
10m downloads in ten days for Angry Birds Rio - The film may have been a damp squib but that didn’t stop Rovio confirming the insane popularity of its ornotholigical app by clocking up 10 million downloads of Angry Birds Rio in just 10 days.
Paypal sues Google over NFC payment – One of the many lawsuits that Google were served with this year stemmed from current Google but ex-Paypal employees Osama Bedier and Stephanie Tilenius. They allegedly gave away Paypal trade secrets for the launch of Google Wallet and Shopper.
Android malware infections to rise to one in twelve by 2012 – These past twelve months have seen an inexorable rise in Android malware and some shocking scare headlines to accompany it. However bad the malware threat gets, we’re unsure the infection rate will rise to five per cent of all handsets by next year.
Lovers’ Guide Android app imminent – A rib-tickler of a news story if ever we wrote one, how anyone is mean’t to check their smartphone while making sweet love is beyond us.
Google acquire Motorola mobile phone unit for $12.5bn - Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility was huge news for the Android handset maker, at the time this seemed like a quick fix patent grab but it now seems Google will be making their own handsets using the imprint.
Android virus secretly records your phone calls - One of the more scary examples of Android malware discovered year was this nasty Trojan which records its users phone calls for hackers to listen to remotely. Not ideal if you’re one to divulge intimate details over the phone.
10-year-old-girl discovers Android game hack – This was up there with the most read stories on Life Of Android in the past 12 months, essentially an American girl managed to cheat her favourite Android titles by messing with the in-phone clock.
Jelly Bean code name for next Android update? - Ice Cream Sandwich may have only been released into the wild this month but rumours are already abound as to what the next desert-themed update will be named. At the moment, Jelly Bean is the front-runner.
“Is my son gay?” app causes Android Market controversy – This app to determine your son’s sexuality was met with a whirlwind of disdain in September and was subsequently removed from the Android Market. If you’re interested, the possible warning signs included an authoritarian father and too much time spent in the bathroom.
Top five: Android Ice Cream Sandwich features - Google’s fourth smartphone OS landed in October and with it came a whole raft of new features including Android Beam, Face Unlock and the ability to take panoramic camera snaps.
Adobe bring Photoshop Touch to Android – When Adobe were looking to bring a full blown Photoshop app to the tablet platform, they did so for Android rather than for Apple’s iPad. A significant victory for Google’s tablet OS.
Marvel Comics app slings onto Android – A Marvel Comics app had been sadly absent from Android until October when Spiderman, the X-Men and the Avengers finally arrived in heroic fashion.
Google lawyer: ‘Smartphone patent system is broken’ – Android has come under fire this year from a huge amount of patent litigation, so it came as no surprise patent counsel Tim Porter lashed out at Apple in this explosive interview with the San Fransisco Chronicle.
First ever Androidland store opens in Australia – ‘Anything Apple does we can do better’ seems to be Google’s general manta at the moment and that extends to launching the first dedicated store for its smartphone OS in Australia. It’s name? Androidland.
OnLive gaming arrives for Android tablets – Want to play a whole host of quality video games on your Android tbalet including LA Noire and Btaman Arkham City? Of course you and now you can with a subscription to the OnLive cloud gaming service.