Date: May 10, 2010
Complex says: Led by those awesome Droid commercials and its open-source-friendly App Market, Android became the preferred mobile platform in 2010. The Google-powered handsets pushed major sales for Verizon, propelled Sprint’s 4G phones to mainstream success, and spawned several phone franchises—such as the Samsung Galaxy S—to help it move past the likes of the iPhone and BlackBerry. Second only to Nokia in worldwide market share (with 25 percent), Google showed how free software pays in the long run.