As we gear up for a quiet week of relaxation, reflection, and — hey, who knows — maybe even a little regurgitation, now's a fine time to both look to the past and prepare for the future.

In the world of Android, after all, trends mean everything. And thinking back on some of the broader trends we've observed with the platform over the past 12 months can go a long way in informing us about the moves we're likely to see in the months ahead.

Take a few minutes to revisit these important bits of analysis as you brace yourself for the coming January craziness. They'll give you valuable context about where Android and Google in general are going and what broad themes are bound to dominate the discussion in 2018.

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