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.