In the past 15 years, mobile phones were just a media of communication. But now they have given us full functionality and none among this generation kids can live without it. To point it out, development in the smart phones era made human life easy and as well lazy. All these changes are brought up by the Operating systems and User interfaces that provide huge comfort to the user. Out of these, Android happens to be the most used and trending Operating systems developed by Google. Here in this article, you get the Android Version history in a brief. Wouldn’t you like to just go through them once? After all the love towards Android, it is glad to know something of the Android Version history too.

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Android Version History


So, let us now see the Android Version history and some facts about them. Google developed various versions of this Android mobile operating system with fresh looks and ease of access. The first version of Android is developed by Andy Rubens and his group at Palo Alto, California. Later it was acquired by Google and continued its development. Each and every version are interestingly named with different eatables and in an alphabetical order. I guess you must’ve figured it by now.

Android enables user comfort and also gives its developers a rich experience to form communities and develop innovative applications and interfaces. This must be the reason for its success. Don’t you feel the same? Now, coming to the Android Version History, the below are the versions of Android from the very start to the present.

Android Alpha & Beta versions

alpha and beta android

These are the very first versions of Android that are not yet released to the end users (us). Andy Rubens and his team initially developed this version. Android 1.0 was also known as Alpha Version and Android 1.1 as Beta version and both were released early in 2009 (not to the end users though). In this various commercial and social services were added with bug fixes and minor improvements.

Cupcake Version – 1.5

Android cupcake

This is the first version of Android for the users to experience on their smart phones. The features added were, on-screen keyboard, video capabilities and the ability for developers to create their own widgets. Various Bluetooth supports were also added.

Donut version – 1.6

Android Donut

Android Donut was released late in 2009 with minor updates relative to the cupcake version. After this update, the OS was able to run on different aspect ratios and resolutions. This also added support for CDMA devices.

Eclair Version – 2.0 to 2.1

Android Eclair

Android 2.0 was launched along with the original Motorola Droid on Verizon very shortly after its release. The device was equipped with a huge change in UI, and Eclair brought support for HTML5. This update made users maintain multiple Google accounts on a single device.

Froyo Version – 2.2 to 2.2.3

Android Froyo

Android 2.2 Froyo made its entry into the market in the summer of 2010. The Nexus One device first got this update. With Froyo, the smart phones had some features enabled, like USB tethering and WiFi Hotspot etc. These features offered sharing of data and internet connections with the other devices.

GingerBread Version – 2.3 to 2.3.7

Gingerbread version Android

Android 2.3 was launched in the same year with the Google’s Nexus S phone by Samsung. This version was a head start for the raise of Android in the market. Gingerbread was provided with front-facing camera to take Selfie shots (which now is the most used feature by teenagers and other youngsters, actors etc) and with many minor changes in access and performance. This added support for extra large resolutions for different sizes. And with the release of Gingerbread, Samsung had proudly made its entry in developing the smart phones at lower costs with the release of Samsung Galaxy Y. Galaxy Y was once the most used smart phone and was a revolution in the history of smart phones. In fact, there are still many, who are using the very same model.

HoneyComb Version – 3.0 to 3.2.6

Honeycomb version Android

Honeycomb was Google’s first real attempt for a tablet OS. The main features of HoneyComb were its UI design with 3D desktop support. It was reinforced on very few devices because in no time Google released the next version of Android. So, let us not discuss more about it, since it has no real value now in the market.

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Ice-cream Sandwich Version – 4.0 to 4.0.4

Ice cream sandwich Android

Android 4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich was the BIG update in Android version history that brought lot of changes in UI and also to the Application Programming Interface (API). It was enabled with Face Unlock and Android Beam. The recent apps tray was made attractive with swipe functionality. The customizable favourites and widgets were added in a separate block that gave a classic look to this version.

Jelly Bean Android Version – 4.1 to 4.3.1

Jelly Bean Android version

Google announced Jelly Bean 4.1 in its I/O developer Conference 2012. Google Now was a biggest feature of this Android version with minor design tweaks and predictive text. Voice search was also improved in the Jelly Bean Android Version. Android 4.2 introduced multiple user profiles on a single device. Jelly Bean has more update patches released compared to any other update in the Android version history recorded.

Android KitKat Versions – 4.4 to 4.4.4

Android Kitkat

Android KitKat versions (with minor updates in each version) were also launched on a new Google device, The Nexus 5. It was produced by LG with powerful specifications at its price range. Google Now launcher was added to the home screen, and some other changes as well for design and productivity. The extra feature added in this is, ART runtime. This helped users to increase their device performance and battery.

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Lollipop Version – 5.0 to 5.0.2

Android Lollipop

Android Lollipop is a BIG update again in the Android version history after Kitkat. It is the first version to use Google’s new Material Design. It also adds some new security features, multiple user access and enhanced user interface that everyone would fall in love with. The preview of lollipop was released for the audience feedback and later in November, a stable version was released along with Nexus device again, Nexus 6 this time. It was the first Phablet (Phone+Tablet) released by Google. Rumors say, this would be the last Nexus device and Google is going to stop its Nexus module and releasing a new Module called ANDROID SILVER. However, we need to wait for the future I/O Conference to get official note about this issue.

So, this is the complete Android Version history. Hope you enjoyed reading this. Do comment below your favorite Android Version. Thank You.

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