It was the year 2008 when mobile technology was revolutionized by the Android operating system developed by one and only – Google. Just like its toothsome names, Android has evolved from best to better offering wonderful and expedient features and the journey is still on.
Google, with every new launch of an Android version, give it a bizarre name of a dessert in alphabetical order, although the inaugural version was known by ‘Petit Four’. Interestingly, every time after a new version, Google establish a colossus statue of that particular version in its campus in the US. This’s indeed Amazing!
Android is an open source mobile operating system forming one of the world’s largest mobile platform. Since it’s initial release, the number of updates and its fragmented versions have been witnessed by its loyal users. Read with us about all the Android versions released so far.
Version Name: Android 1.5.
Released On: 27 April 2009
Cupcake is the third official Android version after Android 1.1 (Petit Four) and Android 1.0 (No Code Name). Although it’s no longer supported by Google yet it is the part of the history of Android versions and worth mentioning here. It was the Cupcake, that introduced the on-screen touch keyboard.
Version Name: Android 1.6.
Released On: 15 September 2009
Donut is also not supported by Google anymore. It came featured with text-to-speech functionality. Photo gallery and camera features were also enhanced along with improved search functions.
Version Name: Android 2.0 – 2.1.
Released On: 26th October 2009
Likewise, Cupcake and Donut, Google withdraw its support from Android Eclair 2.0. It exhibits more advanced features over the previous versions which include an improved version of Bluetooth, Live wallpaper, camera flash support, etc.
Version Name: Android 2.2 – 2.2.3
Released On: 20th May 2010
Almost 8 years back, Android Froyo came with awe-inspiring feature of push notifications on the home screen which is now counted among the basic features of Android phones. Besides that Froyo had come up with USB tethering, Wifi hotspot, and Adobe Flash support.
Version Name: Android 2.3 – 2.3.7
Released On: 6th September 2010
Android has brought radical enhancements with the arrival of Gingerbread version. In this version, features like NFC support, Google Talk support, efficient battery life, and selfie camera was introduced. Although Android Gingerbread 2.3 is now not supported by Google.
Version Name: Android 3.0 – 3.2.6
Released On: 22nd February 2011
Honeycomb was specifically designed by Google for tablet users to offer Android features on larger screens. Honeycomb runs only on Android tablet devices. This version is featured with web browser support, multitasking windows, system and action bar, adjustable home screen widgets and many such features.
Ice Cream Sandwich
Version Name: Android 4.0 – 4.0.4
Released On: 18th October 2011
Ice Cream Sandwich again came with the bang of many new features which is now found commonly in all the Android phones such as capturing the screenshot, face unlocks, photo editing, Android beam, etc. With the inception of Ice Cream Sandwich, users were able to set data limits so as to avoid excess usage.
Version Name: Android 4.1 – 4.3.1
Released On: 9th July 2012
With the increase in functionalities offered by Android, Jelly Bean gifted the more advanced notification features such as custom notifications and allowing the users to respond the notifications right from the home screen without even launching the app. Also, many accessibility features are added like double tap or triple tap function to zoom and magnify, gesture mode, group messaging, emoji support, etc.
Version Name: Android 4.4
Released On: 31st October 2013
To update KitKat version, extended device support was required. With this, additional features like wireless printing and default text messaging come into existence. KitKat includes 4.4W OS which was exclusively for smartwatches and Android wears.
Version Name: Android 5.0 – 5.1.1
Released On: 12th November 2014
Lollipop brings a lot of new Android features into the picture. This includes the transfer of data between two Android-enabled phone, unlock of the phone through Google sign in, Pattern lock, multiple SIM support, comprehensive search options and many more. Along with this, Android Lollipop dropped support for widgets on the phone lock screen.
Version Name: Android 6.0 – 6.0.1
Released On: 5th October 2015
MarshMallow carries on the custom of bringing additional features upon every new launch of Android version. This time, it adds ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature that mute all notifications. Another major advancement is that users could select the app permissions for better privacy. It does introduce mobile payments.
Version Name: Android 7.0 – 7.1.2
Released On: 22nd August 2016
Nougat users are facilitated to enjoy split-screen functionality to make life easy. Besides that, many other routine additions are there which includes, GIF support, more emoji with different skin colors and hairstyles, adding crucial information on the lock screen, etc. It also introduces ‘Daydream Virtual Reality’ platform.
Version Name: Android 8.0 – 8.1
Released On: 21st August 2017
This one is the latest Android version with Go edition which is the lightweight OS for low-end devices that don’t have enough storage space for the full version. Apart from that, no major feature is observed besides Auto light and dark themes.
Version Name: Android 9.0
Released On: 6th August 2018
This is the most recent version of Android OS as on the date. In this current Android version, an array of features are found including artificial intelligence. Although this version is in beta mode yet it’s embedded in all the latest Android mobile phones. The best one is turning off phone interface grey automatically at the bedtime discouraging more phone usage.
The Bottom Line
Since 2008, Google has shown root and branch reforms in its in-house Android OS. Google ensures to keep pace with the ever-changing technology to deliver services with flying colors. Android is not only a competitive OS to iOS but is trusted and believed by the majority of the world population using mobile phones. Hopefully, in the future as well, more Android versions with incredible features can be seen. Till then, make most out of the available.
Hey! My Name is Mario Dawson. I’m a professional software developer based in San Francisco & a deliberate geek. I started this blog to write everything on technology, Smartphones, and futuristic tech products.