Android has changed totally from the day it came in the market. What an elongated, bizarre journey it’s been. Android has altered practically, visually from its initial release. Here, below is a long list of Android versions that have been released till today. So, let’s explore them one by one in the series as they had released.
- Android versions 1.0 to 1.1:-
The early days: – Android officially came in the market in the year 2008 with its very first version 1.0. This release was so early that even it didn’t have a lovely codename. Although this version didn’t have too many advanced features, for a start it was good. This software had a group of Google applications such as Gmail, Calendar, and YouTube also. They all were united in a single operating system. This version of android differs a lot from today’s version in which one can update the apps alone.
- Android version 1.5: Cupcake: –
In the next year after the birth of Android, Cupcake that is Android 1.5 was released. It has a sweet name too. Cupcake brought a wide variety of modifications to the interface of Android. of them, one is that they include the very first on-screen keyboards. This change was good as people were bored from the old pervasive physical keyboard. Moreover, Cupcake provided for downloading of third-party applications and app widgets, which rapidly changed into Android’s most unique element. Last but not the least Cupcake also brought up feature of video recording. Isn’t is good?
- Android version 1.6: Donut: –
This version of android rolled in the market in last of the year 2009. Donut came up with so many interesting features that they were enough for Android to stand apart from the crowd. First of all, from this version, operating systems got the ability to operate on various different resolutions as well as on different sized screen. Moreover, in addition to that, this version also provides provision for CDMA networks similar to Verizon, which would play an important part in Android’s success.
- Android versions 2.0 to 2.1: Éclair: –
As after the release of Cupcake, Android came on the right track and after that, so many beneficial versions are released. Éclair is one of them. Basically, this version rolled into the scene just six months after the release of Donut. It is an update of Donut. Eclair was the first Android version which had moved in mainstream awareness. The two things that led the Android to stand apart from the hustle and bustle of so many platforms. These are the original Motorola Droid phone and the Verizon. The most tremendous features which Éclair brought up are that firstly, it brought the voice-guided turn-by-turn map reading with GPS and through Éclair one can also get the real-time road traffic information. This is something which nobody had previously heard about. Apart from the Navigation, Eclair brought up real-time wallpapers to the Android. And it also made rollers for introducing the once-iOS-exceptionally pinch-to-zoom ability into Android. It was considered as the catalyst that triggered Apple’s long-term “thermonuclear battle” with the Google.
- Android version 2.2: Froyo: –
Just after a couple of months Android 2.2 version with a cute name Froyo was released. The transformations that it had brought are just wow. Froyo brought up some vital front-facing options, however, also provides the feature of the now-standard berth at the bottom of your home screen and moreover, it was the first personification of Voice Activities, which helps you to carry out some elementary functions like navigation and one can also make notes by just clicking on an icon and then ordering a command. Remarkably, Froyo also brought Flash to Android’s browser. This feature was necessary because of the extensive use of Flash in that period. It was a significant feature of the web browser as, from this, one was being able to use the full web without any kind of black fleabags. Later, it proved the best benefit that only Android platforms could offer.
- Android version 2.3: Gingerbread: –
This version gave a real pictorial identity to Android. In the year 2010, it was released and after that light green had marked up as the color of Android’s robot symbol. After the release of Gingerbread, this mascot became an essential part of the different operating system’s appearance. Now, black plus the green color leaked all over the user interface as Android had initiated its first step towards unique design.
- Android 3.0 to 3.2: Honeycomb: –
The year 2011 was a quite strange time for the Android. In this year version 3.0 that is Honeycomb was released. This version came into the market for the tablets. It was rolled into the market just to escort the promotion of the Motorola Xoom. But after this, Android viewed as a closed source platform only. Honeycomb presented a vividly reimagined user interface for the Android. The robot symbol of Android’s has changed from green to blue because of the holographic design. Though the notion of a tablet exclusive interface didn’t stay for the long-time, many of the Honeycomb’s concepts laid the basis for the Android that we know nowadays.
- Android version 4.0: Ice Cream Sandwich: –
Ice Cream Sandwich was also released just after a couple of months of Honeycomb. The Ice Cream sandwich had polished the concepts of Honeycomb and more importantly, ICS was brought up for tablets as well as phones into a single, amalgamated UI. Though most of the features of Honeycomb weren’t included in this version, it preserves the use of blue. And moreover, it also uses the core system essentials such as on-screen push button as well as a card-like look for the swapping of apps. Android 4.0 also made taking a more essential method of getting about the operating system. Ice Cream Sandwich also brought up a uniform framework called Holo.
- Android versions 4.1 to 4.3: Jelly Bean: –
It is the version that remained in the market for two years that is between 2012 and 2013. Jelly Bean basically had refined the design of the ICS. The release of this version added so much poise and refinement into the operating system. This inversion had tempted the average middle-class users to it. Apart from this, Jelly Bean also gave the very first palate of Google Now. It was a remarkable extrapolative intelligence service that sadly has since transferred into an adored news feed. More features that were given by this version are as, Firstly, it provides stretchy and cooperating notifications. Secondly, it provides an expanded voice exploration system. Thirdly, it also offers a more progressive system for showing search results.
- Android version 4.4: KitKat: –
Finally, in the year 2013, KitKat had dropped out all the dark factors of Android and helped the Android to shine again. Basically, it has removed the black color of Gingerbread and blue color of Honeycomb away from the operating system. Now, light color background came into the picture. The status bar became transparent and icons were of white color. This gave Android a more fashionable appearance. Android 4.4 also brought up the very first version of “OK, Google” support — but sadly in KitKat, this hands-free stimulates only if your screen was by this time on if you were present either at your main screen or in the Google app. It transformed so much, tactlessly, that it also had introduced a lot of disturbing errors, many of them wouldn’t be completely smoothed out until and unless the following year’s 5.1 release that is Lollipop.
- Android versions 5.0 and 5.1: Lollipop: –
This version was rolled up into the market in the fall of the year 2014. We can say that by this version, Android has transformed again. Lollipop had thrown up the Material design which is also used until present. This design is so well formed that it was stretched through all of Android, its applications and moreover, in the Google products also.
- Android version 6.0: Marshmallow: –
Though this version did not have many features, we can say it proved lucky for Android. As after this version, Android released its versions after every year and all received special popularity. The most attractive feature of Android version 6.0 marshmallows was a feature of screen exploration which is called as Now On Tap. Android 6.0 did bring together some stuff that has a long-lasting effect, however, comprising more gritty application permissions, provision for fingerprint and also provision for USB-C.
- Android versions 7.0 and 7.1: Nougat: –
In the year 2016 Android released its one more version that is Nougat. This version came up with so many tempting features like it offers an innate split-screen method, and for unifying all the notifications, a bundled-by-app system feature came up. Nougat also added some features which are small but they proved as very significant such as an alt-tab shortcut that is used for swapping between the apps. Possibly most essential among Nougat’s augmentations, however, was the introduction of the Google Assistant.
- Android version 8.0 and 8.1: Oreo: –
Google has finally rolled up its most significant version in the year 2017. The updates and features of Oreo will be accessible for all the devices that joined in the Android Beta program. Oreo adds a wide range of ins and outs to the platform, together with an innate picture-in-picture mode, a notification sleepy option and it also offers a notification network from which one can have full control over how the various kinds of applications can alert them. Oreo also provides some notable elements that promote Google’s aim of lining up the Android and Chrome OS as well as refining the experience of using the Android platform on Chrome books.
- Android ‘P’: –
In the coming future, Android P will release with an attractive codename. At present, this version is in the public beta screening as because Google works up for its summer launch. Things could still change between its final launch. But at present, Android P’s most significant change is its crazy new gesticulation steering system.