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Learn More about Android Version History

What is your Android version? Do you already use Android 9.0 Pie? Well, you should know that Android has been going on a long evolution before able to offer a great operating system like today. If you are curious about the Android version history, let’s check out the brief story here.

The Early Days of Android

Android mobile operating system made a public debut on 2007 with Android beta. However, the official commercial version release was started on September 2008 with Android 1.0. At that time, the version 1.0 and 1.1 were not released under a specific code name, though Android 1.1 was unofficially known as Petit Four. The early days of Android operating system were pretty basic. However, the software already offer  early integrated Google apps like Gmail, YouTube, Maps, Calendar, and so on.

The Start of Android Code Name Tradition

In 2009, Android made a unique approach for its operating system name tradition. Releasing Android 1.5, it was born with a name Cupcake that started confectionary-themed version name tradition until today. Android Cupcake brought some innovations in smartphone including first on-screen keyboard, third-party app widgets, and video recording.

After Cupcake, other Android versions followed with its refinements including:

  • Android 1.6 Donut, introduced a different variety of screen sizes and resolution also CDMA networks.
  • Android 2.0 and 2.1 Éclair, introduced voice-guided navigation, real time traffic info, live wallpaper, speech-to-text function, and a pinch to zoom ability.
  • Android 2.2 Froyo, introduced standard dock at the bottom of home screen, Voice Actions, and Flash support.
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread, introduced the start of Android’s OS appearance with green and black design.
  • Android 3.0 to 3.2 Honeycomb, introduced holographic design for tablet, on-screen buttons for navigational commands, overflow menu button, and card-like UI.
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, introduced a modern design era of Android with unified UI vision with holographic design and swipe away ability to notifications and recent apps.
  • Android 4.1 to 4.3 Jellybean, introduced Google Now, multiuser support, Quick Settings panel, and ability to place widgets on lock screen.
  • Android 4.4 KitKat, introduced a lighter and more neutral appearance design and OK Google support.
  • Android 5.0 to 5.1 Lollipop, introduced material design standard, hands-free voice command for OK-Google, multiple users on phone, and priority mode for notifications.
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow, introduced Now-On-Tap, fingerprint reader and USB-C support.
  • Android 7.0 to 7.1 Nougat, introduced a split screen mode and Google Assistant.
  • Android 8.0 to 8.1 Oreo, introduced native picture-in-picture mode, notification snoozing option, Project Treble feature, and aligning Android and Chrome OS.
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The Latest Android Version

Today, the latest version in 2018 is Android 9.0 Pie. It introduced a single multifunctional Home button, a series of gesture based-commands, a more effective screenshot management, and many more.

So, did you experience all those Android version?