Android Versions

Android is a mobile phone Operating System officially launched by Google and currently being developed by it. It is an open-source software based on the Linux kernel, and its source code is released by Google as open-source. It was released on September 23, 2008, and the first commercially released phone running Android was the HTC Dream aka T-Mobile G1 (see Ubergizmo’s live blog during that event).

This page lists all the versions of Android and shows you the most important evolutions. Shortcuts:

Overview of Android

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Android works on many devices, including smartphones, tablets, wearable devices, Android TV, and even cars. Each manufacturer can offer a custom Android version as well, which makes it attractive for them since they can differentiate from one another.

The Android OS we see in our phones is not typically the “stock” (or “pure”) Android OS from Google. Every phone manufacturer can manipulate the original code to create a custom version with both visual and functional changes. However, Google has also partnered with renowned brands like, HTC, Samsung, LG and Motorola, etc. to launch phones with stock Android, known as “Google Nexus”.

Android is known as the most customizable mobile OS even without rooting. Android is designed for touchscreens, so all Android phones are fully or partially touch-based. Using widgets and quick app access icons, it provides all the information right on your phone’s home screen. Furthermore, it also offers great multitasking capability with the ability to navigate between multiple apps at the same time.

Android OS is constantly being developed and new features are added frequently. Apart from basic version updates, Android also gets major update releases that are normally code-named as dessert names, like Cupcake, Donut and KitKat, etc.

Android 7.0 Nougat (May 2016)

Android 6.0 Marshmallow (Oct 5 2015)

Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) is largely focused on bug fixes and improving overall performance and usability. Although, there are some upgrades and addition of new features, but they all focus on making Android easier to use.

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Android 5.1 Lollipop (Mar 9 2015)

Android 5.1 was announced on Mar 9 2015, without major fanfare. The focus was on making the Material Design introduced in Android 5.0 even better along with addition of some useful features.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop (Oct 27 2014)

In Android 5.0 (Lollipop), the biggest change from android KitKat was its new Material Design. It offered a completely different look with fast animations and intuitive interface.

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Android 4.4 KitKat (Oct 31 2013)

Android 4.4 (KitKat) came with many new features, especially for developers.

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Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (Jul 24 2013)

Android 4.3 (last version of Jelly Bean) included usability enhancements and a few new features.

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Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (Nov 13 2012)

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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (Jul 9 2012)

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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (Oct 18 2011)

Android 4.0 came with new features and improvements to some key features like typing and voice recognition.

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Android 3.2 Honeycomb (Jul 15 2011)

Android 3.2 update had more focus toward Android tablets.

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Android 3.1 Honeycomb (May 10 2011)

Some basic UI changes and device support came with Android 3.1.

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Android 3.0 Honeycomb (Feb 22 2011)

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Android 2.3 GingerBread (Dec 6 2010)

Android 2,3 mostly contained calling features and improvements to few of the built-in apps.

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Android 2.2 Froyo (May 20 2010)

Android 2.2 (Froyo) wasn’t really a huge update as compared to its future updates.

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Android 2.0 Eclair (Oct 26 2009)

Eclair mostly contained UI related updates.

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Android 1.6 Donut (Sep 15 2009)

Android 1.6 offered few features, but very important ones.

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Android 1.5 Cupcake (Apr 30 2009)

Another tiny yet really important update of features.

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There were also Android 1.0 and Android 1.1 versions, but they didn’t actually had any official names. The whole naming process started from Android Cupcake. Although Android 1.0 and 1.1 did added some basic features and applications like, camera support, YouTube app, Gmail app, Google Maps, Web Browser, download apps from Android market and ability to save attachments from MMS.

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