The History Of Android Versions - CupCake To Lollipop

The android history starts from October 2003, Four guys in California founded android. They are Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears and Chris White. After it Google acquired Android in August 2005 and after it android beta version released on 12 November, 2007. Lets see what was happening further.

History Of Android Versions

History of Android Versions from Android 1.0 to 5.0 Lollipop :

1. Android 1.0 and Its features :

  • The first android device with android 1.0 is HTC Dream (G1).
  • Integration with Google services.
  • Android Market for App downloading and Updates.
  • Multitasking, Instant messaging, Bluetooth and WiFi.

2. Android 1.1 Update :

  • It was only available for T-Mobile G1.

3.Android 1.5 (Cupcake) and Its Features :

  • It was based on Linux kernel.
  • Faster camera startup and image capturing.
  • Much faster GPS Locations.
  • Onscreen keyboard.
  • Direct video upload to YouTube and Picasa.

4. Android 1.6 (Donut) features :

  • Quick search box and voice search.
  • Bettery usage indicator
  • CDMA Support
  • Multilingual text-to-speech

5.Android 2.1 (Eclair) Features :

  • Multiple accounts for email and sychronization.
  • Bluetooth 2.1 support
  • New browser interface.
  • New calendar features.

6. Android 2.2 (Froyo) Features :

  • Widgets for Homescreen.
  • Hotspot support
  • Multiple keyboard languages.
  • Adobe flash player support.

7. Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Features :

  • UI improved simple and speedy interface.
  • New keyboard for faster text input.
  • Word selection and copy/paste.
  • Internet calling.

8. Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Features :

  • Specially made for Tablet devices with large screen sizes.
  • Multitasking and rich notifications.
  • Bluetooth tethering.
  • Built in support for Media/Picture transfer protocol.

9. Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Features :

  • New Roboto type face.
  • New face unlock feature.
  • Re-arrangeable folders and screenshot.
  • Swipe to dismiss notifications and tasks.
  • WiFi Direct and Bluetooth HDP Support.

10. Android 4.1 (JellyBean) Features :

  • Faster, smoother and more responsive.
  • Google now, Offline voice dictation.
  • Better, Faster App Updates.
  • Resizable app widgets.

11. Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) Features :

  • Lock screen improvements, including widget support and the ability to swipe directly to camera.
  • Notification power controls ("Quick Settings")
  • Multiple user accounts (tablets only)
  • Accessibility improvements: triple-tap to magnify the entire screen, pan and zoom with two fingers. Speech output and Gesture Mode navigation for blind users.
  • Group Messaging.

12. Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) Features :

  • Improved game graphics with OpenGL ES 3.0.
  • Bluetooth low energy support.
  • Many security enhancements, performance enhancements, and bug fixes.
  • Clock in the status bar disappears if clock is selected as lockscreen widget.

13. Android 4.4 (KitKat) Features :

  • Refreshed interface with white elements instead of blue.
  • Clock no longer shows bold hours
  • Optimizations for performance on devices with lower specifications.
  • Removal of unofficial Flash Player support.

14. Android 5.0 (Lollipop) Features :

  • Completely redesigned UI called Material
  • Notifications on the lock screen and new pop-up alerts
  • Priority mode silences less important notifications
  • Multiple user accounts for both phones and tablets
  • New recent apps menu called Overview
  • Guest mode
  • Screen pinning
  • Battery Saver mode
  • Default device encryption
  • Smart lock unlocks devices with Bluetooth device or NFC tag


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