Different versions of Android OS

Android operating system of Google was launched in 2008. This is now the most used platform for smartphones and tablets. There are several versions starting from Apple Pie, Banana Bread, Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, ICS, Jelly Bean and the rumored Key Lime Pie.

Different versions of Android OS

Android is used by leading manufacturers like Samsung, Motorola, HTC, LG, Sony and many others. Even the low cost devices like Aakash tablets have this platform. Samsung Galaxy series of devices are getting Android ICS updates every now and then. This is a rival to the Apple's iOS that is used in iPhone and iPad.

The table below explains the different versions, their key features and release date. It explains the history of the mobile operating system.

Version Name

Key Features

Release Date 

Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich

  • stability improvements


  • better camera performance


  • smoother screen rotation

2012 Mar 28

Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich

  • Social stream API in Contacts provider to show updates associated to your contacts


  • Video stabilization and QVGA video resolution API access


  • Accessibility API refinements for screen readers


  • Calendar provider updates

2011 Dec 16

Android 4.0.2 Ice Cream Sandwich

Minor fixes

2011 Nov 28

Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich

  • Facial recognition (Face Unlock)


  • UI use Hardware acceleration


  • Better voice recognition (dictating/Voice typing)


  • Web browser, allows up to 16 tabs


  • Updated launcher (customizable)


  • Android Beam app to exchange data through NFC


  • Resizeable widgets

2011 Oct 19

Android 3.2.6 Honeycomb

Minor fixes

2011 Dec 15

Android 3.2.4 Honeycomb

  • Added "Pay as you go" for tablets

2011 Dec 15

Android 3.2.2 Honeycomb

Minor fixes

2011 Sep 30

Android 3.2.1 Honeycomb

  • Android Market updates including easier automatic updates


  • Google Books updates


  • Wi-Fi improvements


  • Chinese handwriting prediction improved

2011 Sep 20

Android 3.2 Honeycomb

  • Optimizations for a wider range of tablets


  • Compatibility display mode


  • Media sync from SD card

2011 Jul 15

Android 3.1 Honeycomb

  • UI improvements


  • Open Accessory API


  • USB host API


  • Mice, joysticks, gamepads... support


  • Resizable Home screen widgets


  • MTP notifications


  • RTP API for audio

2011 May 10

Android 3.0 Honeycomb

  • Multi core support


  • Better tablet support


  • Updated 3D UI


  • Google Talk video chat


  • Google eBooks


  • Private browsing

2011 Feb 22

Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread

  • Google Wallet support for the Nexus S 4G

-

Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread

  • Voice search issue fixed

-

Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread

  • Improved network performance for the Nexus S 4G


  • Fixed Bluetooth issues on the Samsung Galaxy S


  • Gmail app. improvements

2011 Jul 25

Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread

  • Open Accessory API


  • Voice or video chat using Google Talk

2011 May 10

Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread

  • NFC API improvements

2011 Feb 9

Android 2.3 Gingerbread

  • Updated UI


  • WebM video playback capability


  • Improved copy/paste


  • Social networking features


  • Near Field Communication support


  • Native VoIP/SIP support


  • Video call support

2010 Dec 6

Android 2.2 Froyo

  • Speed improvements


  • JIT implementation


  • USB Tethering


  • Applications installation to the expandable memory


  • Upload file support in the browser


  • Animated GIFs

2010 May 20

Android 2.1 Eclair

  • Updated UI

2010 Jan 12

Android 2.0.1 Eclair

-

2009 Dec 3

Android 2.0 Eclair

  • HTML


  • Digital zoom


  • Microsoft Exchange support


  • Bluetooth 2.1


  • Live Wallpapers


  • Updated UI

2009 Oct 26

Android 1.6 Donut

  • Gesture framework


  • Turn-by-turn navigation

2009 Sep 15

Android 1.5 Cupcake

  • Bluetooth A2DP, AVRCP support


  • Soft-keyboard with text-prediction


  • Record/watch videos

2009 Apr 30

Android 1.1 Banana Bread

-

2009 Feb 9

Android 1.0 Apple pie

-

2008 Sep 23

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