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Google's Android OS was initially released in 2008 and it's continually receiving several updates that keep it loaded with new features.
Android has progressed from Android 1.0 that isn't much popular to Android Cupcake to the most recent iteration, the Nougat. Undoubtedly, all the Android updates have been coming with some new features and enhancements and the same was rolled out to the devices running the OS.
If you are an Android device user, then you might have received updates to newer iterations of the OS on your device, but you might not be clear on what changes the update would bring about. In that case, here, we at GizBot, have come up with a pictorial illustration of the evolution of Android, the updates that were rolled out to the OS, the new features that it got in each update, etc.
This pictorial representation is just to give you an understanding of the Android platform and the features that each update has brought into the operating system. Take a walk down the memory lane of Android and explore all the tasty treats that Google has given its users to relish.
Android 1.5 Cupcake
Android 1.5 Cupcake was the first iteration of the Android OS to get a sweet name. It brought in support for widgets, animated transitions while moving from one home screen to another, automatic screen rotation feature and stock boot animation.
Android 1.6 Donut
Soon after Cupcake, the Donut update was rolled out with enhanced search functionality, support for WVGA screens with 480x800 pixel resolution.
Android 2.0/2.1 Eclair
Android Eclair came with significant changes. Its prime focus was on personalization, and it added features like live wallpapers and multiple desktop support.
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Android 2.2 Froyo
This update came up with an important feature that let Android users control their devices without even touching. Well, this was possible with voice search and voice typing. It also helped users save the storage space by giving support to install apps on memory cards.
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
With the Gingerbread update came the selfie camera support. Also, it added support for barometer, gyroscope and NFC.
Android 3.0 Honeycomb
Honeycomb is not as popular as Gingerbread, but it stands out in the history of Android as it's the only iteration that's meant only for tablets. It came up with virtual keyboard that is optimized for devices with large screens and brought in support for multi-core processors that soon became the standard.
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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Android ICS brought an all new look as well as feel to the operating system. It let users close the open apps with a swipe, shoot FHD 1080p videos, and unlock the device with their face.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Jelly Bean that came in 2012 made the device pretty responsive and it brought in improved search functionality too. Also, the Android Beam feature that let users share files with others was introduced.
Android 4.4 KitKat
The Android KitKat update brought in the 'Ok Google' voice command in Google Now and it also features better message management. Other impressive features that this update brought about in the device include enhanced multi-tasking and emoji support.
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Android 5.0 Lollipop
Lollipop brought in the support to add multiple profiles in a single device. It also came up with the "no interruptions" feature and the new notifications bar. It added the support to unlock the device using a trusted Bluetooth device.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
This update was rolled out in 2015 and it came up with the Doze mode for better battery life. Also, there were cool feature additions including fingerprint sensor support and Now on Tap.
Android 7.0 Nougat
Being the latest iteration of Android, Nougat has new features such as Doze on the go that is a better battery management and performance improvement feature, native split-screen multi-tasking, Night Light, a blue light filter, Google Assistant, Pixel launcher, and Daydream VR mode.