Different versions of Android OS

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    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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