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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