The word is Android everywhere! Now, since this word has become so much popular, it is also important that you should get introduced to the android versions right from the oldest version to the newest one.
The oldest version is Android 1.5 having the nick name as Cup Cake and the newest version being android 4.4 Kitkat.
Introduction to Versions of Android
4.1-4.3 -Jelly bean
Android 1.5- Cupcake
“Right from the start, Android is an open OS that can run almost any app or widget so you can do what you want to do.”
Cupcake was released in April 2009 and it was the major and the prime version to bring in revolution in the over all OS experience. With this version, there were many improved features that one could get and these included better Blue Tooth support, better uploading services like YouTube. Some of the android phones that were equipped with Cupcake included HTC Hero, Moment from Samsung and the Motorola Cliq.
Android 1.6 – Donut
“The world’s information is at your fingertips – search the web, get driving directions…or watch
Donut got released within 5 months of Cupcake i.e. in September 2009. It did have all the features of android 1.5, but of course there was enhancement of features to some extent. It did bring about some positive change in Android Market and Universal Search. It performed a lot of behind the wraps work and these included better camera experience and better display in touch screens,
Android 2.0 – Eclair
“Make your home screen just how you want it. Arrange apps and widgets across multiple screens and in folders. Stunning live “
Android Eclair was pretty fast and revolutionary OS that knew no way to stop. In the later part of 2009 Android 2.0 was released and soon this gave path to the other one i.e. 2.0.1. Within sometime 2.0.1 also came into existence. Yes, 2.0.1 was imparted to Motorola Droid and even today, this phone is considered as a revolutionary one. Thanks to the operating system, it is armed with. Most of the manufacturers had become aware that Android 2.0 had many problems and thus most of them just skipped that and find the resort in the latest version of Éclair.
Android 2.2 – Froyo
“Voice Typing lets you input text, and Voice Actions let you control your phone, just by speaking.”
Android 2.2 Froyo was formally announced in 2010 mid i.e. in the month of May. This version had received Just-In-Time Compiler which brought about a sea change in the performance and speed of the processor. This version received better support from Adobe Flash 10.1. This version also brought about support to the term tethering. Thus, Froyo is truly an ace.
Android 2.3 – Gingerbread
“New sensors make Android great for gaming – so you can touch, tap, tilt, and play away.”
This version of Android 2.3 came into existence in the 2010 end. Yes, after its arrival there was a better support level for Near Field Communication.
Android 3.0- Honeycomb
“Optimized for tablets, this release opens up new horizons wherever you are.”
Android 3.0 came into existence in Feb 2011. It was also equally good. But since some improvements were supposed to be there, they were announced in May 2011. This gave rise to Android 3.1 and 3.2. Honeycomb was mainly targeted for tablets.
Android 4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich
“Android comes of age with a new, refined design. Simple, beautiful and beyond smart.”
To overcome a few drawbacks in Honeycomb Android 4.0 Ice cream sandwich was announced and this had many good features of Honey Comb, of course with some more refinement. ICS 4 was first imparted to Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
Android 4.1, Jelly Bean.
Android is fast and smooth with buttery graphics. With Google Now, you get just the right information at the right time.
This version has many changes like integration of technology from Chrome OS. So you might be able to run Jelly Bean on Windows netbooks. Also many changes like a lighter version of Android is planned which can run on low cost phones easily.
Android 4.4 – KitKat
“With KitKat, we’ve made Android amazing for everyone.”
Kitkat is currently used As a latest version of the android.