With the increasing pace of technology entering into our lives, companies are always on their toes to upgrade their product level and attract more people. One such company, Android, has seen a number of updates to its base operating system since the initial release. It started releasing the updates in the form of versions over time which got all the more better day by day.
Coming to the different versions, how boring and unattractive they may seem when distinguished by digits. Hence, Android came up with a smart idea to keep confectionery-themed code names for different versions. It not only seems attractive but also makes it easier to remember them.
The version history of Android OS began with the release of the Android Alpha.
Versions 1.0 and 1.1 were not released under specific code names, but since Android 1.5 “Cupcake”, Android versions have had code names. Each is in alphabetical order, with the most recent major version being Android 7.0 “Nougat”.
Below are the details:
September 23, 2008
1. The now-popular Google Playstore was then known as Android Market where applications and updates could be downloaded.
2. The Web browser was introduced to view, zoom and pan HTML and XHTML web pages.
3. Camera – however, this version lacked the option to change the camera’s settings like quality, resolution, etc.
4. Folders could be created.
5. Access to web email servers was also available, supporting POP3, IMAP4, and SMTP.
6. Gmail – synced with the Gmail application.
7. Google Contacts – synced with the People application.
8. Calendar – synced with the Calendar application.
9. Google Maps, Google Sync, Google Search, Google Talk
10. Text Messaging service
11. Media Player – however, this version lacked Bluetooth support
13. Other applications also include: Alarm Clock, Calculator, Dialer (Phone), Pictures (Gallery), and Settings
14. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support
February 9, 2009
No major changes were done in this version.
1. Details and reviews were available when a user searched for businesses on Maps.
2. Longer in-call screen timeout when using the speakerphone, also the ability to show/hide dial pad during a call.
3. Ability to save attachments in messages
4. Support added for marquee in system layouts
April 27, 2009
This was the first version to officially use a confectionery-themed codename.
1. Support added for third-party virtual keyboards with text prediction and dictionary.
2. Support for widgets -miniature application views that can be embedded in other applications.
3. Video recording and playback in two new formats.
4. Auto-pairing for Bluetooth
5. Copy and paste features could be used in web browser
6. Specific date and time are shown in the call log.
7. Animated screen transitions were also introduced.
8. Ability to upload videos to YouTube
9. Ability to upload photos to Picasa
September 15, 2009
1. Multi-lingual speech synthesis engine which allows any Android application to speak text
2. Ability for users to select multiple photos for deletion
3. Speed improvements in search and camera applications
Release Date :
1. Bluetooth 2.1 support
2. Ability to tap a Contacts photo and select to call, SMS, or also email the person
3. Ability to search all saved messages
4. Numerous new camera features, which include flash support, digital zoom, scene mode, white balance, color effect and macro focus
5. It also improved the dictionary that learns from the words used and also gives contact names as suggestions
6. Addition of live wallpapers, allowing the animation of home-screen background images to show movement
1. Minor API changes and bug fixes.
1. Minor amendments to the API and bugfixes
The list has just begun, we will be coming up with the other versions of android soon.