Android – Through The Past [PART I]

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:


Alpha :


Android 1.0

Release Date:

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

12. YouTube

13. Other applications also include: Alarm Clock, Calculator, Dialer (Phone), Pictures (Gallery), and Settings

14. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support




Android 1.1

Release Date:

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



Cupcake statue near Googleplex.

Release Date:

April 27, 2009

Features :

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



Donut statue near Googleplex.

Android 1.6

Release Date:

September 15, 2009

Features :

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


Eclair :

Eclair statue near Googleplex.

Android 2.0-2.1

Release Date :

October 26,2009

Features 2.0:

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

Features 2.0.1:

1. Minor API changes and bug fixes.

Features 2.1:

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.

  2 comments for “Android – Through The Past [PART I]

  1. Manoj Pansari
    April 8, 2017 at 7:53 PM

    Very informative

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