Android – Through the Past [PART III]

We are back with the further list of Android versions. Below are the details :


Jelly Bean :

Jellybean statue at Googleplex.

Android 4.1 – 4.3.1

Release Date :

July 9, 2012

Features 4.1 :

1. Expandable notifications

2. Ability to turn off notifications on an application-specific basis

3. Shortcuts and widgets can automatically be re-arranged or re-sized to allow new items to fit on home screens

Features 4.1.1:

1. Fixed a bug

Features 4.1.2:

1. One-finger gestures to expand/collapse notifications

2. Bug fixes and performance enhancements

Features 4.2:

1. Improvements in lock screen, with widget support and can use camera directly by just a swipe.

2. Notification power controls (“Quick Settings”)

3. “Daydream” screensavers, showing information when idle or docked

4. Accessibility improvements: triple-tap to magnify the entire screen, pan, and zoom with two fingers. Speech output and Gesture Mode navigation for blind users

5. New clock application with built-in world clock, stop watch and timer

Features 4.2.1:

1. Fixed a bug

Features 4.2.2:

1. Long-pressing the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth icons in Quick Settings can toggle the on/off state.

2. New download notifications, which now shows the percentage and estimated time remaining for active application downloads

3. New Gallery application animation allows faster loading

4. Bug fixes and performance enhancements

Features 4.3

1. Dial pad auto-complete in the Phone application

2. Volume for incoming calls (ringtone) and notification alerts is no longer adjustable separately

3. Reworked camera UI

4. Numerous security updates, performance enhancements, and bugfixes

5. Added support for five more languages

6. Right-to-left languages now supported

7. Native emoji support

Features 4.3.1:

1. Bugfixes



KitKat statue at Googleplex.

Android 4.4 – 4.4.4

Release Date:

October 31, 2013

Features 4.4:

1. Wireless printing capability

2. User can now select default text messaging and home (launcher) application

3. Audio tunneling, audio monitoring, and loudness enhancer

4. Built-in screen recording feature (primarily for developers, as usage of ADB is required)

Features 4.4.1:

1. Improvements to auto focus, white balance and HDR+

2. Miscellaneous improvements and bugfixes

Features 4.4.2:

1. Further security enhancements and bugfixes

Features 4.4.3:

1. Refreshed Dialer app interface

2. Miscellaneous improvements and bugfixes

Features 4.4.4:

1. Improvements



Lollipop statue at Googleplex.

Android 5.0 – 5.1.1

Release Date:

November 12, 2014

Features 5.0:

1. Support for print previews

2. Refreshed lock screen, no longer supporting widgets

3. Searches can be performed within the system settings for quicker access to particular settings

4. Third-party applications regain the ability to read and modify data located anywhere on external storage, such as on SD cards.

5. Recently used applications are remembered even after restarting the device.

6. Addition of 15 new languages: Basque, Bengali, Burmese, Chinese (Hong Kong), Galician, Icelandic, Kannada, Kyrgyz, Macedonian, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Sinhala, Tamil and Telugu

7. Smart lock feature

8. Updated emoji

Features 5.0.1 :

1. A few bugfixes, including resolving issues with video playback and password failures handling

Features 5.0.2:

1. Fixes a bug

Features 5.1:

1. Improvements and bug-fixes

2. Ability to join Wi-Fi networks and control paired Bluetooth devices from quick settings

3. Device protection: if a device is lost or stolen it will open only when the owner signs into their google account, even if the device is reset to factory settings.

Features 5.1.1:

1. Various bugfixes



Marshmallow statue at Googleplex.

Android 6.0 – 6.0.1

Release Date:

October 5, 2015

Features 6.0 :

1. Contextual search from keywords within apps.

2. Introduction of Doze mode, which reduces CPU speed while the screen is off in order to save battery life

3. App Standby feature

4. Application search bar and favorites

5. Native fingerprint reader support

6. Renamed “Priority” mode to “Do Not Disturb” mode

7. Larger Application folders with multiple pages

8. Automatic full data backup and restore for apps

Features 6.0.1:

1. Unicode 8.0 emoji support.

2. Double-tap power button to open camera



Nougat statue at Googleplex.

Android 7.0-7.1.1

Release Date:

August 22, 2016

Features 7.0 :

1. Ability to display color calibration

2. Ability to screen zoom

3. Ability to switch apps by double tapping in overview button

4. Added Emergency information part

5. Added the “Clear All” button in Overview screen

6. Daydream virtual reality platform (VR interface)

7. More Quick Settings options

8. New Unicode 9 emoji support (and exposes a subset of ICU4J APIs)

9. Redesigned notification shade, featuring instant access to certain settings

10. Redesigned Overview screen

Features 7.1:

1. Rearranged notification shade

2. Night Light

3. Touch/display performance improvements

4. Manual storage manager – identifies files and apps using storage

Features 7.1.1:

1. New emojis introduced

2. Ability to send GIFs directly from the default keyboard

3. Launch actions on apps by long pressing the app icon
Watching the technology reaching new heights every day, we can only guess the number of new version release- each with an equally sweet code name.

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