The Android system, the little green robot, has been present in technologies for over ten years, and is in its 15th edition! In 2005, Google incorporated a new company into the group, and after three years, the first smartphone to work with Android emerged. Since then, this system has been growing, innovating, and becoming increasingly popular. All versions have candy names and are in alphabetical order, the reason being a secret from Google. The last version released was in July 2018, Android Pie, also known as 9.0. Want to know the other versions of Android? Follow the text; let’s talk about each one!
Android Cupcake (1.5)
It was the first official version of Android, starting with the letter “C.” Compared to the latest releases, it was basic, had the functions of copying and pasting text, using widgets and accessing YouTube, and basic animations, as well as video recording. Version 1.5 is no longer available after the latest releases.
Android Donut (1.6)
Launched in late 2009, Donut had more screen options and resolutions up to 480 × 800 pixels. The system has also gained new ground for camera applications and voice search features.
Android Eclair (2.0 – 2.01)
In Brazil, the eclair they know it as a stuffed bomb. This version was released a month after Donut, with many changes, such as multi-touch, animated backgrounds, higher contrast and screen resolutions, and new camera features.
Android FroYo (2.2)
In 2010, Frozen Yogurt, FroYo, was launched and is still one of the most popular versions to date. It stood out because of the faster system speed. Android has begun to evolve, capable of sharing 3G, WiFi, or USB, automatically updating apps, and supporting Adobe’s Flash technology.
Android Gingerbread (2.3)
A more comfortable and faster version to use, released in late 2010. With more exceptional front camera support, the Gingerbread system had technology that allowed wireless information to be exchanged between devices securely when close to each other.
Android Honeycomb (3.0 – 3.1 – 3.2)
Launched in 2011 just for tablets, Android Honeycomb had more powerful processing than other versions. It supported larger screens and allowed browser tabs, two bars to manage the system, and another with clock and shortcut buttons. Other adjustments have also been made to the camera and applications.
Android Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0)
In November 2011, Ice Cream Sandwich was launched. The version was intended to merge tablets and smartphones in only one version of Android, not operating in separate releases. Sandwich’s new features were Internet traffic control, simple photo, and video editing, and face recognition screen unlocking.
Android Jelly Bean (4.1 – 4.2 – 4.3)
This version was marked by the modern design and best performing system in 2012. It was the initial step of the Google Now intelligence feature, which allowed the use of more than one account on the devices. It was accompanied by the news, such as lock screen widgets, action button notifications, and notifications shortcuts.
Android KitKat (4.4)
Version 4.4 was released in late 2013, bringing improvements in performance and security. It also offered Google Now, allowing you to send text messages or play songs by voice commands, and other tasks.
Android Lollipop (5.0)
Launched in 2014, this version was compatible with smartphones, tablets, TVs, cars, and watches. Highlighted in appearance, which had shadows and movement and now shows notifications on lock screens.
Android Marshmallow (6.0)
The Marshmallow version brings updates to Google Now, executing commands without interrupting use. Also, it is possible to administer the applications that give access to smartphone features, thus saving battery power.
Android Nougat (7.0)
Launched in 2016, Nougat is the penultimate latest version and has news such as opening two apps at the same time, as well as notifications. It also features battery charge optimization, data plan economics, and standard application definition.
Android Oreo (8.0)
Version 8.0 was released in 2017, with modern features and functionality, and offers twice the speed when the device is turned on auto-complete, and a feature that allows you to perform two actions together, the picture in picture.
Android Pie (9.0)
As we commented at the beginning of the text, the Pie version is the latest, with several features to help combat smartphone addiction, such as a dashboard that monitors phone usage and alternatives to turning off notifications when you’re sleeping or busy. Besides, some features adapt to your behavior, such as giving battery priority to commonly used apps and often dismissing unwanted notifications.
These are the versions released by the Android system so far. Recently, Google has stated that methods will no longer be given candy names, only letters following the alphabetical order, with “Q” being the next for Android 10. And what version of your smartphone or tablet? Tell us! Oh, and stay tuned for new version releases.