Around billions of users experiencing the Android operating system all over the world and this count improving day by day which shows the demand for Android system. There are few reasons for this popularity
- Number of Android phones available in the market
- Millions of Android applications available on play store.
- Android releases update regularly.
- Cheapest mobile phones.
- User-friendly operating system
It has been five years when Android first started by Google, and now everyone is admiring its success from cupcake to Marshmallow. Recently Google has launched the Android Lollipop, which is available on almost every device. Around 1 billion devices are running on Android, which shows that Android is ready to compete with Apple IOS. I have already shared my views on why you should choose Android over IOS? Here I am telling brief google android history from cupcake to Marshmallow (2008-2016).
In this post, I am going to tell about Google Android history from cupcake to Marshmallow (2008-2016).
1. Cupcake (Android 1.5)
The success story of Android starts from Cupcake which launched in April 2009. As this is the first version, it consists of few features like Widgets of Calendar, Music Player, Photo frame, etc. Video uploading on the YouTube, some inbuilt application like Gmail, Search box, etc. This version is the turning point of the success of the Android.
- User interfaces improvements
- performance improvements
- Added new features like camera, gallery, Bluetooth, contacts, Google applications, etc.
2. Donut (Android 1.6)
The second version of Android released in 2009 as this is the next version of Android Google added some new features like increase the screen size, direct upload videos to YouTube, GPS navigation system, etc. Google added first-time text and text to speech functionality in the donut system.
- Added search box
- battery usage indicator
- Google play updates (currently play store)
3. Eclair (Android 2.0,2.1)
After the success of the donut, Google immediately introduced the eclairs in October 2009. The live wallpaper is the top feature added in this version. Account synchronization for each account, HTML5 support, improved Google map, more screen size, and resolution, etc.
- Contacts and Account (multiple accounts added)
- Search box in message
- Email, Virtual keyboard, browser, calendar updates
4. Froyo (Android 2.2, 2.2.3)
This version released in May 2010 immediately after the eclairs. Key features that introduced in this release is Wi-Fi connectivity and USB tethering. You can move your application to SD card. Adobe flashes support in this system and improvement in the gaming graphics.
- Added portable hotspot.
- Multiple languages in the keyboard.
- Home screen tips widget.
- Performance improvements.
5. Gingerbread (Android 2.3, 2.3.7)
The most popular Android system and most widely used among the recent version. This version released in December 2010. In this release, the overall performance of the system improved, and download manager concepts also introduced, Secondary camera, Switching between both camera, etc. The Android journey of mine starts with gingerbread, and still some devices are running on this android version.
- UI improvements
- Increase speed
- One-touch text selection for copy/paste.
- Power management application improved
Related: Why to choose Android over IOS?
6. Honeycomb (Android 3.0, 3.2.6)
This version introduced in the February 2011.During this period, Apple was launching its tablets, so Google decided to add the operating system that works for tablets, so they added the honeycomb. This version installed on tablets.
- New UI for tablets.
- Keyboard improved
- Text selection improved
7. Ice-Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0, 4.0.4)
This Android version released for both tablets and mobile phones. Screenshot option improved GUI, face unlocks, improved face unlocks and voice search, built-in photo editor, Wi-Fi direct, etc. all new features introduced in ice cream sandwich.
- UI changed for all application
- New lock screen
- Multitasking refined UI
- Quick response to calls.
8. Jelly Bean (Android 4.1, 4.3.1)
This latest version of Google and mostly all use this because the next version KitKat released on some devices only. After the success of ICS Google launched this version with some new feature in GUI. They also modify the notification panel.
- Improved Bluetooth technology
- improvement in speed
- Notification improvements
9. KitKat (Android 4.4)
This latest version of Android launched first time in Google Nexus 5 introduced in 2014.After Google Nexus, they introduced it in LG Nexus. Now, Google is adding it in all devices. In this latest version, they focus on the icon of the mobile they change some icons like setting, message, etc.
- Step detector and step counter
- Improvements in UI
- Storage access
10. Lollipop (Android 5.0,5.1)
Android Lollipop was released in November 2014. In this version of Android Google changed all the interface of Android. Here are some key features of Lollipop
- Fresh new lock screen notification(just like IOS)
- Heads-up notification(this is also same like IOS)
- Battery life improved
11. Marshmallow (Android 6.0)
The Android evolution continues with marshmallow which is yet to release, the battery life highly improved in marshmallow. When your device is at rest, then it will automatically get sleep mode. For fingerprint security option, available in marshmallow.
Android is not stopping here, still more yet to come. The above all are the list of Android versions which is already released. We have heard that Android Nougat is on the way. Soon you will see the latest Android version- Nougat on every Android phone.