In September 2008, the first official Android version was released (Android 1.0). In the years to come, many different versions have been released with various ‘sweet’ names. You can check which Android version you have. We’ve put the most important differences and highlights of the Android versions for you in a handy overview. See a chronological overview of the amazing transformation that Android has undergone and still undergo improvement every day. You can check our guide on how to choose the best smartphone as well.
Table of Contents
- 1 Android Verison 8.0 (Oreo) – August 2017
- 2 Android 7.0 (Nougat) – Autumn 2016
- 3 Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) – October 2015
- 4 Android 5.1 (Lollipop) – March 2015
- 5 Android 5.0 (Lollipop) – October 15, 2014
- 6 Android 4.4 (KitKat) – October 31, 2013
- 7 Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) – July 24, 2013
- 8 Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) – October 29, 2012
- 9 Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) – June 27, 2012
- 10 Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) – October 19, 2011
- 11 Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) – February 22, 2011
- 12 Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) – December 6, 2010
- 13 Android 2.2 (Froyo) – May 20, 2010
- 14 Android 2.0 (Eclair) – October 26, 2009
- 15 Android 1.6 (Donut) – April 27, 2009
- 16 Android Version 1.5 (Cupcake) – April 27, 2009
- 17 Android Version 1.0 (Android) – October 26, 2009
Android Verison 8.0 (Oreo) – August 2017
Android 8.0 Oreo is the successor to Android 7.0 (Nougat). This version includes improvements in notifications, multitasking, and battery life. The first Android Oreo Developer Preview appeared at the end of March 2017. The final version of Oreo was on August 21, 2017, for Pixel and Nexus devices. Google expects to release the update by the end of 2017 for major third-party Smartphones.
Android 7.0 (Nougat) – Autumn 2016
Android Nougat is the sequel to Android 6.0 (Marshmallow). This new Android version provides some useful features for your Android device. Google has made several test versions of Android Nougat, which is easier than ever to install. Google announced in June that Android 7.0 Nougat is the full name of the operating system.
Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) – October 2015
Android Marshmallow (formerly M) is the name of the successor to Android Lollipop. On May 28, 2015, during Google I / O 2015, the new Android version was officially unveiled by Google. It was known that the update focuses on small improvements and the quality of the operating system. However, that does not mean that Marshmallow does not introduce new features. Hereafter we’ll show you on what fronts the new Android has been improved.
Android 5.1 (Lollipop) – March 2015
Android 5.1 is the sequel to Android 5.0 and still has the name Lollipop. This Android version is not such a major update as its predecessor, which brought a completely new design including, among other things, different colour usage, new animations and 3D effects, quick settings and smarter notifications.
Android 5.1 focuses on repairing bugs that introduced 5.0 and should be seen as an improved version of Lollipop without many exciting additions. However, this update provides an operating system that works smoother and more stable. And that’s just fun!
Android 5.0 (Lollipop) – October 15, 2014
Android 5.0 Lollipop is the first major update of Google’s mobile operating system since Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Android version released on October 19, 2011. The new version is simpler, more intuitive and universal, regardless of what device you’re using. Android Lollipop has more 3D effects and shadows, a new keyboard, new fast settings, and a “no disturb” feature.
Android 4.4 (KitKat) – October 31, 2013
After Android 4.3 Jelly Bean comes to Android 4.4 KitKat. Android 4.4 (KitKat) is not a major innovation of the operating system in design, but the main and significant changes are under the hood. In addition to a number of updated interface elements, Android 4.4 is more efficient with working memory and battery. Also, the immersive mode hides distracting business and the ability to recover files, contacts, multimedia, and more quickly, thanks to the deeper integration of Google services and Google Now.
Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) – July 24, 2013
Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) appeared on July 24, 2013, for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 10, and Nexus 7. This is the basic version where all other smartphones are also being updated. Typically, manufacturers like Samsung, HTC and Sony must first customize their own software layer for the new Android version, but the features remain the same in almost all cases.
That’s why Dailytechhub maps all Android 4.3 features and innovations to help you get what’s new to your device. Because Android 4.3 is not the big update everyone hoped to have secretly on, Google mainly carries out some bug fixes and handy new features.
Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) – October 29, 2012
Android 4.2 is a small but fun update of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Android Planet puts you in touch with all the changes, innovations and improvements, including the new Notification Power Controls, lock screen widgets, and the whole gift of PhotoSphere. The latter allows you to take 360-degree photos, and view the photos in a similar way as Google Maps photos are displayed.
Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) – June 27, 2012
Google officially announced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on June 27, 2012. Read all about the new features, including Google Now, the enhanced Google Voice Search, Renewed Notification Bar, and of course Project Butter. Through this project, Android is running faster and faster than ever before.
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) – October 19, 2011
On October 19, 2011, Google officially presented Ice Cream Sandwich with the Galaxy Nexus. Version 4.0 of Google’s mobile operating system includes a new interface and places more emphasis on multitasking and notifications. In addition, Google introduces some new features like Face Lock, Android Beam (for sharing files through near field communication), and tracking your data usage. There is also a new People app that displays data from various social networking sites.
Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) – February 22, 2011
Honeycomb is the first Android software that is suitable for both smartphones and tablets. Although Android 3.0 has never officially turned on smartphones, it’s the first Android version where you see clear comparisons with the current Android version.
Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) – December 6, 2010
Gingerbread is first installed on Nexus S, the second Google Nexus device. Android 2.3 brings some significant graphical changes, making the mobile operating system look more consistent. For example, there is now a black notification bar that provides more separation between notifications and home screen, and the bottom three standard buttons (phone, menu and browser) have been improved. NFC is also supported by Gingerbread in Android. Some other important additions include improved power management, which means that the battery lasts longer.
Android 2.2 (Froyo) – May 20, 2010
An important change in Froyo is the new Just-In-Time Compiler, or JIT, which significantly increases the processor power of the phone. Also, Android 2.2 provides users with flash support (one of the first major points in Apple iPhone’s competition) and the ability to access your mobile data connection via tethering via a Wi-Fi access point for, for example, your laptop.
Android 2.0 (Eclair) – October 26, 2009
By Éclair, which is also the start of the very important version number 2, Android becomes a lot faster and user-friendly. For example, users can type faster on the virtual keyboard, optimize the Android software for the hardware and get the interface a small makeover. App icons are more beautiful, menus more clear and Android is more like one operating system. Eclair also allows the browser and Google Maps rapper to work and adds a new interface for the latter, which also makes the map app easy to use while driving. The following versions of Eclair, with version numbers 2.0.1 and 2.1, brought only small but not insignificant bug fixes. Eclair is also the Android version where Nexus One comes with.
Android 1.6 (Donut) – April 27, 2009
The fourth version of Android, called Donut, brings some improvements to Cupcake. The biggest change is the universal search bar that allows users to search all over Android. In addition, Donut supports higher resolution screens, enhanced camera and gallery app, and a new framework for the Android Market.
Android Version 1.5 (Cupcake) – April 27, 2009
Android 1.5 is the first Android version to get a name: Cupcake. Android is undergoing the first major visual change with Cupcake. This way, the software will have widgets and folders on the home screen, two components that are still very important in Android. Cupcake also brings some new features to existing Android components, including enhanced Bluetooth support, a video recorder option, and a YouTube upload service.
Android Version 1.0 (Android) – October 26, 2009
With Android 1.0 it all started. It’s the first version of Android that used to use the Android Market (which later changed its name in Google Play), can sync with Gmail, and use some other Google apps, including Google Maps, Google Search, and Google Talk. There is also support for a web browser (with zoom), YouTube and Wi-Fi. Some other important apps include the clock, phone, launcher, settings and photo gallery. Android 1.0 runs for the first time on the T-Mobile G1, the first `official` Google phone before it was replaced by the Nexus line.