Android OS Names
Android OS names are fascinating. Google called all of its Android versions after dessert items (sweets or sugary foods). These names are known as codenames. These are arranged in alphabetical order. Some codenames are associated with more than one versions. For example, 3.0 and 3.1, both are Honeycomb). Whenever a codename is released, a giant mock-up of that dessert is put on display.
From beginning till now many Android versions are released. These versions with their features are given below:
• Android 1.0:
Initial Release Date: September 23, 2008.
API Level: 1
Android 1.0 was the very first version of Android Operating System.
• Android 1.1:
Initial Release Date: February 9, 2009.
API Level: 2
• Android 1.5:
Initial Release Date: April 27, 2009.
API Level: 3
Released with new features and changes in framework API.
• Android 1.6:
Initial Release Date: September 15, 2009.
API Level: 4
Many user interface changes are made in this version. These changes include improved user interface.• Android 2.0 to 2.1:
Initial Release Date: October 26, 2009.
API Level: 5 to 7
Many new camera features are added like:
o Digital Camera Zoom.
o Different Colors Effect.
o Camera Flash Support.
o White Balance etc.
• Android 2.2 to 2.2.3:
Initial Release Date: May 20, 2010.
API Level: 8
This version includes more than 20 features. Which may include:
o Cloud to Device Messaging API.
o Apps Data Backup API.
o Portable hotspot.
o Browser Capabilities are improved.
• Android 2.3 to 2.3.7:
Initial Release Date: December 6, 2010.
API Level: 9 to 10
New exciting features of Gingerbread may include:
o Different Audio Effects.
o Better Download Manager.
o Management of power is improved.
o User Interface is upgraded.
• Android 3.0 to 3.2.6:
Initial Release Date: February 22, 2011
API Level: 11 to 13
Honeycomb was released with advanced features like:
o Home Screens (that can be customized).
o Text Selection is improved.
o Copy and Pate functions are developed.
o Connectivity options are increased.
• Android 4.0 to 4.0.4:
Codename: Ice Cream Sandwich
Initial Release Date: October 18, 2011
API Level: 14 to 15
This version became more advanced and user-friendly. Because it was beautiful, smart and straightforward. It includes:
o Multitasking is made easier.
o Increased Icons or widgets (resizable).
o Quick response (for making calls and incoming calls).
• Android 4.1 to 4.3.1:
Codename: Jelly Bean
Initial Release Date: July 9, 2012
API Level: 16 to 18
Enhancements released in this new version are:
o Notification System was improved.
o Additional content on single notification ( call back or message on missed call notification)
o Gestures are added on keyboard typing.
• Android 4.4 to 4.4.4:
Initial Release Date: October 13, 2013
API Level: 19 to 20
This Android version includes changes in settings and interface design.
o Default apps can be modified.
o Translucent Navigation bars are introduced.
• Android 5.0 to 5.1.1:
Initial Release Date: November 12, 2014
API Level: 21 to 22
o Display notifications on lock screen.
o A feature *Do not Disturb* is added in Notifications.
• Android 6.0 to 6.0.1:
Initial Release Date: October 5, 2015
API Level: 23
This version can be called latest, released one year ago. It includes a huge number of improvements. Some are:
o Power saving management (through standby apps)
o Fingerprint recognition supportive.
o Provide support for USB Type-C connectors.
All Android OS names are released after some changes and added features.
• Android 7.0:
Initial Release Date: Expected in August or September 2016
With improved Android versions, it became easy to handle new applications. Android OS names are very interesting. Android has made life easier for its users!