Android 10 aka Android 10

A sweet journey to Android 10

Android 1.0

Android 1.0 on HTC

It has been 11 years since Android was sarted. This year Android introduced the Android 10. Its been a long journey from Android 1.0 to Android 10. Today we remember the journey of the most popular Android OS from start to bottom. Android 1.0 was first released September 23, 2008. It was the very first version of Android and released with a companioship with HTC. Here are this highlighted features of Android 1.0

  • Multiple home screens
  • Background wallpapers
  • Task switcher
  • Home screen folders
  • Pattern unlock
  • Access to recent notifications
  • Home screen short cuts, including contacts
  • No pre-installed video player
  • Limited camera settings
  • Web browser based on WebKit but lacked multi-touch support for zooming
  • No video recording capabilities
  • Launched with Android Market
Android 1.0

Android 1.1 Petit four

Android 1.1 Petit four

Android 1.1 Petit four was released on February 9 2009, the 1st update of Google's Android OS. It was based on Linux Kernel version 2.6.X. Notable Android Petit Four features are,

  • Details and reviews available when searching businesses on Maps
  • Longer in-call screen timeout when using the speakerphone, ability to show/hide the dialpad
  • Attachments in messages
  • Support added for marquee in system layouts
Android 1.1 Petit four

Android 1.5 Cupcake

Android 1.5 Cupcake on T-Mobile

On April 27, 2009, Android released its Android 1.5 Cupcake version and it was based on the Linux Kernel version 2.6.27. Here are the notable features of Android Cupcake,

  • Auto-pairing and stereo support for Bluetooth (A2DP and AVRCP profiles)
  • User pictures shown for Favorites in Contacts
  • Call log events now date/time stamped
  • One-touch access to a contact card from call log events
  • Ability to upload videos and photos to YouTube and Picasa respectivly
Android 1.5 Cupcake

Android 1.6 Donut

Android 1.6 Donut on HTC

Android 1.6 Donut was released on September 15, 2009. It was Google's second big change in terms of Android OS. It was implemented on the Linux Kernel version 2.6.29. Here are the notable features of Android Donut,

  • Multi-lingual speech synthesis engine to allow any Android application to "speak" a string of text
  • Batch photo deletion
  • Updated technology support for CDMA/EVDO, 802.1x, VPNs, and a text-to-speech engine
  • Speed improvements in searching and camera applications
  • Expanded Gesture framework and new GestureBuilder development tool
Android 1.6 Donut on HTC

Android 2.0 Eclair

Android 2.0 Eclair

Android 2.0 Eclair is fully based on optimized performence. Rleased in October 26, 2009, this OS focused on larger resolution screen size and resolutions. The Live wallpaper is yet another focused feature of this OS update. Here are the key features of Android Eclair,

  • Multiple Account sync for email and contacts
  • Microsoft Exchange email support, critical for corporate adoption
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • Quick Contact feature, showing a pop-up for call, SMS and email, as soon as you tap on a contact's avatar
  • Ability to search all saved SMS and MMS messages
  • Improved typing speed on virtual keyboard, with smarter dictionary that learns your word usage and includes contact names as suggestions
  • Refreshed browser UI with bookmark thumbnails, double-tap zoom and support for HTML5
  • Calendar agenda view enhanced, showing attending status for each invitee, and ability to invite new guests to events
  • MotionEvent class enhanced to track multi-touch events
Android 2.0 Eclair

Android 2.2 - Froyo

Android 2.2 - Froyo

First released in May 20, 2010, the Android 2.2 Froyo brought us the original Nexus phone with the Nexus One. Nexus lineup was introduced to have the experience of a clean Android. Froyo was the first version of Android to bring mobile hot spot support. Here are more features of Android 2.2 Froyo,

  • Improved Microsoft Exchange support
  • USB tethering and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality
  • Updated Market application with batch and automatic update features
  • Quick switching between multiple keyboard languages/dictionaries
  • Support for Bluetooth car and desk docks
  • Support for numeric and alphanumeric passwords
  • Animated GIF support
  • Application installation on expandable memory
  • Gallery allows users to view picture stacks using a zoom gesture
Android 2.2 - Froyo

Android 2.3 - Gingerbread

Android 2.3 - Gingerbread on an Htc phone

The release date of Android 2.3 - Gingerbread was back in December 6, 2010. This OS came with improved keyboard and multi-touch support. Here are some of the noticable features of Android 2.3 Gingerbread,

  • Native support for SIP VoIP internet telephony
  • Faster, more intuitive text input in virtual keyboard, with improved accuracy, better suggested text and voice input mode
  • Enhanced copy/paste functionality, allowing you to select a word by press-hold, copy, and paste
  • New audio effects such as reverb, equalization, headphone virtualization, and bass boost
  • New Download Manager, giving easy access to any file downloaded from the browser, email, or another application
  • Support for WebM/VP8 video playback, and AAC audio encoding
  • Support for voice or video chat using Google Talk
  • Switched the default encryption for SSL from AES256-SHA to RC4-MD5
  • Improved Gmail application
  • Camera software enhancements
  • Improved battery efficiency
Android 2.3 - Gingerbread

Android 3.0 - Honeycomb

Android 3.0 - Honeycomb on a Tavlet

Android 3.0 - Honeycomb was released in February 22, 2011. The main update for this OS is pure Tablet compatibility. And with this version, Google got rid of physical back, home and recent app button. Instead of a physical button, they introduced on-screen navigation keys. More notable features of Android 3.0 - Honeycomb was,

  • Redesigned keyboard
  • Simplified copy/paste interface
  • Multiple browser tabs, auto form auto-fill and new “incognito” mode
  • Quick access to camera exposure, focus, flash, zoom, front-facing camera, time-lapse, and other camera features
  • New two pane UI for Contacts and Email
  • Ability to encrypt all user data
  • Support for joysticks and gamepads
  • Support for FLAC audio playback


Android 3.0 - Honeycomb on a Tavlet

Android 4.0 - Ice Cream Sandwich

Android 4.0 - Ice Cream Sandwich

Android 4.0 - Ice Cream Sandwich brought a new Nexus lineup called Galaxy Nexus. Android 4.0 - Ice Cream Sandwich OS was capable of face unlocking and data usage analysis. Here are some other highlighted features of Android 4.0 - Ice Cream Sandwich,

  • Improved visual voicemail
  • Pinch-to-zoom functionality in the calendar
  • Integrated screenshot capture
  • Application access directly from lock screen
  • Automatic syncing of browser with users' Chrome bookmarks
  • New gallery layout
  • Refreshed People application with social network integration, status updates and hi-res images
  • Wi-Fi Direct
  • Android VPN Framework (AVF), and TUN (but not TAP) kernel module.
Android 4.0 - Ice Cream Sandwich

Android 4.1 - Jelly Bean

Android 4.1 - Jelly Bean User Interface

Android 4.1 - Jelly Bean released on July 9, 2012. It was a major OS update by Google. A quick Google Now access was introduced with this version. Here are some more major notable features of this update,

  • Enhanced accessibility
  • Shortcuts and widgets can automatically be re-arranged or re-sized to allow new items to fit on home screens
  • Bluetooth support for Android Beam, complimention NFC
  • Improved camera application, followed later by a reworked camera UI, previously introduced on Google Play edition phones
  • Tablets with smaller screens gained an expanded version of the interface layout and home screen used by phones
  • Multiple user accounts (tablets only)
  • New clock application with built-in world clock, stop watch and timer
  • Group Messaging
  • 4K resolution support
Android 4.1 - Jelly Bean

Android 4.4 - KitKat

Android 4.4 - KitKat Skin

Android 4.4 - KitKat was released in October 31, 2013 with a modern design change. The “OK, Google” command was introduced in this version. The color accent was also changed. Here are more features of Google 4.4 KitKat,

  • Optimizations for performance on devices with lower specifications
  • Wireless printing capability
  • Sensor batching, step detector and counter APIs
Android 4.4 - KitKat

Android 5.0 - Lollipop

Android 5.0 - Lollipop

Released in November 12, 2014, Android 5.0 - Lollipop brought the “Material Design”. Here are some other features of Android 5 Lolipop,

  • Support for 64-bit CPUs
  • Recent activities screen with tasks instead of applications
  • Print previews
  • Refreshed lock screen, no longer supporting widgets
  • Refreshed notification tray and quick settings pull-down
  • Project Volta, for battery life improvements
  • Search within the system settings
  • Guest logins and multiple user accounts are available on more devices, such as phones
  • Tap and Go allows users to quickly migrate to a new Android device, using NFC and Bluetooth
  • A flashlight-style application is included, working on supported devices with a camera flash
  • Smart lock feature
  • Updated emoji
  • Official support for multiple SIM cards
  • High-definition voice calls, available between compatible 4G LTE devices running Android 5.1
  • Native WiFi calling support
Android 5.0 - Lollipop

Android 6.0 - Marshmallow

Android 6.0 - Marshmallow

Android 6.0 - Marshmallow was released in October 5, 2015. Android Marshmallow brought both design changes and color changes under the hood. A Google search bar was newly added. Android officially supported fingerprint sensors beginning with Marshmallow. Here are other main features of Android 6.0 - Marshmallow,

  • Contextual search from keywords within apps
  • Alphabetically accessible vertical application drawer
  • Application search bar and favorites
  • Renamed Priority mode to Do Not Disturb mode
  • Larger Application folders with multiple pages
  • USB-C support
  • 4K display mode for apps
  • Experimental multi-window feature
  • Descriptions for USB connection options
  • Double-tap power button to open camera
Android 6.0 - Marshmallow

Android 7.0 - Nougat

Android 7.0 - Nougat interface

Release date of Android 7.0 - Nougat is August 22, 2016. Android 7.0 Nougat arguably marked one of the biggest upgrades to Android in its 10 years. In this OS, Google Now was replaced by the Google Assistant. Notifications were presented from screen to screen. Here are some more features of Android 7.0 Nougat,

  • Ability to screen zoom
  • Added Emergency information part
  • Improvements to file browser
  • More Quick Settings options
  • Picture-in-picture support for Android TV
  • Battery usage alerts
Android 7.0 - Nougat

Android 8.0 - Oreo

Android 8.0 - Oreo Interface

Android 8.0 - Oreo came with a ton of multitasking features. Picture-in-picture and native split-screen both made their debuts in Android Oreo. Released in August 21, 2017, Android Oreo had a lot of control over the Notification. More notable features are here,

  • Redesigned Quick Settings and Settings, with restructured Settings
  • Multi-display support
  • System-wide Autofill framework
  • Google Play Protect
  • Downloadable fonts
  • Wi-Fi Assistant
  • Bluetooth battery level for connected devices
  • Android Oreo Go Edition, an optional lightweight version of Android for devices with less than 1 GB of RAM
  • Navigation buttons dim when not in use
  • Visual changes to 'Power Off' and 'Restart' including a new screen and floating toolbar
  • Automatic light and dark themes
Android 8.0 - Oreo

Android 9.0 - Android Pie

Android 9.0 - Android Pie

Released in August 6, 2018, Android 9 Pie came with a lot of visual changes. Most notably, Android 9.0 Pie ended away with the three-button navigation keys that existed in Android for years, replacing it with a single pill-shaped button and gestures for controlling things like multitasking. This OS ipdate also limited the app use so that the battery can last longer. Here are more features of Android 9 Pie,

  • New user interface for the quick settings menu
  • The clock has moved to the left of the notification bar
  • The dock now has a semi-transparent background
  • A screenshot button has been added to the power options
  • A new Lockdown mode which disables biometric authentication once activated
  • Rounded corners across the UI
  • New transitions for switching between apps, or activities within apps
  • Redesigned volume slider
  • Richer messaging notifications
  • Battery percentage now shown in Always-On Display
Android 9.0 - Android Pie

Android 10 aka Android Q

Android 10 aka Android 10

Android 10 aka Android 10 is still in Beta mode. Google has decided to not go with any other sweetener name with Android Q version. From now on Google will ditch all the version name officially. But OS version will have a code name. Android 10 will only be called by Android 10. Android 10 will also ditch any kind of navigation button while Android 9 Pie also has a back button. Android 10 will only have a gesture to navigate. Android 10 also brought the highly anticipated dark mode. Other notable changes includes some more customizable options here and there.

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