Many of us don’t know the Android naming scheme. Did you? If not, then that’s what we are going to talk about the same same subject. Android was an Open Source project in 2004 which was financially backed by Google. But after knowing about its features and advancements, Google purchased it in 2005. After doing some home work, Google unveiled the Android distribution in 2007. Since that day, Google’s Android Platform started on its way to become one of the world’s best Smartphone Platform. Due to its Open Source management, anyone can develop Android Apps. Currently Google Play Store has 600,000 apps available with 1 Million daily Android activations.
Google named Android versions alphabetically and all versions are named after Desserts.
In its journey to the top, Android released various versions time after time. First version of Android which came out was Android Beta but it was not commercial. So no mobile runs it. But after that:
Android 1.0 launched on September 23, 2008 which was the first commercial version of the Android. It includes all basic tasks like Camera support, Web Access and a fleet of Google product apps like calendar, maps, etc. The first device which run on Android 1.0 was HTC Dream and of course Android OS.
Android 1.1 was launched in the winters of 2009 with several fixes for bigs that were present in Android 1.0. Its API level also got some new features. Again HTC Dream was the device which got the update of Android 1.1.
Android 1.5 Cupcake
This was the version which made companies look into Android and use it. Google also started the naming scheme from here and named it Cupcake. The first mobile to test it was T-Mobile’s MyTouch 3G. After that Samsung launched its first device on Android named Samsung Moment. Motorola also tried their hands on Android with Motorola Cliq. Android 1.5 Cupcake included several new features and UI amendments like auto-rotation, copy and paste features, MPEG-4 and 3GP formats format support, Widgets and screen transitions. Mainly Google put all efforts on UI of the System.
Android 1.6 Donut
Android named this version Donut and released it on September 15, 2009. Now people got their facts cleared about naming of Android as in alphabetical order. This version was first tasted by Samsung Moment and HTC dream. Motorola Devour also got launched on this version of Android. This version included easier searching, Voice and text entry search, Camera and gallery enhancements, support for (CDMA/EVDO, 802.1x, VPNs), speed and gesture feature.
Android 2.0/2.1 Éclair
Android 2.0/2.1 codenamed Eclair was the version which introduced talks about Android among people. Android 2.0 SDK was packed with several changes like Bluetooth 2.1 support, new camera features, support for HTML5, better UI, multi-touch support, etc. In 2010 Android SDK 2.1 was introduced under same name with several bug fixes for new features. Motorola Droid was the first phone to make the it run.
Android 2.2 FroYo
Android named Android 2.2 as Froyo as according to alphabetical order on May 20, 2010. It included speed, performance and memory optimizations. Later on various advancements came under this version of Android named as SDK 2.2.1, 2.2.2 and 2.2.3, all packed with bug fixes, security improvement and performance tweaks. Again Motorola was the first to introduce Android 2.2 on Motorola Droid 2.
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
December 6, 2010 launched a new version of Android and it is currently most distributed and used version of Android. According to recent reports it still powers about 50% of Android running devices. Android SDK 2.3 was updated with various new enhancements, features and some new bugs also. Android 2.3 Gingerbread changed the game and smartphone market started to tilt in Android’s way. To make it much better, Google introduced various new SDK’s for same version like 2.3.3, 2.3.4, 2.3.5, 2.3.6 and 2.3.7. Google stated their own device to run it firstly and was named Samsung Nexus S.
Android 3.x Honeycomb
It was launched on February 22, 2011. Android 3.x Honeycomb was specially built for Android running Tablets. Motorola Xoom was the first tablet on which Honeycomb runs. Now all features were available at higher resolution for Tablets. Later on Various other versions were introduced by Google.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
It was publicly released on October 19, 2011 and was named Ice Cream Sandwich. This version included the most beautiful User Interface for any smartphone. Various new features were introduced. Samsung Galaxy Nexus was the first phone to run it and I remember I watched whole Google IO till 3 am. You can get detailed information on Android 4.0 ICS here.
And now recently launched
5.0 4.1 Jelly bean
Announced on June 27, 2012 at Google IO 2012 with a big bang. With its launch we got to know about things which were unbelievable earlier like Project Butter, Google Now, etc. This was the first time that Google launched it on Nexus 7 Tablet not on any Phone. They also launched Nexus Q, social media streamer running on Jelly Bean. Get full fledged information about Jelly Bean features here.
So now comes the question that What’s The Name of the Next Android’s version? According to rumors its going to be Key Lime Pie. Share your suggestions via comments.