Android is a most popular mobile operating system developed by Google.First commercial version Android 1.0 was released in September 2008 and latest one is KitKat 4.4.The Codenames for Android starts in alphabetical order such as Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, HoneyComb, Jellybean, Kitkat.
Have a quick insight into different Android versions and its features released by Google till date.
1.Codename – Kitkat Version – 4.4 to 4.4.1
Release date – Oct 2013 to Dec 2013
Here are the highlights of Kitkat 4.4:-
1.There are quite a lot of improvements in Kitkat 4.4.One of the best features of Kitkat is that it can do many things without touching the screen,for example you need to just say “Ok Google” on Home screen and on “Google Now” window and it will allow you to do a voice search, send a text message, get direction and also allow to play a song.It does all your useful works without even touching the screen.
2.When you are listening to music on your device or projecting movies to chromecast, the device screen shows beautiful album and Movie Art when device is locked.Even these can be played, paused and moved to specific moment.
3.Printing of photos, documents and web pages can be done from mobile and tablets.In fact now one can print to any printer connected to Google cloud and any printer that has an app in Google Play Store.
4.The new google hangout app keeps all your sms, mms messages on the same screen along with other conversations and video calls.
5.This version provide perhaps best caller id.when you a get a call from any unknown number which is not stored in contacts, phone will look for matches for businesses from local listing on google maps.
6.Kitkat comes with immersive mode where everything whether it is video, audio or pic takes center stage so you can view those in full screen.
7.Kitkat provides better multitasking by optimizing memory and providing better touch screen experience.
8.Kitkat new phone app prioritize the contacts based on most interacted contacts.
Currently Kitkat version is available only for Nexus 5.
You can find more details about kitkat here.
2.Codename – Jelly Bean Version – 4.1 to 4.3.1
Release date – July 2012 to Oct 2013
Some of the highlights of jelly bean 4.3 :-
1.One of the key features of jelly bean version is auto-complete ,once you start typing numbers, it shows the relevant contacts.
2.Google has improved face unlock feature in jelly bean, you can also optionally enable a blink which proves a person unlocking the phone is alive and phone is not getting unlocked with photo.
3.Text-to-speech is one of the most amazing feature of Jelly bean for example a pdf in english can be narrated by android in a chosen language, you can also choose the speed at which you want to hear.
4.Jelly bean offers offline voice typing where one can speak and it will be converted to relevant text even without internet connection.
5.Voice search feature in jelly bean allows to launch new app or do a Google search by speaking and also results can be read back.You can say “Google” on Google search window to activate voice search.
6.Jelly bean allows Location detection through WIFI even without turning the WIFI on.
If you want to explore Jelly Bean further ,you can find more details about this version here
3.Codename – Icecream Sandwich Version – 4.0 to 4.0.4
Release date – Oct 2011 to Mar 2012
Here are the highlights of Icecream Sandwich 4.0:-
1.Ice cream sandwich lock screen actions features allows to do more without unlocking your screen,you can use camera or check out message notifications without unlocking your screen.
2.One noticeable feature of this version is re-sizable widgets, these widgets allows you to check emails,play music and many other things without launching the app.
3.New Home screen folders offers a new way to Group your apps logically based on your choice just by dragging one onto another.
4.Android Beam for NFC based sharing allows instant sharing of your music, pic by just a tap with NFS enabled device.There is pairing required with other device before sharing.
You can find more details on Icecream Sandwich here.
4.Codename – Honeycomb Version – 3.0 to 3.2.6
Release Date -Feb 2011 to Feb 2012
The major highlights of Honeycomb 3.0 version is as follows:-
1.Honeycomb is optimized version of android to provide support for large screen devices specially tablet.It introduced new UI which brings fresh design for interaction,customization etc.
2.Honeycomb introduced a new UI where users can quickly hold and select the area to copy and paste.
3.New connectivity options are introduced in Honeycomb like it introduced Media or picture transfer protocol where users can instantly sync their media to USB connected camera or desktop.
4.Honeycomb added Support for external keyboard and other pointing devices.
3.Honeycomb brought Expanded home screen widget which allows users to get fast access of application specific data directly from home screen.
4.Honeycomb also added support for joysticks and gamepads.
You can explore more on Honeycomb here
5.Codename – Gingerbread Version – 2.3 to 2.3.7
Release date – Dec 2010 to Sep 2011
Highlights of Gingerbread are presented below:-
1.Gingerbread brings a new and refined UI, a simplified visual theme of colors against black.
2.Internet calling facility was made available in Gingerbread which allowed voice call over internet to the users having sip account.
3.Gingerbread supports faster text input and editing.
To Explore more on GingerBread click here.
6.Codename – Froyo(Frozen yogurt) Version – 2.2 to 2.2.3
Release Date – May 2010 to Nov 2011
Some of the Highlights of Froyo is mentioned below:-
1.Froyo added support for installing app on expandable memory.
2.Froyo also added support for connecting car and desk computers to phone via bluetooth.
3.In Froyo version, support for upload was added in browser.
4.Adobe flash support was also added first time in this version.
Want to explore more about Froyo click here.
7.Codename -Eclair Version – 2.0 to 2.1
Release Date – Oct 2009 to Jan 2010
Here are some of the highlights of eclair:-
1.Eclair brought bluetooth 2.1 support.
2.It also added ability to search all sms and mms.
Find more details about Eclair here.
8.Codename – Donut Version – 1.6
Release Date – Sep 2009
Here are couple of the highlights of Donut:-
1.Donut added support to select multiple photos for deletion.
2.It also included voice and text entry search enhancement to include bookmarks, contacts and web.
Explore more on donut here.
9.Codename cupcake Version – 1.5
Release Date – April 2009
Here are the highlights of cupcake:-
1.Cupcake added ability to upload videos to YouTube and photos to Picasa.
2.It also added copy and paste feature in web browser.
3.This version added support for video recording and playback in MPEG-4 and 3GP format
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10.Codename NA Version – 1.1
Release Date – Feb 2009
Couple of highlights of this versions are mentioned below:-
1.It added ability to save attachment from MMS.
2.It adds details and reviews when a user does a search on Maps and clicks on a business to view its details.
Find more details of version 1.1 here.
11.Codename NA Version 1.0
Release Date – Sep 2008
This version was the first commercial android version launched by Google:-
Here are some of the highlights of the first version of Android.
1.Google search, google map and Google talk.
2.Instant messaging, text messaging and MMS.
3.YouTube video player support.
4.WIFI and Bluetooth support.
5.Voice dialer to call anyone without even typing number.