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What is Android Technology and It’s Versions?

Android Technology
Written by Faruk Ahmed

To date, the most popular operating system is Google Android Technology. After the first release by the T-Mobile device by HTC in 2008, since then Android has become popular among the masses.

Andy Rubin is the creator of Android Technology in 2003. He had first started to develop the operating system for after he realized. That the digital camera operating system. The market was not such big.

After 2005, Google purchased Android, Inc. Google was believed to enter. The phone’s business from this time. Since then Google started developing as many as 10 Android versions to date, which were all kept in the name of sweets, desserts, cupcakes, etc. except the latest version of Android which is Android 10

Android Technology  versions that came in succession:

Android 1.0 Technology(2008):

This is the first android version, That was released in 2008. The operating system which we use today is far more different than the one we get to use on that day. But still, there are some similarities between the old and the new operating system. For example, we get the option of a pull-down notification panel which we still get today. It was also has beaten the iOS notification system. Like this, many more features were given in the Android. OS which was not given in the iOS system.

Android  1.5 Cupcake Technology (2009):

From this version of Android, Google had started to use its first naming scheme. This version of Android had also got a major update too, including that of the first on-screen keyboard in Android. Since before Cupcake was launched. There was no on-screen keyboard in Android. Manufacturers had to give physical keyboards on the phones they use to make. Along with that, there are several new features that came with Cupcake such as support of widgets by third-party developers and support of video capture, etc.

Android 1.6 Donut Technology (2009):

It gave a huge update to Android OS, by giving support of CDMA networks in the mobile phones. Along with this, it also supported different screen sizes. It gave freedom to manufacturers where they can create new devices with any display size, and still run Android. To tell the truth, the Android staple that is the quick search box. It was also started from the Donut version. And many more.

Android 2.0 Eclair Technology (2009):

The Eclair version came after the first 1-year release of the Android OS. It is the first device of Android, that features Google Maps navigation. There is also HTML5 support to the internet browser in Android Eclair. This feature helped in playing videos. Along with this, the lock screen also had a major update of swipe unlock like that on iPhone. In addition, users could also change the phone’s mute mode from the lock screen itself.

Android 2.2 Froyo Technology (2010):


The Froyo was an advantage to have a Nexus phone to us. The first Nexus phone was Nexus One, that had the update of Android Froyo. Froyo had five home screen panels instead of the previous three home screen panels, which had a new redesigned Gallery app.

Along with this, the Android Froyo update had the first support of a hot spot from mobile phones itself, and also the PIN screen lock. Many people didn’t like the previous pattern screen lock system. That was offered earlier by Android. Who were now happy with this Android Froyo update.

Android 2.3 Gingerbread (2010):

Gingerbread had a new update of Android’s home screen and the stock widgets. The Nexus program came to its own with the Gingerbread release. Google had chosen the derived Samsung-built Nexus S from the highly successful Samsung Galaxy S series.

It also had an improved keyboard. It allowed users to press multiple keys and also access a secondary keyboard with it. The Gingerbread also had the support of the front-facing camera.

Android 3.0 Honeycomb (2011):

The Honeycomb was mainly to target tablets. It was even showcased firstly on a Motorola device. This version of Android gave some ideas as to what the future versions would look alike. It had switched from the classic green color to the blue color.

The biggest advantage in Honeycomb was that it removed the need for the physical buttons and replaced them with the virtual buttons. The virtual buttons had the power to show or keep in a hidden mode based on the use of an application.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (2011):

The Ice Cream Sandwich operating system brought many of Honeycomb’s features in its smartphone. For example, it brought the system of virtual keys as well as the blue highlight refined and tweaked interface.

To tell the truth, the Ice Cream Sandwich also brought small features such as data usage analysis, face unlock and new apps for calendar and mail, etc.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (2012):

Presently, Google can access the Jelly Bean from the home screen and the information could be brought i.e. calendar, emails, weather reports, events, etc. all in one screen. It also had a digital assistant including that of the Google Assistant.

Along with this, there were many other important additions in Jelly Bean, such as Project Butter. It improved the touch performance of Android, by buffering the graphics, tripling it. It, in addition, had expandable notifications, refreshed new font, greater widget flexibility and many other features such as rendering.

Android 4.4 KitKat (2013):

This version has coincided with the Nexus 5 launch at that time. It had major changes including the change of date style, in fact, which gave it a new and modernizing look. It replaced the blue accent of the earlier version with a whiter refined accent. In addition, they also redesigned many stock apps to show light color themes.

In addition, it also had the “OK, Google”, search command which allowed the users to access Google more easily and in a fast and efficient way. To tell the truth, it also supported full-screen apps, a new phone dialer, and along with this a new SMS support app inbuilt in the Hangouts platform for the message.

Conclusion:

Until 2013, Google released many Android versions.

In which the latest version was the Android 4.4 KitKat version. After 2014, many new versions of Android came up with new, amazing and interesting features.
Since technology keeps updating, the want in users also increases which further results in the invention and update of previous technologies to keep in terms with the needs of the users.

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