Introduction to Versions of Android
The word is Android Android Android everywhere! Now, since this word has become so much popular, it is also important that you should get introduced to the android versions right from the oldest version to the newest one. The oldest version is Android 1.5 having the nick name as Cup Cake and the newest version being android 4.0 Ice-cream Sandwich popularly known as ICS 4. New Android 5.0 is on the way and it has been given the nick name as Jelly Bean. But here, we will discuss about the versions which already existed and exists officially.
Android 1.5 Cupcake:
Cupcake was released in April 2009 and it was the major and the prime version to bring in revolution in the over all OS experience. With this version, there were many improved features that one could get and these included better Blue Tooth support, better uploading services like YouTube. Some of the android phones that were equipped with Cupcake included HTC Hero, Moment from Samsung and the Motorola Cliq.
Android 1.6 Donut:
Donut got released within 5 months of Cupcake i.e. in September 2009. It did have all the features of android 1.5, but of course there was enhancement of features to some extent. It did bring about some positive change in Android Market and Universal Search. It performed a lot of behind the wraps work and these included better camera experience and better display in touch screens, due to better resolution. Motorola Devour, the Garminphone, and Xperia X10 were some of the androids that were equipped with this version OS.
Android 2.0/2.01/2.1 Eclair
In this part, you will find that Android Eclair was pretty fast and revolutionary OS that knew no way to stop. In the later part of 2009 Android 2.0 was released and soon this gave path to the other one i.e. 2.0.1. Within sometime 2.0.1 also came into existence. Yes, 2.0.1 was imparted to Motorola Droid and even today, this phone is considered as a revolutionary one. Thanks to the operating system, it is armed with. Most of the manufacturers had become aware that Android 2.0 had many problems and thus most of them just skipped that and find the resort in the latest version of Éclair.
Android 2.2 Froyo
Android 2.2 Froyo was formally announced in 2010 mid i.e. in the month of May. This version had received Just-In-Time Compiler which brought about a sea change in the performance and speed of the processor. This version received better support from Adobe Flash 10.1. This version also brought about support to the term tethering. Thus, Froyo is truly an ace.
This version of Android 2.3 came into existence in the 2010 end. Yes, after its arrival there was a better support level for Near Field Communication. Also, under the cover there were upgrades that would help in JIT optimization and enhancement in UI working. It gave an entirely different look and feel to the multimedia tools. Android 2.4 is also the mind-boggling stuff.
Android 3.X Honeycomb
Android 3.0 came into existence in Feb 2011. It was also equally good. But since some improvements were supposed to be there, they were announced in May 2011. This gave rise to Android 3.1 and 3.2. Honeycomb was mainly targeted for tablets.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
To overcome a few drawbacks in Honeycomb Android 4.0 Ice cream sandwich was announced and this had many good features of Honey Comb, of course with some more refinement. ICS 4 was first imparted to Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
Jelly bean has not bean released and is on the road map next. This version has many changes like integration of technology from Chrome OS. So you might be able to run Jelly Bean on Windows netbooks. Also many changes like a lighter version of Android is planned which can run on low cost phones easily.
More Android versions are on road map with its rumored that Android 6.0 will be named Key Lime Pie.
With the above info, you will never get confused when some techno geek says that he wants to upgrade from Gingerbread…