Posted by : K Swapnil Tuesday, April 9, 2013


Android Operating system started with its first beta release in 2007 , though commercial version was released in September 2008. Since then there had been 39 updates (according to "ReadWrite") to the ANDROID OS in nine major ANDROID versions .
      There have been  many design changes, additions of features ,security updates and some actually many improvements to Android , from v.1.5 "Cupcake" to v.4.2.2 "JellyBean"
      With these changes implemented in different versions its difficult for "Android Newbees" and   "non-androiders" to tell which version had which major update. If you are one of them or if you want to see major updates or simply whats different in different Android versions then this post is for you.

Well , I wouldn't be listing all updates and make this a mess.Also , I had not researched through v.1.5 to v.4.2.2 and to do this task easy I found an infographic by Boston-based mobile cloud services company Kinvey .

If you aren't familiar with infographics and dont know what is it .
      "An infographic (information graphic) is a representation of information in a graphic format designed to make the data easily understandable at a glance. People use infographics to quickly communicate a message, to simplify the presentation of large amounts of data, to see data patterns and relationships, and to monitor changes in variables over time. "

Before we move on to the infographic here's a list of changes : (via:ReadWrite)

Android 1.0 – Inception
  • Google Maps, Search & Talk
  • Camera Support
  • Custom notifications and wallpapers
Android 1.5 – Cupcake
  • Widget support
  • Copy & paste in the browser
  • Auto-rotate
Android 1.6 – Donut
  • Quick search box
  • New framework APIs
  • Text-to-speech engine
Android 2.0 – Éclair
  • Turn-by-turn navigation
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • Live wallpapers
Android 2.2 – Froyo
  • Wi-Fi hotspot functionality
  • Adobe Flash support
  • Dedicated shortcuts on the homescreen
  Android 2.3 – Gingerbread
  • Near Field Communications (NFC)
  • Video chat in Google Talk
  • Extra Large screen sizes supported (for Google TV)
Android 3.0 – Honeycomb
  • Dedicated tablet support
  • Virtual and holographic user interface
  • New Action Bar
Android 4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Google Chrome for Android browser
  • Swipe to dismiss notifications
  • Resizable Widgets
Android 4.1 – Jelly Bean
  • Google Now
  • Project Butter improves user experience
  • Google Cloud Messaging

And here's the infographic

Infographic Of Android Versions -innotechive

(img source:HOWtoGEEEK )

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