History of the Android OS versions.

History of the Android OS versions.

Let’s talk about the Android OS versions from start to the latest. How many of you know about the Android? How even I dare to ask this question to you. Everyone on the planet earth either knows about the Android or at least heard about it. Android is the most popular and leading OS currently in the digital market in the world. Today we will discuss the various versions of Android already released and most of them you already used.

Android is one of the most popular and leading used OS in the world owned by the biggest tech giant Google Inc. The journey of the Android versions started from September 2008, when they released their first Android version commercially. So don’t waste any further time, let’s get started.

Various versions and codenames of Android OS

1st version: Android released it’s the first version in September 2008 without any codename as version 1.0 with API level 1.

2nd version: The second version released in February 2009 again without any codename (Petit Four internally) as version 1.1 with API level 2.

3rd version: This was the first time when they released their version officially with a codename Cupcake as version 1.5 with API level of 3 in the same year April 2009.

Android code names are confectionery-based and have been in alphabetical order since 2009’s Cupcake 1.5, with the most recent major version being Oreo 8.1, released in December 2017.

4th version: It was released under codename Donut 1.6 with API level 4 in September 2009. This was the only year when Android released it’s four(maximum) versions in a single year.

Next level of Android OS evolution

5th version: The next version released in October 2009 with codename Eclairs ( version 2.0-2.1) again in the same year. This was the year when Android was experimenting too much to stabilize it’s OS.

6th version: Next major version of Android released in May 2010 after a long time. The codename of this version was..? Any guesses..???? Its name was Froyo (2.2-2.2.3) with the API level of 8.

7th version: The next major version of Android released in December 2010 in the same year of Froyo release. The codename of this version was Gingerbread (2.3-2.3.7) with the API level of 9-10.

8th version: Android’s next version released in February 2011. It was going to be again a dessert name i.e Honeycomb (3.02-3.2.6) with the API level of 11-13.

9th version: After releasing the Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0-4.0.4) with API level 14-15 in October 2011, things will start to change as the Android OS had evolved a lot till so far.

10th version: Android’s next version was Jelly Bean (4.1-4.3.1) with API level 16-18 released in July 2012. From this version, Android concentrated on improving the UI and bugs and after this release, Android released its every version annually later.

11th version: Android had evolved so much up to Jelly Bean. And the hardware of the smartphones had become more powerful than recent past. So the Android’s next version was KitKat (4.4-4.4.4) with API 19-20 released in October 2013.

12th version: From Lollipop (5.0-5.1.1 API 21-22), released in November 2014. Android overhauled it’s OS design fully and introduced the material design concept for more speed and battery efficient.

Journey to next level

13th version: From here the journey of the evolution of Android starts in the true sense, because till so far there was no support for security patches but from Marshmallow (6.0-6.0.1 with API 23) the feature had started when they released it in October 2015. Now they could release security patches when security loopholes recognized.

14th version: The next version was going to be more fluid and battery efficient as Android has focused on energy saving. Next version released in August 2016 ( 7.0-7.1.2) with API level 24-25 codenamed Nougat.

15th version: This is the most recent, stable and advanced version of the Android OS. It released in August 2017, codename Oreo (8.0-8.1 with API level 26-27).

16th version: What will be the next version of Android’s OS? Obviously, its gonna be based on dessert and start with P and would be loaded with lots of advanced features and improvements for sure. Any guesses…? By the way, I want to remind you that Android already released its Developer Preview version for its native phone i.e Pixel Phones. If you have then you have already used it. It’s in the developing phase and hasn’t released for users yet but it will release soon in 2018 and Google hasn’t revealed its codename yet. So far its called Android P.

Update: Android P (codenamed Android Pie ) is the 16th version of the Android operating system. It was first announced by Google on March 7, 2018, and the first developer preview was released on the same day. The second preview, considered beta quality, was released on May 8, 2018. The third preview, called Beta 2, was released on June 6, 2018. The fourth preview, called Beta 3, was released on July 2, 2018. The final beta of Android P was released on July 25, 2018.

Android P (Pie) has released officially on August 6, 2018, and is available for Google Pixel devices and the Essential Phone.

A beta preview for Android P was provided by Google for the following devices

  • Google Pixel
  • Google Pixel XL
  • Google Pixel 2
  • Google Pixel 2 XL
  • Google Pixel 3
  • Nokia 7 Plus
  • Oppo R15 Pro
  • OnePlus 6
  • Sony Xperia XZ2
  • Vivo X21
  • Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S

Things you should know

Android had released it’s beta version of OS publicly in November 2007 before alphabetical dessert series, and it was coincidentally started with B i.e beta. Strange though…?

So that’s it for this post guys. I hope you enjoyed the post and got to know about Android OS various versions. Don’t forget to tell about the which Android’s OS version you are using right now on your smartphones and what would be the next version of Android’s OS.


Thank you.

Anil Kashyap

I want to explore new things every single moment of life. Life motto: Learn and teach as much as you can until your last breath.

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