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The core idea behind the development of Android was as Andy Rubin quoted himself “…smarter mobile devices that are more aware of its owner’s location and preferences…” flexibility and up-gradation that no platform has ever offered before.
First public appearance of Android was conducted in November 2007 and since then it has been one of the most rapidly known and accepted information technology product. Though it was commercially launched in 2008 and has been upgraded for astonishing nine times excluding sub upgrades of the version. Adding to the flavor every version has been named after some of most desired desserts except Android beat, 1.0, and 1.1. Other versions includes,
- Android 1.5 cupcake,
- Android 1.6 Donut,
- Android 2.0 and 2.1 Éclair,
- Android 2.2.x Froyo,
- Android 2.3.x Gingerbread,
- Android 3.x Honeycomb,
- Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich, and
- Android 4.1/4.2 Jelly Bean
Every new version performed better than its predecessor both in terms of efficiency and functionality. Android 1.1 removed some bugs from 1.0 and added some quality features to it making it more demanding. Android 1.5 cupcake was 1st to get a dessert name with many improvements and changes in User Interface. After almost 5 months Android1.6 Donut was launched offering much more features than the previous version. Next month Android 2.0 otherwise known as Éclair was launched with two sub upgrades, one better than the other. 2.0 was adored with,
- vast Account sync,
- email exchange support,
- upgraded Bluetooth
- Newly featured camera functions
- Enhanced typing speed on virtual keyboard
- Optimized hardware speed
- Bigger screen support and better resolution
- enhanced and newer version of Google Maps 3.1.2,
- considerably improved MotionEvent class responding to multi-touch events
Éclair 2.0.1 and 2.1 offer extra features and removed bugs. In winter of 2010, Android 2.2.x Froyo was released; Froyo for Frozen Yogurt. It offered features like Abode Flash support and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality. Furthermore 2.2.1 was launched in January 2011, 2.2.2 also in January 2011, and 2.2.3 in November 2011.
Android 2.3.x Gingerbread with 2.3.3 had advance features and user interface. Android 3.x Honeycomb was the version that supported only tablets; Motorola Xoom was the first tablet to run this upgrade on 24 February 2011. It has 3.1 and 3.2 sub upgrades.
Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich was based on LINUX kernel 3.0.1 and made available on 14 November 2011. 4.0.3 and 4.0.4 were released 16 December 2011 and 29 March 2012 respectively.
Android 4.1/4.2 Jelly Bean was mainly focused on user interface based on Linux kernel 3.0.31. This upgrade offered a smother UI that looked like buttery smooth justifying the slogan “flavor of jelly beans”. After its release in June 2012, 4.2 was supposed to be launched in October 2012 but was cancelled reason being the hurricane in New York City.
To sum it all up every single update of Android was a masterpiece in itself, but Google is not contended with it for it keeps coming with brighter and more efficient versions.