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Android Mobile OS Versions and their Highlights


Android (Mobile OS) was unveiled on November 5, 2007 and since then it has grown into an amazing mobile Operating system it has evolved on different dimension from user perspective to developers innovation. Today it 8th version Android Oreo is available as considered as most optimized mobile OS for best user experience. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Android Mobile OS Versions and their Highlights

Android OS evolution over years to turn into a
dominating mobile operating system
  • Android Mobile OS Journey of Evolution

Android OS Journey
  • Android Operating System is behind one billion
    smartphones and tablets worldwide. Till today 14
    major versions of android have been successfully
    released and in every version there is something
    exciting has arrived to please the user and
    enhance the user experience.
  • Era of android officially began on Oct 22nd, 2008
    with launch of T-MOBILE G1 in USA.
  • Since then, it has evolved into one of the most
    powerful operating systems all over the globe.
    This landmark was achieved with many years of
    efforts and dedication to establish android as an
    authority in arena of mobile operating system.

Android 1.0
  • On September 23, 2008, HTC Dream was launched
    packed with very first version of android.
    Despite being first release of android, users
    witnessed exciting features like Google Maps,
    YouTube video player, camera support, Gmail
    synchronisation with the Gmail app, web browser,
    and Contacts and Calendar synchronisation.
  • Soon after this an update in form of Android 1.1
    was released on February 9, 2009 with few more
    new features as well as fixed few bugs.

Android 1.5 - Cupcake
  • Android performed few alphas and betas over
    T-Mobiles G1 before final release of cupcake.
    Cupcake update came with lots of user-friendly
    stuff and had support for third-party virtual
    keyboards as well as the ability to upload videos
    and photos on YouTube and Picasa. There was also
    full support for copy and paste. This was
    remarkable initiative by Android but there was
    still more to arrive.

Android 1.6 - Donut
  • Android donut supported CDMA and version it was
    first time that Android enabled running of
    multiple screen resolutions and aspect ratios.
    Donut introduced the concept of the Quick Search
    Box. Now no need of pressing the Search button on
    an Android phone's keypad and it emerged as
    really user friendly. This update was unveiled on
    October 1, 2009.


Android 2.0 - Eclair
  • Eclair emerged as most impactful version that
    Android had witnessed since its first release
    both visually and architecturally.
  • User were amazed by 854 x 480 display.
  • Support for multiple Google accounts allowed
    adding work and personal account on same device
  • Google Maps Navigation was big update that
    assisted users in step by step auto navigation.
  • Eclair added a quick contact bar to search among
    list of contacts with different parameters like
    email, text and call.


Android 2.2 - Froyo
  • Froyo empowered Android users to manage their
    devices on behalf of voice typing and search
  • Below are more exciting features of froyo
  • An overall redesigned gallery caught attention of
    the users
  • Mobile hotspot support was a big leap in this
  • There was inclusion of password/PIN lock that
    made device more secure

Android 2.3 - Gingerbread
  • Gingerbread witnessed an overhaul with dark
    theme. NFC support was most welcome feature in
    this version along Selfie camera focused on
    photogenic users. Gingerbread update witnessed
    decrease in stock Android experience which
    evolved into custom UI to connect users with
    Android. Download manager that appeared in
    Gingerbread was a useful feature for Android

Android 3.0- Honeycomb
  • Honeycomb update mainly focused on tablets, as
    recent release of iPad then was cause of concern
    for android. Holographic interface was rolled
    out which was highly intuitive keyboard for big
    screen devices
  • This update came without any physical button for
    Home, Back, Menu, and Search. Back and Home were
    supported with virtual buttons.
  • Action bar, a permanently-placed bar at the top
    of each app and helped users in smoothly
    multitask the device.

Android 4.0 - Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Ice Cream Sandwich arrived with amazingly awesome
    look and feel to Android OS.
  • Now apps can be closed with a quick swipe.
  • It was possible to shoot 1080p video.
  • Face unlock for feature was introduced and it
    enhanced security.
  • Folder creation was simplified by dragging one
    icon over another.
  • Ice Cream Sandwich displayed overall usage in
    different time frames to help user avoid
    notorious resource intensive apps.

Android 4.1 - Jelly Bean
  • Jelly arrived with Google Now as the flagship
    feature which was also undoubtedly most
    appreciated feature of the update. It emerged as
    an effective voice assistant which refined user
    searching experience
  • It was most responsive update from android where
    users were able to share files with Android Beam.
  • From developers perspective jelly bean allowed
    them to develop dynamic notifications that were
    able to expand in the notification drop down and
    displayed extra information and controls without
    the need to access the application in particular.

Android 4.4 - KitKat
  • Android Kitkat least resource hungry OS update
    from google. It was equally fast and highly
  • An innovative voice command OK Google was
    flagship feature of this version that assisted in
    starting the Google Now. This version was smart
    enough to guess what user is looking for before
    they asked for it. Support for Emoji was pleasing
    experience for users.
  • This version enabled android to be installed
    with as minimum as 512MB RAM for seamless
    operation. Success of this amazing feature was
    witnessed in form of many smartphone developing
    companies opting android over other mobile OS.

Android 5.0 - Lollipop
  • Google material design was major highlight of
    this update which altered the look and feel of
    icons, animations, as well as multitasking menu.
  • Integration of notification bar with lock screen
    and introduction of silent mode for notifications
    boosted the efficiency of the device
  • It was a flexible version where users can unlock
    the mobile device with a trusted Bluetooth
    device. Android OS expanded to Android Wear.
    This made possible to let user experience android
    on watches like Moto 360 and Google Glass

Android 6.0 - Marshmallow
  • Android Marshmallow which was unveiled during
    September 2015 was primarily focused on boosting
    the battery life with doze mode as well as it
    enhanced the security with fingerprint sensor and
    Now on Tap
  • Marshmallow was more intended towards maintenance
    and less over User Interface. The exciting add on
    included new method of handling app permission as
    well as new and enhanced Google Now. battery life
    was now enhanced enough to last the device for an
    entire day without a recharge.

Android 7.0 - Nougat
  • Android nougat was full with features that made
    users prefer it over other mobile OS platforms.
    The major one being multi window support that
    enabled split screen views
  • Dark theme that was launched with first beta
    version of Android Nougat was taken back due to
    design restrictions. Various other significant
    add ons were Night Light (basically a blue light
    filter), Daydream VR mode, and the Google
    Assistant (an exciting evolution of Google Now)

Android 8.0 - Oreo
  • Oreo is the latest update that will offers all
    the awesome features. User now can watch YouTube
    clips in a resizable box with help of exciting
    picture-in-picture video mode. Google claims that
    new iteration will significantly reduce the boot
    time as well as optimize performances for apps
    which run in background most of the time.
  • More and better option are available for
    notification customization such like notification
    can be put to silent till user finds a suitable
    time to handle it. There is also support for
    amazingly fast Bluetooth 5.0. which is one of the
    biggest features in Android O which ensure to
    pair up the device with IoT products

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