Different operating systems available for Android

Android the magical word that captivated over 300 billion user’s world wide and still counting on it. The growth of this operating system for Smartphone’s and Tablet devices has been exploding till after the first release in 2008. Through out its growth the center of attraction was the names given to its build and versions. The consortium used names of the delicious food stuffs as their build names which attracted the users a lot.


In real, Android is not an operating system. It is just a peck of small software that are grouped together and handled in Smartphone’s and Tablet devices to facilitate the user. Moreover it doesn't have definite file systems to provoke data. Instead it uses a methodology which accepts any kind of file systems. So the app developer uses their unique file system or set of file systems to invoke and provoke data from media and Android devices.

Operating systems of Android:

In a very short period of five years the Android consortium has released a wide variety of delicious starting from A to J and still going on. The development of the Android operating system took place in both the user interface as well as the developer platforms. The main reason for this dramatic development is because this is an open sourced OS and funded by top share holders of the Smartphone market.

Here the Android versions and their special features are discussed below.

Apple Pie (Android 1.0):

The first and fore most member of the Android family released in 23rd September 2008. The HTC dream was the first device with an Android operating system. The features of this version are.

  • A full-fledged web browser
  • In and out Google updates for Gmail, contacts and maps
  • YouTube application for the user

Banana Bread (Android 1.1):

Released in 9th February 2009. Until this version was released the Android OS was considered as another useless junk. The introduction of numeric touch keyboard and saving of MMS attachments gave the Smartphone industry a hope that it will hold its place in the market.

Cup Cake (Android 1.5):

This is the official release by the Open Handset Alliance (OHA), a consortium of 84 firms that can develop open standard for mobile devices. The features of it include.

  • Bluetooth A2DP
  • AVRCP support
  • Soft-keyboard with text-prediction
  • Record/watch videos
  • Uses flash for streaming and recording videos

Donut (Android 1.6):

Released in 15th September 2009. The pluses of this version are Gesture multi-touch framework and the first version to navigate the Google map users with turn by turn navigation system.

Éclairs (Android 2.0):

Released in 26th October 2009. There is a dramatic update in this particular version from its previous versions. The updates included are.

  • HTML support for internet users
  • Digital zooming capability
  • Microsoft Exchange support
  • New Bluetooth version 2.1 was introduced
  • Live Wallpapers
  • Updation in user interface twice its period

Froyo (Android 2.2):

It is considered as the most advanced operating system of that time, released in 20th may 2010. The key features that took this version to the top are.

  • The applications can be installed in external storage memory like memory card
  • The USB tethering helped the users to browse the internet through PC on connecting the Android device with it
  • First ever JIT implementation
  • Animated HD images created pleasing appearance to the user

Note: Though the applications are installed in external storage memories there are chances of available data deletion at times. This can be undone only on using good Android recovery software that has the capability to recover deleted files from Android phone. One of the reputed tools widely used by many users now a day is Remo Recover for Android.

Gingerbread (Android 2.3):

This is the first ever Android operating system VOIP support. This made the user to communicate world wide over the internet including video calls and video chats. The 3G technology at that time has also raised the stake of it. Apart from this features there are also development in all aspects of calling facilities.

  • Improved power management
  • Social networking features
  • Updated UI
  • Improved keyboard ease of use
  • Improved copy/paste
  • Near Field Communication support
  • Native VoIP/SIP support
  • 4G availability
  • First ever voice search application and service engine for it were introduced

Honey comb (Android 3.0):

This is the first ever made Android operating system with the destination as targeting Tablet devices. The baby was born in 22nd February 2011. The enhancement made the Tablet devices more popular than ever. The key features that hiked the Tablet devices are.

  • Multi core support
  • Better tablet support
  • Updated 3D UI
  • Media/Picture transport protocol
  • Open Accessory API
  • Mice, joysticks, gamepads... support
  • Resizable Home screen widgets
  • MTP notifications
  • RTP API for audio

The Ice cream sandwich (Android 4.0.1):

These are the recent trends in the Android market. It was introduced with the intent to bring the Smartphone and the PC world more closely. The facial recognition app is one important mile stone. It was released in   19th October 2011. The highlighted features include

  • Facial recognition (Face Unlock)
  • 4G way of communication
  • UI use Hardware acceleration
  • Web browser, allows up to 16 tabs
  • Better voice recognition (dictating/Voice typing)
  • Android Beam app to exchange data through NFC
  • Updated launcher (customizable)

Jelly bean (Android 4.1 and 4.2):

This version solved many legal and threatened issues of ICS operating systems. It was released with a lot of surprises in the year 9th June 2012. The features are.

  • Wireless display with Miracast
  • Agree images with Photo Sphere
  • Daydream to display information when idle or docked
  • Multi-user for tablets
  • Lock screen widgets
  • Gesture Typing, for faster typing

The Key Lime Pie is the next upcoming version of Android. Still want to add more colors to your mobile then wait to see the surprises.

Different operating systems available for Android was last modified: May 30th, 2013 by Molly Owen

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