You must have probably come across the term “Honeycomb”, Google’s unofficial name for its new for it new Android operating system. Technically android version 3.0 is called Honeycomb which is designed for tablet computers, not just smart phones.
It took only five years from the release of the first device running Android for the platform to become the most popular mobile operating system on the planet.
Google launched Android 1.0 in September 2008
The app included full complement of Google apps, including Gmail and YouTube. Amazon MP3 store handles music purchases which was n’t available before. Android Market Beta debuted with the ability to list apps and games, but there’s no way to charge for them.
Google launched Android 1.5(Cupcake) in September 2009
This was the first time Android 1.5 debuted its tasty sounding nicknames. On- screen keyboard were designed that allows Android to move away from physical keyboards. Android started using Camcorder app brings video recording for the first time. Google adds Calendar and Music widgets; calendar displays a single event and music displays the current song with play and skips controls.
Android 1.6 (Donut) – September 2009
CDMA support opens Android up to all carriers. Multiple screen resolutions are available for the first time. A battery-usage indicator is introduced to show the user what apps and services are using up the most battery. The Power Control widget brings easy toggle for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Sync and Brightness to the home screen.
Android 2.0 (Éclair) – October 2009
Google Maps Navigation is introduced, bringing free turn-by-turn directions to the phone. Support for multiple accounts is added, with distinct Contact, Email and Calendar sync settings for each account. Quick Contact provides a simple way to access both contact info and various options for communicating with that contact by tapping on the person’s thumbnail image. A Quick Contact widget is available in Email, Messaging and Calendar. Browser is updated with ability to search from the address bar, save bookmarks with thumbnails of the Web page, double-tap to zoom and HTML5 support.
Android 2.1 – January 2010
Live Wallpapers bring perpetual animation to the home screen of Android devices if the user so chooses. Users can even interact with the live wallpaper by tapping on the screen. (This was a massive battery drain and a hit to performance.) The app drawer now takes over the entire screen when tapped with a plain black background and a persistent home button at the bottom of the screen to return you to the home screen. Animations are added to the app drawer, a theme throughout Android 2.1, which shows app icons bending off the screen at the top and bottom when the user is scrolling.
Android 2.2 (Froyo) – May 2010
Dalvik VM: Just-in-time (JIT) Compiler brings massive speed enhancements to Android. New API enables the ability to push content directly from the Chrome browser on the desktop to the Android smart phone. Apps can now be installed or moved to an SD card from internal storage to free up space on the device. A native hotspot feature now allows your smart phone to serve as a wireless hotspot for your other devices.
Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) – December 2010
The on-screen keyboard is redesigned to improve typing speed and accuracy, and suggestions are now available as you type. Copy-and-paste is much improved, with arrows on either side of the area selected initially that can be moved to grab the appropriate text. Support for near-field communication (NFC) is included for the first time.
Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) – February 2011
This is the first version of Android under the design direction of Matías Duarte and the first to share a cohesive look known as Holo (holographic) across the operating system and apps. Notably, Android 3.0 is designed for tablets only, which left Google free to design with a significantly larger screen in mind. The Fragments API was introduced to deal with this break between tablets and phones, which allowed developers to create multiple screens for a phone interface that could then be displayed together on the tablet.
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) – October 2011
Ice Cream Sandwich debuted eight months after Honeycomb and wipes Honeycomb off the books completely. All navigation is brought on-screen, meaning that it is now possible to release a device with only a power and volume buttons. Users are now able to create folders on the home screen by simply dropping apps on top of one another. Widgets are now resizable, showing more or less content depending on how large the user makes them. The option to respond to an incoming call by text message is added, as is the option to create your own customized messages.
Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) – June 2012
Google Now is introduced as part of Search. It displays information in a card view that Google believes is relevant to you based on the information available in your Google apps and via your search history.
Notifications are greatly expanded in Jelly Bean, with the ability to quite literally expand notifications by tapping or pinching them. Notifications can display eight lines of text and could feature buttons at the bottom of the notification to take action.
Android 4.2 – October 2012
Lock-screen widgets allow users to interact with app widgets directly from the lock screen without having to unlock the device. Daydream debuts — Google bills it as an “interactive screensaver mode” that your device will switch to when docked or plugged in. External displays are now supported, and can target specific content to specific displays rather than simply mirroring what is on the screen
Android 4.3 – July 2013
Bluetooth Low Energy support is added to Android ahead of the coming wave of wearable that rely on the Bluetooth LE. OpenGL ES 3.0 enables improved high-performance graphics for devices with supported hardware.
Android 4.3 remains on just 5.2 percent of Android devices today. The Motorola Atrix HD for AT&T is one device that ended its run of updates here.
Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) – September 2013
For the first time in three versions, a new name debuts! KitKat begins the efforts to make Android better on low-end hardware, with the possibility of running it with as little as 512MB of RAM. Google Now Launcher is now available as a home screen, and when it is running, users can simply say, “OK, Google” and then search by voice or use Voice Actions. Kit Kat remains the most popular single version of Android at the moment, making up 39.2 percent of all devices accessing Google Play.
Android 5.0 (Lollipop) – November 2014
This android version settles on a new design philosophy with “Material design”. Android Runtime with ahead-of-time compilation replaces the Dalvik VM with just-in-time compilation introduced in Android 2.2. Android TV launches, bringing Android to the big screen. Android at Work is introduced, allowing for separate device profiles for personal and work use.
Android 5.0 is currently on 11.6 percent of devices accessing Google Play.
Google launches Android 5.1 – March 2015
In this version quick settings panel is smarter, with animations to indicate when settings are being changed and quick drop- downs for switching Wi- Fi or Bluetooth connections. It has also got device protection that keeps your data safe even if your phone is lost or stolen. Dual-SIM support is now officially part of Android as well. Sound profiles are made clearer with specific times displayed if you are allowing only Priority or No Interruptions to come through. You also can set the restrictions just until your next alarm, so you don’t have to worry about oversleeping.