Android is a mobile operating software developed by Google. Currently holding 81.7% of the market share, there’s no overtaking it. This operating software functions with a sweet tooth and has all its versions named after a lip-smacking sweet.
In the past decade, Android has grown significantly, let’s take a look at the changes since the release of its first version in 2008.
The first version of Android started a revolution by bringing the pull-down notifications panel which has created another attention-grabbing market in itself. It also introduced the Android Market which we now know as the Play Store.
Android 1.5 Cupcake
Android Cupcake was the first version of the Android operating software which supported complete touchscreen hardware as it now and included an on-screen keyboard. Also, third-party app developers were now able to build widgets as Android 1.5 had become substantially flexible to the open market.
Android 1.6 Donut
This version brings in the support for CDMA networks which increased its user base significantly. This also meant that Android was now much more user-friendly and under the hood, supported devices with different screen sizes.
Android 2.0 Eclair
With Android Eclair, it was now harder to get lost as it supported Google Maps and navigation had become a child’s play. It also improved browsing capabilities with HTML 5 support.
Android 2.2 Froyo
Not a very ravishing update with a few under the hood improvements like mobile hotspot, PIN lock along with the previously used Pattern lock, and a redesigned Gallery app.
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
A significant design update which was brought along with the Nexus programme. Gingerbread essentially appeared on multiple smartphones thus increasing market space for Android.
Android 3.0 Honeycomb
This was a major update on the operating software and was the first version to be supported by tablets. The update also made physical buttons obsolete with the introduction of the back, home and menu button in the software itself.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
This brought the Honeycomb features, majorly meant for a tablet to the smartphone and tweaked with a lot of smaller features like analysis of data usage and new basic apps for mail and calendar.
Android 4.1 Jellybean
Jellybean is one of the biggest Android updates so far. Most of it went in the backend in improving the performance and it also brought the Google Now feature which let you access to a great deal of information with one swipe.
Android 4.4 KitKat
Android KitKat was an aesthetically pleasing update and the new design looked much pleasant with new themes blending in very well. It didn’t have many backend changes.
Android 5.0 Lollipop
This update brought in plenty of notification updates and saw the shift of Android to Google’s Material Design philosophy. With Android 5.0, Android had entered the television market as well with dubbed Android TV.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
With 21.02% devices running Android Marshmallow, it stays on top of the list. This update saw significant UI changes with a different menu panel, better security patches, and a search bar.
Android 7.0 Nougat
One of the most loved and significant updates to the Android platform, it brought in Google Assistant and split-screen mode. Notifications after this update were grouped to avoid clutter and better management.
Android 8.0 Oreo
Android Oreo was all about multitasking and making the most of your time. Along with improvements in split-screen, it also introduced Picture-in-Picture mode. You can also turn off notifications from apps you do not wish to receive.
Android 9.0 Pie
The latest of the Android versions, which is running on less than 0.5% of all the android devices as of now. It has improved security and now supports notch design with smartphones heading for bezel-less displays.
The growth of Android has been significant and will continue to be so in the upcoming years. With more than 2 billion users worldwide, almost every third person you meet has an android in their hands.