Android-the journey from beta to Ice Cream Sandwich

Android smart phones have taken over the Smartphone market in less than 4 years. Because of its flexibility and large number of applications it’s becoming everyone’s favorite.   Lets now take a look of various versions of android it’s interesting to note that they are naming there operating systems in alphabetical order after food items.

The android beta which was released on 5th November 2007 was the first android launched ever.

Android 1.0:
Android 1.0 was the first commercial version HTC dream was the first device to run the android OS. . It has wifi and Bluetooth support with a YouTube player

Android 1.1:
The upgraded version had the ability of resolving bugs and many other features. it was released for T-   Mobile G 1 only .It had the ability to save attachments in text messages

On 30th April 2009 CUPCAKE was released. It was based on Linux version 2.6.27. it contained options for video recording and playing of different video formats. It had the ability to upload videos to YouTube and pictures to Picasa. It had animated screen transitions and video can be recorded and played in 3gp and Mp4 formats

1.6 donut:
On 15th September 2009 donut was released which was based on Linux kernel 2.6.29

2.0/2.1 eclair:
Support for flash support and digital zoom were included, an improved version of Google maps were there  and had a better user interface along with many other features such as:

• Blue tooth 2.1 support is available in  eclair
• Live wall papers and account synchronization was introduced
• Hardware speed was optimized and a  innovative  new look was given to the user interface
• HTML 5 was supported by the browser and had a refreshed  browser interface
• In this version user can search old mms or sms  messages and it automatically deleted old messages when the limit was reached

2.2 X froyo
On 20th march 2010 android 2.2 (froyo) was released  which was based on the Linux kernel 2.6.32. Some of its features are:
• Contacts can be shared over Bluetooth and  voice dialing was made possible
• Chrome’s v8 java script engine was integrated into browser
• Supported PPI screens up ti  4” 720p

2.3 X ginger bread:
On 6th September 2010 Android 2.3 gingerbread was introduced with the release of Google Nexus S. The OS has new download manager and new power management system . It also supported many additional sensors. Additional features were introduced which enhanced gaming in the device.

3.0 honey comb:
This was introduced for using in tablets .It supports large screen devices and multi core processors  two more versions of honey comb 3.1 and 3.2 was also released with additional features.

4.0 Ice cream sandwitch:
It was announced on 19th October 2011. It is supposed to be the best mobile operating system ever made. It incorporated feature of honey comb to smart phones and added some new features like facial recognition unlock and monitoring of network usage.

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