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The journey of Android - from Cupcakes to Marshmallow

Android was born on November 5, 2007. Since then, it’s grown up to be one of the most dominant operating systems in the world.


Android 1.5 (Cupcake)
Android 1.5 was the first of its kind to get a codename, Cupcake. Stories revealed that Google wanted to launch this version as 1.2, but the company finally decided to make it a major revision and made it 1.5 instead.

Android 1.6 (Donut)
Android Donut was the OS that started making others forsake their Palm Pres and start taking Android more seriously.

Android 2.0 (Éclair)
The new SDK called Éclair was launched in October 2009 followed by a bug-fix version 2.0.1 in December 2009 and 2.1 in January 2010.

Android 2.2 (Froyo)
With Froyo, it was all about speed. The speed boost in 2.2 is fantastic, but what makes Froyo a truly great update is that it tightens bolts all across the entire platform. Android has evolved into a real product, on a totally different level than its first year

Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
Google released Gingerbread officially in December 2010. This version was designed for optimizing speed, memory and performance. The OS also included a new version of on-screen keyboard, worked on copy/paste option, etc.

Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)
Coming hot on the heels of Gingerbread was Honeycomb, a version that Google admitted it had rushed out the door in response to Apple's launch of the first iPad in 2010.
Honeycomb was a tablet-only version, and Google never released the code to people who might want to install it for their mobile phones. Rushing this version out to market also meant the software wasn't at its best. For instance, support for Flash, a key differentiator between Android and iOS was never baked in.

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
ICS reoriented toward the mobile phone with an updated interface and the complete dissolution of hardware buttons. This means we finally got the actions bar and the ever-important recent apps button

Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Had Google not introduce Google Play Services in Jelly Bean, this would not have been Android's biggest release ever. Google Play Services, while it didn't sound very exciting at that time, allowed Google to push out updates to Android's core components and to individual apps without needing to update the entire OS.

Android 4.4 (KitKat)
The Nexus 7 release on Halloween 2013 led to Google having some fun with its dessert naming convention. The company partnered with Nestle for KitKat. Version 4.4 made Android less of a memory hog, which meant the OS could run on devices that had lower RAM

Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
Google has touted Lollipop as its "sweetest release yet," with a host of major new features that truly launched Android into a modern-day OS. The UI was completely overhauled with Google's new Material Design aesthetic, showing apps in brighter, bolder colors and featuring smooth animations all throughout the OS

Android 6.0 (Marshmallow ) - Aug 2015
Marshmallow is the future of Android, and though it is still in developer preview mode. This version will also include a new memory tracker to help users find out which apps are eating up the most RAM, as well as quick fingerprint access to provide support for fingerprint sensors and access the Google Play Store with a single swipe of the finger.


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