Android versions. Do you want to know how they’ve changed?
Do you have a smartphone? Even if you haven’t noticed it, it’s almost certain that its operating system is Android.
Android is the world’s most used operating system in the field of mobile phones, surpassing 2,000 million users. And this means that the launch of each version of your operating system is an event.
At present, the most recent models incorporate the ninth version of the Android operating systems, known as Pie. However, since they are continually renewed, it is possible that when you read this article some new version has already been released.
The different Android versions have been incorporating new features and have improved the operation of Smartphones. Do you want to know how we got to the current version? Let’s find out all about it.
The 9 Android versions
The developer of Android (Google) does not stop, and has launched a large number of versions of its operating system in just 10 years of existence. Because even if it doesn’t look like it, Android has only been around for a decade. Let’s take a brief look at the versions that have brought us up to number 9 and get to know some of the many changes that have taken place over the years.
September 23rd 2008 is already an emblematic date in the history of computing, since it corresponds to the day when the first version of Android, known as Apple Pie, was launched.
Behind such a succulent name was hidden a very meritorious operating system that was a revolution. Among other applications, included some classics such as Android Market, Google Maps, a web browser and YouTube. Its inclusion among the apps that came “from the factory” in the operating system was, in fact, one of the main reasons why the latter became what it is today: one of the most visited pages on the planet.
Launched in October 2009, the second version of Android was not a revolutionary change. It added more speed and, above all, synchronizable, multi-function email accounts.
One of Eclair’s most notable updates (indeed, frequent updates were released within each version) was called Froyo, which included, among other things, voice dictation.
Perhaps one of the least known versions of Android, and it was released in February 2011, only for its use in tablets. To date, Android tablets used version 2.0, and the arrival of Honeycomb was a great improvement in many aspects, especially in terms of usability.
-Ice Cream Sandwich
Behind this refreshing name was found the fourth version of Android, released in October 2011, which became the longest to date, enduring up to 3 years.
Android was a revolution compared to previous versions. Among many other improvements, it included on-screen buttons (although strange today, physical buttons were needed until then) and introduced the most widely used browser today: Google Chrome.
This sweet and eye-catching name represented, in part, what the fifth version of Android intended to be, a very visual operating system and very attractive to the user, laying the groundwork for the visual design of Android until the current versions.
Marshmallow was not a big change from previous versions, at least visually. It introduced some improvements at a functional level, but it was a continuity of the work already started in previous versions.
Launched in 2016, this “Christmas” version of Android was also not a big visual change (which, remember, has been quite stable since Lollipop), but did introduce significant improvements in an even more important aspect, such as the level of performance of the devices.
Thus, Nougat improved in some key aspects such as RAM consumption and performance in the execution of games, which considering the high consumption of these led to major improvements in the usability of the devices.
In addition, the seventh version of Google introduced other significant improvements for the future, such as increases in its ability to run virtual reality.
Launched in August 2017, Oreo continued to incorporate improvements in usability and configurability. In addition to this, it brought a very interesting version, called Android Go and focused on cheaper and less powerful mobiles, which are generally used in emerging countries.
The latest version of Android available to date introduces new features such as the notch on screen, that is, includes a small notch at the top of the screen to accommodate speaker and camera, reserving the remaining space for the screen and thus expanding its surface. In addition, it reinforces the functions that are handled in a gestural way and includes certain basic functions of artificial intelligence.
So these are the 9 Android versions available to date. As you can see, this is a very “sweet” story. Do you want to find out more? For example, if you’re a smartphone fan you can find out how to control your computer from your mobile phone thanks to eHorus, as our colleague Dimas explained in this article (include link to eHorus 99).
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