It is pretty difficult to determine which Android version is popular as every Android version is special and it is obvious that the new one always bypass the older one especially when the newer one has more features. As you are here to know about the popular Android versions, we gathered some information which will help you to tell about all Android versions.

Android 1.o

Launch Date – 2008

July 2015 was a remarkable date for Google as they purchased a company called Android which was founded by many mobile geniuses. In 2007 Google created a buzz in the market by announcing that they are working on a smartphone and new mobile OS that will be based on Linux Kernal.

In September-October 2008 Google released its first T-Mobile G-1. You know it as HTC Dream. Soon after its updated version was launched in February 2009 though it was not something that is loaded with high code and in reality it was not that interactive.

But as we have now analyzed it, we can say that it was the beginning of Android which also showed the promise of multiple Google Apps like YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps; ability to list games, widgets, and apps in their nascent stage.

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Android 1.5 Cupcake

Launch Date – April 2009

This is a true first version of Android which really shows the potential and power of the platform. It also begins the tradition of naming OS names on sweets. Some of its noted features were:

  • It introduces first independent on-screen keyboards. It actually killed smartphones with physical buttons.
  • Widgets and shortcuts including 3rd party can be added on the home screen. You could customize them according to your taste and preferences.
  • The camera could record videos.
  • You could upload videos directly to YouTube and pictures to Picasa.
  • This version introduces a separate app for Google Talk.
  • Introduction of Music and Calendar.
  • For a smoother landscape to portrait transition, it introduces auto rotation feature.
  • The browser is faster with copy-paste support.

Android 1.6 SDK – Donut

Launch Date –September 2009

The donut was released on September 2009 end. It comes with some notable changes. One of the revolutionary updates is supporting CDMA which is no doubt become a big thing. Some of its other notable features are:

  • Different screen resolution was introduced for supporting various screen sizes.
  • Original black theme with Beta tag was dropped so that it can get brighter gray, white, or green palette.
  • Satellite navigation support.
  • Universal Search function was improved. You could pinpoint contacts or apps on the quickly search the Web or Phone.
  • Improved text to speech, video aspects support.

Android 2.0 and 2.1 Éclair

Launch Date – November 2009

Launch Date is correct. The company launched the next version very soon, but Éclair’s improved version was launched in January 2010. The new Android version as lots of APIs to play with and bug fixes too. However it doesn’t have any noted features, but still, it was remembered for:

  • Web browser updated visually
  • Multi-touch support mechanism added
  • The camera provided both digital and flash options.
  • Support for multiple Google accounts
  • A unified box for Android
  • Gallery updated with animations
  • Google Voice
  • Search within text messages

Android 2.2 Froyo

Launch Date – May 2010

Addition of flash and impeccable speed is what makes this updated different from the predecessor. It comes with ample of features like:

  • Use the flash in video recording
  • Bluetooth compatibility enhanced with car speakers and docks.
  • To streamline and enhancement of the functionality of the device home screen was redesigned.
  • Portable Wi-Fi sharing

Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Launch Date – December 2010

This version was a quiet affair. However, Android Gingerbread was the version which actually set the base of Android. It some notable features are:

  • NFC support
  • Internet calling featured with SIP
  • Video call support
  • Advanced UI was introduced
  • Enhanced on-screen keyboard with enhanced copy/paste option
  • Overhaul of the UI for better battery power
  • Social networking features added

 Android 3.0 and 3.1 Honeycomb

Launch Date – May 2011

Honeycomb is the first Android OS which is specially launched for a tablet or larger screen devices. It never saw the smartphone platform. It loaded with features like:

  • Enriched and improved UI to get most of larger screen
  • On-screen buttons instead of hardware buttons.
  • Widgets became bolder and bigger
  • Web browser got tabbed browsing.
  • Private browsing added.
  • Redesigned apps like YouTube and Gmail look good on bigger screen.
  • HTTP live streaming introduced.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Launch Date – May 2011

It was announced in Google I/O conference in May 2011. In comes with lots of major bugs fixes. It works great for both mobile and tablet platform. It was loaded with features like:

  • Android version gets a signification redesign along with the holo theme.
  • On-screen navigation feature
  • Face unlock
  • Faster browser experience
  • Resizable widgets
  • Ability to track data usage, set limits, etc.
  • Respond calls with customized or preset templates
  • Enhanced storage space for apps
  • Live video effects
  • Ability to create a folder on the home screen
  • Voice input, spell-checker, keyboard, etc.

Android 4.1 and 4.2 Jelly Bean

Launch Date – June 2012/ October 2012

Android Jelly Bean is another great update that introduced the revolutionary ‘Google Now.’ It gets lots of popularity because of its interactive notifications and predictive feature. Apart from buttery smooth UI and enhance performance its other features are:

  • Voice search feature where search queries displayed as answers
  • Gesture modes keeping blind users in mind
  • Free navigation using touch, swipe gesture and speech
  • Lock screen widgets
  • Support for 4K resolution
  • Auto complete for the dial pad
  • High dynamic range photography has been added
  • Interactive screensaver mode Daydream was added.

Android 4.4 KitKat

Launch Date – September 2013

In 2013 Google partnered with Kitkat and after a special ad campaign company launched new version KitKat. The partnership was done to get evergreen name KitKat for their newer version. It loaded with features like:

  • Translucent System UI
  • Android performs even in a low hardware system
  • Google Hangout introduced in place of the messaging app
  • HCE support for making transactions more secure
  • Default Google Drive
  • Ample of other appearance and performance improvements

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Android 5.0 Lollipop

Launch Date – November 2014

This Android version leaves older DALVIK runtime. Instead of this company introduced ART runtime. This was a major thing, here are some more features:

  • Material Design was introduced
  • Android TV
  • Android gaming became visually captivating and more immersive
  • Smart Lock system
  • Raw image support

Android 6 Marshmallow

Launch Date – September 2015

Marshmallow is an update which is more focused on maintenance. Still, it has some notable features.

  • Improved Google Now
  • Official fingerprint sensor support
  • Doze mode to improve battery life
  • Opt-in app permission
  • Use formatted microSD card as onboard storage

Android 7.0 Nougat

Launch Date – June 2016

The features of Nougat was disclosed earlier, but the fun part was named make a great hype. All are making guesses about its name. It comes with better battery management and performance improvement. That’s not it; Nougat has some other notable features like:

  • Native multi-windowed support for multitasking
  • Pixel Launcher support
  • Night-light
  • Daydream VR mode

Android 8.0 Orea

Orea is currently the latest one. It is smart and fast. It is specially developed keeping entry-level smartphone in mind. Checkout some of its amazing features:

  • More storage
  • Picture in picture
  • Password autofill
  • Notification channels
  • Snooze notifications
  • Notification dots
  • New emoji styling
  • Auto enable wifi

The Popular Android Versions 2018

Android Name Android Version Usage Share
Nougat 7.0, 7.1 30.8%?
Marshmallow 6 23.5%?
Lollipop 5.0, 5.1 20.4%?
Oreo 8.0, 8.1 12.1%?
KitKat 4.4 9.1%?
Jelly Bean 4.1.x, 4.2.x, 4.3.x 3.6%?
Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3, 4.0.4 0.3%?
Gingerbread 2.3.3 to 2.3.7 0.2%?

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