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Android Version History: A Visual Timeline

Android Version History

a Visual Timeline

Since 2008, Android has released 39 version updates and 18 API levels,commercially. Here we've captured the major milestones.

The Beginning
SEP 23
2008
1.0
Android Market
Camera support
Gmail app & sync
Contacts sync w/People app
Calender sync w/ Calender app
Google Maps,Sync,Search, & Talk
IM, SMS & MMS
Media Player
Custom notifications & wallpapers
Voice Dialer
Youtube Player
Wi-Fi & Bluetooth support


2009
APR 30
1.5- CUPCAKE
Support for widgets
Soft-keyboard w/ text-prediction
Bluetooth A2DP, AVRCP support
Record/watch videos
Copy & paste in browser
Animated screen transitions
Auto-rotation
New stock boot animation
Upload videos to Youtube
Upload photos to Picasa

SEP 15
1.6- DONUT
Quick Search Box
Gallery,camera,camcorder integration
CDMA/EVDO, 802.1X & VPNs support
Battery usage indicator
Text-to-speech engine
Multilingual speech synthesis engine
Easier search, app screenshots in Market
WVGA screen resolution support
New Gestures Builder dev tool
New framework APIs


OCT 26
2010
2.0 - ECLAIR
Multiple accounts
Turn-by-turn navigation for Google Maps
Email & contact sync
Exchange email support
Quick Contact
Bluetooth 2.1 support
Search for saved SMS & MMS
Live wallpapers
New camera features
Browser support for HTML5
New framework APIs
Optimized hardware speed
Multiple screen sizes & resolutions support

MAY 20
2.2 - FROYO
Android Cloud to Device Messaging (C2DM)
Improved Exchange support
Dedicated shortcuts on home screen
Chrome V8 JS engine in browser
Portable Wi-Fi hotspot functionally
Disable data access over mobile
Voice dialing, contact sharing over Bluetooth
Bluetooth-enabled dock support
Numeric & alphanumeric password support
Adobe Flash support
Extra-high-PPI screen support
Multiple keyboard languages
"Car Mode" & "Night Mode" UI Frameworks

DEC 6
2011
2.3- GINGERBREAD
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Better control over apps
Access to multiple cameras
XL screen sizes & resolutions support
Native input & sensor events
New mixable audio effects
SIP-based internet telephony
New Download Manager
WebM/VP8 video playback support
AAC audio encoding support
Open API for native audio
Robust native dev environment
Multitouch keyboard
Improved copy/paste
Video chat in Google Talk

FEB 22
3.0- HONEYCOMB
New virtual & "holographic" UI
Added System Bar
Added Action Bar
Simplified multitasking
Customizable home screen
Redesigned keyboard
Multiple browser tabs replace windows
Quick access to camera features
Support for video in Google Talk
Hardware acceleration
Ability to encrypt all user data


OCT 19
2012
4.0- ICE CREAM SANDWICH
Recent Apps multitasking
Android Beam for NFC
Apps accessible from lock screen
Drag-and-drop folder creation
Resizable widgets
Integrated screenshot capture
Real-time speech to text dictation
Face Unlock
Google Chrome
Data usage warnings
Shut down apps in background
Built-in photo editor
WebP image format support
Wi-Fi Direct
Consolidated platform for phones & tablets
Swipe to dismiss notifications

MAR 6
Android Market becomes Google Play

JUL 9
2013
4.1 - JELLY BEAN

Google Now search app
Google Cloud Messaging (GCM)
Vsync timing
Triple buffering in graphics pipeline
Synchronized & anticipatory touch
Multiple language support
User-installable keymaps
Expandable notifications
Android Beam w/ Bluetooth data transfer
Offline voice dictation
Multichannel & USB audio
Gapless playback
Project Butter: improved performance & smoothness
Actionable Notifications
Lockscreen widgets
Multi-user support
Multi-screen support

MAY
THE RUMOR MILL
5.0- KEY LIME PIE
Performance profiles
Social media integration
Cross-device SMS sync
Enhanced multi-device support
App preview/freebie codes
Built-in video chat

Android Version History: A Visual Timeline

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