Android versions: A living history from Android 1.0 to Android 11


Android is a Linux mobile-based operating system that is specially designed for Smartphones and Tablets.

It is one of the best operating systems which is used by millions of users from all over the world.

Android is the most powerful operating system that is free, and anyone can use it without paying a single amount of money.

Moreover, it also offers you millions of apps and games that you can download from Google PlayStore.

Android is not only operated by a group of developers but an open-source platform that’s why anyone can use it for free and can work on it.

The Android OS is divided into android versions, and Google can name it like

  • Marshmallow
  • Lollipop
  • Jellybean

etc and many more.

Most of the latest release Android smartphones and tablets come with Android 9.0 (Pie), and some new smartphones like

  • Samsung Galaxy S10
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
  • OnePlus 7T
  • Pixels Handset

will come with Android 10.0 which was the latest release on Android.

Android is actually acquired by Google but did not invent it.

It is developed by developers known as open handset alliance with the contribution of Google.

The android operating system was easy to use as compared to its competitor operating system called iOS, which is developed and run by Apple Company.

Moreover, Android platforms also allow their users to do some customization.

Like if you don’t love the home screen, then you can download different languages to the Google Play Store and set your favorite one.

Android is a powerful system that supports almost every type of application.

These applications are helpful for most users all over the world.

Smartphones that come with Android operating systems are compatible to do every type of work like

  • connecting to WiFi
  • take photos with the camera
  • send and receive messages
  • Share files between multiple devices



All Android Versions From Android 1.0 to Android 11


The version of android history begins from when Android publicly released its first beta version of Android on November 5, 2007, and the first commercial version of Android on September 23, 2008, all over the world.

Android includes different apps like

  • Gmail
  • Maps
  • Youtube

all of them are already installed with every version of Android.

We compiled the listicle of all android versions from Android 1.0 to the latest beta release Android 12, so don’t forget to check below.


Android 1.0

Android 1.0 was the first commercial version of Android, which was released on September 23, 2008, all over the world.

The first device that is compatible with this android version is the HTC Dream.

This version of Android allowed the user to download the application through the market application.

In this version, you are not able to cage the camera resolution but allow you to capture images with the camera.

This version supports the media player, which means you can easily listen to songs, import, and play other media files, but it does not have any Bluetooth features.

Moreover, it also has a Google Search feature, which allows its user to search on the internet or for an application on the entire phone.

It also offers users to change the background image of the phone or photo behind the home screen icons and widgets.

You will also get a Youtube Video player in this version.

Android 1.1 – Petit Four

Android 1.1 was known as Petit Four, but his name was not used officially.

This version of Android usually fixes all the bugs you get in the previous version.

Moreover, this update is only compatible with the HTC Dream phone, and this phone remains the first which received the update of this version of Android.

You will get detailed information on maps when you search for a business on the maps.

It also has a Google Sync feature, which means you can sync all your important data from Gmail, Calendar, and people.

You will also get a voice dialer feature that allows you to perform phone calls without typing a number or a person’s name.

In this version of Android, you can send an attachment to the message.

Furthermore, you can also hide or display a dial pad when using the speakerphone. 

Android 1.5 – Cupcake

Android 1.5 was released on April 27, 2009, for almost all users around the world.

This is the first version that was officially named a Cupcake.

This update includes new features and increases more security.

This update allows the user to use a third-party virtual keyboard with the phone, and you can also have a dictionary for difficult words.

In this version, you will also get an auto-pairing Bluetooth feature.

You will also get a copy-paste feature in all browsers.

Moreover, you can also set a specific date for the event in the call log, and have one-touch access to a contact card from the call log event section.

You can also check the photo usage history, which allows you to check whose phone you use when you are out of your home.

It also offers you an animated screen transition, which makes the look of your phone more beautiful. 

Android 1.6 – Donut

Android 1.6 was officially known as Donut, was released on 15 September 2009 all over the world.

In this update, they improve security and add more features as compared to the previous version.

In this update, users have a right to add their content to the search result.

You will get faster speed when you are using a camera application as well as a gallery and camcorder.

Moreover, this version of android also starts supporting WVGA screen resolutions.

They improve speed performance in different applications like the camera.

It has expanded the gesture framework, as well as adding new gesture development tools.

Furthermore, you can also see bookmark history using a text entry search feature.

Users also are allowed to select multiple photos at one time as well as they can delete it.

Its multilingual speech synthesis engine allows any application to speak a string of text. 

Android 2.0 – 2.1: Eclair

They release the 3 different versions of Android with the same name known as Eclair.

  • Android 2.0 was first released on October 26, 2009
  • Android 2.0.1 was released on December 23, 2009
  • Android 2.1 was released on January 12, 2010.

In these versions of Android, they allow their users to add multiple accounts to a device for synchronization of an email and contacts.

You are also able to search for all saved messages and MMS messages.

You can also delete all the oldest messages automatically when they reach the limits.

They improve the typing speed on the virtual keyboard.

His new version of Android supports new screen resolution as well, and they improve the contrast ratio.

Furthermore, it has the ability to add live wallpapers in its background.

It supports Bluetooth 2.1 and increases the data transferring speed from one device to another. 

Android 2.2 – Froyo

Android 2.2 was the next version of Android, which was known as Froyo, and it was released on May 20, 2010.

This version of Android increases the speed and performance of the device.

They also add the support of Chrome V8 Javascript into the browser application to get a better experience when you are surfing the internet.

This new version of Android supports a higher screen resolution up to 320 PPI, such as the 720P screen.

Moreover, they improve security and allow its users to set numeric and alphanumeric passwords to protect the smartphone and tablet from unknown persons.

It also offers Wifi Hotspot features that allow the user to share their internet with their friends.

Furthermore, you can also switch between multiple keyboards and their Dictionaries.

They also updated the market application and added more applications and games for their users.

You can also view the photo stacks using a zoom gesture.

Android 2.3 – Ginger Bread

Android 2.3 was officially known as Ginger Bread and was first released on December 6, 2010, all over the world.

They also improve this version and fix all bugs to enhance the user experience.

This version of android starts supporting the device, which comes with multiple cameras, like a Rear camera and front-facing camera.

It also improved the speed and performance when users used the camera and virtual keyboard.

This version now supports extra-large screen resolution devices.

Moreover, you will also get a download application that allows the user to find all the download files in one place.

They also improve the copy-paste feature and allow the user to select a word by pressing and holding for copy and pasting in the device.

This version of android also has audio effects like

  • Bass boost
  • Reverb
  • Equalization
  • Headphone Virtualization

for a better sound experience. 

Android 3.0 – 3.2.6: Honeycomb

The next versions of Android come in a different version with the same name known as Honeycomb.

The first version was released on February 22, 2010, and the next version was released on May 10, 2011, and the last version was released on July 15, 2011.

Moreover, they also released new versions of 3.2 like

  • 3.2.1 was released on September 20, 2010
  • 3.2.2 was released on August 30, 2011
  • 3.2.3 was released on August 30, 2011
  • 3.2.4 was released in December 2011
  • 3.2.5 was released in January 2012
  • 3.2.6 was released in February 2012.

These versions also have the 4G capability, and allow the user to browse the internet with faster internet speed.

They also added the Quick access feature to camera exposure, flash, zoom, as well as the front-facing camera.

They also improve the speed and performance of the speed in this version of Android.

Moreover, it also has the ability to encrypt the data of all users. 

Android 4.0 – Ice Cream

This version of android was known as Ice Cream Sandwich and was released on 18 October 2011 all over the world.

In this version, they increase the speed and also increase security.

In this version, they allow the user to access any application from the lock screen.

They also added a face unlock feature, which helps users to only unlock their smartphone or tablet using facial recognition software.

In this version, the added built-in photo editor allows other users to edit their photos without downloading any third-party application.

Furthermore, you can automatically sync other chrome bookmarks with the browser.

In this version, they allow the user to close all the applications for the recent list within one click.

Moreover, they also improve the hardware acceleration of the UI and let users get a better experience.

They also improve the error correction on the keyboard and allow users to chat with their favorite person in a more efficient way. 

Android 4.1 – 4.3.1: Jelly Bean

They released the three different androids with the same names known as Jelly Bean.

  • Android 4.1 was released on July 9, 2012
  • Android 4.2 was released on November 13, 2012
  • Android 4.3 was released on July 24, 2013.

During this time period, they also released new updates of this version and improved different features on each version of android.

In this version, you will get autocomplete in the dial pad application.

Moreover, this version also allows you to create a new profile with restrictions.

This feature helps you to hide your important things and let them use their phone without any worry.

They also added OpenGL ES 3.0 and allowed users to install the games which require high-quality graphics.

Moreover, in this version clock in the status bar disappears if you select it as a lock screen widget.

You cannot adjust the volume for incoming calls and notification alerts separately.

Android 4.4 – KitKat

This is the next version of Android known as KitKat and was released on October 31, 2013.

Google Nexus 5 gets this version for the first called which has the ability to run this device faster than ever.

In this version, the action overflow menu button will be visible even on a device.

Moreover, in this version, you will get a setting application that allows the user to set different default applications, check about the storage capacity as well as how much application is installed on your smartphone.

Moreover, you can also set different launchers from this application.

Moreover, this version of Android has a built-in screen recording feature, which helps the user to share the gaming experience with their friends by recording their gameplay.

Further, it also improves the speed on lower specification devices to enhance the user experience. 

Android 5.0 – 5.1 – Lollipop

This version comes with the same name known as Lollipop.

  • Android 5.0 was released on November 12, 2014
  • Android 5.1 was released on March 9, 2015.

Both versions receive different new updates each month. In this version, you can refresh the notification bar and quick access to the setting of the device.

In this version, they added 15 different languages, which help the user to set their favorite one.

These languages include

  • English
  • Bengali
  • Chinese
  • Malayalam
  • Marathi
  • Nepali

and many more.

Moreover, they increase transfer speed using Bluetooth features across different devices.

Furthermore, in this version, you will also get flashlight allocation, which allows the user to quickly turn on camera flashlights with just one click.

Moreover, this version allows the user to check the recent use application.

Android 6.0 – Marshmallow

This version of Android was known as Marshmallow and was first released on October 5, 2015, for all users around the world.

The devices which get this version are Nexus 6, Nexus tablet, and Nexus 5.

In this version, you will also find the app standby feature and as well as the battery saver option.

In this version, you can also access Doze Mode, which helps you to save your battery life by lowering down the CPU performance.

This version also offers you a 4K display mode for apps.

Moreover, it also offers you to perform the full backup of apps and your important data within one click.

This feature helps you to save you from a big loss.

Furthermore, you can also do contextual searches from the keyboard within apps.

In this version, you can also set external storage to behave like an internal one to get faster speed and performance. 

Android 7.0 – Nougat

This version of Android fixes all the bugs and security issues and comes with unlimited new features in the history of Android.

The name of this android version is Nougat and was first released on August 22, 2016, all over the world.

In this version, you have the ability to display color calibration as well as the ability to zoom in and view things on fullscreen.

In this version, you can also run multiple apps at the same time without affecting your device performance.

Further to reduce bandwidth, it also has Data saver mode, which forces the running application to close.

Moreover, in this version, they also improve Doze functionality, which helps you to get battery performance.

Moreover, they also improve the browser and let it download many things from the internet directly to your phone.

It has all features which clear all the running apps with just one click.

Android 8.0 – 8.1 – Oreo

Android 8.0 and 8.1 comes with different features, but Google officially gives both of them the same name, which is now Oreo.

  • Android version 8.0 was released on August 21, 2017
  • Android version 8.1 was released on December 5, 2017

In this version, they improved security and added more features.

This version improves the notification alert.

This version will give the drive two times after booting then the previous version of Android.

Moreover, this version also offers color management features and lets the user use deep color and a wide color gamut.

In this version, they allow the user to install third applications directly from the internet by enabling the Unknown Source feature from the setting.

Moreover, it also has integrated printing support, which lets you connect the printer with it. 

Android 9 – Pie

This is the latest version of Android, which is used by the latest devices from all over the world.

This version of Android was known as Pie and was first released on 6 August 2018 all over the world.

They improved the security and added more features to this version of Android.

In this version, they moved the clock to the left part of the screen, and now the dock has a small transparent background.

Now the battery percentage is shown in Alway on Display.

Moreover, in this version, they add auto-brightness features, which help the user to automatically adjust the brightness of the screen according to the environment.

Moreover, they also redesign the volume control to get a better look.

In the end, they improve the speed and performance of the device as compared to the previous version of Android.

Moreover, they also Do Not disturb features that turn the entire phone interface. 

Android 10.0 – Android Q

This is the tenth major version of android, which was known as Android Q at this time.

This version of android was released on September 3, 2019, which provides you an unlimited number of features as compared to all versions of android.

In this version, the background running application can no longer jump into the foreground.

It has a floating system panel that allows a user to change the system settings directly from the application.

This version of android was also compatible with folded tablets and smartphones.

It has better support for biometric authentication in applications.

In this version, you will get a system-wide dark theme/mode.

It gives you faster speed than any android version.

It allows the core OS component to be updated directly from Google PlayStore. 

Android 11

Android 11 is the upcoming version of Android and going to change the android version history.

This version of Android was first announced on February 19, 2020, and the beta version was released on the same date as the announcement.

This version of Android takes Android to perform to the next level.

Some of the smartphones which are compatible with Android 11 are

  • Samsung Galaxy S10 series
  • Google Pixel 2, 3, 4
  • Huawei P30
  • OnePlus 7, 7T
  • Huawei Mate 30 series
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 10 series.

Furthermore, this version of Android is going to offer an unlimited number of new features.

This version of Android is also compatible with 5G tablets, which include

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 5G
  • Huawei MatePad Pro 5G

which is going to be released soon. 

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