Android OS: Now & Then


If you have always used a device that runs on Android operating system, there is a high chance that you used at least three versions of the OS in your lifetime. Last year, the tenth and the latest version of the mobile operating system was launched called “Marshmallow” or “Android M”.

 

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Starting in 2009 with two unnamed versions, followed by Android 1.5 or Cupcake, there’s no doubt that Google’s Android OS has evolved magnificently over the years. Have a look:

 

1. Donut:

Android 1.6 revolutionized the use of mobile internet and literally brought all information on fingertips. Google maps and searching on the internet over phone became a reality with this.

 

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2. Eclair:

Android 2.2 let the user customise the home screen. It allowed fluid arrangement of apps and widgets not only across multiple screens but also in folders. It also featured beautiful live wallpapers that responded to touch.

 

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3. Froyo:

Android 2.2 introduced two new features—Voice Typing that allowed input texting and Voice Actions to let the user control the phone simply by speaking.

 

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4. Gingerbread:

Android 2.3 was all about the sensors and gave rise to a new phenomenon called “gaming”. The user could also touch, tap and tilt the phone!

 

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5. Honeycomb:

Android 3.0 was specifically designed for devices with large screens such as tablets. Its main features were widgets, multitasking and notifications.

 

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6. Ice-cream Sandwich:

Unlike its predecessor Honeycomb, Android 4.0 was created for both smart-phones and tablets. It had an updated web browser, allowed social media integration and security features such as “face recognition” among other features.

 

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7. Jelly Bean:

Android 4.1 boasted of smooth & slick graphics. It introduced “Google Now”. It also offered more than 1 million apps on Google Play for the tech geeks to indulge in a variety of activities.

 

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8. KitKat:

Simple & smart—Android 4.4 offered a more polished design and new features such as “immersive mode”—that automatically hid everything except what the user really wanted to view. It also introduced “OK Google” to launch voice search.

 

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9. Lollipop:

Android 5.0 offered more fluidity in terms of material design. It could power your car, TV and even your watch, along with phone and tablet. The OS even offered a “guest user mode” for better security!

 

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10. Marshamallow:

Marshmallow brought a radical improvement as far as its material design is concerned. Other fascinating features of Android 6.0 are “Google Now on Tap”, fingerprint sensor, better battery life and seamless voice control.

 

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It is amazing to see how quickly time flies. A quirky fact about this OS is that its every major release is named alphabetically and after a sweet—and that makes it even more delightful! So how many versions have you used till now?