Android Versions & Version wise Features and Drawbacks

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Cupcake

This is the first version as operating system and released on April 30, 2009.

Features

  • In this version onscreen soft keyboard introduced with auto-rotation option
  • Supports both land and portrait modes
  • Dictionary with custom words
  • Copy and Paste feature added in the web browser.
  • Introduced on-screen widgets like analog clock, calendar, music player, and search option etc.

Donut

This version released on September 15, 2009.

Features:

  • Introduced quick search
  • Virtual Private Network settings, the user can add his/her VPN settings in the control panel.
  • Voice search and Search box were added.
  • Battery usage indicator introduced like for which application how battery in consuming
  • Faster OS boot times and fast web browsing experience.
  • Google play store updates like categories in google play like games, apps
  • Gestures for storing, loading, volume controls.

Éclair

This version released on October 26, 2009.

Features

  • This version Bluetooth 2.1
  • Typing speed is Improved with the virtual keyboard,  with  dictionary option
  • Introduced adding events in the calendar also invite someone for your event as well.
  • From this version onwards only we can build dynamic applications.
  • Supporting zoom option in the browser
  • no Adobe flash media support.

Froyo

This version is released on Released on  May 20, 2010.

Features

  • It is Support  Adobe Flash
  • Multi-touch event gestures are introduced.
  • From this version on words, we can set mode like night/day mode so that we can save some battery life.
  • Device policy manager feature in updated like password & security etc.
  • Data backup application is also introduced.
  • Crash reporting to developer paly store account
  • The hotspot also introduced.
  • Improved Application launcher with better browser
  • No internet calling.

Gingerbread

This version is released on  December 6, 2010.

Features:

  • User Interface is updated with high efficiency and speed
  • Internet calling is introduced
  • One-touch word selection and copy/paste.
  • Supports third-party keyboards as well
  • 3d motion sensors are updated
  • Data encoding and decoding introduced
  • Not supports multi-core processors.

Honeycomb

This version released on February 22, 2011.

Features:

  • Its Supporting multi-core processors
  • It is suitable for tablets with high reach user interface
  • Action bar also introduced.
  • HTTP live streaming introduced

IceCreamSandwich

This version released on  November 14, 2011.

Features

  • Home Screen folder and favorites grouping
  • Introduced Virtual button in the UI.
  • The user can adjust the sizes of widgets
  • With the swipe, the user can clear browsers tabs, notifications, older tasks
  • Screenshot sharing
  • Android beam app for data sharing.

JellyBean

This version released on June 27, 2012.

  • Autocomplete option for the dial pad
  • The smoother user interface is updated
  • Multi-language support is introduced
  • Location accuracy updated.

KitKat:

This version released on Sep 30, 2013.

Features

  • Battery management option introduced.
  • “OK Google” voice commands improved.
  • Cloud storage options introduced.
  • Cloud printer introduced.
  • Multitasking introduced like Response faster, touch is more accurate so that multiple things can also be done at a time like browsing the web, listening to music,

Lollipop

This version released on Oct 15, 2014.

Features

  • From this version, Android is 64-bit system architecture
  • From this version, apps can support tv, watches, and cars
  • More security is introduced.
  • You can create your rules in your device like settings quick menu customization.

 MarshMallow:

This version released on May 28, 2015.

Features

  • Design and visual changes
  • “Google now tap on” this the most and important feature in android easy to search option in google
  • “Ok Google” option on the home screen.
  • File explorer option for moving files from one location to other.
  • Batter indicator on status bar
  • Security: App level permissions

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