You’ve probably noticed by now that every Android operating system is named after one familiar candy. It has already become a tradition in Google to first publish only the first letter of the new operating system’s name and make us speculate for months which candy is next in line, before publishing the official name. Just guessing what the next version will be called brings huge popularity to Android.
The first letters of the name are arranged according to the order of the letters in the alphabet and you guessed it, we have already reached M. Now we know that it is the turn of the favorite biscuit with foam filling – Marshmallow (which was initially called Macadamia Nut Cookie). But, let’s start from the beginning and remind ourselves which Android sweets we have had the opportunity to try so far.
Android Cupcake – v 1.5
The first versions of the Android operating system 1.0 and 1.1 did not have official names, so we will not start this list from A but from C, ie from Cupcake. This was the first major addition to the new operating system and was launched in 2009.
Version 1.5 is called round cookies, which are baked in small molds and topped with cream. Some of the novelties that Cupcake brought are widgets for the main screen, the ability to create folders, copy/paste options in the browser, automatic rotation of the image on the screen, and more.
Android Donut – 1.6
Shortly after Cupcake, also in 2009, Donut appeared on the market – Android 1.6 Donut. Among the many new options that this version has brought, we single out: improved Internet search, voice commands even in multiple languages, the ability to display high-quality images from a mobile device on higher resolution screens, and a visibly better camera interface.
Android Eclair – 2.0
Android 2.0 Eclair saw the lights of the stage only a month after Donut, so this is the third Android operating system to be launched in 2009. Its trump cards were an improved internet browser, usable Google Maps, GPS navigation, and the biggest surprise was the phenomenal interface with more activated screens and a multitude of widgets. Eclair was more attractive and better than its two predecessors, which promised only even more advanced “sweets” from Android’s kitchen.
Android Froyo – 2.2
The following year, 2010 was marked by Android 2.2 Froyo. Froyo is actually an acronym for Frozen Yogurt, frozen yogurt that is very popular in the United States. This version features a much faster user interface, support for Adobe Flash, hot spot features, voice content input, and phone control by saying voice commands, the ability to install applications directly to the SD card, and many other improvements that have made this operating system very stable and popular. audience.
Android Gingerbread – 2.3
Also in 2010, in December, a new candy appeared, with a name that corresponded to the holiday season. Gingerbread is actually gingerbread! Android 2.3 Gingerbread offered users a larger number of sensors, a more secure user interface, better management of downloaded files, support for VoIP applications, as well as the ability to use more than one camera.
Android Honeycomb – 3.0
Honeycomb, or honeycomb, appeared in 2011. Tablet owners are especially happy with this release of Android because this version was created to optimize the work of the tablet device. Android Honeycomb 3.0 has brought us advanced 3D features, support for hardware acceleration, widgets that have the ability to resize, and everything is spiced with support for the joystick and gamepad.
Android Ice Cream Sandwich – 4.0
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, or ice cream sandwich, appeared in May 2011 and brought many improved features with it. What was most noticeable was the complete design change that particularly delighted the users. In addition, there is also support for face recognition, silk editor, the ability to record HD videos, enhanced gesture commands (including pinch), and much more.
Android JellyBean – 4.1
Here is the favorite version of Android for all jelly candy lovers. He appeared in July 2012 and brought a lot of excitement. In addition to new performance improvements and interface tweaks, with the Android JellyBean 4.1 system we also received improved notifications, Google Now, PhotoSphere, configurable widgets, USB audio streaming, and many additional options that together made Android a serious player in the global market. matches.
Android KitKat – 4.4
You’ve probably all heard of the crunchy KitKat chocolates, which are also known for having one of the most popular Android operating systems with the same name. The biggest change that Android KitKat 4.4 has brought is that all phones with up to 512GB of RAM can run this operating system.
This automatically brought a much larger base of potential users and a wide range of phones that could be treated to this candy. The novelties that KitKat brings are a refreshed interface, a smarter call indicator, more efficient multitasking, simplified user settings, and many improvements that have made the life of Android developers much easier.
Android Lollipop – 5.0
The Android Lollipop 5.0 operating system, or lollipop, was launched in 2014. The fifth version of the popular operating system brings a twist that is most obvious in design. The direction called “material design” is followed so that most of the known elements are completely changed. Android now looks much more refined, taut, and sleek.
In addition, the entire system is optimized to be safer, faster, and consume significantly fewer batteries. Here are just a few of the options that most Android users can enjoy today – notifications that appear even when the device screen is locked, a fully functional virtual assistant Google Now, official support for multiple SIM cards.
Android Marshmallow – 6.0
The freshest sweet from Android’s kitchen is a marshmallow cookie, that is. Android Marshmallow 6.0. The latest version of the Android operating system was officially launched on October 5. It is currently only available for Nexus devices, and Google says that by the end of this year and the beginning of next year, all newer mobile devices will be able to use Marshmallow.
You will read about what Marshmallow brings to us in a new blog post, and now we will just tell you that its goal is to make your experience in using Android devices unforgettable. We will find out soon whether he will succeed in that.