The World of Android – How many Android
version are there?
How many Android versions are there, well lets start from the beginning. The Android operating system is the most popular mobile operating system in the entire world. In order to improve this operating system, Google often launches newer and newer versions of the Android operating system.
Each of these is named after some or the other dessert in order to make them distinct. In all, till now you would find that there are 14 different versions of the Android operating systems which are being launched.
We would today go into the details of these 14 Android operating systems in order to provide you with the clear idea about the number of versions as well as the names which they have.
- Android 1.1:
This was the 1st Android operating system which was launched on 9 February 2009. It did not have any code name.
- Android 1.5 cupcake:
This was android 1.5 which was launched on 30 April 2009. It was based on Linux Kernel 2.6.27. This was the 1st Android operating system which was named after a dessert.
- Android 1.6 SDK donut:
This android operating system was launched on September 15, 2009. It was again based on Linux kernel version number 2.6.29.
- Android 2.2 SDK Eclair:
Eclair Android 2.2 was launched on October 26, 2009. It was based on the Linux kernel version number 2.6.29.
- Android 2.2 Froyo:
This version was launched on May 20, 2010. It was based on the Linux kernel 2.6.32.
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread:
This Android version was launched on December 6, 2010. The Linux kernel version on which it was based is on 2.6.35.
- Android 3.0 Honeycomb:
This particular Android version was launched on February 20, 2011. It was based on the Linux Kernel version 2.6.36.
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich:
Ice cream Sandwich Android 4.0 was launched on October 19, 2011. The Linux kernel version on which it was based on is 3.0.1.
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean:
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean was launched on 27th June 2012. The Linux kernel version on which it was based is 3.0.31.
- Android 4.4 Kitkat:
Android 4.4 KitKat was launched on September 3, 2013. This Android version was optimized to run on a huge variety of smartphones, having less amount of RAM.
- Android 5.0 Lollipop:
Android 5.0 Lollipop was launched on November 12, 2014.
- Android 6.0 MarshMallow:
It was launched on May 28, 2015.
- Android 7.0 Nougat:
Android 7.0 Nougat was released in September 2016.
- Android 8.0(Name Not confirmed):
Android 8.0 is to be officially launched in 2017. This means, that the launch would be within the next few months. The name, however, has not been announced yet.
Officially Google has ended support for all version below Jelly Bean, this step by Google has a good side and a bad one.
First for the ‘Good’ side, by no longer supporting these versions, Google can concentrate on making the supported version more stable via releases of patches. This has forced people to update their phones, which operates on the newer Androids OS. OK you may think that’s bad thing, forcing people ( well not forcing but not paying any attention to them) up go out and buy another phone, which they may not be able to afford.
The reason why this is a Good thing is that the flaws in the early versions of the Android OS continued to have issues, as apps become more power hunger, hackers where able to find back doors and gaps in the code, fixes would break other functions and so on. Fixing bugs in an OS is hard and time consuming, but ONE big point above them all – sometimes THE BUG NOT BE FIXED.
So going back to why this is a Good thing, the answer – It gives the user (that’s us) a more protected environment to enjoy yourself in or do your work, study, a bit of banking or what every you do on you phone.
Now for the ‘BAD’ side, one word – The Environment. Ok that’s two words not one, but the amount of resources it take to build these new phones each day is huge, these resources are not coming back once they are used their used. you can try to recycle and recover a certain percent back but millions of mobile each year just get put in to the bin. We are tech loving people otherwise we wouldn’t be on the net surfing for information, but the big manufacturing companies should also think about the larger picture and make our mobile phones last as long as possible.
I would like to mention that mobiles are now a lot better and have more uses then 8 to 10 years ago, and to be honest a mobile from 2013-14 would still be fine to use ,in regard to the spec, today but is just the OS.
As you can see, since its advent, there have been a lot of versions of Android operating systems which have been launched in order to ensure that the users are able to get the best experiences on their devices.