Friday, October 2, 2015

What are the Android Operating System code names up to date and coming soon?

Android is the name of the mobile operating system made by American company; Google. It most commonly comes installed on a variety of smartphones and tablets from a host of manufacturers offering users access to Google’s own services like Search, YouTube, Maps, G mail and more.

This means you can easily look for information on the web, watch videos, search for directions and write emails on your phone, just as you would on your computer, but there’s more to Android than these simple examples.


Each version of Android since 1.5 has been developed with a specific code name. These code names are chosen alphabetically, and have thus far all been dessert items (or, generically, sweet/sugary foods). Some code names are associated with more than one version number, while others are limited to only a specific one, and the reason for this inconsistency is not currently known. The naming typically appears to correspond to changes in the developer 

The following names are used for the currently existing Android releases. Versions usually come with a numerical code and a name that’s so far been themed after sweets and desserts, running in alphabetical order. 


Android 1.5 Cupcake
Android 1.6 Donut
Android 2.1 Eclair
Android 2.2 Froyo
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Android 3.2 Honeycomb - The first OS design specifically for a tablets, launching on the Motorola Xoom
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich: The first OS to run on smartphones and tablets, ending the 2.X naming convention.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean: Launched on the Google Nexus 7 tablet by Asus
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean: Arrived on the LG Nexus 4
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Android 4.4 KitKat: Launched on the LG Nexus 5
Android 5.0 Lollipop: Launched on the Motorola Nexus 6 and HTC Nexus 9
Android 6.0 Marshmallow: Launched on the LG Nexus 5X and Huawei Nexus 6P



The latest version, Android Marshmallow, aims to make the OS more user-friendly, with improved battery life and more control over your apps.

Cupcake: Android 1.5

 Debuted in Fall 2008: Key additions: Speech recognition tools, a virtual keyboard, video upload support for YouTube and support for live data feeds and live folders.


Donut: Android 1.6

Debuted in Fall 2009: Key additions: Support for CDMA smartphones, additional screen sizes and a text-to-speech engine.


Eclair: Android 2.0,Android 2.1
 Debuted in October 2009: Key additions: Support for multi-touch devices, new browser interface, Microsoft Exchange support, single interface for managing multiple online accounts, soft keys support, and an enhanced camera app (with digital zoom and flash support).

Froyo: Android 2.2
 Debuted in Fall 2010: Key additions: USB tethering support (for turning a smartphone into aWi-Fi hotspot), significant speed improvements, Flash 10.1 support, voice dialing over Bluetooth, the ability to store apps on external memory cards, updated browser with Google Chrome's V8 JavaScript.
Gingerbread: Android 2.3 
Debuted in December 2010: Key additions: Google Voice over Wi-Fi, enhanced gaming functionality, improved Google Apps.

Honeycomb: Android 3.0, Android 3.1,Android 3.2
Debuted in February 2011: Key additions: A tablet-centric update that delivered a new interface optimized for devices with larger screen sizes (particularly tablets), video chat support based on Google Talk protocols, new System Bar for global status and notifications and Action Bar for application control, tabbed Web browsing, optimized soft keyboard and a new email interface.
Ice Cream Sandwich: Android 4.0 
Debuted in October 2011: Key additions: A smartphone-centric update based on the Linux kernel v3.0.1 that brings many of Honeycomb's features to smartphones, including Face Unlockfacial recognition software, tabbed Web browsing capabilities, unified social networking contacts, 1080p video recording capabilities and video chat support based on Google Talk protocols.

Jelly Bean: Android 4.1,Android 4.2 ,Android 4.3 

Debuted in June 2012: Key additions: Advanced natural language voice command capabilities akin to Apple's Siri, enhanced interface and overall responsiveness via "Project Butter," Google Now support, an improved Web browser, enhanced file management capabilities and more.

KitKat: Android 4.4
Debuted in November 2013. Key additions: Full-screen immersive mode, new transitions framework, and "Project Svelte," a project initiated to reduce the memory needs of the Android OS. Originally internally referred to as Key Lime Pie, Google announced in early September 2013 that it would be using the iconic candy bar as the code name for the 4.4 Android release.
Lollipop: Android 5.0,Android 5.1 
Debuted in November 2014. Key additions: Enhanced Material Design user interface, improved continuity across Android devices, multiple user support, a guest user account option, a new notification system, support for 64-bit CPUs, and more.

Marshmallow: Android 6.0
Expected to debut in November 2015. Key additions: Now on Tap functionality and other Google Now enhancements, native fingerprint authentication support, Android Pay integration, USB Type-C support, improved battery life, better app management and more.


Prepared & Collection by M.Ajmal Khan.

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