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Android 8.1 (Oreo) running on a smartphone

Android is Google's distribution of Linux targeted mainly at smartphones and tablets, there are also variants of Android that run on smartwatches, televisions and cars. Android was originally developed by a company called Android Inc., but Google then bought the company in July 2005, the first version of Android was released in September 2008. The latest version of Android is currently Android 9.0 which was released on 06 August 2018.

Every major Android version since 1.5 has a codename based on different desserts, they are all in alphabetical order.

Version History

Version Codename Date Released Notes
Android 1.0 No codename 2008-09-23 HTC Dream was the first phone to be released with Android
Android 1.1 Petit Four (Not officially used) 2009-02-09 This version was an update to Android 1.0
Android 1.5 Cupcake 2009-04-27 First version of Android to use a codename officially
Android 1.6 Donut 2009-09-15 Added a text-to-speech engine
Android 2.0 Eclair 2009-10-26 Supported more screen resolutions
Android 2.0.1 Eclair 2009-12-03 Minor changes and bugfixes
Android 2.1 Eclair 2010-01-12 Minor changes and bugfixes
Android 2.2 Froyo 2010-03-20 Added Wi-Fi hotspot functionality
Android 2.2.1 Froyo 2011-01-18 Minor bugfixes and security updates
Android 2.2.2 Froyo 2011-01-22 Minor bugfixes
Android 2.2.3 Froyo 2011-11-21 Security updates
Android 2.3 Gingerbread 2010-12-06 First version to have multiple camera support, which allowed phones to use front facing cameras
Android 2.3.1 Gingerbread 2010-12-?? Minor changes and bugfixes
Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread 2011-01-?? Minor changes and bugfixes
Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread 2011-02-09 Minor changes and bugfixes
Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread 2011-04-28 Added support for Google Talk, which allowed video chatting
Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread 2011-07-25 Minor improvements
Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread 2011-09-02 Minor bugfixes
Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread 2011-09-21 Added Google Wallet support for the Nexus S 4G
Android 3.0 Honeycomb 2011-02-22 This version was targeted at tablets only
Android 3.1 Honeycomb 2011-03-10 Minor improvements
Android 3.2 Honeycomb 2011-07-15 Minor improvements
Android 3.2.1 Honeycomb 2011-09-20 Minor bugfixes and improvements
Android 3.2.2 Honeycomb 2011-08-30 Minor bugfixes and improvements
Android 3.2.3 Honeycomb 2011-08-30 Released on the same day as 3.2.2
Android 3.2.4 Honeycomb 2011-12-?? Added PAYG for 3G and 4G tablets
Android 3.2.5 Honeycomb 2012-01-?? Minor bugfixes and improvements
Android 3.2.6 Honeycomb 2012-02-?? Minor bugfixes
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich 2011-10-18 First version to integrate the screenshot feature
Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich 2011-10-21 Minor bugfixes for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Android 4.0.2 Ice Cream Sandwich 2011-11-28 Minor bugfixes for the Verison Galaxy Nexus
Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich 2011-12-16 Minor bugfixes and improvements
Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich 2012-03-29 Minor improvements
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean 2012-07-09 First version to have Bluetooth data transfer for Android Beam
Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean 2012-07-11 Minor bugfixes for the Nexus 7
Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean 2012-10-09 Minor bugfixes and improvements
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean 2012-11-13 First version to include group messaging
Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean 2012-11-27 Minor bugfixes and improvements
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean 2013-02-11 Minor bugfixes and improvements
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean 2013-07-24 First version to have native emoji support
Android 4.3.1 Jelly Bean 2013-10-03 Minor bugfixes and improvements
Android 4.4 KitKat 2013-10-31 First version to have a codename based on a brand of desert
Android 4.4.1 KitKat 2013-12-05 Minor bugfixes and improvements
Android 4.4.2 KitKat 2013-12-09 Security updates and minor improvements
Android 4.4.3 KitKat 2014-06-02 Minor bugfixes and improvements
Android 4.4.4 KitKat 2014-06-19 Security update
Android 5.0 Lollipop 2014-11-12 Indroduced brand new design known as Material Design
Android 5.0.1 Lollipop 2014-12-02 Minor bugfixes
Android 5.0.2 Lollipop 2014-12-19 Minor bugfixes and improvements
Android 5.1 Lollipop 2015-03-09 First version to support multiple SIM cards officially
Android 5.1.1 Lollipop 2015-04-21 Minor bugfixes and improvements
Android 6.0 Marshmallow 2015-10-05 First version to support USB-C
Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow 2015-12-07 Minor improvements
Android 7.0 Nougat 2016-08-22 First version to have multi-window support
Android 7.1 Nougat 2016-10-04 First version to have home screen app shortcuts
Android 7.1.1 Nougat 2016-12-05 Minor improvements
Android 7.1.2 Nougat 2017-04-04 Minor improvements
Android 8.0 Oreo 2017-08-21 First version to have picture-in-picture support
Android 8.1 Oreo 2017-12-05 First version to have automatic light and dark themes
Android 9.0 Pie 2018-08-06 First version to have time limits for apps