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Distribution of Linux
Android Oreo 8.1 screenshot.png
Latest versionAndroid 11.0
Initial release2008-09-23
User interface

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, then made the Android SDK available in November 2007. One year later, the first version of Android was released in September 2008. The latest version of Android is currently Android 10.0 which was released on 3 September 2019. Every major Android version since 1.5 until 10 has a codename based on different desserts, and they are all in alphabetical order. In January 2020, Microsoft released the first preview of their custom Android experience meant to run on the Surface Duo, build 2020.117.2.

Timeline[edit | edit source]

Version Codename(s) Release date Notes
Android 1.x Petit Four, Cupcake, Donut 2008-09-23 HTC Dream was the first phone to be released with Android.
Android 2.x Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread 2009-10-26 Supported more screen resolutions.
Android 3.x Honeycomb 2011-02-22 This version was targeted at tablets only.
Android 4.x Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat 2011-10-18 First version to integrate the screenshot feature.
Android 5.x Lollipop 2014-11-12 Indroduced brand new design known as Material Design.
Android 6.x Marshmallow 2015-10-05 First version to support USB-C.
Android 7.x Nougat 2016-08-22 First version to have multi-window support.
Android 8.x Oreo 2017-08-21 First version to have picture-in-picture support.
Android 9.x Pie 2018-08-06 First version to have time limits for apps.
Android 10.x Android 10, Q 2019-09-03 First released version to not use a dessert codename.
Android 11.x Android 11, R 2020-09-05