Latest Android Version for smartphones in 2018
Before coming to the latest android version which is all set to release in 2018 we must know about the entire history of Android. We already know how obsessed Google is with its Android versions and constantly looking to improve with every new update they bring in.
History of Android versions
Now talking about the Android versions that have already been out there since 2008. We know how much Google has been obsessed with the names of those versions right from the very first version of Android. They have kept their names based on the desserts or sweet dishes which people usually have after their meal. It is now time to understand and learn in detail about all the previous versions of Android. Also, we will come back to the latest Android version, its probable features and the desirable names for it.
You will be surprised to know that unlike other Android versions, the very first version of Android did not have any official name, unlike all others. It was released in Feb 2009 and was called by its internal name “Petit Four”. This was developed at Google and the name was based on a French dessert.
Android 1.5 Cupcake
This was the second official release of androids version and was named Android version 1.5 Cupcake. This version was released just after a month of the release of its first version. Some new features like uploading videos to YouTube, granting third-party apps, automatic screen rotate were included in this update. This version of Android was available with Samsung Galaxy phone which was the first one to have this update along with HTC hero smartphone.
Android 1.6 Donut
Then came the next Android system update which was released in September 2009 just 4 months after the release of Android version 1.5. The new features of this latest Android version included the support for carriers using the CDMA based networks. This feature allowed the carriers to sell the Android phones around the world. Other important features included toggling between camera, recorder, and gallery. Also, Donut included the power control widget using which WiFi, Bluetooth, and Gps could be managed in one place.
Android 2.0-2.1 Eclair
Exactly after a year after the first version of Android was launched, Google launched Android version 2.0 in October 2009. This latest android version was named as Eclair. This was the first Android version that supported text to speech update and also live wallpapers, multiple accounts as well as Google Maps. The first Android phone that came with this update was the Motorola Droid. Along with these features, many new features and modifications were done to the previous android version.
Android 2.2 Froyo
Again after a year of release of Android 2.0, another Android version was released named Android 2.2 Froyo. This Android version was released in May 2010. Several new features were added in this version of Android including WiFi mobile Hotspot, push notifications, Flash support and many more. The Nexus One Android smartphone was the first phone to receive this android version update.
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Just 3 months after the release of Android Froyo, Google launched another android version update named Android 2.3 Gingerbread in September 2010. In this version of Android, the OS received a refresh in the user interface. Also, NFC functions were enabled for the smartphones that had the required hardware. The first phone to have the Gingerbread update was the Nexus S that was co-developed by Google and Samsung. This is currently the oldest version that is still running on some Android devices and according to reports from Google, still, 0.6 percent of Android devices are using Android Gingerbread.
Android 3.0 Honeycomb
This version of Android was a bit out of the box update than all the other updates because this OS was designed for only tablets and smartphones that had a larger display screen than the existing smartphones. This Android version was released in September 2011, along with the first Motorola Xoom tablet. The main reason behind developing this version was to enable specific features for the larger display devices other than the small-sized smartphones at that time and also to show its competitor Apple that it is in the race. But in the end, this proved to be an unnecessary version of Android.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Soon after the release of Android 3.0 i.e. Honeycomb, the next version came pretty soon that is in October 2011. This latest android version had many new features and advancements then its previous Android version. It combined the features of the tablet-oriented version of Android with the Gingerbread version. This was the first version that included favorites-tray on the home screen. Another mesmerizing feature was of the camera unlock using the owners face picture. Other features like swipe off to slide the notifications and monitoring WiFi usage data were also included in this version.
Android 4.1-4.3 Jelly Bean
The next version of Android which is considered one of the most popular versions of Android began its journey in June 2012. This was android version 4.1 and with this Google smartly released Android versions 4.2 and 4.3 under the same name in October 2012 and the next one in July 2013. Some of the new features included with this release included more content or action buttons, gave full support to Google’s Chrome browser which was included in Android 4.2. Google also launched the Nexus 7 tablet with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean pre-installed as a gift.
Android 4.4 KitKat
The next Android version was released in September 2013 that is Android 4.4 KitKat. Though this version didn’t have that many new features from its previous version but the story behind its name became more popular. Though it didn’t have new feature but the only thing that helped Android to gain popularity in the android market was that this version of Android was optimized to run of smartphones that had as little as 512 MB of RAM. Due to this, many phone manufacturers were able to sell handsets with the latest Android version at very fairly cheap prices.
Android 5.0 Lollipop
Android version 5.0 Lollipop got in the major change in the layout of the Android OS and was released in the first fall of 2014. This version gave a paper like look to the user interface. The UI also got other changes like rich notifications for the launch screen, revamped notification bar and much more. Google also made other necessary updates in this version and released Android version 5.1 under these updates. Googles Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet were the first devices to get this Android version.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
The next Android version release was in the first fall of 2015 called the Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This Android update included new features like vertically scrolling app drawer, along with googles now on tap, native support for fingerprint biometric unlocking of a smartphone. Other features like USB type-C support, Android Pay and much more were included in this latest Android update. Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X smartphones along with the Pixel C tablet were the first devices to be launched with pre-installed Android 6.0 Marshmallow update.
Android 7.0 Nougat
This version of Android got many new changes in the features since by this time many devices were launched with large screen displays. The Android 7.0 Nougat was launched in the first fall of 2016 with amazing new features like switching between apps, better multi-tasking functions,split-screen mode and much more. Google also made some changes behind the scenes like the introduction of the new JIT compiler to speed up the apps, enabled OEM’s. The Pixel and Pixel XL along with the LG V20 were the first smartphones to have launched with these Android updates.
Android 8.0 Oreo
Android 8.0 Oreo was launched in August 2017. This was the second time that Google chose the name that was already taken by Nabisco that is Oreo(earlier one being Eclair). Now talking about the features, so this android update got new features in the form of visual changes. The Settings menu was updated. New autofill API’s were introduced for the better management of password and fill data. As earlier, Android Oreo comes with its two own Pixel 2 models along with the android phones being released now in the market.
And now talking about the next release of the latest android version which is all set to release in August 2018, many new features are going to be added with this update. Also, a preview of this update is available only with the Googles Pixel smartphones and will be officially launched for the other devices by August this year. Let us check out the features which Android P will come up with:-
- Gesture-based navigation system:- The first and foremost change with android P will be the removal of the traditional navigation buttons. There will be an elongated button right at the center of the screen which will as your home button. You can tap on it to go Home or long press it to invoke Google Assistant.
- Battery-saving features:- Android P will come with 3 new battery saving features that are App Standby buckets, Adaptive battery, and Adaptive brightness.
- Keep quiet: Android Shush, new button combo:- Shush is a new gesture that automatically enables Do Not Disturb mode when you turn your phone screen-down on a flat surface. Calls and notifications from specified contacts can still come through, though.
- Android Dashboard and App Timers:- Using Android Dashboard you will now be able to see how much time you spend on your phone. Android P also will have app timers using which you can set the timing for the usage of a certain app after which it won’t work.
- Slices and app actions:- These will increase the user management with the already installed apps. Slices provide a smaller version of an installed app inside Google Search, offering certain app functions without opening the full application. App Actions, on the other hand, aims to predict the next thing you’ll do on your smartphone. For more news please click here.
So, these are some of the new features which are going to be included in the latest Android version. Let me tell you that these are just a few of them and there are many more. Please let us know your favorite features in the comment section below. Also, you can contact us here for any queries.