As of 2020, there are very few operating systems for mobile phones like Android, IOS, Symbian(Nokia), KaiOS and a few other OS’s.
The Market share of Android was 75%, the share of IOS was 23% and the share of other OS’s like Nokia and KaiOS was only 2%
As android was the most used Operating system in the world, it frequently updates its versions. So, let’s find out the list of Android version names from A to Z.
Hey, wait before that let’s know the history of android.
Initially, Android was started by Andy Rubin in 2003 and first his idea was to develop an operating system for digital cameras, not phones.
But soon he changed his mind and realized that the technology will soon boom on mobiles and starting developing the operating system for mobile phones.
After a huge loss, Andy Rubin decided to close Android then Google acquired Android on August 17, 2005.
Later on September 23, 2008, first-ever Android phone, T-Mobile G1 (HTC) was launched with an Android operating system (powered by Google).
List of Android version names A to Z
- Android 1.0 and 1.1 Petit Four?
- Android 1.5: Android Cupcake
- Android 1.6: Android Donut
- Android 2.0: Android Eclair
- Android 2.2: Android Froyo
- Android 2.3: Android Gingerbread
- Android 3.0: Android Honeycomb
- Android 4.0: Android Ice Cream Sandwich
- Android 4.1 to 4.3.1: Android Jelly Bean
- Android 4.4 to 4.4.4: Android KitKat
- Android 5.0 to 5.1.1: Android Lollipop
- Android 6.0 to 6.0.1: Android Marshmallow
- Android 7.0 to 7.1: Android Nougat
- Android 8.0 to Android 8.1: Android Oreo
- Android 9.0: Android Pie
- Android 10.0
- Android 11.0
So, this is a list of all the android version names which released till now. For more detailed information on each android version, continue reading.
1. Android 1.0 and 1.1 Petit Four?
Android 1.0 was officially released on September 23, 2008.
There was no official codename for Android 1.1 but as per Wikipedia, it was called “Petit Four” which refers to a French dessert.
2. Android 1.5: Android Cupcake
The first Samsung Galaxy phone and HTC Hero are the two phones which are launched with Cupcake installed out of the box.
Highlights of Android 1.5
- Upload videos directly to Youtube and images in Picasa.
- Supports third-party virtual keyboards.
- New animation while booting the phone.
- Auto-rotate feature.
- Dedicated option to check phone usage history
3. Android 1.6: Android Donut
On September 15, 2009, Google released a new version of android which was called Android Donut. This new Android version was based on Linux kernel 2.6.29.
One of the phone which came with Donut installed was ill-fated Dell Streak. This phone has a very huge display of 5 inches which was too big at that time (2010).
Highlights of Android 1.6
- Support for Wide Video Graphics Array (WVGA) screen revolutions.
- Support for CDMA/EVDO networks like Verizon.
- Camera, Gallery, and camcorder apps are more optimized.
- Delete multiple photos in a single click.
Also Read: 13 Most Powerful Android Apps less than 1MB
4. Android 2.0: Android Eclair
Just after 40 days, on 26 October 2009 Google released its new Android version Android 2.0. Its codename was Eclair and it was based on Linux kernel 2.6.29.
Motorola Droid was one of the famous mobiles which came with Android Eclair installed out of the box.
Highlights of Android 2.0 – 2.1
- Supports Bluetooth 2.0
- Added New camera features like zoom, focus, scene mode, white balance.
- Updated Google Maps 3.1.2
- Supports Live wallpapers.
- Bug fixes and minor API changes.
5. Android 2.2: Android Froyo
Android Froyo was released on 20 May 2010 and this version works on the basis of Linux kernel 2.6.32
Google’s Nexus One was the first phone to launch with Android Froyo installed out of the box.
Highlights of Android 2.2
- Memory and performance are further optimized.
- Added USB tethering and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality.
- Supports Adobe Flash.
- Supports high-resolution displays like 720p.
- Few minor security updates.
6. Android 2.3: Android Gingerbread
Nexus S was the first phone that launched with Android Gingerbread OS (Android 2.3) on December 6, 2010.
Highlights of Android 2.3
- It supports NFC (Near Field Communication)
- New UI (User Interface)
- Added Copy and Paste option
- Supports Gyroscopes and Barometers
- Supports multiple camera’s
- Video chat feature through Google Talk
- Supports Google Wallet for the Nexus S 4G mobile (Android 2.3.7)
7. Android 3.0: Android Honeycomb
This Android Honeycomb was specially designed for large screen mobiles like tablets. Check out more highlights of Android version 3.0 from here.
Highlights of Android 3.0
- Specially optimized for tablets
- Supports multi-core processors
- Incognito mode in the browser
- Supports joysticks and gamepads
Hey, want to know about the remaining android versions? continue reading
8. Android 4.0: Android Ice Cream Sandwich
Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS was the ninth version of Android OS which was released on 19 October 2011.
This 4.0 version came with many new features as compared to older updates.
Highlights of Android 4.0
- Video recording can be done up to 1080p
- Inbuilt photo editor
- Inbuilt Data usage feature to monitor the data we consume
- Time-lapse, Shutter, panorama modes, video stabilization features in the camera app
- Many minor bugs are fixed
9. Android 4.1 – 4.3.1: Android Jelly Bean
The main aim of this update is to improve the user interface and increase the performance of the mobile.
Nexus 7 was the first device to run Android Jelly bean OS which was launched on July 13, 2012.
Highlights of Android 4.1 to 4.3.1
- Buttery smooth user interface (UI)
- Ability to turn off the notifications of apps individually
- Multiple user accounts feature for tablets with restricted access mode
- Triple tap to zoom the screen
- Compatible with Bluetooth supported joysticks and gamepads
- Supports 4K resolution
10. Android 4.4 to 4.4.4: Android KitKat
Google officially announced Android KitKat on 3rd September 2013. KitKat was optimized to run on a lesser RAM mobile with a minimum of 512MB.
Initially, the code name of Android 4.4 was Key lime pie but later it was changed into KitKat which was the name of a candy that represents Nestle.
Nexus 5 was launched on October 31, 2013, which was the first phone to run Android KitKat out of the box.
Highlights of Android 4.0 to 4.4.4
- Optimized for low specification mobiles
- Supports wireless printing
- New Inbuilt screen recording feature
- New Call Dailer interface
- New UI in Google Maps app
Also Read: 5 Best Shooting Games for Android 2020
11. Android 5.0 to 5.1.1: Android Lollipop
Google officially rolled out an OTA (Over the Air) update related to Android Lollipop for few selected devices on November 12, 2014.
Lollipop was the first version that used Google’s new Material Design language, which made use of new effects on the User Interface.
Highlights of Android 5.0 to 5.1.1
- Supports 64-bit CPUs
- All new lock screen without widgets
- Supports 15 new languages like Telugu, Macedonian, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Sinhala, Tamil Basque, Bengali, Burmese, Chinese (Hong Kong), Galician, Icelandic, Kannada, Kyrgyz.
- Support for multiple sim cards
- HD voice calls ( High-definition), available in 4G LTE mobiles
12. Android 6.0 to 6.0.1: Android Marshmallow
Android 6 Marshmallow was revealed on 28 May 2015 at Google I/O event as the codename of “Android M”
Highlights of Android 6.0 to 6.0.1
- Priority mode was replaced by Do Not Disturb mode.
- Can read fingerprints
- Supports USB Type C
- New shortcuts to open camera app like double-pressing the power button.
13. Android 7.0 to 7.1: Android Nougat
Android Nougat was first released on 9 March 2016 as a beta version via OTA update for few compatible devices. The final version was released on August 22, 2106.
Highlights of Android 7.0 to 7.1
- Split-screen mode
- New gestures to switch between apps
- Used New JIT compiler to speed up the performance of apps
- Supports faster 3D rendering using Vulkan API
- Supports Daydream virtual reality
14. Android 8.0 to 8.1: Android Oreo
On 21 March 2017, Google released the Android Oreo beta version for few devices and later in August 2017 its stable version was released.
But before the release, Hiroshi Lockheimer (Vice President of Android) gave a hint for Android Oreo by posting a video on twitter. You can check out the video from the below link.
Highlights of Android 8.0 to 8.1
- Picture in Picture mode support for videos
- Notification channels
- Notification Snoozing
- Supports Autofill
- Boot time was reduced by 2 times then Android Nougat
- Android Go apps for less than 1GB RAM devices
Also Read: 13 Most Powerful Android Apps less than 1MB
15. Android 9.0: Android Pie
On March 7, 2018, Google released a new beta version of Android 9 which also known as Android Pie.
Later on August 6, 2018, Google released the stable version of Android Pie through Over the air update.
Highlights of Android 9
- Adaptive Brightness
- Easy navigation between apps using gestures
- Can see the total time spent in an app
- Set usage limits for apps
- Automatic turn on Do Not Disturb mode as per the scheduled time
16. Android 10: Android Q
Android 10 was officially announced by Google on 13 March 2019 which was also know as Android Q.
The first beta version of Android 10 was also released on the same day of the announcement and the second beta version was released on April 3, 2019.
Later on May 7, 2019, during Google, I/O the third beta version of Android Q was released. The fourth beta version was released on June 5 and the fifth was on July 10, 2019.
On August 7, 2019, Google released the last beta version of Android Q by fixing a few major bugs.
Finally, on September 10, 2019, Google officially launched the Android 10 stable version for Pixel devices.
Highlights of Android 10
- Supports WPA3 Wi-Fi security protocol
- Supports for the foldable mobiles
- Dark theme
- New Focus Mode to pause apps temporarily
- Faster security updates
- Smart reply
- Advanced gesture navigations
16. Android 11
Android 11 Preview 1 was already here for Pixel 2, Pixel 3, 3A, Pixel 4 and all XL versions. Want to know the new features in Android 11? Go check out the video
Update: According to the leak, Android 11 may launch on September 8 2020
Android 11 Features
- Chat bubbles
- Turning on Airplane Mode without Disconnects Bluetooth
- Mute vibrations for the camera app
- Copy-paste in Notification Shade
- Send images from notifications
- Improved scoped storage
- Ready for 5G
- New Scheduled Dark Mode
- More organized Do Not Disturb Mode (DND)
- Inbuilt screen recorder with new UI
- Improved One-time permissions
FAQ’s on Android Version Names and Updates
When will Android 11 public beta will be released?
Android 11 public beta will be released on Google I/O 2020 which is going to held on May 12- May 14 (But unfortunately it was canceled due to COVID-19)
What features are coming with Android Q?
2. New Focus Mode to pause apps temporarily
3.Faster security updates
5.Advanced gesture navigations
What phones support Android 11 Developer Preview?
Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 4 XL and Pixel 4
What is the name of Android Q?
As per my expectations, the name for Android Q maybe
Android 10 Qurabiya, Quindim, Queen of Puddings, Qottab, Questo, Queijadinha, Quirks or Quince.
What are the different Android versions?
Android Ice Cream Sandwich
Android Jelly Bean
How to Install Android 11 Developer Preview?
If you have a compatible Pixel device (mentioned above) and want to install the Android 11 developer preview on it then check this post.
Android has more than 2 billion active users monthly and since 2011 Android has been the best selling Operating System worldwide on smartphones.
And as of January 2020, Google Play store has more than 2.9 million applications.
Android was not just a mobile operating system, it was also used in watches (watch OS), Cars, TVs, and Tablets. Google brought many updates in Android versions till now.
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