I was trawling the web looking for juicy bits on the up coming Android 4.3 / 5.0 codenamed Key Lime Pie and found this awesome info graphic.

Take a walk through the the history of Android and its functionality evolution so far. Thanks Kinvey and Kelly Rice @kellyrice88

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Android 1.0

  • Android Market
  • Camera support
  • Gmail app & sync
  • Contacts sync w/ People app
  • Calendar sync w/ Calendar app
  • Google Maps, Sync, Search & Talk
  • IM, SMS, MMS
  • Media Player
  • Custom notifications & wallpapers
  • Voice Dialer
  • YouTube Player
  • Wi-Fi & Bluetooth Support

1.5 Cupcake

  • Support for Widgets
  • Soft-keyboard w/ text-prediction
  • Bluetooth A2DP, AVRCP Support
  • Record / watch videos
  • Copy & paste in browser
  • Animated screen transitions
  • Auto-rotation
  • New stock boot animation
  • Upload videos to YouTube
  • Upload photos to Picasa

1.6 Donut

  • Quick Search Box
  • Gallery, camera, camcorder integration
  • CDMA/EVDO, 802.1x & VPNs support
  • Battery usage indicator
  • Text-to-speech engine
  • Multilingual speech synthesis engine
  • Easier search, app screenshots in Market
  • WVGA screen resolution support
  • New Gestures Builder dev tool
  • New framework APIs

2.0 Eclair

  • Multiple Accounts
  • Turn-by-turn navigation for Google Maps
  • Email & contact sync
  • Exchange email support
  • Quick contact
  • Bluetooth 2.1 support
  • Search for saved SMS & MMS
  • Live wallpapers
  • New Camera features
  • Browser support for HTML5
  • New framework APIs
  • Optimized hardware speed
  • Multiple screen sizes & resolutions support

2.2 Froyo

  • Android Cloud to Device Messaging (C2DM)
  • Improved Exchange support
  • Dedicated shortcuts on Home Screen
  • Chrome V8 JS engine in browser
  • Portable Wi-Fi hotspot functionality
  • Disable data access over mobile
  • Voice dialing, contact sharing over Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth-enabled dock support
  • Numeric & alphanumeric password support
  • Adobe Flash Support
  • Extra-high PPI screen support
  • Multiple keyboard languages
  • “Card Mode” & “Night Mode” UI frameworks

2.3 Gingerbread

  • Near Field Communication (NFC)
  • Better control over apps
  • ACess to multiple cameras
  • XL screen sizes and resolutions support
  • Native input & sensor events
  • New mixable audio effects
  • SIP-based internet telephony
  • New Download Manager
  • WebM/VP8 Video playback support
  • AAC audio encoding support
  • Open API for native audio
  • Robust native dev environment
  • Multitouch keyboard
  • Improved copy/paste
  • Video chat in Google Talk

3.0 Honeycomb

  • New virtual & “holographic” UI
  • Added System Bar
  • Added Action Bar
  • Simplified multitasking
  • Customizable home screen
  • Redesigned keyboard
  • Multiple browser tabs replace windows
  • Quick access to camera features
  • Support for video in Google Talk
  • Hardware acceleration
  • Ability to encrypt all user data

4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

  • Recent Apps multitasking
  • Android Beam for NFC
  • Apps accessible from lock screen
  • Drag and Drop folder creation
  • Resizable widgets
  • Integrated screenshot capture
  • Real-time speech to text dictation
  • Face Unlock
  • Goolge Chrome
  • Data usage warnings
  • Shut down apps in background
  • Built-in photo editor
  • WebP image format support
  • Wi-Fi Direct
  • Consolidated platform for phones & tablets
  • Swipe to dismiss notifications

4.1 Jelly Bean

  • Google Now search app
  • Google Cloud Messaging (GCM)
  • Vsync timing
  • Triple buffering in Graphics pipeline
  • Synchronized & anticipatory touch
  • Multiple language support
  • User-installed keymaps
  • Expandable notifications
  • Android Beam w/ Blutooth data transfer
  • Offline voice dictation
  • Multichannel & USB audio
  • Gapless playback
  • Project Butter: improved performance & smoothness
  • Actionable Notifications
  • Lockscreen widgets
  • Multi-user sUpport
  • Multi-screen support

Since this post 4.2 Jelly Bean was released with a slew of new features.

In addition at Google I/O 2013, google started to promote its new intention to push critical core services into the Google Play Services stack thus helping reduce Android Fragmentation by providing up to date APIs to all devices connected to Google Play. This was also a pretty smart move to keep the Amazon App Store and Samsung App Store and other third party stores from completely replacing Google Play. After all if users want things like GCM and the new Fused Location API they need Google Play Services installed.

It will be interesting to see what Amazon does about this in their Kindle Fire range which is renowned for being a non Google Services based Android device.

I hope you enjoyed this quick run down on Android history, its interesting to see the evolution and priority of functionality and just how far Android has come over the years. With Key Lime Pie almost a certainty, the question is, what Dessert will make the letter L? Could it be Android Lamington as an Australian Google Android Engineer Reto Meier @retomeier hinted at I/O 2013.

Original Source: Android Version History: A Visual Timeline [Infographic].


  • Nithin kn

    Its a nice informative Article.
    Thanks …

  • William Ferguson

    It could be Android LEMON. Something to look forward to.

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