Android

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Google Android logoOriginally founded by Andy Rubin in October 2003 and later acquired by Google on August 17, 2005. Android is a free Linux based platform and is an open software stack with an operating system, middleware, and applications. It was originally developed by Google and released on November 5, 2007 for mobile platforms.

The T-Mobile's G1 phone (HTC Dream) is the first phone to be released to the public with Google Android on September 23, 2008. Android is a strong rival to the Apple iOS, a closed operating system and platform used on the Apple iPhone.

Android versions

Since its development there have been many different versions of Android, which is why if you have multiple android devices in your house (e.g. a phone and a tablet) there be noticeable differences. Below is a listing of each of the different major Android versions.

Android version 1.0 released September 23, 2008
Android version 1.5 (Cupcake) released April 27, 2009
Android version 1.6 (Donut) released September 15, 2009
Android version 2.0 released (Eclair) October 29, 2009
Android version 2.1 released January 12, 2010
Android version 2.2 (Froyo) released May 20, 2010
Android version 2.3 (Gingerbread) released December 6, 2010
Android version 3.0 (Honeycomb) released February 22, 2011
Android version 3.1 released May 10, 2011
Android version 3.2 released July 15, 2011
Android version 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) released October 8, 2011
Android version 4.1 (Jelly Bean) released July 9, 2012
Android version 4.2 released November 13, 2012
Android version 4.3 released July 24, 2013
Android version 4.4 (KitKat) released October 31, 2013
Android version 5.0 (Lollipop) released November 3, 2014
Android version 6.0 (Marshmallow) released October 5, 2015
Android version 7.0 (Nougat) released August 22, 2016
Android version 8.0 (Oreo) released August 21, 2017

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