Android is a relatively new operating system, but there are a lot of versions, each of which has pros and cons. Throughout its history, this system has been constantly refined, new editions were issued, and old versions were gradually forgotten.
Android 1.0 «Apple Pie»
The first version of this system was 1.0, which was named after the apple pie. This is the first stable build introduced in the fall of 2003. At that time, this system worked rather unstable and had a number of disadvantages.
What was included in version 1.0:
- notification system with upper menu;
- desktop widgets
- integration with Gmail services;
- online application store.
Now, of course, Apple Pie is hardly suitable for everyday use of Android 1.0.
Android 2.0/2.1 Eclair
In November 2009, developers released the new Android 2.0. This version began to be massively introduced into smartphones and widely distributed around the world. In the dispute, which version of Android is the most convenient and best, at that time it definitely won 2.0.
What was new at that moment:
- the ability to work with multiple Google accounts at once; The camera interface has been updated, various effects have been added;
- the keyboard has become more comfortable; updated calendar and graphic architecture;
- improved user interface.
In 2010, update 2.1 was released, the main innovations of which were live wallpapers and improvements to Google Maps. Based on this version of Android, the famous and very popular Nexus One at that time was released.
Android 3.0/3.1/3.2 «Honeycomb»
In February 2011, Google introduced another version of Android for tablets. The update contained many innovations that made the use of tablets more comfortable.
List of innovations:
- support for hardware acceleration;
- peripheral device support;
- optimized work on different devices;
- improving stability and security;
- Improved support for Adobe Flash.
Despite the success of this system, Google decided in the future to introduce universal operating systems that will work on tablets and smartphones.
Android 4.4 «KitKat»
KitKat was released in 2013, and is still very common. At the moment, the share of Android 4.4 is a little more than 18%. The secret of success lay in excellent optimization, so even today many users prefer KitKat.
This version has:
- Google Now Voice Assistant
- optimized memory allocation;
- faster launch of applications;
- support for wireless printers;
- appeared “remote control”;
- switching launchers in the device settings;
- improved security system and minor bugs fixed.
Obsolete versions of Android, despite the affection of many users, are seriously losing the actual ones, which boast a wider range of functions, and regular updates.
Android 6.0 «Marshmallow» – the most stable Android for today?
Android 6.0, released in May 2015, remains by far the most popular version of the OS from Google. Many budget devices, despite Nougat, get exactly Marshmallow.
List of benefits:
- Android devices can now be unlocked using a fingerprint scanner;
- 2 SIM cards supported;
- an opportunity to control application access to personal data;
- multi-window mode introduced;
- Added Android Pay application for electronic payments.
The Android 6.0 version is really convenient, it has all the functions that a modern user needs and also the most common one.
Android 7.0 / 7.1 / 7.1.1 / 7.1.2 «Nougat»
This version was released in August 2016, but so far the market among Android devices has not been able to conquer. Visually, “Nougat” is noticeably different from its predecessors, in addition, new functions have entered this system:
- Now you can split the screen into two halves; improved notification system;
- night mode, which allows you to achieve a level of contrast that is comfortable for the eyes;
- improved power saving mode;
- Folder design changed
- new emoticons;
- picture-in-picture mode;
- Added full hardware support for virtual reality.
According to many users, Android “Nougat” has become the best and most convenient version of the mobile OS from Google. Nougat looks stylish and modern, supports many useful features and will be relevant for more than a year.
The official release of Android O was scheduled for early fall 2017. Developers often take months to fix all the problems, and during this time, as a rule, the announcement of the next version occurs. Here are a few innovations that the new product received:
- improved notifications;
- application icons have an event counter;
- dynamic icons;
- minor interface updates.
Despite everything, many users prefer to use older and more familiar versions of the system. However, it must be borne in mind that in addition to poor functionality, old OS are more susceptible to virus attacks and are not able to 100% protect user data from intruders.