Whether you love android or hate it, you can't surely ignore it. Especially with names of creative desserts like Oreo, Marshmallow, Kitkat, Cupcake and many more.
Over the last few years, Android has conquered the market by being one of the most favored operating system for smartphones. That’s the reason why we decided to treat you with the latest list of the most popular android versions of the year 2018.
But before we provide you a brief idea about all types and kinds of Android Versions, first it’s time to know which android version update is topping the charts by being the most popular android version.
As you can see in the above-mentioned stats, currently the most popular android version is Android Nougat/Android Version 7.0 & 7.1. And ranking behind in the list of most popular android versions is Android Marshmallow also referred to as Android 6 version update.
Android Pie is currently not mentioned in this list of the most popular android versions as it is the latest entrant in the Android updates and not much reports have included Android P in it.
Although Android Oreo is rising at an alarming rate but still there are three other versions to cross to attain the first position as the most popular android version of 2018.
So now, we think it would be much better if we can refresh your memory with all the android versions that have been launched. We would be skipping the Alpha and Beta versions of Android as the scenario of naming versions on desserts started from the alphabet C.
The Android Cupcake was the third version of Android developed by Google i.e. Android version 1.5 that received a major platform-release in the mid of 2009. This version included features like Bluetooth support and on-screen keyboard with few UI changes.
After Cupcake came the fourth version i.e. the Android Donut that threw light on many essential features, some of them being - CDMA Smartphone Support, text to speech search engine, support for additional screen sizes etc.
Next the Google's Android Mobile Operating System developed the 2.0 version called by the name Android Eclair. There were simultaneous version updates released till the beginning of 2010 which improved features like Google Maps and Email App Support.
Other than that, many new features were also added in Android OS like flash support, camera & photo editing tools, live wallpapers, and access to virtual private networks APIs.
The 6th Android version update was called Froyo which is a short for Frozen Yoghurt. This android version basically enhanced the already existing characteristics like speed and user interface. Google redesigned the home screen and gave better functionality for the mobile devices.
Wi-Fi Hotspot and USB Tethering were two of the most prominent upgrades in this 2.2.3 android update.
Android Gingerbread was the first android version that gained huge worldwide popularity during its release. Named after cookies this version, was unique and fresh at the same time. An array of new features was included with sensors like gravimeter and barometer.
With Gingerbread update, many improvements were made in the setting and menu section to establish easier user navigation flow.
Launched in the year 2011, the Android Honeycomb was the 8th android version update and was particularly focusing on the tablet devices. The honeycomb update was responsible for the Holographic user interface theme into action complete with widgets and multitasking options.
Next update was of Android Ice Cream Sandwich i.e. Android 4.0 which focused on presenting a clearer overview of the operating system and its functioning. This update brought features like NFC (Near Field Communication), visual voicemail, and ability to limit while monitoring the mobile data usage.
Also, from the ice cream sandwich, Google decided to bring all its services under a single roof hence Google Play.
Android Version 4.1 also known as Jelly Bean, was revealed at the 2012 Google I/O Developer Conference. And displayed the world its all-new feature of Voice Typing with the help of inbuilt speech to text mechanism.
Jelly Bean's aim was to further improve the user interface and enhance the OS functionality with the help of 'Google Now'. This was a successful attempt as the overall performance did improve immensely.
Initially, Android 4.4 was codenamed as Key Lime Pie but Google decided to change it as they wanted a dessert name that way more popular among the people. So, Google partnered with Nestle and named this version as Kitkat.
With Kitkat, the company wanted to prioritize on optimizing the android operating system for the entry-level devices that have limited resources.
Fun Fact: As per Google's latest statistics reports of July 2018, 9.1% of all android devices that access Google Play run on KitKat.
Lollipop was also referred to as the 5.0 version update, with which android proceeded to take over a wide range of devices including smart watches, smart phones and smart televisions as well. With this, lollipop also offered a completely new run-time like the battery saving feature to save your device from damage caused by low battery.
Marshmallow a.k.a. Android 6.0, was first released to the Google's Nexus devices and delivered an entirely new experience in terms of architecture and APIs. Users get to use a new power management system to reduce the background activities and also got native support for their fingerprint recognition.
With Android M's opt-in system, the users are now prompted to grant/deny the permissions for accessing a feature like microphone or app.
The update of Nougat offered elements like quick switching among the applications, a multi-window view with an advanced notification bar. Another exciting thing that Android N brought was more than 1400 emojis along with a battery saver feature.
Before the official release in 2016, this nougat update was referred to as 'New York Cheesecake'.
The Oreo update is considered to one of the most revolutionary updates. As Android O delivers the user an entire set of features like the PIP mode, advanced security measures, notification dots and much more.
With Picture-in-picture support, battery usage optimization, Bluetooth 5, and Wi-Fi Aware, Oreo also introduced major platform feature of Android Go specifically focusing on low-end smart devices.
The latest to enter in this series of Android Versions and their updates is the Android Pie also code-named as Android P. Right now, it wouldn't be fair to call Android P as a revolutionary update until we can see the following updates that this 9.0 update has in cards for us.
Now, let's have a look at these handy features that Android P has to offer its users:
These are some of the many features of the version Android Pie is currently offering, let’s see what Android P will come up next.
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