This 2018 has been a year of great celebrations for Google. At the beginning of September it was the tenth anniversary of Chrome, at the end of that same month, the twentieth anniversary of Google, and now it is the turn of Android, with the celebration of its tenth anniversary.
Google has chosen October 22 as the birthday date for Android, the day that in 2008 the first mobile with Android, the T-Mobile G1 and the Android Market launched. We already celebrated the tenth anniversary of Android last month, taking as a reference that the first version of Android and its first mobile were officially announced on September 23, 2008.
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Android in the market, Google has reviewed the most important improvements of each version so we can see how our mobile operating system has evolved ten years later is present in more than 2 billion devices.
Cupcake (Android 1.5)
On April 25, 2009, Android 1.5 Cupcake opened the doors to devices with a full touchscreen. This version introduced the virtual keyboards, it allowed you to customize the home screen with widgets, it allowed you to organize your applications in folders, you could share contents with your contacts through applications, you could copy and paste texts and finally, you could record and play videos.
Donut (Android 1.6)
Five months later, on September 15, 2009, Android 1.6 Donut arrived to integrate the famous quick search box. It allowed you to search both on the web and in the applications and data you had on your device.
Eclair (Android 2.0+)
One month later, on October 26, 2009, Android 2.0 Eclair arrived. This version introduced the navigation of Google Maps with its step-by-step instructions, the transcription of voice to text to be able to listen to text messages, and animated wallpapers.
Froyo (Android 2.2+)
On May 20, 2010, Android 2.2 Froyo arrived with their voice actions, allowing us to use voice commands to perform key functions such as searching, obtaining indications, taking notes, setting alarms and more. Now we could not live without the voice commands.
Gingerbread (Android 2.3)
On December 6, 2010, landed Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the version that began to worry about the life of our battery. He added a battery manager that allowed us to know what applications or what components were draining our battery.
Honeycomb (Android 3.0)
On February 22, 2011, Google had the first contact with tablets with Android 3.0 Honeycomb, presenting the new Honeycomb Holo interface, designed for large screens.
Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0)
On December 6, 2010, Google presented Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as the fusion of Gingerbread and Honeycomb. A version that adapted to any size of the screen simplified the way to create folders with only drag applications, added the tray of favorite applications in the home screen, the bar of quick adjustments, to be able to discard notifications and compatibility with the NFC for payments and share content.
Jelly Bean (Android 4.1)
On July 9, 2012, came Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Google Assistant precursor, Google Now, the first assistant from Google who offered us through his cards proactive help, such as weather forecast, orders, traffic, flights or sports results. In this version the notifications became richer, they could be expanded to show more content and take actions such as posting on social networks, archiving an email or blocking future notifications.
KitKat (Android 4.4)
On October 31, 2013, came Android 4.4 KitKat with the famous Ok Google to perform some voice actions such as start a search, send a text, get instructions or play a song. Android KitKat also brought lighter colors and transparency to the Android design, paving the way for Material Design in Lollipop.
Lollipop (Android 5.0+)
On November 12, 2014, Android 5.0 Lollipop achieved the most important milestone of the operating system with respect to the interface. After six years with harsh criticism, Google hit right with Material Design, an interface that has not stopped evolving.
Marshmallow (Android 6.0)
On October 5, 2015, came to Android 6.0 Marshmallow with now extinct Now on Tap. It allowed us to keep pressing the Start button to obtain information and contextual help about the information that appeared on the screen. This new version also brought us in battery savings and the permission manager to authorize which data and components we give authorization to the applications.
Nougat (Android 7.0)
On August 22, 2016, Android 7.0 Nougat arrived with its split screen mode, direct response within notifications, improvements in data savings, VR mode to enable high-quality virtual reality experiences with Daydream and 63 new emoji. They focused on better gender representation and on the six skin tone options.
Oreo (Android 8.0)
On August 21 we saw how with Android 8.0 Oreo would add PIP mode to watch videos and applications in a pop-up window, the autocomplete function to log in applications faster, simplified the Android experience with more visual cohesion and easier gestures, and launched Oreo (Go Edition) to ensure the fluidity and storage of the Android entry range with a light version of the operating system and its applications.
Pie (Android 9)
Finally, on August 6, 2018, arrived Android 9 Pie, the most recent version of its operating system, whose most important novelty has been the new control the use we make to the device with the digital welfare tool, with timer applications and panel of control to see the time we spend using up-to-date applications. Without forgetting the new gesture navigation, its new interface, and artificial intelligence to predict our next task, save battery or adjust the brightness of the screen.