Android version list with names and release dates: Evolution of Android

Android Version List
Android Version List

The development of the Android operating system began in 2003 by Android, Inc. While the company was working on an early version of Android, Google acquired the company in 2005. The first beta version of Android OS was released on November 5, 2007, and the first phone with Android was released in October 2008. This phone was an HTC-made T-Mobile G1 (aka HTC Dream)

HTC Dream was the first Android phone running Android 1.0. The most notable things were pull-down notifications, Market (Now Play Store), the ability to use home screen widgets, and deep integration with Gmail.

HTC Dream

In the past 12 years after the first commercial Android OS was released, Android has seen several changes and improvements. Major Android update comes once a year but Google keeps releasing monthly security updates. Sometimes there were bigger updates that weren’t full version releases but improved the existing version. For example Android 8.0 to Android 8.1. Before Android 19, Google named each Android after a dessert or some other form of confection. After Android Pie, Google decided to start using numbers to make naming easy. So, the version of Android after Android Pie was called just ‘Android 10’. This naming followed in the future.

Here is the Android Version list. You can use the list to know the name of each Android version and release date.

Android Versions List

Code nameVersion numbersRelease date
No codename1.0September 23, 2008
No codename1.1February 9, 2009
Cupcake1.5April 27, 2009
Donut1.6September 15, 2009
Eclair2.0 – 2.1October 26, 2009
Froyo2.2 – 2.2.3May 20, 2010
Gingerbread2.3 – 2.3.7December 6, 2010
Honeycomb3.0 – 3.2.6February 22, 2011
Ice Cream Sandwich4.0 – 4.0.4October 18, 2011
Jelly Bean4.1 – 4.3.1July 9, 2012
KitKat4.4 – 4.4.4October 31, 2013
Lollipop5.0 – 5.1.1November 12, 2014
Marshmallow6.0 – 6.0.1October 5, 2015
Nougat7.0August 22, 2016
Nougat7.1.0 – 7.1.2October 4, 2016
Oreo8.0August 21, 2017
Oreo8.1December 5, 2017
Pie9.0August 6, 2018
Android 1010.0September 3, 2019
Android 1111.0February 19, 2020
Android 1212.0May 18, 2021
Android 1313.0August 15, 2022

Here are a few notable things you should know.

  • Andy Rubin is known as the creator of Android. Google bought Android back in 2005 for $50 million.
  • Before selling Android to Google, it was offered to Samsung but Samsung didn’t find Android interesting and rejected the offer.
  • The Android project began as an OS for digital cameras and later switched focus to smartphones.
  • Initially, there were random updates but Google started yearly OS version updates starting the Ice Cream Sandwich era.
  • Android Honeycomb was the first Android version that was optimized for tablets and was running alongside the Gingerbread build for phones. Later Google combined both and related Ice Cream Sandwich.
  • Ice Cream Sandwich not just combined the tablet and phone versions of Android, but also came with several design changes to improve the Android experience.