Android version list with names and release dates
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 HTC-made T-Mobile G1 (aka HTC Dream)
HTC Dream was the first Android phone running Android 1.0. Most notable things were pull down notification, Market (Now Play Store), ability to use home screen widgets, and deep integration with Gmail.
In the past 12 years after the first commercial 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 current version of Android is called just ‘Android 10’.
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 name||Version numbers||Release date|
|No codename||1.0||September 23, 2008|
|No codename||1.1||February 9, 2009|
|Cupcake||1.5||April 27, 2009|
|Donut||1.6||September 15, 2009|
|Eclair||2.0 – 2.1||October 26, 2009|
|Froyo||2.2 – 2.2.3||May 20, 2010|
|Gingerbread||2.3 – 2.3.7||December 6, 2010|
|Honeycomb||3.0 – 3.2.6||February 22, 2011|
|Ice Cream Sandwich||4.0 – 4.0.4||October 18, 2011|
|Jelly Bean||4.1 – 4.3.1||July 9, 2012|
|KitKat||4.4 – 4.4.4||October 31, 2013|
|Lollipop||5.0 – 5.1.1||November 12, 2014|
|Marshmallow||6.0 – 6.0.1||October 5, 2015|
|Nougat||7.0||August 22, 2016|
|Nougat||7.1.0 – 7.1.2||October 4, 2016|
|Oreo||8.0||August 21, 2017|
|Oreo||8.1||December 5, 2017|
|Pie||9.0||August 6, 2018|
|Android 10||10.0||September 3, 2019|
Here are a few notable things you should know.
- Initially, there were random updates but Google started yearly OS version update starting the Ice Cream Sandwich era.
- Android Honeycomb was the first Android version that was optimized for tablet 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.