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All of the codenames for the different versions of Android are named after desserts. To celebrate each new version release of Android, a giant mockup of the dessert that matches the codename is delivered to the Google Campus and put on display.

1.5 (Cupcake):

This updated included:

  • On 30 April 2009, the official 1.5 (Cupcake) update for Android was released. There were several new features and UI updates included in the 1.5 update:

  • Ability to record and watch videos through camcorder mode

  • Uploading videos to YouTube and pictures to Picasa directly from the phone

  • A new soft-keyboard with text-prediction

  • Bluetooth A2DP and AVRCP support

  • Ability to automatically connect to a Bluetooth headset within a certain distance

  • New widgets and folders that can populate the Home screens

  • Animated screen transitions


1.6 (Donut):

This updated included:

  • An improved Android Market experience

  • An integrated camera, camcorder, and gallery interface

  • Gallery now enables users to select multiple photos for deletion

  • Updated Voice Search, with faster response and deeper integration with native applications, including the ability to dial contacts

  • Updated search experience to allow searching bookmarks, history, contacts, and the web from the home screen

  • Updated technology support for CDMA/EVDO, 802.1x, VPNs, and a text-to-speech engine

  • Support for WVGA screen resolutions

  • Speed improvements in searching and camera applications

  • Gesture framework and GestureBuilder development tool

  • Google free turn-by-turn navigation


2.0 / 2.1 (Eclair):

This updated included:

  • Optimized hardware speed

  • Support for more screen sizes and resolutions

  • Revamped UI

  • New Browser UI and HTML5 support

  • New contact lists

  • Better contrast ratio for backgrounds

  • Improved Google Maps 3.1.2

  • Microsoft Exchange support

  • Built in flash support for Camera

  • Digital Zoom

  • MotionEvent class enhanced to track multi-touch events

  • Improved virtual keyboard

  • Bluetooth 2.1

  • Live Wallpapers

  • The 2.0.1 SDK was released on 3 December 2009.

  • The 2.1 SDK was released on 12 January 2010.


2.2 (Froyo)

This updated included: 

  • General Android OS speed, memory, and performance optimizations

  • Additional application speed improvements courtesy of JIT implementation

  • Integration of Chrome's V8 JavaScript engine into the Browser application

  • Increased Microsoft Exchange support (security policies, auto-discovery, GAL look-up, calendar synchronization, remote wipe)

  • Improved application launcher with shortcuts to Phone and Browser applications

  • USB tethering and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality

  • Added an option to disable data access over mobile network

  • Updated Market application with batch and automatic update features

  • Quick switching between multiple keyboard languages and their dictionaries

  • Voice dialing and contact sharing over Bluetooth

  • Support for numeric and alphanumeric passwords

  • Support for file upload fields in the Browser application

  • Support for installing applications to the expandable memory

  • Adobe Flash 10.1 support

  • Support for extra high DPI screens (320 dpi), such as 4" 720p


2.3 (Gingerbread)

This updated included: 

  • Support for extra-large screen sizes and resolutions (WXGA and higher)

  • Native support for SIP VoIP telephony

  • Support for WebM/VP8 video playback, and AAC audio encoding

  • New audio effects such as reverb, equalization, headphone virtualization, and bass boost

  • Support for Near Field Communication

  • System-wide copy–paste functionalities

  • Redesigned multi-touch software keyboard

  • Enhanced support for native code development

  • Audio, graphical, and input enhancements for game developers

  • Concurrent garbage collection for increased performance

  • Native support for more sensors (such as gyroscopes and barometers)

  • A download manager for long running downloads

  • Improved power management and application control via a Task Manager.

  • Native support for multiple cameras

  • Switched from YAFFS to the ext4 filesystem


Honeycomb: Future


Ice Cream: Future, Future



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