Saturday, December 14, 2013

History of Android the sweet story, the ingredients of a great operating system.

Google Mascots on the campus.

We all fairly familiar with the coming of the next famous yummy sweet desserts from Android, but it used to arrive with lots of excitement and expectation.
Now its more of ...Oh its another update, but how did it all start?

If you dont know what Im talking about where have you been? Android is the ever-growing, ever-updating household name operating system. The evolution of Android is a fascinating process and something I feel many of us take for granted when we pick our new tablets and smart phones up.

Updated famous image edited by GadgetGirlReviews

Android is an operating system that powers more than 1 billion smartphones and tablets. Useful for getting directions, sharing photos, keeping fit the list is endless. we have an app for everything but it has to be powered by something!
Since these devices make our lives so "sweet"; each update version is named after a desert; Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice-cream sandwich and Jellybean.
As we all love chocolate Android named their latest version after the nations favorite Kitkat as they struck a deal with Google and Nestle!

But how has Android changed over the years...well alot...I just had to share with you all what we are using now thanks to Android. Even though I have iphone and enjoy Apple OS I do love my Nexus 10 and Android has the slight edge for me in so many ways.

So go grab a coffee and a cake as your stomach will be growling by the end of this post!

The Story

Android is an operating system based on the Linux kernal and designed primarily for touch screen devices. Initially developed by Android and backed financially and later bought by Google in 2005.

Android 1.0 and Android 1.1
Launched in February 2008

Google hadn't found a fun codename for the very first update, but when Android 1.1 came along it was unofficially known as Petit four. But only available on the HTC dream or T Mobile G1.
Including map apps and a tweaked dialer interface.

Android 1.5 Cupcake
Launched in April 2009

This could run live and updatable widgets and included 5 live widgets an analogue clock, a calendar, a music player, a picture frame, and a search function. The main thing is that it would support 3rd party widgets; allowing producers to finally go mad and design their own apps.
Video recording MPEG4 ws supported and you could upload directly to Utube and share with MMS and email.
You could see your contacts profile photos for the first time and it made everything more stable and secure.

Android Donut 1.6
Launched in September 2009

The main change was the inclusion of battery usage screen, VPN (Virtual Private network) support and Wifi security options. WVGA resolution support was added to handset displays. Improved camera speed and responsiveness and added gallery interface. Plus the ability to delete multiple photos. Improved search functions, bookmarks and history using voice and text. Introduction of top paid, top free and newly released categories with the growth of developers producing apps fast now.

Android 2.0 Eclair
Launched October 2009

A more extensive update bringing account syching enabling users to add and sync multiple email and contacts together on 1 device. Combining multiple account inboxes we all love now. Bluetooth, messaging and more camera support. Camera flash, digital zoom, scene modes, white balance, macro and colour effects added. You could arrange apps just the way you wanted them on the front screen and across multiple screens, Stunning live wallpapers respond to your touch.

Android 2.2 Froyo
Launched 20th May 2010

Voice typing let you input text, while voice action allows you to control your phone just by speaking to it....its like something out of Starwars. The Google bar was added and allowed users to modify it. Adobe Flash 10.1 was a huge step forward. Improved browser performance with Chrome V8 javascript. But the major improvement was USB and wifi hotspot tethering allowing you to connect other devices to the internet through your own phone. You could also save data to external micro SD cards for extra storage expanding the memory of your device. It was also able to support screens of 320 ppi.

Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Launched 6th December 2010

New gyroscope sensors made Android fantastic for gaming, ability to touch, tilt and play! Performance overall streamlined and improved, Apps organized into categories to make things easier. Extra large resolution screens 1280x768 now supported and the UI greatly improved with white text on black background and some keys give a green highlight.
The virtual keyboard completely overhauled being much faster, more responsive, multi-touch and number toggle. Copy and paste functions enhanced and improved, developed for 1 handed use for ease. Support for NFC and option for tap and go payments.

Android Honeycomb 3.0
Launched 22nd February 2011

Optimized for tablets and larger screens, Androids iconic user bar altered slightly making it more versatile. Not only displaying notifications but date, time connectivity etc. Move apps around screen after a long press is more fluid; less fidly. Apps tweaked for larger displays. But the biggest improvement is noticeably faster. Added tabbed browsing and swipe, scroll and pinch is much smoother. featuring hardware acceleration and specially made Renderscript 3D graphics engine and support for multicore processors.

Android Honeycomb 3.1 and 3.2
3.1 Launched 10th May 2011
3.2 launched 15th July 2011

Added a tweaked UI and extra support for USB devices. Ability to resize widgets. Suppport for external keyboards and peripherals like gamepads.
Android 3.2 tuned everything up optimizing hardware capabilities performing better on tablets.

Android Ice-cream Sandwich 4.0
Launched 19th October 2011

Android comes of age with a new refined design, simple beautiful and smart. This is a tablet ONLY OS while phones will keep getting Gingerbread (2.x) updates. Super fast and easy to create folders drag and drop style. Integrated screenshot capture holding down the power and volume down buttons. Improved copy and paste. Real time voice to text dictation. Built in photo editor and new gallery layout.

Android Jellybean 4.1
Launched 9th July 2012

Fast, smooth with slick graphics. Now with over 1 million apps on Google play and thousands of Android devices, you have the freedom to do what you want on any device you choose. Shortcuts and widgets can be automatically rearranged and re-sized for home screens. Plus many improvements see here for more detailed notes!

Android Jellybean 4.2 
Launched 13th November 2012
Locked screen improvements, the NEW Daydream screensavers showing info or images when idle or docked. Ability to use multiple user accounts tablets only. Triple taps to magnify the screen. New clock application.

Android Jellybean 4.2.1
Launched 27th November 2012
Fixed bugs, Added bluetooth gamepads and joysticks as supported Human Interface devices. (HID) Long pressing the wifi and bluetooth icons in quick settings now toggles on/off state. New sounds for wireless charging and low battery.

Android Jellybean 4.2.2 launched 11th February 2013

Android Jellybean 4.3
Launched July 2013
Bluetooth low energy support added, improved game graphics, improvements to photo sphere, reworked camera UI and many security enhancements.

But the newest update for us so far is the yummy Kitkat 4.4

Android Kitkat 4.4
Launched 3rd September 2013

Google launched Kitkat which was internally known as Svelte and expected to be called key lime pie. It now has a more polished design improved performance and lots of NEW features.
You don't need to touch the screen to get things done. When on your home screen just say
"OK Google" to launch voice search, send a text, get directions or even play a song. While listening to music on your device, you will see a beautiful full screen album art when device is locked. Immerse yourself in the book your reading, game your playing or movie your watching. Immersive mode hides everything except what your doing with a swipe to the edge of the screen.
Fast multitasking yes guys even you can do it..... ;-)
Android Kitkat takes performance to all time high by optimizing memory improving your touch screen so it responds faster and more accurately than ever before.
You can listen to music, while browsing the web, or race down the highway with the latest game without a hitch!
The NEW phone app automatically prioritizes your contacts based on the people you talk to most. Whenever you get a call from a number not in contacts, your phone will look for matches from businesses with local listing on Google maps.
NEW Hangouts all your SMS and MMS messages are together in the same app, alongside conversations and video calls. you can even share location and send animated GIFs.
NEW Emoji offer colorful characters available from the google keyboard, I personally love this new feature and use it alot now.
Print anywhere from your phone or tablet with any printer connected to Google Cloud print, to HP eprinters and to other printers that have apps in Google play store.
NEW Quick Office open and save files on Google drive, other cloud systems, your office anywhere.

But these are just some of the NEW items available on Kitkat but for those of you that want to know everything and yes there's loads more see here.

For FULL details on every Android update however small see HERE

So what dessert is next, I think they should consider blueberry muffin, lemon meringue, banoffie pie, apple pie, toffee, popcorn, and oh yes and mmm.....caramel.
What would you name the next Android update?

Thanks for poppin' by and Im off to raid my cupboard... NEED CHOCOLATE!!!

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