What are KitKat, Lollipop, and other Android Versions?

Created: Friday, January 2, 2015, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 4:45 am

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Android is frequently updated, and new releases of the Android OS are typically released as often as twice or thrice in a year. Each such release or version is given a name. Google follows an alphabetical order when naming the new versions, but it makes it more fun by naming these after confectionery food items!.

Even though the names are fun, that does not mean that the releases themselves are just fun. Each new version of Android comes with more efficient features and bug fixes that make smartphones and tablets more usable than ever.

Manufacturers who build smart phones, tablets, etc. sign contracts with the Android (Google) and build products that are either limited to any one version of Android or upgradable to the newer versions, if factory settings and their hardware support the new release.

The first version of Android was released in November 2007 and it was named as Alpha 1.0. So far, a total 12 versions of Android (finalized with names) that have been released. The list of Android versions released so far are detailed below:

S. No Version Name Logo
1.0 Alpha Android Alpha
1.1 Beta Android Alpha
1.5 Cupcake Android Cupcake
1.6 Donut Android Donut
2.0 Eclair Android Eclair
2.2 Froyo Android Froyo
2.3 Gingerbread Android Gingerbread
3.0 Honeycomb Android Honeycomb
4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Andoid Ice Cream Sandwich
4.1 Jelly Bean Android Jelly Bean
4.4 KitKat Android Kitkat
5.0 Lollipop Android Lollipop
6.0 Marshmallow Android Marshmallow
7.0 Nougat Android Nougat

The latest version of Android in use, as of July 2017 is Nougat.

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