Android which was founded in 2003 by Andy Rubin and co… was acquired by Google in August 2005. In November 2007, Google has announced the open handset alliance and the possible arrival of a mobile operating system called Android. Android 1.0 was released on 23 Sep 2008 and HTC Dream became the first commercially available Android phone. Since then there is no stopping Android. It has broken all the records and surpassed Symbian as the preferred smartphone operating system.
Since its first version of 1.0 in September 2008, Google has released 9 revisions for Android. Straying away from the popular versioning, Google went with an alphabetical order of their releases which are named after a dessert. Starting with the release of Android 1.5, Google started calling the new releases with dessert names. Cupcake or Android 1.5 is the first such release. Not sure what A stood for. Could it be Apple Pie?
Here are the android releases with their release dates and the names :
- A : 1.0. Released on 23 Sep 2008
- B : 1.1. Released on 9 Feb 2009
- C – Cupcake. Released on 30 Apr 2009
- D – Donut. Released on 15 September 2009
- E – Eclair. Released on 26 October 2009.
- F – Froyo. Released on 20 May 2010
- G – Gingerbread. Released on 6 Dec 2010
- H – Honeycomb. Released on 22 Feb 2011, 10 May 2011
- I – Ice cream sandwich. Schedule for Q4 2011.
Ice cream sandwich is due in Q4 2011. The frequency at which Google releases new versions is 6 months. Sometimes it is sooner but it is safe to assume that there will be an update every six months. At that pace, we still have 17 alphabets and Google will run out of alphabets in 8.5 years. That’s a long way to go. But what would really happen in 8.5 years? What happens when Google has released their update for letter Z or Zabaglione?
Just curious that’s all.