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History of Android and Android Versions

Android Inc. was founded in Palo Alto, California, in October 2003 by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears, and Chris White. In 17th August 2005, Google acquired android Incorporation. Since then, it is in the subsidiary of Google Incorporation.

Why is it called an Android?

Android is the nick name of Andy Rubin given by coworkers because of his love to robots.

In 2007, Google announces the development of android OS.

In 2008, HTC launched the first android mobile.

Android Versions, Codename and API

Google launched the first version of the Android platform on Nov 5, 2007.

Android Versions History

API Level is an integer value that uniquely identifies the framework API revision offered by a version of the Android platform.

Code NameVersionAPI levelRelease date
Apple PieAndroid 1.01September 23, 2008
Banana BreadAndroid 1.12February 9, 2009
CupcakeAndroid 1.53April 30, 2009
DonutAndroid 1.64September 15, 2009
EclairAndroid 2.0 – 2.15-7October 26, 2009
FroyoAndroid 2.2 – 2.2.38May 20, 2010
GingerbreadAndroid 2.3 – 2.3.49-10December 6, 2010
HoneycombAndroid 3.0.x – 3.2.x11 – 13February 22, 2011
Ice Cream SandwichAndroid 4.0 – 4.0.414 – 15October 18, 2011
Jelly BeanAndroid 4.1 – 4.1.216 – 18July 9, 2012
KitkatAndroid 4.4 – 4.4.419July 9, 2012
LollipopAndroid 5.0 – 5.121 – 22October 17, 2014
MarshmallowAndroid 6.0 – 6.0.123October 5, 2015
NougatAndroid 7.0 – 7.124 – 25August 22, 2016
OreoAndroid 8.026August 21, 2017
PieAndroid 9.027August 6, 2018
Android QAndroid 10.029September 3, 2019
Android 11Android 11.030September 8, 2020
Android Versions, Codename and API