Android Versions

Version
(Name)
Key user features added Key developer
features added
Release date API
Level
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Android 5.0
(Key Lime Pie)
Oct
2013
Android 4.3
(Jelly Bean)
Expected to add Bluetooth
Low Energy (BLE) support.
Expected to add the
OpenGL for Embedded
Systems 3.0 graphics
specification.
Jul 24
2013
18
Android 4.2.2
(Jelly Bean)
Allow toggling Wi-Fi and
Bluetooth state in Quick
Settings using long-press

Shows the percentage and
estimated time remaining in
the active download
notifications

Wireless charging and low
battery sounds changed

Gallery app updated for
faster loading with new image
transition

Performance enhancements
and bug fixes (Bluetooth
A2DP audio streaming fix...)
Secure USB debugging
(allow debugging to
authenticated computers
only)
Feb 11
2013
17 5.6%
(4.2-4.2.2)
Android 4.2.1
(Jelly Bean)
Fix missing december bug
in the People app

Add support for Bluetooth
gamepads and joysticks HID
devices.
Nov 27
2012
17 5.6%
(4.2-4.2.2)
Android 4.2
(Jelly Bean)
Lockscreen widgets 360
degree images with Photo
Sphere

Gesture Typing, for faster
typing

Wireless display with
Miracast

Daydream to display
information when idle
or docked

Multi-user for tablets
Vsync timing

Triple buffering

reduced touch latency

CPU input boost

Native RTL support -
mirrors the display
from manifest prop

External display support -
Display Manager

Nested fragments

Renderscript Compute -
run tasks on the GPU
(supported devices)

Renderscript ScriptGroups,
built-in intrinsics
like blur,

FilterScript is a subset
of Renderscript made for
high performance image
processing
Nov 13
2012
17 5.6%
(4.2-4.2.2)
Android 4.1.2
(Jelly Bean)
Enable Home screen
rotation

Fix bugs and enhance
performances

Oct 9
2012
16 32.3%
(4.1-4.1.2)
Android 4.1.1
(Jelly Bean)
Fix a bug on screen
orientation
Jul 23
2012
16 32.3%
(4.1-4.1.2)
Android 4.1
(Jelly Bean)
Google Now
( http://youtu.be/
pPqliPzHYyc )

Voice Search

Speed enhancements

Camera app improvements

Accessibility: gesture mode,
enable braille external
keyboards...
app stack navigation
to define a parent
activity in manifest
for deep navigation

MediaActionSound class
to make sounds like
when a camera takes
a photo

NFC supports large
payloads over bluetooth

WIFI/WIFI-Direct
service discovery

Large, detailed,
multi-action
notifications

Input manager allows
you to query input
devices.
Jul 9
2012
16 32.3%
(4.1-4.1.2))
Android 4.0.4
(Ice Cream
Sandwich)
Stability improvements
Better camera performance
Smoother screen rotation
Mar 28
2012
15 23.3%
(4.0.3-4.0.4)
Android 4.0.3
(Ice Cream
Sandwich)
Social stream API in
Contacts provider to show
updates associated to your
contacts

Video stabilization and
QVGA video resolution API
access

Accessibility API refinements
for screen readers

Calendar provider updates
Dec 16
2011
15 23.3%
(4.0.3-4.0.4)
Android 4.0.2
(Ice Cream
Sandwich)
Minor fixes Nov 28
2011
14 0 %
(4.0.1-4.0.2)
Android 4.0-4.0.1
(Ice Cream
Sandwich)
Facial recognition
(Face Unlock)

UI use Hardware
acceleration

Better voice recognition
(dictating/Voice typing)

Web browser, allows up
to 16 tabs

Updated launcher
(customizable)

Android Beam app to
exchange data through
NFC

New lock screen actions

Improved text input and
spell-checking

Control over network
data

Email app supports
EAS v14

WI-FI direct

BlueTooth Health Device
Profile.
Low-level streaming
multimedia (Khronos
OpenMAX AL)

Grid Layout

Spell checking service

Address Space Layout
Randomization

VPN client API

Remote Device camera
enable/disable

ZSL exposure, continuous
focus, and image zoom

Flags to help control
system ui elements like
system bar from apps
Oct 19
2011
14 0 %
(4.0.1-4.0.2)
Android 3.2.6
(Honeycomb)
Minor fixes Feb 15
2012
13 0.1%
(3.2-3.2.6)
Android 3.2.4
(Honeycomb)
Added "Pay as you go"
for tablets
Dec 15
2011
13 0.1%
(3.2-3.2.6)
Android 3.2.2
(Honeycomb)
Minor fixes Sep 30
2011
13 0.1%
(3.2-3.2.6)
Android 3.2.1
(Honeycomb)
Android Market updates
including easier automatic
updates

Google Books updates

Wi-Fi improvements

Chinese handwriting
prediction improved
Sep 20
2011
13 0.1%
(3.2-3.2.6)
Android 3.2
(Honeycomb)
Optimizations for a
wider range of
tablets

Compatibility display
mode (zoom for
fixed-sized apps)

Media sync from SD
card.
Extended API for managing
screens support-

1. New resource qualifiers
for screens support
2. New manifest attributes
for screen-size compatibility
3. Screen compatibility mode
which allows for phone
apps to appear as if
they were still on a
phone.
Jul 15
2011
13 0.1%
(3.2-3.2.6)
Android 3.1
(Honeycomb)
UI improvements

Open Accessory API

USB host API

Mice, joysticks,
gamepads... support

Resizable Home screen
widgets

MTP notifications

RTP API for audio.
May 10
2011
12 0%
(3.1)
Android 3.0
(Honeycomb)
Multi core support

Better tablet support

Updated 3D UI -

1. Customizable
homescreens
2. Recent applications
viewing
3. Redone keyboard
layout

Media/Picture transport
protocol

Google Talk video chat

Google eBooks

"Private browsing"

System-wide Clipboard

HTTP Live streaming.
Contextual action bar

Fragments first introduced
(support library now
supports it as well)

Hardware-accelerated
2D graphics

Renderscript 3D
graphics engine

Pluggable DRM framework

device administration

High performance
Animation Framework

RTP streaming API

Forced rendering of
layers

High performance
WI-FI lock

View network traffic
stats

ADTS AAC and
FLAC audio

LRU cache
Feb 22
2011
11 0%
(3.0)
Android 2.3.3
(Gingerbread)
NFC API improvements
(peer to peer
communication) added
unsecure bluetooth
sockets
Feb 9
2011
10 34.1%
(2.3.3-2.3.7)
Android 2.3
(Gingerbread)
Updated UI-

1. Improved keyboard
ease of use
2. Improved copy/paste
3. Improved power
management

Social networking
features

Near Field Communication
support

Native VoIP/SIP
support

Video call support
Performance - concurrent
garbage collection, faster
event distribution, updated
video drivers

NDK - Native Asset Manager,
Native Activities + event
handling, khronos api
audio effects api

VP8, WebM, AAC,
AMR wideband

Multiple camera sensor
support

Strictmode debugging

Media framework replaces
OpenCore.
Dec 6
2010
9 0%
(2.3-2.3.2)
Android 2.2
(Froyo)
Speed improvements

JIT implementation

USB Tethering

Applications installation
to the expandable
memory

Upload file support
in the browser

Animated GIFs.
May 20
2010
8 3.1%
(2.2)
Android 2.0
(Eclair)
HTML

Digital zoom

Microsoft Exchange
support

Bluetooth 2.1

Live Wallpapers

Updated UI.
Oct 26
2009
5 0%
Android 1.6
(Donut)
Gesture framework

Turn-by-turn navigation
Sep 15
2009
4
Android 1.5
(Cupcake)
Bluetooth A2DP, AVRCP
support

Soft-keyboard with
text-prediction

Record/watch videos.
Apr 30
2009
3 0%
Android 1.1
(Banana bread)
"Show" & "Hide"
numeric keyboard,
in caller application

Ability to save MMS attachments
Feb 9
2009
2 0%
Android 1.0
(Apple pie)
Download and updates
via Android Market

Web Browser

Camera support

Gmail, Contacts and
Google Agenda
synchronization

Google Maps

YouTube application
Sep 23
2008
1 0%