The Developers Guide To Android History [Infographic]

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Mobile app developers have a favorite pastime: complaining about fragmentation in the world of Android. “So many screen sizes! So many version numbers! Why can’t Google be more like Apple and make it simple?”Developers tend to be a whiny lot. Yet, it can be hard to keep track of the ever-evolving Android platform. Since 2008, there have been 39 updates to Android among nine major system versions. From Cupcake version 1.5 to Jelly bean version 4.2.2, there have been thousands of design changes, feature additions, security updates and general improvements to Android. Only the most dedicated of developers can tell you precisely what is different in each version of Android. Add all of the major and minor tweaks Google has added to Android with devices from the likes of Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG and others and it becomes a complicated environment in which to build an app.Boston-based mobile cloud services company Kinvey understands developers’ pain. It has created a handy infographic that maps the major changes to Android from inception to the latest build and even speculates on what might be coming next with the so-called Android 5.0, Key Lime Pie, which Google will likely announce at its I/O developers conference in May. Some highlights: Android 1.0 – Inception dan rowinski Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Android 2.3 – GingerbreadNear Field Communications (NFC)Video chat in Google TalkExtra Large screen sizes supported (for Google TV)Android 3.0 – HoneycombDedicated tablet supportVirtual and holographic user interfaceNew Action BarAndroid 4.0 – Ice Cream SandwichGoogle Chrome for Android browserSwipe to dismiss notificationsResizable WidgetsAndroid 4.1 – Jelly BeanGoogle NowProject Butter improves user experienceGoogle Cloud MessagingCheck out the infographic from Kinvey below. What do you think has been the best improvement to Android since Cupcake? Let us know in the comments.  Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Android#Android app development#app developers Google Maps, Search & TalkCamera SupportCustom notifications and wallpapersAndroid 1.5 – CupcakeWidget supportCopy & paste in the browserAuto-rotateAndroid 1.6 – DonutQuick search boxNew framework APIsText-to-speech engineAndroid 2.0 – ÉclairTurn-by-turn navigationBluetooth 2.1Live wallpapersAndroid 2.2 – FroyoWi-Fi hotspot functionalityAdobe Flash supportDedicated shortcuts on the homescreenlast_img


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