Android Version History: A Visual Timeline [Infographic]


Do you remember how Android started it's way to dominate the smartphone market? Do you remember wich were the first features of our favorite OS?

The guys at Kinvey made a really nice infographic about the progression of Android since it's beginning in 2008.

See the complete Android Version History below:

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And it's not just about the number of features, but the number of times Android beat iOS, like the following:

  • Android introduced MMS with its first version release in 2008, while iOS waited until its 3.0 release in 2009
  • Custom widgets for the home screen arrived in 2009; widgets for iOS are nonexistent
  • Eclair (2.0) introduced multiple accounts, a feature which iOS has not yet added to the dismay of many iOS fans
  • Turn-by-turn voice navigation for Google Maps also arrived with 2.0, again beating iOS to the punch by about 3 years
  • Near Field Communication (NFC) became integrated into the freshly baked
  • Gingerbread (2.3) in 2010 – another sought-after feature that iOS has failed to yet deliver
  • User-installable keymaps were debuted in 2012 with Jelly Bean, while iOS only offers its stock keyboard

What do you think about this infographic? What do you hope to see with the next version of Android (rumored to be Key Lime Pie)? Share your thoughts in the comments.