Latest Android Version’s Names & Features

Android Version Names

Name Version
Cupcake  1.5
Donut  1.6
Eclair  2.0–2.1
Froyo  2.2–2.2.3
Gingerbread  2.3–2.3.7
Honeycomb  3.0–3.2.6
Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0–4.0.4
Jelly Bean 4.1–4.3.1
KitKat 4.4–4.4.4, 4.4W–4.4W.2
Lollipop 5.0–5.1.1
Marshmallow 6.0–6.0.1
Nougat 7

I only list each Android version’s name and some of its new features below. More detailed changelogs can be found on android.com.




Android Nougat

Main new features:

  • Multi-window. This split screen mode has been implemented on many custom ROMs and now it is built in the OS. App’s size can be adjusted in portrait mode while it is kept 50% in landscape mode.
  • Quick app switching. It helps switch between 2 recent apps faster.
  • New Notifications area. It is not totally new but just some tweaks in design. It goes full flat and fullscreen, and reduces space among notifications. Quick Reply is integrated to help user reply to a message right on Notifications area.
  • System UI Tuner returns.
  • Expanded support for Virtual Reality.
  • Vulkan support. It is a new 3D rendering API that provides explicit, low-overhead GPU. It promises faster, smoother and better rendered gaming graphics.
  • New people emoji with support for skin tones, and new Unicode 9 glyphs.
  • Multi-language support. You can setup multiple locales.
  • Direct Boot. The OS now boots to the lock screen before asking user to input a PIN or pattern unlock to decrypt the device. This process helps the OS to receive notifications after a restart.
  • Advanced number blocking.
  • And other tweaks…

Android Marshmallow

Name OS version Release date API level
 Marshmallow  6.0–6.0.1  October 5, 2015  23

New features:

  • USB Type-C support
  • Now on Tap
  • Doze mode. Save battery by reducing CPU usage when screen is off
  • App Standby feature
  • New app drawer which supports alphabetically vertical application, search bar and favorites
  • Application search bar and favorites
  • Native fingerprint scanners support
  • Direct Share feature
  • Changed “Priority” mode to “Do Not Disturb” mode
  • App Links. Links are opened with its respective app.
  • Better Text Selection with improved Copy/Paste
  • Auto Backup for Apps
  • Adopted Storage. External memory card is considered as Internal Storage.
  • Simpler app permissions
  • Post-install/run-time permission requests
  • System UI Tuner
  • 4K display mode for apps

Android Lollipop

Name OS version Release date API level
 Lollipop  5.0–5.1.1  November 12, 2014  21–22

Lollipop 5.1–5.1.1’s new features:

  • Revamped screen pinning
  • Polished Quick Settings. Wifi and Bluetooth settings included in quick settings.
  • Official support for multiple SIM cars
  • Better device protection.
  • HD voice calls
  • Native Wifi calling support

Lollipop 5.0–5.0.2’s new features:

  • Implementation of Material design
  • Android Runtime (ART) replaces Dalvik.
  • 64-bit CPU support
  • Nav Soft Keys has new design.
  • Increase WebViews security by launching it as an independant app on Google Play Store.
  • Expanded notifications
  • Notifications can be displayed on the lock screen.
  • Recent Apps display recent apps in 3D cascade of app tiles.
  • Direct links to apps from Google searches
  • OpenGL ES 3.1 and Android Extension Pack on supported GPU configurations
  • Tap and Go allows users to quickly migrate to a new Android device.
  • Battery efficiency optimisation
  • Bluetooth 4.1 support
  • Audio input and output through USB devices

Android Kitkat

Name OS version Release date API level
 Kitkat  4.4–4.4.4, 4.4W–4.4W.2  October 31, 2013  19–20

New features:

  • Some UI tweaks
  • Improved Google Now
  • Better memory management, including zRAM support and “low RAM” device API
  • Smarter Caller ID
  • Immersive Mode keeps the navigation and status bars hidden from app and game user is using.
  • Allow integration with Cloud Storage directly without downloading files to memory first
  • Support Wireless Print such as Google Cloud Print
  • Introduce Android Runtime (ART)
  • WebViews now based on Chromium engine
  • Built-in screen recording feature for developer (ADB is still required)
  • Built-In Sensors with step detector and counter API
  • Initial release of Android Wear platform for smartwatches

Jelly Bean

Name OS version Release date API level
 Jelly Bean  4.1–4.3.1  July 9, 2012  16–18

Android 4.3’s new features:

  • Restricted profiles for tablets
  • Dial pad autocomplete
  • Better graphic rendering with OpenGL ES 3.0
  • Simplified setup wizard
  • Right-to-left languages support
  • Improvements to Photo Sphere app
  • 4K resolution support
  • Improvement for tap-typing recognition makes text input easier.
  • Bluetooth Smart support

Android 4.2’s new features:

  • Lock screen improvements
  • New clock app with built-in world clock, stop watch and timer
  • New screensaver mode, “Daydream”
  • All devices now use the same interface layout
  • Multiple user accounts on tablets
  • Photo Sphere for 360-degree panoramuc photo capture

Android 4.1’s new features:

  • Smoother user interface (Project Butter)
  • Introduce Google Now app
  • Notifications are expandable and more detailed.
  • Voice search available offline
  • Improved camera application with more gestures
  • Shortcuts and widgets are automatically re-sized to fit on home screens.

Ice Cream Sandwich

Name OS version Release date API level
 Ice Cream Sandwich  4.0–4.0.4   October 18, 2011  14–15

New features:

  • Implement of Android’s own font, “Roboto”
  • Add soft navigation buttons to phones
  • Easier-to-create folders
  • Newly-designed lock screen
  • Resizeable homescreen widgets
  • Improved copy and paste feature
  • Better voice integration
  • Add Face Unlock, a screen unlock mode
  • Wi-Fi Direct support
  • Native screenshot capture
  • Hardware acceleration of the UI
  • Android VPN Framework (AVF), and TUN (kernel module
  • New gallery layout
  • Improved error correction on the keyboard
  • All Google Apps updated
  • Mobile data usage metrics in system controls
  • 1080p video recording for stock Android devices

Old Ones: From 1 to 3

Name OS version Release date API level
1.0 September 23, 2008 1
1.1 February 9, 2009 2
Cupcake 1.5 April 27, 2009 3
Donut 1.6 September 15, 2009 4
Eclair 2.0–2.1 October 26, 2009 5–7
Froyo 2.2–2.2.3 May 20, 2010 8
Gingerbread 2.3–2.3.7 December 6, 2010 9–10
Honeycomb 3.0–3.2.6 February 22, 2011 11–13

 How to Find Your Phone or Tablet’s Android Version Number

It is quite simple to access this information. Android OS version can be found on Android’s Settings screen. Here are steps to access it:

Android_Version_Name

1) Open “Settings” app. You will see many information listed. Scroll down to bottom.
2) Access “About Device”. Whether you can see OS version at this step depends on your phone’s manufacturer. If you can’t still see it, continue to step 3.
3) Access “Software info”.