10 iconic features of each major Android update, from Cupcake to Lollipop
posted by Chris P. / Oct 26, 2014, 11:13 AM
The long history of Android now spans over 6 years -- from the HTC-made T-Mobile G1 to today -- and in that time, Google has released 10 whole major updates, each with its respective set of new features, bug fixes, and behind-the-scenes improvements. Having become a mature operating system, the rate at which these new updates are published has now slowed down in comparison with the past, allowing manufacturers and their custom UIs to catch up in the progress. The lengthier time frame also allows Google to focus on more thorough implementations, last seen with the design revamp that is on its way with Android 5.0 Lollipop.
But as time has gone by, it has become an increasingly difficult job remembering each of the major updates for what they brought to the table and, consequently, became known for. Do you even remember what made Android 3.0 Honeycomb so popular, and why its contribution to the ecosystem should be never forgotten? Maybe you do, but it's safe to say that a big portion of the Android community won't -- either because they weren't involved at the time, or because their recollection of the event has faded with time. It's time we did something about that, and today is that day. Dive right in to re-discover each of the major Android versions and what they became iconic for.
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Android: The world's most advanced mobile OS keeps getting better.
posted on Oct 26, 2014, 11:16 AM 35
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It has inspired Apple to improve its own OS.
posted on Oct 26, 2014, 12:08 PM 21
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And that's the reason why iOS is so buggy now. The OS was never meant to receive 3rd party keyboards and that was of the issues covered in iOS 8.0.2. It looks tacky when Apple keeps adding Android like features to a OS designed 7 years ago. And look at the iPhone 6 plus. Phone has a smaller screen than a Note 4 but is taller. Apples hardware and software needs a total redesign from the ground up.
posted on Oct 26, 2014, 3:29 PM 6
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for 4.1 i think project butter was much more important...it kind of bridged the gap between ios and android's smoothness of the interface
posted on Oct 26, 2014, 11:20 AM 22
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Maybe things will differ with the official release, but I find a lot of the design elements of the L developer preview to be rather ugly. Some elements are nice though, and it runs smoother than Barry White's voice.
posted on Oct 26, 2014, 12:39 PM 0
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Android L by default films the user so it can do face unlock.
posted on Oct 26, 2014, 2:50 PM 0
What happened to Apple Pie and Butterfinger?
posted on Oct 26, 2014, 2:52 PM 0
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Project butter was way bigger feature than Google now for me. Still a nice article from PA. I still think android 4.0 was a bigger upgrade than android 5.0, lollipop is still lacking basic features and still didn't solve "stock android woes".
posted on Oct 27, 2014, 12:08 AM 0
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