Poll results: Evolution of Android - which major update changed the face of the platform most significantly?
posted by Chris P. / Oct 23, 2014, 2:52 AM
With Android 5.0 Lollipop ever closer to becoming a mass-market reality (well, as mass-market as these can be, considering manufacturers' excruciatingly-slow transition towards new major updates), we felt like it was about time we had a look at Android's past. As we pointed out on Monday, when we published this poll, Google's platform has undergone a myriad of changes during its years of service, but not all of these were necessarily equal in their contribution. And as the below results plainly show, the near 4,000 participants in the poll agree with that notion.
about which we nevertheless know plenty already), with 31.39% of you considering it the most significant in the OS' history. With 10.83%, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is a distant third, followed by Android 2.3 Gingerbread (5.9%) and Android 4.4 KitKat (4.24%).We mentioned that we had our own favorite, and we're happy to see that most of you (43.44%) converge on our opinion that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was the update that changed the face of the operating system most significantly. A relatively close second is the upcoming Android 5.0 Lollipop update (
None of the above surprised us very much, but what about you? Anything about these numbers not sitting well with you? Let us know in the shout box below.
Evolution of Android - which major update changed the face of the platform most significantly?
Android 1.5 Cupcake
Android 1.6 Donut
Android 2.0 Eclair
Android 2.2 Froyo
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Android 3.0 Honeycomb
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Android 4.4 KitKat
Android 5.0 Lollipop
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Android ICS FTW! But seriously, Google is on the right track! Keep it up!
posted on Oct 23, 2014, 3:04 AM 10
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I don't think so actually, people should try Lollipop if they can. I have it on my nexus 5/7 and feels 10x better than Kitkat for some reason. Everything has a flow and purpose now and there is so much more possible now. ICS was big, but I think LP will be much bigger in terms of securing the future for Android.
posted on Oct 23, 2014, 3:41 AM 4
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Loving Lollipop on my Nexus 5 as well Especially the animations and improved ram management (feels like my ram doubled) I think ICS won this because it was a somewhat bigger jump Gingerbread's quite ugly design (open Music, not Play Music, it has Gingerbread's design) And ICS's holo design was arguably the best at the time of release (or tied with Metro as the best) I personally didn't even consider buying an Android until ICS
posted on Oct 23, 2014, 4:05 AM 2
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"Everything has a flow and purpose now..." That's a typical BS statement without any meaning at all. When you say something is better, you need to explain it properly. Such bogus statement has no meaning.
posted on Oct 23, 2014, 4:13 AM 1
He doesn't say it is better, he says it feels better. Also stating everything has a flow and purpose, is certainly a statement with meaning. You might not concur with it or even understand it, but it's certainly not a BS statement.
posted on Oct 23, 2014, 5:43 AM 6
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Honestly IMHO pre ics android was very ugly. It's a wonder that it made it through that. But I guess everyone has their awkward teenage years.
posted on Oct 23, 2014, 3:04 AM 8
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Android 5.0 is the biggest change...because of the new animations and Material Design (visuals) + under the hood improvements like Project Volta and ART etc...
posted on Oct 23, 2014, 3:43 AM 2
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Absolutely .. I agree !! Android 5.0 L is best thing till date .. 1. ART - Upto 50% faster app execution 2. 64bit Support 3. Material Design 4. Camera related API (Large improvements here) 5. Smooth Animations (Multi-speed animations in one) 6. Performance Boost Thing (PBT) under the hood (read anandtech.com) 7. Overall new 5000+ APIs for developers for better control 8. Project Volta - Significant battery improvements and a lot of small-small countless more !!
posted on Oct 23, 2014, 4:02 AM 7
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I don't think the Lollipop update should have been included in this list. We will have a good assessment after it has rolled out so at the moment the inclusion of lollipop skews the results of this poll. A good time to do a poll which includes lollipop would be after the first quarter of 2015. Google and Android manufacturers understandably need improvement with regard effective update roll-outs but one can argue that even ICS is a very capable OS in today's standards".
posted on Oct 23, 2014, 4:14 AM 0
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What a lot of people are failing to realize is the roller coaster ride with all of the software updates. IMO Gingerbread is what caused a lot of people to jump ship from android because it didn't matter what carrier or which device you had, Gingerbread was terrible. ICS started to bring people back & restore faith in loyal platform users but I think it was project butter aka Jellybean that really got things going & made the software a competitor again.
posted on Oct 23, 2014, 4:53 AM 1
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Honeycomb should have had the most votes.
posted on Oct 23, 2014, 10:16 AM 1
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Totally, Honeycomb paved the way for ICS interface.
posted on Oct 23, 2014, 10:40 AM 1
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