History of Android Versions List and Phones From 2008 to 2016

Find the Detailed list of android versions and phones from 2008 to 2016.

The main objective of this post is to get the clear idea about what are the names of the android operating system.

Once we get the detailed understanding, then device compatibility testing will be easy.

What is Android Operating System (OS)?

Android is a software system that is developed by a company called Android Inc., which manufactures operating systems for cameras and mobile phones.

In the year 2005, Google acquired Android Inc., to enter into mobile operating system industry. It is similar to Windows Operating System invented by Microsoft that is used in computers.

Android is an operating system for mobile devices invented by google in the year 2008.

Read: List of Google Android Applications

Since its inception, Android has grown to multiple folds by introducing new features with every software release. Due to its popularity, the leading brands like

Due to its popularity, the leading brands like Sony, Samsung, and HTC adopted an Android operating system for their latest devices. As per data analysis provided by

As per data analysis provided by Statisca (Firm that is leading in analysis and data) has reported that Android contributed to 85% of the smartphone sales worldwide in 2020. Despite the fact that nearly 70 percent of all

Despite the fact that nearly 70 percent of all apps offered on Google Play Store are free of charge, Google Play Store generated about six billion U.S. dollars in revenues in 2015, and is expected to increase this figure to around 14 billion U.S. dollars by 2019.

You can find the Android version numbers and names in the table given below.

History of Android Versions, Code Name and Release Date From 2008 to 2016

Android Version NumberCode NameRelease Date
Android  1.0AlphaTuesday, September 23, 2008
Android 1.1BetaMonday, February 09, 2009
Android 1.5CupcakeMonday, April 27, 2009
Android 1.6DonutTuesday, September 15, 2009
Android 2.0EclairMonday, October 26, 2009
Android 2.1EclairMonday, October 26, 2009
Android 2.2FroyoThursday, May 20, 2010
Android 2.3Ginger BreadMonday, December 06, 2010
Android 3.0HoneycombTuesday, February 22, 2011
Android 3.1HoneycombTuesday, February 22, 2011
Android 3.2HoneycombTuesday, February 22, 2011
Android 4.0Ice cream SandwichTuesday, October 18, 2011
Android 4.1Jelly BeanMonday, July 09, 2012
Android 4.4KitkatThursday, October 31, 2013
Android 5.0LollipopWednesday, November 12, 2014
Android 6.0MarshmallowMonday, October 05, 2015
Android N 7.0NougatMonday, August 22, 2016

What Are the Upcoming Android Versions?

As of now, there is no official announcement from google regarding the upcoming android versions. However, there are several rumors spreading around with different names. These android versions are only best to guess and not the real names. We will come to know the final name of the version only after launched by google.

  • Android M (M may refer to Muffin)
  • Android L

How to Update Android Versions?

The android version will vary based on the device and manufacturer. In order to get the latest version of android on your phone, the manufacturer must have released the version. If there is one available to upgrade, you will receive a notification to update the software.

If you are not sure, you can check whether there is the latest version available from your phone settings. Open Phone Menu –> Settings –> About Phone –> Software Update –> System Update.

The screen will display the latest version available. If not, it will say you have the latest version installed. I have shared the screenshot below:

Android Software Update Check
Android Software Update Check

List of Android Operating System (OS) Phone Manufacturers


PanasonicPhilipsSamsungSonySony Ericsson
ViewsonicBarnes and NobleNvidiaHPMax West
PCDJOLLACATVerizon WirelessYota
T-MobileSprintPalmTag HeuerXolo
VIZIOFUJITSUUMXAiro WirelessTerrestar
ArchosBest BuyVeryKoolNotion INCVertu
MobiadoI-MateGeneral MobileFusion GarageINQ
PlumCelkonI-MobileSpice MobileZEN Mobile
BENQ-SiemensHelioHaierLemon MobilesHandspring
LatteSiemensDopodFirefly MobileCricket
Sierra WirelessNeoNodeQtekSendoMaxon



I believe the List of Android Versions and Phones From 2008 to 2016 is helpful to you. Even though there is several version of android released, Android

Even though there is several version of android released, Android KitKat, Lollipop and JellyBean are the most popular versions. If there is any android version or mobile phone manufacturer is missing, please add your valuable comments. I will be sure to look into it and update them in the above list.

If there is any android version or mobile phone manufacturer is missing, please add your valuable comments. I will be sure to look into it and update them in the above list.

Amudhakumar is a passionate blogger and writes for Appnol.com. He graduated from Sainik school and holds a Bachler’s Degree in computer science. Holds 6 years of experience in leading MNC’s like Accenture, CSS Corp, and Amazon India.

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