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The version history of the Android operating system began with the release of Beta version released 5 November 2007 Conference Call transcript SDK Released 12 November 2007.

1.0 (began with the release of version) Released 23 September 2008. The first Android device, the HTC Dream (G1).

1.1 On 9 February 2009, Android 1.1 update for Android was released for T-Mobile G1 only. Included in the update were resolved issues, API changes…

1.5 (Cupcake) The Android Emulator default home screen (v1.5). Based on Linux kernel 2.6.27. On 30 April 2009, the official 1.5 (Cupcake) update for Android was released. There were several new features and UI updates included in the 1.5 update…

1.6 (Donut) Based on Linux kernel 2.6.29 On 15 September 2009, the 1.6 Donut SDK was released. Included in the update…

2.0 (Eclair) included a new web browser, with a new user interface and support for HTML5 and the W3C Geolocation API. It also included an enhanced camera app with features like digital zoom, flash, color effects, and more.

2.1 (Eclair) included support for voice controls throughout the entire OS. It also included a new launcher, with 5 homescreens instead of 3, animated backgrounds, and a button to open the menu. It also included a new weather app, and improved functionality in the Email and Phonebook apps.

2.2 (Froyo) introduced speed improvements with JIT optimization and the Chrome V8 JavaScript engine, and added Wi-Fi hotspot tethering and Adobe Flash support

2.3 (Gingerbread) refined the user interface, improved the soft keyboard and copy/paste features, and added support for Near Field Communication

3.0 (Honeycomb) was a tablet-oriented release which supports larger screen devices and introduces many new user interface features, and supports multicore processors and hardware acceleration for graphics. The Honeycomb SDK has been released and the first device featuring this version, the Motorola Xoom tablet, went on sale in February 2011.

3.1 (Honeycomb) was announced at the 2011 Google I/O on 10 May 2011.

3.2 (Honeycomb) is “an incremental release that adds several new capabilities for users and developers.” Highlights include optimization for a broader range of screen sizes; new “zoom-to-fill” screen compatibility mode; capability to load media files directly from the SD card; and an extended screen support API, providing developers with more precise control over the UI.

4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is said to be a combination of Gingerbread and Honeycomb into a “cohesive whole.” It will be released in Q4 2011.