Android versions over time: history of the Google operating system

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Android versions over time: history of the Google operating system

presented with the October 31, 2013 Android 4.4 KitKat and the Nexus 5 by LG even optical adjustments made their entrance, but most of the changes took place under the hood. So was screwed, among others, the memory requirements down and the Google Now Launcher outsourced in the Play Store, but see for yourself:

  • "Project Svelte" reduced the required amount of RAM, since then new versions of Android on devices from 512 MB of RAM can run
  • Transparent status bar and navigation buttons, minor design changes
  • Introduction of Bluetooth Message Access Profile (MAP); allows communication between the smartphone and car
  • microSD card: Apps can access external data storage devices only on its own folder
  • "Photos" replaced gallery
  • Hotword "OK Google" was introduced, voice search can be started directly with this phrase
  • New emoji in the stock keyboard
  • Spin-off of "Google Experience launcher"; now Google Now Launcher could be immediately used on all devices and installed from the Play Store
  • Full screen mode or "Immersive Mode": Hiding status bar and software Buttons in Apps
  • More than five home screen pages-Equipped
  • Google Hangouts supports SMS
  • Experimental support the new Android Runtime (ART, via developer settings)

In the following smaller Android updates 4.4.1, 4.4.2, 4.4.3 and 4.4.4 bugs have been fixed as well, with Android 4.4.1, revised the camera app.

Android 5.0 and 5.1: Material Design is coming


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What Android 4.4 KitKat was in terms of "under the hood changes," is Android 5.0 Lollipop in terms of appearance. The flagship devices of the new operating system, the Nexus 6 by Motorola and Nexus 9 by HTC acted. The operating system version still presented at the Google I / O on June 24 as Android L and delivered to the first device from 3 November 2014 introduced the Material Design and brought inter alia other innovations with it:

  • Project Volta: Longer battery life, new energy-saving mode
  • Material Design: ajar on paper and other textures colorful and airy design - provided design guidelines for app developers
  • Floating Notifications: Notifications are drawn on the screen content
  • New notification bar with quick start settings and ability to display it in app colors
  • SD card limitations of Android 4.4 partially softened
  • Runtime environment Dalvik VM is replaced by final ART (Android Runtime); allows shorter app load times
  • Native support of 64-bit processors

With Android 5.1 minor bugs have been fixed and resolved Nexus devices-specific problems.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow: Functional finishing touches


After a developer preview was Android 6.0 Marshmallow provided officially on October 5, 2015 Download. The Android version screwed around a little bit and is considered further fine touches to Android 5.x Lollipop. An overview of the features:

  • USB Type C support
  • Android Pay: Google's payment system (not yet available in Germany) introduced
  • Doze (Snooze) shuts down the background activities of apps, when your device is a long time (improved battery life)
  • Heads-up notifications: Notifications that show themselves as "flags" at the top of the screen
  • New App Drawer with vertical application list and search
  • "Google Now on Tap": context-based search results and assistance
  • Deep Linking: Links to Websites of services whose apps you have installed can forward directly to the content in the app
  • App permissions can be set granular and partly during the Show app runtime
  • microSD card can be used as internal storage
  • User interfaces of many settings improved

Google's flagship smartphone for Android 6.0 Marshmallow are the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow: The Top 5 New Features at a glance

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On the next page we dedicate ourselves to Android 7.0 nougat and an outlook on future Android 


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