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by Samuel OnyikeOctober 29, 2016

Android 1.0 (API level 1)

Android 1.0, the first commercial version of the software, was released on September 23, 2008.

The first commercially available Android device was the HTC Dream.Android 1.0 incorporated the following features:

Code name Version number Initial release date    API level Support status
N/A                        1.0                  23 September 2008 1        Discontinued

Android 1.0, the first commercial version of the software, was released on September 23, 2008.

The first commercially available Android device was the HTC Dream. 
Android 1.0 incorporated the following features:

Android Market allowed application downloads and updates through the Market application
It also allowed Web browser to show, zoom and pan full HTML and XHTML web pages – multiple pages show as windows (“cards”)
Camera support – however, this version lacked the option to change the camera’s resolution, white balance, quality, etc.
Folders allowing the grouping of a number of application icons into a single folder icon on the Home screen
Access to web email servers, supporting POP3, IMAP4, and SMTP
Gmail synchronization with the Gmail application
Google Contacts synchronization with the People application
Google Calendar synchronization with the Calendar application
Google Maps with Street View to view maps and satellite imagery, as well as find local business and obtain driving directions using GPS
Google Sync, allowing management of over-the-air synchronization of Gmail, People, and Calendar
Google Search, allowing users to search the Internet and phone applications, contacts, calendar, etc.
Google Talk instant messaging
Instant messaging, text messaging, and MMS
Media Player, enabling management, importing, and playback of media files – however, this version lacked video and stereo Bluetooth support
Notifications appear in the Status bar, with options to set ringtone, LED or vibration alerts
Voice Dialer allows dialing and placing of phone calls without typing a name or number
Wallpaper allows the user to set the background image or photo behind the Home screen icons and widgets
YouTube video player
Other applications include: Alarm Clock, Calculator, Dialer (Phone), Home screen (Launcher), Pictures (Gallery), and Settings
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support.

Android 1.1 (API level 2)

 Android 1.1 (API level 2)
On February 9, 2009, the Android 1.1 update was released, initially for the HTC Dream only. 
Android 1.1 was known as “Petit Four” internally, though this name was not used officially. 
The update resolved bugs, changed the Android API and added a number of features:

Version Release date
1.1 February 9, 2009
Details and reviews available when a user searches for businesses on Maps
Longer in-call screen timeout default when using the speakerphone, plus ability to show/hide dialpad
Ability to save attachments in messages
Support added for marquee in system layouts

Android 1.5 Cupcake (API level 3)

 Android 1.5 Cupcake (API level 3)
On April 27, 2009, the Android 1.5 update was released, based on Linux kernel 2.6.27.
This was the first release to officially use a codename based on a dessert item (“Cupcake”), 
a theme which would be used for all releases henceforth. 
The update included several new features and UI amendments:

Version Release date
1.5 April 27, 2009
Support for third-party virtual keyboards with text prediction and user dictionary for custom words
Support for Widgets – miniature application views that can be embedded in other applications (such as the Home screen) and receive periodic updates[32]
Video recording and playback in MPEG-4 and 3GP formats
Auto-pairing and stereo support for Bluetooth (A2DP and AVRCP profiles)
Copy and paste features in web browser
User pictures shown for Favorites in Contacts
Specific date/time stamp shown for events in call log, and one-touch access to a contact card from call log event
Animated screen transitions
Auto-rotation option
New stock boot animation
Ability to upload videos to YouTube
Ability to upload photos to Picasa

Android 1.6 Donut (API level 4)

 Android 1.6 Donut (API level 4)
On September 15, 2009, the Android 1.6 SDK – dubbed Donut – was released, based on Linux kernel 2.6.29.
Included in the update were numerous new features:

Version Release date
1.6 September 15, 2009
Voice and text entry search enhanced to include bookmark history, contacts, and the web
Ability for developers to include their content in search results
Multi-lingual speech synthesis engine to allow any Android application to “speak” a string of text
Easier searching and ability to view app screenshots in Android Market
Gallery, camera and camcorder more fully integrated, with faster camera access
Ability for users to select multiple photos for deletion
Updated technology support for CDMA/EVDO, 802.1x, VPNs, and a text-to-speech engine
Support for WVGA screen resolutions
Speed improvements in searching and camera applications
Expanded Gesture framework and new GestureBuilder development tool


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Samuel Onyike
Epigrammatic tech-savvy writer. He loves to write on the ever changing technology topics and sees the human mind as the first virtual reality. Samuel doesn't need a manual to use a device even for the first time. He'll beat you in football games.

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