Android Tablet Operating Systems

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Android Operating System

Release Date


Key New Features

Android 1.0
September 2008 Android for tablets has begun! This new Android operating system has several exciting features like YouTube, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support. It has customizable wallpaper with images and photos. It also features several Google applications including Google Contacts, Calendar, Maps, Sync, Search, Talk, and Gmail. It has instant messaging, text messaging, MMS, a simple Media Player and a voice command dialer. A basic camera app is also available as well as other apps such as an alarm clock, a calculator and a gallery. It allows users to download Android Market applications from the Market app, and use a web browser to zoom and pan full web pages. Finally, users can group apps into a single home screen folder and notifications appear within the status bar with a vibration or ringtone alert.
Android 1.1
February 2009
A few updates are made including the ability to access details and reviews when using businesses on Maps. Saving attachments within messages is now possible and users have the ability to show and hide the dialpad. Also, support for marquee in system layouts is added. 
Android 1.5 - Cupcake
April 2009
ARCHOS 7 Home Tablet
The user interface (UI) is polished and refined. The browser is updated with the latest Webkit browser & Squirrelfish JavaScript engine. The camera and GPS are quicker. New features are added such as a soft keyboard, video recording and playback, A2DP and AVCRP. Google applications are added and new APIs and manifest elements are integrated. 
Android 1.6 - Donut
September 2009
New features are added including a quick search box, a virtual private network (VPN) control panel with access to four VPN types, and a battery usage indicator. Updates were again made to the camera, camcorder and gallery. Google Play is improved for a better user experience. New platform technologies are integrated including an expanded search framework, text-to-speech, gestures, accessibility, telephony support for CDMA, and a new version of OpenCore. A new application programming interface (API) framework is also added. 
Android 2.0 - Éclair
October 2009
Updates are made to the contacts, accounts, messaging, calendar and email applications. The camera is greatly improved with digital zoom, color effect, scene mode and more. The UI is updated, Bluetooth 2.1 is integrated and several new developer API's are included.
Android 2.0.1 - Éclair
December 2009
Minor API changes, framework behavioral changes and bug fixes. 
Android 2.1 - Éclair
January 2010
More bug fixes and API changes are made. 
Android 2.2 - Froyo
March 2010
Gen 8 70 IT
The overall Android for tablets performance is faster and smoother. Dedicated shortcuts are added to the home screen, which makes navigating quick and easy. The support is greatly improved with better security, remote wipe, and auto-discovery for synced Exchange accounts. An LED flash is added to the camcorder for better nighttime and low light recording. Tablets with Android and other devices are able to turn into portable Wi-Fi hotspots (tethering). Bluetooth is more compatible and has voice dialing. New developer services are added such as Android cloud to device messaging and Android Application Error Reports. Once again the API is updated and more advance.
Android 2.3 - Gingerbread
December 2010
Gen 8 101 IT
The user interface is updated so it is quicker and simplified. The keyboard is redesigned to input text faster and more accurately, with better suggested text and voice input mode. One-touch word selection and copy and paste are now options while texting or viewing a web page. Users have more control when it comes to battery life and applications. New communication applications are available including internet calling and Near-Field Communications (NFC). A front facing camera is made available, if the user's device allows it Technologies such as Dalvik runtime and the media framework are updated and game developers are pleased with the audio, graphical and input enhancements made. 
Android 2.3.3 - Gingerbread
February 2011
Small release that added new features and changes in the framework API. These new features included updating the NFC, Bluetooth, graphics, media framework and speech recognition. 
Android 2.3.4 - Gingerbread
May 2011
Bug fixes and patches are made. The Open Accessory Library is also added.  
Android 2.3.5 - Gingerbread
July 2011
Several improvements are made and the overall system is enhanced. The Gmail application is upgraded, the battery efficiency increases and the camera app is again updated.
Android 2.3.6 - Gingerbread
September 2011
Bug fixed are made within the voice search feature. 
Android 2.3.7 - Gingerbread
September 2011
Google Wallet support is made available for the Nexus 4G.
Android 3.0 - Honeycomb
February 2011
This update is designed specifically for tablets with Android. Not phones and other devices. A new virtual and holographic user interface is introduced. System and action bars are added, making navigation throughout the Android tablet easier. Multitasking is simplified and home screens are now customizable. The keyboard and it's many functions, such as copy and paste, are redesigned for easier usage. Several applications are improved including the browser, the camera, the gallery, the contacts, and the email. Video chat support using Google Talk is available, as well as hardware acceleration, support for multi-core processors, and the ability to encrypt all user data. The multimedia and connectivity of an Android tablet is now rich and powerful with HTTP live streaming, a pluggable DRM framework, digital media file transfer, and more. Although this new Android operating system is designed for larger screen devices, it is fully compatible with apps developed for smaller tablets with Android. 
Android 3.1 - Honeycomb
May 2011
The UI is refined. Android tablets are now accessible for USB devices and accessories. The recent applications list is expandable and the home screen widgets are resizable. There is support for external keyboards, pointing devices, joysticks and gamepads. Robust Wi-Fi networking is added so the Android tablet can work at higher-speeds. More standard applications are updated including the browser, the gallery, the calendar, the contacts, and the email. Support for HTTP proxy is also available for each connected Wi-Fi access point. 
Android 3.2 - Honeycomb
July 2011
New user features are added including optimization for a wider range of Android tablets, compatibility zoom for fixed-sized apps, and media sync from SD card. New developer features are also added including an extended API for managing screens support.  
Android 3.2.1 - Honeycomb
September 2011
Bug fixes and minor improvements are made to the security, stability and Wi-Fi within Android devices. Updates to the Android market are made by allowing automatic updates to be made. Google Books is updated and Adobe flash support within the browser is also improved. 
Android 3.2.2 - Honeycomb
September 2011
Bug fixes and other minor improvements are made for certain devices.
Android 3.2.4 - Honeycomb
December 2011
"Pay-as-You-Go" support is available for 3G and 4G tablets with Android. 
Android 3.2.6 - Honeycomb
February 2012
Bugs fixes for the data connectivity issues when exiting airplane mode on particular devices. 
Android 4.0.1 - Ice Cream Sandwich
October 2011
Gen 9 Series
A refined and unified UI is introduced to Android for tablets and phones. A new typeface optimized for high-resolution screens improves the readability and makes the UI crisp. Some new features include home screen folders and a favorites tray, resizable and interactive widgets, accessing apps from the lock screen, and quick text response for incoming calls you can't immediately answer. Managing notifications is made easier with swipe to dismiss notifications, tasks, and browser tabs. Text input and spell-check are both easier to use and more accurate. Users can now dictate text for an extended amount of time in several languages. Phones now display data usage so users can easily track their data plans. Social communication and sharing touch points are integrated throughout the system including a unified calendar with pinch-to-zoom capabilities, visual voicemail, new camera capabilities, a redesigned gallery app with photo editor and live effects when streaming video. The "people" application integrates social networks, status updates, and hi-resolution photos. The cloud-connection experience is enhanced with improved web browsing including full desktop versions, offline reading, zooming abilities to make text larger, and improved page performance. New innovations also include Android Beam for NFC-based sharing where people can instantly share apps, contacts, music, and more. Face unlock is introduced, where users can use their faces to unlock their devices. Wi-Fi Direct is introduced. It allows users to connect to their friend's devices without tethering or an Internet connection. Built-in support for connecting to Bluetooth HDP is also added.  
Android 4.0.2 - Ice Cream Sandwich
November 2011
Minor bugs fixes on particular devices. 
Android 4.0.3 - Ice Cream Sandwich
December 2011
Several bug fixes and optimizations are performed. New API's are available for developers. Updates are made to the graphics, the databases, the spell-check function and Bluetooth. 
Android 4.0.4 - Ice Cream Sandwich
March 2012
Improvements are made on the camera performance, screen rotation, stability and phone number recognition. 
Android 4.1 - Jelly Bean
June 2012
Gen 10 Series
The most advanced version of Android for tablets and phones yet! Accessibility is improved by allowing users to use "Gesture Mode" to navigate using touch and swipe gestures combined with speech output. Android Beam now supports Bluetooth data transfer. The browser is improved with higher performance, HTML 5 video support and the HTML 5 Media Capture are updated, and the WebView now supports vertical text. The calendar is once again improved and runs smoother than ever. Other applications are also upgraded including the camera app, voice search, data usage, messaging and face unlock. The keyboard is even more accurate and adapts easily to over 20 languages. Users can also choose to not type but instead speak and have it be converted into text, since this can now be done even without an Internet connection. Notifications are expandable and users have the ability to turn off notifications on an application specific basis. The home screen is more advanced than ever. Each time a user adds a new widget, the home screen automatically re-sizes it to fit, and rearranged everything else to make room. Contact photos are now in high-resolution and can be automatically retrieved from public Google+ profiles. Several new Google functions are also available and old Google items are updated. These new functions and updates include Google Search, Google Now, Google Play, and Google apps like Gmail, YouTube, Chrome, and Google+.  

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