A definitive list of all the Android Operating System names that have been used from inception right up to the latest Android version.
Since Google purchased Android in 2005 from the original developers, Android Inc, Google has kept working on and releasing new versions of the operating system (OS). In the very beginning, no system names were used; just version numbers. It wasn’t until the 3rd public version of Android OS that system names showed up.
Android Operating System Names
Android code names are based on confectionery (hello, sweet tooths!) and have been in alphabetical order since their debut with Cupcake. Even though the first Android phone was launched in 2008, Android OS releases were not done annually until 2012.
- Android 1.0
- Android 1.1
- Android 1.5 Cupcake – released April 2009
- Android 1.6 Donut – released September 2009
- Android 2.0 Eclair (also 2.02 and 2.1) – released October 2009
- Android 2.2 Froyo – released May 2010
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread (also 2.3.3) – released December 2010
- Android 3.0 Honeycomb (also 3.1 and 3.2) – released February 2011
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (also 4.0.3) – released October 2011
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (also 4.2, 4.3) – released July 2012
- Android 4.4 KitKat – released October 2013
- Android 5.0 Lollipop (also 5.1) – released November 2014
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow – released October 2015
- Android 7.0 Nougat (also 7.1) – released August 2016
- Android 8.0 Oreo (also 8.1) – released August 2017
- Android 9.0 Pie – released August 2018
This list of Android Operating System names is regularly updated to reflect the latest Android version.
Android OS first hit the market in the HTC Dream aka T-mobile G1.
Updating Your Phone To The Latest Android Version
Updating your current smartphone to the latest Android version depends on a number of factors, including its year of release and the device’s manufacturer.
Most Android manufacturers offer no more than a 2-year update cycle, which means that if your smartphone is over two years old or runs a version of Android that is over two versions older than the latest version, it has very little chance of getting updated.
Also, if your phone manufacturer has not committed to providing updates for your specific device, you will not get one. As a rule, high-end and flagship devices are guaranteed updates by manufacturers.
Other Android OS Branches
There are also different branches of Android OS for different classes of devices, and they have their own set of Android Operating System names. These include:
- Wear OS for smartwatches and other wearables
- Android Auto for motor vehicles
- Android TV for smartTVs
- Android Go Edition for low-end smartphones and tablets