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The Android History

October 2003: Android, Inc. was founded in Palo Alto, California, United States by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears and Chris White

August 2005: Google acquired Android Inc.

5th Nov 2007: The Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of several companies was formed.

12th Nov 2007: Android Beta SDK Released

23rd Sept 2008: The first Android device, the HTC Dream(G1), featuring Android 1.0
  • Integration with Google Services.
  • Web browser to show, zoom and pan full HTML and XHTML web pages, multiple pages show as windows.
  • Android Market app downloads and updates.
  • Multitasking, Instant Messaging, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
9th Feb 2009: Android 1.1 update for Android was released for T-Mobile G1 only

30th Apr 2009: Based on Linux kernel 2.6.27, the official 1.5(Cupcake) update for Android was released.
  • Quick Search box and Voice Search
  • Integrated camera, camcorder and gallery. Toggle between still and vide capture modes
  • Batter usage indicator
  • CDMA Support
  • Multilingual text-to-speech function.
26th Oct 2009: Based on Linux kernel 2.6.29, the 2.0 (Éclair) SDK was released
  • Multiple accounts for email and contact synchronization
  • Microsoft Exchange Support for saying of e-mail.
  • Bluetooth 2.1 support
  • New Browser User Interface and support for HTML5
  • New Calendar features
3rd Dec 2009: The 2.0.1 SDK was released

12th Jan 2010: The 2.1 SDK was released

20th May 2010: Based on Linux kernel 2.6.32, the 2.2(Froyo) SDK was release.
  • New tips widget for homescreen
  • Improved Exchange support
  • Hotspot support.
  • Multiple keyboard support
  • Adobe Flash 10.1
6th Dec 2010: The 2.3 (Gingerbread) SDK was released
  • UI refinements for simplicity and speed
  • New keyboard for faster text input.
  • One-touch word selection and copy/paste
  • Near Field Communication (NFC).
  • Internet Calling.
22nd Feb 2011: Based on Linux kernel 2.6.35, 2.3.3 SDK released.

22nd Feb 2011: Based on Linux kernel 2.6.36, the 3.0(Honeycomb) SDK was released for tablets.
  • Specifically optimized tablets and devices with larger screen sizes.
  • Refined multitasking, rich notifications, home screen customization, widgets
  • Bluetooth tethering
  • Built-in support for Media/Picture Transfer protocol.
10th May 2011: The 3.1 SDK was released.

10-11 May 2011: Ice Cream Sandwich was announced at Google I/O.

18th July 20011: The 3.2 SDK was released.

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