The Complete History of Android In Infograph Form – The Android Story


I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I’m a sucker for a kind word an even bigger one for a good infographic. I honestly, can’t get enough of them. Combine that with my favorite mobile OS and you have some info-gold on your hands. That’s what these guys from xCube Labs did when they managed to compile the history of Android into this awesome yet, informative infograph for you to enjoy. So whether you’re new to Android or a need to brush up on your history, it’s always good to know where you came from. (Might need to click the pic a few times to get the original size.)

[Via Androinica]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. I wonder what version number Ice Cream Sandwich will have. The current phone to tablet version numbers are all over the place.

    1. Google has said that Icecream Sandwich will be version number 4.0. It will be adaptive to whatever platform it is running on, so it will unify the fractionalization of Android from there on out.

    2. I’ve been hearing 4.0 floating around because it is supposed to bring the phone and tablet versions together.

    3. I’ve been with Android since the G1 came out and every update goes in alphabetical and numerical order, so then Ice Cream will be after 3.2 for sure.
      Example: one version of Froyo was FRF50 (2.2) , and now I have Gingerbread GRJ22 (2.3.4) and on my tablet I have Honeycomb HMJ37 (3.1).

      F = Froyo
      G = Gingerbread
      H = Honeycomb
      I = Ice Cream Sandwich

      1. There’s already a Honeycomb 3.2.. Honeycomb versioning has been different than the version numbers we’ve seen in the past, as there’s already been 3.0, 3.1 and now 3.2. Google has said ICS will be 4.0, why do you doubt them?

        1. I just explained how the numbers and names work, I never said I doubt them. All I said is that after 2 1/2 years of Google following the same system I’m 100% sure that Ice Cream’s version number will be higher than 3.2. which is currently the newest Honeycomb version. Now Honeycomb was so big a step that they went all the way up to 3.0 even though newer phone versions were still coming out (2.3, 2.3.1, 2.3.2, 2.3.4, 2.3.5), this made a lot of people confused (noobs). Also I don’t think that Google has confirmed that Ice Cream will be 4.0, it has only been rumored but I might be wrong so please provide a link if possible. Now after saying that I still do think that if the next version is a big change like they said at IO then they just might go with 4.0 for the next number.

          1. I guess i shouldn’t read stuff so fast, I missed the word “after” in your post.

    4. Ice Cream Sandwich is going to be 4.0 with point releases from there on out

    1. I always thought that version 1.0 and 1.1 were alpha and beta then Cupcake started at 1.5. I don’t even remember Phandroid talking about the first version names back in 2008 and early 2009 (yeah I’ve been reading this site for a while).

      1. That’s what I always thought: Alpha, Beta, Cupcake, Donut, Etc…

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