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1. Android Overview > Android Versions

Android Versions

Like any software, Android is improved over time, which is reflected in its version numbers. However, the relationship between different version numbers can be confusing. Table 1-1 helps explain that.

Table 1-1. Android versions through Android 2.3
Android versionAPI levelNickname

Android 1.0

1

Android 1.1

2

Android 1.5

3

Cupcake

Android 1.6

4

Donut

Android 2.0

5

Eclair

Android 2.01

6

Eclair

Android 2.1

7

Eclair

Android 2.2

8

Froyo (frozen yogurt)

Android 2.3

9

Gingerbread

Android 2.3.3

10

Gingerbread

Android 3.0

11

Honeycomb

The Android version number itself partly tells the story of the software platform’s major and minor releases. What is most important is the API level. Version numbers change all the time, sometimes because the APIs have changed, and other times because of minor bug fixes or performance improvements.


  

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