Android and Ios History:A Brief Overview and What Has Actually Changed.

Following the popularity of both the android and ios systems. How much has actually changed from their beta releases?

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A history of IOS from version 1.0 to 11.0

Initially, Apple launched iOS on June 29, 2017 and then commonly known as iPhone OS. This is a very first iPhone and now available with the key upgrades. Actually, the iOS is a mobile operating system and it utilized in iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. If you wish to know what iOS is and how it works, you will simply discover the history of each version of iOS like when it was released and what it built-in to a platform.

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iOS 1

The initial version of iOS 1.1 was released in September 2007. This first version of software is compatible with iPod touch. In this version, there are some pre-installed apps added such as photos, calendar, notes, mail, camera, phone, safari and iPod that were afterward divide into music and video apps.

Key features

  • Music app
  • Visual voicemail
  • Safari browser
  • Multi touch interface

iOS 2

After one year of initial version, the iPhone has become a massive hit than everyone interested to buy apple products. The Apple has launched iOS 2.0 known as iPhone OS 2.0. In this version, the user has profound some change and also hundreds of other important enhancements were also added.

Key features

  • App store
  • Enhanced maps app

iOS 3

This version of iOS was released on August 11, 2010. It included some features such as spotlight search, MMS support in a message app, copy and paste and also ability to record the videos by using a camera app.


Key features

  • Spotlight search
  • Copy and paste
  • Recording videos

iOS 4

There are several features of modern iOS began to acquire profile in iOS 4. Now, features are widely used debuted in different updates to this version such as iBooks, personal hotspot, face time, multi tasking, organizing applications into folders, air print and air play.

Key features

  • Air play
  • Air print
  • Face time
  • iBooks
  • Multi tasking
  • Personal hotspot

iOS 5

In iOS 5 version, the Apple has responded to the developing trend of wirelessness and cloud computing as well as inventing some important new platforms and features. This version has a capability to trigger an iPhone wirelessly and also syncing with iTunes through Wi-Fi.

Key features

  • iCloud
  • iMesssage
  • Notification center
  • Wireless activation and syncing

iOS 6

The version of iOS 6 was released on February 21 2014. Even though, the controversy was one of the dominant themes of iOS 6. This version was a really ground-breaking technology and led to several main changes.

Key features

  • Apple maps
  • Passbook (now wallet)
  • Do not disturb

iOS 7

As like iOS 6, iOS 7 was also met with the substantial resistance based on its release. In this version of iOS, there was a main renovate of the user interface and specially designed to make it more up to date. The design of existing iOS is derived from the changes that have made in iOS 7.

Key features

  • Touch ID
  • Air drop
  • Car play
  • Activation lock
  • Control center

iOS 8

In iOS version 8.0, the stable and more consistent operation has returned. Once again, the Apple has focused on producing several new features. There were also progressive enhancements to this iCloud platform along with iCloud photo library, drop box like iCloud Drive and iCloud music library.

Key features

  • Home kit
  • Handoff
  • Apple pay
  • Apple music
  • Family sharing
  • iCloud drive
  • Third party keyboards

iOS 9

After a little years of chief changes to both the technical base and interface of iOS, so many spectators started to charge that iOS. It was no longer strong performer, dependable and stable, once it had been. This iOS 9 version has proved to be an essential refocusing, which laid basis for major enhancements delivered in iOS 10 and iOS 11.

Key features

  • Low power mode
  • Public beta program
  • Night shift

iOS 10

The version of iOS 10 was released on July 19, 2017. The main themes of iOS 10 were customization and interoperability as well. In this version, now the users have had many ways to modify their experiences.

Key features

  • iMesssage apps
  • Delete built-in apps

iOS 11

This version consists of more enhancements for iPhone, but its main focus is turning iPad pro series models into legal laptop replacements for users.

Key features

  • Air play 2
  • Augmented reality

iOS 12

From our standpoint there has been so many enhancements and features added in iOS 12.

Key features

  • Screen time
  • Grouped notifications
  • ARKit 2

There has been a multitude of ios revisions and enhancements. We have laid out a basic overview of its history thus making us more knowledgeable of it’s revisions. Remarkably, you will notice that there is a great emphasis placed on user interface. This can be observed on apple’s last revisions.

Lo and Behold….

Are you ready for android history? Well in the next section you will get a brief idea on how the android system started.

A complete history of Android OS

Android is actually a leading mobile operating system which is developed by Google. It is actually based on the modified version of the Linux kernel and as well as some other open source software. This particular mobile OS is primarily designed for only the touch screen mobile devices such as android smart phones and tablets. As compared to all other versions of the mobile operating systems, Android is only the highly user friendly system to easily and effectively use the different mobile applications. Even the beginners can able to easily understand and use this operating system in an effective manner.

Versions of the Android OS:

When considering the Android operating systems, there are different versions currently available in the market. In this history of the android, this mobile OS started with the public release of the beta version on 5th November, 2007. The first commercial version of the Android 1.0 was just released on 23rd September, 2008. Google is continuously developing the different versions of Android along with the open handset alliance. Thus, this mobile operating system has always been getting the regular updates from its basic operating system.

Android versions 1.0 and 1.1 were not actually released under the particular code names even though version 1.1 was unofficially called a Petit Four. When considering the names of the android code, they are confectionery themed and have also been in the alphabet order from the year of 2009 when the cupcake version of the android 1.5 released.

Android OS code names and version numbers:

  • The first Android 1.0 version doesn’t have any code name.
  • Petit Four – 1.1
  • Cupcake – 1.5
  • Donut – 1.6
  • Éclair – 2.0-2.1
  • Froyo – 2.2 – 2.2.3
  • Gingerbread – 2.3 – 2.3.7
  • Honeycomb – 3.0 – 3.2.6
  • Ice cream sandwich – 4.0 – 4.0.4
  • Jelly Bean – 4.1 – 4.3.1
  • KitKat – 4.4 – 4.4.4
  • Lollipop – 5.0 – 5.1.1
  • Marshmallow – 6.0 – 6.0.1
  • Nougat – 7.0 – 7.1.2
  • Oreo – 8.0 – 8.1
  • Pie – 9.0

From the beginning to the Android Marshmallow 6.0 – 6.0.1 are the old versions. 7.0 – 7.1.2 Nougat and 8.0 – 8.1 Oreo versions are old but still supported by the different types of the Android mobile devices. Furthermore, the inception of Pie 9.0 would be likely the only release in the year 2018.

Demand of the Android OS among the users:

Most of the mobile device users would often like to make use of this Google’s operating system on their mobile devices and it has more than 10 years of history officially in the mobile market. A lot of consumers are always looking for the latest version of the Android operating system in the stores. When you are looking for the decision of the Google to make the Android as an open source operating system, this company lets it to become the greatly famous with the 3rd party phone makers. Astonishingly right after the release of android 1.0, a multitude of users has adapted to its system quickly.

Astoundingly, every average joe has android os on his or her phone. Even though there are a lot of competitors for this android like Windows Phone, Blackberry, Symbian, WebOS, and Palm OS. The iOS from the Apple Inc is one and only a platform which still stands as the equivalent competitor to Android systems and both are in the same level when comparing in the mobile market. Even though Apple iPhone introduced several years ago before the Android, the Android operating system has got a maximum reach and the greatest success quickly in the market.

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Android Inc was actually founded in Palo Alto, California and there are totally 4 founders such as Chris white, Rich Miner, Andy Rubin and Nick Sears. The Google Company made the pitches to the investors actually in the year 2004 which showed how Android OS installed on the camera and will wirelessly connect to the PC. In the next year 2005, the next big chapter in the history of the Android was made when the original firm/company was purchased by Google. Andy Rubin and all other founders of Android stay there to continue developing this Android operating system probably under their new owners in Google Inc.

 And the Wrap…

And so I would like to congratulate you for coming to the “bitter” end. Although, I must say every history can be a bit boring. At least you and I learned a bit about android and ios. However, I must say that there has been quite some controversy of who came first. Did android came first before ios? Or did Ios came first before android? Do you and I need another mobile system aside from the its competitors? These questions remain unanswered. Stay tuned for yet another inclusion of these kinds of topics!