The mobile computing scene looked pretty different when Android launched five short years ago. The iPhone had only just begun to take off, the iPad was barely a rumor and netbooks were still a thing. Fast forward to the present and we're nearing a billion smartphone shipments a year with tablets poised to outship desktops and laptops soon -- a transition many heavyweights have struggled to keep pace with.
Google's mobile OS has played a major role in that transition with Android due to ship installed on more devices this year than all Apple, Windows and BlackBerry units combined. Naturally, you don't reach that position by resting on your laurels and the search giant is constantly refining its software, having released 39 version updates and 18 API levels since 2008 -- not to mention all the vendor-specific tweaks.
Keeping track of all those changes by memory would be a nightmare so the folks at Kinvey have whipped up something of an infographic cheatsheet that lists key Android milestones with version codenames, their release dates and what they did. The list even has Google's next build, 5.0 Key Lime Pie, which is expected to ship next month with social media integration, cross-device SMS sync, app previews and more.
The Nexus 4 is Google’s flagship handset that shipped along Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The Nexus 4 packs a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, a 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 IPS display, 2GB of RAM, dual cameras (1.3MP front, 8.0MP back), and either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage. Google also baked in NFC support and wireless charging.
The Google Nexus 10 features Android 4.2 with a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 chip paired with 2GB of RAM, as well as a 10-inch screen at 2560 x 1600 resolution, clocking in at 300ppi. There’s also a 5MP camera on the back, a 1.9MP camera on the front, and a battery that Google says runs for 9 hours. Other features include microUSB, Micro HDMI and not one but two NFC chips.
The Google Nexus 7 has the distinction of being the first device to run the Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" operating system. It measures 198.5mm x 120mm x 10.45mm in size, weighs 340g, and features a 7-inch IPS display that is protected by scratch-resistant glass. The Nexus sports a 1280 x 800 pixel display. It runs a quad-core Tegra 3 processor and 1GB of RAM, it also comes in 2 versions: 8GB and 16GB capacities.
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