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The Complete History of Android: From 0.5 to 4.4

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The Complete History of Android: From 0.5 to 4.4

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It's been an eventful few days for Android: the move from Dalvik to ART is finally upon us, and the Supreme Court's ruling in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International is pretty interesting as well - you know, given the whole Oracle on Android using Java thing. So, then, what better time for an Android history lesson? From Ron Amadeo at Ars Technica comes a complete history of Android, from 0.5 to 4.4.

This history is particularly relevant given that Android's previous iterations will not be around forever. Amadeo describes this as "cloud rot," because so much of Android depends on Google's support and can't exist indefinitely:

Many features are heavily reliant on Google’s servers to function. With fewer and fewer people using old versions of Android, those servers are being shut down. And when a cloud-reliant app has its server support shut off, it will never work again—the app crashes and displays a blank screen, or it just refuses to start.

This history is no brief summary, though. Amadeo digs into each major Android build and explores what makes it important and noteworthy. And when I say each major build, I do mean all of them. He covers:

So, there it is, preserved for the ages, as much as Android can be. After all, who would ever want to forget this slick and futuristic OS:



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