Android is an operating system. It's a software responsible for most of the things that you can do with your device — playing games, sending messages, making phone calls, watching movies, browsing websites, streaming music, etc.
Basically, your device will have been an expensive piece of paperweight without an operating system making it functional.
Operating systems have developers constantly working on them to make them better in a lot of ways.
To specify a few, these developers fix errors (called "bugs") and add features to improve the operating system.
They release these improvements periodically.
Android developers chose to add a bit of fun and decided to name these releases alphabetically after desserts!
Here's a table of the releases used in our devices and some notable improvements and features that come with them.
Note that each version is an improvement of the version that came before it.
Features are added to new versions. The higher the version, the better the features.
Used on Ekophone 4.1.
- Keyboard that makes typing way easier and more convenient than the version that came before it (Froyo).
- Easier selection by pressing and holding a word and dragging of bounding arrows to select a group of words. Lets you do desktop-style copy-and-pasting.
- Keyboard auto-suggestions.
- Multi-touch key chording. Allows you to hold the Shift key while pressing another character key for faster case shifting.
|Ice Cream Sandwich
Used on Ekotab Lite.
- Recent Apps button. Lets you access a list of recently used apps for faster app switching.
- System bar. On-screen Back, Home, and Recent Apps button. Makes external system buttons optional instead of a requirement for manufacturers.
- Resizable widgets.
- Still be able to do some other things at the lock screen: answer calls, access the camera, and control your music player.
- Recognizes voice inputs better.
- Built-in photo editor for default Gallery.
- Ekophone 4.20
- Rogue 2
- Ekotab (Classic)
- Ekotab 2
- Ekotab 7
- Faster touch responses. Less lagging.
- Better graphics processing/rendering.
- Lock screen widgets.
- Multiple users. Each user can have their own settings — all in one device. (Most useful for tablets.)
- Better-looking user interface. Redesigned to be more lighter and pleasing to the eyes compared to the version that came before it (Ice Cream Sandwich).
Used on Ekophone Sage.
- Better looking music player. Full-screen album displays on the lockscreen are now built-in.
- Immersive mode. Hides the status bar and navigation buttons bringing apps to full focus whenever you need it.
- Faster multitasking. Using a lot of apps all at once and switching between them comes easier and faster.
- Emoji keyboard for faster and more accessible usage of emoticons.
- Mobile printing. Print files directly from your device.
There are other operating systems in the market (iOS for Apple Devices, and Windows Phone for others), but Android is the most popular used by a lot of manufacturers around the world.
This means you get a wider support since a lot of other people around the world are using it and contributing to it by developing apps from ones that are made to make your phone work faster, to the most popular social media services and games!