Is Android the Sweetest Operating System?

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(Last Updated On: May 5, 2021)

Android is known as the mobile operating system created by Google. Since its launch in 2008, Android has gained over 2 million loyal users and made its way onto over 2,400 phone models But Android gets sweeter than that! Is Android the sweetest operating system?

Keep reading to find out more about Android and the company’s love for sweets. 

Android’s Sweet Updates 

The Android operating system has previously released a series of updates named after loved desserts, which caught the attention of many.

But why does Android name its OS system after treats? According to a Google Spokesperson,  “Android powers over one billion smartphones and tablets. Since these devices make our lives so sweet, each Android version is named after a dessert.”

With the operating system now naming updates numerically, let’s take a look at Android’s sweet past. 


Android Cupcake, released in August of 2009, was the OS’ third version released, but the first names after a dessert. This update featured Bluetooth support, an on-screen keyboard, and the addition of several Google apps.

Other Sweet Features

  • Widgets 
  • Video recording in MPEG-4 and 3GP 
  • Ability to copy and paste in a web browser 
  • Ability to upload YouTube videos    
  • Screen auto-rotation 
  • Contact photos are displayed in your Favorites list 
  • Ability to check phone usage history


Google’s Android Donut, also known as Android was released in September 2009 and stopped being supported by February 2012. Its most notable feature was its text-to-speech engine.

Other Sweet Features

  • Speech synthesis 
  • Ability to view app screenshots in And 
  • Faster camera access and better gallery, camera, and camcorder integration 
  • The ability for developers to include their content in search results.


Android Eclair, released in October 2009, was Android’s second major release. The Eclair offered users a significantly different experience from the previous versions. 

Not only was the camera app redesigned with new features such as flash support, digital zoom, and white balance, but the home screen also got a look, which featured a Google search bar at the top of the screen. 

Other Sweet Features

  • Ability to search all saved SMS messages 
  • Google Maps Imprvement
  • Typing Speed Improvement
  • Web Browser Improvement

Android Froyo 

Next came the Android Froyo, which was released in May of 2010 and featured a Wi-Fi hotspot, push notifications, and Cloud to Device Messaging. 

Other Sweet Features 

  • Improved app speed 
  • .asec file extension 
  • Option to disable data access over 
  • Adobe Flash support 
  • Improved shortcuts and launcher to phone and browser 
  • Ability to switch between multiple keyboard languages
  • Support for alphabetical and numeric passwords

Android Gingerbread 

The Google Nexus S is the first phone in the Google Nexus line as well as the first phone with the Gingerbread OS in 2010. People could navigate the system with ease because of its improved menu and settings.

As of April 2020, Gingerbread still runs on .2 percent of all Android devices. This is very impressive for a 10-year-old system.

Other Sweet Features

  • Improved text input using the virtual keyboard, with better text suggestions, improved accuracy, and voice input capabilities
  • New audio effects such as reverb, equalization, headphone virtualization, and bass boost
  • Improved power management, including more active management of power-consuming applications 
  • Enhanced copy and paste functionality 
  • Support for extra-large screen sizes and resolutions 

So Many More Sweet Things About Android 

In the last decade, Android has continued to advance its operating systems with the sweetest code names to go along. 

  • Icecream Sandwich: Released in October 2011
  • KitKat: October 2013
  • Lollipop: Released in June 2014
  • Gingerbread: Released in December 2010
  • Nougat: Released in August 2016 
  • Oreo: Released in August 2017
  • Pie: Released in August 2018 

Android ditched the desserts in 2019 with its release of the Android 10. Do you think the company will bring back dessert names in the future or continue going in numeric order?

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