Published On: Mon, Nov 26th, 2012

A Comparison Of Android Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich And Jelly Bean

We all are aware of the different Android versions available these days, but something which most of us are unaware of are the comparison, specifications, characteristics and features of these versions, and most importantly, how they differ from each other.


After the initial few versions of Android like Apple Pie, Cupcake, Banana Bread, Donut, Éclair and Froyo, Gingerbread was a major breakthrough in the industry. It was released as Android 2.3 in 2010. Its main features are as follow:

Simpler and faster User Interface

Increased intuitive text input along with one touch word selection and copy/paste function

Newer and better ways or organizing

More control over applications

Much improved power management

Enhanced gaming performance

Improved communication (internet technology)

Richer, faster and better multimedia functions

New Media Framework

More reliable networking


Honeycomb has been released as Android version 3.0 and 3.1. This release mainly targets the tablet devices running on Android. Following are some of the main features of Honeycomb:

Faster and reliable Flash

Improved multitasking

High performance graphics

Connectivity options

Resizable Home screen widgets

Compatibility with older versions

Movie store

Updated Core applications

Enhanced clipboard (for copying data from one application to another)

Security features for enterprise sector

Supports pointer devices

Ice Cream Sandwich:

Just like Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich was another release which gave a whole new meaning to smart phones. It is released as version 4.0. The first and one of the most attractive things about Ice Cream Sandwich is that it brought all the features of Honeycomb into the world of smartphones. So it is Ice Cream Sandwich which introduced holographic User Interface and brought widget resizing and editing and the improved multitasking to smartphones. And it is unified platform which not only runs on smartphones but on tablet devices as well. Its key features are as follow:

Face Unlock

Refined User Interface

Android Beam

Home screen Folders

Favourites Tray

New browser functionality

New lock screen

New social networking features

Newer and faster incoming call responses

Data management

Strong voice input system

Improved text-input

Better spell checking

New gallery design

Jelly Bean:

So far it the latest Android release, announced as version 5.0. It has been released in 2012 and includes Google Assistant, which is basically a voice operated assistant (like Siri in iOS) and Jelly Bean also has Desktop extensions which allow Android netbooks as well as keyboard docking stations. Other than these, the highlights of Jelly Bean are as follow:

Faster and smoother user interface

Offline voice input

Higher response level of the User Interface

In-built Google search

Expandable notifications

Automatically resizable widgets

Actionable notifications

These are some of the main features of Jelly Bean, the rest are yet to be introduced in the upcoming updates of this release.

With every new release, Android manages to amaze us with amazing improvements and outstanding enhancements. With the passage of time and with every release, we find features which we had never imagined and thought of.

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