Following today’s post about the upcoming changes to iOS, here’s a fascinating pair of images demonstrating the ways in which Android and iOS have evolved over the years:
Looking over these charts evokes a lot of nostalgia. I’ve used iOS from version 1 through version 6, and I’ve used Android from Cupcake (1.5) through Jelly Bean (4.2). (The only Android version I skipped was Honeycomb (3.0), as it had an extremely limited tablets-only release. Even after Honeycomb came out, most Android tablets continued using modified versions of Froyo (2.2) or Gingerbread (2.3) until Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) came out.)
Regardless– the contrast is dramatic, isn’t it? I’m sure many would argue that Apple just “got it right the first time”, but it’s clear that Android doesn’t shy away from dramatic changes. Compared to the terribly awkward and pimply Cupcake/Donut/Eclair/Froyo/Gingerbread years (v. 1.5-2.3), Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean (4.0-4.2) are stunningly beautiful.
(h/t mr03 and cornish_warrior on Reddit)