Android 1.1, released in February 2009, was the first update to Google’s Android operating system. While it didn’t carry a dessert-themed codename like many of its successors, it was an essential step in refining and improving upon the foundation laid by Android 1.0.
Following the release of Android 1.0, Google quickly realized the need to address some of the initial version’s shortcomings. Android 1.1 was primarily about refining the user experience, fixing bugs, and adding some much-needed features based on user feedback and the experiences of early adopters.
Android 1.1 was more about refinement than revolution. The update brought several bug fixes, improved application stability, and enhancements to existing features. Some of the changes included the ability to save attachments from messages, support for marquee in system layouts, and enhanced UI for the in-call experience.
First devices to receive the update:
The HTC Dream (T-Mobile G1) was the first and primary device to receive the Android 1.1 update. As the pioneer Android device, it was crucial for Google to ensure that the G1 provided a stable and improved experience for its users.
While Android 1.1 was a minor update, it introduced some new features:
- Details and reviews in Google Maps: Users could now view details about a location and read reviews directly within the Maps application.
- Longer in-call screen timeout: This was a quality-of-life improvement, preventing the screen from turning off too quickly during calls.
- Ability to save MMS attachments: Users could now save photos or files sent to them via multimedia messages.
The user experience in Android 1.1 was a slight improvement over its predecessor. The refinements in the UI and the bug fixes led to a smoother, more stable user experience. The added features, while few, were targeted at enhancing everyday usability.
The platform’s core remained largely unchanged from Android 1.0. Android 1.1 continued to build on the Linux kernel, maintaining its open-source nature and commitment to customization and adaptability.
While still in its infancy, Android 1.1 began to address some of the security concerns that arose with the initial release. The update patched several vulnerabilities and laid the groundwork for a more security-conscious approach in future versions.
Android 1.1 was well-received as a necessary update to the initial version. Users appreciated the bug fixes and the added features, even if they were limited in number. The tech community saw it as a sign that Google was committed to rapidly iterating and improving its mobile OS in response to user feedback.