Do you know what version of android runs on your phone?
Are you even aware that android has versions and there’s currently a version 7.0 called Nougat? Or a much better question… Do you care?
As funny as these questions may seem, they’re relevant. Mobile phones have become an integral part of our lives, and many get their smartphones for different purposes. As it seems, only the techie or geeky is concerned with what android version their phone runs on. For many, as long as it has a good camera, it can do Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and probably play some games, it’s a good phone. For others, only the brand/name matters.
Android phones have come a long way, and we can’t help but notice the significant improvements over the years. These improvements are not due to hardware improvements alone, but also software. Over the years, Google have continuously upgraded the android operating system, improving user experience and giving us more reasons to stay glued to our smartphones.
Knowing the android version on your device
|Code name||Version number||Initial release date|
|(none)||1.0||September 23, 2008|
|(none)||1.1||February 9, 2009|
|Cupcake||1.5||April 27, 2009|
|Donut||1.6||September 15, 2009|
|Eclair||2.0 – 2.1||October 26, 2009|
|Froyo||2.2 – 2.2.3||May 20, 2010|
|Gingerbread||2.3 – 2.3.7||December 6, 2010|
|Honeycomb||3.0 – 3.2.6||February 22, 2011|
|Ice Cream Sandwich||4.0 – 4.0.4||October 18, 2011|
|Jelly Bean||4.1 – 4.3.1||July 9, 2012|
|KitKat||4.4 – 4.4.4||October 31, 2013|
|Lollipop||5.0 – 5.1.1||November 12, 2014|
|Marshmallow||6.0 – 6.0.1||October 5, 2015|
|Nougat||7.0 – 7.1.1||August 22, 2016|
Nougat is the latest android version, and there are many devices currently running on this OS. Most of these android versions no longer receive support, specifically only Marshmallow and Nougat are currently supported by Google, meaning no more updates or bug fixes.
Android mobile phone manufacturers do well to build on and customize google’s stock operating system, giving consumers variety of user interfaces to choose from. Touchwiz for example is Samsung’s user interface, currently called Grace UX.
Here’s how to find out what android version is currently running on your device.
- Open your phone’s menu with the menu button.
- Select “Settings”
- Scroll down towards the bottom of the menu.
- Select the “About phone” option.
- Check the number under “Android version.” The three numbers listed there (for example: “5.0.1”) indicate your phone’s version.
Are you interested in the android version that runs on your phone, or you don’t care as long as it works fine?
Tell us in the comment section below.