What is your android version?

Interesting question!

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?

what android version

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 nameVersion numberInitial release date
(none)1.0September 23, 2008
(none)1.1February 9, 2009
Cupcake1.5April 27, 2009
Donut1.6September 15, 2009
Eclair2.0 – 2.1October 26, 2009
Froyo2.2 – 2.2.3May 20, 2010
Gingerbread2.3 – 2.3.7December 6, 2010
Honeycomb3.0 – 3.2.6February 22, 2011
Ice Cream Sandwich4.0 – 4.0.4October 18, 2011
Jelly Bean4.1 – 4.3.1July 9, 2012
KitKat4.4 – 4.4.4October 31, 2013
Lollipop5.0 – 5.1.1November 12, 2014
Marshmallow6.0 – 6.0.1October 5, 2015
Nougat7.0 – 7.1.1August 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.

  1. Open your phone’s menu with the menu button.
  2. Select “Settings”
  3. Scroll down towards the bottom of the menu.
  4. Select the “About phone” option.
  5. Check the number under “Android version.” The three numbers listed there (for example: “5.0.1”) indicate your phone’s version.
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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.

 

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