How to know what version of Android I have

Each year a new version of Android appears that leaves the previous ones behind. With this recent version of Android new changes are introduced that usually only reach the most current devices, leaving the former excepted to enjoy these developments. It is for that reason that you will see services, features or even applications and software that indicate to be compatible with such Android version onwards, or that the minimum required version is X.

To find out if your cell phone is compatible with that app, feature or service of interest, you will have to know the Android system version that comes with:

  • Go to the “Settings” or “Settings” menu. The shortcut can be in the app drawer or you can download the notification bar and touch the gear button on the top right.
  • Choose “About phone or device”
  • “Software information”
  • Find the line “Android version”.

Tip : if you touch several times on the line “Android version” you will see hidden content (“easter egg”)

What version of Android is Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat, Oreo, Pie?

When referring to a version of Android, many media on the Internet do not usually speak of the numbering, but the name in code. For example, instead of saying Android 8, they say Android Oreo, something that confuses the average user.

If you do not know the code name of the system installed on your Android, here is the following table:

  • Android 10 or Android Q: In development and still no name
  • Android 9.X: Pie (the most current stable version of Android)
  • Android 8.X: Oreo
  • Android 7.X: Nougat
  • Android 6.X: Marshmallow
  • Android 5.X: Lollipop
  • Android 4.4 – 4.4.4: KitKat
  • Android 4.1 – 4.3.1: Jelly Bean
  • Android 4.0 – 4.0.4: Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Android 3.X: Honeycomb
  • Android 2.3 – 2.3.7: Gingerbread
  • Android 2.2 – 2.2.3: Froyo
  • Android 2.0 – 2.1: Eclair
  • Android 1.6: Donut
  • Android 1.5: Cupcake
  • Android 1.1: Unnamed
  • Android 1.0: Unnamed (the oldest version of Android)
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Source: Android Open Source Project

If your Android is 5.0.1, then it would be “Lollipop”, because this name applies to all versions of Android that start with 5. That’s why the 5.X nomenclature is used. Lollipop includes several numbers, such as 5.0, 5.0.1, 5.0.2, 5.1 and 5.1.1. In the same way, it works with the other versions.

Which version of Android is better

It is assumed that the latest version of Android is the best. However, although the updates bring the latest system news, they also often bring failures and sometimes discard old functions that the manufacturer considers unnecessary. That’s why every time an Android update comes out it’s better to wait and see what the media say about it.

How to update Android

You can go to the General Settings of your Android, option “About phone” and touch on “System updates” to see if there is a new version of Android for your phone. If you do not find anything and you get something like “Your device is updated” it is possible that the manufacturer or operator is still working on the new version of Android for your phone. It is also possible that there is no longer a new version of Android for your device. At most, manufacturers offer up to two years of updates for their equipment (and this only applies to their high-end devices).

You can check the official page  and for more information about the Android versions and other details.

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