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Guide: Checking The Android Version Of Your Phone


It is a commonly known fact that most Android phone users don’t really know how to check the version of their Android operating systems on their devices. Most people, when you confront them about this little test, if they fail the little test, they then use a common excuse that the Android OS is not a popular operating system that they are used to Microsoft and Apple Operating systems type of phones.

So is the Android system unpopular? If yes then how popular is it? As stated by Google in September 29, 2015, there are roughly 1.4 billion devices that are activated across the globe. That is a lot. And considering that that was about 4 years ago.

Today, who knows what the actual figure is like 3 billion or 4 billion, anyway, that is a topic for a different day.

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Now back to the main subject, so how do you check for the Android version of your device? Depending on who you ask, that can either be straight forward or a complicated question.

A Tutorial on learning how to check your Android version.

Yes, this is a tutorial about how to discover the version of the operating system of your Android. Ofcourse, all Android phones come with pretty much different user interface but the steps to checking your version is a generic process that is common to almost all devices.

The first step to checking your Android version is to

  • Open the menu of your phone
  • Then select “Settings”. After this has been done, scroll all the way down and select the “About Phone” option. However, if that option is not visible in your phone, you can select “system” or in some phones “system info”.
  • Right after selecting the option, you can now find “Android version” as one of the lists on this page. The number that appears immediately below the Android Version description is the particular version of Android operating system that your smartphone is running
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But first what is the principle behind the different versions of Android and how are they developed?

Android is just like any other operating system, an elementary part of which the main functions of a device is based on. These Android versions are developed and introduced into the market under names inspired by fruits and desserts.

These names are the codenames of these development programs while they still in the process of development.

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They are subsequently released into the market with these names to demonstrate project success. Each subsequent new version is made to follow an alphabetical order with respect to the one preceding it. The new versions also come with enhancements and more sophistication as a result of lessons learned from the previous development.

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So what do the codes mean?

Popularly called Android versions or codenames, they are commonly used for the description of the variety of updates for the open source Android mobile operating system.

For example, when I check the Android version of my phone, it shows me a number which is stated below the description Android version. My number is 7.1.1. So when I do a check on all the versions released by Google so far, I see that my phone version is Nougat.

So what are all the Android versions and their years of release?

The following are the past Android versions and their corresponding years of release.
Unnamed (v1.0)(released in 2008), Petit Four (v1.1)(released in 2009), Cupcake (v1.5)(released in 2009), Donut (v1.6)(released in 2009), Éclair (v2.0)(released in 2009), Froyo (v2.2)(released in 2010), Gingerbread (v2.3)(released in 2010), Honeycomb (3.0)(released in 2011), Ice cream Sandwich (v4.0)(released in 2011), Jelly Bean (v4.1, v4.2, v4.3)(released in 2012), KitKat (v4.4)(released in 2013), Lollipop (v5.0)(released in 2014), Marshmallow (v6.0)(released in 2015), Nougat (v7.0)(released in 2016), Oreo (v8.0)(released in 2017), as well as Pie (v9.0)(released in 2018).

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