How To Check Your Android Version
Android phones and tablets aren’t kept up-to-date with the current version of Android like Apple do for their iPhones. Therefore, it’s wise to know which version of Android a specific phone or tablet is running on so that one can easily identify which features can be accessed.
Unfortunately, not many people know the exact version of Android they are using. When one has to solve technical issues and find tutorials on how to navigate the Android device, they usually don’t know what version the device is.
All major Android releases have a name. Here is a list of the all the released Android version in descending order:
- Android 10 – Google announced that they dropped the convention of using dessert nicknames publicly. Android 10 version was going to be known as “Queen Cake” but it’s now known as Android 10.
- Android 9 – Pie
- Android 8 – Oreo
- Android 7 – Nougat
- Android 6 – Marshmallow
- Android 5 – Lollipop
- Android 4.4 – Kit Kat
- Android 4.1 – Jelly Bean
- Android 4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich
- Android 3.0 – Honeycomb
- Android 2.3 – Gingerbread
- Android 2.2 – Froyo
- Android 2.0 – Eclair
- Android 1.6 – Donut
- Android 1.5 – Cupcake
Not all Android devices get the latest version of Android. If one gets an update it depends on the manufacturer’s decision to support the Android device with newer versions of the operating system. Here’s how to know whether your device is running on the latest Android version:
1. Open System Settings
The first step is to go to your Android settings. You can always pull down the notification window and tap the small gear icon to get to Settings faster.
2. Tap on “About Phone”
Different Android phone makers may choose to exchange menu names but most of them have “About Phone” under the system settings list. Tap on that option.
3. Tap on “Software Information”
There are many naming convention changes that you’ll see here. What you should look for is an entry called “System” or “Software information”. Tap that and you’ll now be able to see more details. From here, you can tell the Android version your phone is currently running on.
If your phone is running on an older version of Android than the current version, do a Google search on your model to see whether a newer version will be coming to your handset.
Other fields here are also relevant. The “Model Number”, for example, tells the name of your device. “Build Number” and “Kernel Version” give more information about the exact build of Android on your device and its Linux Kernel version and build date.
This information is useful when determining if the device has the latest security patches. For Android 6.0, Google added an “Android patch security level” field that tells you when your device last received security patches.
If you want to know your phone has a legitimate Android software, tap on the “Android Version” continuously until you see an animation pop up. On Android 5.0 Lollipop and 6.0 Marshmallow, it’s a hidden Flappy Bird-style game.
The exact version of Android one uses is not the only important information to consider. If one wants some help depending on their device, the manufacturer details are also important to know. If Samsung’s version of Android has the TouchWiz interface, then it only means many Samsung apps and other interface modifications can be performed by Samsung.
Microsoft is strict in keeping the format and function of their Start menu, taskbar and control panel. Google, on the other hand, allows Android device manufacturers to change anything they wish. As a result, different devices from the same manufacturer will have different customizations. Knowing the exact device one is using and its manufacturer is critical when trying to get information or even custom ROMs for a certain device online.
If custom ROMs don’t work for you for one reason or another, then it’s better to go back to your stock Android ROM. Here’s why you need to stay with your stock ROM:
- One gets to enjoy the latest stable version – If one is using a smartphone from a manufacturer, most likely your phone receives timely updates. Therefore, you will always run the latest and most stable firmware Android version. The firmware updates offered through the official channel are always stable and deliver great performance. Under-cooked custom ROMs tend to come with a lot of bugs and errors.
- Stay secure with regular security updates – stock ROMs have tight security features, unlike custom ROMs that pay less attention to security and depend on visual factors. When you have installed a stock ROM on your phone, you can forget about data theft and other similar problems as long as the phone is updated.
- Use trusted features only – When one chooses the stock ROM, one can be assured that all features included are tried and tested. Unlike custom ROMs on the market, stock firmware provides stable and secure features.
- Don’t worry about app permissions – Running stock firmware means the security and performance are optimised. Therefore, one doesn’t have to worry about the ever-annoying app permissions as custom ROMs do. They are automatically managed in the background.
- Enjoy smooth performance with minimal system glitches – Custom Android ROMs are a great way for developers to test new features and determine if they interfere with the performance of different devices. Official stock firmware comes with minimal bugs as there are rarely any beta features.