Do you use an Android phone? If yes, then you must always be on your toes about the newest version of Android. Every year, a new version is released apart from small significant updates that keep coming up from time to time. These developments are done to make your phone more secure and perform better and faster than before.
Android is a Linux-based operating software developed by Google for smartphones and tablet devices. Every year or so, a new and better version is launched to keep the security of your phone intact and add cool new features to the working of the system.
But what is more interesting about Android versions is the way they are named. If you go through the history of all the versions of Android, you will see that they all are named after some dessert of confectionery. See for yourself:
Android 1.5, Cupcake: April 2009
Android 1.6, Donut: September 2009
Android 2.0-2.1, Eclair: October 2009
Android 2.2-2.2.3, Froyo: May 2010
Android 2.3-2.3.7, Gingerbread: December 2010
Android 3.0-3.2.6, Honeycomb: February 2011
Android 4.0-4.0.4, Ice Cream Sandwich: October 2011
Android 4.1-4.3.1, Jelly Bean: July 2012
Android 4.4-4.4.4, KitKat: October 2013
Android 5.0-5.1.1, Lollipop: November 2014
Android 6.0-6.0.1, Marshmallow: October 2015
Android 7.0-7.1.2, Nougat: August 2016
Android 8.0-8.1, Oreo: August 2017
Android 9.0, Pie: August 2018
Makes you hungry, doesn’t it?
Which is the newest version of Android?
In case you didn’t know, Android launched its latest version – Android 9.0, in August 2018 by the name of Pie that comes with a number of new features on its devices including improved security, lesser battery drain, and adaptive brightness.
How do you check what Android version you currently have?
If you want to check the current version of Android on your phone, you can do it with the following simple steps:
- Go to the ‘Settings’ menu on your phone. You can either simply pull down the notification shade on your smartphone and tap on the cog icon or choose ‘Settings’ from the menu.
- Go to the very bottom of the menu and tap on ‘About Phone or ‘System’ option depending upon your device or Android version.
- In this menu, you will find the information about your current Android version under the heading ‘Android version’ or ‘System Update’
If it reads Android 9.0, then your phone is updated to the current Android version. If not, you can see if the latest updates are available for your phone or not.
How to install the newest Android version?
Well, unfortunately, the manufacturer of your phone handles the Android updates on your phone. If you are using Google Pixel or Android One devices, then you may find the latest updates. Samsung is responsible for its own updates.
To check if there is an updated version of android available on your phone, again, go to ‘Settings, tap on ‘About Phone’ or ‘System’, tap on ‘System Update’. Your phone will then find new updates and download them. In most cases, you will be prompted if there are any new software updates. You can then download and install the latest updates right then.
If you have a Pixel, then don’t worry because Google keeps its phones updates with latest versions and security patches.
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