What Version of Android Do I Have on my Tablet
If you have recently purchased a tablet or planning to get one, it is important to know which version of Android it has. Basically, it is the operating system of your device which allows you to run programs, play games and browse over the Internet. The way you do these things on your device largely varies, depending on the Android version you have. If you are asking yourself: what version of Android do I have on my tablet? Read on this OneHowto.com article.
Available versions of Android
Unlike Microsoft and Apple, Android versions have friendlier and tastier looking names, like Cupcake, Marshmallow, Kitkat, Jelly Bean etc. All of them have been released from 2009 to 2012. Android versions available till date are:
- Android 1.5 – Cupcake
- Android 1.6 – Donut
- Android 2.0-2.1 – Éclair
- Android 2.2-2.2.3 – Froyo
- Android 2.3-2.3.7 – Gingerbread
- Android 3.0-3.2.6 – Honeycomb
- Android 4.0-4.0.4 – Ice Cream Sandwich
- Android 4.1-4.3.1 – Jelly Bean
- Android 4.4-4.4.4 – Kit Kat
- Android 5.0-5.1.1 – Lollipop
- Android 6.0 – Marshmallow
Steps to find the Android version on your tablet
First of all, it is important to make sure that you have an Android running tablet only. Developed by Google, Samsung Galaxy tabs, Nexus 7:10, Kindle Fire and many others run on Android operating systems. The icon of an Android looks like a green robot, and if you have an Android tablet, you will be able to see a ‘Google’ button mostly located on the left top corner of your tablet screen. Once you are able to ensure that you have an Android operating system, follow these steps to identify your version:
- Open the ‘App Drawer’ on your tablet which contains the icons of all the applications installed on your device. You can access this list by switching to the next screen to your home screen. The icon is usually a square or circle on your home screen with lots of dots. Just tap on this icon and you will reach the list of applications on your device.
- Scroll through this list and access ‘Settings’. You can also open ‘Settings’ by dragging down your lock screen and locating an icon that looks like a bolt. By opening the ‘Settings’ icon, you will reach the system-wide settings of your tablet. Sometimes, your settings may be divided into a number of categories, like connections, device, controls and general. If that’s the case, you will need to open ‘General’ settings and locate the ‘About device’ or ‘About tablet’ button.
- Once you click on this button, you will be able to view entire software and hardware information about your device, including its batter and network status, software update, complete device name, model number, Android version, baseband version, kernel version, build number, legal information and others. You need to look at the Android version in this list.
- In most devices, only the version number of the Android is display, and not its code name. For instance, if it has Android 6.0 – Marshmallow version, it will show only Android 6.0, and not Marshmallow. You can enter this Android version number on Google search engine, and look for its code name. You can also refer to the list of Android versions above in this article, and know your device’s Android version along with its code name and number.
If you don't have the latest version of Android, we advise you to format your Android Tablet beforehand to improve its performance.
Once you do, know that you can even install Whatsapp on your tablet with the latest versions.
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