Android is available in a number of versions with differing capabilities. This tag is for questions that are about Android versioning in general or about differences among multiple versions.

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Way to get BBM on Android version 2.3 phone or way to upgrade from 2.3 - 4.0+?

I have an LG Optimus Elite vm696 and it is current Android version 2.3 and I was wondering if it was possible to upgrade it to Android version 4.0+? To be honest the only reason I want to is so that I ...
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Which Android runs which Linux kernel?

Is there a list of which kernel version comes in each Android AOSP version? Or lets say, which version /proc/version would spit out.
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Why i can install any windows version on my pc but i cannot install any android version on my phone? [duplicate]

I guess it's a silly question but i don't get it xD. I've read it's about controllers, but they can be downloaded from manufacturers, right?
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Graph of Android API distribution over time?

Google of course provides their snapshot of the current API situation. I'm curious to know if there is somewhere published a line graph showing the distributions and their change over time.
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Why does Android 3.x have no market share?

According to the Android Developer Dashboard, the market share of Android 3.2 is only 0.1%, and no other 3.x version has even as much as that. Versions 2.x and 4.x have all the market share. Can ...
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Are there “end of life” plans for Android?

I am wondering if there is a schedule for Android versions or devices to reach end of life some day? The term end of life refers to a state when developers decide to stop supporting a certain software ...
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Does Android have a formal release cycle?

I have been tasked with documenting Google/Android's release plan so that our company has a policy of advanced testing our software on new mobile operating systems. It seems like Apple/iOS has a ...
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What are the minimum hardware specifications for Android?

As per the title, what hardware do I need to be able to run various versions of Android?
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Where I can get statistics about Android versions on particular devices? [closed]

I know about the Developer Dashboard, but I want to see statistics about particular device and see how many people update their smartphones. In my case, I am really interested in Galaxy Note ...
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Are there Andoid versions > 2.3 for my Sony Xperia ST25i (as of July 2012)? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When will my device get the Android 4.0 update (Ice Cream Sandwich)? Like the question says, are there higher versions of Android for my phone? Will Sony release a 4.0 ...
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Override PlayStore Application Android Minimal version requirement? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I tell the Android Market that I'm running an updated version of Android? In fact, I installed an higher Android version on my phone (4.0 on a ZTE Blade ...
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How can I upgrade to the latest Android version? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I update the OS in my device? I have a Samsung Galaxy Ace and would like to upgrade to Android 4. How can I do that?
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List of Android devices with their current version APIs

I have been trying to find a list of Android devices with their current Android version that their manufacturers upgraded to. Not the ones that the were released with. Most of the lists I find are ...
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How can I upgrade my device without going through my carrier?

Are there sites available that will allow me to upgrade to the latest version of Android without depending on my carrier?
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How long are older versions of Android supported

Having very recently acquired my first Android phone, I am interested in Apps development. I know this site tries to avoid dev specific questions, but I hope you'll still find my question relevant. I ...
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Can someone explain fragmentation?

Would someone be able to explain android fragmentation? If I created an app using 1.5 will that app work on all devices that have version 1.5 - 3.2 (highest current version)? Or are there issues ...
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Which are android OS is for tablets and devices? [closed]

I am interested to know that which are android OS is for tablets and devices among below listed. Cupcake: Android 1.5 Donut: Android 1.6 Eclair: Android 2.0, also 2.0.1 Android 2.1 Froyo: ...
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What are the names of the various versions of the Android OS, and how are these names chosen?

Many people refer to Android versions by "codenames" rather than version numbers (e.g. Android "Gingerbread"). What are the names of the various versions of the Android OS, and how are these names ...
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Which mobile company delivers Android system updates the fastest?

Basically, I am an Android developer. I am looking for a new Android mobile phone. Could you recommend the mobile company which first publishes an update of Android system? I am tipping at HTC, but ...
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How can I check the OS version of an Android device?

I just bought an Xperia x10. How can I check what version of Android it has?
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How does OMS (Open Mobile System) relate to Android?

So I've just read about "OMS" and a bit of googling suggests it's a fork of Android prevalent in China: http://www.engadget.com/2010/02/02/china-mobiles-ophone-platform-goes-2-0-supports-winmo-api-w/ ...
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What percentage of devices have each of the Android versions?

We're starting out with some Android development in our company, and I'm working out which Android versions we should support. In one of Google's videos from 27th May 2010 (22:34 minutes in) there ...
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What is a “Froyo”? [duplicate]

The older Android versions are called "cupcake" and "eclair". Where does 2.2 get it's name from?
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What's with the Donut/Froyo? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the names of the various versions of the Android OS, and how are these names chosen? What the heck is Froyo? Are android trying to be cool with the naming ...