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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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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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'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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 any stats of Android version distribution by region?

The dashboard shows global distribution, and I wonder if there's a way to find out the difference in Gingerbread distribution between say, India and Europe.
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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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Retrieve a List of Application Versions

I want to retrieve a list of installed applications on KitKat and I also need their version numbers. I know I can use adb shell pm . . . to obtain a list of all packages, but I need the version for ...
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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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Can tablets advertised with Android 4.1, 4.2 or 4.3 be updated?

I'm looking to buy an Android tablet, but most give specific versions of Android and of course I want the latest version. It seems odd to me why it matters. Can't I just update the OS to the latest ...
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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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will I get android updates on Moto G after Cyanogenmod 11

I'm about to flash Cynogenmod 11 on my Moto G XT1033. I was wondering that, will I still get android OTA updates even after installing CM11? If anyone have an answer then please tell me.
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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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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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Does GT-I8262 Galaxy Core Support OTG?

I am using GT-I8262 (Galaxy Core) android 4.1 does it support OTG?
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Android /d folder

On all of my devices there's a folder called /d on two of my devices it's full of folders, on the other it's empty. What is the /d folder? What is it for? And why is it empty on one device?
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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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Can I get rid of Android 5.0?

I just installed Android 5.0 on my Nexus 7 and now it is 5x slower but it doesn't connect to WiFi. I don`t like this update and I wish I hadn't done it. Now I can't even use my tablet. Is there ...
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My SD Card is write protected..I can't write data to it..Any way to make data writeable?

I just bought a new Samsung Galaxy Core II and guess what it has Android 4.4 Kit Kat which has External SD Card Write Protected Feature..it's very annoying..I can'r write data to External SD Card..nor ...
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Do old versions of Android still get security patches?

For example if a critical vulnerability is found in Jelly Bean would it get a patch, or is the expectation that users should upgrade to KitKat to be more secure? Does Android even have the concept of ...
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4K Video Recording with the Camera2 API

In the Android L Preview, Google released the Camera2 API. Does this mean in L, any phone with a 5MP camera would be able to shoot 2K video and any 13MP camera would be able to shoot 4K video, and is ...
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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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Is Android 4.3 the same as 4.0.3?

I came across a Google play app that says version 4.0.3 and up required and I have 4.1. So do I have to upgrade because I rather not as my old apps ptobably will not work with 4.3. My question is ...
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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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Updating to 4.4.3

I'm trying to update my Nexus 4 from 4.4.2 to 4.4.3 and every time the message pops up, I select install and clockworkmod recovery keeps saying error, installation aborted, STATUS 7. I've even tried ...
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How can one run an app made for a more recent version of Android on an older Android Device?

How can one install an app made for Jellybean and use it on Gingerbread? Let's take Google Keyboard for example. Google Keyboard is meant for use with Ice Cream Sandwich and up, but say I want it on ...
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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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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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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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Is it possible to assemble a mobile phone and install Android on it? [on hold]

Where can I find parts, assembly instructions and can I install android on it?
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How can I turn off speaking of incoming caller?

I can't figure out how to change the settings on my Samsung Galaxy S phone to actually have a ringtone when receiving a call. When receiving a call a voice says "call from 123-456-7890" or "call from ...
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when does Android 4.5 comes and will my phone get update? [duplicate]

I got LG OPTIMUS G PRO (F240L) and I wanna know , will it get OTA 4.5 updates?
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ART internal storage problm

Using my moto e in Art mode and my internal memory is totally consumed will I get my internal memory if I switch again to dalvik?
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Installing pure android to Huawei Ascend P6 [duplicate]

Is it possible to install pure (not manufacturer modified, without Emotion UI) Android version (4.2 to 4.4) to Huawei Ascend P6? If above is possible, is it possible to recover original Huawei Android ...
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When there will be release Android Lolipop for MOTO G 2?

I am using MOTO G2(2nd generation).Is there any official date on which there will be Update for Android Lolipop?
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How to find the current foreground running application in API 21? [on hold]

I use getRunningTasks() method until 4.4.4 . Now in API 21 getRunningTasks() is deprecated. My requirement is to find the current foreground application running (Not the top activity of my own app but ...
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Android Virtual Device [on hold]

what are some things that we should keep in mind before creating an emulator? Many a times the emulator does not run or it has certain problem in running certain application. So how should we select ...
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how to delete original message in Microsoft outlook app when replying/forwarding?

How do I edit/delete the original message in Microsoft outlook app when replying/forwarding? I can do this in the stock android email app but in the outlook app it seems to be read only... Thanks
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Is it possible to install Android 3.0 on my Android 2.3.6 Huawei m865c?

The title essentially explains my dilemma, but should I be able to, is it possible to install it via my BootLoader?
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Can one determine the kernel version of a Samsung device from the Android version?

Basically, does an Android version map to a specific kernel version on Samsung devices? For example, can I assume that Samsung devices running Android 4.4.2 will have kernel version 3.4.0 (or some ...
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What makes porting so difficult? [duplicate]

So now when the new Lollipop is on it's way we all have our feeds filled with magazines or sites telling us how awesome LG or Samsung is to release Lollipop so soon. My question is, Why is this such ...
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Internal memory runs out even though i clear cache

I use walton primo R3 android set.i am facing internal memory run out problem.for this I dont want to "root" my phone.today i was using my apps. There was 154 mb left in my internal memory Yesterday. ...
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How to install my apps from play to external sd? [duplicate]

I facing problem when i install any from Google play, that 'u don't have sufficient space for download' But i have 8gb external storage
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Remote Battery management service while SureFox Kiosk is running

I am running PAW Server and SureFox (a kiosk browser) to run some webpages. However, I am experiencing significant battery drainage, and I would like to track battery usage by services as the programs ...
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Where can I download Android TV OS?

I'm confused, is this even available? I have a Tegra K1 developer kit and I'm wondering if there's an Android TV image I could download and install on the the K1.