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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Nexus 5 Lollipop goes into Recovery while trying to update to 5.0.1

I'm using LG Nexus 5 Lollipop (manually installed 5.0) and rooted with TWRP. I just go notification to update to 5.0.1. But when download and install, the phone automatically goes into TWRP Recovery ...
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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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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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Which mobile company delivers Android system updates the fastest? [closed]

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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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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Update Android device, but not to latest version

I have an Android device (Asus Nexus 7) running Android 4.4.4. The latest version is 5.0.2. But in order to investigate a bug report on my app, I want to update to 5.0.1. When I select "System ...
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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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Wi-Fi antenna seems to work when the device is off

When I was looking at battery statistics I've found something strange: the bar showing wether a component is running or not indicates that wifi were active when I took off my phone. Is this a bug? 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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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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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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Disable google play store auto update [duplicate]

i want to disable google play store auto updates. I am not talking about auto update applications. I don't want to update my google play store version. Please help me.
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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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How can you sort apps alphabetically in android jellybean 4.2.2?

I use a Lenovo S600 tablet with Android Jellybean 4.2.2 OS,  the problem is that the apps are arranged randomly as I install them which leads to a lot of confusion.  I would like to arrange all the ...
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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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Can Material design be backported to older Android versions?

With the introduction of Material Design in Android Lollipop, a consistency in app design was recieved quite well by the user community. However, most of these apps are showing their Material designs ...
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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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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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Emoticon on keyboard support and Android version

I am wondering since what version Android emoticon have been added?
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System Update Downloaded

I have Nexus 7 (Android 4.4.4) and got message: System update downloaded Android 5.0.2 System Update But when I press on it, nothing happens. How can I install this update? UPDATE: About ...
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How to down Android software version i.e. from Kitkat to JellyBean Plus

My friend has a problem in his Android Samsung Galaxy Grand 2. He updated his phone. After the successful update to version 4.3, his device was unable to connect to WiFi network, and can't continue ...
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Voice to text punctuation and new line in Spanish andorid 5

Does Android 5 recognize punctuation and new lines in Spanish voice-to-text?
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Unable to download update to Lollipop

I am using a Samsung Galaxy Grand 2. I'm unable to download the upgrade to Lollipop. While downloading via Wifi it says "Unable to Download...."
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How Can I Access “Android Lollipop” [duplicate]

I'm looking to download "Android 5 Lollipop" for my Samsung Galaxy S4 i9505. I want the official "thing". My questions are... Where can I download this? Any methods of installation? Do I need to ...
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Does GT-I8262 Galaxy Core Support OTG? [duplicate]

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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error: only position independent executables (PIE) are supported when I try to run curl on android 5.1

I'm trying to run curl on android 5.1,but this error doesn't help : root@manta:/root/home/curl/data/local/bin # ./curl error: only position independent executables (PIE) are supported. I've got the ...
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Error in installing lollipop 5.0.2 on Samsung s2 (19105p) pluse

Im trying to install lollipop on my Samsung s2 pluse (19105p). But at installing time got a error in " E:failed to verify whole-file signatures "
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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 Lollipop, Google released the Camera2 API. Does this mean in Lollipop, any phone with a 5MP camera would be able to shoot 2K video and any 13MP camera would be able to shoot 4K video, ...
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Where i can find original android version for ALCATEL ONE TOUCH Idol Mini? [duplicate]

Where i can find original android version for ALCATEL ONE TOUCH Idol Mini? this phone
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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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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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From nightly to official

I'm currently running a CM 12 nightly on my OPO, but after hearing of the CM12S update which is coming in a matter of days, I decided I wanted to go back to receiving official OTA's. I've read a ...
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How can I get Google Play store to work on my Samsung S3 mini with CyanogenMod OS?

I got the CyanogenMod OS installed on my Samsung S3 mini a couple of months ago but since then my Google Play store stopped working, giving the error message: No Connection. Retry. OR Check your ...
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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 ...