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 other version)? If not, can I tell from the build number? I am aware that this question exists, but I am looking for a concise answer.

Also, related to this, does the build number of a device map to a specific Android version or are all these three properties, Android version, build number, and kernel version, independent ?

  • Yes they are independent in Android version and Build number but may share same Kernel version. Android version and Build number depends on manufacture/launch date of handset.
    – MANI
    Nov 15 '14 at 1:49
  • But can I tell one from the other, like what kernel version from the build number?
    – dramzy
    Nov 15 '14 at 5:05
  • No.... You can not.
    – MANI
    Nov 15 '14 at 7:12
  • Anything to back that up?
    – dramzy
    Nov 16 '14 at 18:32

No, the Android and kernel versions are numbered independently of each other.

For example the Galaxy Note 2 (KitKat stock ROM) has a kernel version of 3.0.101. The Galaxy S4 (also KitKat) has a kernel version of 3.4.0.

  • It would be better if you can give any references, or at least show that it's independent.
    – Andrew T.
    Nov 28 '14 at 1:12
  • In this case it may be difficult to find references to prove a negative. It's easy to observe that they are independent. Just check the Android version of two random phones, you may get a few cases where they coincidentally share the same build numbers but the majority will have completely unrelated build numbers.
    – warsong
    Nov 28 '14 at 8:47
  • I agree, but you could put that example on the answer, perhaps from 2 or 3 Samsung phones. No need to be done very soon, but at least there is a proof :)
    – Andrew T.
    Nov 28 '14 at 8:53

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