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. Nov 15, 2014 at 1:49
  • But can I tell one from the other, like what kernel version from the build number?
    – dramzy
    Nov 15, 2014 at 5:05
  • No.... You can not. Nov 15, 2014 at 7:12
  • Anything to back that up?
    – dramzy
    Nov 16, 2014 at 18:32

1 Answer 1


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.


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