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Linux version in AOSP Android Version |API Level |Linux Version in AOSP |Header Version ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1.5 Cupcake |3 |(2.6.27) | 1.6 Donut |4 |(2.6.29) ...


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Start with the Android compatibility page. This outlines goals for Android's compatibility and links to the current Compatibility Definition Document which has the technical requirements. All versions of the CDD to date are below. Android 10 Android 9.0 "Pie" Android 8.0 and Android 8.1 "Oreo" Android 7.0 and Android 7.1 "Nougat" Android 6.0 "Marshmallow" ...


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This community wiki will list all of the known and rumored dates for devices. If you have an update make sure to follow the format that's been established, and the following guidelines: Keep phones in alphabetical order listing the manufacturer and model Specify if the date is confirmed or rumored and link to the source If there is an unofficial release, ...


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This community wiki will list all of the known and rumored dates for devices. If you have an update make sure to follow the format that's been established, and the following guidelines: Keep devices in alphabetical order listing the manufacturer and model Specify if the date is confirmed or rumored and link to the source If there is an unofficial release, ...


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This community wiki will list all of the known and rumored dates for devices. If you have an update make sure to follow the format that's been established, and the following guidelines: Keep phones in alphabetical order listing the manufacturer and model Specify if the date is confirmed or rumored and link to the source If there is an unofficial release, ...


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This community wiki will list all of the known and rumored dates for devices. If you have an update make sure to follow the format that's been established, and the following guidelines: Keep phones in alphabetical order listing the manufacturer and model Specify if the date is confirmed or rumored and link to the source If there is an unofficial release, ...


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This community wiki will list all of the known and rumored dates for devices. If you have an update make sure to follow the format that's been established, and the following guidelines: Keep phones in alphabetical order listing the manufacturer and model Specify if the date is confirmed or rumored and link to the source If there is an unofficial release, ...


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Try using this method: https://gist.github.com/eyecatchup/ec0a852428c19705380e Give thanks to this guy of course. EDIT: The steps outlined in this document assume the Android SDK to be installed on your PC and the adb, fastboot and android.[bat|sh] to be in your PATH variable! Download OTA zip from Google's servers to your PC. http://goo.gl/dx2JoM - ...


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Not for those "ancient versions", but for Android 4.0+ you can find some stats in Christina's Blog. Giving the example matching closest to your question:


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It seems that, according to here, It's been supported since KitKat (whether using apps or not) But (as always) it's down to The OEM's discretion if a device can Run it. Chances are, If a device supports SD cards bigger than 32Gb, It supports SDXC, which has a exFAT filesystem (First Graph here)


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In ADB shell issue the following command: dumpsys package packages This gives you all the information about installed packages, including the version number. You can then play around with grep utility to narrow down the results to only the lines you need: dumpsys package packages | grep -E 'Package \[|versionName' The above returns something similar to ...


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Droid-Life keeps an up-to-date listing of many of these phones which shows also when there are delays or exceptions such as was the case with Bionic. Their list can be found here http://www.droid-life.com/2012/05/22/when-is-my-android-phone-getting-ice-cream-sandwich-verizon/


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This community wiki will list all of the known and rumored dates for devices. If you have an update make sure to follow the format that's been established, and the following guidelines: Keep devices in alphabetical order listing the manufacturer and model Specify if the date is confirmed or rumored and link to the source If there is an unofficial release, ...


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This community wiki will list all of the known and rumored dates for devices. If you have an update make sure to follow the format that's been established, and the following guidelines: Keep devices in alphabetical order, listing the manufacturer and model. Specify if the date is confirmed or rumored, and link to the source. If there is an unofficial ...


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This community wiki will list all of the known and rumored dates for devices. If you have an update please edit this wiki here, but make sure to follow the format that's been established, and the following guidelines: Keep devices in alphabetical order listing the manufacturer and model Specify if the date is confirmed or rumored and link to the source If ...


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Honeycomb was a tablet-only version of the OS It was only ever released for a few devices The source code was never released not released until the source for Ice Cream Sandwich was available, and even then the Android devs noted that 3.x source was not complete It never had much in the way of market share See also: What percentage of devices have each of ...


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This community wiki will list all of the known and rumored dates for devices. If you have an update make sure to follow the format that's been established, and the following guidelines: Keep devices in alphabetical order listing the manufacturer and model Specify if the date is confirmed or rumored and link to the source If there is an unofficial release, ...


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CyanogenMod has its own OTA Updater. You will not get the official Android updates, but the CM updates.


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Can an app installed from Play Store being dropped support due to changing requirement in Android version? App developer (free/paid app) is at complete liberty to support/not support later Android versions, with or without continuing support for earlier versions. You will find many apps not supporting Lollipop or Marshmallow, and on other hand supporting/...


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Assuming you are not doing Android development, you do not need to worry about Android version. Any serious security-minded application like Chrome on Android will use TLS 1.2. You can verify this for yourself by going to a secure website (make sure it supports TLS 1.2!) and inspecting the certificate and protocol used on the client. I have checked this on ...


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Here is a site that automatically updates to the latest data from the android.com Dashboard, and which has three graphs showing different aspects of it.


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All you have to do is install a factory image of 5.0.1 to the Nexus before you update fully. Head Here(all instructions are here, just posted below in case link breaks) to find the image that corresponds with your particular device. Download the appropriate system image for your device below, then unzip it to a safe directory. Connect your device to your ...


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Yes. It is possible to have an Android OS without anything remotely related to Google. First approach would be to root your phone. Then next step would be to install a custom ROM which is by default free of Google like Cyanogenmod. Head over to XDA and find the forums corresponding to your phone which will have necessary tutorials and possibly even built ...


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Here, you can see the versions: Wikipedia about Android 4.0.x is older than 4.1.x and so on. It's explained here


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You can compare that to other OS's versions as well: A program designed for e.g. Windows 8 does not necessarily run on Windows 95. Development goes on, and that includes the APIs they provide. With each new version, new interfaces are available to the programmers, saving them from "re-inventing the wheel": Why code an entire library yourself, when it's much ...


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There is this graph from over at wikipedia, which uses the data from Google's dashboard.


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For android devices the answer is: 18 months is the maximum supported lifetime. I found this in the Google Android FAQ. It is said that the 2 year old Galaxy Nexus does not recieve an Update to Android 4.4 "KitKat": Galaxy Nexus, which first launched two years ago, falls outside of the 18-month update window when Google and others traditionally update ...


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Not officially yet. According to Sony, the Xperia U will be getting ICS in Q3 of this year. That said I believe there are now some beta 3rd party ROMs floating around with various degrees of success.


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The problem here is not in the software, but the hardware. You phone uses a CPU that does not support the ARMv7 instruction set that is required by many games these days. It is more than likely that a recent update for the game dropped support for older instruction sets to improve performance or make the app smaller.


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