Android is the operating system for smartphones and tablets. Depending on your device’s age and manufacturer, you may or may not have the latest version. Below are some tips to help you understand the difference.
What is the latest version of Android?
The latest version of Android is 9.0 “Pie”, which was released in August 2018. To learn more, visit Android History on the official Android website.
How do I know which version I have?
The steps to check your version vary depending on your device (sometimes depending on your version, believe it or not!). Below are general instructions that should work for most Android devices.
- Go to your device settings.
- Look for options that say About Devices, About Phones, or something similar.
- Find your Android version in the specifications list.
How do I get the latest version?
The latest compatible version will be sent to your device automatically whenever there is a new update or release. All you have to do is accept, and your device will take care of the rest. If you have an older phone or tablet, you may not be able to upgrade to the latest version.
What’s the difference between versions?
Sometimes the difference is purely cosmetic; Sometimes they can affect your device in more important ways. Below are some examples of things that may differ from version to version:
- Icons, screen layout, and other visual elements
- New app or feature
- Changes to existing features
- “Hidden” fixes that can improve your device’s performance