All the Android versions
Google is constantly working on new versions of the Android software. These releases are infrequent, about once a year.
Versions usually come with a numerical code and a name thatís so far been themed after sweets and desserts, running in alphabetical order.
- Android 1.5 Cupcake
- Android 1.6 Donut
- Android 2.1 Eclair
- Android 2.2 Froyo
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- Android 3.2 Honeycomb - The first OS design specifically for a tablets, launching on the Motorola Xoom
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich: The first OS to run on smartphones and tablets, ending the 2.X naming convention.
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean: Launched on the Google Nexus 7 tablet by Asus
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean: Arrived on the LG Nexus 4
- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
- Android 4.4 KitKat: Launched on the LG Nexus 5
- Android 5.0 Lollipop: Launched on the Motorola Nexus 6 and HTC Nexus 9
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player
- Android 7.0 Nougat for the Nexus phones.
- Android 8.0 Oreo for the Nexus & Pixel phones.
- Android 9.0 Pie 2018 for Google Pixel devices and the Essential Phone.
How do I get an update?
Android updates are normally received OTA (Over The Air), that is, sent directly to your Android phone without the need for a computer. Normally, once your Android phone or tablet is due to get an upgrade, you'll see a notification in the bar at the top of the screen. You'll then be prompted to connect to WiFi to avoid incurring extra data charges - updates can be quite big and downloading them over a mobile data connection isnít advised as it may result in expensive data charges.