How to Update Android – Tech Advisor

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If an Android update is available to your device you’ll find it in your phone or tablet’s Settings menu. However, just because a newer version of Android exists it doesn’t mean it will be available for your device – now or ever.

That is entirely dependent on what device you have (and sometimes which operator you are with). Unfortunately, about two years into the device’s lifetime you might see updates becoming rarer. There are no obligations from the manufacturers to support updates for older models.

Android is often criticised for its fragmentation. As of 8 January 2018 Android Developers reports the following stats, revealing that only 0.7 percent of Android devices in use are running the latest Oreo operating system:

Version Codename Distribution
2.3.3-2.3.7 Gingerbread 0.4%
4.0.3-4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich 0.5%
4.1.x Jelly Bean 1.9%
4.2.x Jelly Bean 2.9%
4.3 Jelly Bean 0.8%
4.4 KitKat 12.8%
5.0 Lollipop 5.7%
5.1 Lollipop 19.4%
6.0 Marshmallow 28.6%
7.0 Nougat 21.1%
7.1 Nougat 5.2%
8.0 Oreo 0.5%
8.1 Oreo 0.2%

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