The version of android running on your phone or tablet is important. Your device capability could be limited or enhanced by the version of android running on your phone. For instance, front Camera on your device can only work on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and higher versions, frame rates differs with different versions also some apps only support some versions.
To know the version of Android on your phone, follow the steps below. Though these steps may differ a bit depending on the version of Android.
- Click on settings icon
- Click on About Tablet
- From this interface you can locate the Android Version and Model Number of your Device
Below is the summary of Android version release and the code names with some of the pertinent features.
|Android 4.1 – 4.3
- Notifications now include more information, such as photos or subject lines in emails
- Assistant tool that displays relevant information based on your search history and location data..
||Ice Cream Sandwich
- A data traffic monitor to help you avoid busting your network data limit.
- New action bar replacing the Menu button
- Face recognition for unlocking your phone.
|Android 3.0 – 3.2
- The Web browser introduces tabbed browsing.
- Home screens appear to rotate on a 3D carousel as you swipe through them
- Tablet only release
- Support for a front-facing camera for video calling and self-portrait.
- Apps are juggled more adeptly in the background, saving battery and processing power.
- Market APP Upgraded to Google Play
- The portable Wi-Fi hotspot lets you share your phone’s 3G Internet connection with your other gadgets, over Wi-Fi
- Flash Player 10.1 came to Android, which filled in the holes in the Web. Videos, photo slideshows and streaming audio, not to mention plain old site navigation, suddenly became visible on your mobile.
|Android 2.0 – 2.1
- Exchange support, so you can finally get your Outlook email. There’s also a unified email inbox. However, it’s still kept with POP and IMAP email in a separate app to Gmail
- Camera settings including support for a flash, digital zoom, white balance and colour effects
- Additional Support for CDMA Technology
- The universal search function helped us pinpoint our apps and contacts on the phone, or jump to searching the Web.
- Support for more screen resolutions opened the door to Android phones of different sizes.