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Which version of Android is your smartphone running on?

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Which version of Android is your smartphone running on?

The long road of new Android versions from announcement to an actual release on a myriad of devices across the globe has been a subject of ridicule from the Apple faithful for a long while, but it seems that Google has taken the issue seriously lately and is improving on the time it takes for new updates to arrive. The company is releasing core apps separately on the Play Store so that you can update them without having to wait for a full update to arrive to your device as well.

Google’s own activation stats show that the latest Android 4.4 KitKat is now on nearly 14% of devices, and together with the previous version, Jelly Bean, the two account for an overwhelming 72% of all devices.

The official numbers, however, apply to the majority of Android devices, but not all - Google requires the device to be activated on the Google Play Store to register it, and some phones simply ship with no access to Google’s app catalog (especially in markets like China).

Official stats are a good indication of Android’s update status, but we are curious to see a statistical sample that we can better relate to - you, our readers.

What version of Android is your device running on? Vote and feel free to share your device and Android update experience in the comments right below.

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Which version of Android is your device running on?
Android 2.2 Froyo 1.62% (118 votes) (118 votes)
Android 2.3 Gingerbread 5.17% (378 votes) (378 votes)
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich 4.26% (311 votes) (311 votes)
Android 4.1 - 4.3 Jelly Bean 36.88% (2694 votes) (2694 votes)
Android 4.4 KitKat 52.07% (3804 votes) (3804 votes)

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posted on 10 Jun 2014, 02:38 4

1. Oğuzhan_77 (Posts: 89; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)


ı using cm11 4.4.3 on nexus 4

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 07:48 3

54. mturby (unregistered)


that doesnt count as android, its modified and google wont approve or even talk about it.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 07:55 3

55. thegandalf (Posts: 22; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


"google won't approve or even talk about it"
wow!
who care?!

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 08:10 2

58. fahim_rasel (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


This is pure Android.Samsung, Htc, sony all use modified android.
CM based on AOSP which is pure Android with small modification.CM is best Rom.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 09:23 1

72. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)


WEll if the majority of votes goes to 4.4 then we should know that every one is running CM !!! LOL !!

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 10:05 1

82. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


I'm using 4.4.2 on my nexus 7 2012 version. Xperia Z 1 same thing. My xperia go had 4.0 ICS so I gave it someone that needed a phone.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 10:41

87. av911 (Posts: 197; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Nope, using modified stock. Hate CM.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 10:52

88. GeorgeDao123 (Posts: 431; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


Sorry, off topic. Does Link2SD work on your mako? TY.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 02:46 8

2. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


KitKat!

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 07:08

53. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


KitKat :D

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 02:50 6

3. josephnero (Posts: 568; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


kitkat but all the bloatware Samsung added ruins it.i uninstalled most S apps and now its awesome.
For example Sammy's note app S note is 75MB and does nothing special that other 5MB
note apps can't

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 08:19 1

64. VLaRueC (Posts: 180; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


So by removing one app it suddenly becomes awesome? 75mb was preventing awesome?

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 09:03 4

70. Gamas_K (Posts: 70; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


He said for example, read that carefully

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 02:52 1

4. imej88 (unregistered)


Jelly bean!Didn't want to upgrade to KitKat due to disabling of saving files into SD card.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 09:25

73. sgodsell (Posts: 4174; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


That's a OEM thing whether its allowed on the device or not. OEMS have always been given the option.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 14:05 1

97. Anonn (Posts: 230; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


No its not. Its forced by google. But you can root and bypass it.
androidcentral.com/kitkat-sdcard-changes

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 00:10

108. imej88 (unregistered)


Thanks Anonn. Its Google, not OEM. xD

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 02:57 4

5. uchihakurtz (Posts: 382; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


You mean, there's still some running older than KitKat?? LOL

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 03:01 1

6. nlbates66 (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


my Samsung Galaxy S III 4G($600?) is currently on 4.3 official, meaning it could be considered to be 11 months behind on security updates, as opposed to my dads Lumia 520 ( $149 AUD) which is fully up to date with windows phone 8.1 and can get updates as they are released by the OS vendor, as opposed to the phone manufacturer.

yes, I can get or even build Android 4.4 either myself or from xda but this kills off features like smart stay, smart alert and S Beam. In addition I lose the use of the Samsung camera app, the stock android one is rubbish in comparison.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 03:18 2

12. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Or, you know, you could get a Motorola device which costs just over half as much and is currently running, at oldest, 4.4.2.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 03:33 1

19. nlbates66 (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


I expected such a response and was going to reply that yes, it runs a slightly newer version of android that is from 6 months ago which is somewhat acceptable(I assume you're referring to the moto E anyway), what i don't like about it though is that it's "update promise" is so hollow: just a single software update from 4.4.2 and that's it, in their words from their website:
"The device will receive at least one software update from the current KitKat 4.4.2 operating system."

As usual for my country though, devices such as these arrive late for us, it's not actually released here yet apparently. :P

that said and overwith, I had thought, according to rumors that i'd have seen 4.4 for theS III 4G in some shape or form by now, maybe by the end of next month... >.>

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 03:42 2

21. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Actually, there, Skippy, I was talking about the Moto X. Then again, it may not be available in your country. If that's the case I am very sorry.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 03:52 3

23. aditya.k (Posts: 495; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Motorola already said that they are going to give one major update guarenteed . This is a minor update!

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 03:59 2

28. Canaan (Posts: 335; Member since: 25 May 2014)


This is one of the reasons I'm thinking about switching to an iPhone in the fall; they continue to give updates even to their older devices. For example, the iPhone 4s will be 3 years old in the fall and it's still getting the IOS 8 update. You wouldn't find something like that on android devices not even with the Nexus lines which stop updates after 18 months.

Do you know the update range for windows phones?

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 04:22 6

32. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


You forget that not only does Apple cut big features out of the updates it throws onto older phones, but the "3 year old" phones that get the updates can't run worth a sh-hi-hit at that point, because "optimization" is a word Apple only remembers for its newest and second newest devices.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 04:35

35. nlbates66 (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


Moto X $429

also, I made the mistake of stating the price of my S III 4G around the time that I got it just under two years ago, current purchase price for it now would be $~400

@Aditya.k when handing down devices as I do (my mother has my Galaxy GIO running 2.3, replacing that soon...) a single "major update" is just a way that they can say one thing, then release maybe 4.5 for the device when 4.5 is already 12 months behind and pretend they did as promised, just as everyone does.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 04:45

37. nlbates66 (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


I agree, with the iOS update system that just drop newer iOS features on the older phones and claim that they all get the newer versions of the OS.

as for Windows phone, it's hard to say, Windows phone 7 was released around November 2010 and none of these devices get updates to Windows phone 8, they did get updates to Windows phone 7.8 as recently as March 2013(probably mostly security patches by then?), though I have doubts how many devices would have gotten it.

Windows phone 8 was released supposedly October 2012, all Windows phone 8 devices are *supposed to wind up getting Windows phone 8.1 eventually, in addition Microsoft have claimed that Windows phone 8 will receive updates until as late as January 2016.

When Microsoft released Windows phone 8.1 to oems anyone could sign up to an app studio account for free to receive it as an update as part of their dev preview thing, skipping the wait on the phone manufacturers.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 04:47 3

38. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Trouble is, Bates, that if you paid attention to Motorola's track record they release updates with a relative lack of lag time after the update is released by Google to begin with. 4.4 got out to the first Motorola devices before some Nexus devices did.

Anyway, I was thinking of 600 bucks US for a Galaxy device versus 350 US for the Moto X. Sorry I got mixed up.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 04:55

40. nlbates66 (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


righto, following Motorola's track record it seems likely they would do relatively well with updates on the Moto X, especially compared to what i'd expect on the Moto E (relatively in comparison to what seems to be the case with all update schedule's for phones these days...

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 04:57 1

42. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


They certainly have so far. If I have to get a new phone before Project Ara is available (likely, since I have an salesmaker plan with Verizon and I'm not a salesmaker anymore) I'm probably going for the Moto Algebra, since my Moto X has consistently impressed me from the day I got it to now.

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