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.

Which version of Android is your device running on?

Android 2.2 Froyo
1.62%
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
5.17%
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
4.26%
Android 4.1 - 4.3 Jelly Bean
36.88%
Android 4.4 KitKat
52.07%

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115 Comments

1. Oğuzhan_77

Posts: 112; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

ı using cm11 4.4.3 on nexus 4

54. mturby unregistered

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

55. thegandalf

Posts: 22; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

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

58. fahim_rasel

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 25, 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.

72. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

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

87. av911 unregistered

Nope, using modified stock. Hate CM.

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.

88. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

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

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

KitKat!

53. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

KitKat :D

3. josephnero

Posts: 779; Member since: Nov 16, 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

64. VLaRueC

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

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

70. Gamas_K

Posts: 88; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

He said for example, read that carefully

4. imej88 unregistered

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

73. sgodsell

Posts: 7217; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

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

97. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

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

108. imej88 unregistered

Thanks Anonn. Its Google, not OEM. xD

5. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

6. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 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.

12. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

19. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 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... >.>

21. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

35. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 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.

38. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

40. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 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...

42. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

60. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Moto Algebra? lol, X+1? Nice.

110. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I refuse to call it by its official/unofficial name. I will now and forever call it the Moto Algebra, unless Motorola comes up with a GOOD name for it upon release. It's entirely possible, since the Droid X was known as the Droid "Xtreme" before release. I almost wish Motorola went by their code names for devices. The Xoom would have been Stingray, the Moto X would have been Ghost, the Motorola Bravo would have been Diablo...their production codenames are so much cooler than their official names.

98. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

What Sniggly said. The Moto G LTE is shipping with 4.4.3, and Motorola is sending out soak tests for 4.4.3 for the Moto X. They've been doing great. I would recommend their devices to anyone.

90. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

For the 1st time in 3 years i agree with Sniggly... any Moto device will do justice..

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