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How_to_upgrade_your_android_os.jpg How to upgrade an Android smartphone or tablet Operating System (OS)

Posted on Thu, 13 Feb 2014 06:26:13 +0100

    If you are an Android user then you have made an excellent choice. See, the Android platfrom is REALLY powerful and packed with support for a load of features which will revolutionalize your experience using your Android smartphone or tablet via Android applications. The Android platform is open source ( google releases new versions from time to time) so it can be tweaked and modified by any developer. Within the time a new version is officially released by google to when your device manufacturer makes it available for you to download, a lot of tweaking and customization would've been done to give you a sensational experience. Now, let's get down to the shibang about the Android platform and upgrading an Android OS (which is more direct than updating a Blackberry OS).
What is Android?
Android in English language refers to a robot with a human appearance. Android is an open source (licenced under Apache), linux-based operating system programmed majorly in C, C++ and Java. The Android platfrom was initially developed by Android Inc., which Google later acquired in 2005. In 2008, T-Mobile released the first Android phone ( T-Mobile G1) whose design wasn't exactly great but the power and potential of the Android platform was crystal clear. Still in 2008, Google also introduced the HTC Dream as the first marketed phone to use Android Technology. Android platfrom is the world's most poplular mobile device-run platform and is mostly used by HTC, Samsung and Motorola. Android being open source (free for any developer to modify to his / her taste) and Google's Open Handset Alliance, are two contributing factor to its success because it has a very large and active base of developers constantly perfecting the technology (Android Open Source Project). Apple's iOS and Windows OS are Android's chief rivals. You will come across the term "Android device" ( be it smartphone or tablet) a lot. Do not be embarassed to ask " what is an android phone " ? An android phone or tablet isn't exactly a special brand like Nokia , Blackberry, Apple or Techno; the term merely refers to a device running on an Android OS.
What are the various versions of Android, their code names and how they are ranked?
While Apple nicknames its OS versions according to Ski Resort-derived code names like Lion (10.7), Alpine (1.0), Wildcat (iPad only) , Big bear and Windows nicknames its OS versions rather randomly (Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8), Google uses dessert-derived code names to nickname its OS versions like Cupcake, Donut etc. The versions of Android OS in ascending order are: How do i check the version of Android my smartphone / tablet is currently running? What are the advantages or benefits of updating Android OS?
It is very important to upgrade Android OS running on your smartphone or tablet so you do not miss out on the latest features and functionality of the Android Technology. More features are supported and improved with each version, all aimed at giving you a mind blowing experience. Security patches and bug fixes are also rolled out with each version so you really do not want to miss this bus. More and more sophisticated Android applications keep pouring in so it would only be wise to stay updated in order to keep enjoying the best. For example, upgrading Jelly Bean 4.1 or earlier to Jelly Bean 4.2 unveils:
How often should i update / upgrade Android OS running on my smartphone or tablet?
I advise you update your Android OS as often as you get the 'New update available' notification. If you do not get the notification after six (6) months, I suggest you search to be sure there really are no available or pending updates for you. Note that to upgrade Android OS is not the same thing as to update Android OS. To upgrade Android OS means to replace the current Android OS with a higher version (not necessarily the latest for the smartphone or tablet) while to update Android OS means to replace the current Android OS with the latest Android OS for that device.
Will i lose my contacts and important files after upgrading my Android OS?
No, you shouldn't lose your contacts or files after an Android OS update but it's best you backup Android contacts and files of yours just incase something goes wrong during the Android OS upgrade. To backup an Android smartphone or tablet, simply use Android's built-in tools.
How do i backup my important Android contacts and files?
Google's Android offers the ability to seamlessly save certain settings like wireless network preferences, bookmarks, and custom dictionary words to their servers using your Google account. To enable it: You could Backup your files using third-party Apps like MyBackup Pro. To Backup manually: Are there any problems associated with upgrading Android OS?
The major problems associated with upgrading or updating Android OS are voiding the smartphone / tablet's warranty and getting it bricked. Confused right? Sometimes, a new Android version is floated but might not be made available for certain smartphones or tablets. If you find yourself in such a situation and really want to enjoy the latest Android OS, you can root your Android smartphone or tablet and install any Android OS of your choice. The downside of this is that you have voided your smartphone or tablet's warranty so do not bother returning it if something happens to it. Also, if the Android OS tweak is not compatible with your smartphone or tablet, you will get your smartphone / tablet bricked.
Why is the latest Android OS not available for my smartphone or tablet?
After Google releases a new version of Android, each smartphone or tablet manufacturer tweaks it to support certain devices (either old or new models). The new Android version being available for a specific smartphone or tablet would depend on whether its manufacturer tweaked the latest Android OS to be compatible with that smartphone / tablet or the smartphone / tablet meets the minimum requirements to run the Android OS in question. For this reason, some smartphones or tablets get regular OS updates, some get OS updates less frequently, while some have almost stopped getting OS updates. Some people are however, too impatient to wait for their smartphone or tablet manufacturer to officially release an Android OS update which they really wish to run on their devices. What they do is to root the Android smartphone or tablet so they can install any OS of their choice, whether official or not.
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