Talk:Android version history

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Support Status[edit]

There is a column in the table called "Support Status". What does this mean? Are these versions of the OS no longer officially supported? Is the API not supported? Where are the citations/links to official Google sources indicating they are unsupported? -Seinfreak37 (talk) 14:54, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

Starting with Android 5.0 Lollipop, monthly security patches are released, which come with new build numbers.
The most recent build for Lollipop is LMY49M, which was released in July 2016 for the Google Nexus 10.
Android Marshmallow and Nougat still receive new builds every month, which means they're still supported.

Evidence of this is on the Google Factory Images page, and the Android Build Numbers page.
When Google stops releasing monthly security updates for Android Marshmallow, then it will be unsupported.
Calvin Hogg (talk) 10:58, 31 January 2017 (UTC)

I am looking at a 5.1.1

  • Kernel version 3.10.65-10429622 Jan 18 2017

Android Security Patch level

  • 1 January 2017

All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 13:48, 3 April 2017 (UTC).

The support status column is misleading. The support from Google is only for specific hardware devices, not for the AOSP version. Also the support reference link is of poor quality. The link below is more clear about the Google support ending dates.

Gohopper (talk) 16:23, 11 April 2017 (UTC)

Android 6[edit]

Based on which Linux kernel?

— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:54, 25 January 2016‎ (UTC)

It's an old question now but Android 6 is based on 3.18.10. Android 7 + 7.1 are based on 4.4.1. source here. Thanks Jenova20 (email) 15:30, 3 April 2017 (UTC)

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KitKat and Lollipop are probably "supported"[edit]

This month[1] "Updated AOSP versions": "4.4.4, 5.0.2, 5.1.1, 6.0, 6.0.1, 7.0, 7.1.1" for a critical security issue reported "Aug 5, 2016". [It could be that issues are discovered in these versions, but the fix is not backported (and it should then say "reported for"), but plain reading indicates otherwise; not sure what to make of e.g. the "A-32096880"-link. Even if, anyone could backport.]

AOSP is the source code. Google can change it (and in fact anyone could change a fork of it). The level of support by Google could begin and end there, as it doesn't control what vendors do. They can compile their own binaries.

It's higly unlikely that anyone issued a security update for a bug before it was reported. It seems to me that e.g. KitKat devices haven't gotten updates after that time. Is it easy to see, does anyone have a counter-example?

Articles for each version of Android have release dates for "latest version". I'm not sure it's reliable, only for latest binary releases for specific Google only devices. It could well be that e.g. Google supports their Kitkat devices with security minor updates for a while, but then forces a major upgrade and then security updates on 6.0+ comp.arch (talk) 09:44, 17 March 2017 (UTC)

Work on Android O draft[edit]

Can anyone add anything to Draft:Android O?? Note that it's in the draft namespace. Georgia guy (talk) 19:41, 17 March 2017 (UTC)

Pie chart colors[edit]

Whoever you are, are you color blind!? You could not have picked worse colors even if you tried to do it deliberately. :( Please change the top 4 colors (and all colors in fact) to more discriminating ones, this is ridiculous. Naki (talk) 14:32, 23 March 2017 (UTC)

For some reason an editor has uploaded this pie charge as an image, so it's difficult for anyone else to update it. I'd speculate that the colours were chosen to approximate the real life colours of the desserts themselves. Are the colours at Android (operating system)#Platform usage any better? We could replace the image on this page with the main article's wiki-chart if necessary and then tweak the colours all day long. – Steel 19:08, 26 March 2017 (UTC)
They were simpler before in all fairness. There's too much squashed in now. Can we get a consensus on something similar to iOS version history? Include the two or three newest versions individually, then everything else as "older versions" grouped together. I'll post a link to the iOS pie for comparison. Thanks Jenova20 (email) 10:15, 27 March 2017 (UTC)


Global Android version distribution as of February 2017. Android Lollipop is the most widely used version of Android, running on 32.9% of all Android devices accessing Google Play, while Android Marshmallow runs on 30.7% of devices.
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Platform usage as measured by the App Store on February 23, 2017.

  iOS 10 (79%)
  iOS 9 (16%)
  Earlier (5%)

Can we limit the Android pies to something similar? Maybe not as restrictive but trim it a little in future? Thanks Jenova20 (email) 10:22, 27 March 2017 (UTC)

@Steel -- No, these colors are equally horrible. See the basic 16 colors for what one would expect to see and what would be best:

Web_colors#HTML_color_names IF/when more than 16 colors are needed, then extra colors might be added. But the basic 16 colors are quite sufficient here. There is no need to tweak the colors too much, just have them be distinguishable.

Naki (talk) 09:34, 1 April 2017 (UTC) 
Jenova20, NO. Limiting the Android OS versions chart to just 3 colors (items) the way iOS pie chart looks is a really bad idea, so do not do that.Naki (talk) 09:34, 1 April 2017 (UTC)
Addition - OK, yes - maybe in the future when there are too many Android OS versions to show them all, the list/chart could be made shorter/simpler by combining some of those. But currently I do not think with the versions released up to now that would be any good. 09:36, 1 April 2017 (UTC)
@Naki "Maybe not as restrictive but trim it a little in future" I don't think you read my message since you replied twice and both replies are contradictory...Thanks anyway though Jenova20 (email) 08:29, 3 April 2017 (UTC)
You are welcome. Sorry, the 2 images get in the way, so I might have missed a bit of your text. Anyway, I do not think the number of colors is the matter here, but the (badly chosen) colors themselves.

Basic 16 colors provide plenty colors to choose from. And the future you/I quote is likely at least 2-3 years away, I think. P.S. Can you move both images to the right? (so they do not get in the way in the way they do now) Naki (talk) 15:09, 4 April 2017 (UTC)

Sooo..? What happens now? No one up to the task at all? :( Naki (talk) 12:13, 9 April 2017 (UTC)

Most popular operating system in the world[edit]

I'm not sure how reliable we'd class Statcounter but they're now saying Android has overtaken Windows machines in terms of internet usage. source. Thanks Jenova20 (email) 16:10, 3 April 2017 (UTC)