Android version running on your smartphone determines which apps you can download and install. As many apps are made available for download and Android version keeps getting updated you need to know if older apps run on the new Android version and vice versa. We will make it easy for you to understand which the possibilities your Android device has and which smartphones are worthwhile. Though all these functions are not available on all devices.
Android Version Determines Which Apps You Can Run
The Android Version that runs on your smartphone or tablet determines which apps you can download and install. For instance, popular apps like WhatsApp and Facebook run on older versions as well as a new version. But this is not the case with many apps and games that require a higher version. If your device does not have a higher version then the apps will simply not work on your smartphone.
Also with every new release of the Android version, it also brings along a lot of improved features related to the apps as well as security. The vulnerabilities in the older versions are removed and strong security measures put in place. It is important to keep your Android device updated with the latest Android version. In case you are using an older device which does not receive any updates as it is older than two or three years. It is advisable you replace such a device in time.
How to Check Which Android Version Do You Have?
In order to check which Android version your device is running on, follow the steps mentioned below. We will present you the most recent edition of the operating system and how the versions differ from each other.
- Go to the Settings
- Scroll down and choose “About the phone” or a similar section.
- Here you will see which software is installed on your device by going to ‘Android version’ or ‘Firmware version’.
- Press ‘System updates’ this shows you if an update is available for your device.
In the screen ‘Over the phone’ you can request further information, such as the IMEI and telephone number. The telephone number information comes handy if you have inserted a strange SIM card into the device and want to check what the number is. The model number is useful to find out whether a certain app works on your device. Every app shows which version of Android you need minimal, in Google Play Store
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