If you’re an Android user, you’ve probably noticed that instead of being numbered, Android operating systems tend to have sweet names like Kit-Kat, Lollipop, and Marshmallow. Android operating systems do have numbers, but they are often referred to by their sugary nicknames. I thought I’d break them down for you.
Gingerbread Android 2.3 Introduced February 2011
Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 Introduced December 2012
Jelly Bean Android 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 Introduced July 2012 – July 2013
KitKat Android 4.4 Introduced October 2013
Lollipop Android 5.0, 5.1 Introduced November 2014 – March 2015
Marshmallow Android 6.0 Introduced October 2015
Nougat Android 7.0, 7.1 Introduced August 2016 – October 2016
Don’t be worried if you’re using an older version of Android. A lot of people are. Android market share tends to be pretty fragmented. Each individual manufacturer decides if a device will be updated to a new operating system and when.
Currently, only around 1% of Android devices use Nougat. 30% use Marshmallow, 33% run on one of the versions of Lollipop, and almost 22% use KitKat. Around 10% still use Jellybean. Only about 1% of devices use Ice Cream Sandwich or Gingerbread.
Contrast that to iPhones. Since all iPhones are manufactured by Apple, all iPhones of a particular version will be eligible to upgrade at the same time. Right now 80% of iPhones are running iOS 10, 16% are using iOS 9, and only 5% are running iOS 8 or earlier.