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Sweet Android OS Names

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 by | Filed Under: Android, I've Always Wanted To Know...


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.

~ Cynthia

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One Response to “Sweet Android OS Names”

  1. Greg says:

    Couple errors….
    “Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 Introduced December 2022″?? 2012 I am guessing?
    “Currently, only around 1% of Android devices use Nougat. 30% use Nougat, 33% run on one of the versions of Lollipop, and almost 22% use KitKat.” Confusing, 1% use Nougat yet 30% use Nougat??

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