Nancy from Michigan writes:
I bought a 16G tablet for my son and one for my husband, for Christmas. They both run Android KitKat 4.4. I was told this is the latest version of Android, is that true? I’ve been using MS for years and know nothing about Android. Will they be able to update these tablets, please? Thanks for your time.
Nancy – KitKat will be the most current operating system available for most tablets right now. Android 5.0 Lollipop is available on Nexus 9 tablets and some Android phones have the update, while others will get it later in 2015.
As far as your tablets, it’s going to depend on the manufacturer. Android differs from an iPad or Windows device.. When a new update comes out, it’s available for everyone to upgrade at the same time (assuming their tablet meets the hardware requirements for the update.) Each Android device is just a little bit different. The update must be customized for the tablet by the manufacturer.
To check for an update, you’ll need to go to Settings. That’s usually an icon that looks like a gear, but it depends on the device.
Find “About Device.”
Look for Software updates. If an upgrade to Lollipop is available you’ll find it there.
You can also visit the manufacturer’s site to check for update information. Still, it could be several month before an update is available for your particular tablet. If there’s not an update to Lollipop, I wouldn’t worry. Your tablet should work fine with KitKat for quite a while to come.