Security patches for Android are delivered monthly, while full-blown Android updates are released annually in August. Devices that run stock Android (such as Google Pixel, Motorola and Nokia phones) will typically get these updates first, while others may have a several-month wait for them to arrive. This is because both the phone maker and the network operator must first prep them for any software customisations they have made.

Android updates are usually pushed out over the air, which means you should get a notification when they are available. But if you’ve missed the notification or haven’t had one for a while it’s also worth manually checking for updates.

The best way to check whether a software update is available on an Android phone or tablet is to go to Settings > System > System Update, then click ‘Check for Update’. If an update is available you’ll first be prompted to download it (make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi), and then to install it now, overnight or later. A restart will be required to apply the update.

Manufacturers will typically support high-end Androids for a couple of years after release, but cheaper models may not be supported for this long, if at all. It’s for this reason that there is so much fragmentation in the Android market, as we’ll outline below.

If you can update your Android phone or tablet then you absolutely should. Keeping Android up to date is critical for ensuring the latest security patches are installed and that you have access to the best new features.

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Android Device Fragmentation





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