Similar to iOS, Android regularly releases updates to its OS to enhance functions, fix bugs, and bring new features. On March 13, 2019, Google announced Android Q, the tenth major version of the Android operating system. The latest Android Q update isn’t slated to come out until August, but now people can download and install Android Q beta 5 on a Google Pixel device, including Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, or Pixel XL. Also, it is available on a range of popular Android devices from top phone-makers, such as Huawei Mate 20 Pro, LG G8, OnePlus 6T, OPPO Rena, Sony Xperia XZ3, Xiaomi Mi 9, ASUS ZenFone 5Z, and much more.
Here is the list of new features and changes that Android Q brings to the Android operation system:
- Users can swipe diagonally from either bottom corner of the screen to trigger Google Assistant.
- A system-wide Dark Mode that makes eyes more comfortable and saves battery on phones with OLED displays.
- Focus Mode allows users to keep notifications for important apps only, while turning off notifications for infrequently used apps.
- Users can choose to share location information only while the app is use, which is similar to how location permissions work on iOS.
- New app permissions that give users more control over the app’s access to photos, videos, and audio files.
- Live Caption for captioning video and audio in real-time without requiring an internet connection.
- Bubbles multitasking to keep active apps/tasks floating on-screen, espeecially for Messages and Hangouts.
- Better support for foldable phones like Huawei Mate X, Samsung Galaxy Fold.
- Sharing shortcuts allow users to jump directly into an app to share content like photo or file.
- In-app settings panel allows users to change system settings like Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity directly from apps.
- And much more…
In a word, Android Q comes with many improved features that make Android devices more desirable to use. Can’t wait to update your Android phone/tablet to the latest Android version? This write-up aims to show you how to check the version of Android OS your device is running, and how to update Android version. Read on and check out.
How to Check Your Current Android Version
Before you try to update your Android phone, you should check and see which version of Android your device is running. Android comes in many different versions on a wide variety of smartphones. The most latest version is Android 10, or Q, and older OS names and version numbers include Android 9.0 Pie, 8.0 Oreo, 7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow, 5.0 Lollipop, etc.
Here’s how to check your current Android version (the steps may have some slight variations on some versions of Android):
- On your Android phone, open Settings.
- Scroll down to the bottom and tap “About Phone”.
- Locate the Android Version, you will see the current version of your Android device.
Way 1: How to Update Android Version via System Update
Usually, you will get notifications when updates are available for your device via OTA (over-the-air). From here, you can choose the action to upgrade Android to the latest version. If you do not receive the prompt for whatever reason, you can manually update Android version using the device’s System Update or Software Update function. Follow the steps below:
- Connect your Android device to a Wi-Fi network and go to Settings.
- Scroll down and select “About Phone” or the equivalent for your device.
- Tap on “System Update” and then “Check for Update”.
- Tap “Download” or “Yes” if an update is available. The update will begin downloading to your device.
- Tap “Install Now” after the download is completed and wait while your device updates.
- After installation, your Android device will restart automatically and upgrade to the latest Android version.
Way 2: How to Update Android Version via Upgrade Package
Most manufacturers will deliver Android updates via the device’s System Update function. If you can not locate the System Update option under the Settings on your device, you can update Android version via upgrade package from manufacturer’s official website. Usually, you can find the latest system upgrade package in the Downloads section of the manufacture’s support page.
- Navigate to your Android manufacturer’s website and download the available upgrade package to your phone’s storage.
- Open the Settings app and head to “About Phone”.
- Click on “System Update”, your phone should display the available package you downloaded to your phone storage.
- Click on “Continue” to install the update. Then reboot your phone to complete the Android system update.
Way 3: How to Update Android Version via Rooting
To get the latest Android OS, you can also choose to root your Android phone. Rooting gives you absolute control over your phone and enables you to access updates when you want them. You need first download an Android rooting software to root your device. Then follow the steps below to update Android phone:
- Download and install an Android rooting software on your computer.
- Launch the program and connect your Android phone with a USB cable.
- Follow the on-screen prompts to root your device.
- Restart your device to access the latest Android system version and update it.
Bonus Tip: Make Backup before Upgrading Android Version
Before we get into the process of Android system update, it is always a good idea to back up your Android phone/tablet in case something goes wrong with the update. You cam simply connect your Android device to a computer and save important photos, videos or music files. For backing up contacts and text messages, we recommend you try Fucosoft Android Data Recovery. This third-party tool comes with a feature – Android Data Backup & Restore, which lets you to selectively back up contacts, messages, call logs, photos, videos, audios and documents. Plus, you are allowed to set a password for protecting your backup.
- Download, install and launch Fucosoft Android Data Recovery, then choose the “Android Data Backup & Restore” option.
- Connect your Android phone or tablet to your computer using a USB cable and wait the program to detect it.
- After that, choose “Device Data Backup” or “One-click Backup” option to back up your Android data to your computer.
Updating an Android phone is really simple and straightforward, you can done it by follow the steps above. The instructions in this article can be applied to all Android phone, including Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, OPPO, OnePlus, etc. If unfortunately, you lost important data during the upgrade, you can also rely on Fucosoft Android Data Recovery to get your lost data back. This tool can help you recover deleted photos & videos on Android, as well as contacts, text messages, WhatsApp, and more data.
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