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Android OS Updates

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by The_app_main, Sep 10, 2011.

  1. The_app_main

    The_app_main Member
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    I'm new to the android community and I would like to know what happens when there is a new release of the android OS? Can any android device download and install the new OS through some type of official update? I come from the iOS stratosphere and when they update the os its available through itunes. Is there something similar for android? I know there are ways of "rooting" to new OS but I'm intersted in official updates. Thanks
     

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  2. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    Yes, when a new update is released, it is available for the phones. However, it will take some time before official updates are released for branded units compared to Google Nexus phones mainly because manufacturers will add their own customizations to the phones as well. Also, you have to install backup applications to work like iTunes, to backup your apps before you update as they will get wiped.
     
  3. The_app_main

    The_app_main Member
    Thread Starter

    Does the Samsung Galaxy Tab already have the ability to update beyond 2.2? Where do I get the update from?
     
  4. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    Does it not appear on Kies (its the software in the CD it came with).?
     
  5. The_app_main

    The_app_main Member
    Thread Starter

    I don't have the galaxy tab yet, I'm trying to figure out before I buy. Thanks
     
  6. cds0699

    cds0699 Android Expert

    It doesn't look like the 7 inch tab is updated beyond 2.2 currently. I'm not sure when/if it would be... I'd have to look into it.
     
  7. The_app_main

    The_app_main Member
    Thread Starter

    Ok thanks for the response. Please forgive my ignorance I'm still confused how I found get the update if it became possible. Would it be through Samsung or some other way?
     
  8. cds0699

    cds0699 Android Expert

    I'm not familiar with the 7 inch tab in particular, but in general how you check for updates is below...

    Settings > about phone/tablet > software update > check for software update

    The reason it doesnt work like iOS is because a lot of Android devices have different hardware, and manufacturer UI (User interface) overlaid on top. So the manufacturers get the new version, and have to work to make it compatible with each particular device. Generally takes a little time to build the new OS version so that it will work on the older devices depending on whether the hardware allows.
     
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