Android Systems and Names

Mike

Senior Member
Location
London
These are all very confusing to me, I need to get a new
Tablet, a small one only for reading books mainly plus
a little surfing, but I don't know what I want as an O.S.

Marshmallow, Popcorn, Nougat, Lollipop, Jelly Bean, plus
others have numbers, these I can understand, the higher
the number the later the system production.

Do any of you know the difference or the numbers of these
named versions?

Thank you

Mike.
 

Ken N Tx

Older than Dirt !
Location
Texas
I would say android is the most popular..I bought a 10 inch tablet for playing games and surf..

$100 from Amazon
 

macgeek

Member
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_history

Any before Oreo seems to no longer be supported or updated if I'm reading this correctly. I'm running Oreo (8.1.0) on my phone which works great and still is being supported/updated with security fixes as needed.

looks like your options are: Oreo, Pie, Android 10. The ones in red in the chart are no longer being supported or updated.
 

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Nathan

Member
These are all very confusing to me, I need to get a new
Tablet, a small one only for reading books mainly plus
a little surfing, but I don't know what I want as an O.S.

Marshmallow, Popcorn, Nougat, Lollipop, Jelly Bean, plus
others have numbers, these I can understand, the higher
the number the later the system production.

Do any of you know the difference or the numbers of these
named versions?

Thank you

Mike.
As Mcgeek mentioned, Android versions prior to Oreo(highlighted in red)are no longer supported, and thus potentially not secure. I am very disappointed in Android tablets, some have decent hardware(processor,RAM, storage,graphics) but most come BRAND NEW with out-of-date Android versions, and will likely never receive upgrade from the manufacturer. I think the developers are more focused on the cellphone market, which is faster moving and more profitable than tablets.
I bought my wife a 10.1" tablet, this one from Amazon. It's running Android 8.1, which is adequate I guess, I was hoping for 9.0(Pie) but no dice.
It would be a good candidate to run Kindle on, but my wife won't use an e-reader.
 

Mike

Senior Member
Location
London
Original Poster
Thank you for your replies, they are all helpful
and instructive.

I bought a 10" tablet a couple of years ago that
has Windows 10 on it, but it want a small one now.

I will let you know when I get one, what it is running.

Mike.
 

Rosemarie

Well-known Member
Location
England
Keep us updated, Mike, as I need a new tablet. I started off with a little Busby which I really liked but they seem to be obsolete now. The one I'm using is a Lenovo and I don't like it at all.
 

Mike

Senior Member
Location
London
Original Poster
I bought a Samsung Galaxy SM-T290 Tablet,
running Android 9, cost £100 with 1 penny
change!

Seems to be OK, but the setting up was a bit
of a nightmare as my hub decided to act up,
it took me from yesterday trying untill this AM
to get it working, I did sleep through the night
though.

I made a mistake with the password, I made it too
long as every time you want to use it you need the
password and while setting it up and the screen
went dark I had to use the password again, so if
you ever get a samsung, just use the pin, it is only
4 numbers long

It is running fine just now.

Mike.
 

MarkinPhx

Senior Member
Location
Phoenix
As Mcgeek mentioned, Android versions prior to Oreo(highlighted in red)are no longer supported, and thus potentially not secure. I am very disappointed in Android tablets, some have decent hardware(processor,RAM, storage,graphics) but most come BRAND NEW with out-of-date Android versions, and will likely never receive upgrade from the manufacturer. I think the developers are more focused on the cellphone market, which is faster moving and more profitable than tablets.
I bought my wife a 10.1" tablet, this one from Amazon. It's running Android 8.1, which is adequate I guess, I was hoping for 9.0(Pie) but no dice.
It would be a good candidate to run Kindle on, but my wife won't use an e-reader.
I just bought the latest Amazon tablet and sideloaded the Android market onto it so I could run some of my favorite Android apps on it (some are not available on Amazon store). The apps don't run as fast as they do on my phone but serves the purpose I was looking for from the Amazon tablet.
 

WhatInThe

Well-known Member
I'm supposed to have unlimited data with my new android tablet and it's one of the most glitchy hard to figure out systems I have ever used. There's too many functions that would be a few click of a cabled mouse that are triple the amount of screens to change/alter settings. These are not user friendly devices. Then I was told don't even download security from the tablet or google store. That bad?
 

Mike

Senior Member
Location
London
Original Poster
WhatInThe, you can disable the apps that
you don't want.

Go to settings, then Apps and look at them
to see if you will ever use them, if you force
stop it will start again if you need it as the icon
stays where it is, you can remove/uninstal some,
though not all, others you can disable, those are
your three options.

I don't think that you can stop any critical ones.

Mike.
 

Camper6

Well-known Member
These are all very confusing to me, I need to get a new
Tablet, a small one only for reading books mainly plus
a little surfing, but I don't know what I want as an O.S.

Marshmallow, Popcorn, Nougat, Lollipop, Jelly Bean, plus
others have numbers, these I can understand, the higher
the number the later the system production.

Do any of you know the difference or the numbers of these
named versions?

Thank you

Mike.
Tv
These are all very confusing to me, I need to get a new
Tablet, a small one only for reading books mainly plus
a little surfing, but I don't know what I want as an O.S.

Marshmallow, Popcorn, Nougat, Lollipop, Jelly Bean, plus
others have numbers, these I can understand, the higher
the number the later the system production.

Do any of you know the difference or the numbers of these
named versions?

Thank you

Mike.
If I was buying a tablet for reading books my first choice would be a Kindle reader. It's the closest to a real book. You can read it outdoors. The battery lasts a long time and they offer thousands of books. I don't have one but a tenant here showed me his.
 

WhatInThe

Well-known Member
WhatInThe, you can disable the apps that
you don't want.

Go to settings, then Apps and look at them
to see if you will ever use them, if you force
stop it will start again if you need it as the icon
stays where it is, you can remove/uninstal some,
though not all, others you can disable, those are
your three options.

I don't think that you can stop any critical ones.

Mike.
One of the issues I'm having are with the chrome settings. The predictive typing is killing me. I can't disable it. I 'ok' don't show this but it doesn't work only erasing one session and it's back the next day.
 


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