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Update Android Version
April 2, 2017
4:01 pm
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Alice J W Anderson
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Dear Geeks,

I have either a question or show topic, as you see fit.  How do I update my Android version?

I have a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1 that is several years old.  Occasionally when I try to load an app from the Play Store I’ll get a message that says “this app won’t work with your device” or sometimes “this app won’t work with your operating system” or something similar.  These are mainstream apps, like Google Calendar so it seems like I am being left in the Android version of DOS 3.0. 

 So I looked up my device’s version, which is 4.0.4.    Google tells me the latest Android version is 6 or soon to be 7.  My tablet is WiFi only, so no provider like Verizon is going to push it out to me.  How do I update its version?  Under about device I click on software update, but after a short period I just get a message “No updates available”.

 Thanks,

Alice

April 4, 2017
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That’s a great question, Alice.

Generally speaking, you don’t have much choice in updating Android versions. You can “root” the device, download updates, and install, but we don’t normally recommend it. 

There are two main reasons for updates; to increase or enhance functionality and to fix bugs. 

Your older hardware needs to be compatible with the updated software (Android OS). Technology is changing all the time. The new OS may not function properly because it is designed for new devices.

New stuff works best with new stuff.

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April 5, 2017
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Thanks Jim.  Looks like time to go shopping.

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