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Android Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide by Brian Hardy, Bill Phillips

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6Android SDK Versions and Compatibility

Now that you have gotten your feet wet with the GeoQuiz app, let’s review some background material about the different versions of Android. The information in this chapter is important to have under your belt as you continue with the book and develop more complex and realistic apps.

Android SDK Versions

Table 6.1 shows the SDK versions, the associated versions of the Android firmware, and the percentages of devices currently running them as of March 2013.

Table 6.1  Android API levels, firmware versions, and % of devices in use

API levelCodenameDevice firmware version% of devices in use
17Jelly Bean4.21.6
164.114.9
15Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)4.0.3, 4.0.428.6
13Honeycomb (released for tablets only)3.20.9
123.1.x ...

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