Android history and review part 2 – Android 4.0 and higher.

Hi again,

It’s time for the second instalment of the Android-x86 review and history! If you haven’t seen the first part, head here first. This time, we’ll be looking at Android 4.0 and higher. This might become a 3 part series, but I feel like by the time you get to Android 5, you’re at pretty modern versions of Android, so it’s not so much history any more :). Let me know what you think; if you like these posts and/or want me to look at newer Android versions, please comment below to let me know. Without further ado:

Android 4.0 – A step up from 3.x

This version worked (I think) on phones as well as tablets, unlike 3.x. From what I remember, it’s somewhat similar to 3.x, but at the same time, large parts were changed, probably to make it work on mobiles. We’ll see if I remembered right I suppose :P.

It was more similar to 3.x than I thought! I guess I never used this version. More interesting that I thought it’d be.

Android 4.4 – The same but different

I was thinking this one might be samey, but it definitely isn’t. Live wallpapers still didn’t work :(.

This is what I remembered Android 4 being like, probably because I once ran this version. Granted, I did run it on a cheap Chinese tablet with a single-core 1 GHz CPU and 30 minutes of battery life, but nevertheless, it ran, and it actually ran quite well!

Android 5.1 – The beginning of a new era!, or something.

Well, it WAS new, and then as far as I can tell, they scrapped a lot of it. Once we get to Android 6, it’s pretty similar to the newer versions (not sure about Android 8.x mind). This is probably the last I’ll review, unless you comment to say you want more 🙂

I found this very interesting, especially because the theme wasn’t quite working :P. Joking aside, I remember Android 5.x being hyped a lot, but I never got it working on my tablet, so it’s nice to finally see it. I think it’s quite nice despite what some people say about it.


Android is cool, much cooler than I thought! I was thinking Android 4.0 and higher got a bit boring, but not so. I always thought it was fairly rubbish because of security and google things until I switched to an android phone last year. I put my iPhone through the wash, and didn’t want to pay for a new one – not impressed with the value. If there’s demand, I might do a third instalment in this series with newer version of Android, so let me know if you want that 🙂

That’s it from me for now, but stay tuned!


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About Hamish McIntyre-Bhatty

I'm a self-employed software developer working on Free Software projects, as well as studying for my degree with the Open University. Being pedantic when it comes to detail is fortunately useful for both of these things! A strong believer in free software, I have a few pay-for programs available under the GPLv3 and enjoy reporting bugs and helping to improve various open source projects, including volunteering at Wimborne Model Town to work on their river control system.

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