Android Lifecycle: End Of Life And Support Status

Last updated on October 26, 2023

Android is a mobile operating system based on a modified version of the Linux kernel. It is being used on mobile phones, tablets, and many other devices that are touch-screen, since this OS was designed for such devices.

Major Android updates are released in the second half of each year that include new features and support, while minor updates are released monthly which include security patches.

Support status guide

End of life (EOL) is the end of a product’s useful life. When a product reaches the end of its life cycle, the manufacturer no longer supports it. The following table explains the different phases of a product’s lifecycle. Testing status is when the product is initially released and EOL is when product support is no longer offered. The time between these two points is the support timeframe.


The software is not yet publicly available. It is in testing phase i.e., alpha, beta, release preview etc.


The software is actively supported by the vendor.

Phasing Out

The software will soon reach its end of life. You need to look for upgrade or migration options. The software will automatically go into phasing out status 2 months before end of life.

End Of Life

The software is no longer supported by the vendor. You need to make sure your system and environment are safe.



Security Support

Android 14 (Upside Down Cake)
1 month and 3 weeks ago
(4 October 2023)
Android 13 (Tiramisu)
1 year and 3 months ago
(15 August 2022)
Android 12.1 (Snow Cone v2)
1 year and 8 months ago
(7 March 2022)
Android 12 (Snow Cone)
2 years and 1 month ago
(4 October 2021)
Android 11 (Red Velvet Cake)
3 years and 2 months ago
(8 September 2020)
Android 10 (Queen Cake)
4 years and 2 months ago
(3 September 2019)
Ended 8 months and 3 weeks ago
(6 March 2023)
Android 9 (Pie)
5 years and 3 months ago
(6 August 2018)
Not Supported
Android 8.1 (Oreo)
5 years and 11 months ago
(5 December 2017)
Not Supported
Android 8.0 (Oreo)
6 years and 3 months ago
(21 August 2017)
Not Supported
Android 7 (Nougat)
7 years and 3 months ago
(22 August 2016)
Not Supported
Android 6 (Marshmallow)
8 years and 1 month ago
(5 October 2015)
Not Supported
Android 5 (Lollipop)
9 years and 2 weeks ago
(12 November 2014)
Not Supported
Android 4.4 (KitKat)
10 years and 4 weeks ago
(31 October 2013)
Not Supported
Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
11 years and 4 months ago
(9 July 2012)
Not Supported
Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
12 years and 1 month ago
(18 October 2011)
Not Supported
Android 3 (Honeycomb)
12 years and 9 months ago
(22 February 2011)
Not Supported
Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
12 years and 11 months ago
(6 December 2010)
Not Supported
Android 2.2 (Froyo)
13 years and 6 months ago
(20 May 2010)
Not Supported
Android 2.0 (Eclair)
14 years and 1 month ago
(26 October 2009)
Not Supported
Android 1.6 (Donut)
14 years and 2 months ago
(15 September 2009)
Not Supported
Android 1.5 (Cupcake)
14 years and 7 months ago
(27 April 2009)
Not Supported
Android 1.1 (Petit Four)
14 years and 9 months ago
(9 February 2009)
Not Supported
Android 1.0
15 years and 2 months ago
(23 September 2008)
Not Supported

Work on developing the Android operating system began in 2003 by Android Inc. However, before it could make a public appearance, Android Inc. was purchased by Google in 2005. The first beta release of Android did not come out till 2007, and a stable version of Android 1.0 was released in 2008.

Up until Android version 9, the project manager decided to name the Android versions based on confectionary items, hence the names “Cupcake” and “Eclair” were used. But later, Google switched to a numerical ordering approach to make things easier and more understandable.

Android is the dominant shareholder of the mobile phone operating system and has been since 2012, followed by iOS.