A new Android version is intriguing, exciting, and — let’s be honest — sometimes a little perplexing. Especially nowadays, it’s all too common to see a shiny new update show up on your phone, eagerly look to see what fresh treats are in store, and then find yourself scratching your head as you struggle to see what’s different and how you should be taking advantage of whatever was delivered to your device.
There’s no denying it: Android’s evolution has grown significantly more subtle over the years. Whereas early Android updates represented massive leaps forward and near-constant reinventions of the operating system, more modern Android rollouts tend to revolve mostly around refinement and small but significant touches. It’s a sensible shift at this point in the platform’s development, but it often makes it tough to know if you’re tapping into everything Google’s latest software provides.