Android is one of the most common operating system software for many types of mobile phones and handheld tablets. The operating system has been developed by a company owned by Google. Android community is spread all around the world, which includes software developers, as there are many third party companies involved in making Android applications.

Since the technology, in general, is racing with time, after time to time, a new feature is added to the Android operating systems by its original developers. All compatible, mobile phones and handheld devices need to have their system software updated to enjoy and experience the latest technological advancements in the Android world.

Android operating system for mobile phones and handheld devices was officially released on 20th September 2008. Since then, there is a range of updates and features, which have been continuously added to the Android system software. Updating Android system software is a step by step process. Officially, the latest version released, of the Android system software, is 4.0.3. This version was released on 16h December 2011.

All Android devices initially, come installed with a feature, which lets the user update the system software. The update tool in the Android operating system works in a way that it looks, with the help of the internet, for any possible updates available for the current operating system. The update tool connects to the main server of the Android operating system to download the latest version for installation on the device.

There need to be special precautions taken, before starting the update process to prevent anything from happening which can damage the system software of the device and make the device lose its core functionality. The first thing which needs to be done sure before starting the update process is to check the battery level of the device. The device should at least have more than 50 percent battery available, to power through the whole update process.

If update procedure is commenced without sufficient battery level, then there can be a possibility of the device shutting down without completing the process. This can result in some permanent damage to the software of the device. Not only that, the device can lose all its saved data by the user. The update tool can be found by going to the primary system setting menu and from that to system updates. After that, there will be an option to update the firmware of the device. The firmware is another word for system software.

After choosing the firmware update, the device will connect to the internet to check if there are any available updates for Android system software for the device which is being used. After that, if there are any software updates available then the device would automatically download the latest firmware from the main Android server. After downloading the firmware, there comes installation. That is the primary step of the whole updating process. It is always a good idea for the user to manually backup all the date stored on the device, before starting.

After the update process is complete, some of the settings might need to be restored according to the specific needs of the user. Updating your Android device safely is not a difficult task to do if all the right steps are followed.