Since Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean are 25% of the active Android devices out there, but Gingerbread is still over 50% of the active devices, it occurs to me that instructions for changing settings may look very different to people with different devices. Sure, this was a problem before, but it's more pronounced now.

Anyway, my suggestion is that if you're including instructions to someone on how to change a setting in the OS or in an app, include the version of the OS (and app) you're using as a note in your answer.

Yes, I can envision having two separate answers saying virtually the same thing, the only difference being the OS version being referenced, but I don't think that's a bad thing. It's probably better than having nearly-but-not-quite duplicate questions, different only by the OS version.

  • I think this is a pretty fair point. Settings are quite different between versions of Android. Or even between different skins (Motoblur, Sense, etc.)
    – Bryan Denny Mod
    Commented Oct 9, 2012 at 18:03

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Alternatively, perhaps we should revisit the "don't include OS-specific tags unless it truly is specific to the OS" rule. Arqade works that way, insisting that you include a platform-specific tag if you're discussing a game that exists on multiple platforms.

  • I'd say if there's a question about Android System settings, that should be sufficient to include a version tag. For other things it's at least worth mentioning the Android version, as e.g. a certain misbehaviour could be version specific.
    – Izzy Mod
    Commented Oct 9, 2012 at 20:26
  • I'm not quite sure if this is the same as what you're saying, but Arqade only includes the platform-specific tag if the platform is relevant. Most questions apply across platforms. Commented Oct 10, 2012 at 18:50

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