As all of you smart phone users out there surely know by now, Android is an open source operating system, that now can be found powering more than 50% of the total number of smart devices out there. You may also know that the first version of Android to be found on a mobile device was called Android 1.5 Donut and that the current one is known as Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. While we are now waiting nervously for the Android 4.0 ICS update to come to our devices, Google has already leaked the name of the following addition to the OS lineup as Android Jelly Bean.

With all of these numbers out there, you may eventually need a way to tell what Android version is your device running, and this is exactly the goal of this article. The easiest way to find what version of Android you are running is to visit a website which has the specs of your device, but thanks to the ever increasing number of rooted devices out there you might eventually need even more information about the operating system.

And this is where this guide comes in handy. The easiest way to find out every little bit of information about your Android OS is to browse through the settings menu and see what the nice and friendly software has to offer.

To find out all this information, all you need to do is follow these very simple steps:

Tap on the menu button on your device. A big number of options should now appear on the bottom part of the screen.

Press the Settings button from that list. Now a long scrollable list will appear and it will contain the Wi-Fi settings, Security settings, Sound settings and so on.

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We are interested in the last entry in that list, the one named About Phone. This is the entry that allows you to see various hardware and software numbers of your phone. These numbers show a variety of different facts about your particular device such as the Android version, Baseband version, Kernel version, Build number and even the Software number. This is the place you will find all that you will ever need as far as the software of your device is concerned.

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Mind you that from here on you can encounter many different interpretations of the software or hardware information, so in order to find out what you need you may need to tap on the Status entry or on the Software Information in case of HTC Devices.

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