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Android is an open source, Linux based operating system for smartphones. Original creators of the operating system, Android Inc. were acquired by Google in 2005. In 2008, the HTC Dream (Also known as the T-Mobile G1) was released as the first phone running Android OS. Android features a home screen with multiple pages which can have widgets or application shortcuts added. With many manufacturers building Android powered handsets and being supported by carriers all over the world, Android is one of the most popular and widely used smartphone operating systems. Read on for the latest Android news, reviews and videos:

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    You ever get the feeling that OnePlus can't catch a break? Despite the strong reception its One handset has found, a storm cloud of issues has followed the phone since its release, with complicated invites or pre-order-based sales leading the charge. This past week, though, things had been looking up. We just told you about this great Black Friday sales opportunity, and a few days back got word that OnePlus had recruited Amazon to help out with sales in India. Unfortunately, that latter development has hit a major roadblock, as today OnePlus shares some bad news about CyanogenMod, India, ...

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    A few months back we first started hearing about Samsung's Galaxy A-series of smartphones, models that would build off the design of the Galaxy Alpha while offering some new hardware configurations. It looked like we'd see three such handsets arrive, the Galaxy A3, A5, and A7, but when Samsung finally got around to launching them right at the end of October, only the A3 and the A5 made the docket. Where was the A7? We've still yet to get official word on the phone's fate, but it sure looks like Samsung's moving forward with the model, as this week its certification paperwork surfaces at ...

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    There's a lot to like about the HTC Nexus 9, from its stock Android software experience, to its high-end silicon, but one thing that's managed to put a damper on the tablet's reception has been its questionable build quality. That include issues with things like a loose, flexible back panel, light bleed around the LCD, and hardware power and volume buttons so low-profile that finding and pushing them can be a chore. But if you've yet to pick up a Nexus 9, there could be better news waiting for you, as evidence turns up that suggests HTC may have managed to resolve (or at least improve ...

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    Samsung's selling a boatload of smartphones – that much, nobody's debating – but is it selling as many as it could be? Or better yet, as many as it should be, given its resources and brand history? The numbers suggest “maybe not,” and that Samsung needs some new strategies if it wants to stay competitive in a market where resting on your laurels isn't an option. Earlier this week we looked at rumors that Samsung's response to this slump could include some major staffing shake-ups at the management level, maybe even bringing down co-CEO J.K. Shin. Now, a new report attempts to offer ...

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    Google wouldn't be the first company that sells its products before its accessories are available, but given the level of demand for the Nexus 6, it is the most notorious. The biggest problem about buying Android smartphones is that the selection is so vast; it can be a challenge to find good accessories for them on launch date. Still, just as Google indulged Nexus 9 owners with the Folio keyboard case that it had teased weeks ago, the same goes for the Nexus 6. Google has just launched the Stand Folio Case that it had announced along with the Nexus 6 more than three weeks ago. If you ...

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    Need something to be thankful about this Thanksgiving? If you've bought an NVIDIA product recently, the sweet treat you may be about to receive will fit the bill. A first for LTE tablets, the SHIELD Tablet LTE Lollipop update has begun its rollout right before Turkey Day. In case you don't recall, the SHIELD Tablet runs a nearly-stock build of Android, with a few NVIDIA improvements sprinkled in here and there. The update brings with it an enhanced version of the Dabbler drawing application, and there's still NVIDIA's GRID, free for the device until June 30, 2015. As far as we can tell, ...

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    The OnePlus One is one of the most highly acclaimed smartphones of the year, not just because of its specs, but because you don't have to pay an arm and a leg to get one. Its only problem doesn't have anything to do with the hardware really, but mainly to do with its parent company as it continues to struggle in getting phones to its customers through invitations. We recently learned that you can get one through Amazon as long as you live in India, but now other customers are in for some luck. Believe it or not, while the rest of us still ask ourselves why the invitation system exists, ...

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    Back all the way at the beginning of the year we saw HP launch a pair of voice-enabled tablets, the Slate 6 and 7 Voice Tab. Well, at the time they seemed like tablets, but with the iPhone 6 Plus and Nexus 6 that have landed since, maybe they're more phablety than we gave them credit for. However you classify them, HP is moving forward with its next generation of hardware, and this week we see the Slate 6 Voice Tab II get ready to land in India. So what's new here? Not a heck of a lot, by the look of things. We've got that same six-inch 720p display, same 16GB of internal storage, and ...

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    Samsung's Gear VR for the Galaxy Note 4 is nearly here, with US sales set to begin as we move into December. For Note 4 owners interested in picking up the accessory, a whole new world of virtual experiences awaits them, but what about the rest of us? Will Samsung ever have another VR product that's maybe not so closely tied to an already expensive phablet? That could well be a possibility, as Oculus VR's co-founder talks a little about what's next for the company's collaboration with Samsung. Oculus VR may be best known for its Oculus headset (which is rapidly approaching a commercial ...

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    OEMs are still hard at work to bring Android 5.0 Lollipop to existing flagship handsets. We already know that HTC is a few weeks away from sharing some love with us all, and we've already seen OEMs like Motorola beat Google to the punch in some cases. That said, we know that the Android space is full of Samsung Galaxy smartphones, and if you're sporting a Galaxy S5, you might be in luck. An early build of Android 5.0 Lollipop was recently leaked at XDA-Developers, and the ROM is actually fully flashable if you don't mind voiding your warranty and exploring bugs here and there. Sadly the ...

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    How closely do you pay attention to the permissions your apps request? If you're dealing with software from a developer you're not familiar with, maybe you'll give them a close look, making sure the app's not overtly up to anything shady, but do you put apps from major companies under the same magnifying glass? Twitter's in the news today because of some new behavior coming to its app on both Android and iOS, wherein it looks beyond its own borders to check out what other programs you have running on your phone. Why the heck is an app like Twitter doing something like that, and should you ...

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    The Desire family of smartphones may often take the backseat to HTC's flagship One M8, but while the M8 is well into middle age by this point (what can we say; time moves fast for smartphones), the manufacturer has been keeping things fresh with release after release in the Desire line. This season that's brought us models like the Desire Eye, and a little earlier in the year we saw the debut of the Desire 610. Now it may nearly be time for the latter to welcome a new sibling, as a leak attempts to reveal the Desire 620. The original source has pulled its post on the phone since these pics ...

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    How often do we find ourselves complaining about how all smartphones look the same these days? That far too many are cookie-cutter copies of an uninspiring design? And won't someone come to rescue us from this chain of phone after phone with the same basic look? Well, at lease one German manufacturer has its eyes on smartphones that deviate from the pack, and this week Linshof shares some info about its i8 Android, a handset with some solid hardware, a nice price, and an eye-catching look. With its clipped corners, the Linshof i8 finds itself rocking an octagonal look that's a bit ...

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    At nine inches on the diagonal, the Nexus 9 isn't far from a full-sized laptop as far as screen size goes, so being productive on the device isn't entirely the pipe dream it sounds like. With a software keyboard, though, that can quickly get tiring, and the best remedy for that issue is to purchase an external keyboard. What better input accessory, then, than Google's own Nexus 9 keyboard folio case, considering it's now available on Google Play? The case can fold into two separate angles, one optimal for typing and the other for using the tablet itself. It connects to the Nexus 9 via ...

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    We knew this day was coming. Ever since we heard of the worrying sales numbers, it was pretty certain to us that a discount was on the way for the phone we called "the right phone at the wrong price" in our full review. That deal is finally now official, the Amazon Fire Phone price cut dropping the device to just $199.99 off contract for the 32GB model. The model at this price has no link to AT&T, not in the branding or anywhere else. It's just a pure, GSM, unlocked smartphone that you can take to almost any carrier in the United States save for Verizon and Sprint. As for whether ...

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