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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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    The MWC 2015 announcements show no signs of stopping. After yesterday's massive unveils of the HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6, other players are ready to keep the news flowing throughout the trade show. Two new smartphones have just been announced by the owner of Motorola (Lenovo, of course), one of them the Lenovo A7000 and the other the Lenovo Vibe Shot – which we covered extensively in a separate post. Let's go over the first new smartphone announcement from today. Lenovo calls the A7000 a smartphone that's "built for entertainment on a budget." It's the first phone to come with ...

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    Around these parts (especially around this MWC timeframe), we're very used to seeing traditional smartphones launch, meaning the main point of the device is communication. But every so often, a device manufacturer decides to take a different approach in the creation of a phone, and what results usually turns into either a runaway success or a dead-on-arrival type scenario. The newest smartphone that finds itself in one of these situations is the Lenovo Vibe Shot, a device that its OEM touts as being for "those who want a phone that looks and feels like a camera." The company goes on to ...

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    We weren't expecting much from Sony on the smartphone front from MWC 2015 – given that the Xperia Z4 doesn't look to be launching here, and that's pretty much all that's been on our immediate radar as of late – but the company has gone ahead and surprised us a bit with the unveiling of the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua through a press release from Barcelona. Let's have a look at the device below. The smartphone is what Sony itself calls a mid-ranger, though the company does go on to state that the phone "sets the new mid-range standard" with its innovative features. There's a 13MP rear-facing ...

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    The announcements out of MWC in Barcelona are reaching a nonsensical level at this point, with HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6 out of the way now, and Microsoft set to make its big reveal in just about an hour. Sony has taken this moment of a lull of sorts to reveal two new devices, one of them being its next flagship tablet. Meet the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet, official as of right now. Sony says that the Z4 Tablet represents the perfection of mobile entertainment. There's a bright 2K 10.1-inch display, as well as industry-leading battery life, and it's all rounded out by the powerful ...

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    Did you know that MWC doesn't technically get started until tomorrow, March 2? If you've been following today's news, that's going to seem like crazy talk to you, but manufacturers just can't wait until Monday to share word of all their new products with you, leading to today's flood of early announcements. We got to see a lot of hot new hardware, including some of what promises to be the biggest smartphones of the season, and we're only getting started. Let's take a look at everything Sunday's MWC launches had to offer us: HTC beat Samsung to the flagship-launch punch with the ...

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    Is Samsung's new Galaxy S6 an iPhone wannabe? Look at its super-thin design and gracefully curved edges, and it's very easy to see it as taking a huge page from Apple's design playbook. But dismissing it as a copycat would be woefully unfair, as Samsung has done a ton with the GS6 to help distinguish it not just from previous Galaxy S-series smartphones, but also the rest of the smartphone landscape out there. Need a little more convincing? At MWC 2015 today we put both Samsung's and Apple's latest flagships head-to-head. Dropping the expandable storage and replaceable battery of the ...

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    Samsung may have surprised you today by unveiling not one, but two smartphones as its flagships for the year. The very subtle differences in design (as opposed to the differences between the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge) have led many to believe that the two are, in essence, the exact same smartphone, just with slightly varying designs. As it turns out, the contrast between the two phones is a bit more enunciated than that – let our Samsung Galaxy S6 vs S6 Edge comparison video from MWC 2015 video do the explaining. Our full impressions of the differences between the two smartphones will ...

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    Your first chance to use Samsung's Galaxy S6 for yourself is coming soon, but until the Android powerhouse descends upon stores, we tracked down the phone at MWC 2015 to give you an early taste of what to expect. While we've seen the GS6 leaked six ways from Sunday (no pun intended), there's something about actually picking the handset up for the first time that instantly makes it seem so much more real - and considering the refined design and super-thin construction that define the phone's hardware, that first impression is a memorable one. If Samsung's love for plastics drove you to ...

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    It's nighttime in Barcelona right now, giving us a bit of much-appreciated breathing room to collect ourselves after today's whirlwind launches, and pay some attention to a few of the less spotlight-grabbing announcements from the day. Lenovo may not be bringing any products that are as hotly anticipated as those new flagships from Samsung and HTC, but it's still got quite a few new models that could well be worth your attention. Today, the name of the game was “tablets,” and Lenovo brought three new models to show off, the Android Lenovo Tab 2 A8 and A10-70, and the Windows-running ...

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    The Huawei Watch isn't the only new wearable the manufacturer is introducing at MWC this year - far from it, as it turns out. Last year at MWC 2014 Huawei introduced its TalkBand B1, and now it's following that up with the TalkBand B2 and TalkBand N1 hybrid Bluetooth headset/fitness trackers. If the TalkBand B2 (below) is a fitness tracker that doubles as a Bluetooth headset, the N1 stands that dual-mode operation on its head, coming off more as a Bluetooth headset with activity tracking abilities. The B2 bracelet's 0.73-inch touchscreen display pops out to become a Bluetooth earpiece, or ...

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    Late last week we caught a glimpse of Huawei's newest wearable in the Barcelona airport, ahead of its MWC launch. The round-screened smartwatch looked quite sharp and ran Android Wear, but that's all we could suss out at the time. Well, now it's finally time for the smartwatch to go official, and we're getting the full scoop on the Huawei Watch, complete with all those juicy technical specs. The most interesting thing about the Watch's 1.4-inch circular display may be its 400 x 400 resolution, making it quite a bit higher-res than competition like the 320 x 290 Moto 360 or the 320 x 320 LG ...

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    The first of Alcatel Onetouch's MWC 2015 launches are upon us, as the company introduces the Idol 3 - or Idol 3s, as it were, since we're looking at not one, but two new handsets: a 4.7-inch and a 5.5-inch model. No matter which phone you choose, you're going to end up with an affordable handset sporting some solid specs - a little more mid-range for the 4.7-inch Idol 3, and maybe a lower-high-end configuration for the larger phone. Either way you go you've got Android 5.0 Lollipop (with some minimal skinning), and stereo front-firing speakers, which allow the phones to be used either ...

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    Samsung announced its acquisition of LoopPay last month, a company with some interesting mobile payment tech. At the time we wondered whether some of that LoopPay magic would find itself into the Galaxy S6 in time for launch, and today in Barcelona, Samsung confirmed that it very much did, introducing Samsung Pay for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Samsung Pay intends to give users more mobile payment options than maybe any other system out there, combining the ability to conduct transactions over Magnetic Secure Transmission technology. The key difference there is that MST emulates a ...

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    The Galaxy S6 is here! While we wait on the rollout of the smartphone to begin on April 10, we have until then to start learning about which carriers will support the smartphone (and its S6 Edge companion) on their networks, and which won't. Today, (most of) the major US carriers have announced their intent to carry the device. AT&T kicks off the announcements by letting us know that both the S6 Edge and S6 will be available on its network, in both carrier stores and online. It has set up a landing page which is the first source link below; there you can register your interest in the ...

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    The next curved-screen Samsung smartphone is here, arriving arm-in-arm with the Galaxy S6. Much like the relationship we saw between the Galaxy Note 4 and the Note Edge, the GS6 and GS6 Edge share the bulk of their hardware - but not everything. We just went over with you the finer points of the Galaxy S6, and now we turn our magnifying glass on the phone's edge variant, looking at places like battery capacity where the Galaxy S6 Edge decides to do things a little differently. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge specs [table] Component,Description Screen size,5.1 inches Screen type,Super AMOLED ...

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    Virtual reality seems to be one of the buzzwords floating around MWC 2015 this year. Just after HTC unveiled its Vive virtual reality headset made in conjunction with Valve, Samsung has debuted a new Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition made in partnership with Oculus for the newly-announced Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. The new Gear VR is meant for "extraordinary entertainment," letting its users work with high-quality content easily. And the device itself is way nicer to wear, improving its comfort level with better ergonomics. Rounding out the list of changes, the new virtual reality headset ...

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    Samsung's Unpacked MWC event is just wrapping up, introducing us to the company's hottest new hardware. And to the surprise of no one at all, that means getting our first (official) shot at seeing the Galaxy S6. Expectations for the flagship couldn't be higher, and Samsung intends to deliver with some cutting-edge specs. Here's exactly what you can look forward to: Samsung Galaxy S6 specs [table] Component,Description Screen size,5.1 inches Screen type,Super AMOLED Resolution,2560x1440 (Quad HD) Pixel density,577 ppi SoC,Exynos 7 Octa Type,Octa-core Speed,Quad 2.1GHz + Quad 1.5Ghz ...

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    This year at MWC, Samsung undertook something big: rather than giving us one new flagship, it has two. In addition to the regular Galaxy S6, we're seeing the next generation of its curved-screen designs as it unveils the Galaxy S6 Edge. While the Note Edge sent its curve over just one of the phone's sides, the S6 Edge spills over both of its screen's long edges, making it even easier to see at a glance. The Galaxy S6 Edge is in many ways the same phone as its flat-screened namesake, but branches out in a few key areas. Its 5.1-inch quad HD OLED display stretches onto two sides, obviously, ...

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    Samsung's 2015 flagship is here. Today, we've seen the Samsung Galaxy S6 announced finally, the newest in the line of Galaxy S smartphones from the South Korean OEM. It has just gone official at Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked press event in Barcelona, Spain. Here are all the details. The S6 is entirely crafted out of metal and glass, a stark contrast to its predecessors, which mainly chose plastic as their material of choice. It comes with Gorilla Glass 4 with a Quad HD Super AMOLED display, and in a variety of colors, and overall looks much better (according to Samsung) than the company's ...

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    HTC's leading off the big MWC 2015 announcements with its One M9, just made official at the company's press event. Over the past few weeks we've looked at a number of conflicting theories on what the phone would bring us, so if you found yourself getting too attached to one of the concept designs that failed to pan out, today's news might seem like a bit of a let-down. That needn't be the case, because the One M9 HTC ultimately delivered turns out to be a pretty capable-sounding powerhouse in its own right. Let's take a look at just what went into building this handset: HTC One M9 specs ...

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    The time has come, folks. After months of anticipation and lead-up, one of the biggest (if not the biggest) launches in mobile technology for the year is about to go down. The Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event in Barcelona is just about getting filled up by members of the press – including some from this very website – and the festivities are just about ready to begin. So strap in, and join us for the ride through this Samsung Galaxy S6 event live stream! Just as a recap, we're expecting the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S6 as well as the Galaxy S6 Edge, and our own Joe Levi has given us ...

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    A new age of smartphones is upon us. HTC has just announced the new One M9, and Samsung is set to go official with its Galaxy S6 within another few hours, which means that carriers have plenty of new smartphones to take care of and sell, and that these companies will begin announcing plans to carry these new devices very soon. The HTC One M9 carrier availability announcements have been kicked off today by AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. AT&T only goes as far as to announce its intent to carry the device, simply stating that it's "coming soon." It has set up a landing page for the ...

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    One element that was relatively absent in smartwatch design in 2014 was design (save for some obvious exclusions such as the Moto 360). Android Wear brought great utility at launch, but the hardware supporting it sometimes didn't quite provide the hottest looks. That all looks to be changing this year though, with the release of new, better wristwatches. And this is our LG Watch Urbane hands-on, straight from MWC 2015! First off, a reminder: the Watch Urbane comes in two flavors, the webOS-toting LTE version and this Android Wear one. We additionally went hands-on with the former in a ...

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    Here at MWC 2015, no holds are barred when it comes to smartphone launches. HTC just had its "Utopia in Progress" launch event kicked off, and now we're on to the next thing, an entry from relatively new player Alcatel Onetouch. The company has announced today the Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3, the newest in its portfolio of devices. The device comes in two models, one equipped with a 4.7-inch display and the other rocking a 5.5-inch variant, both with Technicolor Color Enhance tech improving the rendering of colors. There are dual speakers with JBL Audio's Clari-Fi technology, as well as a ...

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    The HTC One M8 was one of the top Android phones of 2014 (and it still is a notable device if you're not looking to buy the latest and greatest). However, if you think it's time to upgrade, HTC has got you covered with the brand new HTC One M9, a step-up in every aspect from the 2014 model. The differences, as you will see in our HTC One M9 vs HTC One M8 video comparison below, are apparent from the second you lay your hands on the One M9. It's a lot less slippery than its predecessor, because HTC decided to go with a much stickier finish in order to avoid accidental drops. Just like the ...

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