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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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    There was no shortage of leaks regarding the LG G Vista, and, while some of them were a miss, others were spot on regarding its availability date and upcoming specifications. As predicted, the phone is available today, July 31, online, from Verizon Wireless, and it goes for $99.99 with a two-year contract (or $19.99/month on Verizon Edge, or $399 outright). The Verizon LG G Vista specs, as expected, include a 5.7–inch qHD display (that's 940x560, unfortunately not Quad HD, like the G3), a resolution that is rather small for such a large display form factor. Also in is a 1.2 GHz ...

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    Samsung mid-ranger news may be dominated at the moment by the Galaxy Alpha – at least, if this really does end up being a model comparable to the Galaxy S5 mini – but as we wait to see if that guy's really going to debut next Monday, there's another new mid-range Galaxy handset popping out of the woodwork, as T-Mobile announces the Galaxy Avant. We first heard about this guy last week, when it was rumored to be the phone that would debut a new T-Mobile carrier unlocking app. Word was that we could look forward to a launch around the end of the month, and that's just we got. The Avant ...

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    The past month or so's been a relatively busy time for Sony and its mobile lineup, as we've tackled rumors looking not just at new phones, like the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact, but also at accessories for those handsets, like a new lens-style camera add-on. While formal announcements could come at any time, the odds are good that the company's gearing up for a big event at this year's IFA expo in Berlin. Today we learn just when that will occur, as the company reveals plans for a September 3 press conference. This time last year Sony had already teased its IFA event, but it would still be a ...

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    Even with all the buzz surrounding Samsung's smartwatch offerings, the bottom line hasn't proven to be as buzz worthy for this or any other company building wearables lately. Some customers seem to still be waiting for Apple to make its move later this year, and others simply feel that a smartwatch should look like the Moto 360. If you're on the list that believes Samsung could do better with its designs, it turns out that the company does too, and new patents reveal this. The USPTO has just granted Samsung a couple of patents that the company had originally filed since March of 2013. ...

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    Smartphone manufacturers continue to push engineering limits towards the elimination of side bezels for their handsets' screens. Some of them gave it the old college try, only to run up against seemingly unavoidable physical limitations, like LG with its flagship G3. Some of them might just conquer bezels entirely, like we've heard Samsung could be aiming for with its curved display tech. Today we're looking at a leak attributed to the anticipated Meizu MX4, which may offer some of the narrowest bezels we've ever seen for a traditional smartphone display. Granted, this is just the front ...

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    Those of you that thought that the rest of Nokia was doomed after Microsoft's acquisition of the mobile division, that's actually far form true. Nokia has always been much bigger than just a company that builds phones, and after the departure of the smartphone division, we now see the company dare new odds with its Z Launcher. We praised its first beta for its simplicity, and it seems that Nokia was just getting started. The company has just pushed a new update to the Z Launcher, and the enhancements include the ability to drag and drop favorites, remove or uninstall items with a long ...

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    When we start talking about an upcoming Motorola device, what do you think of? The Moto 360, already fully official, but taking its sweet time in coming to market? Or what about the Moto X+1, the flagship expected to debut alongside the arrival of 360 sales? And now there's all this new talk about a possible Motorola Nexus phablet – any one of these a likely candidate for rumors of new Motorola hardware. But today we find ourselves looking at something else, as a Motorola trademark filing might reveal the name the company's going with for a new phone: the Moto Maxx. Right away, that ...

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    Late last month a leak outed what were claimed to be front panels for the Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact. While a little hard to believe at first, a series of subsequent leaks detailing the Z3 have really brought us around to the idea that this is a model Sony's working on. But what of the smaller phone, the presumed Z3 Compact? We haven't heard much of it since then, but now a new series of photos has arrived alongside some hardware rumors – the question is, is this the Z3 Compact or not? Here's the problem: while the basic shape of the phone is a close enough match to that front panel ...

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    The next couple months are shaping up to be chock-full of smartphone announcements. IFA in early September is bound to bring us a ton of new devices, and shortly after that we're expecting news of the iPhone 6. We've even been picking up on word of a few possible launches for August, and an invite just landed for what may be a notable one, as HTC prepares for an August 19 event. But what could the company have to share? A few subjects come to mind, like that One M8 for Windows (or W8, if you will) and the recent rumors that the phone could launch sometime this quarter. Sure, there's been ...

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    The story behind Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has rapidly been coming together over the past couple weeks, going from a name, to a spread of leaked pics, to hardware details in just a span of days. The breakneck pace at which news of the phone's been developing is not looking like it's due to slow down anytime soon, and word comes in today that the Alpha's launch could already be within sight. According to SamMobile, which published one of the two currently available sets of Galaxy Alpha photos, the smartphone may be publicly announced by Samsung next Monday, August 4. An earlier rumor also ...

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    Malware issues and Android have been a mix of repeated controversy over the last couple of years. We do know of the existence of malware for Android, and we do know of the security risks involved, but it's hard to remember the last time we've ever heard of a virus attack that's rendered Android smartphones useless, or at risk. Malware on mobile devices is surely possible, but sadly not as popular as it was a decade ago on Windows computers, and still, new reports emerge today of a new risk to Android. A new "Fake ID" exploit reportedly allows fake applications or services to poise as ...

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    Amazon's Fire Phone may be the company's new baby right now, but when it comes to Android devices, Amazon's best known for its family of Fire tablets. Last September we saw it introduce its latest lineup, including some new Fire HD models and the debut of the HDX series. With the anniversary of that launch coming up on us, can we expect a new offering of Fire tablets this year? Some benchmarks may give us an early look at what to expect, but from what we're seeing here, we wouldn't expect any massive changes. Last year's Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 was a pretty capable tablet at the time (and ...

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    Whether it's just a fad or a legitimately useful tool, there's no two ways about it: apps that offer users the ability to send messages that have a built-in expiration date are the hot thing to deliver right now. Following the success of Snapchat we've seen no shortage of copycats, including Facebook's recent launch of Slingshot. Last week, rumors about a new one emerged, with word that Instagram was preparing an ephemeral messaging service of its own, dubbed Bolt. While Bolt is still not widely available, Instagram has quietly gone ahead and publicly launched the service in select ...

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    The LG G3 has gained a lot of praise everywhere for its design and features. At times when competing smartphones are doing an excellent job in filling up the spec sheet, LG has done a great job in stepping things up a notch. That said, those of you that were interested in buying the G3 in some of the color options that were announced in May have found it peculiar that not all five color options are available yet, or at least not until next month. LG has just confirmed that the missing colors Moon Violet, and Burgundy Red will be available in August. Sadly we can't predict which markets ...

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    This past weekend we brought you an exclusive leak concerning Verizon's plans for the LG G Vista. We got an updated launch date, with it looking like VZW would get the G Vista out by the end of the month, and also got to see some detailed descriptions of the phone's hardware. The odd thing was, some of this new data didn't agree with previous rumors – would the phone arrive with a qHD or a 720p 5.9-inch display? As we get closer to the G Vista's launch, a new leak attempts to set the record straight, and despite what we got from our source, it's looking like the phone might be 720p, ...

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