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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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    Well, that was pretty fast. Only a couple days after this month's Android security patch was released, we see T-Mobile and Samsung pull strings for a quick turnaround to Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge customers. Software version G930TUVU2APD7 will be making its way through to device from today up through May 13. The 161MB package also includes some tinkering with the power and volume keys and, more importantly, FM radio function. T-Mobile has been one of the carriers supporting FM radio antennas on its phones — after all, it's a free, less power- and data-hungry alternative to streaming ...

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    We're in the age of big data breaches and we're used to them. Target, T-Mobile and now, a bunch of email accounts. A Russian hacker was said to have been able to rack up the names and credentials of more than 272 million email accounts and would be willing to give it all away to those wanted them for just 50 roubles. That's about $1. Alex Holden, founder and chief information security officer of Hold Security, informed Reuters about the trove. He said that the hacker was prepared to give away a far bigger cache of 1.17 billion credentials. But of the 272 million that Holden was able to ...

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    While some might find the modular angle gimmicky, poorly executed or simply insufficiently compelling, there’s no denying the LG G5 is an outstanding slab of silicon. Is it better than the Samsung Galaxy S7 or HTC 10 though? That’s a tricky question many Android power users likely chose to resolve with the help of price comparisons, discounts and bundle deals, the vast majority ultimately going the GS7 path. But G5 BOGO arrangements and “Friends” offers are also starting to pile up, whereas an eBay merchant selstling the dual SIM factory unlocked H860N model comes extremely close ...

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    While Google could never break the very principles Android was founded on and mandate third-party OEMs to load “vanilla” software on their devices, more and more of these companies are starting to pay attention to so-called purists, offering them the choice between a stripped-down OS and one adorned with all sorts of bells and whistles. OPPO dubs its near-stock experiment Project Spectrum, sending Lollipop-based beta builds to the Find 7 and R5 previously, and now, Marshmallow updates to the R7s. Since this is a completely optional makeover, you’ll have to make a bit of an effort, ...

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    A few years probably still need to pass for the immature wearable market to reach a point of stability, where someone other than Apple can make real money too, and Fitbit and Xiaomi’s budget-focused rivals can realistically target similar shipment numbers. For the time being, you got a host of smartwatch manufacturers that seem to only want to be recognized as industry pioneers when wrist-worn gadgets finally take off, and possibly even more fitness specialists that have trouble finding the right advertising angle for their often too simplistic products. Let’s not forget about luxury ...

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    After pretty much covering all its bases in the smartphone market with new Galaxy S, A and J releases, plus vital software makeovers for practically every flagship model launched in the past two years, Samsung appears to have instantly turned its attention to tablets, with both major Marshmallow updates and small hardware renovations. Hot on the heels of the 9.7-inch Tab S2, the 8-inch variant is reportedly receiving over-the-air Android 6.0 goodies in select European markets, starting with the UK. But we’re not talking any carrier-locked, region-specific, LTE-enabled configurations, so ...

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    Even though the “Lite” version of Huawei’s latest flagship phone was rumored to discard the key dual rear camera selling point, its other specifications made it pretty weird that a formal announcement was put on hold all this time. But as it turns out, the P9 Lite will not ultimately be branded that way, at least in China, where it’s just been officially unveiled as the Huawei G9. Similar to how the GX8 strongly resembles the ultra-low-cost Honor 5X, this G9 is almost an exact replica of the Honor 5C, with a much higher price tag for some reason. Namely, 1,700 Yuan, or around $260, ...

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    In the grand scheme of the tech industry, conventional Android-running tablets have stopped being relevant a while ago. But Samsung isn’t ready to throw in the towel just yet, as it continues to diversify its jumbo-sized gadget portfolio instead of streamlining or rescinding it altogether. Unfortunately, the Galaxy View merely made headlines with its weirdness of late, while the Tab E, Tab A (2016) and rehashed Tab S2 went largely unnoticed as they tackled different little portions of the world Samsung easily controls when it comes to smartphones. Now the 8-inch Galaxy Tab E spreads its ...

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    If you're the odd Droid out in one of those iMessage circles, you're probably carrying one more reason to switch over to an iPhone or are desperately looking for an app to fix this issue. Well, developer Eric Chee may have you covered here. At least, part of the way there. You'll need a Mac to route messages from your iCloud account over to your phone and you'll also need to jump through a few more hoops like setting up a couple of projects in the IntelliJ IDE and changing values around. And even after you've successfully executed all the string changes you need, you'll still only have a ...

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    Android distribution numbers are out for the previous month and it seems like platform stratification has started to unwind just a bit. Out of the 11 APIs recognized, seven lost share while Marshmallow was the only version of the OS to grow in share. Lollipop is still the largest contingent in the space with 35.6 percent of the pie while KitKat, experiencing the largest loss for the month, is holding onto second place with 32.5 percent share. Marshmallow is still behind the 20.1 percent that Jelly Bean, but it ate up all of the other versions' losses with a near 3 point gain to 7.5 ...

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    2016 is turning out to be a year for interesting camera experiments. Huawei is the second company this year to use dual rear cameras on a flagship phone. Unlike the LG G5, which has a standard camera and an extreme wide angle shooter, the P9 has two cameras with the same view, but with different tasks for color and light. The primary camera takes color photos just like any other smartphone might, but the second sensor only shoots in black and white. This monochrome sensors is designed to maximize light and detail. It's something of a tech metaphor, meant to perform similarly to how the ...

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    If you’ve started to find Samsung’s alphabet soup of entry-level and mid-range phones pretty much as confusing as the company’s old product lineup and its respective branding, it seems as though the market-leading OEM has similar issues keeping track of A or J-series releases. Case in point, the upcoming Galaxy J2 (2016), aka SM-J210, benchmarked through AnTuTu, GFX Bench and Geekbench with specs reminiscent of the J3 (2016) that barely saw daylight last fall in China, this January on CDMA US carriers, and a couple of weeks back on Amazon stateside. But reminiscent actually feels ...

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    Part of the outstanding buzz surrounding OnePlus phones a while ago seems to have ironically fizzled out as marketing controversy died down and invite-based sales gradually transitioned towards normal, open practices. The device manufacturer was probably not among the world’s top ten in shipment figures last year, as it no doubt hoped, and both domestically and internationally, brands like Huawei, OPPO, Vivo or Meizu appear to be growing at a much faster pace. In response, OnePlus reportedly plans to do what it knows best in a few weeks, unveiling yet another ridiculously affordable ...

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    Despite arriving to the Android Wear party a little late, and boldly going for Apple Watch’s jugular with similarly extravagant pricing, the Huawei Watch didn’t take long to develop a cult following of sorts. Still, many prospective buyers held off waiting for discounts and bundle deals, which have become rather frequent recently. Amazon, Best Buy and Newegg are currently selling a number of 42mm configurations at probably their lowest tags yet, with stainless steel frames and various finishes, colors and band types. Of course, the black suture leather strapped model remains the most ...

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    It’s only been a little over two months since Xiaomi’s first big 2016 product introduction event, and although the Mi 5 and Mi 4S phones remain largely exclusive to Chinese shores, the Android OEM cooks up another shindig, this time in Beijing, to take the wraps off a couple extra high-profile gadgets. Well, on paper, the Mi Max or just Max phablet and Mi Band 2 activity tracker look slightly lower-profile than the Mi 5 flagship handheld, but then again, the reimagined wearable is likely to roll out worldwide and match or perhaps exceed its predecessor’s mind-blowing sales numbers. ...

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    Water resistance, ubiquitous Samsung Pay support, and a phenomenal camera. Those are just three of the Galaxy S7’s major selling points, and although they’ve been highlighted before in TV ads and various other publicity stunts (one in particular), there’s no such thing as trying too hard to stay ahead of the fast-growing competition. Well, there is, but as it so happens, Samsung’s three latest 60-second-or-less commercials effortlessly manage to be charming, adorable and effective. All without a single celebrity cameo. What’s a little sad is, with wasteful Lil Wayne and chill ...

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    Gone are the days HTC’s Android smartphones all looked the same, although it’s still a little confusing to tell which mid-ranger is which. The flagship HTC 10 is of course unique from an aesthetic standpoint, at least for the time being, while the One S9 strongly resembles the age-old M9, and the Desire 825 and 830 share a few key elements, but also each walk their own path where it counts. Officially unveiled earlier today in Taiwan, the HTC Desire 830 cleans up the 825’s wacky rear pattern, ditches capacitive for on-screen buttons, slims down bezels, and serves up very elegant ...

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    The tale of HTC’s as-yet unannounced rookie smartwatch is one as old as time, with updates served up by otherwise credible tipsters once every few months, but no materialization. A possible explanation for the constant holdup is the Taiwanese company’s fragile financial condition, though the Vive VR headset and redesigned HTC 10 flagship phone may soon give rise to an unlikely comeback. It’s perhaps why we’re inclined to trust the newly rumored ETA more than previous such speculation, with the HTC… Watch or One Watch or however it’ll end up being called now expected out in ...

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    As clunky as the user interface is, one of the joys of using LG's software atop Android is the fact that you can adjust the height of your keyboard. Feel like going two-handed? Make it short. One-handed day? Make it tall. You just had to use an LG phone to get this magic out of the box. But you aren't limited anymore as Google Keyboard has made the big change in providing five height options in the settings menu for the keyboard. It's not as convenient as dragging the top edge of the keyboard to whatever height you'd like, but it's a start and it's nice to see it included in a full point ...

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    We got to know the BlackBerry Priv first as "Venice." As word of an follow-on to the company's first Android device came about, we also heard of "Vienna." And then we wrote about some renders of supposedly new phones: one with an on-body keyboard and the name "Rome" attached to it; the other an all-touch device called "Hamburg." We talked about these renders on our podcast this week as if these were real things from real computers along the information chain. Turns out we fell into the weakest link of that chain with moire, editing and a whole bunch of watermarks — the worst kind of ...

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    OnePlus is a company that seeks to give its users impeccable value for their smartphone-buying dollar, and while that means paying a lot less for your handset than you might with a bigger-name OEM, it can also mean making a few sacrifices along the way. With last year's OnePlus 2, users did without a number of features that we might expect to see on a more full-featured flagship, especially in the power department: not only did the phone lack a wireless charging option (forgivable), but there was no quick-charge mode to be found (a much harder pill to swallow). Can we expect OnePlus to ...

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    The Death Star can only make so much progress on one front, like with progressing to a 2G-less network or flaunting exclusive devices. But software updates for the phones on its network? Not really in its roundhouse, as we found out with HTC today. But take the Samsung Galaxy S6 as all of AT&T's major competitors have already delivered Android Marshmallows OTAs to their users. Nope, not AT&T. At least, not up until now as Samsung is able to confirm that software version G920AUCU3CPC2 will bring the OS up to 6.0.1. Of course, this isn't really a contest and people don't really ...

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    Sometimes it feels like choosing a mobile carrier is practically rolling the dice when it comes to your smartphone's update future. Will you end up on the luckier side of things, ending up closer to the front of the line when updates finally start heading out, or will you be like those kids with Z last names, doomed to be at the back of the stage on graduation day? HTC fans on AT&T know what the waiting game is like all too well, and while we've seen Android Marshmallow updates come to both the HTC One M8 and One M9 months ago across multiple carriers, AT&T users have been left ...

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    We get it: you want a fancy new smartphone, but you don't feel like paying full price it. Certainly, we've all been there. So you scrounge through carrier listings, hoping for a good deal, or maybe keep your fingers crossed that some generous retailer will come through with a bargain. Eventually, you probably will stumble across a price you can live with, but that deal's not always one without its trade-offs. Take, for instance, the Samsung Galaxy S7 offer we shared with you last week: sure, an eBay seller was letting the phone go for just $500, but we were talking about a refurbished ...

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    Whether you're venturing out into a new neighborhood of a familiar city, or trekking to destinations halfway around the globe, smartphones can be indispensable tools for making your journey enjoyable, efficient, and memorable. From travel apps that recommend the best places to stay, to navigation services that connect us with local public transit options, to real-time translation software, there's no shortage of ways our phones can enhance that travel experience. Recently, leaks started talking about a new travel app Google was cooking up, as it recruited early testers. Today new details ...

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