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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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    Is it fair that manufacturers restrict what we can do with the smartphones we purchase, drawing lines in the sand between permitted “consumer” activities and prohibited “developer” ones? We're hard-pressed to argue how that possibly makes sense, but like it or not, that's the situation for many handsets out there, leading to the release of Developer Editions that cater to the power user who can't resist the temptation to poke around a bootloader. We've seen Samsung give such treatment to models from its Galaxy lineup of Androids, like the Note 3 last fall. This year, it's the Note ...

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    Over ten years ago, Google first launched Gmail as a private beta. In the decade since, the service has gone public, spread to mobile devices, and changed the way many of us access our messages. Recent improvements to Gmail like categories have endeavored to help keep email relevant as we get more and more of it, and keeping on top of the important bits becomes increasingly difficult. Rather than continue to push Gmail further away from its roots, Google's taking a fresh start and introducing a new service designed to merge email with all the modern conveniences: Inbox by Gmail. Like Gmail ...

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    Android 5.0 Lollipop is just about to graduate from its time as a developer preview release and get ready to take the spotlight as the latest public version of Google's mobile OS. The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 will run Lollipop right out of the box, updates for existing Nexus models are sure to follow shortly, and other OEMs are already expressing their interest in bringing speedy 5.0 updates to their own families of handsets. So when is this new era of Lollipop going to get underway? Google has just shared the official start date for the consumer release of Android 5.0, but is it telling us ...

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    Today puts us one week away from the start of Nexus 6 pre-orders, with Google getting things underway on October 29. And shortly thereafter, Android fans in the US will be able to get their hands on this latest Nexus handset. But what about everyone else? Google hasn't said much about international availability, but a new rumor suggests the situation could be a little rocky, with not every nation getting access to the phone straight away. Specifically, we hear that UK availability of the Nexus 6 might not happen until sometime in December, over a month from now. While other countries ...

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    In China, it appears, painting windows isn't yet a thing of the past. As physical Oppo stores across the mainland prepare for the upcoming launch of the new N3 smartphone, windows are being painted with details of the phone, cluing us in on what to expect from the October 29 launch event. Along with the Oppo N3 price, we also have even more info on the swivel camera the phone is toting. Thanks to these advertisements, we're able to discern on the specs front that the phone will have a 5.5-inch 1080p display, and a 16MP rotating camera. This camera (previously rumored to sport a dual-LED ...

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    Sony has two very compelling smartphones in its line-up for the end of 2014: the Xperia Z3, and the Xperia Z3 Compact. However, things don't seem to look that well on the general; correct us if we're wrong, but Sony has announced in the past, as well as more recently, that it will focus mainly on the high-end market. That didn't stop the Japanese manufacturer from announcing devices like the Xperia E3, or M2 Aqua, to name just a couple. Fierce competition, as well as a relatively high price point for the premium line-up has determined Sony to expect less than what they have predicted. On ...

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    It may not seem like it out here in the States, but a huge chunk of manufacturers' resources goes into the production of low-cost, low-end smartphones. Especially in some Asian and European markets, it's crucial for these low price points to exist, and there's great competition between OEMs even in this sector. In that vain, Samsung (or, its Chinese wing) has launched yet another phone today, this time the Samsung Galaxy Core Max. The Samsung Galaxy Core Max is low-end in every sense of the word: it has a 4.8-inch 960x540 display, 1GB of RAM, and a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor. It's not all ...

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    There's one caveat if you want to install the massive Android 4.4W.2 update that's rolling out now to the Moto 360: your battery needs to be at least at 80%. And to get to 80%, you probably need a charger. Conveniently enough, Google Play has answered your prayers: the Moto 360 wireless charging dock is now in stock on the online store, though for a hefty $39.99 at that. We should point out that the Moto 360 charges via standard Qi, which means alternative solutions (like the ZENS PuK we recently gave the hands-on treatment to) will work. This also means that there are cheaper ...

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    If there's one company that's been commendable for quick updates as of late, it's HTC (well, Motorola too, but that's a different story). Even with a fairly-heavy Android skin – not that that's a bad thing – it has managed to keep its flagships updated speedily. With the launch of the Desire EYE just weeks ago, One M8 owners were left hanging, longing for the new camera features. Slowly, updates have been released by HTC to bring One M8 owners up to speed, and now Verizon One M8 owners are about to feel the love: HTC exec Mo Versi has shared that the Verizon HTC One M8 EYE Experience ...

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    One of the biggest differences between Android proper and the version of the OS meant specifically for wearables is the fact that no OEM skins are allowed – this means that updates, once released by Google, can immediately start hitting devices from an assortment of manufacturers. That's exactly what's happened today, with the Android 4.4W.2 update hitting Android Wear devices with a bunch of new features and bug fixes. The rollout began earlier today, with the LG G Watch and G Watch R (unreleased, save for the few review units out in the wild) seeing the update first. The update, build ...

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    Apple users may be getting their first taste of NFC this week, as Apple Pay service goes live in the US, but the Android smartphone club has been reaping the benefits of NFC for years now. Beyond payments, one of the things NFC has helped streamline is file sharing, and Android Beam gave users an easy way to share certain media with any NFC-equipped Android within reach. One of its biggest limitations concerned just which files it would let you share, and while you could Beam things like images from phone to phone with ease, you were out of luck if you wanted to pass along general-purpose ...

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    Weird for the sake of weird, or legitimately useful? It feels like that's a question we've asked of plenty of smartphones before, and despite some good intentions, a lot of them seem to have fallen more into the former category. That said, there have been some “weird” phones that were actually pretty compelling, like LG's curved-screen G Flex. This year we've got another phone with a curved display that's raising a few eyebrows: the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. Will the wrap-around screen give users new, valuable ways to interact with their handset, or is this just a gimmick? We'll start ...

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    Samsung's got its Exynos chips. Apple's got its own A-series of SoCs. And to hear the rumors that have been flying about for the better part of two years now, LG's been eager to join them with some personalized SoCs of its own: the so-called Odin chip. But for as long as we've been talking about the Odin project, we've yet to see any results – when might the first Odin-running LG smartphone finally arrive? Last time we heard an update on progress, it sounded like the manufacturer's effort was still underway in the form of the company's model LG-F490L, a device codenamed Liger. But ...

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    It was late spring when we first started hearing rumors that Google was looking to snatch-up streaming music service Songza, known for its custom-tailored playlists designed to fit nearly every social situation on personal mood under the sun: uplifting tunes to start your day, peaceful melodies to lull you to sleep, and everything in between. A month later, that acquisition was confirmed, and today Google finally announces the fruits of that effort, with Songza integration coming to Play Music. Subscribers will be able to choose from these Songza-sourced curated playlists by specifying a ...

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    Back in late August, we caught wind of a new chapter in Nokia's evolution of HERE Maps, as the company announced plans for an Android release through a special partnership with Samsung. Sure enough, just a few weeks later we saw the software go live for Samsung handsets. That was well and good if you were a Samsung user, but what about the rest of us? Today Nokia pushes HERE Maps forward upon a wider audience than ever before, making the app available for Android phones everywhere. HERE Maps should work with any Android running Jelly Bean or better, though phones with at least a full gig ...

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