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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 Chromening of Android? Or the Droidening of Chrome OS? We still haven't had much to make of word last year from the Wall Street Journal that Google's two primary software platforms would merge together. Google denied any notion of it, but lo and behold what came this year: Android apps working on Chromebooks. As Android turns eight years old and all we get out of it is a stupid cake, we have to wonder what Senior VP of Android, Google Play and Chrome Hiroshi Lockheimer might have to say about it. We announced the 1st version of Android 8 years ago today. I have a feeling 8 years from ...

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    Google isn't much of a company that reminisces. In fact, it took the good folk over at Mountain View up until last year before they realized, "hey, maybe we should celebrate a little bit more often, huh?" Android is turning eight tomorrow, Google says (or tweets), and the company wants to do something special especially for all of us. We got special dessert-themed wallpapers last year to celebrate Android's seventh birthday, so why not whip the whisks out? We’re whipping up something sweet for a big day tomorrow. 🎂 #Android pic.twitter.com/I4idH0F4am — Android (@Android) September ...

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    Facebook has them. So does Google.  And now Bing can join in on the fast lane. Microsoft announced that Bing would start officially linking to Accelerated Mobile Pages within its applicable search results. Content partners in the open source project will have their AMP articles — optimized HTML pages for easy, no-nonsense reading — load from close-by servers. Non-AMP pages will be called upon when their link is tapped. Marcelo De Barros, Group Engineering Manager for Bing, said that testing for AMPs started last May. "We [...] have noticed that AMP pages load, on average, ...

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    With half of the roughly one million defective Galaxy Note 7 devices sold in the US already exchanged, according to Samsung’s latest head count, several claimed fires and explosions deemed hoaxes, and new, safe-to-use “edgy” phablets expected in global stores in time for Black Friday, it seemed the worst was finally behind the world’s most popular smartphone vendor. But the atmosphere among Galaxy enthusiasts remains tense in the tech giant’s very own backyard, even after the local refund period’s approved extension. While replacement phones are yet to start randomly blowing up ...

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    The show must go on for Samsung even after reported corner-cutting in Galaxy Note 7 R&D and pre-release quality control resulting in possibly its most damaging PR scandal ever. Luckily for the Korean tech giant, an opportunity to bury Galaxy Note 7 controversies once and for all could arise as early as January, when the “next big thing” is already expected out by certain tipsters, assuming of course proper production and rigorous tests can be concluded in such a tight time window. That’s quite the stretch, considering the Galaxy S8 isn’t exactly shaping up to be a minor, ...

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    In case you still had your doubts regarding the seriousness of LeEco’s global expansion plans in general and US intentions in particular, a Huawei veteran’s recruitment to spearhead said overseas growth should make it all clear for good. This Chinese entertainment and technology giant is no longer satisfied just making waves domestically with everything from TV services to music content, electric cars and smartphones, seeking to disrupt “markets around the globe by changing the paradigm as we know it.” That’s certainly vague, although LeEco does specify its desire to bring Smart ...

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    Recalling every potentially faulty Galaxy Note 7 unit around the world certainly took guts, as Samsung yielded to a “heartbreaking” direct financial loss of at least $1 billion, not to mention indirect hits to the company’s market value, brand recognition and, possibly, even its long-term product roadmap. But apparently, the Korean tech giant remains confident it “can start to make up any ground that we have lost and get that momentum back into our business… as we exit 2016 and set ourselves up for a strong 2017.” It’s unclear if the Galaxy S8 might be slated for an extremely ...

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    Even with all the recent Galaxy Note 7 controversy, and impressive efforts from smaller manufacturers like BLU, Honor, Xiaomi, Alcatel, Meizu or LeEco to provide the greatest bang for your buck stateside, in China, India and everywhere else, some Android enthusiasts will always favor Samsung. And we’re not just talking power users, as mid-range Galaxy A, J, C and On-series products appear to be growing in mainstream popularity too, despite the aforementioned companies (and a couple more) arguably offering better specs at lower prices. Instead of playing a numbers game, Samsung continues ...

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    We’re only four days away from Xiaomi’s increasingly thrilling next-gen flagship phone announcement, and thanks to mixed official signals, as well as the typically jumbled gossip on Weibo, nothing’s certain until it’s certain. What we’re pretty sure of is an affordable Xiaomi Mi 5s powerhouse will break cover on Tuesday, despite recent speculation of a last-minute name change to Mi Note S, with Snapdragon 821 inside either way, 6GB RAM, and most likely, one of those trendy dual camera setups slapped on its rear. You can probably count on the Mi 5s borrowing and upgrading the ...

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    Just like last year, Asus confusingly puts its 2016 high-end smartphone eggs in way too many baskets, as the ZenFone 3 family includes roughly a dozen similar but not identical members. Some aren’t even very high-end, like the China-only ZenFone Pegasus 3, the big-battery ZenFone 3 Max, or a ZenFone 3 Laser that’s slated to finally see daylight stateside “within 2 to 5 weeks.” That’s when Amazon expects to be able to ship the 2GB RAM-packing 5.5-incher in “glacier silver”, complete with an official 1-year US warranty covering accidental damage. Pre-orders are $206.95 a pop, ...

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    The task of rooting an Android device has grown tall recently and with Android Nougat, there are now several roadblocks in the way that would prevent developers from getting in to root the upcoming Pixel phones — built on Nougat from the ground up — with ease. The first block is a kernel feature in Nougat called "device-mapper-verity" that checks the /system directory of the device while it is booting to see if all the files that should be there are there and in the way they're supposed to be there. If a single change has been made, your device will not boot. This takes any one-stop ...

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    BlackBerry CEO John Chen promised that two Android smartphones would come before the company's fiscal year went out. He made the promise in the midst of collapsing investor confidence in Waterloo's money-losing hardware unit. Chen has repeated his belief that he could sell 5 million smartphones in a year. We may see what happens when the company's second quarter ends on September 28. The Motley Fool and plenty of analysts are thinking that BBRY will lose money for the next three years if it doesn't cut rope and sail from hardware. They believe that a ShopBlackBerry sale going through the ...

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    China and India have repeatedly been highlighted in recent months by independent financial analysts, Apple investors and even various top-ranking executives, Tim Cook included, as the key markets dictating the Cupertino money maker’s future prosperity. But what about South Korea? Home to Apple arch-rivals Samsung and LG, this is the most developed country in East Asia, as well as extremely urbanized, with 25 million residents in the Seoul Capital Area alone. Seoul, by the way, is the world’s fourth largest economy, behind Tokyo, New York City and Los Angeles, which begs the question ...

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    As value-focused China-based Android device manufacturers like LeEco, Xiaomi or Meizu (too) carefully devise their proper US expansion plans, domestic unlocked phone specialist BLU continues its uncontested rise to fame. Granted, sub-$400 competition stateside has been heated up by recent Moto, Honor, ZTE or OnePlus releases, but if you only have 150 or 200 bucks to spend, it’s hard to find better gadgets, at least on paper, than the Vivo 5R or Life One X2. The latter model has literally just seen daylight as an incremental upgrade over last year’s “top selling and reviewed” Life ...

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    Unwilling to give up on either its own brand when it comes to mobile devices, or Moto-labeled products that are way easier to market in the Western world, Lenovo likes to keep itself busy, recently unveiling the P2, A Plus, K6 trio, Moto E3 and E3 Power, Z, Z Force and Z Play, as well as the G4, G4 Plus and G4 Play. Up next, a Moto M with model number XT1662 is also expected, initially speculated to be dubbed Moto X (2016), and now reportedly heading exclusively for China. Bizarrely enough, this might be manufactured domestically by Lenovo, as opposed to the Chicago-based Motorola Mobility ...

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    Could Sony have finally got a flagship smartphone right in all aspects, from design to specifications to pricing? At a first glance, the Xperia XZ isn’t so much better than the X Performance, and the Japanese OEM learned nothing from past US release-crippling mistakes, once again deactivating the fingerprint reader around those parts. Still, something about the latest high-end 5.2-incher, complete with mind-blowing 23 and 13MP cameras, as well as Snapdragon 820 power and 3GB RAM, appears to have clicked with Taiwanese consumers, who needed just 45 minutes the other day to exhaust local ...

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    Despite an estimated $1 billion initial recall cost, $26 billion of market value lost just like that as of last week, and numerous PR blunders bound to translate into even more “heartbreaking” damages, especially as far as public perception goes, Samsung could ultimately survive the Galaxy Note 7 explosion fiasco. The Korean tech giant is starting to prove it has what it takes to overcome possibly the most difficult moment in its recent history, kicking off exchanges all around the world, somehow even rebooting sales here and there, and finally ensuring original Note 7 owners are well ...

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    Who doesn’t love unlocked Android smartphones, especially those sold through official, authorized and trustworthy channels with valid warranties and fast, free nationwide shipping? It pretty much goes without saying you’ll find plenty of compelling deals on such products from basically every OEM under the sun come Black Friday and Cyber Monday in a couple of months, but if you simply can’t wait that long, Amazon’s latest “48 hour Unlocked Event” has you covered. The fire sale’s protagonists are fairly popular even when they’re not massively marked down, as the 4GB RAM/64GB ...

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    AnTuTu is widely recognized as one of the most fickle, least trustworthy mobile device performance testing tools, and yet, everyone keeps paying attention to its reports, especially prior to and shortly after various flagship model releases. Even OEMs will sometimes flaunt unusually high benchmarking scores as ultimate evidence of their products’ imposing raw speed, as seems to be the case for the Xiaomi Mi 5s. This bad boy has practically been confirmed for a September 27 announcement a couple of days back, and its makers now also practically corroborate persistent Snapdragon 821 ...

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    The unreleased and still rumored-about Idol 4 Pro may have just gotten a GFXBench run showing it off with a different software load than previously talked about. It's certainly bad news for anyone who appreciates choice in their high-spec hardware and flipping Live Tiles. The Snapdragon 820-eqipped phone runs an Alcatel-made user interface on top of Android 7.0 Nougat. That's a starkly different software load than the Windows 10 Mobile once mentioned in relation to this phone. Other specs on-board include 4GB of RAM, a 21-megapixel main camera with 8-megapixel selfie shooter and a ...

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    Apple made a pretty big gamble by waiting nearly a year and a half to upgrade its love-or-hate first-generation wearable piece, but as Android Wear manufacturers largely failed to get the platform off the ground, it may have all paid off for the early global smartwatch leader. Not only was Cupertino able to design a vastly improved Apple Watch Series 2 with built-in GPS and water resistance up to 50 meters, but the original model never feared it would lose its crown. Not for a day. Even as it reportedly and understandably ran out of steam in the past few months, the iOS-compatible ...

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    Usually, when we bring you Samsung Pay-centric news, they’re about the fast-growing digital wallet’s latest wave of expansions or adopter-incentivizing deals. Then there’s the occasional security threat, and today, an uncommonly important app update. If you’ll choose to elevate the mobile payment service to its freshest version, 2.3, cloud sync functionality and iris authentication awaits. The latter add-on however depends on what Galaxy model you’re rocking, with just the one actually supporting a second biometric recognition method, alongside fingerprints. Yes, we’re talking ...

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    Many Android aficionados accustomed with third-party skins and forks may not have even been aware of this, but their beloved OS still inexplicably lacks a mundane direct reboot command in its stock implementation. That’s right, Nexus users can only switch off their devices from the power menu, needing then to manually restart like barbarians. It’s always been that way, despite desperate pleas to Google to make a small but meaningful vanilla Android change. Well, everybody’s wish might finally be granted when the search giant reboots (wink, wink) its own-brand mobile product roster ...

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    Can you believe there are still so many respectable, relatively popular Android high-enders released in the past couple of years stuck with Lollipop, despite the successor of that OS flavor’s successor already gearing up for its first important maintenance update? Well, it’s true, painful as it may be, though at least we can finally cross the original Samsung Galaxy Tab S off that shameful list. Technically, international variants in both 10.5 and 8.4-inch sizes jumped on the Marshmallow bandwagon last month, discrediting an ominous announcement from just a few days before, with ...

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    It’s no longer a big secret that Samsung made quite a mess of its otherwise honorable voluntary Galaxy Note 7 recall, especially stateside, but ever since the Consumer Product Safety Commission came in, things seem to be slowly straightening out. Roughly 25 percent of defective units sold in the US prior to a sudden burst of fire reports, some legit, others still questionable, have so far been exchanged with safe-to-use S Pen phablets, which may not sound like a lot, but it’s progress. Samsung even deems the percentage “an extraordinarily fast start toward achieving our goal of ...

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