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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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    At a time when companies like Huawei, Samsung and now Xiaomi are moving into the proprietary silicone game on smartphone flagships, it only makes sense for Qualcomm to focus on unique features to keep its Snapdragon offerings selling. Qualcomm has gained a lot of bad publicity with the Snapdragon 810, making the need to not fail with the Snapdragon 820 even more intense. Today we learn about a new feature that will make it to the new chip. Qualcomm has just announced a new service called Smart Protect, which will debut with the Snapdragon 820 processor. This new service uses machine ...

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    Samsung's found such success combining the idea of a larger-screened smartphones and a packed-in stylus, that it's little surprise the manufacturer's peers have been eager to get some of that action for themselves. That's led to plenty of Note-ish devices, like the one LG introduced a few months back, the G4 Stylus/G Stylo (above - with the name varying dependent on region). But before we saw the G4 Stylus emerge, we wondered if LG might be planning an even more direct Galaxy Note imitator, having heard about efforts to trademark the name G4 Note in LG's native South Korea. Today we're ...

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    The "Internet Of Things" is still still a market in its relative infancy, even with the crazy amount of attempts to make the TV smarter. Some companies have succeeded at this, like in the case of Nest, and others have gone back to the drawing board a repeated amount of times. Just as we saw Google giving this a second try at Google I/O, today we learn of an OEM that's also trying. LG has just announced that it'll be showcasing its new new SmartTinQ Sensor at IFA. The idea is that you connect this product to your existing refrigerator, washing machine, and other home appliances including ...

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    Google sure looks like it might break from tradition this year and deliver a pair of Nexus phones, and rumors have pretty soundly settled on LG and Huawei as the companies likely to bring us these devices. We've already heard quite a bit about both phones, with multiple leaks getting into details like hardware specs. One of the bigger questions we've had concerns just how premium Google wants these phones to be, and they might be top-tier across the board, or make a few sacrifices to keep prices down (and maybe performance in check). Last week we checked out one theory about LG's ...

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    Is Motorola's smartphone lineup getting a little busy? Instead of one Moto X this year we got two, in the form of both the Moto X Play and Moto X Style. And to hear the latest news, Motorola phones should be about to get even more numerous still, as Lenovo hands the keys to its smartphone business over to its recently acquired subsidiary. Today we wonder if we might already be starting to see the effects of that shift, as a leak attempts to reveal the Motorola Bounce. With a 5.43-inch quad HD display, Snapdragon 810 SoC, 3GB of RAM, and options for either 32GB or 64GB storage, the Bounce ...

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    Last Friday, we saw Amazon list the Huawei Watch for pre-order, only for the page to subsequently be taken down. Huawei released a statement mentioning “incorrect information” on “a partner website,” but didn't go into much detail. We're still waiting for the full story on that smartwatch's release, but at least one related mystery has just managed to resolve itself. You see, while that listing was still up, it mentioned iOS compatibility for the Huawei Watch, despite this being an Android Wear model. We wondered at the time just what was meant by that, and today we seem to have ...

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    This year's arrival of the Apple Watch has helped answer some important questions about the smartwatch market, including not just how readily mainstream consumers might take to the tech, but how much money shoppers can be convinced to spend, especially if it was clear they were getting some very high quality hardware out of the deal. In the wake of the Apple Watch, more and more Android Wear models are experimenting with the premium segment, and today we learn of LG's effort to capture some of those sales, as it introduces the LG Watch Urbane Luxe. The LG Watch Urbane was already a pretty ...

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    Not only does Motorola appear nearly ready to introduce its next generation of the Moto 360 smartwatch, but we've already had the opportunity to check this guy out multiple times, thanks to a bevy of useful leaks. Those have revealed to us at least two distinct versions of the new wearable, as the new Moto 360 looks like it's about to pick up a choice of size options, arriving in both a small and large edition. Is that the extent of the selections of models we'll have available? Back in late July, we came across some of the first reliable evidence for the new Moto 360 in the form of some ...

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    Clearly incapable of turning its proprietary mobile operating system into a force to be reckoned with for Android and iOS, BlackBerry has reportedly made the decision to strike an unlikely Google partnership several months back. The Canadian company’s very survival as a device manufacturer now decidedly hinges on the success of the Venice, a highly unconventional hybrid phone with Android running the software show, and both a sharp touchscreen and physical QWERTY keyboard. Purportedly headed for all big four US carriers in the fall, the Venice smiled shyly to Mr. Blurrycam recently, and ...

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    After bleeding money for several fiscal quarters in a row, and failing to turn the One M9 into the worthy Samsung Galaxy S6 competitor the world counted on, HTC reportedly decided to turn the page. The faltering Taiwanese tech giant is more focused than ever on the high-end mobile landscape, with a second flagship for the year en route to stores in October, and a drastically redesigned new “hero” on deck next spring. Unfortunately, the Aero, A9 or One A9 that HTC plans to unveil later this fall looks a tad too similar to the Apple iPhone 6. According to a particular serial leaker ...

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    Almost a full year after its commercial launch, and roughly 18 months following a formal announcement that coincided with Android Wear’s very debut, the Motorola Moto 360 has finally stopped selling. That’s not good news per se, especially given the watch’s recently discounted price, but it makes it clear once and for all a sequel is right around the corner. Of course, several tipsters already made sure we knew the 2015 Moto 360 edition was coming, and a slew of unauthorized pictures paraded the circular timepiece out in the wild. Now, we get to look at both rumored sizes of the ...

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    After keeping a relatively low profile in the rumor mill for the largest part of the summer, Sony’s full-on Xperia Z3 sequels kicked off a steady stream of leaks about a month ago. We gradually discovered the Xperia Z4/Z3+ that went official earlier this year was never supposed to be the company’s “true” 2015 flagship, as the Z5 and Z5 Compact towed side-mounted fingerprint scanners and a slew of major hardware upgrades. Then, the 4K display resolution bombshell was dropped, and as unbelievable as it first sounded, the 3,840 x 2,160 pixel gossip quickly gained traction. And now, ...

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    Motorola looks practically guaranteed to introduce its second-gen Moto 360 smartwatch at IFA next week. Leaks have been running wild in recent weeks, with a growing body of evidence pointing towards the imminent arrival of this new model, finally available in both large and small sizes. And while Motorola itself has yet to confirm that a new Moto 360 is about to drop, that's the easy inference to draw as we see the company halt sales of the first-gen Moto 360 through its website. Head to the general Motorola website, and the “wearables” tab up top no longer directs you to the Moto 360 ...

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    Not all smartphones are created equal, and it's only understandable that you might feel a little jealous when your friend walks in with the latest and greatest model, sporting a killer camera, blazing fast processor, and beautiful screen, only for you to be stuck using last year's phone. That's just the tide of progress, though, and it's inevitable that newer models will arrive with bigger and better features. What we don't expect, on the other hand, is to see our friend walk in with the very same smartphone model we have, only for their phone to be noticeably superior to ours. Some Sony ...

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    We're coming up on it being half a year now since Huawei first revealed its Huawei Watch smartwatch at MWC, and so far, shoppers have yet to be able to buy the wearable. Earlier this month, though, it finally looked like Huawei was ready to get the retail phase of the Huawei Watch started, posting a new webpage promising that the smartwatch was “right round the corner,” and today we finally see some motion to that end, as pre-orders for the wearable open on Amazon. Amazon, accepting pre-orders now, and indicates that shipments of the Huawei Watch will commence on September 2. We've ...

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    It can’t be easy for smartphone manufacturers to devise enough differentiators for two flagship models each year, let alone three. Naturally therefore, we’re very curious to see what the LG G4 Pro might bring to the table that the standard G4 and G Flex 2 are missing. Back when this was teased as a “super premium” device, tipsters hinted at a prospective aluminum construction, as well as ultra-high-end specifications like a Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB RAM and 27MP rear camera. But in the meantime, the SD820 silicon has become an impractical endowment, given it requires too much ...

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    They say there’s no smoke without fire and, while we can’t really authenticate any of the profuse Nexus-centric rumors and leaks of late, it seems certain two stock Android-running Google phones will soon break cover. How soon? Within a few weeks as far as the smaller, lower-end LG-made 5-incher is concerned, according to fresh intel collected by a Korean publication. Apparently, the Nexus 5 (2015) could actually start selling on September 29, which suggests a formal announcement may take place earlier in the month. That makes perfect sense, given Android 6.0 Marshmallow is also ...

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    The bubble is about to burst for tablets, which have rapidly grown in recent years, but are faced with a crucial identity crisis as phablets threaten their very existence. Who needs an often bulky, non-cellular-enabled PC lacking the physical keyboard and productivity of conventional laptops? According to Taiwanese research firm TrendForce, just 163 million people in 2015. That includes estimates for the year’s first half and H2 forecasts, and would see the global market drop by a staggering 14.9 percent. So-called brand vendors are crippled by the industry’s free fall the most, as ...

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    As Apple sets the stage for the official announcements of the highly anticipated next-generation iPhones, Samsung intensifies its own efforts of promoting the latest Galaxy flagships. The S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ and Note 5 were offered on an “ultimate test drive” for free to iPhone owners for up to 30 days last week, a publicity stunt that proved so popular all three Androids went out of stock in a matter of hours. To this day, Samsung hasn’t been able to replenish inventory dedicated to the trial program, but there may still be hope for iFans looking to jump ship. Furthermore, those who ...

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    With the IFA trade show just one week away, you probably wouldn’t expect any big-time smartphone manufacturers to hold device launches outside Germany. Then again, the Huawei Honor 7 isn’t exactly news, as it was formally unveiled in late June, and made available on Chinese shores shortly thereafter. At last, the metal-clad 5.2-inch Android has (silently) arrived in Europe, where it’s sold via an “officially licensed Huawei & Honor online store” starting at £210 or €300. That’s £210 (roughly $325) in the UK if you use the coupon code “H7BRAVE40UK” before checkout, ...

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    Are you tired of the cookie-cutter smartphones being brought to you by the major manufacturers in the market? This years model of so-and-so's flagship is little more than a spruced-up version of last year's, or maybe with a design element or two copied from a competitor? It's this feeling of “there's nothing new anymore” that may be driving more and more shoppers to check out the options from new faces on the scene: companies like OnePlus. Last month we learned about an eye-catching new option, as pre-orders got underway for the security-focused Turing Phone. At the time, it wasn't ...

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    Samsung is clearly not playing games with its Samsung Pay services. The company has already launched the service in its home land, and even with a couple of hurdles, we've also received details on its U.S. launch. We're still a month away from that date, but it seems Samsung wants to start now. If you have already upgraded to a Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, or Galaxy Note 5 on either AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or US Cellular, you're entitled to beta test Samsung pay as of today. The service is currently only compatible with cards from Bank of America, Mastercard, US Bank, and ...

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    Smartphones are well used to dealing with the fallout from glitchy software, and it's hardly a rarity when we see a new handset arrive, only for there to be a launch-week update already available for it. But some problems run a lot deeper than some buggy code, and issues like the one Samsung's facing with the Galaxy Note 5 and its inability to gracefully deal with unintended wrong-way-around S Pen insertion can prove far more difficult to address. We're wondering if the new OnePlus 2 may find itself in a similar situation, as we hear about a failure with the capacitive home button on the ...

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    Sony's got some smartphone news to share with us at IFA next week, and rumors sure have been insistent that we can expect the manufacturer to unveil its latest Xperia Z5 family of flagships. The most recent has suggested that could include not one, not two, but three handsets, including a 4K-resolution Z5 “Premium” edition. While we wait to see if that kind of pie-in-the-sky hardware actually shows up, some new support has arrived for one of the slightly more conservative Z5 spec rumors, with the publication of a few images that appear to be official press shots of the Xperia Z5, ...

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    If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Instagram should consider itself overwhelmed with adulation, as the photo-sharing service has spawned a seemingly endless parade of competitors. And while many of them have attempted to offer their own twist on Instagram's formula, the company’s offerings have remained remarkable consistent; sure we see the launch of new filters, and video support arrived a while back, but Instagram's bread-and-butter has remained its square 640 x 640 photos. Last month we shared news with you of a long overdue resolution bump, raising the cap to 1080 x ...

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