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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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    For a few years now, Amazon has been selling Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets at unbeatable prices with so-called “special offers.” These are generally non-intrusive sponsored screensavers and ads pushed to your devices when not in actual use, which you can always choose to ignore, currently shaving $15 off the MSRPs of the Fire HD 8 and HD 10, for instance. Given the win-win nature of the arrangement, it was only a matter of time until the e-tailer decided to expand it to third-party products. Enter today an “exclusive pricing” deal for Prime members interested in the BLU R1 HD ...

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    In case you’re still scratching your heads in confusion as to Google and Lenovo’s decision to fit an arguably middling processor under the hood of the world’s road-opening consumer phone based on Project Tango, Qualcomm just came forward with an enlightening confession. It turns out the Phab 2 Pro packs a Snapdragon 652 not only to keep the retail pricing bar comparatively low to mainstream Android flagships from Samsung, HTC or LG. It’s also about certain “Tango-specific software optimizations”, which the San Diego-headquartered semiconductor giant first executed on the 652… ...

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    After losing the own-brand low-cost domestic battle to Xiaomi and Huawei, Lenovo is more than keen to keep Motorola phones at the forefront of the sub-$250 US scene at the very least, baking pretty robust specs into the Moto G4 and G4 Plus. Even better, the two respectable mid-rangers are offered at a cool discount right off the bat stateside, although technically, you have a pair of third-party retailers to thank for the limited-time promo. Both Best Buy and B&H Photo Video will throw in complimentary $50 gift cards with Moto G4 and G4 Plus pre-orders, no matter your color of choice ...

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    This is an odd stunt, even for OnePlus, a company that once encouraged its fans to smash their perfectly functional old phones for a chance to receive a new and better one. It also makes us wonder whether co-founder Carl Pei might actually still be gauging interest in a prospective OnePlus smartwatch. Sure, Pei is adamant the wearable device “could have been but never will be”, following a decision taken in 2015 to cancel it over fears of losing smartphone focus and not being able to stand out in a “cruel”, crowded, challenging market where so few OEMs can turn a profit at the ...

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    While Samsung primarily addresses an audience in search for the absolute best an Android smartphone can offer these days, regardless of the cost, with the Galaxy S7 Edge, everyone likes a good deal. And surprisingly enough, we’ve had plenty of those to choose from in the early stages of the next current big thing’s availability, including BOGO arrangements across America’s big four carriers, Gear VR freebies, and of course, eBay bargains. Loads of eBay bargains, to be specific, each one bringing the prices of the unlocked GS7 and S7 Edge to new all-time lows. Case in point, the ...

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    As Samsung Pay spreads its wings in more and more countries worldwide, presumably growing in active users at an even faster rate than before, newcomers to the NFC and MST-enabled digital wallet service are understandably treated to weaker and weaker freebies. Granted, the latest (US-only) reward for first-time Samsung Pay backers is slightly better than the previous one, which took shape as a $20 gift card across a number of retailers, including Toys R Us, Nike and Banana Republic. Still, 20 free bucks good towards Samsung.com purchases don’t exactly compare very favorably to the gratis ...

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    We can never be 100 percent certain of gossiped intel concerning an unreleased phone, especially one as highly anticipated and unpredictable as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. But when all of the world’s most reputable tipsters and leakers agree on at least the bullet points, time is the only thing separating us from formal confirmation. Famous (and notorious) Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin joins the rumor games today, adding just a little bit of extra credence to already plausible inside information like an August 2 announcement date, 6GB RAM count, 5.8-inch screen size, water-resistant ...

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    When we produced our full review of the OnePlus 3, we decided to focus more on price than on comparing it against more expensive flagships. OnePlus still maintains the "Never Settle" branding, but the company's PR has walked away from some of the bolder "flagship killer" comments of the past. Still, we received NUMEROUS comments from viewers and readers wondering how the OP3 might fare against more expensive options. A showdown was in order. In picking which phone to compare, we decided to stay in the Android ecosystem, and opted for the most popular handset of the first half of 2016. If ...

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    The low-cost Android smartphone landscape has changed a great deal lately, thanks primarily to increasingly ambitious Chinese OEMs that are pushing the entry-level standards higher and higher. Budget specialists like Huawei, Xiaomi or Meizu, with little focus on profit margins, have made it nearly impossible for Samsung, HTC, Sony or LG to compete in the sub-$100 and even sub-$200 market segments. But does the same go for Motorola, the uncrowned champion of the uber-affordable niche in the past few years? Not with Lenovo at the helm, a larger, faster than ever yet inexpensive new Moto G ...

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    It’s highly unusual to see both a flagship Android phone’s diminutive and jumbo-sized derivations announced ahead of the actual standard model, but in Nubia Z11’s case, the waiting has sure paid off. As expected, ZTE kept the best for last here, joining the growing ranks of 6GB RAM powerhouse manufacturers. And of course, only one ultra-high-end processor goes well with the record-matching memory count, namely a Snapdragon 820 to replace the 617 inside the Z11 mini and 652 under Max’s hood. In order to keep the starting price as low as possible, the 5.5-inch ZTE Nubia Z11 also ...

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    The world’s 113th largest country by population and 190th by area is also somehow one of the most technologically advanced, with the absolute fastest LTE connections, light-years ahead of the US, and starting today, islandwide Android Pay support in addition to Apple Pay and Samsung Pay functionality. Just one other nation already allows its smartphone-addicted inhabitants to perform quick and secure on-the-go transactions across all three digital wallet services, while the UK and possibly Australia should soon join the ranks of Singapore and US. Google wants us to know that, although ...

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    Not many people got the appeal or saw the point of a Galaxy S5 Neo derivation released more than a year after the standard model with extremely similar overall specifications, an Exynos processor replacing a Snapdragon, and no fingerprint sensor or 32GB internal storage option. But for the few that did embrace the summer 2015-unveiled mid-ranger pre-loaded with Android 5.1 Lollipop, Samsung has a surprise in store. One you probably lost all hope for, or at least expected its delivery later on, considering there are still a handful of far more popular Galaxy phones stuck on OS build L ...

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    With a cheeky name like Wileyfox, cool matching logo, and one of very few still ongoing Cyanogen Inc. alliances, the inexperienced but ambitious British makers of the affordable Storm and Swift smartphones couldn’t escape our radar again, as they just took the wraps off the low to mid-end Spark family. Meant primarily for domestic sales, the three new Wileyfox devices range in price from £90 to £130, and all run Android Marshmallow-based Cyanogen OS 13 on the software side of things. Hardware-wise, the entry-level Spark is absolutely nothing to write home about, incorporating sub-par ...

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    OnePlus and controversy go hand in hand, so even as the budding device manufacturer got rid of the invite system, its first metal unibody product sparked red-hot debate across the interwebs. Some devoted fans of previous OnePlus flagships lamented the move from sandstone to aluminum, while others thought the OP3 looked too similar to a handful of rivals. Then there was the highly publicized RAM management issue, as well as concerns over a display deemed mediocre by our master reviewer Juan Carlos Bagnell. Still, at the end of the day, and even assuming an update didn’t fix everything ...

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    As if the subtle differences between the low to mid-end Honor 5X, 5C and 5A weren’t confusing enough for Huawei’s growing fan base both domestically and internationally, the premium Honor V8 will soon get a diminutive, slightly downgraded derivation to further dilute the company’s surprisingly successful sub-brand. The Honor 8 (no V prefix this time around) is essentially confirmed to land on Chinese shores in a few weeks tops, with certification agency Tenaa gracious enough to reveal all of the 5.2-incher’s secrets early. Despite a robust metal frame sandwiched between snazzy ...

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    In the fierce battle for music streaming supremacy, the world’s most popular ridesharing service isn’t keen on taking sides, instead playing nice with both Spotify and Pandora. After letting riders assume backseat DJ duties via the former app for a couple of years now, Uber finally turns its attention to drivers as well, integrating the latter’s ad-free Internet radio resources directly into the Uber Partner app. All “partners” in the United States, Australia and New Zealand have to do is connect their phones to the car’s Bluetooth or AUX, set the stereo as needed, tap the ...

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    The interwebs lit up yesterday with the rumors of a non-Nexus Google built phone due to an article from The Telegraph. Now let’s start this off by saying this entire rumor should be taken about as serious as fables of rainbow crapping unicorns. There are so many reasons why, aside from Project Ara, we will probably never see an in-house Google built phone but let’s set those aside for a bit. Instead, let’s take a look at what kind of possibilities and advantages a 100% Google bred phone would afford. So put on your tinfoil hats and let’s take a quick jaunt into the land of ...

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    Somewhere during the transition between Android Kit Kat and Lollipop, the Android blogs were awash in the discussion about multiple user accounts for mobile devices. If two (or more) people used the same gadget, they could have their own unique user ID’s and passwords. When logging in, their own customized homescreens and app collections would appear. People seemed really excited about this feature, but now on the cusp of Android N’s consumer facing release, multi-user accounts isn’t something much discussed, especially for phones. This is a metaphor held over from the days of ...

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    Samsung's getting it on for the On7 as we find that the Galaxy On5 is headed to the US, so of course the one that isn't coming to the US gets the update first, right? SamMobile actually has the update OTA from Turkey in its stock right now for you to download if you have a Galaxy On7. Typical Marshmallow improvements are stocked on as well as some new twangs to TouchWiz. If you prefer to wait until you get your OTA, just keep in mind that it may take a few days. Okay, to be fair, the Galaxy On5 that's at T-Mobile and MetroPCS right now come packed with Android 6.0.1 anyways. Source: SamMobile

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    While Android N… utella could still technically see daylight and perhaps even roll out to new and old Nexus devices before the critically acclaimed Note 4 turns two in the fall, chances are Marshmallow will be the last major software update officially delivered to the first of Samsung’s metal-framed high-end Galaxy phablets. You’ll therefore probably excuse T-Mobile for taking its sweet time to ensure the Snapdragon 805-powered 5.7-incher’s 6.0.1 goodie pack is one for the ages. Of course, Sprint somehow kicked off its own over-the-air rollout way back in March, ahead of even ...

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    It was undoubtedly smart of Samsung to commercially release the Galaxy S7 in early March, when the LG G5 and HTC 10 were still several weeks away, while the iPhone 6s had lost almost all its mojo. But now that the iPhone 7 looms large, even without a radical redesign or substantial upgrades in tow, it’s Sammy’s turn to prepare for the worst. At least until the Galaxy Note 7 also enters the scene, with Q3 shipments expected to take a bit of a dive compared to both previous forecasts and possibly record-setting Q2 numbers. According to Digitimes, and the Taiwanese publication’s ...

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    While arguably the most trustworthy mobile-specialized leaker in the world can only vouch for the name of Samsung’s “next big thing” and a handful of super-premium features, many other insiders and insider wannabes have pretty much painted the Galaxy Note 7 a complete picture these past few months. Both literally and figuratively. Today, it’s the turn of a little known and unproven Weibo informant to try to assemble the puzzle piece by piece, with confirmed and unconfirmed intel likely lumped together. Though clearly more advanced than anything released by Samsung to date, the Note ...

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    The general wisdom on consumer electronics is that you shouldn't buy the first generation of a product. Bug fixes, refinements, or price drops, it might be safer to wait for a second generation gadget, but honestly, we consumers really don’t seem to start taking a company seriously until we’ve seen them in the market for three product releases. This is a big year for OnePlus. Not only reaching a third smartphone, but also growing up and dumping the invite purchasing system used in the past. Any review of this phone can take one of two courses. We can focus on the performance of this ...

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    With the age-old plastic vs. metal smartphone construction debate apparently settled in the latter’s favor by most top-tier OEMs, many mobile tech consumers may still be wondering whether leather deserves a little extra attention. The simple answer is yes, when doubled by affordability, as is currently the case for the aging but far from passé LG G4. We’ve seen the spring 2015-released Snapdragon 808 powerhouse cost as little as $275 in an elegant leather finish and unlocked form recently, even less in refurbished quality, and now B&H Photo Video sells it for $279. What’s so ...

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    After many years of drawn-out, highly publicized legal battles between tech companies as diverse and influential as Apple, Samsung, Google, Oracle, Microsoft, Huawei and HTC, the patent wars seemed to slowly blow over lately. But that’s not stopping semiconductor giant Qualcomm from filing a complaint against a smaller, on-the-rise smartphone manufacturer in the Beijing Intellectual Property Court. China-based Meizu, which is on the verge of a long overdue US expansion, will have to fend off accusations of “unlawfully” using QCM technologies without a proper license. Sounds serious, ...

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