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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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    Three weeks ago, HTC got a head-start on IFA 2014 by announcing its Desire 510 mid-ranger, notable for its LTE support and use of a Snapdragon 410 SoC, making it one of the very first 64-bit capable Androids. Much earlier in the summer, though, we were already hearing whispers about the 510, and the notion that it might find a home on a US carrier – and Sprint, to be specific. Today we learn that those old rumors are coming true, with Sprint sharing plans to add the 510 to its lineup later this week. The Desire 510 hits Sprint this Friday for the quite affordable sticker price of just ...

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    It's pretty common to see powerful Android smartphones these days – we've grown accustomed to yearly (or even shorter, in the case of some OEMs) release cycles from the likes of Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony, and others as well. But it is rare to have both a powerful Android smartphone with an especially-commendable camera; sure, phones like the LG G3 can take some pretty nice pictures, but those probably aren't at the level of the Panasonic Lumix CM1, probably the best Android cameraphone on paper we've seen to date. Before we jump into that camera, let's rattle off some other specs. There's ...

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    If you can't wait for Motorola to stock up the new Moto X later today on its online store, and are an AT&T customer, you're in luck. The carrier has made pre-orders of the second-generation X available through its online store, but there are a couple catches if you're going to get your Moto X 2014 pre-orders in through this system. The device is available in three flavors – Black Leather, Bamboo, and Black Resin – and customizing the phone through Motorola's Moto Maker is not yet an option. Weirdly enough, AT&T can't quite decide what to call the phone; both Moto X2 (which ...

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    Another day, another LG midranger – at least, that's what it feels like from over here. In just this year, the South Korean manufacturer has already released a bevy of phones such as the G3 Beat / G3 S, G3 Vista, G3 Stylus, L Fino, and L Bello, and with a few months still left in the year, it sure doesn't look like the company plans to cool the pace a tad. Today, the LG G3 Vigor is now official, a new midranger that plans to set up shop stateside. The phone has a 5-inch 720p IPS display, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, a 2,540 mAh battery, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat with LG's Optimus UI ...

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    It seems that last weeks rumors did end up coming true. Oppo has the successor to its acclaimed N1 ready for action in Asia, and even though the logical step was for this phone to be called the N2, it seems the company thought otherwise. We're still wondering why the number jump with this device, but if you look at some separate leaked renders that we've found, you'll probably understand why. Oppo hasn't been specific on the date that we'll see the Oppo N3 announced, but what we do know is that the device will sport a smaller design than its predecessor, and the same swivel camera that we ...

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    Do subsidized on-contract smartphone sales make a lot of sense? We could (and in the past, have) argue that point until the cows come home, but whether through choice or chance of fate, let's say you find yourself in that on-contract wagon. Record numbers of smartphone users are pre-ordering the iPhone 6 right now, so what do you do if you find yourself craving Apple's latest handset, but it's not quite time for you to upgrade just yet? If you're a Verizon user, you may be in luck, as the carrier confirms early upgrade support for certain subscribers. Basically, if you're with Verizon but ...

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    One of our favorite devices of last year just got a refresh this year, and your wait to get your hands on one is about to end. The new Moto X is currently being put to its pace in our Pocketnow labs, and so far, it has proven to be a worthy successor to its 2013 iteration. The company has just provided an official date for its preorders to begin, and we hope you're reading this with your wallets ready. Motorola and AT&T have officially announced that the Moto X preorders begin tomorrow, September 16th at noon Eastern, 9AM Pacific. These preorders apply to both the carrier-locked ...

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    Just when we thought that the smartphone world was in store for a couple months of quiet, following the iPhone 6 launch and in advance of the bustling holiday season, HTC's been popping-up all over the place with rumors of new hardware. If we're not talking about plans for a Nexus 9 tablet with Google, we're wondering what's in store for next month's “double exposure” event. Our best guess yet at the latter has it featuring both a new camera accessory and the long-rumored HTC Eye selfie phone. Over the weekend, a few new rumors attempted to reveal a bit more about the Eye's hardware, ...

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    Bit by bit, these rumors about an HTC Nexus 9 have become more and more convincing. Maybe that NVIDIA shout-out in some recent legal docs seemed a little more official than it likely was, but we're fielding reports of this HTC Nexus hardware from multiple angles, many pointing to a launch in just a matter of weeks. The latest evidence in support of this device comes to us in the form of an accessory, as Taiwan's version of the FCC takes a look at an HTC tablet keyboard case. The idea about a keyboard case for the Nexus 9 has been hanging around for a little over two weeks now, first ...

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    For as high-tech as our smartphones are, the voice calls they make decidedly aren't. Phones have long been held back by legacy voice standards, failing to take full advantage of the bandwidth and processing power of modern handsets. Luckily for us, salvation awaits in the form of voice over LTE, or VoLTE. Last month, Verizon shared its plans to activate its own VoLTE network in the weeks to come, and today we get word that it's getting things started, going live with what it's calling Advanced Calling 1.0. With Verizon VoLTE now active, how can you take advantage of it? Well, for the ...

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    Last year, Motorola blindsided everyone by creating an entry-level smartphone that was not only surprisingly great but also extremely affordable. Other smartphones like it had surfaced, but definitely not on Android. The Lumia 520 is a perfect example. But very few Android smartphones before the Moto G were both affordable and worth buying. Last week, while all the attention was on IFA in Berlin, Motorola made some not-so-surprising announcements in Chicago where our own Adam Doud was on scene. It announced the new Moto X, Moto G, Moto 360, Moto Hint, and some juice packs. Of those, one ...

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    Right as we were getting into September, Google sent out invitations to an event scheduled for today in India, one where we would get “an exciting new announcement” from the company. Based on where this was taking place, we wondered if this might not be the follow-up to Google I/O's news of the new Android One project. Sure enough, earlier today in India Google formally introduced the world to the first Android One devices, while also revealing some key details about where the effort is going from here. The good news: they're still quite affordable. We had been concerned by rumors that ...

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    Those of you Motorola fans who have been able to see past all the buzz surrounding the Moto 360, the new Moto X and Moto G models, and all the fun little accessories the manufacturer has just announced may have noticed us talking about the possibility of having a new Droid model launch for Verizon. That all really picked up earlier this month when the old DroidLanding Twitter account got back into action, most recently hinting at a Droid with support for Motorola's Turbo Charger. We had already discussed the possibility of a Droid Turbo, a phone that may have been under development as ...

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    Seeing one of our favorite phones of 2013 get refreshed instantly piques our interest – especially when the same great features are on-board, and specs have been bumped up to an admirable level. We have a review unit in our labs now, so it's time to finally find out what happens when you put Motorola up against ... itself, in our Moto X 2014 vs Moto X 2013 comparison. In terms of hardware, there's a huge upgrade between the two models. We compared them spec-by-spec in an earlier post on the site, so check that out if you want to know exactly what's different, but upgrades have been ...

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    One week ago, Motorola announced its latest Android flagship, the second-gen Moto X. Without reinventing the wheel, it managed to take much of what we loved about the first Moto X, bump up the specs, and offer more custom options – a win all around. Later this month, sales of the smartphone will begin, and just like before, we'll be seeing a good deal of carrier interest. But what if you'd rather not get your new Moto X with a carrier lock, as well as some unwanted software bloat? Motorola's no stranger to selling unlocked versions of its phones, and today we hear that its unlocked 2014 ...

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