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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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    While Sony appears to be seriously considering the retirement of its mid-range Xperia C and M smartphone families after the high-end Z lineup “reached its culmination”, the entry-level E roster isn’t going anywhere. We suspected as much roughly a month ago, when a mysterious low to mid-end F3311 model was benchmarked, and Russian customs basically attached a name tag to the cryptic letter-and-digit combination just 24 hours ago. Now Sony is ready to drop the act, and officially preview the Xperia E5, described as “eager, effortless, and easy on the eye” on Facebook, as well as ...

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    Going from zero to 13 million in less than a year is certainly remarkable, even by Apple’s standards, but the hottest, hippest audio streaming service out there still lags massively behind market veteran and undisputed heavyweight champ Spotify in terms of paid subscribers. Of course, in order to continue to resist the mounting Apple Music challenge, the 2008-launched freemium app for your phones, tablets and desktops can’t afford any missteps as far as pricing goes. Thankfully, Spotify realized just that, and taking a page from both Cupertino and Google’s playbooks, it finally ...

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    Japanese manufacturer that is not Sony, FREETEL, has taken its baby steps to launching its unlocked phones in the US market. We saw the new company back at the major trade shows earlier this year, now it's time to get pre-orders started for a couple of phones. The Priori 3 is a barebones entry-level phone with Android 5.1, a quad-core MediaTek MTK6735P, a 4.5-inch FWVGA (480p) display, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. The phone is available for pre-order for $89, 10 percent off its list price, and will ship in about four weeks. Also on Android Lollipop is this higher-end Kiwami, with a ...

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    For better or worse, OnePlus certainly has a knack for marketing gimmicks which make the company that “never settles” stick with you long after a silly April Fools’ prank taken too seriously, a VR-set smartphone launch event, or arguably distasteful “Smash the Past” contest. The latest eccentric publicity stunt will not only see the OnePlus 3 unveiled in VR… sometime soon, but actually made available in a space station called The Loop, where prospective buyers will go and order the new “flagship killer” via their virtual reality headsets. Don’t own one yet and refuse to ...

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    It’s practically impossible to keep count of Google’s innumerable groundbreaking, sometimes weird, sometimes downright nutty “projects”, especially as they often evolve and unite towards a common goal. Of course, you also have the occasional nonstarter, but in recent years, we’ve seen Aura, Ara, Tango and Loon, to only name a few, capture the imagination of the tech world and press on very close to the mass production phase. Well, you can now add Project Soli to that list, although the wide commercial release of gadgets endowed with a new sensing technology that uses miniature ...

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    While mobile technology continues to advance at a pretty steady pace, so that today’s flagship smartphones can easily top their predecessors in every single way that counts, thriving competition and declining global sales help keep prices in check. In fact, if you look closely, you’ll notice high-end Android retail costs have actually dropped in recent years instead of going up, as the Galaxy S7, for instance, can be currently found for less than what the S6 fetched this time last year. Namely, the latest “next big thing” hit an all-time low price of $530 a couple of weeks ago at ...

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    Well, this is confusing. Just days before almost certainly taking the wraps off a new family of respectable Android mid-rangers with relatively low price points in Taiwan, Asus decided to lightly refresh the original Zenfone Max in India. As far as we know, a radically redesigned and upgraded Zenfone 3 Max is on its way to a number of markets, including “developed” ones in Europe and possibly North America too, but for some reason, Flipkart gets an interim model virtually identical on the outside to the first-gen battery powerhouse. Under the hood, this “new” Asus Zenfone Max ...

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    While there might still be little portions of a largely Samsung-controlled world where 2014 or 2015 flagships are yet to receive official Marshmallow updates, the Korean behemoth and its tireless team of software engineers have moved on to lesser phones and a few tablets in an effort to spread the Android 6.0 love as wide as possible. The Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 and Tab A 9.7 both recently left Lollipop behind, with their little brothers likely following suit soon, and the Galaxy S5 mini seems just a few weeks away from a somewhat surprising OS promotion of its own. Meanwhile, one of the ...

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    While the Android flagship specs battle is a pretty close one between the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5, and design remains a subjective matter, the winner of this H1 2016 clash of the titans may have been decided by bundle deals and discounts. Granted, LG tried its best to lock horns with Samsung in the promotion department as well, but ultimately couldn’t match the marketing strength of its mighty opponent. The opponent, of course, appears to have the precious support of many leading US retailers and carriers, including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Costco, and Best Buy. Best Buy just ...

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    While entertainment and gaming gains, among others, continue to offset Sony’s ceaseless string of mobile misfortunes, not even a giant of this stature can afford to endlessly sustain an underperforming division. Drastic cuts need to be made, and the Xperia Z device family was the first to go, making room for a re-imagined X roster that includes both mid-range and high-end Androids. Meanwhile, speculation recently mounted that all other letters in Sony’s scattered alphabet soup of phones could exit the scene as well before long, including the semi-successful C and M lines. Whether or ...

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    Android developers are starting to get what we want to do on our tablets — read a whole bunch of stuff at once. And in the latest Developer Preview, we can definitely do that on Chrome. Taking advantage of the Split Screen feature that got canonized this week, opening up Chrome and looking at the extended context menu will allow you to "Move [a tab] to other window". You can only move tabs using that menu option, but once you have that new window up, you can add as many tabs as you'd like on that side. Android handles Chrome in this fashion as two separate instances — which seems ...

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    It's been long enough since everyone else on the Galaxy train got their turn at the Marshmallow mount. Heck, the Galaxy Note Edge on Sprint got its draw. Samsung, though, is still ready and willing to spread out the fluff to a wider audience who decided to take a chance on the chaebol's little experiment on the edge. The update that will bring at least European Galaxy Note Edge users to build N915FYXXU1DPE1 is just under 1.5GB large and updates TouchWiz with all the features we're now used to on many other devices like Doze, Now on Tap, better sound controls, etc. The phone came out in ...

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    It's no secret that iOS has a huge cash cow with its App Store. App developers typically work projects for that platform first, betting on a secure latch to a major gravy train. Well, in US Two Games's case, it's definitely the case for its runaway mobile gaming hit, "Monument Valley", now in its second year of existence. And that's even with a whole year of expanding to the Play Store, to Amazon, to Windows 10 Mobile and to Chinese app distributor iDreamSky. In a Medium post infographic, the company announced that it had over 26 million downloads with just under 5 million of them paid ...

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    Rick Osterloh came to Google as its head of hardware and he came at a very pivotal time. We're finally seeing and hearing good news from Google's Advanced Technologies and Products unit about the modular smartphone product that has raised expectations and broken promises for over a year now. One of Project Ara's chiefs said that developer kits for the the smartphone and modules will ship later this year. Consumer editions will debut next year. According to WIRED, about 30 people in the Ara group have a prototype as a daily driver. Cameras, processors and screens actually do snap into the ...

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    We've been watching the Android N previews closely. Following Google I/O 2016, the Android team released a new BETA of the yet-to-be-named mobile operating system. We've already detailed most of the exciting changes coming to our phones and tablets, like better multi-tasking support and the new notification shade in previous videos. Google is in a tricky position with this round of updates. A majority of consumers are on Lollipop and older builds of Android. Manufacturers are trickling out updates for Marshmallow, so whatever dessert name Google picks for N, we're all curious to see how ...

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    There's a new Moto G coming soon. How will it compete in a market full of mid-range and entry-level phones? Google I/O delivered some exciting developer news, what might consumers have to look forward to on Android? The Nokia brand is returning to smartphones! What might we see out of Finland? Plus, we'll be announcing the winners of our 200th episode giveaway! We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and phone comparisons, and of course we'll be ...

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    After more than two years of controversial activity, three highly divisive phones, a silly drone, bizarre iPhone case and a number of decidedly sketchy publicity stunts, you’ve probably come to expect all the unexpected in the world from OnePlus. Rumors of the company intentionally leaking a recent high-quality render of its own upcoming flagship handheld might well be accurate, and it’d also be no shocker if the image turned out to be a very believable decoy. Meanwhile, co-founder Carl Pei has been trolling the heck out of his Twitter followers for the past few days, claiming “this ...

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    Every time you think Apple Pay deals Samsung Pay a death blow, the Galaxy phone-compatible digital wallet service claws its way back in contention for the rapidly flourishing market’s crown, adding China availability to Korea and the US, offering the sweetest discounts, spreading to more and more banks, and working with various membership and loyalty cards stateside. But possibly its biggest coup yet sees the NFC and MST-enabled mobile payment app precede its arch-rival on the Alipay support bandwagon. Yes, starting today, users of the leading third-party payment platform in China can ...

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    It doesn’t look like Asus learned anything from past mistakes, once again cooking up way too many derivations of an otherwise compelling base phone. The ZenFone 3 family will debut at Computex Taipei before long in at least three sizes and up to a dozen configurations ranging in price from $110 to $370. The ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe and ZenFone 3 Max were showcased in a recent teaser video in partial obscurity, and several pre-release benchmarks came to light over the last few months to detail the specifications of half a dozen different models. Now, we get to see the purported Asus ...

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    Available in Korea since March 31, the US from April 1, and most other major global markets for at least a few weeks, the LG G5 took an unusually long time to reach India, which has recently surpassed the US as the country with the second largest smartphone user base in the world. As such, it felt vital for both the short and long-term box-office prospects of the modular device to stop wasting time, and cater to the hundreds of millions of prospective India-based buyers with a relatively low price. Unfortunately, we still don’t know how much nation-leading retailer Flipkart intends to ...

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    It feels very fitting for the upcoming sixth generation of Samsung’s hugely popular S Pen-enabled phablet to pack 6GB RAM, even though the Note 5 obviously didn’t offer 5 gigs of the good stuff, and many mobile tech consumers still reckon 4GB is plenty for today’s (and tomorrow’s) portable powerhouses. Heck, the latest iPhone does just fine with only 2GB random-access memory, so it’s hard not to sense Samsung (and other Android device manufacturers) are taking their spec wars too far in lack of truly innovative new ideas and concepts. But who’s to say the inevitable rise and ...

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    The Wednesday morning keynote that brought us the Google Assistant-based Google Home Echo rival, as well as the first details on the Daydream VR platform, Android Wear’s biggest update yet, Android Instant Apps, and Allo and Duo communication services was just the beginning of the 2016 I/O celebrations. The software developer-focused conference will only wrap up later today, and since the opening keynote, we also heard word of the imminent arrival of Android apps to Chromebooks, Family Library sharing for Play Store purchases, and seamless updates (or lack thereof) for existing Nexus ...

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    Google didn’t really go into as much detail about Android N as we’d have liked during its big I/O 2016 keynote, leaving the dessert name decision (partially) up to us, only hinting at the version number, and vaguely bringing up performance, productivity and security improvements developers can sample and help shape up in the latest OS preview. But one of the arguably coolest new features is unavailable for beta tests just yet, as it concerns the often lengthy and burdensome update process. In short, the goal is to make applying patches, especially small maintenance ones, easier and ...

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    Back in the golden age of candybar phones and clamshells, it was so much easier than today to choose a “daily driver.” Nobody talked about different mobile operating systems and platforms (because there weren’t any), you didn’t have quad or octa-core processors to concern yourself with, and lag was an issue limited to PC mIRC chats. It was an arguably simpler time, when essentially the entire mobile device-owning world either used a stylish Motorola Razr or robust and long-lasting Nokia 1000-series handheld. Androids and iPhones of course shortly entered the equation and began ...

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    Flashback to June 7, 2010 for a moment. It may take a little thought to do so as it was damn near six years ago. You may not remember what the weather was like, what you wore that day, or even what devices you owned at that moment in your life. If you are a diehard techie I will tell you one thing you will remember from that day and that would be that year’s WWDC. The late and great Steve Jobs walked out on stage and unveiled the iPhone 4 in all of it’s gorgeous glory. The phone was amazingly sexy for its time and would come with one particular feature that is a staple point of the iOS ...

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