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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 non-flagship sector of smartphones has become a competitive one, with almost every Android company worth noting having released multiple handsets tackling the budget space. LG, though it has no lack of non-flagship class smartphones, has just gone official with two more Androids: the LG L Fino, and the LG L Bello. LG has brought over some of the signature features of the G3 flagship, such as the rear-mounted buttons and the "Floating Arc" design, to create low-end smartphones that look pretty nice. The camera is one of the signature features of both the L Fino and L Bello as well, ...

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    Whenever we see spec wars between smartphones, a lot of people forget to note that each operating system handles its respective hardware differently. It would be unfair to compare a Windows Phone to an Android phone on a spec sheet, as we do know that Windows Phone requires much less power to perform just as well as Android, and which is something that doesn't speak highly of Android. If you're wondering just how power efficient a Windows Phone can be when running on the same specs as Android, just have a look at the HTC One M8 for Windows, and see for yourself. The spec sheet of both ...

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    After all the drama between Apple and Samsung, you could think that Sammy needs to hire a new batch of lawyers to fix its problems. Well, it turns out that the company is once again facing legal issues, but this time it has nothing to do with patents. The company just sold a ton of Samsung devices to the US Government, but ended up breaking a law in order to do so. Samsung has to pay a fine of $2.3 million to the US Government for misleading it into believing that the phones it acquired from Samsung met the necessary US government policies. As it stands, the US Government is legally forced ...

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    It's no secret that smartphone users have been migrating to handsets with larger and larger displays: what once were “phablets” are now just run-of-the-mill flagship phones, and we've seen the rise of a new class of devices in the six-inch-plus space that marry tablet-sized hardware with voice call support – something traditionally absent from full-fledged tablets. But ever since models like the ASUS Fonepad started making headway on the market, there's been renewed interest in the idea of such voice-capable tablets. While the appeal of this kind of hardware is still tricky for some ...

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    Secret is one of those apps that can drive a tad of controversy. It's designed for office gossip, and hey, getting your complaints out of your system without others really knowing who you are. Sadly it has also led to bullying in certain cases as well, as there is no safer place to keep your office secrets, than in your own mind. There is also a similar app called Cryptic for Windows Phone, and news are that there is a country that wants them banned. A Brazilian Judge is already fed up with all the reports of bullying cases, and the fact that these services haven't been able to put these ...

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    IFA 2014 is just a couple weeks away, and smartphone companies everywhere have already been getting us psyched-up for their respective showings by dropping a few hints here and there of what we can expect. Some have been relatively straightforward, like that ASUS smartwatch teaser from yesterday, while others can be a bit more inscrutable. Today, Huawei's got a clever one out, and it might just take a little brainstorming before we're fully able to get to the bottom of it. That first image seems clear enough, hinting at a device with some sort of fingerprint authentication, but what about ...

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    HTC recently announced a new version of its flagship HTC One M8 smartphone and the only difference is that it's running Windows Phone 8.1.1. This instantly made many of us remember the old days when HTC was king of smartphones in part because it allowed the hacking community to have free reign over their phones. The comments on our first impressions of the device lit up with wishes and hopes for dual-boot capabilities. Back in 2002, HTC released a touch screen smartphone codenamed the "Wallaby" and it was originally released by O2 as the O2 XDA. That's how the XDA-Developers site came ...

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    Someday, smartphones may beam images directly onto our retinas, offer near-ubiquitous broadband-speed connectivity, and last for days (if not weeks) on a single charge. But no matter how good they get, it seems inevitable that carriers will continue to find ways to mess with them. Maybe they're forcing OEMs to remove attractive features, blocking access to software, or just loading our phones up with bloat. Beyond the crap they pre-install, we've also seen carriers experiment with their own little app stores – forgettable efforts that offered little to get excited about. But while those ...

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    If you're anything like us, staying connected means a lot more than simply carrying around a smartphone. Once the mobile device bug gets you and the gadget-lust takes hold, it's easy to find yourself packing a tablet, a smartwatch, and maybe even a backup phone or two. But juggling multiple devices can be tricky when we're dealing with online services, with them never really sure where to contact us – and instead, that means getting the same notification on multiple devices. But now Skype, at least, is learning to be a little smarter about how it routes notifications, and today reveals a ...

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    Xiaomi is a company we didn't have a lot of experience with before last month, and understandably so. The Chinese company is only four years old and didn't start expanding its business internationally until last year. Clearly, the company is doing something right, though. Its Mi3 handset from earlier this year has reportedly sold out in mere minutes on more than one occasion and Xiaomi replaced LG as the fifth-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world earlier this month. Back in July, Xiaomi announced the newest addition to its high-end smartphone lineup, the Mi4. The specs and pricing ...

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    Back in June, we learned that Barnes & Noble was planning something different for its line of Nook tablets, and rather than continuing to put out its own hardware, the retailer would be partnering with Samsung for the release of some co-branded tablets. We were told that a seven-inch Galaxy Tab 4 Nook would be the first fruit of this partnership, debuting in early August. Well, the month may be on its way out by now, but at an event this morning, Samsung and Barnes & Noble have gone ahead and introduced that promised Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. Essentially, we're looking at Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 ...

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    Slowly but surely, ZTE has been stepping-up its efforts to bring its smartphones to the US. This summer we've seen it go after American shoppers with phones like the Grand S Pro, and today we learn of its latest efforts to make headway on the nation's phone market, revealing plans for the start of unlocked US sales of the Nubia 5S Mini LTE. If that name rings a bell, there's a good reason for that, as this is a phone we've heard about before... a long time ago. At least, without the LTE suffix, this is hardware we were looking at during CES in January, and the Nubia 5S Mini itself had been ...

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    We've all heard a ton of rumors pointing to the possible launch of the next Moto X, and there is even a scheduled Motorola event that points to this launch as well. These rumors claim that this Moto X+1 will sport a 5.2-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 801 processor, and 2GB RAM, all decent specifications for this year. Now, what if some new rumors point to another Motorola smartphone in the works, and oddly, a more powerful one? Leaked CPU-Z screen shots show us a new Motorola device under the codename "Quark_Verizon," and with a model number XT1254. Motorola regularly keeps model numbers ...

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    We spend so much time talking about things like screen size on smartphones, display resolution, and the presence (or absence) of bezels, that it's easy to forget that not all smartphone users place such a premium on a handset's visual output. For those of us with varying degrees of impaired eyesight, today's phones already offer plenty of options to help make life easier: everything from big phablet-sized displays to screen-reading software. Last year we even sat down with just such a smartphone user to hear what life is like using tech with a visual impairment. Now we're hearing about ...

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    For some, size does matter, and one-handed usability doesn't. Such is the case of the Galaxy Mega lineup that was unveiled last year, and which received a decent amount of acceptance from the market, even though many considered it to be "too big for average use." If you thought Samsung's experiment was finished there, it turns out that we've been following the Galaxy Mega 2 for quite some time now, and more specifications get leaked today. If you remember, the previous list of specifications provided by GFXBench claimed that his phone had 1.8GB of RAM, a 12 megapixel primary camera, and a ...

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