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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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    Does the LG G4 have any secrets left? Between the weeks and weeks of detailed leaks, the effort LG's undertaken to tease the phone's feature set, and now this last-minute spec leak, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the G4 had nothing further to reveal. The truth will become clear in just a few hours, with LG's event getting underway at 11am Eastern, but before it does, we've got at least one more leak to take a look at, upon the release of some of early pics of the G4 being unboxed. For those of you who have expressed some hesitation over the idea of the leather-backed G4, this may be ...

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    Despite having some of its features unveiled earlier by the manufacturer itself, and its internals by leaksters and/or the media, the LG G4 is still a pretty exciting phone, and its official unveiling is happening today. It is happening at 11a EST (1500GMT), and you can watch the LG G4 event live stream below, in case you didn't manage to make it to New York or London. The world is expecting a 2015 flagship that will have a curved screen like the G Flex 2, a leather back options, a great camera, and other features which were previously leaked. We're going to find out pretty soon whether ...

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    There were a lot of rumors and leaks leading up to the official unveiling of the Sony Xperia Z4, and, once the phone became official, we found out that it was bound to Japan. Then came rumors that Sony was working on a completely different phone for the rest of the world; how different is anyone's guess, but today we're seeing information that the Xperia Z4 might reach other markets as the Xperia Z3+. Manufacturers have been using "+" or "plus" versions of their devices to describe a slightly improved/better/larger model, regardless if we're talking Apple, HTC, or someone else, like Sony, ...

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    We've seen the OPPO R7 teased yesterday, with a probable announcement happening next Month, but the manufacturer isn't stopping there, dropping some more teasers on us, building up the buzz and anticipation to what is expected to be a very thin, bezel-less phone. The image above has been posted by OPPO on its Facebook page, and the 2.5D glass is being called out next to a render of the phone. Said render seems to show off some very narrow bezels, but the manufacturer is expected to conceal even those with a curved glass towards the edges, employing reflection and refraction is a smart ...

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    Today (April 28) is the LG will unveil the G4, its 2015 flagship. You don't have to be an LG fan to be excited about the event; if you love Android, or mobile tech in general, you should be looking forward to seeing what the South Korean phone maker has in store for us. It also looks like you don't have to wait until the event to find out the internals of the phone, as the LG G4 specs have been tentatively leaked. Being slightly larger than the G3, the G4 measures 5.9 x 3 x 0.4 inches and 5.5 ounces, while also being slightly curved, like the G Flex 2. On the inside, you find a Qualcomm ...

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    Remember last week's rumors that implied Nokia was planning on returning to the smartphone game sometime in 2016? OK, forget about them. While the usual policy is a "no comment on rumors" one (or at least that's what the media is being constantly told, for ages), Nokia denies the rumors, as the Finnish company made an official statement on the matter: "Nokia notes recent news reports claiming the company communicated an intention to manufacture consumer handsets out of a R&D facility in China. These reports are false, and include comments incorrectly attributed to a Nokia Networks ...

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    We've kept a close eye on the Oppo R7 for quite some time. The Oppo R5 did an amazing job at wowing us in our recent review, thanks to its premium and thin design, but it seems that Oppo wants more. The rumors of the Oppo R7 and a design without bezels have kept us busy for the last few weeks, and the company has finally decided to give us a glimpse of what to expect. Oppo has just published a couple of teasers on the web for the R7, and even though these don't say much about what we're getting, the fact that the teasers exist is enough reason to be excited. Sources claim that we should ...

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    Samsung's reluctance to adopt the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 in favor of its Exynos processor for all Galaxy S6 models was definitely a shocker. Our biggest concern back then was that every Exynos-based Galaxy device that we've reviewed has underperformed when compared to a variant powered by a Snapdragon. Our worries with the Galaxy S6 are gone for the most part in everything except battery life, but it seems Samsung is hard at work for following this trend. Reports claim that Samsung is already testing a new Exynos processor with custom CPU cores under the codename Mongoose, and which ...

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    Facebook is doing its best to make its proprietary social platforms bigger and better. Services like Facebook Messenger have grown significantly in popularity, but not at the same speed as services like Whatsapp, which Facebook also owns. Today Facebook has just launched a new service that betters the existing Whatsapp offerings, but not for everyone. Facebook Messenger now supports video calling in a very similar way to what we see with Apple's FaceTime or even Skype's video calling. The roll out happens today as an app update for iOS and for Android, and there's even a video explaining ...

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    Sony's a brand with more history in consumer electronics than most other smartphone companies, but that head start hasn't translated into a top spot in the market. Instead, Sony's struggled to find its place, and that's meant making some tough decisions – such as not wasting a lot of time fighting in extremely competitive markets like the US. But just because it's choosing its battles doesn't mean that Sony's afraid of some healthy competition, and this month the company's talking about its plan to succeed in one of the most competitive markets around, with new exclusive smartphone ...

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    “You get what you pay for.” We’ve all heard that before. The philosophy is simple: inexpensive products are shoddy, pricey ones are premium. Working for two years as a sales rep at T-Mobile, I’ve seen countless customers come in to complain about their $100 smartphone, only for an overhearing bystander holding the latest flagship to chime in with that very phrase. But like all black-and-white statements, there are exceptions to this idea, and the Idol 3 from Alcatel OneTouch may be the biggest exception of them all. I wasn’t thrilled when I was first approached about reviewing ...

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    A few reports about underwhelming Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge sales aren't about to ruffle Samsung's feathers; far from it, and rather than finding itself with more GS6-series phones in stock than it knows what to do with, Samsung is supposedly scrambling to keep production moving at a brisk enough pace to keep up with demand. So say the latest rumors about the Galaxy S6 Edge in particular, as we get word that Samsung has brought the Edge's curved screen fabrication to a third production line, more than doubling its capacity in the process. This third production line should increase Samsung's ...

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    Last year, Huawei delivered a wearable that pulled double duty, going well beyond the normal feature set of fitness trackers to offer one that transformed into a Bluetooth earpiece: the TalkBand B1. This year the manufacturer came to MWC ready to show off its more refined take on the concept, launching the second-gen TalkBand B2 and coming back with the same sort of hybrid design. We've already had the opportunity to go hands-on with the wearable for ourselves, and now it's your chance to get involved, as we team with Huawei Device USA to give away five TalkBand B2 wearables to lucky ...

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    Huawei just launched its flagship P8 and P8max, but we already find ourselves looking to what's coming up next from the smartphone manufacturer. Rumors have suggested that the company's planning to introduce a new mid-range model next week, tipped as the Honor 4C. But if the latest leak is right, that's just part of what it's working on, and we could actually be seeing the launch of a trifecta of new devices. Instead of just the Honor 4C alone, now we're hearing that Huawei may also introduce an Honor 4C Note and Honor 4C Max, purportedly all pictured above. The Honor 4C itself is supposed ...

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    Cyanogen has been taking some big steps ever since the group formally incorporated itself and graduated from being some custom ROM enthusiasts to a company doing business with some major manufacturers. That's led to devices like the Oppo N1, OnePlus One, and Yu Yureka. As we wait to see what's next from Cyanogen, it's teasing a mysterious project on social media – so what could it be? The above image arrived this afternoon alongside the note “Cooking up something new in the lab” with the hashtags “EarlyStages” and “TopSecret.” What's the focus supposed to be here? The ...

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    About three weeks back, T-Mobile appeared to drop the Sony Xperia Z3 from its retail lineup. The phone no longer appeared for purchase on the company's website, and inquiries with the carrier over social media were met with confirmation that “the Z3 is no longer available.” While it was a little odd to see sales being discontinues after just five months of availability, considering expectations of the pending Z4 launch, we were able to see where T-Mobile might have been coming from. Well, the Z4 is now official, but only for Japan. There's word that a global flagship could be coming in ...

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    Google Glass was a grand experiment, but the combination of a wary public and sky-high price tag ended up standing in the way of the wearable becoming the next big thing. But while those initial efforts may have petered out, there's been the promise of bigger, better things from round two – and indeed, we started off this year hearing reports that the Glass project had found new management and would be producing a new Glass headset for release sometime later this year. That idea's since been supported by additional statements from Google, talking in particular about finding ways to make ...

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    Earlier this week we heard some exciting news for Nokia fans, with word that the company wasn't too far off from getting back to making smartphones. The report claimed that 2016 would see Nokia release new smartphone hardware, and while this information came from a pair of “trusted sources,” it fell short of official confirmation. Well, it looks like we didn't have long to wait for that, as Nokia China appears to confirm its intention to develop smartphones for launch next year. Besides giving us this 2016 timeframe, the president of Nokia China also mentions Android as the platform ...

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    What's HTC up to this year with its Butterfly series of Androids? While in the past it's been something like a One-relative with a focus on Asian markets, this year we have the One M9 Plus, which also hits a lot of the same notes we'd expect from a Butterfly model. Indeed, just last month we were checking out some Butterfly 3 rumors that suggested the phone could get a quad HD 5.2-inch display, just like on the One M9 Plus. This week some possible Butterfly 3 specs have been uncovered via benchmark, and while they still share some important similarities with the One M9 Plus, it's starting ...

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    The Android tablet landscape has been relatively bare outside of the offerings Google's Nexus program, Samsung, and NVIDIA currently offer, and only one of those companies is focusing on building tablets meant specifically (to some extent) for gaming. Traditional PC companies haven't quite moved into the field, but that all looks to be changing now, with the announcement of an Acer Android gaming tablet launching later this year. The tablet, dubbed "Predator" to match the company's gaming PCs under the same name, is set to launch by the end of 2015. Specifically, it looks like the device ...

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    It's not a secret that a majority of Google's earnings comes from advertising, but there is a small subset of income that comes from the company's other (more device-related ventures), such as the Play Store and Nexus device program. For perspective, that subset is even clumped into its own "other revenues" category on Google's earnings reports; it makes up a small amount of what Google actually makes. Although, it isn't an unsubstantial bit – this Google Nexus revenue decline does indeed concern us despite its tiny placement on the earnings report released by Google for Q1. Google had ...

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    One weekend separates us from the official unveiling of the LG G4, the company's 2015 flagship, replacing the well received LG G3 from 2014. Despite basically being an unannounced phone, there's a lot we know about the device (actually, there's a lot more we know than what we don't). This is thanks to, on one hand, LG teasing most of its features, and, on the other, thanks to leaks we've seen. Pricing, however, is still a mystery, but according to a recent report, the LG G4 will be priced just like the Samsung Galaxy S6 (which is already a darn expensive phone). Of course, as we've seen in ...

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    We've heard and seen a lot about the upcoming OPPO R7 (allegedly to be unveiled on May 20), including real life images as well as a video showing off the bezel-less design achieved with the help of a curved glass that conceals the edges with its reflections and refractions. We also know to expect a very thin design, a 4.7-inch Full HD screen, an octa-core MediaTek 64-bit MT6795 chipset, and a 20.7MP camera. However, for the first time, we're hearing about a possible fingerprint scanner that might be on-board as well. While you can't see it clearly in the renders above and below, it could ...

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    Miniaturization has been the name of the evolution game over the last few years as mobile devices are now more powerful that some of the technology currently used in outer Space.The evolution the ARM's RISC-based architecture has been key in allowing the mobile device revolution of the last few years, and according to certain leaks, miniaturization is still a work in progress. A leaked ARM presentation shows us the reference design for ARM processors in the future, and all point to 10 and 16nm CPUs with Greek mythology codenames. Ares would be the high end 10nm core processor with a 1-1.2W ...

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    We've kept a close eye on all the rumors of the Xiaomi Mi 5, which eventually turned into a possible Mi 4i. Today the company finally made the Xiaomi Mi 4i official in an event held New Delhi, and even though for some this might be a step back from the existing Mi 4, that depends what matters most to you. Have a look at these specs, match them with the price tag, and you'll understand why. First of all, the Xiaomi Mi 4i is built on a polycarbonate body and packs an octa-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon 615 processor, which might be a step back in speed from the Snapdragon 801 on the Mi 4, but with ...

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