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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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    A little earlier this afternoon we were talking about Samsung's retail plans for its latest phablets, and in particular what kind of pricing the Note Edge might find. At the time, we mentioned how Samsung didn't give us a very tight release window for the Edge, only saying that it would be out before the end of the year. That's in contrast to what the manufacturer had revealed about the Galaxy Note 4, announcing at the time of the phone's launch that sales would get underway in October. As it turns out, even that may be too long of a wait to get this horse out of the gate, and we hear this ...

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    One of the best things HTC's doing with the software on its Android models lately has been the way it's distributing even HTC-exclusive apps on the Play Store. By doing so, it's able to deliver app updates to users far more easily than it would through monolithic system software updates. We've already seen it go down that path with its Gallery app, and today learn about a new release that's incoming, bringing some additional features to the One M8 and Butterfly 2. The fact that we're talking about those two models should clue you in to the focus here: new Duo Camera stuff. Specifically, we ...

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    To say that OnePlus has struggled a bit with its launch of the One this year might be a bit of an understatement. From initial word of its invite system, to stock shortages, to ill-conceived promotions, it's been a rocky road for the company. Recently, we've been hopeful that things were turning around, especially as we got word late last month that those invites could be going away entirely in the near future. But now we find ourselves bringing you news of another upset, as OnePlus kills-off the One's StyleSwap covers. Announced back in March, the plan was to give users a choice of ...

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    Samsung may have launched the Galaxy Note Edge with its wrap-around screen at its IFA Unpacked event earlier this month, and while it wasn't shy about showing the handset off, it also wasn't too forthcoming with details regarding the smartphone's release. We were told to expect the phablet to hit retail later this year, but with no finer-grained release window, nor hint of possible pricing. Surely, with its unique display the Note Edge would sell for some sort of premium over the more straightforward Note 4, but just how much? While nothing's official just yet, evidence is pointing to one ...

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    Going back years now, to the time when Motorola was first getting its bearings as a Google-owned company, we've been paying attention to the role former-Googler Punit Soni has been playing as Motorola's VP of Product Management. He's kept us in the loop about the manufacturer's plans for software updates, helped drive Motorola away from MOTOBLUR and towards a near-stock Android experience, and occasionally been the unintentional source for upcoming-product rumors. But that's all coming to an end, as today we see his path diverge from Motorola's, with Soni announcing his departure from the ...

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    It's not surprising to think that our app usage changes over time: new titles and services emerge, and as Angry Birds fails to have the same punch as it did back in 2010, we find ourselves moving on to new software. But now a recent study suggests that not only are our tastes in specific apps constantly evolving, but the amount of time we spend interacting with them on a whole is on the upswing, with users spending an average of 21 percent more time in apps than they were just one year ago. Localytics breaks down its data by app type, and certain genres see much more pronounced growth than ...

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    A lot of us anticipated Motorola's launch of the new Moto X. Some may argue that it's not the most powerful smartphone in the market, or the best looking, but whomever says that has clearly not spent any time with its software. Motorola's Touchless Control app was among the most popular of all the services included, and now that it's called Moto Voice, there are some good news for legacy Motorola smartphones. Motorola has just launched Moto Voice for devices like the 2013 Moto X, in addition to the Droid Ultra, Droid MAXX, and Droid Mini. This is an interesting move from Motorola given ...

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    One of the more controversial rumors to touch upon Google and its hardware efforts arrived back at the start of the year, with claims that the company would scrap the Nexus line as we knew it in favor of something called Android Silver. Over the months that followed, the picture of Android Silver as a line of premium devices with near-stock software emerged, though maybe not with the same budget-friendly prices that Nexus models went for. But then instead of new rumors adding clarity, the situation only got murkier, as new reports suggested that Silver as a project might be losing steam ...

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    Android L (whatever that ends up meaning) will be here soon, and with it, Google will be bringing its new Material Design look to its apps. Back in July, we took a look at some leaked Play Store imagery that differed slightly from the early preview we got at Google I/O, observing how Google was continuing to refine this design language as it prepared for a public release. Today, we've got even more Play Store 5.0 leaks to check out, further emphasizing the Material Design future in store for us. How does this upcoming Play Store differ from the current look? Color plays a large role in ...

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    You'd think that the next tier above mid tier, is a high-end smartphone, but that's really only the case if you're not talking about Samsung. We've seen the company launch watered down variants of certain smartphones, or new variants of the same phone with higher specs. If the amount of Galaxy phones in the market confuses you, we'll admit it confuses us too, but that won't stop Sammy from bringing on more. We have some leaked specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime, which is definitely not a high-end phone, but will be a tad more powerful than the basic Samsung Galaxy Grand that ...

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    A couple months back, NVIDIA introduced mobile gamers to its latest hardware: instead of a new Shield handheld (now the Shield Portable), we saw the company introduce its Tegra-K1-powered Shield Tablet. With an eight-inch full HD display, support for the company's Shield wireless controller, and a very affordable $300 starting price tag, it was sounding pretty good – but for as tempting as that 16GB WiFi-only $300 model was, the 32GB version teased LTE support for just $100 more. Now that higher-end Shield tablet is finally ready to arrive, as pre-orders open for the LTE model. Orders of ...

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    Our Moto 360 review unit has been in at least three states at this point, and it's finally seeing its turn at our review desk today. We've spent a good amount of time learning the ins and outs of the gorgeous new Android Wear device at this point, so it's time to share what we've found in a full Motorola Moto 360 review video. The hardware is the interesting part on the 360, and that's almost unarguable. Looking at the watch from an exterior perspective, the round display (albeit with the "flat tire" at the bottom) and heavy use of stainless steel and leather are standout features. These, ...

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    Competition between the big players on the mobile platform stage is an odd thing. On one hand, it's in the best interest of companies like Google to see the Apples of the world fail, driving users over to its own platform. But at the same time, we have Google releasing app after app for iOS. Microsoft's in on this seemingly counter-intuitive action as well, and this year has seen it bring Office to more of its competitors' devices. Today we check out a new accessory from Microsoft that further establishes its willingness to “step over the lines” as it were, delivering features tailored ...

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    The time is nearly here for you to be able to get your hands all over Motorola's newest devices and accessories. Moto X 2014 pre-orders, along with the same for the Moto Hint and Motorola Turbo Charger, are now live on Motorola's web portal. First of all, the new Moto X is now available in two forms – the first is an AT&T model, and the second is the "Pure Edition" Motorola representatives confirmed a couple days back. Both are available for $499 from Motorola's online store, though the latter comes SIM-unlocked and with an easily unlockable bootloader. The next item available today ...

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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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