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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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    When Samsung introduced its curved-screen Gear S smartwatch the other day, it announced an interesting collaboration, partnering with Nokia to bring HERE maps to the wearable for delivering navigation services. We also saw teasers for this HERE/Gear effort on social media, but it wasn't clear if the Gear S was the beginning and end of the partnership, or if there'd be more to it. Well, today the other shoe drops, as Nokia announces HERE for Android, exclusively on Samsung devices. It's still a beta, but what we've seen already looks pretty polished, though that shouldn't be surprising ...

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    Samsung, Sony, LG, ASUS, Motorola: a growing number of the big smartphone OEMs – or at least those with a toe in the Android pool – have been getting involved with smartwatches. But there's one name almost conspicuously absent from that list; where's HTC? We've known for a while now that the company has been open to the idea of making a smartwatch, and rumors have long talked about a model arriving sometime this year. Back in May, there was even specific talk of a launch that could happen right around this time of the year, in late August or early September, as well as mention of an ...

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    Last fall, Sony was talking about its global strategy for smartphones, and how it dreamed about working its way up through the ranks – not necessarily with lofty goals of dominating the industry, but maybe settling-in to a third-place spot, behind giants like Samsung and Apple. But in order to keep sales moving, the company decided to turn its attention away from certain markets it deemed just too competitive, including the US. In the time since, we've anxiously been checking out rumors that suggested Sony might be loosening-up on that stance, and while plenty of evidence seemed to point ...

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    It's not often that we see a new company attempt to elbow-in on the already-crowded smartphone market, so when OnePlus introduced its One handset earlier this year, we sat up and took notice. But what started out as a very promising handset soon found itself beset by numerous launch issue: first we got word of this invitation-only sales system, before hearing about delays and seeing ship dates slip. Recently on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, we discussed our frustrations over how that controversial invite system didn't emerge as a temporary Band-Aid, giving way to full-blown sales a few ...

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    Samsung's IFA 2014 event is scheduled to be on September 3, so during this home stretch lead-up, it's only natural that the company would like to flex its enormous marketing muscles a little early. The latest in a series of Samsung Galaxy Note 4 teaser videos has come out today, and it's every bit as wild and curious as the others. The one-minute spot shows a bunch of people having fun, with a variety of people doing everything from listening to music, to going to parties, to eating ice cream, to driving a race car and motorbike, all within the minute. There's a simple "Ready, set..." ...

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    Many of us here at Pocketnow have been quite disappointed with the lack of love for "mini" phones – they're generally crammed with mid-range specs, don't get wide carrier adoption, and lag behind in terms of support and updates. The HTC One Mini update to Sense 6 is long overdue according to many, but it's finally here for AT&T users. The update, which weighs in at a hefty 550MB, brings quite a few changes to the aging device. Apart from the base Sense 6 features, there are updates to the Gallery and Camera app, the addition of Extreme Power Saving Mode, and other miscellaneous ...

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    Even though the Galaxy Note 4 is only days away at this point, Samsung's Galaxy S5 is still the company's flagship for the time being. And that means support and update love, the latter of which is now being shared with AT&T-branded Galaxy S5s everywhere. What's new in this AT&T Galaxy S5 update? Let's take a look. The update does not bump up the Android operating system version of the phone, but is rather a compilation of a bunch of small fixes. Most importantly, there are security patches involved, and while we don't have further details regarding which issues the update ...

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    Our own Michael Fisher proved last week that it is possible to scratch a synthetic sapphire display on a smartphone. Specifically, he roughed up the Kyocera Brigadier through several heinous tests, and impact with a hard material got the better of the extra hard sapphire. No less, the Brigadier is an impressively rugged smartphone that has both the IP certifications and the real world beefiness to back up the claims. But handling a drop or dunk in water isn't all that this phone is capable of. In this video, we cover three of the Kyocera Brigadier features you may not know about!

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    The Galaxy Note 4 is nearly here. Samsung's been teasing the hell out of its phablet for next week's pre-IFA Unpacked event, and all that remains now is to get the details. Which, to be fair, there are a lot that still need to be confirmed, and beyond specifics on hardware components, we still don't have a great idea of how this phone will appear. There have been a few leaked pics of components, as well as supposed images of the assembled Note 4 itself, but nothing we've felt really confident about being the genuine article. With such a short time to go before launch, will a solid leak of ...

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    When Motorola's Moto X+1 finally launches – which all present evidence is pointing towards happening next week, we're hoping to get confirmation of a bunch of new custom backplate options. Already, Motorola's given us a rainbow of colors and a handful of wooden finishes to choose from for the Moto X, and right from the start of X+1 rumors, we've been hearing about the phone picking up some additional materials. Namely, we could be looking at leather options, including a choice of colors, and just last week we spotted some retailer evidence that seemed to support the idea of this new ...

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    As we just looked at in our IFA 2014 Rumor Roundup, Sony's got quite a few new devices we're expecting to see launched next week. Those range from phones, to tablets, to wearables, to accessories, and a relatively consistent stream of leaks has been slowly feeding us information about many of them. But in contrast to companies like Samsung or ASUS, which have been delivering IFA teasers that outright identify their upcoming products, Sony's been keeping relatively quiet. Sure, we got some general hints from its invitation itself, but nothing really specific. Now the manufacturer is finally ...

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    Benchmarking applications have been a hot topic as of late, as many manufacturers have cheated and gamed results, making headlines. The most popular benchmarking app out there though, is helping to thwart that by doing what it can – today, the AnTuTu 5 update has gone live in Google Play. The AnTuTu 5 update was first covered by us, in video form and lengthy written form, back when we were able to obtain a beta version for review. Since then, the app has stabilized in a final version, and loose ends have been tied up. We encourage you to give our previous in-depth coverage a look if ...

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    For Verizon customers, it's the Windows Phone question of the year: Lumia Icon or One M8 for Windows? Both phones offer premium builds and powerful internals, both run Windows Phone 8.1, and both have their own software goodies to try to captivate customers – but which is the better phone overall? We tackle that question in our HTC One M8 for Windows vs Nokia Lumia Icon comparison video down below. Talking hardware, neither of these phones are small. But what they both are is sturdy and solidly built, for whatever you take that to mean. The HTC feels a bit better in-hand, if only ...

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    We knew that LG was prepping its G Watch R a few days ago, but it was unexpected that the official announcement would come so soon. Well, that's now upon us, so it's now time to gaze into the internals of this sucker to see what it's all about in our comprehensive LG G Watch R specs list. This watch is pretty par for the course when it comes to smartwatches, and it should be able to handle anything Android Wear can muster with ease. With just a few Android Wear watches on the market as of now, it's tough to gauge what exactly the ideal specs list, but we should get a bit better of an idea ...

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    LG looks like it's saving nothing in terms of device launches for the IFA 2014 trade show next week. It's already gone official with the L Fino and L Bello entry-level smartphones, the midrange G3 Stylus, and is now announcing for real the LG G Watch R, a Moto 360 competitor if there's ever been one. The smartwatch is allegedly the first watch-style wearable in the world to be using circular P-OLED display tech and utilize 100% of the watch face (sorry Moto 360, that black bar at the bottom is really costing you). Speaking of that display, it's a 1.3-inch panel. And while we're on specs, ...

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