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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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    Back in early September we saw pre-orders open for the Meizu MX4, a 5.36-inch Android-based handset (Meizu's Flyme OS) with a 1920 x 1152 resolution (we know: weird), octa-core MediaTek SoC, and 20.7MP Sony camera. Solid enough, sure, but quite a bit short of a bleeding-edge spec powerhouse. Just a couple months later, Meizu is already looking to outdo itself, and this week has revealed its latest flagship, the MX4 Pro. The MX4 Pro shares quite a bit with its predecessor, while also making some notable upgrades. The screen grows slightly to 5.5 inches while getting a big resolution bump, ...

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    The latest smartphones, on both Android and iOS, are configured to enable device-level encryption by default; no longer is simply having one of these handsets in your possession enough to read the data stored within, requiring user authentication before information can be accessed. As far as smartphone users are concerned, this is a great development, securing our personal info against the prying eyes of both criminals and occasionally-over-reaching law enforcement. Unsurprisingly, the US government isn't quite so pleased about this practice, and it's wasting no time in pulling out the big ...

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    The HTC One M8 for Windows is more than just another Windows Phone in the market. In addition to bringing the quality in design of the HTC One M8 to the Windows Phone space, it also proves that OEMs can use existing Android hardware to find success in another platform. We still don't have specific details on how the HTC One M8 for Windows has performed in T-Mobile, but as of today, we have another option to buy. After a little hurdle with the launch of the HTC One M8 for Windows earlier this month, T-Mobile has just made it official that the device is available today. The spec sheet and ...

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    Getting your hands on Android 5.0 Lollipop right now is kind of a mess. Most applicable Nexus devices have already received it, some NVIDIA Shield products have also gotten some action, and we should see it rolling to the Google Play edition devices very soon as well. We also know that OEMs like HTC have already committed to pushing Android 5.0 to existing flagship smartphones in the next few months, but if you want an early glimpse of what it'll look like, let's all thank the Internet. We have some leaked photos of what seems to be HTC Sense 6 running on top Android 5.0 Lollipop. We say ...

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    “Where the hell did I leave that phone? I could call it – I think the ringer might be on. Wait... what's my number, anyway?” Sound familiar? If you count yourself among the absent-minded, you're in good company, as plenty of us regularly find ourselves losing track of our smartphones. Online tracking services help to a degree, but if you're sure the phone is somewhere inside your house, a local solution can sure help speed things up. To that end, Motorola has just launched its latest mobile accessory, the Motorola Keylink Bluetooth fob. Keylink works with the Motorola Connect app for ...

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    It's been about six months now since Google announced its Android One project at Google I/O, an effort to streamline handset development and empower manufacturers to quickly and easily get cheap, versatile hardware into the hands of customers. If you're a smartphone user in the West, you may not be up on all the Android One developments since, but shoppers in India have already had the opportunity to get on board the Android One train for a couple months now. One of the many selling points of Android One has been the level of control Google has over software, with promises of speedy system ...

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    The evolution of Android over the years has oftentimes been the direct result of nifty features of OEM skins. With the Android 5.0 release, Google produced a Motorola-esque Ambient Display mode, along with other things similar to what we've already seen on other phones. One of the features we'd have liked to seen carried over to stock is one that companies like LG and HTC have had for a while – tap-to-wake. And, if code commits to the Android Open Source Project are correct, then there was Nexus 6 tap-to-wake support once upon a time... except the device didn't launch with it. Perhaps ...

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    The Nexus 9 has its fair share of quirks, as we noted and expounded upon in our full review, but it doesn't stop there. Many users of Google's stock Android tablet have begun reporting issues with the "OK Google" voice recognition features, and their failure to operate under certain circumstances. Is this Nexus 9 OK Google bug serious? Let's examine it. To be clear, not everyone's unit is facing the issue, but here's the gist of it. OK Google functionality works as you'd expect it to on the home screen, but despite toggling any number of settings from "on" to "off" and back again, the ...

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    Wearable devices promise to be absolutely huge this holiday season, with more products out on the market than ever before. And while smartwatches might not be for everyone, with price, compatibility issues, and the promise of even snazzier products just months away serving to temper consumer enthusiasm just a tad, wearables of the activity tracker persuasion are that much more affordable and gift-friendly. Google's been doing all it can to make Android a welcome home for such devices, releasing Google Fit late last month and just this week starting distribution of a Play services update ...

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    No, Nokia is not dead as a brand, and it's not dead as a company that wants to own the mobile space like it did before. Today's announcement of the Nokia N1 tablet proves that the company had broader plans than to just give us the Android launcher that we saw earlier this year. Still, if you weren't able to get your hands on the early beta that we took for a quick tour a couple of weeks ago, Nokia has just decided to give you a hand. Nokia has just launched its Z Launcher on the Google Play store for any Android device running version 4.1 or later. This Z Launcher takes a very different ...

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    Android 5.0 Lollipop updates started arriving for Nexus phones right around the middle of last week. We saw factory images, OTAs, and everything we needed to start using the latest Android system software on our favorite Nexus models. With that hurdle out of the way, our attention starts turning to Google Play edition models, which while they aren't privy to quite the same super-fast updates as Nexus devices (even if some other companies did give Google a run for its money this time around), are often right behind with update of their own. HTC looked like it was going to be the first OEM ...

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    First we had Facebook on our phones. Then there was Facebook Messenger, which – if we felt like it – we could use for instant communications with our friends. But eventually Facebook took that choice away and made the use of that second app mandatory if we wanted to keep sending and receiving messages. Today we see what looks to be the latest volley in this push towards a separate Facebook app for everything, with the introduction of Facebook Groups. As should be painfully obvious from its name, Facebook Groups is all about creating, discovering, and keeping up with your favorite ...

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    Two weeks back HTC got its Hot Deals started with one hell of a sale, making the brand-new Nexus 9 available for half price. A week later we saw the company follow that up with an offer that would knock $350 - this time more than half price - off the no-contract HTC One M8. Now Tuesday has once again rolled around and we're ready to learn about the company's newest offer. This week you have your pick of products, with HTC knocking fifty percent off your choice of phone accessory. Now, what counts as an "accessory?" Will the RE camera make the cut (not likely)? The sale goes live in just a ...

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    How does a smartphone manufacturer strike the right balance between giving shoppers the options they're looking for and not flooding the market with device after similar device? Deliver too few and you risk missing out on the hardware sweet spots that draw the most sales, while too many and it's hard to make any one model stand out. In the past we've criticized OEMs for falling too far on both sides of the fence, and now it looks like at least one of them is interested in changing its tune a little, as Samsung announces plans to seriously pare down its 2015 phone offerings. As you might ...

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    Nokia had been teasing some sort launch for today, but when it revealed the N1 Android tablet just a little earlier this morning, the news was still a bit of a surprise. After all, Nokia's whole X-series Android experiment looked like it was over, but while Android smartphones may be one thing, Android tablets are clearly another. With a 4:3 display in a 2048 x 1536 resolution and a 64-bit SoC, the Nokia N1 is bound to draw comparisons to tablets like the Apple iPad Air 2/mini 3 and the Nexus 9, but what's the full picture here? Just what kind of hardware makes up this unexpected Nokia ...

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