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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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    This news may not surprise you if you were invited to test Huawei's Ascend Mate2 Lollipop update early as part of a special program, but for the rest of you, the time has finally come. Huawei today has officially announced that the Huawei Ascend Mate2 Android 5.1 Lollipop update is out. The update isn't quite yet being pushed over-the-air to Ascend Mate2 devices; if you're interested in rocking it on your own device, you're going to have to jump through some hoops, but Huawei is here to ease you through them. The update includes Android 5.1 with EMUI 3.1, and can be downloaded straight ...

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    Been suffering from issues on your Verizon-branded Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 edge unit? This new over-the-air update may be able to soothe you. A Verizon Galaxy S6 (it's for the S6 edge, too) update has been released today with security improvements for the reactivation lock, as well as the addition of roaming in Puerto Rico. Apart from the details above, the update itself is pretty bland. On the point of the reactivation lock, Verizon says in its release notes that it has included "security improvements to Samsung's Reactivation Lock (protection for lost or stolen devices." What those ...

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    Let the Android updates never end! In what feels like the millionth piece of Lollipop update news this week already (and it's only Wednesday morning!), Motorola has taken to Google+ to talk up some additional new updates. Specifically, these Motorola Android 5.1 updates concern the US Cellular and AT&T Moto X 2014, as well as the second-gen Moto E for Cricket. The bulk of the information is available below, thanks to a Google+ post from Motorola employee David Schuster. It's all pretty self-explanatory from the information below, organized by device, but one thing you may be confused ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy A8 has been leaking six ways from Sunday. After popping up all over the place in benchmark data, we started getting some early glances at actual hardware earlier this month. Most recently, that culminated in the publication of an up-close-and-personal hands-on video. But for as much as we've seen the Galaxy A8, we've yet to get a sense of Samsung's plans for making the phone official. While we're still not quite there, today we pick up maybe the most official-looking A8 leak to date, with the release of a document enumerating some of the smartphone's specs. While the ...

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    Today's shaping up to be a big one for Chinese smartphone manufacturers. We just saw Huawei go official with its new Honor 7, and now it's time for Meizu to introduce its own new handset, as the company goes official with the MX5. We've been following rumors of this guy for months now, hearing about things to expect like the presence of a fingerprint scanner. That scanner's indeed present (and boasts 0.48s scan times), joined by hardware like a 5.5-inch 1080p OLED display, a 20.7MP main camera with 5MP front-facer and laser-assisted focus, MediaTek Helio X10 Turbo SoC, and support for dual ...

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    It's been just about a year now since Huawei introduced the Honor 6, a model that combined flagship-level specs with a budget price tag that still managed to come in under $400. And we're six months removed from the launch of the Honor 6 Plus, giving us neat hardware like that dual-rear-camera arrangement. That puts us right on schedule for the next Honor phone to debut, and today Huawei saw to just that, announcing the metal-clad Honor 7. With a 1080p 5.2-inch display, the Honor 7 plus splits the difference in screen size between the Honor 6 and 6 Plus while not feeling compelled to push ...

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    We have already heard and seen enough about the upcoming Galaxy A8 (including leaked specs and pictures), so that we become both intrigued, curious, and excited about Samsung's upcoming phone. However, thanks to this leak (embedded below), the upcoming phablet-class Galaxy A8 will have very few secrets. The device is expected to feature a large 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with Full HD resolution, octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 16MP main and five-megapixel front-facing cameras, 3,050mAh battery, fingerprint scanner, Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, ...

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    The Xperia Z3+ (also known as the Xperia Z4 in some regions -- Japan), which we're currently dissecting in our review labs, is expected to boost Sony smartphone sales in Taiwan, according to "industry source" cited by DigiTimes. Sony is already reportedly holding 25 percent share of Taiwan's high-end Android smartphone market, and this number is expected to grow thanks to the local launch of the Xperia Z3+, as well as the Xperia M4 Aqua Dual. Jonathan Lin, general manager of Sony Mobile Taiwan, expects the availability of the 2015 flaship to slingshot Sony to a comfortable 40 percent ...

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    We've heard a lot about Samsung Galaxy S6 sales; some reports claimed that things are looking good, others insinuated that the situation could be better. You never know who to trust when it comes down to bits like these, and today's report doesn't manage to shed more light either (granted, the report is based on "industry watchers'" findings and insights, so there's, as usual, room for speculation). Said sources claim that Samsung Galaxy S6 sales are falling short of expectations for Q2 of the year; the situation is reportedly not brighter when it comes to Samsung's domestic competitor, ...

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    Hound is SoundHound's new voice assistant to compete with the likes of Google Now, Siri, and Cortana. It, like the others, can launch apps, run search queries, identify songs, and more, but one thing that's caught wide attention for this service is its ability to process complex, multi-part queries in a manner similar to Wolfram Alpha. Questions like "What is the population and capital for Japan and China?" work without a hitch, and very quickly at that. But rarely will most people ask a voice assistant such complicated questions. Instead, most people use these services for quick searches ...

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    A new Motorola device whose codename we've been tracking over the past few months has made an appearance today in the GFXBench benchmark. Flying under the "Motorola Kinzie" codename, the phone appears to be a flagship-level smartphone making its way over to Verizon at some point. The benchmark reveals a few of the device's specifications; specifically, it brings a 5.5-inch Quad HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor (with a coupled Adreno 430 GPU), 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage (implied; 21GB is accessible by the end user), 20MP rear camera, and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. ...

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    Given just how recently the soak test for the update began, we're impressed at how quickly Verizon and Motorola able to turn around and deliver officially the Verizon Moto X Android 5.1 update. The carrier has posted release notes on its website today, and the OTA is due to be rolling out any minute now. The full Verizon changelog is available below; let us know down in the comments if you've received the update on your own device! Changelog Volume settings panel icons added to match icons in status bar. Quickly select different WiFi accessory or Bluetooth devices with the added ...

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    If you've been rocking the HTC Desire EYE on AT&T, you're going to be a happy person tomorrow. At long last, the phone will be receiving an update to the latest version of Android, Sense utilities and all included. It's unclear from what Mo Versi, a product manager at HTC, had to say on Twitter whether the update will include Android 5.1 or just a build of Android 5.0. It's likely to be the former, given the fact that the Sprint One M9 is receiving that update today, but it's not likely to make much of a difference if it's the latter – skinned versions of Android don't ...

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    After spending a few days in Beijing giving the Oppo R7 a quick look, it’s time to be greeted by the DHL guy and start our full coverage. Oppo’s R smartphones have always been about defying smartphone design, and we saw that with the world’s thinnest Oppo R5 last year. This year the company has decided to take a more conservative route with one of its products, and a bold approach to the other. Today we start our review coverage with the smaller and more pocket friendly unit of the bunch. Oppo is already famous for its unboxing experiences, and the new Oppo R7 is no exception. Make ...

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    About a week back, rumors first started arriving about an upcoming HTC handset codenamed Aero. Several prominent leakers got to discussing the phone on social media, noting how “really awesome” the model promised to be. But aside from the remote possibility that the phone could run a next-gen Snapdragon 820 (a claim that no one in the know appeared to directly confirm) and the idea that Aero could launch in Q4, there wasn't much info available. Over the weekend, one of those leakers is back with some new Aero gossip, suggesting the phone's lined up for a November launch on a US ...

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    A couple weeks back, rumors about upcoming Motorola Android hardware took an interesting turn: we found ourselves switching focus from the next Moto X to what Motorola was working on for this year's new Moto G incarnation. Since then we've seen some compelling leaks, including last week's arrival of some convincing video footage. As we continue to piece together the story behind this handset, the last content to turn up hits our desk this afternoon, in the form of a pair of Moto G 2015 renders. Cards on the table: we're not exactly convinced this is the real deal. While it generally looks ...

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    For years, Samsung's two-a-year flagship phone launches were so simple: Galaxy S in the spring, Galaxy Note in the fall. Sure, sometimes we'd see one or more Galaxy S cousins emerge in the late spring and early summer – devices like the Galaxy S Active series – but these were always specific to their parent phones; there was no Galaxy Not Active. Last year, however, Samsung mixed things up with the introduction of the Galaxy Note Edge, a move it followed with the Galaxy S6 Edge. Were these Edge devices to become regular fixtures in future launches? Maybe not, as rumors have started ...

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    Inch by inch, the OnePlus 2 is slowly coming into view. For weeks now OnePlus has been teasing us with details about its upcoming new flagship, from its choice of SoC to news about the phone's selling price. Last week we heard about the presence of a reversible USB type-C connector, and later got a firm date for the OnePlus 2's full launch event: July 27. Of course, we've got weeks to go until then, and plenty that's yet to be confirmed about the phone, giving OnePlus ample opportunity to reveal even more specs. Today it shares the latest, confirming plans to give the OnePlus 2 a ...

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    Android lag is an issue, if you're asking users of other platforms. While we won't go into this debate, lag is present on all devices, regardless of the platform they're running on. Whether we're talking about software lag or hardware latency, devices we use, even flagship ones, are all trying to keep up to the best of their knowledge with user input. Here's where the Chrome TouchBot comes into play. Built by Finnish company OptoFidelity, the robot is being used by Google to check for "end-to-end latency of Android and Chrome OS devices". The video of the robot in action has been shared ...

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    If you've recently accepted available updates for some of Google's applications, like YouTube, for instance, you'll see that now, every time you fire up the app, a splash screen will appear, with a huge icon (as seen above), and the Google logo beneath it. The Material Design guidelines allow this: "Branded launch screens are a good way to portray a brand while the app is loading. Take advantage of the loading time to display your logo or other elements that improve brand recognition. Avoid using text on this screen except your logo and, if applicable, a tagline." Using splash screens ...

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    Back in April, Sprint announced a unique new initiative that would bring its sales and support staff outside the company's stores and into the homes of its users. The carrier's Direct 2 You program allowed users to pick out new devices, have Sprint personnel deliver them directly to their door, and then take care of data migration and device setup – all the same kinds of service you might expect from an in-store visit. And while we were quite curious to see how shoppers would respond to this project, availability's been relatively limited so far. Today Sprint starts making real headway ...

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    If you’ve been yearning for Nokia hardware since its Microsoft acquisition, then you might finally be in luck — at least, sort of. The company’s CEO Rajeev Suri recently commented on the possibility of reentering the phone space. To simplify a complicated response, Nokia has interest in designing phones to then license to other companies, similar to what happened with its N1 tablet. In other words, while they may ot be manufactured by Nokia, you’ll at least have the novelty and peace of mind of knowing that Nokia designed your phone again. It’s a lot of technical mumbo jumbo, but ...

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    This phone popped up on benchmark sites (as well as the Indian import database) with the model number E5663. Whether this will be the Xperia Z4 Compact (Xperia Z3+ Compact) is yet unknown, though we'd be inclined to believe that we're looking at a different upcoming new Xperia, one that appears to be an attractive compact device. What the benchmark results testify to in terms of the internals include a 4.6-inch display with 1080p resolution (a step up from the Z3 Compact), octa-core MediaTek MT6795 SoC clocked at 1.9GHz, 3GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage (most probably expandable), ...

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    You don't get to be a company like Google without taking a few risks. For every successful product or service you launch like Gmail, there are going be a few misfires – Nexus Q, anyone? But you don't succeed if you never try, so over the years there are bound to be plenty of ideas that crash and burn along the way. Back in February we brought you news about an unusual-sounding project from Google, in the form of an app and social service called Tablescape, seemingly created solely to empower users to share photographs of tasty food with each other. We've long wondered just where Google ...

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    The road to Android Lollipop on Motorola's Droid Turbo has been a long and frustrating one. As if the months and months of waiting haven't been bad enough, there have been the false starts, like a few weeks back when Verizon started advertising Lollipop availability for the Droid Turbo when the release was actually still under internal testing. And while we haven't seen the update emerge just yet, it finally looks like we're really getting down to the home stretch here, as Motorola invites for a public Droid Turbo soak test are revealed to be for just this long-awaited Lollipop update. ...

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