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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:

  • by | April 14, 2014 5:50 PM

    The new HTC One M8 introduced us to Sense 6, and new owners of the smartphone are already getting a chance to enjoy the software. What about those who have older HTC, devices, though? When will they get their own shot? Right before the M8 debuted, we heard a rumor attempting to outline HTC's strategy for updating current phones with Sense 6. According to that document, the original One M7 might see its update land in either May or June. Then at the One M8 launch itself, HTC confirmed plans for these Sense 6 updates, but without nailing down a precise timetable. Well, today we've finally ...

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  • by | April 14, 2014 3:38 PM

    One week ago, rumors about a possible 2014 follow-up to last year's acclaimed Motorola Moto X really started taking shape. In a series of leaks, first we learned of the name Moto X+1, and then that Motorola may be planning on this year doing for leather what it did for wood with the original Moto X. As we wait to learn more about Motorola's plans, a new leak hopes to shed a little more light on those leather options. According to this, the Moto X+1 will offer shoppers choices between 17 colored backplate options, another four wooden selections available, and four all-new leather backs: ...

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  • by | April 14, 2014 1:36 PM

    There's a lot to like about HTC's One M8, and despite a few choices that missed the mark by a smidge, the phone still comes through as a remarkably high-quality handset, quite worthy to take the crown as HTC's current flagship. Much of the acclaim it's received has been directed towards the premium metal construction, and we've even seen HTC disparage competitor Samsung over the perceived lesser quality of the plastic it uses to build its own smartphones. That's what makes this next rumor so interesting, with claims that HTC is just about to introduce a plastic version of the One M8. Word ...

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  • by | April 14, 2014 12:34 PM

    Of all the possible “spin-offs” that would join the Galaxy S5 as members of Samsung's 2014 family, a Galaxy S5 Zoom has long seemed the most likely to make an appearance. We've been chasing leads on the phone for a couple months now, but the most interesting development came earlier this month, when a source both provided the first possible image of the hardware, along with a new name for the model: the Galaxy K Zoom. We weren't quite sure at the time how much faith to put in any of that, considering the name seemed to come from out of left field and the picture itself didn't look ...

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  • by | April 14, 2014 11:42 AM

    Google's been working on a new release of Android: no surprise there. We've spotted evidence pointing to development of Android 4.4.3, with versions in testing on both the Nexus 7 and Nexus 5. We've even had a decent sense of what to expect from the update, with rumors suggesting that this was primarily a bugfix update, without a focus on new features. The only big question was when we might see this new Android actually released, as despite all the signs of Google's testing, we really didn't have any proper sense of an ETA. Well, this might as well be platform-update-Monday, as in ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 8:14 PM

    Remember just a few short years ago, when golden smartphones were the epitome of cheese? Perceptions sure have shifted, and now we're seeing gold options become regular offerings from top-tier manufacturers. There are also two distinct camps we're talking about when discussing gold smartphones: those that are gold in the sense that they're gold the color, and those that are gold in the sense that they're actually made from the precious metal. With the new HTC One M8, we get it both ways, either as a the “amber gold” color option, or as a 24-karat gold plated edition. While you probably ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 7:13 PM

    Last fall, the long-rumored Amazon smartphone started sounding pretty interesting, as reports distinguished it from run-of-the-mill slates by suggesting that Amazon would give the phone an elaborate series of eye-tracking cameras, capable of producing pseudo-3D parallax effects without the need for a specialized display. That rumor's now back alongside news that Amazon's been showing off the hardware to developers, and some new updates on the company's plans for the phone help us narrow-down when to expect an official announcement. Back in March, we heard that Amazon would launch the phone ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 5:35 PM

    Should we even be surprised at this point? Time and time again, smartphones roll off the assembly line with all these cool features baked-in, and then carriers go and get uppity about them for one reason or another, and leverage the largely undeserved power they hold over OEMs to force the deactivation of specific abilities. It's a struggle we've been following for years, seeing casualties like NFC payments or unlockable bootloaders get hit along the way. The latest incidents to come to our attention have affected Samsung's Galaxy S5, and earlier this week we talked about how multiple US ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 4:50 PM

    Making a smartphone with the intent of having it sell for a budget-conscious price is a tricky balancing act. Sure, you can build a stupid cheap handset just by giving it ancient hardware, but there's a law of diminishing returns there – at some point, you're not saving any more money by going with lower-end tech. At the same time, even if you go with conservative but still decent hardware, if you're not pricing the phone low enough, it's still not going to sell. Some manufacturers have been very successful at finding this balance; companies like Motorola and Nokia certainly come to ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 4:04 PM

    Swing by your favorite your favorite carrier or electronics retailer today, and you'll likely find the Galaxy S5 up for sale; today marks the start of broad availability for Samsung's flagship Android, so shoppers shouldn't run into any problems trying to get their hands on one. At least, that's the case for the regular-old Galaxy S5 models, but what if you want something a little more flexible? We haven't seen any sign of a Google Play edition GS5 just yet, but a developer model may be the next best thing, and today sees Samsung begin preparations for the release of just such a GS5. Right ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 3:30 PM

    When an avalanche of reviews is rumbling its way down your mountain, it's rarely easy to assemble a podcast team – but as we frequently remind you, the Pocketnow Weekly has never missed a week, and we'll be damned if it'll do so now. So despite the forthcoming reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S 5, Gear Fit, Gear 2, Oppo Find 7a, Nokia X, and the just-completed reviews of the ZENS Qi line, BlackBerry 10.2.1, and the Verizon HTC One M8, we're banding together behind microphones in three separate cities on two continents to bring you the news and editorials of a very busy week in mobile. ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 3:00 PM

    Smartphones with beyond-1080p 2K displays are by now very much a reality, but we've yet to see much in the way of examples from manufacturers popular in the West. That's left us anticipating when our favorite OEMs are finally going to come out with 2K phones of their own; will Samsung make the move with the Galaxy Note 4? Or what about LG with its G3? The latter there is probably the strongest contender at the moment, and we've already seen evidence from multiple sources that appeared to suggest the G3 would indeed end up with a 2560 x 1440 panel. Today the latest support for that theory ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 1:02 PM

    Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably know that today marks the day when Samsung's Galaxy S5 makes it presence felt at smartphone retailers around the globe. The brand new flagship becomes available today at stores in 150-some countries, giving smartphone fans everywhere a chance to get their hands on this hardware. Given Samsung's might, the prominence of the Galaxy S brand, and the fact that the GS5 didn't make any major missteps, and we're expecting the handset's retail reception to go over quite swimmingly. It will be some time before we have some hard sales number to ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 12:25 PM

    It's been a busy Q1 in the smartphone industry. We've seen a ton of stellar smartphones announced, and many of those have launched or will launch in the coming weeks. HTC, Samsung, Sony, Nokia, and even underdogs like OnePlus have all brought some compelling smartphones forward to bring us into 2014, and us phone nerds are salivating all over our keyboards. We've reviewed the HTC One M8 and had hands-on time with most the other announced handsets. But which is the best of the best so far this year? I, personally, provided a pretty in-depth rundown of the HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S 5, and ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 10:54 AM

    The day is here: Samsung's Galaxy S5 has just hit the shelves at retailers around the globe. As HTC simultaneously makes the One M8 available in additional places, as well, we are geared up for a serious showdown of the Android heavyweights. While no one's really sweating Samsung's outlook here, HTC very much could stand to use a win, as the company's been struggling to turn a profit lately. In the aims of driving as many sales towards the One M8 as possible, the manufacturer has apparently been distributing training material to retail employees which highlights the M8's benefits over the ...

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