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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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    As Amazon's Fire Phone started reaching its one-year birthday, it was clear the manufacturer was looking to unload old inventory. The smartphone's initially reception had been mixed, to put it nicely, and we failed to see the handset catch on with users in quite the way Amazon wanted. That's led to sale after sale, bringing the phone's price down into a whole different league than the $650 level where we saw the 32GB Fire Phone debut. Last month those discounts reached their lowest point yet, with Amazon selling the unlocked phone for just $160. Today it's doing itself one better, giving ...

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    When you purchase a smartphone through a carrier, like it or not, there's a solid chance that carrier has messed with your phone to one extent or another. Maybe it told the manufacturer to remove a key feature, like we used to see several US carriers do in regards to wireless charging, or to disable wireless payments so the carrier can push its own mobile payments solution. Maybe it's just something as simple as loading the phone with bloatware. But no matter how that meddling manifested, there's been the expectation that you could always avoid such headaches by purchasing your phone from ...

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    We're one week away from September 2, which means there's one week between us and news of the latest Sony mobile hardware. While the company's first IFA teaser was pretty nonspecific as to the type of devices we should expect, follow-up efforts have been clear that a new Xperia smartphone will be among them. Whether that means the launch of the Xperia Z5 family or not remains to be seen, but one thing Sony's made an effort to emphasize is the high-end camera performance of this new hardware. Earlier this week we saw Sony share a new IFA promotional message that drew attention to the ...

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    Our recent trip to Beijing gave us some quality time with the Oppo R7 that was closer to a launch at the time, but for most of us, the biggest news were really about its larger sibling, the Oppo R7 Plus that just arrived for review. This is not the average "Plus" version of a smaller phone where all you're really getting is a larger phone. Oppo has given the R7 Plus a couple of extra features that make this device truly superior to the smaller phone we already reviewed. To provide some context, keep in mind that even though the Oppo R lineup is considered a premium mid-ranger by many, ...

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    Earlier this month we got some bad news out of the Lenovo/Motorola camp, with news of some serious cuts to the workforces of both companies. Alongside word of that downsizing, we also learned of changes that would be coming to how Lenovo and subsidiary Motorola operate, with Motorola stepping up to fill R&D and manufacturing roles for Lenovo. What does that mean for the future of Lenovo as a smartphone brand? Today we begin to understand the breadth of these changes, as Lenovo Mobile reveals its intent to put its own smartphone brand to rest, transitioning many future handsets over to ...

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    Unwilling to partake in the traditional (and some say futile) spec wars this fall, Lenovo is reportedly looking to stand out with a rare trait for each upcoming smartphone rather than the same Snapdragon 810 chips and quad HD displays as everyone else. The Vibe S1, for instance, should cater to selfie addicts with a unique dual front-facing camera arrangement in tow, while the Vibe P1 is just about confirmed to pack a colossal 5,000 mAh battery. Exactly how big is that? Maybe you can get an idea by us recently calling (and rightly so) the Moto X Play’s 3,630 mAh cell “giant.” 5,000 ...

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    After trying (and mostly succeeding) to win the hearts of US Android power users with the relatively inexpensive Axon phone, China-based gadget manufacturer ZTE is reportedly prepping a big push for European mobile consumers. According to official company statements, “devices from the four product lines that we will be focusing on globally” are to be showcased at the IFA trade show next week in Berlin. The four families of course include the Axon and Nubia, but also the slightly lesser known Blade and outright rare Spro. It’s going to be interesting to see which Axon variant shall ...

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    Just when we thought Microsoft couldn’t possibly surprise us with anything big at its allegedly jam-packed October press event, the biggest Surface model yet pops up in the news for the first time. That’s biggest if you don’t count the gargantuan 84-inch Surface Hub, of course. Gear up for a Surface Pro 4 configuration with a display diagonal of between 13 and 14 inches, reportedly developed alongside a more compact, “traditional” 12-inch version. There’s obviously no way to verify the fresh rumor’s legitimacy at the moment, as its source provides no concrete proof. Unnamed ...

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    Fishy as can be, recent rumors concerning the two upcoming new Google Nexus smartphones at the very least give credence to the existence of an LG-made N5 (2015) and upgraded N6 designed by Huawei. Larger and, in all probability, more technically advanced, the Huawei Nexus has spent more time in the spotlight during the last few weeks. But its smaller brother will no doubt try to recover some of that lost ground, starting with a pretty thorough specification exposé today. As always, you’re advised to keep the proverbial salt shaker nearby, especially since the “leak’s” source is a ...

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    French mobile device manufacturer and budget specialist Archos has made a habit of jumping the gun in anticipation of big consumer electronics-dedicated trade shows, and it appears this year’s IFA is no exception. The Berlin-set expo will technically begin on September 4, but Archos couldn’t wait all the way until next Friday to take the wraps off the Diamond S, 50 Cesium and 50e Helium. The triad’s star is undoubtedly the phone with the flashiest name, which seems to offer a remarkable bang for your buck. At £159.99 ($250, give or take), the 5-inch Diamond S features a speedy ...

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    Update: 9to5google has a neat teardown explanation of what exactly happens when you insert the Galaxy Note 5 S Pen backwards, what gets broken, and why. Let's be completely honest. Nobody reads the manual anymore. But you should! Manuals can save you a headache or two, not to mention that they most of the times save manufacturers the trouble of repairing or replacing your broken device. An example from the recent past comes to mind with a certain Active version of a phone which often got flooded (and most of the times rendered unusable) because of not sealing the back properly, as ...

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    Verizon's always been one of the more insular carriers in the US, and between its CDMA roots, its penchant for exclusive devices, and being just so damn large that it doesn't have to go out of its way to lure new customers, it's been one network that just didn't particularly play well with others. Slowly, though, the tide's been turning, both as the network embraces LTE connectivity and starts revising its service offerings to more closely mirror its competition. Verizon's latest move to give users more freedom seeks to correct some of those shortcomings, as we get word that the carrier is ...

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    Google has been working hard on making users love and rely on its Maps navigation services. Surely it isn’t the only service in the world, but I’m sure that many will agree that Google’s offering is one of the most complete services out there. Mountain View continues to improve these services, and today we learn of new plans. Today we hear of a new patent that Google has filed which will allow the company to use your car’s GPS Navigation system, among other sensors to detect damaged portions of the road through the vibrations that your vehicle is exposed to. This information will ...

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    Back in July, we took a look at an international customs database that appeared to reveal Samsung's efforts in testing the Galaxy Note 5 prior to its ultimate launch. What was particularly interesting was the model number involved: SM-N920F. That same one popped up a little later in July, too, and historically Samsung's the F suffix we see at the end to designate models intended for the European market. From all appearances, Samsung seemed like it was getting ready to bring the Note 5 to Europe, just like everywhere else … and then the phone launched, with no publicly stated plans for ...

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    One of the biggest questions left on the table at this year's Google I/O was the future of Android Wear. We expected Google to at least make some updates to the platform given its lukewarm reception, but instead the folks at Mountain View decided to remain quiet. At a time when the Apple Watch is controlling 76% of the Market, and Samsung another 7.6% with its Tizen offerings, it's about time that Google does something about it. Today we hear that Google and its partners are preparing something big for IFA when it comes to Android Wear. We hear that ASUS, Huawei, LG and Motorola are all ...

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    Motorola is almost certainly about to introduce a new Moto 360 smartwatch, a model we've already seen pop up in leaks, featured in regulatory paperwork, and even spotted out in the real world. But for as imminent as the new wearable feels, there are still a good number of details we've yet to see fleshed out for the smartwatch, including the the full picture on size options and retail pricing. It may take us until Motorola's official launch announcement to see all our questions answered, but this week we get an early inkling of what we might expect, as one retailer publishes pre-order ...

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    This year, LG's already brought us a couple flagship-level smartphones, first in the form of the G Flex 2 back in the early days of 2015, followed some months later by the G4. While we normally wouldn't expect a lot more from the manufacturer, instead looking for it to fill out the rest of its yearly launches with a slew of lower-tier devices, this time around we were told to expect something a little different: back in March, we heard from an exec that LG was planning the H2 2015 launch of a phone that “stands above the G series” as some kind of super-premium option. We've been ...

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    It’s no big secret anymore that HTC is struggling to cover for the poor sales results of its latest few flagship smartphones. The One M9 in particular performed so badly at the global box-office that rumors say an “intermediate” Aero, aka A9 high-ender will land this fall before the O2 drops in the spring and ushers in a new age of HTC designs. But the M9 hasn’t carried out its swan song yet, and the wounded Taiwanese device manufacturer is still trying to boost demand. Clearly, a unique Uh Oh protection plan isn’t enough to draw the crowds to the underwhelming full HD 5.1-inch ...

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    The questionable purported leaks concerning future members of the Nexus family keep on coming, with the latest story centered on the stock Android-running tablet that tipsters said wasn’t in the pipeline for this year. A screenshot of a supposed Geekbench 3 test clearly lists the Nexus 8 name under both “Model” and “Model ID.” Almost too clearly, which makes the rumor that much harder to rely on. Besides, the public benchmark database contains absolutely no mention of an unannounced Google Nexus 8. Assuming the image is legit, the N8 would pack a mysterious octa-core processor ...

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    Unveiled way back in May, alongside its smaller brother, the slim-bezeled 6-inch Oppo R7 Plus is only weeks, maybe days, away from a long overdue international launch. Could it be too late for the 7.8 mm-slender, 4,100 mAh battery-packing Android phablet? It probably all depends on its European and North American MSRP. Over in China, the R7 Plus costs the rough equivalent of $470 contract-free (2,999 yuan), while the non-Plus R7 goes for $399 stateside. Ergo, it’s very possible the device manufacturer will charge $450, $500 tops through the Oppo Style e-store. Our first impressions with ...

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    Although the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ seem to be selling better than last year’s Note 4 off the bat, Samsung continues to go the extra mile in trying to incentivize people on the fence about the two spanking new high-end phablets. The Galaxy Gifts bundle is back with a vengeance, and will let buyers of the 5.7-inchers enjoy hundreds of dollars’ worth of content for free. As always, the list of freebies includes a series of duds, which you may not find much use for, but also a boatload of very handy subscriptions. First up, there’s 100GB of gratis OneDrive cloud storage space to be ...

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    The last few days have been thick with rumors about Verizon's plans for new Motorola hardware, suggesting among other things that the carrier is getting ready to give the US its only taste of the Moto X Play in the form of the exclusive Droid Maxx 2. Yesterday some images of back panels very much in the design of the Moto X Play, only with Verizon and Droid branding, arrived to help support that theory, and today we see it pick up even stronger support, upon the publication of a few pics that seem to reveal a complete Droid Maxx 2 handset. The hardware we see here is unmistakeably cut from ...

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    Class may not be technically in session yet, but T-Mobile wants its school-going customers to be prepared ahead of time with sizzling hot new smartphones. Of course, anyone can get in on the discounted action over at the “Uncarrier’s” online store, as long as you act quickly. T-Mo’s collection of Android savings is only valid today, and the promotion’s headliner is hands down the Samsung Galaxy S6. Already trimmed very recently, from $680 to $580 outright, the non-edgy 5.1-incher is now available for a further $80 off. That’s right, $500 buys you the GS6, free of contractual ...

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    Remember the HTC Aero, aka A9? Yesterday we posted an HTC A9 leak in the form of a press render, and that phone looked a lot like the Apple iPhone 6. As a matter of fact, the resemblance was so obvious that some readers were asking themselves why exactly did we decide to run the story, which seemed to be an obvious "fake". Well, it's not, and whether that's a good or a bad thing is completely up to you. The image above was posted on Weibo and claims to show off the upcoming A9, next to the phone it looks a lot like: the iPhone. While this HTC A9 leak seems to confirm the previous one, ...

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    The ASUS ZenFone 2 is a phone to definitely keep on your shortlist if you're looking for a new device. It impressed us with the occasion of our review, and, if you're lucky enough to live in specific markets, you can also get a special edition which packs a whopping 256GB of internal storage. The company is preparing to capitalize on the success of (and buzz around) its ZenFone line-up, and will prepare no less than 6-7 new models next year. Company CEO Jerry Shen said these new 2016 ZenFone series smartphones will mostly pack 5.5-inch displays, and next year's line-up, according to the ...

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