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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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    Motorola's back with a new Moto X – two of them, in fact – and the higher-end Moto X Style (coming to the US as the Moto X Pure Edition) breaks new ground as it pushes the Moto X squarely up into the phablet space. It's big, it's heavy, and it's packed to the brim with the latest hardware. We had the opportunity to go hands-on with this new Moto X at today's launch event, and brought along one of last year's models to see how the two compare. There's far more than just a bigger screen to the new Moto X Style – and even beyond the increase in resolution and switch to LCD technology, ...

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    Motorola has spent the last few years trying to re-invent itself and has succeeded for the most part. In that "most part" we include the fact the company has managed to delight most of us in the tech media to adopt a Moto X as our daily driver, thanks to its user experience and uniqueness. What's not included in that "most part" is success in sales, as no matter who parents the company, Motorola hasn't succeeded at regaining its glory RAZR days. We've followed tons of rumors regarding a refresh to the Moto X and Moto G, and today we get the goods. The company has made a few major ...

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    Yes, the Moto X is out, and there are two versions of it: the Moto X Style, and the Moto X Play. You can check out their full specifications here. You'll also be glad to know that both of these Moto X variants are configurable via Motorola's own Moto Maker (and the Moto G as well), and that, aside from color options, you can choose between materials like silicone rubber, wood, and leather, available depending on what version of the phone you're opting for. If you're opting for the Moto X Style (or Pure, in the US), you will have the option of choosing a leather material. Motorola is not ...

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    LG's G Flex 2 helped get the ball rolling on 2015 smartphone flagships, launching back at CES with its Snapdragon 810 SoC and that tell-tale curved screen. And while it started off as an early favorite, actually spending some real time the handset revealed a number of troubling issues concerning performance and battery life. As was too often the case with interesting smartphones that tried to do things a little differently, its ambition exceeded its reach. Now we've got new high-end SoCs on the horizon, and word that LG's investing big in a new flexible screen plant; is there reason to ...

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    For you international Motorola users it's the Moto X Style; here in the States it's Moto X Pure Edition. But no matter how you label it, this 5.7-incher is the new king of the Motorola smartphone family. While Motorola didn't reinvent the wheel with the new Moto X, it did make some smart choices about refining the phone's design, offer new customization options, and giving the handset the sort of premium hardware it will need to compete against both the current crop of Android flagships, as well as all the new devices we're going to see launch over the next few months. To that end, ...

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    Motorola's family of Moto-series smartphones has always been defined by its price points. From the Moto E at the most affordable end of things, options extended all the way up to the Moto X, leaving the Moto G squarely in the middle. But this year Motorola's complicated things with the addition of a new Moto X option, the Moto X Play. With slightly less capable hardware than the Moto X Style (and a correspondingly lower price tag), the Play creates a new rung on the Moto phone ladder; so where does that leave the Moto G? Even with the arrival of a new mid-priced option, the Moto G isn't ...

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    We already knew that today would be a day doubly full of Motorola goodness, expecting both a new Moto X and new Moto G, but Motorola has gone ahead and doubled that double, bringing us not one, but two new Moto X smartphones. On one hand we have the indisputably flagship-level Moto X Style, arriving in the US as the Moto X Pure Edition. Packing a phablet-sized display and some very respectable silicon, the handset establishes a new top spot for the Moto X family. But just what sort of hardware comes together to make up a phone like this? Come with us as we take a look at a full spec ...

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    For a series of phones that leaked as heavily as they did, the new Motorola Androids still managed to deliver one decent surprise, as the new Moto X turned out to be two phones: the Moto X Style and the Moto X Play. With the addition of the new Moto G, the three handsets offer shoppers a nice spectrum of performance and feature options, across a range of price points. And this year, Motorola's welcoming its new family of Moto phones with a special treat, allowing users to customize all three in the Moto Maker. It used to be that if you wanted the best customization choices for your ...

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    That "XGX" on the invitations for today's Motorola event is finally starting to make sense. We wondered if we'd be seeing the launch of two new Moto X phones in addition to the new Moto G, and Motorola's already made it clear that it's doing things a little differently this year, announcing the 5.7-inch Moto X Style. Well that's one X; what about the other? This year Motorola has two new Moto X models for us, and in addition to the Moto X Style, it's introducing the Moto X Play. Remember those rumors about a Moto X with killer battery life? The Moto X Play promises up to two days of ...

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    The day has come when we can finally put an end to rumors, leaks, reports, and our anticipation, as Motorola has finally unveiled its first phone for today, the Moto X Style (the Moto X Play is the second Moto X variant for this year). Contrary to last year, and the year before, Motorola has decided to introduce not one, but two versions of the Moto X. The Moto X Style is what we're looking at. The Moto X Style features a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, and is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 808 processor, just like the LG G4 flagship. This SoC is a six-core chip and is clocked at 1.8GHz. ...

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    If you thought for a second that Samsung is able to stand by while LG appeals to those who are nostalgic about old form factors (clamshell, to be specific), you are wrong. Just yesterday LG introduced the Gentle, an Android flip phone, and now Samsung has officially introduced the Galaxy Folder, another Android flip phone, successor to the initial, first generation Galaxy Folder. The specs of this Android trapped in a nostalgia-generating form factor include a 3.8-inch touchscreen display, 8GB of internal memory (expandable via microSD card to up to 128GB), eight-megapixel main camera on ...

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    Motorola's got the Moto G 2015 officially unveiled in India before its introduction at the New York event that's about to happen in an hour or so, at 9a Eastern, today. We think it's safe to assume that whatever information we're seeing regarding the Moto G 2015, will apply to the phone that will be subject, among others, of the NYC event. As some of the leaks suggested, the Moto G 2015 features a five-inch display with 720p resolution (294PPI), a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC clocked at 1.4GHz, 1GB and 2GB of RAM versions, 8GB and 16GB storage options, both expandable via ...

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    Remember Nokia's Z Launcher from about a year ago? Well, now it looks like Microsoft also wants a piece of the Android launcher market, as the Redmond-based giant is working on an application, dubbed Arrow Launcher, which is basically a launcher for Android. You can download the APK and take it for a spin here (needs invite to receive updates post-install), but remember that this is a Beta version, so expect to see some bugs and inconsistencies all the way throughout. What you get with Arrow Launcher is a home page, with another page to its left and right, for a total number of three, a ...

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    It's official: Samsung is holding its Unpacked event on August 13, in New York, leaving the IFA announcement model. That won't put an end, though, to all the rumors and leaks; on the contrary, we're seeing more and more pop up, and we already have a feeling that we know every detail regarding the Galaxy Note 5. We sure hope that's not the case, but, after seeing live images of the upcoming phablet (not once, but twice), we now have an additional look at what's in store. The image above and the stills below claim to represent the upcoming Galaxy Note 5, and we think they do a pretty good ...

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    If you are looking for some HTC hardware in the US, today is the day for you. HTC has just flipped the switch on their HTC Deals Summer Sale, a US campaign that runs until July 28th 11:59 p.m. PST, so if you like something you see, make sure to be quick on the trigger as the offer is only valid for one day. If you're looking for a tablet, you'll be able to get the Nexus 9 at 40 percent off. If a smartphone is what you're looking for, the HTC One M9 with UhOh protection can be yours 25 percent cheaper. You can accessorize your newly purchased hardware at 50 percent off accessories, and you ...

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    You've probably read everything regarding the newly announced OnePlus 2 "2016 flagship killer", if you're a fan of technology. In case you are catching up: here's the announcement, here are the specs, here's our hands-on, and a quick take on what feelings the phone generates in some of us. However, here's a list of what you won't find on the OnePlus 2: NFC Quick Charging Wireless Charging microSD card support AndroidPolice asked about the lack of NFC. OnePlus said "we heard from a lot of users of the One and saw most of our users weren't using NFC". So, blame your fellow OnePlus One ...

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    It’s been teased, it’s been leaked, and now the OnePlus 2 -- the latest “flagship killer” -- is finally here. I got the chance to play with the new phone for a few hours this afternoon, and I came away pretty satisfied. First, let’s get one thing out of the way. The OnePlus 2 is an evolution of last year’s OnePlus One -- it’s not a radical departure. For example, the display still features the same full HD (1920x1080) resolution, and the camera still clocks in at 13 megapixels, but both are noticeably better. Let’s start with the design. The OnePlus 2 is about a millimeter ...

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    With as much as OnePlus has been talking about the OnePlus 2 over the course of the past couple months, you'd think the full picture on the smartphone's hardware was already out. But despite all the official teasers of everything from the phone's Snapdrgaon 810 SoC to its 4GB (well, up to 4GB) of RAM, there were still surprises waiting to be revealed at tonight's VR-streaming launch event. While a smartphone is a hell of a lot more than just the hardware that goes into making it, OnePlus has long positioned its offerings as a sort of sweet-spot that offers advanced capabilities at a very ...

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    If there's one thing OnePlus know how to do, it's getting people talking about its smartphones. Summers often find themselves dominated by early whispers about the next iPhone, or maybe leaks revealing Samsung's next phablet, but this year the OnePlus 2 found itself the start as nearly as many headlines itself. From early rumors, to official teasers, there's been a lot to talk about, all leading up to today, when the OnePlus 2 makes its formal debut. With the help of an innovative streaming-VR announcement, OnePlus has seen to just that, finally bringing us the full story on its second-gen ...

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    The amount of rumors surrounding an early announcement of the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and the Galaxy Note 5 have been intense. Samsung is clearly out to beet Apple to the phablet punch before the iPhone 6s Plus gets announced, and an early announcement makes all the sense in the world. The only thing missing to make these rumors official was a press invite, and that just happened today. Samsung has just surprised our inboxes with a press invitation for an event to happen on August 13 in New York City at 11am Eastern. The press invite sadly doesn't reveal much, but we've got a ton of rumors on ...

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    OnePlus was the start-up talk of the town last year. A company backed by some veterans from the early times of Android could become that talk of the town for 2015. After a few months of development silence, it looks like Nextbit is back for a bite at the Android smartphone market. You can hit up the work-in-progress site at the source link below. Hints of branding pop up through the site, looking for potential customers who want the "NEXT NOW." Nextbit is also looking for some major staff positions including Product Manager and Software Engineer. In 2014, the company took an $18 ...

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    We have got a busy day ahead of us in the smartphone world, with major launches from two Android OEMs just hours away. OnePlus may be first on the agenda with the launch of the OnePlus 2, streaming live in VR tonight starting at 10pm EDT, but just hours later Motorola is broadcasting an announcement of its own, and while the company is keeping a tighter lid on things than OnePlus, we're almost certainly about to see the launch of a new Moto X and new Moto G model. Come with us as we take a few minutes looking at what we've heard so far, and thinking about what hardware we're likely to see ...

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    Tomorrow's Motorola event will be here soon, and before that announcement even gets here (bright and early tomorrow morning), we'll be stopping back in with all the rumors and leaks we've heard so far to bring you up to speed on  what to expect. Prior to us getting to that rumor round-up, though, we've got at least one more fresh entry to share with you, as some new details arrive about new Moto X hardware. Considering how many leaks have focused on the new Moto G rather than the Moto X, this is a nice bit of last-minute catch-up. While earlier Moto X leaks have show off the physical form ...

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    Got your Google Cardboard viewer and OnePlus 2 Launch app ready to go? We're coming up on eight hours to go until the live streaming VR launch event for the company's new smartphone. And while we'll be bringing you coverage of all OnePlus has to announce as it finally goes official with its 2015 flagship, we've got some new leaks to check out before the OnePlus 2 gets here. The last few weeks may have brought us no shortage of official teasers and even a few early peeks at phone hardware, but now we've got some new pics to gawk at which reveal the handset in more detail than ever before. ...

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    Say you consider yourself a pretty savvy, security-conscious mobile user: you don't hop on every untrusted WiFi AP you see, you don't tap on suspicious links, and you don't open attachments from unknown sources. All good advice, granted, but even if you're doing everything in your power to avoid giving someone the opportunity to compromise your phone and your data, sometimes vulnerabilities still manage to slip through the cracks. This week Android users are learning of a critical one that threatens to hijack their phones with little or no user interaction required, thanks to a bug in MMS ...

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