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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 23, 2014 9:01 AM

    Smartphone audio quality is better now that it's ever been before. We've got handsets capable of 24-bit, 192kHz output like the LG G2, and models with beefy front-facing speakers like HTC and all its BoomSound models. Sometimes, though, you really need a proper external speaker to really appreciate the sound your phone pumps out, and for a lot of us that means a wireless Bluetooth speaker. For those of us in the US, one new option is about to arrive, with Bayan Audio announcing plans to bring its gear to the US. While Bayan's got a number of docks, we're most interested in its Soundbook ...

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  • by | April 23, 2014 8:11 AM

    Call it the Samsung Galaxy K, the Galaxy S5 Zoom, or the Galaxy K Zoom, we all know what we're talking about: it's the 2014 follow-up to last year's Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom. We've already heard about it, and it seems like a logical move for the South Koreans to follow last year's pattern, which includes a camera with a phone, alongside the mini version of the flagship. April 29 should be the day of its unveiling, if the reports and chit-chat are spot on, and a week before that, we're seeing some leaked images of what the device might look like. As you'd expect, it is still a camera with a ...

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  • by | April 23, 2014 3:11 AM

    We'll be honest: we don't really know if this is a giant seven-inch Samsung phone, or a tablet with phone capabilities like the ASUS Fonepad. What we do know, thanks to TENAA, China’s Telecommunications Equipment Certification Center, is that it is made by Samsung, and has the model number Samsung SM-T2558. There are also pictures of the device, as seen above, and below. The resolution is 1280 × 720 on a seven-inch form factor, and its physical dimensions surely place it in the tablet category, at 191.24 x 99.7 x 8.95 mm, and 245 grams. Powering it is Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and a ...

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  • by | April 23, 2014 2:28 AM

    Sense 6.0 is gracing the HTC One (M8), as you've probably heard and seen in our exhaustive full review of the Taiwanese 2014 flagship. However, HTC committed to bringing Sense 6.0 to last year's flagship, the HTC One (M7), and a timeframe for that is, according to HTC America's Jason Mackenzie, "by end of May". In order to keep things transparent, and customers up to date with its efforts, HTC has made the page sourced below available; you can track the status of the Sense 6.0 update for your 2013 HTC One (M7), and, as you can see, in the US, all version have an "integration" status, ...

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  • by | April 22, 2014 5:16 PM

    About a month back, we started getting the sense that NVIDIA was cleaning house in preparation for a second generation Shield portable gaming console, knocking the price on existing units down to $200. But if there really is a new Shield just around the corner, what might we be able to expect from the model? We've already shared with you some of our thoughts on how NVIDIA can capture gamers' interest with a Shield 2, but today we get our first taste of hardware specifics, with some benchmark data revealing some pretty compelling specs for the handheld. According to this AnTuTu data, gone ...

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  • by | April 22, 2014 4:23 PM

    The way every smartphone reveals itself to us is different. With the HTC One M8, one of the most-leaked phones in recent memory, rumors leading up to its release were dominated by hardware shots and anticipatory renders. Nowadays one of the highest-profile Androids on our radar is the LG G3, but this phone's been telling its story in a slightly different manner, and recently its leaks have been dominated by screenshots. Sure, we've looked a a theory linking its hardware design to some leaked renders of LG models for Japan, and even caught that early glimpse of packaging, but it's been ...

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  • by | April 22, 2014 3:35 PM

    When we think “Google Play Store Devices,” the first thing that pops into our head is the Nexus series. But Google's been slowly adding hardware to its selection over the years, and now you'll also find Google Play edition Androids, the Chromecast, an assortment of Chrome OS laptops, and a bunch of accessories. Today Google opens up a new chapter in hardware sales, offering the Nest Learning Thermostat. As you may recall, Google announced back in January that it was acquiring Nest. While it wasn't obvious at the time what all this would mean for Google's long term home automation ...

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  • by | April 22, 2014 1:45 PM

    Yesterday we brought you the latest development in those rumors that just won't die, claiming that Samsung is still cooking-up a smartphone very much like the Galaxy S5 we have now, but with a quad HD 2K display. After Samsung issued a denial that any such hardware was forthcoming, much of our conversation has focused on whether or not this device truly exists, and that's very much what yesterday's news covered. Today we get a treat, and instead of just talking about the model's mere existence, we get to check out some very specific claims about its hardware, as well as the path that led ...

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  • by | April 22, 2014 1:16 PM

    Last week marked a major development for the long-rumored idea of an Amazon smartphone, as the first convincing pictures of development hardware leaked. Just as we'd been hearing about for months and months, the handset featured an array of front-facing cameras, fitting with rumors of an elaborate 3D in-air gesture control system. It remains to be seen just how useful or practical that arrangement might be, but it's hard to deny that this could be an eye-catching feature that Amazon may use to set its phone apart from competitors. Today we learn of another unusual idea Amazon may be ...

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  • by | April 22, 2014 12:16 PM

    When the HTC One M8 debuted last month, Verizon scored a bit of a coup in the US, as while AT&T and Sprint joined in on the day-one sales action by offering the phone through their websites, only Verizon had the One M8 in its stores, ready for customers to walk in and pick up at their convenience. Eventually the other carriers were able to get in on the brick-and-mortar retail sales themselves, but not until after Verizon's head start. With the One M8 now here, rumors have shifted their attention to a possible One M8 Mini, and the latest gossip we've heard suggests that Verizon will be ...

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  • by | April 22, 2014 11:10 AM

    When Google announced Android Wear last month, Motorola was ready right out of the gate to share tons of info about its Moto 360. While LG also went public with news of its own smartwatch, the G Watch, at the same time, it didn't have quite so much to show us. However, in the weeks that followed additional info has trickled out, including both new official pics and some hands-on shots of actual G Watch hardware. Now, LG is unleashing a new torrent of G Watch images, including the first pics of an alternate color version. Besides the all black G Watch we've seen thus far, LG will also ...

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  • by | April 21, 2014 8:00 PM

    If you've been paying attention to Android leaks so far this month, you've probably caught on to a trend that seems to be developing. Starting with some leaked Gmail screenshots the first week of April, we've been seeing this new look for a number of Google's own Android laps, highlighted by bold, solid colors, a flat UI, and a new focus on round icons. Example after example surfaced, and last week we checked out the most recent to land, a refreshed Google+ app. So far, though, all of this has been coming our way at least one stepped removed from Google – so while the overall design was ...

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  • by | April 21, 2014 7:01 PM

    Even though many complain that playing a game on the iPhone's minuscule 4-inch display is cumbersome, that doesn't change the fact that people use the iPhone and iPod Touch for gaming quite often. That said, the fact that you can find almost every iPhone game on Android these days makes it less compelling for users to keep an iPhone just to play a specific batch of games. Apple doesn't seem too happy with that lately, and new reports point to the company's new strategy. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple and even Google are looking into landing some exclusive deals with game ...

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  • by | April 21, 2014 5:48 PM

    Back in February, we caught wind of a very odd rumor about the future of Google's Nexus family of Android hardware, suggesting that HTC would make a spectacular return to the tablet space by building a new Nexus tablet. While it would be very nice to see HTC revisit tablets and maybe even find that success that eluded it first time around, the whole theory was just a little bizarre; could something like this really happen? Well, that's what “supply chain sources” are saying over in Asia, as a new report doubles-down on this HTC Nexus theory. As the story goes, ASUS might not be feeling ...

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  • by | April 21, 2014 4:56 PM

    LG's been cooking up its G3, and the smartphone should launch with a high-res 2K display. And really, for about the past month or so now, that model's dominated our coverage of LG news. Today we mix things up a little by looking past the G3 itself to some other upcoming LG devices, with new leaks pointing not just to the existence of a couple new LG tablets, but also to a possible G3 Mini. News already of a G3 Mini is pretty exciting, especially after the G2 Mini only just launched back at MWC. We were also a little let down with the G2 Mini's hardware (not to mention its size), so we're ...

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