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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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    Google's intention to launch its own MVNO and start selling cellular service directly to users has been confirmed for weeks now, leaving us to wonder about the specifics, including when this all might go live. We just heard a rumor claiming that Google was nearly ready to go, and would be formally launching the service todayi. Just as predicted, Google has officially announced Project Fi. Fi intelligently evaluates available network connections to find the best option for your phone at the moment, whether's that LTE, 3G, or a local WiFi network. Transitions between cellular and WiFi should ...

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    What stock software on your Android smartphone do you end up replacing? The browser? Sure, there are plenty of good alternate options out there. The launcher? A bit more in the power-user camp, but sure – why not? Some of us even see fit to replace the dialers on our phones, and today we see the arrival of a new option for those who choose to do so, as Facebook releases Hello for Android. Hello's big selling points are the degree of control it gives you over screening calls. By connecting to your Facebook contacts it can not only identify callers, but remind you of relevant events going ...

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    There was a time in not too distant history when LG's flagship smartphone had flat screens, and those with curved displays were reserved for the G Flex series. But with the G4 on the horizon, rumors started arriving that even this flagship model could be going the way of the G Flex, and picking up a curved screen of its own. In the time since, we've seen a number of officially sourced G4 images, and sure enough, it does appear to have a slight curve to it – really, really slight. Now we're getting some hard figures about the full extent of that curve, and there's a good reason it doesn't ...

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    Samsung is expected to break all sales records with this year's flagship devices, the Galaxy S6, and the Galaxy S6 Edge. The company's been historically outperforming itself year after year, and, this year too, Samsung expects record Galaxy S6 sales. Aside from the fact that the two S6 phones are the best Samsung has ever built (and arguably, the best smartphones of the year so far), the company is also doing its best to push them on the market with its campaigns and decisions. Despite all that, Galaxy S6 sales underperform in South Korea, according to the Yonhap News Agency, which ...

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    When Google showed off its vision for Material Design at Google I/O last year, it was a refreshing UI overhaul, the biggest change to the core aesthetics of Android since 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. With its vision, Google promised a refreshing new way of looking at the user experience. Dynamic and vibrant, with its bold use of colors and seamless transition animations, Android would finally be “beautiful and delightful”. Now, a few months down the road, Android Lollipop has been released, and with it came Material Design. It was new, it was refreshing, with its pretty animations and its ...

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    Not much has changed over time when it comes to Sony's flagships, and their outer aspects. The Xperia Z3 looks a lot like the Xperia Z2 which looks a lot like the Xperia Z1, and the latest addition, the Japan-only Xperia Z4 is not much different either. If you were wondering how the two stack up, what the similarities and differences are (in terms of looks, cause we all know about the internals: better processor, better front-facer), check out these Sony Xperia Z4 vs Xperia Z3 pictures, coming from Japan. You can check out the details yourselves in the images below (and more at the source ...

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    Microsoft's Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications are already available for tablet users, but sadly, there were some owners that couldn't take advantage of the tools made by the Redmond-based company. First, those who had tablets running the latest versions of Android Lollipop (5.0 and above) couldn't use the apps, as they were incompatible; then, those rocking devices powered by Intel x86-based chips were in a similar situation, as these devices were not supported (only ARM-based systems). According to a Microsoft announcement on the Office Preview for Android Tablets Yammer network, ...

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    Earlier this week, we learned about an upcoming Android Wear update that would bring loads of features (just on time for the launch of Apple's competitor product, the Watch). Among the features list was Android Wear WiFi cloud sync, which made it so that WiFi-compatible Wear watches wouldn't have to be connected to a companion smartphone if both were independently connected to a data-supporting network. While we were expecting that to arrive as part of the major operating system update landing next month, it looks like an Android Wear app update today has already enabled the feature. ...

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    LG has made it a point with its recent phones to show that it welcomes smartphone users with all needs. Its already-diverse portfolio is getting even larger today, with the introduction of the budget-friendly LG G Stylo. The device (as the name implies) carries a stylus as one of its headlining features, though the meaning is twofold – LG says it also refers to the phone being "stylish". Let's first talk about that stylus. It's throwing in a Q Memo Plus widget with the G Stylo, which can be used to take notes using the new-and-improved writing utensil. LG notes that the display of the ...

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    The Google wireless service is nearly here, according to trusted sources of The Wall Street Journal. The publication reported Tuesday that the Mountain View company is prepared to launch the wireless service, which leverages both the Sprint and T-Mobile networks, on Wednesday (April 22). As per the same sources, the service allows customers to only pay for the data they use – this isn't akin to a model any other major US carrier uses (though some have embraced the concept of rollover data as of late), and it's unclear how it will be regarded in the telecommunications industry. ...

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    HTC can never seem to catch a break when it comes to the cameras in their smartphones. They’ve tried large pixels, they’ve tried many pixels, they’ve tried the strange dual sensor setup from the One M8… If nothing else, you have to give them participation points. But no matter what HTC does, the end result is always the same: subpar performance that falls short of the competition. A lot of people, myself included, have learned to accept that fact, and continue to buy HTC phones anyway for their outstanding build quality, BoomSound speakers, and so on. But if you look around at the ...

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    Earlier this week, Sony dropped a bit of a surprise on us all, announcing the Xperia Z4 for Japan – a quiet press event, no international spectacle, just a new phone that isn't even confirmed yet for global release. It wasn't long after the Z4 went official that we started hearing a rumor about Sony's intentions for a proper worldwide flagship, though that could find us waiting until sometime next month. We're still not quite sure just how that phone might arrive, but a new finding today could offer a hint or two, as a handful of new Sony model numbers surface in Indonesia. It's that ...

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    HTC is clearly looking to expand to other markets that go beyond just smartphones, tablets and wearables. The HTC Vive is a clear example of the company taking Virtual Reality further, and even the word further is an understatement to Michael's experience with the Vive at MWC 2015. Still, this is not the only emerging market with promise of significant growth, and today we learn of HTC's next step. IoV, or Internet of Vehicles, is a market that's beginning to grow in Asia. This is really not about having your phone connect to a vehicle (even though it can be a feature), but more of a ...

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    There's a war going on in the smartphone world right now, not one between platforms, or even between manufacturers: it's a war where everybody is fighting against bezels. Say what you will about practicality: a phone where its display runs right up to the handset's edge is an incredibly attractive prospect, and phone-makers have been doing their darnedest to be the ones who pull it off the best. While phones from big manufacturers like Samsung and its Galaxy S6 Edge may be the ones drawing the most attention to their screens, it's been a number of smaller Chinese OEMs who have found recent ...

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    There was a time when Samsung spent a good deal of money on an ad campaign that made fun of iPhone users for being "Wall Huggers." In a way, Samsung was right back then, as the battery life of previous iPhones was terrible, and having a replaceable battery on most Samsung Galaxy devices was an advantage. Now, what happens when tables are turned? Samsung's new Galaxy S6 ad spends more than a minute explaining all the charging benefits of the Galaxy S6, and doing all it could in making these features sound cool. The ad explains the benefits of Samsung's fast charging technology, and how ...

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    We first caught sight of Google's Android 5.1.1 update back at the start of the month, mentioned in the release of a new SDK. Then last week, 5.1.1 was showing up on some official Android dev pages, measuring Nexus family audio latency. It sure felt like a release could happen at any moment, but when? Well, today's our day, as the first Android 5.1.1 release quietly appears as a factory image available for download. What's maybe most notable about the way Android 5.1.1 is emerging is that the first device to get it isn't a Nexus phone nor a Nexus tablet, but the Android TV Nexus Player. ...

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    What's a Windows Phone fan have to do to get his hands on some flagship-level hardware? Right now, such handsets on the platform are few and far between, and while there's hope that the situation is going to get better – especially with the forthcoming release of Windows 10 – firm information on specific models is hard to come by. But as we wait to learn more about what phones will emerge to lead the next generation of Microsoft Lumia devices, we get word of another future Windows model from an unlikely source, as Chinese manufacturer Elephone starts talking about its plans for a ...

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    We last got our hands on the LG Watch Urbane way back in March at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, though the device has remained relatively off-the-radar since then (with the one notable exception being yesterday, when Google revealed that the wristwatch would be the first to make use of the latest update to Android Wear, throwing in better emoji support, WiFi, and more). Now the watch is back in Spain, this time for an official LG Watch Urbane teaser video drumming up anticipation for the device's actual launch. One thing we should note is that the video below shows us ...

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    Update: Meanwhile the images below have popped up on Mobile-Dad purportedly showing off the device which is expected to be even thinner than the R5's 4.8mm profile (and without the protruding camera), while maintaining a metal build. Image below. Remember the OPPO R7? It will, at one point (whenever it gets released), become the R5's follow-up, and one of its main features is the fact that is has a (nearly) bezel-less (on the sides) outer aspect. We looked at the OPPO R7 in some leaked images at the end of last month, but now we're being treated to a video showing off the phone. As it ...

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    If curved smartphones are your thing, and the Galaxy S6 Edge is something you don't like (or can't afford), the LG G Flex 2 is something you should definitely consider. We looked at it closely, not once, but twice (international version and US Sprint variant) but the phone is making its way to AT&T soon. Friday, April 24, is when you will be able to grab the AT&T LG G Flex 2 in select AT&T retail stores and online. Platinum Silver is the color which will be available (unlike both of our review units), and there are a lot of pricing options to choose from: to quote from the ...

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    LG is doing its best to tease the April 28 event where the G4 will be unveiled, and the manufacturer didn't mind telling us all about the screen and camera sensor inside the upcoming flagship. The leaks showed us the exterior and LG follows up on the display-centric teaser we've recently seen with an LG G4 camera teaser video. Photographer Colby Brown talks about his "new camera" which is the LG G4, as you will find out at the end of the embedded video below, a camera that is said to be great. How great will all depend on the results we're going to see once we get the G4 in our review ...

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    The big news from OnePlus today concerns how it's selling the flagship One, doing away with invites and limited-time sales windows for good. But that's not the only thing that's happening with the phone today, and OnePlus's Carl Pei announced on social media that OTA distribution of the just-released CyanongenMod 12S update is being temporarily paused. While normally that would sound like bad news, it turns out it's happening for a pretty great reason, as Pei teases an new feature about to arrive for the One. CM12S distribution should get started again a little later this week, and it will ...

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    Samsung may be the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, but you'd be shocked to know how little it sells in certain countries. To give you an example, Apple owns 51.1% of the Japanese market share, and as for Samsung, 5.6%, and no we didn't get that number wrong. The company is willing to do anything to gain more market share in Japan with its Galaxy S6, and we mean anything. Samsung has just announced that it will be ditching its own brand for the launch of the Galaxy S6 later this month. The company has decided to follow an old trend that we saw years ago in the US, where you'll ...

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    There's a major shake-up happening for Android tablets right now, and after years of manufacturers preferring models that mirrored their smartphone offerings with widescreen 16:9 or 16:10 displays, there's been a recent push towards the squarer 4:3 screens long associated with Apple's iPad lineup. We've already seen 4:3 models like the Nexus 9 and Nokia N1, and earlier this year Samsung made its own foray into the field with the 4:3-ratio Galaxy Tab A. First announced for Russia, it's finally time for these Tab A models to come to the US, as Samsung shares word of the start of pre-orders. ...

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    It's hard to be happy for either Microsoft or Nokia after the whole mobile division buyout. It's been almost a year since the deal happened and we still don't see a flagship Lumia from Microsoft's administration. Microsoft is still entitled to use the Nokia brand until next year as part of the deal, and if you're wondering what'll happen next, today we get some details. Two trusted sources close to Nokia claim that the company plans to launch smartphones in 2016, and this would just be the tip of the iceberg. The report also claims that once the Microsoft brand deal is over, Nokia will ...

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