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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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    We knew this day was coming. Ever since we heard of the worrying sales numbers, it was pretty certain to us that a discount was on the way for the phone we called "the right phone at the wrong price" in our full review. That deal is finally now official, the Amazon Fire Phone price cut dropping the device to just $199.99 off contract for the 32GB model. The model at this price has no link to AT&T, not in the branding or anywhere else. It's just a pure, GSM, unlocked smartphone that you can take to almost any carrier in the United States save for Verizon and Sprint. As for whether ...

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    It's that time of year again: bargain-hunters bundle up for a long night out in the cold, armed with a vacuum flask full of coffee and a checklist of the stores they'll be hitting. Retail employees let out a resigned sigh as they prepare to begin a single shift that starts somewhere around Wednesday afternoon and lasts through Saturday morning. And if you're anything like us, you're staying warm at home, probably watching way too much Netflix, and hoping to snag a few good deals online. That's right – it's Black Friday time. What used to be a single day of retail hedonism has mutated ...

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    Tablets have proven to be a very odd product category, but then again, so were smartphones before 2007. Most of us that have been using smartphones and tablets since before they became popular remember how long it took for both products to gain traction, though the difference here is that smartphones have continued to grow, and tablets are oddly slowing down. New market estimates for the rest of the year aren't painting a pretty picture, and it seems the iPad is mostly to blame. IDC has already revealed its estimates for the tablet market by the end of this year, and its analysts are ...

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    These aren't the best days for Samsung when it comes to raw numbers. Surely the company isn't even close to having economical issues, but it is letting its smartphone dominance slip away with its product lineup this year. We've already heard that there is some major restructuring to come to the company soon, and in that same process, we will apparently see certain services cease to exist. Do any of you care about Samsung's ChatOn service, because it seems that even the folks in Korea know that people don't, or at least not much. An unmentioned Samsung executive told our source that Samsung ...

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    Apps, music, movies, emails, documents, chat history, text messages: if you're an Android user who's deeply wrapped up in Google's ecosystem, you've got a hell of a lot of stuff being protected by your Google login credentials. The company offers plenty of ways to help keep your account secure, from things like two-factor authentication to helping you detect suspicious activity. Today we see those activity alerts take on an easy-to-access new form, with the debut of the new online Google Devices and Activity dashboard. Much like you've seen on Google Play, where the service keeps track of ...

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    The OnePlus One: a compelling phone, with attractive hardware, at a hard-to-beat price. Sounds good, right? For many, the biggest problem has been getting your hands on the device, with sales first invite-only, to be later supplanted by a limited pre-order system. Wouldn't it be nice if OnePlus could simply make the phone available at a major retailer? Maybe someone like Amazon? As it turns out, that's just about to happen, thought it's news that's peppered with so many qualifying asterisks that it falls quite a bit short of being the answer we hoped for. For starters, we're talking only ...

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    In an effort to help their models stand out from the crowd, smartphone manufacturers have been turning to some interesting camera designs. Sometimes that brings us phones like the PureView Lumia 1020 with a big ol' rear sensor, while other times we end up with something like the HTC Desire Eye and its dual high-res front and rear cameras. One old idea from the days of flip phones has even started making a comeback, with Oppo turning to rotating cameras for the N1 and new N3, where the same physical camera pulls double duty as it snaps both front and rear pics itself. Today we're looking at ...

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    Samsung is not the only giant planning major changes in its smartphone business for 2015. Despite seeing and hearing rumors of an Xperia Z4 and Z4 Ultra for early next year -- after the announcement of the Xperia Z3 raised a lot of eyebrows -- Sony is also planning some major changes as far as its mobile division is concerned. Sales of Sony smartphones aren't exactly up to expectations (the company has revised sales targets more than once), and the Japanese manufacturer has constantly lost ground on the market to competitors like Apple and Samsung. As a direct effect, Sony is fine with ...

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    Samsung made headlines last month with the announcement of its thinnest smartphones to date, the Galaxy A3 and A5, both featuring svelte aluminum unibody designs and more design appeal than many of Samsung's other offerings. They were interesting phones to say the least, which is why we're glad to report news of Samsung Galaxy A5 China availability having just begun. The phone costs 2,599 Yuan (CNY) to purchase, which translates to about 420 USD. Whether it's worth that price tag is up for debate, but the following information might help you with that decision. Samsung's Galaxy A5 is ...

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    Motorola loves giving its smartphone users a bevy of customizable looks for their phones, whether we're talking about the Moto X and its fantastic array of colors and materials to choose from, or the numerous alternate rear shells available for the Moto G. But not every Motorola handset is nearly so lucky, and one of our favorite recent devices, the Droid Turbo, comes up seriously short with the aesthetic variety it offers shoppers. We're still nowhere near the number of options you'll find with other Moto models, but this week the Droid Turbo picks up a new color variant, coming to Best ...

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    T-Mobile may be the cool kid on the block, not messing with the Motorola Nexus 6 it sells in its stores, but not every carrier is committed to being so hands-off. As we looked at last week, the AT&T version of the phone has a few carrier-specific anomalies rendering it distinct from the unbranded model, but they're overly onerous. If you can't live with even those, enthusiasts have already worked out how to restore the AT&T Nexus 6 to a near-clean slate, as well as overcome the mandatory encryption (for the Nexus 6 on all carriers) we understand could be slowing down disk ...

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    T-Mobile is serious about this whole "un-carrier" project. We've seen the company defy the existing market model in the US with its contract-free plans, and we've even seen the company extend its carrier-free strategy to most of its devices by not launching these with corporate logos and excessive bloatware. We know you're all disappointed with AT&T for heavily bloating the Nexus 6, so if this is a deal breaker for you, T-Mobile has a solution for you. Des Smith, senior product manager has just taken on Google+ to announce that T-Mobile is planning to give you the Nexus experience that ...

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    A couple weeks back, the Android 5.0 Lollipop update explosion began, with both OEMs and Google beginning to make the new software for their own phones (or for their Nexus models) available. Motorola even beat Google with confirmation of updates for the new Moto G and Moto X, but not without a major limitation: that 2014 Moto X Lollipop update was only for the unlocked Pure Edition, meaning that if you picked the phone up through a carrier you were out of luck. Well, “temporarily inconvenienced” might be more like it, but now even that “temporary” bit flies out the window, with ...

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    Samsung hasn't been doing as well as many of us would've expected this year. The company has shown record losses in its last couple of quarters, and today we learn how devices like the Galaxy S5 have led to this. Internal sources claim that Samsung manufactured 20% more devices than the Galaxy S4, and only met its projected sales in the US. Samsung globally sold 40% less GS5s than its predecessor, the GS4. The company barely reached 12 million units sold in the first three months, at a time where it projected 16 million units to sell. In China, Samsung's second largest market by revenue, ...

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    Well this was inevitable: owners of smartwatches are eager to configure their wearables to reflect the latest styles, and watchface galleries have been quick to spring up and offer users a broad selection of options. But where do all these designs come from? Plenty are full-on originals, but you won't have to look hard to find faces mimicking designs from TV, movies, and video games, as well as those copying the style of popular “dumb” watches. And while Rare might be cool with people rocking a Goldeneye 007 watch layout, luxury brands like Omega aren't being so accommodating, and have ...

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