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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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    Which smartphone manufacturer has Google tapped to produce the next Nexus smartphone? For a while there we were talking about LG, and wondering if a Nexus 6 might arrive based on the company's recent G3, but public comments from execs have cast doubt on that possibility. So who, then? A new rumor landed over the weekend that suggests Motorola could step up to the role of Nexus-maker, and the phone it brings us could be the largest Nexus handset to date, a 5.9-inch phablet. The hardware is reportedly under development as codename Shamu, and that part, at least, has some evidence behind it: ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom camera is improved over last year's Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom in terms of the imaging chip. Instead of last year's 16MP shooter, we now have a 20.7MP system. Of course, we still have 10 times optical zoom, thanks to Samsung's own lens, as well as optical image stabilization (that comes in handy every time, especially if you are zoomed in). We'll have plenty of impressions and thoughts on the camera capabilities of this phone-camera crossover, but, for now, we'll leave you with a couple of Samsung Galaxy K Zoom camera samples. We've got outdoors images in both zoomed ...

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    We've heard a lot about the LG G Vista in the recent past, with leaks, reports and rumors mentioning the device as being on its way to Verizon. Rumors about a July 18 release date clearly have not panned out, but is a launch still on its way? And if those rumors were wrong about that date, could they be wrong about other details, as well? Verizon hasn't made anything official just yet, but we've received new information from one of our tipsters which, as you can see below, attempts to clarify a few specifics about the G Vista's hardware, while also giving us a new launch date of Thursday, ...

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    Last year, Samsung did really abuse the name of its Galaxy S 4 flagship, and the Galaxy S4 Zoom was another example, aside from the Galaxy S4 Active, and the Galaxy S4 mini. This year, while we still have a Galaxy S5 mini, (and other S5 phones), the camera-phone hybrid is no longer reusing the flagship's denomination; instead, Samsung decided to call it the K Zoom, and in this Samsung Galaxy K Zoom unboxing video we're taking a look at the retail experience. The specs aren't flagship worthy, but that's far from the raison d'être of this device. The main selling point is the 20.7MP ...

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    A little over a week back, proponents of a free and open smartphone landscape got some promising news, as the latest bill with its eye on restoring consumer rights in regards to phone unlocking passed in the US Senate. While unlocking had previously been allowed under an exemption to the DMCA, the Library of Congress failed to renew that option, and now Congress was looking to force the Library to reconsider that decision. Today we get the latest news on the bill's progress, as the House of Representatives approves the legislation. With both the House and Senate behind it, all that's left ...

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    About a month back we came across a rumor discussing a possible follow-up to some of last year's weirder smartphone accessories, the Sony Cyber-shot “lens-style cameras” that affixed to existing smartphones to give them high-quality image sensors, big lenses, and optical zoom capabilities. The QX10 and QX100 models we have now give us a 10x zoom and 3.6x zoom, respectively, but word was that this year's edition would bump that figure up to something like 30x zoom. Now we've got some new evidence that might just support that idea. A new listing at the South Korean National Radio ...

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    This time last year, Motorola was already talking about the Moto X, having begun the phone's advertising campaign in advance of its formal launch, which would kick-off the month of August. So understandably, we've been on the lookout for progress towards a 2014 sequel. Back in May and June we saw Moto X+1 leaks-a-plenty, including some video hands-on action of possible X+1 hardware, but so far July has seen the pace of these discoveries really slow, and it's been a while since anything really compelling has turned up. That all changes today, as a new leak provides some detailed pics of the ...

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    We've heard a lot about that certain seven-inch Samsung phablet, and initially we thought it could be a Mega variant or follow-up, but then we heard the name Galaxy W, and more recently, we've seen the device at the FCC. As it turns out, the smartphone with model numbers SM-T2558 and SM-T2556 (depending on carrier, more on that later) has landed in China, and its official name is the Galaxy TabQ. China Mobile (SM-T2558) and China Unicom (SM-T2556) are the carriers on which this phone is available, but we're guessing Samsung will soon make this phone reach other markets as well. As far as ...

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    You think you're being so smart about buying a new smartphone: you consider long and hard just which features you really need, and go in ready to purchase a phone that's neither underpowered, nor would result in you throwing money away on extras you won't use. And while that 16GB of storage sounded perfect on paper, you power-on your phone for the first time only to discover that nearly half of that space is occupied by pre-installed software. You just became the latest victim of bloat. Over the years, some carriers and OEMs have been better than others about not dragging-down your phone ...

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    Buy a new smartphone, and on the spec sheet you'll find no shortage of sensors: accelerometer, magnetic field sensor; hell, you might even have a barometer. And with so many of these sensors living within our hardware, and many of them as commonplace as they are, it's easy to gloss over them, not really giving them a second thought. But as we expand mobile tech into new form factors, it might be worth giving sensors a closer look, since not all of the ones we're familiar with have been making the journey. As we look forward to the launch of the Moto 360 later this summer, new details ...

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    Is Lenovo really intending to crank-out 60-odd smartphones before the end of the year? We continue to wonder if that boast from earlier this month is the stuff of bravado or maybe just a poor translation, but whatever the company's goals are over the next several months, its more immediate future looks like it will involve the arrival of a quad HD phablet, as a Lenovo exec teases the launch of the K920 in just a couple weeks. We first talked about this model as Lenovo's Vibe Z2 Pro, though recent leaks have been going with the more numerical designation. Whatever it's called, the hardware ...

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    Instagram has proven that some of us just want a social network for sharing photos, and especially if it's a place where we won't get bothered by Candy Crush invites. Facebook saw this success early on, and did a smart move in acquiring the company and letting it be. Together with Facebook, we've seen how Instagram has managed to control the popularity of competing services like Vine (owned by Twitter) with its video offerings, and reports have it that the company is out for more. Rumors claim that a few Instagram users received an invitation to download a free application called "Bolt" ...

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    Rumors about Samsung's involvement in a project to deliver a virtual reality accessory for its smartphones have been snowballing since the spring. Early, vague talk about a VR headset gave way to evidence of an official Gear VR name, and just a few weeks back a leak appeared to reveal a render of the actual hardware. Today we shift from hardware to software a little as we check out the latest arrival, a relatively in-depth leak of what sure seems to be the Gear VR companion app. The app's setup guide talks users through the configuration process and confirms certain aspects of Gear VR's ...

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    While users may not have always responded favorably, the ability of OEMs to deliver wildly divergent looks for their Android UIs could be seen as big success story for the sort of openness and flexibility that only Android offers. In the very early days of Android, everything looked the same. Manufacturers kept the stock OS intact and focused on deploying hardware -- that's where the real creativity was exercised back then. That approach didn't last long. Shortly after HTC built the G1 for T-Mobile, it created other phones with interfaces that began to refine the somewhat basic look and ...

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    Sony's Xperia Z3 is still very much an enigma; looking at the hardware specs that have leaked, it's difficult to appreciate how Sony intends to make the handset a meaningful improvement over the Xperia Z2. Maybe the most obvious changes have emerged in some of the leaked pics we've seen, and even then they've seen minor: stuff like how the Z3's edges appear to be much more rounded and lacking the Z2's metal accents. Today we get a closer look at that hardware, with the arrival of a couple new supposed Xperia Z3 shots. The edge shot here appears to be a perfect match for last week's leak, ...

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