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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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    Just when you may have thought HTC permanently lost touch with the mobile hardware industry’s leaders in terms of innovation and, well, effort, the Taiwanese device manufacturer returned to the spotlight in a big way. Granted, Google will probably try to hide the name of the Pixel and Pixel XL’s makers, as it slowly gets more aggressive about own-brand marketing. But we’ll all know who’s behind the love-or-hate “Sailfish” and “Marlin” designs. Meanwhile, the Bolt looks more and more intriguing as it approaches its (hopefully not Sprint-exclusive) launch, and the Desire 10 ...

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    LeEco, which is arguably China’s most ambitious young smartphone manufacturer, makes headlines again as it officially unveils the super-high-end Le Pro 3 (or just Pro 3) hot on the heels of the crazy affordable Coolpad-designed Cool1 Dual, and a measly five months after the Le 2/Le 2 Pro/Le Max 2 trio. While we always expected the LeEco Le Pro 3 to provide solid bang for your buck, it was hard to imagine a 6GB RAM powerhouse could ever cost $300, even on the budget-obsessed Chinese shores. A Western spread sometime this fall, following a domestic commercial debut on September 28, is of ...

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    Oh, no, it’s a trend now. It all technically started with LeEco, then Motorola (or rather Lenovo) rushed to beat Apple to the no-jack punch, while HTC could be next to jump on the wireless/USB Type-C audio bandwagon. It remains to be seen if perhaps the looming HTC Bolt will at least support wireless charging (the flagship HTC 10 doesn’t) to offer audiophiles a little more leeway than the Lightning port-addicted iPhone 7. A (very) late heir of sorts to the 2011-released ThunderBolt, which was Verizon’s first ever 4G LTE handheld, this surprising HTC Bolt is reportedly headed to ...

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    Google’s latest push for relevance in the chat app landscape finally enters phase two today, as the text-specialized Allo joins the video-only Duo in the Android Play Store and iOS App Store to try to give Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp or iMessage a run for their money, and wash the taste of Hangouts out of everyone’s mouths. Unlike Duo, which, let’s be honest, merely stood out with ease of use and Knock Knock awkwardness, Google Allo features at least one key “selling” point in Assistant support. For the time being though, you’re getting a “preview edition” of the ...

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    OnePlus hasn’t had a lot of time lately for its characteristic advertising shenanigans and often controversial stunts, throwing just the one obligatory jab at the headphone jack-killing iPhone 7 as it seems to be investing substantial effort into a few software update programs. In addition to “actively merging” the China-exclusive HydrogenOS and international OxygenOS Android port, as well as working with the “community” to stabilize the latter’s 3.5 build, and most importantly, finally prepping Marshmallow for the X, the ambitious OEM has started the “incremental” OxygenOS ...

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    While it finally shouldn’t take long now to exchange your potentially explosive Galaxy Note 7 with a safe-to-use, clearly marked new S Pen-enabled dual-edged phablet, it’s hard not to at least consider a less controversial alternative. Ideally, a cheaper one too, like perhaps Samsung’s own previous flagship models. “Previous” or “past generation” is of course a bit of an overstatement, since the Galaxy S7 Edge so obviously inspired the Note 7, which merely offers an extra included stylus, iris scanner and 0.2 inches more in display diagonal. There’s a much less fickle 3,600 ...

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    Samsung sure made a lot of errors in judgment both before and after releasing the “game-changing” Galaxy Note 7 with an insufficiently inspected battery, most recently failing to set up a proper device exchanging program for hazardous units purchased straight from the OEM’s US e-store. There was also plenty of confusion surrounding the recall process at other retailers, some being unable or unwilling to provide temporary J-series backups. As for actual safe-to-use Note 7 replacements, these appeared to randomly feature either a black square or blue S logo on their new retail boxes. ...

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    It looks like the Android purists’ favorite device manufacturer will be turning over a new leaf this fall not only in terms of mobile product branding, but also retail pricing and advertising focus. No more catering to an inherently limited target audience of, well, mostly geeks with Nexus-labeled phones and tablets, as Google tries to finally break into the mainstream hardware landscape by teasing sitcom viewers and football fans of the Pixel and Pixel XL’s imminent arrival. Just as October 4 press invites started going out, and that cryptic but telling madeby.google.com splash site ...

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    Thinking of “skipping the sevens”, despite the new iPhones arguably looking less disappointing in real life than all those ominous pre-release reports, and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 exchanges finally overcoming initial hiccups? The “different” and “better” Moto Z modular family is just about ready to go wide stateside after a short period of Verizon exclusivity, although Sprint customers are still out of luck. The unlocked Z and Z Play can only be pre-ordered with GSM network compatibility from Best Buy or Amazon, which means you’re free to activate either one on AT&T or ...

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    Any die-hard fan of classic legal TV shows like “Law & Order”, “Ally McBeal” or “Damages”, as well as viewers of the surprising recent limited hit “The People v. O.J. Simpson”, know there’s more than one way that a prime suspect for a crime can be acquitted. Even if the glove does fit, or you just so happen to be carrying around a fishy knife with a murder victim’s blood all over it near the deceased’s home, a skilled defense lawyer played brilliantly by Courtney B. Vance or John Turturro might be able to find reasonable doubt. That seems to be the case for a ...

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    After bizarrely launching with little to no fanfare exclusively in Hong Kong last month, Lenovo’s entry-level Moto E3 Power finally gets a slightly noisier expansion to Indian shores today. As the not-so-subtle name suggests, you’re looking at a souped-up take on the original third-gen Motorola Moto E, sharing an overall design language with the Moto G4 Play as well, but swapping the latter’s Snapdragon 410 processor for a presumably slower, more frugal quad-core 1GHz MediaTek MT6735P. Some budget-conscious consumers may prefer their easily pocketable 5-inch phone that way though, ...

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    As humble and familiar as the DTEK50 looked at a first glance, it must have done something right, apparently prompting the financially (and creatively) struggling BlackBerry to brand the so-called Argon as DTEK60. The Canada-based device manufacturer confirms that on its official US website, no doubt jumping the gun with a product page hilariously labeled “do not publish.” Well, it’s published… for the time being, and in addition to DTEK50’s widely known features, it also blows the “Argon’s” cover once and for all. As rumored, this upcoming flagship-grade BlackBerry DTEK60 ...

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    Chinese manufacturer ZTE has been listening to reviewers and the community about their concerns for the Axon 7 and its second response in the form of a software update has been published is being sent out over the air right now. Among the major updates in this build B27 include easing up on the fingerprint sensing, some battery optimizations, a new "fast battery drain" notification and the September 1 security patch level for Android, thus filling in the last Quadrooter vulnerability. Camera tweaks (specifically on the focus) and group texting have also made the cut. The biggest change ...

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    If you like to make the most of your vacation but haven't the foggiest of where to start planning your ventures, Google has a few of them for you in its new Google Trips app for Android and iOS. In addition to sorting out your travel arrangements and any rental or reservation situations you may have, you can pick a site plan to hit up for any particular day for the amount of time you have, be it half a day or all day. You can download trips to keep them handy if you want to forego getting a new SIM for the stay. In fact, all of your travel information is handily stored within the app. But ...

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    There’s both bad and good news to report on the global Galaxy Note 7 recall front, as Samsung continues to make it difficult for some of the hazardous phablet’s owners to return and quickly exchange it with a safe-to-use copy. On the bright side, those who recently purchased the dual-curved S Pen 5.7-incher in China, receiving repeated assurances their devices pack batteries from a different, tried and true supplier, shouldn’t begin to worry all of a sudden. That’s because the world’s shortest investigation into the circumstances of a fire purportedly started on Sunday showed ...

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    It took a great deal of courage for Huawei to dedicate its “expectation-defying” IFA 2016 event to a pair of new mid-range Androids when everyone was expecting at least one Mate-series flagship phone upgrade. But as it turns out, power users may not have long to wait either. Granted, that was always easy to anticipate, with a relatively reliable Weibo tipster now pinning a “release” date down. You’ll want to circle November 8 in your calendars, although it’s unclear if we’re talking an actual commercial rollout here or merely a provisional formal announcement. Either way, the ...

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    Samsung’s reaction to the whole Galaxy Note 7 chain-of-explosions debacle was certainly prompt and fair, with all buyers offered full refunds off the bat or eventual safe-to-use replacement devices, but many mistakes were made in handling and enforcing the global recall, not to mention the phablet’s very production. As you may have already suspected, the Korean tech giant reportedly cut corners in accelerating the dual-edged S Pen 5.7-incher’s launch for iPhone-undercutting purposes. But even after repeatedly apologizing to its customers, and vowing to right all wrongs, Samsung would ...

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    Subtlety isn’t very high on Xiaomi’s list of corporate qualities, it seems, with the up-and-coming Android device manufacturer far from shy in terms of revealing exactly what will be on display at a press conference in China (where else?) on September 27. While the oft-rumored Mi 5s name is technically not spelled out in full in the Chinese OEM’s event invites and teaser image, we’re pretty sure that ginormous S doesn’t stand for Superman… or Mi Note 2 or Pro. But the Mi Note 2’s umpteenth “delay” (remember, the first Mi Note came out in January 2015) isn’t necessarily ...

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    Well, it practically took forever, but Sony seems to be officially done with Android 6.0 updates at long last. Remember the OEM’s Marshmallow-eligible device list from way back October 2015? It’s completed now, as the mid-range Xperia C5 Ultra finally follows in the footsteps of the C4, M4 Aqua, M5, plus new and old Z-series flagships including the Z5, Z5 Compact, Z5 Premium, Z4 Tablet, Z3+, Z3, Z3 Compact, Z3 Tablet Compact, Z2, and Z2 Tablet. Any hopes of some other phones or slates being added to the M roster at the last minute, despite Nougat-optimizing work having started for a ...

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    Will the madness and uncertainty ever end? Can Samsung still regain the trust of millions of endangered customers, as well as a few who were actually physically injured by faulty Galaxy Note 7 units sold in markets as diverse as the US, Korea and Australia? Not if recent fire reports in China turn out to be authentic. For the time being, we’d like to keep our skeptical hats on, since Samsung specifically green-lighted sales of the dual-curved S Pen phablet on those uber-competitive shores, ensuring buyers they’ll be getting devices with batteries inside supplied by a different company. ...

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    Here's a simple little feature that the Google Play Store probably should've had long ago. Here's also a simple little feature that everything offering downloadable data (hi, everyone) or anything that can download said data (hello, phone manufacturers) should've had long ago. Google is beta testing a feature that queues downloads up if it realizes that you're browsing the Play Store on a cellular network. If you want to "Wait For Wi-Fi" to download a certain app, you can answer a prompt as such and the next time you hit a local area connection, you should be able to see a download or two ...

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    We've been discussing how Google's skated its Nexus mission around over the years, crossing its bow between developer and consumer targets and delivering a statement on what its Android operating system is. But as this latest revelation shows, Google may have unintentionally kept tinkerers in its radar. XDA-Developers member and Team Win Recovery Project lead Ethan Yonker dug into some Android Nougat source code to work out how seamless updates would work — the feature would let software updates occur without going into recovery. It would take a second system file partition for that to ...

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    With both the Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 feeling rich for the blood of most early wearable admirers still not sold on the whole utility aspect, the Gear S3 probably a few weeks away yet, and LG, Huawei and Motorola all holding off on their next Android Wear releases, it might be time for the Pebble Time to step back into the limelight. Yes, we’re talking an H1 2015-launched, plastic-made, thick-bezeled, square-shaped, humble screen-sporting, non-heart rate-monitoring smartwatch here. One that could hardly be described as premium, elegant or fancy, especially compared to some of ...

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    When not busy urging Galaxy Note 7 buyers to return the hazardous S Pen phablet, handling exchanges, and giving out compensatory freebies, Samsung likes to flood the global mid-range market with 2017 upgrades of A3, A5 and A7 models (already?), a somewhat tardy 2016 A8 configuration, and a Galaxy A9 Pro that doesn’t really need a year attached to its name. This 6-incher comes as close to flagship Android material as it gets, falling short of the hero title due mostly to Full HD screen resolution and an octa-core Snapdragon 652, not 820 or 821, processor. Otherwise, power users can’t ...

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    The official wheels are finally turning to ensure Galaxy Note 7 fires and explosions come to a halt instead of potentially (and catastrophically) spreading to public transportation. Hot on the heels of the CPSC’s long overdue formal involvement in the previously unsanctioned recall process, the US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has just issued safety requirements for airline passengers or crew traveling with a Note 7 device “subject to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Recall No.16-266.” Mind you, we’re talking ...

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