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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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    While a year arguably makes a world of difference when it comes to smartphone upgrades, and the OnePlus 3 revises its predecessor’s already impressive internals and attractive design, objectively improving them both and yet keeping the price bar relatively low, you can still appreciate the OnePlus 2 on its enduring strengths. Especially now that the 2015-released “flagship killer” finally runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, setting you back for a limited time an extremely palatable $239.99 on eBay. Top-rated seller cell-force promises to keep the unprecedented deal going for 30 more hours ...

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    Today might just be the big day for owners of the two latest (and greatest, until Marlin and Sailfish swim up to shore) Nexus devices, at least according to one of Canada’s three leading mobile network operators. But Australia’s number two wireless carrier doesn’t entirely share Telus’ position or confirm its very specific Android Nougat release date, while the third largest telco down under even more clearly suggests a delay could be in store due to a mysterious “issue found during testing.” Not Vodafone’s own “optimization” process, mind you, as said bug is apparently ...

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    For its 50th anniversary, Best Buy on Friday kicked off a fitting 50 deals only supposed to last 50 hours. These covered a wide range of tech departments, from smartphones to smartwatches, tablets, laptops, HDTVs and so on, but in all honesty, they felt somewhat underwhelming on the whole, at least as far as mobile gadget enthusiasts are concerned. After digging a little deeper however, we’ve discovered one unprecedented bargain, though being marked as a “special anniversary deal” on BB’s official website suggests it could expire in mere minutes. On the bright side, it’s also ...

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    Many are still debating if the best idea is to get a brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 7, or to consider the larger iPhone 6s Plus. The thing is, these two devices could not be more different. They actually serve very different types of users, where one is looking for more capabilities, while the other just wants a larger iPhone. One one hand we have the latest iteration of the lineup that created the phablet category, and on the other we have the iPhone that grew up to compete. Deciding on which is a better buy is actually less complicated than you think, so watch our full comparison to ...

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    Juan is back from the Honor launch event in San Francisco, we've spent two days with the sexy Honor 8, a sister phone to the Huawei P9 which we enjoyed reviewing. The P9 scored a small victory in our Pocketnow Fireworks Challenge against the Lumia 1020. That Leica inspired dual sensor camera system delivers some of the best still photos we've ever seen from a phone. The Honor 8 first impressions after the launch we're glowing, but has that glow remained after 48 hours? Let's check in while we wrap up our full review! 48 Hours with the Huawei Honor 8: A familiar fun phone! Related Video ...

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    It’s all about creating a lineup of devices. Sony retired the Xperia Z collection of devices, last year culminating in the ambitious Z Premium with a 4K display. Sony’s mission this year? Streamline. Focus on the features which “really” matter. No more fun experiments. However, this streamlining approach for the hardware hasn’t trimmed the price tags. Sony is still very much positioning the X line as premium offerings. Two letters lower in the alphabet, but that doesn’t mean the customer gets a price cut. We'll be taking an in-depth look at both the X and X Performance in this ...

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    So, you don't like EMUI's home screen? That's fine. Just throw on a launcher. But you can't do much about anything else from the drop down shade to the power prompts to all the little iOS-like interfaces. It's everything you can't get rid of without some rooting and flashing and shucking and jiving. And there hasn't been a reason not to — software support has traditionally been scant for Huawei and Honor phones, save for the major updates. Even then, it's been a hit or miss deal. Well, Taylor Wimberly, one of Honor US's web marketers, has given us a reason to stick to EMUI 4 (maybe going ...

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    Patent infringement lawsuits are obviously nothing new in the ultra-competitive, sometimes too heated and egocentric mobile industry, with Samsung, Apple, Huawei, Qualcomm, Google, Microsoft, HTC and Nokia just a few of the frequent protagonists of drawn-out court disputes that very often end in behind-the-scenes settlements. Of course, a lot of money is typically exchanged in such licensing and cross-licensing understandings, which BlackBerry must now be seeking from BLU Products. Those don’t exactly sound like the two most active smartphone-manufacturing companies on this battleground, ...

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    While we’ve known for almost a month now that Sony intends to unveil… something the day before the official start of the IFA 2016 industrial exhibition in Berlin, Germany, and the company’s trade show appearance was a no-brainer ever since last September, the Japanese device manufacturer only comes out and dismisses all doubt today. You can officially save the September 1 date therefore, or at least reserve the 1 to 2pm CEST timeslot for whatever Xperia, PlayStation, Walkman, Bravia-branded goodies and so on that are definitely in the pipeline. “Definitely” might sound like a ...

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    While perhaps not as compelling as the many Samsung Galaxy S7 deals offered by the Korean device manufacturer, plus US retail and carrier partners, the HTC 10 discounts and bundle promos have been starting to pile up of late, with the Taiwanese OEM looking to boost slumping sales volumes at the risk of losing profitability. No longer paired with free $200-worth JBL Reflect Aware C earbuds, the beveled edge-sporting 5.2-incher is again up for grabs by itself at $599, down from a $699 MSRP. 100 bucks hardly feels like a massive, life-altering price cut, but it’s something, and the sweetest ...

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    Samsung is basically doing the opposite of a limbo dance, raising the mid-range Android smartphone specification bar step by step until eventually the entire Galaxy lineup will be one big, happy flagship family. No one really wants that, of course, and J2 sales numbers prove there’s quite a large global audience for entry-level, super-affordable Samsung handhelds, despite other brands technically offering superior quality-pricing ratios in the sub-$200 space. The same probably goes for the sub-$400 and sub-$500 market segments, with mind-blowing non-flagship models like the Galaxy C7, A9 ...

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    While we can’t say the global popularity of the dual-edged, improved S Pen-wielding, iris-scanning Galaxy Note 7 comes as a great surprise to us, especially after reviewing the phablet to find it plays in a league of its own, Samsung is apparently “shocked” at the “unprecedented number of pre-orders.” Fret not, our North American friends interested in the “next big thing”, as today’s launch is still on, with T-Mobile and Verizon even quick and ready to kick off shipments earlier this week in the US. But although you won’t follow the Netherlands, Russia or Ukraine’s suit ...

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    Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? Not according to the official Moto US Twitter account’s handlers, who use a different, much harsher word for it to begin with. Lenovo’s reformed, increasingly ambitious and competitive daughter company seems to believe Samsung didn’t imitate, get inspired by, or even copy a certain trendy software trick integrated into the Galaxy S7 last spring, and now the Galaxy Note 7. Instead, Motorola comes out with guns blazing, pointing the finger at the global king of smartphone sales for “stealing” the “original” Always On Display feature ...

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    Still waiting for Android Nougat to happen? That August 5 security patch level update just not there yet? It won't be for another weekend. Canadian carrier Telus, interested in transparency, has updated its Software Update Schedule for devices and has just listed both the Nexus 6P and 5X for an Android Nougat update targeted for August 22. Barring acts of God or something like that, we pretty much have an idea of when Google and its partners will start seeding out Android 7.0. The Nexus 6 and 9, it seems, may have to wait in limbo, though we expect it'll be either close by or the very same ...

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    Nostalgic for the good old times of replaceable battery-sporting Samsung flagship phones like the Galaxy S5, or the super-easy-to-repair GS4? While the spanking new, sizzling hot, difficult-to-crack-but-not-so-hard-to-scratch Galaxy Note 7 circles back to the days of waterproof premium designs, it’s far from an amateur handyman’s wet dream. Granted, some of the internal components put under iFixit’s microscope and subject to another ruthless teardown treatment can be described as “modular”, with an average user probably capable of removing and swapping them independently. But ...

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    While leaving the dust to settle on the spectacular US launch of the upper mid-range Honor 8, and expecting a number of premium Huawei-branded phones to break cover, Mate 9 and Mate S2 included, our always pampered China-based friends can grab another 9-series Android with a solid quality – pricing ratio. This one’s called the Huawei G9 Plus, obviously improving on the specifications of the 5.2-inch standard G9, aka P9 Lite, but falling short of the raw processing power, smooth multitasking or photography prowess of the P9 Plus. Yes, there’s only one camera slapped on the back of the ...

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    Not as much timeworn as ill-fated straight off the bat, the summer 2014-released HTC One E8 likely didn’t find many patrons either internationally or on the only US carrier willing to subsidize it. Basically a low-quality, plastic-clad clone of the One M8 with a more traditional single 13MP rear-facing camera setup replacing the all-aluminum 5-incher’s controversial dual 4MP photography mechanism, the Android mid-ranger launched on KitKat, getting a relatively timely Lollipop upgrade last year. It was all quiet on the OS makeover front afterwards, with just one or two maintenance ...

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    Still sad you weren’t quick or lucky enough to score one of those limited edition Nextbit Robin copies in the actual snazzy color of a robin, Ember, aka red? Believe it or not, your laziness or misfortune might ultimately prove to have been a blessing in disguise, as long as you act now and take Amazon up on its sweetest lightning deal of today. For the next 21 hours or so at the time of writing, i.e. until midnight PDT, the Mint and Midnight-coated “cloud-first” smartphones are available for their lowest prices yet (by a landslide), setting you back just $199 apiece. That’s an ...

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    Well, this is beyond confusing. The same exact phone, with the same exact humdrum design and outdated hardware specifications, available on four US carriers under three different names. First, Boost and Virgin Mobile, Sprint’s prepaid-specialized daughter operators, picked up the Alcatel Dawn a little over a month ago, charging just $70 with no-contract activations. In the meantime, the price dropped to $60, and now $30 on Cricket Wireless, where the entry-level 4.5-inch phone is branded Alcatel Streak. The Dawn/Streak can also be purchased starting today from Best Buy on AT&T ...

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    The world’s flat-out best smartphone these days, at least until the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus finally break cover? It certainly looks that way, based on one of our longest reviews on file in both text and video, which simply and appropriately concluded the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is back to being on a league of its own. Still, we’ve seen too much and have been following this industry for too long to expect absolute perfection from a gadget. There’s no such thing, and a rigorous, reliable and objective durability video report brings forth a major Galaxy Note 7 weakness. Ironically, it’s ...

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    It's been a long road of changes for the Samsung Galaxy Note over the last couple of years. That "thing" that we eventually named a phablet was prone to divisiveness from the tech media a few years ago, right up until people started to use it. It turns out that the whole concept of a huge phone actually made sense — so much so, Samsung touts that the phablet market has grown by 200 million units year after year since the inception of the first Galaxy Note in 2012. The road since has been full of mixed reactions. For four whole years, the Note was the dream powerhouse. Then, the Galaxy ...

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    Could it be a coincidence that the largest retail bookseller stateside practically took the wraps off the “next-generation reader’s tablet” at the same time as Kobo unveiled the premium Aura One e-book reader? Probably not, but what leaves us scratching our heads in even more confusion is Barnes & Noble’s apparent broken promise from back March. It seems the Nook brand will live on at least a little while longer after all, with Samsung’s pivotal help, which had no problem letting B&N fork the already TouchWiz-skinned interface of yet another Galaxy slate. This time, ...

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    You know what Verizon-locked Android smartphones need more of? Pre-installed bloatware, aka junkware or crapware, or rather “brandware”, as Ad Age dubs an upcoming new type of unnecessary apps you may soon see Big Red load your handhelds up with by default. These will differ from manufacturer or carrier-proprietary software bloat in several important aspects, as America’s number one wireless service provider seeks between $1 and $2 for each device “affected” in possible deals struck with “big” retail and finance brands, among others. For the time being, it’s unclear exactly ...

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    With the spanking new, redesigned, ultra-powerful, ambitious, loud, sharp and Daydream VR-ready ZTE Axon 7 available for a measly $400 off the bat unlocked and occasionally freebie-including, it was only a matter of time until first-gen models fetched important discounts to help them retain a slice of the spotlight. One such deep price cut has just arrived, though unfortunately, it’s not the Axon Pro variant you can purchase on the cheap from Newegg via eBay at the moment. Instead, you’re looking at $160 savings over the list price of the non-Pro 2015 ZTE Axon, offered through 6pm on ...

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    Mobile industry insiders have been known to make mistakes regarding high-profile unreleased devices, especially those manufactured by companies like LG, Huawei, Motorola or Asus with Google’s supervision and Nexus seal of approval. And pre-launch benchmarks can also occasionally be misleading. But it’s hard to imagine an assortment of the two different classes of reliable sources could so perfectly sync up to misrepresent the oft-leaked HTC-produced Nexus Marlin. This time, it’s AnTuTu that reveals the innards of the 5.5-inch N6P sequel, and they’re the exact same specifications ...

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