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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 you can obviously connect the hilarious-sounding but actually very serious issue of deadly selfies in India with the monumental recent growth of the nation’s smartphone user base, the local government also aims to leverage technological progresses in order to curtail violence against women. Well, violence in general is the target of a new standard for mobile device vendors in India, which will all need to incorporate panic buttons into products sold from January 1, 2017, as well as GPS tracking systems starting the next year. Once fitted on both smart and dumb phones, the ...

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    Now that practically all recent and semi-recent flagship Samsung phones can run the newest Android iteration in most parts of the world, including on major US carriers, it’s about time at least one of the company’s high-end tablets also left Lollipop behind. Although we’ve received confirmation last month Marshmallow goodies are “in development” for the Galaxy Tab A, it’s actually the Tab S2 9.7 that’s making the leap today in an LTE-enabled SM-T815 configuration. It of course makes perfect sense for the Super AMOLED-sporting big guy to jump on the M bandwagon first among ...

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    A key player in its domestic entertainment industry for several years now, China-based LeEco, formerly known as LeTV, recently captured its first international headlines by following in the footsteps of Huawei or Xiaomi with unusually powerful low-cost smartphones. Those managed to post pretty remarkable combined sales numbers for their first seven months in local stores, warranting early and even more impressive sequels that should go global before long. But unlike “outdated” Apple, LeEco doesn’t want to focus on mobile hardware and software, putting the internet first, and “only ...

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    Smartwatch sales in general and Android Wear device demand in particular are still not as hot as analysts optimistically forecasted back in the day, with the vast majority of smartphone users simply not convinced of the wearables’ utility. On the bright side, if you’re at least willing to experiment, you can currently do so by paying less than ever before on the best hardware the fledgling market has to offer. Apple Watches are relatively affordable (by iStandards), Gear S2 deals should start to pile up soon with the S3 around the corner, and the Motorola Moto 360 Sport only costs two ...

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    It’s hard enough to tell the difference between first-generation ZTE Axon, Axon Pro, Elite and Max editions without a sequel thrown in the mix, but by the looks of things, there’s only one second-gen model decidedly around the corner. While this is hardly a revolutionary device in terms of design, smoothening the original’s lines out, picking up a circular rear-fitted fingerprint scanner, and replacing the gimmicky 13 + 2MP Dual camera arrangement with a single 20-megapixel shooter, it also touts a major under-the-hood upgrade. Namely, a Snapdragon 820 SoC with a quad-core Kryo CPU ...

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    Mobile phones aren't really Philips's main business, but it should be said that the company did have 14 phones prepared last year. The seventh phone that has passed Chinese regulators this year, though, has people talking. We only know it by model name S653H and there's a limited spec sheet with every TENAA certification there is, but when there are pictures, who needs specifics? Better yet, when official press renders get leaked out, who needs certification pictures? [gallery columns="4" ids="471228,471229,471230,471231,471232,471233,471234,471235,471236,471237,471238,471239"]   With a ...

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    There's only so much you can do to help smartphone users keep their devices secure. You can tell them to keep their apps up to date, or not to download software from unknown sources. You can even teach them how to spot when someone's trying to trick them into installing they shouldn't be. But despite all those efforts, sometimes malware still manages to get a foot in the door, and that's just what's happening with a new ransomware attack. Let's get one thing out of the way early: this attack only works on Android 4.x devices, so if you're running a modern platform release, you're in good ...

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    It's the tide of progress: what once was state-of-the-art is now ho-hum; what was once premium is now mid-range, or dare we say, entry-level? That's almost unarguably a good thing, as today's most affordable phones emerge capable of running circles around the top-shelf models of yesteryear. Lately we've been checking out evidence for the new mid-range Galaxy C lineup from Samsung, primarily as revealed through benchmark publications. Last week we saw the SM-C7000 – or Galaxy C7 – pop up with 4GB of RAM and a new Snapdragon 625 SoC. Now a second benchmark publication appears to confirm ...

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    Is there still room in your life for a stand-alone music player? A decade back, maybe you carried both your phone and an MP3 player, but pretty much everyone's transitioned in the time since to getting all their music right on their phone. That said, there are still a few outliers, from Apple keeping the iPod touch alive, to music-focused handsets from manufacturers like Sony. Today we're learning about one of the latest along those lines, as we check out the DP-X1 from Onkyo. The DP-X1 is an Android Lollipop device, and while it may look at first like a chunky smartphone, this hardware is ...

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    Google realizes that Gmail addresses aren't for everyone. But even if your digital mail lives on someone else's server, Google would still like little more than for you at least to be accessing it through its Gmail app. That's led to developments like the “Gmailify” service we saw debut earlier this year, where Google worked to implement a number of Gmail-like features for users connecting to external Yahoo or Outlook email accounts. Today Google's got some fresh news about how Gmail's making it easier for users with existing email services to adopt the Gmail app, as the company ...

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    What sort of hardware do you think about when we mention a $20,000 smartphone? Ridiculous models with fancy designs and premium materials, but that are basically expensive facades on top of run-of-the-mill phones? Maybe that passes as a nice phone for someone who doesn't know any better, but there's generally been a big disconnect between luxury-positioned smartphones and those that are simply very, very good phones. Now one startup is attempting to bridge that gap, announcing plans to launch a just-under-$20,000 phone next month with some state-of-the-art capabilities. We don't know ...

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    In case you haven’t checked your calendar… apps lately, April 19 came and went without so much as a hint regarding the rumored ZTE Nubia X8 and X8 Max announcements. The Nubia Z11 and Z11 Max are themselves oddly kept on the sidelines, with just the diminutive derivation unveiled, plus two new low-key Blade-series mid-rangers. But perhaps the X8 "delays" are for the best, allowing ZTE to polish and perfect at least three 6.4-inch models, including one that sounds straight out of a sci-fi movie. Yes, we’re hearing whispers of a Nubia X8 or X8 Max “Ultimate” configuration now, ...

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    While Google last fall assured its handful of unrelenting Chrome OS believers the desktop platform would not be merged with Android and effectively shut down anytime soon, clear signs of a coalition and consolidation of sorts keep flooding the interwebs. The latest persuasive rumor calls for Google Play spreading its wings to embrace Chromebooks, Chromeboxes, Chromebits and Chromebases before long, letting all these machines “choose from over a million apps and games to install and use.” That’s promotional text already baked into Chrome OS source code, mind you, so we’re dealing ...

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    The fitness-oriented derivation of the second-gen Moto 360 faced an unexpected uphill battle reaching its prospective buyers in both the US and Europe, probably because it’s arguably uglier than standard models for men and women, and it doesn’t offer many redeeming qualities. But that was back when the Moto 360 Sport fetched $300. Nowadays, it’s a measly two Benjamins a pop on Amazon and at Best Buy, in white and flame paint jobs. The black flavor that went on sale last week is still around $235 for Amazon Prime members only, while Motorola continues to charge 300 bucks across the ...

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    While we’ve seen a myriad of respectable sub-$200 and even sub-$150 mid-range Androids unveiled in China lately, it remains tricky for Huawei, Xiaomi and Meizu to squeeze decent specifications into the sub-$100 space. But along comes the Meizu m3 now, making us wonder exactly where do its manufacturers find the money to survive in this profit-dependent market. A $90 or so phone can’t possibly be a sound business investment, unless you count its headline-grabbing and buzz-collecting abilities. Granted, the m3 foregoes its Note-branded sibling’s premium aluminum unibody build, massive ...

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    It’s about time everyone took Huawei seriously, from Western flagship phone buyers to Apple and Samsung. The Chinese company has its sights set on mobile industry domination in the long haul, with the Honor sub-brand an integral part of these ambitious but increasingly feasible plans. And the Honor roster isn’t going to be exclusively about ridiculously cheap mid-rangers like the 5X. A pair of ridiculously cheap high-enders are also in the pipeline, dubbed Honor V8 and… Honor V8 Plus (?), mirroring many of the P9 and P9 Plus specs while incredibly enough enhancing certain features. ...

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    As Galaxy Note 6 speculation is already heating up, despite there likely being at least four more months until the phablet becomes official, you may have started to wonder about certain “companion” devices also prepped for IFA introductions in the fall. The first ever Gear VR consumer edition still feels fresh, but it badly needs upgrades and optimizations too, particularly on the software side of things. And then you got the Gear S2 smartwatch, which saw daylight roughly a year after the original Gear S, and could thus warrant a sequel as early as September. Indeed, Korean press now ...

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    The HTC 10 seems to put the financially struggling Taiwanese OEM in a decent position for an unlikely high-end comeback, but without a concerted effort in the mid-range smartphone segment, let’s just say one swallow will not a summer make. It’s perhaps illustrative of the company’s current Desire-series popularity that three such models saw daylight only a couple of months ago, and as far as the Android-loving masses are concerned, it’s as if they never existed. A fourth 2016 entry in the Desire franchise is nonetheless in the pipeline, according to a trusted insider, who has the ...

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    How long after the debut of a major new Android release does it become acceptable that new handsets arrive with that latest software present? We're not clueless to the realities of the software development process, and all the testing and re-testing that goes into getting a new release ready for a particular smartphone. Development pipelines are easily months, if not years long, and when a new Android version pops up just weeks before a new phone comes out, we're not about to start making unrealistic demands. But as the weeks and months go on, how long are we prepared to wait before that ...

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    OnePlus already sells some of the most affordable smartphones around, and while that's great for those of us looking for a good value, it becomes tricky when the manufacturer is trying to boost sales with a new promotional offer – how far can you cut costs before you start taking a loss? Instead, OnePlus has taken to the idea of making its handsets more attractive with some free bundle deals, like we saw it do back in February for Valentine's Day. Now it's back with a very similar offer, hooking new orders of the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X up with a free StyleSwap cover or case. Shoppers ...

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    When you're a company as big as Microsoft or Google, you've got a lot of eyes on you at any given time, ranging from media critics, to government watchdogs, to competing companies. And while that sort of exposure is a mostly inevitable consequence of being a tech giant, it sure can keep a good number of PR and legal employees busy round the clock. Any time that they don't have to spend worrying about these issues is manpower that can be better allocated elsewhere, so to that end Google and Microsoft have found themselves coming to something of an agreement, each pledging to lay off the ...

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    For a smartphone dating all the way back to 2013, the Nexus 5 still holds a special place in the hearts of a good number of Android users, and while it's clearly been surpassed by more powerful Nexus hardware, some recent hot deals on the phone have managed to keep it in our thoughts. But for as much as the Nexus 5 did right, it was never a phone that fared well for users with big data needs: with no microSD expansion (well, not without a separate mod), and only 16GB and 32GB storage options, it might not be long before you found yourself uninstalling old apps to free up space. Google and ...

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    Technology is such an integral part of everyone’s life nowadays that many people believe it’s the CEOs of companies like Apple, Google or Facebook who run the world as opposed to major political leaders. According to Time magazine however, there’s plenty of room on a roster of the 100 most influential individuals around the globe for nation presidents, businessmen, actors, musicians, athletes, doctors, scientists, and even fashion icons. As always, the Time 100 list is as diverse as it is bizarre and controversial this year, including names like Caitlyn Jenner, Pope Francis, Angela ...

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    Flooding the smartphone market with two more flagship models by fall after recently releasing the wildly successful Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge doesn’t sound like a very wise prospective move from Samsung. But that can’t stop the world-leading OEM from testing both the flat and curved Galaxy Note 6 waters. Insiders claim only one of the two variants currently considered will ultimately hit retail stores, and you shouldn’t rule out the Note 6 being “edgy” as standard, since these types of handhelds are nowadays proving more popular. Whether the S Pen-wielding phablet embraces or snubs ...

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    A tech company’s financial and administrative stability are essential for its mainstream popularity prospects, which is probably why Lenovo put off the release of the 2016 Moto E until deciding exactly what to do with the Motorola brand under its wing. While things remain unclear in a few departments, the Moto E (3rd gen) has to break cover one of these days if it wants to carry the legacy of its two ultra-low-cost forerunners. After all, it’s been more than a year since the second-gen saw daylight, and the qHD 4.5-inch screen, SD410 SoC and 1GB RAM are no longer acceptable specs, even ...

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