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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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    There's really not much to complain about when it comes to the HTC One M9. The company's 2015 flagship is an improvement in almost every aspect over last year's model -- and our review is there to prove it -- but the performance figures and numbers from the market seem to tell a different story, as we're recently heard the company's sales were plummeting. A recent DigiTimes report claims, based on information from "sources at Taiwan's handset supply chain", that HTC might reduce One M9 component orders by as much as 30%, due to "lower-than-expected sales" and overall poor performance of ...

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    For a while now, we've been expecting Google to do something new with cases for its Nexus devices. Rumors emerged last year about a custom case program for the Nexus 5, one we saw mature to support the Nexus 6 as new evidence emerged last month. But so far, none of that custom angle has yet to go official. We're still not there quite yet, but today Google introduces a slightly different case program for some popular smartphones – and not just Nexus models – announcing its “Editions” series with the Skrillex Live Case. Yup: dubstep poster-boy Skrillex wants to bring you smartphone ...

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    There are plenty of smartphones that like to push physical limitations, whether that means being nearly phablet-sized, having a super-thin body, or offering a display that seems to fill the phone's face, with barely a hint of a bezel to be found. Last summer, Sharp brought us fantastic example of the latter, launching the Aquos Crystal. Better than just having an extremely eye-catching look, the Aquos Crystal offered some workable mid-range specs and came attached to a fantastically low sticker price, selling off-contract for $240 or less. We've been curious to see how Sharp might improve ...

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    We started the month off sharing with you some of the latest Android builds to become available for Nexus tablets, with Android 5.1.1 factory images landing for several. About a week later, the Nexus 9 joined them (well, for the WiFi-only edition, at least), and it wasn't much later before an OTA download emerged, for easy sideloading. But for all the releases we had seen, the picture wasn't complete, and we didn't have all the links we wanted for all the still-supported Nexus hardware out there. Today we have the opportunity to flesh things out with a few of those hold-outs, as OTA ...

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    Last September, I went to Motorola’s headquarters with Adam Doud for the company's 2014 Moto X unveiling. They took us through their manufacturing process for the phone, and we got a behind-the-scenes look at how they incorporate the Horween leather onto the Moto X. I briefly got to pick up the leather units, but at the end of the tour when we were given our press bags, I wound up with the soft-touch plastic back model. Sure, I saw the leather in person, but a few moments in the hand a lasting impression does not make. What do make lasting impressions are the scratches, dents, and scuffs ...

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    Yesterday we got some fresh news about one of last year's smartphones, with Verizon announcing plans to bring some additional color options to its Droid Turbo selection. And while that might be good news for shoppers just thinking about picking up a Droid Turbo now, your comments to the post made it clear where the concerns of existing users lie: software update, software updates, software updates. For while we are firmly in the era of Android Lollipop, the Droid Turbo has found itself stuck in KitKat territory. Motorola has insisted that Lollipop is coming for the Turbo, skipping straight ...

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    Last year Samsung kicked off its Galaxy A series of smartphones with models like the A3 and A5, a lineup it fleshed out earlier this year with the A7. With some respectable mid-range specs, the family's been a welcome addition to Samsung's smartphone stable, but where do we go from here? Will Samsung build upon the line with new models, or maybe upgrade the A3 and A5 with 2015 editions? Well, while Samsung's numbering logic might suggest it has an A9 in the works, a rumor from last month claimed that the manufacturer instead has an even number in mind, and now new details emerge about this ...

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    Too often in the smartphone world, companies clam up the moment an interesting rumor comes along. When we'd love nothing more than for one of them to own up and confirm, “yup, that's what we're doing; someone figured it out,” instead we get “our policy is not to comment on rumors and speculation.” And while that's not about to change anytime soon, occasionally we do get to see some glimmers of transparency when these firms just can't resist the temptation to set the record straight. Samsung's JK Shin has been doing a little of just that lately, commenting among other things on the ...

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    After heavily teasing the R7 (and later, the R7 Plus), OPPO has finally made the two smartphones official at its press event today. We've seen almost every aspect of these phones previously (and heard about rumored specs), but now everything has become official. The OPPO R7 has full metal unibody (magnesium alloy, 92.3% ob body being metal) construction measuring 143 mm x 71 mm x 6.3 mm and 148 grams. Inside this body lives an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939) processor clocked at 1.5GHz (Adreno 305 GPU), 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (expandable), and a screen that is ...

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    Google's annual developers' conference kicks off with an opening keynote next week, which means it's absolutely not too early for the buzz surrounding the event to kick into high gear. It's likely we'll be seeing high-profile releases at the conference – such as of Android M – which means that you'll want to be tuning into important parts of it from wherever you are. So if you're attending the conference, or even just observing from afar, you'll want to immediately download this official Google I/O 2015 app. The app, just as in previous years, lets you stream key sessions (and most ...

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    LG traditionally hasn't stuck to just launching one phone in a year. Last year, alongside the G3, it launched various other devices – including the G Pro 2, at a point later in the year. And the year before that, we saw the Optimus G Pro. If a report from Focus Taiwan quoting LG executive Eason Shao is accurate, 2015 won't be much of a departure from that approach – expect a new LG 2015 flagship in the second half of the year. Says Focus Taiwan: LG will continue its dual-flagship strategy this year with the new G4 and another flagship phone scheduled for release in the second half ...

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    Google+ used to be the go-to cloud home for photos on Android, but a couple months back we started hearing about some big changes that could be in store. Sure enough, just a few days later we saw Google confirm plans to start making pics available in Drive, instead. But was there more to this plan? Rumors dating back all the way to last year once hinted at even broader photo changes on Android, and a new report suggests the full picture could be about to reveal itself, with Google announcing a new photo tool at I/O later this month. From what we've heard, the tool is separate from Google+ ...

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    Just about one month ago, Google shared word of the latest Android Wear platform update, one that promised a bevy of new features, not the least of which being giving compatible hardware the ability to take advantage of WiFi connections. It all sounded pretty great – the only problem being getting your hands on it. For while the new LG Watch Urbane ships with this latest Android 5.1.1 build (above), and there have been early signs of update availability for other LG Android Wear models, everybody else has been doing without. That sounds like it's finally about to change, as Google makes ...

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    Getting developers to bring their apps to Windows Phone can feel like pulling teeth sometimes. Maybe Windows 10 will help resolve that situation, with new tools designed to make porting as painless as possible, but for the moment (despite things getting better) app availability remains a problem. On the flip side, though, Microsoft has been nothing less than willing to bring some of its own high-profile software to its smartphone competition, and we've been tracking efforts to bring Office to iOS and Android devices for years. While progress is at times slow, over the months we've seen ...

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    Between the new J Butterfly, One M9 Plus, and One E9+, HTC sure has enough One M9 relatives in production – even if that means no new One mini model. But to hear the rumors, there's even more hardware on the way, including one model we've been talking about for a while now, the device codenamed Hima Ace. Tipped to actually launch as the One ME9, new renders have now arrived that attempt to show off the phone's metal frame. That's the newest shot up top, with hardware that maybe most closely resembles the M9 Plus. That metal frame will likely be joined to a polycarbonate back in the fully ...

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    We've been using MixRadio on Nokia devices for years. Back in 2013, we called it the best music service ever. It's free, it's got unlimited streaming, no commercials, and offline music mix downloads so that you don't have to use your data connection. It even automatically predicts what kind of music you're going to like (based on whatever you tell it you like and what you appear to enjoy listening to). The problem was that it was only available for Nokia branded phones and tablets, and Nokia's market share had taken a bit of a nose dive.  Sure you can get a nice Lumia with free MixRadio ...

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    Motorola introduced the Droid Turbo last fall, launching with some top-notch hardware, a variety of finishes, and promises of killer battery life. Really, the smartphone should probably be a lot more popular than it is – a consequence, perhaps, of the annoyance of carrier exclusivity. But even though we haven't talked about it in a while, the plucky Droid Turbo soldiers on over at Verizon, and today the carrier brings word of some fresh new looks for the handset. Originally the Droid Turbo was available in black ballistic Nylon and red or black metalized glass fiber. Those options were ...

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    We've already done plenty of coverage on the Idol 3, from a video and text review to a comparison with the 2014 Moto G, and we even did an unboxing — but that unboxing was of the press kit. Now we're bringing you the Idol 3 retail unboxing; the box you'll see when you order your very own Idol 3. So now it's time to answer the age-old question: what's in the box? [embed width="820" height="461"]http://youtu.be/y_lJObYOMSQ[/embed] The Idol 3 is tucked into a small, simple box with just the branding and feature callouts on the front (specs on the back, of course). Alcatel is happy to ...

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    Continuing onward with the unveil of its 2015 G4-series devices, LG today is announcing two new smartphones into its mid-range portfolio – the LG G4 Stylus, and the G4c. Neither match the power and capability that the G4 features (which you can learn more about in our review of that device), but they do feature a similar design and the same signature LG features we've grown to expect from a smartphone from the company. Let's address first the G4 Stylus. We should clear one thing up first. If you're in North America, everything to do with the G4 Stylus will actually be referred to as the ...

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    Samsung seems to be taking more and more advantage of its promo deal with Marvel lately, and beyond that special edition Iron Man Galaxy S6 that's landing soon, we've spotted a few giveaway offers that hooked users up with Avengers-themed cases. Those case deals are well and good if you qualify, but they haven't been available everywhere, and aren't much use to existing Samsung owners when they require the purchase of new hardware. Luckily for you Avengers fans, some of these accessories are going to be available on their own, and beyond various cases, we're also learning about a neat idea ...

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    The idea of getting a free smartphone with service is nothing new; for years, the US market has been dominated by subsidized phone sales, and so long as you didn't demand the latest and greatest flagships, you could always find a good number of free-on-contract options. In recent years, though, there's been a shakeup in favor of installment plans, not to mention a rise in popularity of prepaid options, pushing the idea of free phones to the back burner. But today we learn of an upcoming deal for T-Mobile that puts the spotlight back on free phones in an unexpected way, revealing plans to ...

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    Based on all the evidence we've seen to date – especially that which has arrived over the course of the last week – the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active seems like a given. And while we expect Samsung to announce the phone quite soon, for the moment we've still got a number of pending questions about the handset's hardware. After all, there's no guarantee just how closely the Active mode will follow the blueprint of the original GS6, and the little ways it differs will ultimately be what ends up defining the smartphone. Those include big questions like a possible return of ...

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    ASUS launched the ZenFone 2 months ago, all the way back at CES in the early days of winter. And in the time since, we've seen the phone go up for sale in various markets around the world. Now it's the US's turn to join this party, and at a New York City event this afternoon, ASUS shared the details behind the ZenFone 2's descent on North America. By this point, we're well familiar with the phone's hardware, and while there are a number of attractive components within, it's the beefy 4GB RAM option that's getting the ZenFone 2 the most attention. Today, we're most concerned with pricing ...

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    Thought the old Apple and Samsung patent case was over and done with by now? Back in 2012 we saw a jury hand Apple a sizable victory, ruling that Samsung had violated its design and utility patents and awarding over a billion dollars in damages. That figure was revisited time and time again in the months (becoming years) that followed, ultimately landing just a little bit south of where it was initially, with Samsung on the hook for $930 million. Well, it turns out the story's far from over just yet, and Samsung could see its penalty nearly cut in half. At issue is a $382 million chunk of ...

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    Two years ago, HTC brought us not just the One M7 Android flagship, but also the pint-sized One mini. And last year, beyond the One M8 we also saw the launch of the One mini 2. But so far this this year, there's been no new petite model to go along with the One M9. Is it just a matter of time until one emerges? We've got bad news for those of you who prefer smaller phones, as HTC has confirmed that it has no further plans for One mini phones, citing industry trends towards larger and larger handsets. According to HTC North Asia president Jack Tong, “overall the industry is moving towards ...

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