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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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    We're still a solid week away from LG's official G4 launch event, but that clearly hasn't stopped the manufacturer from getting an early start to promoting the smartphone. It's already been sharing hardware pics, talking about phone components, and generally getting us excited about the G4's pending debut. Its latest attempt to do just that comes from the company's native South Korea, as it shares some of the bonuses that are set to come along with G4 ownership. Just like HTC offers with its Uh Oh protection for the One M9, LG will replace a damaged G4 screen for one full year following ...

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    Amazon's Fire tablets make for a tricky proposition. They're not quite the full-blown Android experience some shoppers expect, with the same tight integration with Google apps and services you'll find on something like a Nexus model (or even a Galaxy Tab). That said, Amazon's own Fire OS fork can still manage to hit a lot of the notes many tablet users are looking to hear, and especially if they already find themselves invested in Amazon's ecosystem, a Fire tablet can prove to be a very convenient, affordable way to consume Prime content and access the company's own services. Today, that ...

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    After spending some time in Singapore with the Oppo N3 a few months ago, I won't deny that I was really interested in taking the device for a spin. Smartphone designs have become dull lately, with predictable camera setups and the usual controls. For that reason alone, it's hard for our inner geek to not be excited about something as unique as the motorized camera on Oppo's N3, where you no longer have to compromise a selfie to a less-powerful camera, or a panorama to a pair of shaky hands. After spending nearly a month the the Oppo N3 and its camera, here are some thoughts about its ...

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    With Apple Watch pre-orders upon us, and the smartwatch set to hit customer hands (well, wrists) soon, it's easy to get so wrapped-up in Apple's chapter of the wearable story that we gloss over what's happening with Android Wear. Sure, the other week's announcement about newly curated watchfaces and straps wasn't so hot, but that Moto 360 sale was solid. As it turns out, we just had to wait a little bit longer for the really substantial news, as today Google announces a big Android Wear update delivering some long-awaited features, including WiFi support. For watch hardware that supports ...

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    Last Friday, OnePlus invited the world to turn its attention on the company today, Monday,  April 20, with the understanding that big news was on its way. Was new hardware ready to make its debut? Could we be seeing the launch of the OnePlus 2 already? As it turns out, we're not getting any new device at all, but that doesn't mean that OnePlus doesn't still have a milestone of an announcement to share with us. Today it gets ready to mark the one-year anniversary of the OnePlus One launch by finally getting rid of its convoluted ordering system for the phone, fully opening OnePlus One ...

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    Update: we've asked the question at the end of the post, and it looks like it's been answered. Apparently, the Xperia Z4 is only for Japan, but the rest of the world will get a different flagship by the end of May, according to this report. Finally all the rumors can come to an end as Sony announces the Xperia Z4, one of the most rumored (and leaked) smartphones of the year. It will replace (or at least it will try) the predecessor, the Xperia Z3, which was already an incremental upgrade to the Xperia Z2. If you were expecting a design overhaul, you'll probably be disappointed, as Sony has ...

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    It was April 23 of last year when OnePlus had its big launch announcement for the OnePlus One. And with the one-year anniversary of that news coming up on us fast, it's little surprise we've been talking a bunch about plans for a follow-up to the that model. With multiple reports talking about Q3 (if not slightly later), though, we were all ready to be waiting for quite a while before the OnePlus 2 would be making its own debut. But could it actually land far sooner than anticipated, much closer to that one-year mark? That's what everyone's asking this afternoon, as OnePlus teases an ...

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    It was only a few weeks after Google formally introduced Android 5.1 that we started hearing about its next platform release, as a new Android SDK made reference to Android version 5.1.1. But that was all we had: a number in some software. We're still far away from putting together an understanding of what Google intends to change in its next Android update, but today we do get to check out some new evidence of its development, with another 5.1.1 mention tuning up in an official source. Remember how one of the improvements Lollipop delivered was decreased audio latency? Google's got a page ...

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    Last week, Alcatel Onetouch shared the pre-order details for its 5.5-inch Idol 3. We first got our hands on the phone back at MWC in March, and now it was finally almost time for sales to begin. The way Alcatel Onetouch told it, the normally $280 Idol 3 would be scoring an online discount as pre-orders begin, going for just $250 when they get started on April 21. So imagine our surprise this morning when a new press release hit our inbox, announcing that not only was the Idol 3 arriving for pre-order early, but that the price was coming even further down. First up, pre-orders are open as ...

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    The LG G4 is nearly here, having leaked six ways from Sunday in advance of its upcoming April 28 launch event. And while that means that much of the phone's design has been revealed, questions about the hardware remain. One of the bigger ones has concerned precisely which SoC will power the handset, and while a Snapdragon 810 might have once been the safe assumption, a theory landing last month posited that the phone might instead run a Snapdragon 808. Now this week a new image has arrived that attempts to confirm that SoC choice, and the evidence is already stirring up a controversy. ...

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    Back in January, I got my hands on LG’s latest curved contender, the G Flex 2, at CES 2015 alongside Michael Fisher and Jaime Rivera. The following month, Michael took a closer look at the device and praised it for its ergonomic design, but ultimately had trouble recommending it for its poor battery performance and sluggish performance. There's just one problem: the unit he tested was made for South Korea. That makes factors like battery endurance, cell reception, and price hard to judge properly for most readers ... which is where I come in. I’ve spent a week with the Sprint G ...

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    Late last year, Sony Pictures Entertainment went and got itself hacked. What made that so interesting for us was that some leaked emails published in the hack's wake revealed internal marketing plans for the Xperia Z4, and correspondence about strategy and promotional tie-ins also revealed a few renders that sure looked like they could be the upcoming flagship. This week the hack's back in the news, as Wikileaks publishes a new trove of data stemming from it. And as luck would have it, this new release contains some additional smartphone renders. While these are being presented to us as ...

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    Forget the rumors surrounding the LG G4 for a second, there's another phone to discuss now. A couple months back, we first heard of an LG phone flying under the codename LS770 being approved by the FCC in the United States; at the time, we weren't quite sure what the phone was, although we did know of the existence of a 5.8-inch display and a respectably-sized 3,000 mAh battery. But now new information has brought us some clarity – TechnoBuffalo reports that this phone is actually an upcoming phablet from the South Korean OEM. Let's dive straight into these LG Stylus rumors. Most ...

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    Live streaming is clearly becoming a thing lately, with Twitter launching its “Periscope” app as a way to let you broadcast what you’re doing live. The service does have a significant amount of limitations so far, like for example being an iOS exclusive, at a time when the world is full of Android phones. If live streaming is for you, or you want to give it a try today, there’s a new alternative that just reached Android. Meerkat gained significant popularity in the South by Southwest conference that happened this year in Austin. Just like Periscope, this app allows you to live ...

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    We've been waiting for ZTE to launch the Nubia Z9 for ages by this point, with leaks dating all the way back to last fall. The manufacturer has already gone public with a couple Z9 family members (Z9 Max pictured above), but the Z9 itself has so far been waiting for its own moment to step into the spotlight. Today we finally get an indication for when that will happen, as ZTE teases the launch for this handset with quite the eye-catching screen. One of the big selling points we've heard attached to the Z9's hardware has been a display with incredibly slim side bezels. The leak we saw last ...

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    How do you get written data onto your smartphone or tablet? You can take a picture and process it with an app like Microsoft Office Lens. A stylus will let you write directly on your device's screen, and while some of the capacitive ones can be a little unsatisfying, setups taking advantage of a dedicated digitizer (like in Galaxy Note models) can offer much higher fidelity. Maybe one of the most interesting solutions is a smartpen, a handwriting tool that looks and works like a regular pen, but can digitally capture its movements and relay them to a connected device. Livescribe has a ...

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    When Google Cardboard premiered at I/O last summer, it felt like some odd combination of a joke, an afterthought, and maybe a passing distraction. After all, Google couldn't really be serious about a passive VR viewer that was little more than a couple lenses and a cheap frame, could it? But what Cardboard lacked in polish it made up for in accessibility and flexibility, and the low barrier of entry it offered has allowed more smartphone users than ever before to enjoy a real 3D experience on their phones. In the time since, we've seen dozens upon dozens of manufacturers come out with ...

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    Carriers have any number of reasons for why they begin and end sales of smartphones when they do. New phones may arrive due to freshly inked deals with manufacturers, and vanish to make room for new models. So when word arrived yesterday that T-Mobile was halting sales of last fall's ZTE Zmax phablet, you might not have batted an eye at the news. But as more of this story comes to light, the Zmax's disappearance from T-Mobile's lineup is anything but ordinary, and there may be a very unusual reason why the carrier is putting a stop to sales. A leaked memo informed T-Mobile retail stores to ...

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    It's hard to remember the last time rumors became so confusing about a particular product, but the Sony Xperia Z4 takes the cake. First we heard that Sony was considering ditching the product name, and that all the leaks we saw were based on the Sony Xperia Z3 Neo, and then other leaks claim a more-powerful Sony Xperia Z5 being the company's next flagship. Today the name Xperia Z4 returns to the spotlight, and this time with some changes up its sleeve. First of all, it seems that this new Sony Xperia Z4 will bring some major design changes when compared to all of its predecessors. The ...

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    Over the weekend, the LG G4 floodgates opened, with a leaked LG microsite divulging so many of the phone's assets that it might as well have already launched. Officially, though, we're still waiting for LG's April 28 event, and in the time leading up to the festivities, the manufacturer is continuing to tease the phone. Overnight we shared with you a video highlighting the G4's quad HD display, and now we get to check out some new still shots, as LG shares them on social media. The image you see up above arrives with the note that the G4's attractive leather cover is tanned via a ...

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    Back in the early days of 2015, a report surfaced that Cyanogen and Microsoft had been talking about business, and Microsoft was interested in sinking a $70M investment in the custom ROM maker. It was an almost scandalous suggestion, tantamount to Microsoft backing Android (but at least not Google's Android), and while it made for a good story, a couple months later we heard that the deal as described wouldn't be happening. What might be possible instead, this new info suggested, was that Microsoft could be making a deal to get some of its apps on Cyanogen-running phones. Sure enough, ...

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    LG hasn't been holding back teasing its upcoming flagship smartphone, the LG G4. Even though we've seen what's probably every bit of info about the phone already leaked thanks to a microsite that surfaced over the weekend, there's still more info to be had, and we're glad LG is keeping the teasing going for its April 28 New York City / London G4 launch event with this LG G4 display teaser video. As previously mentioned, this video focuses specifically on the 5.5-inch QHD display the LG G4 will have. In the video, LG says "you deserve this," and by "this," the company is referring to the ...

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    Slowly but surely, Lollipop its making its way to the flagships of yore. The latest device to be blessed with Google's revamped take on the Android operating system is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, specifically the variant that's available on Verizon (the one that came out in 2013, making this an impressive Samsung turnaround). The Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update is rolling out today. The update changes the build number from KitKat's N900VVRUDNK1 to LRX21V.N900VVRUEOB6, and SamMobile reports that it took upwards of two hours to install it, likely meaning that this is a bit of a ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge may be one desirable smartphone, what with its nothing-quite-like-it display that curves over both sides of the handset, not to mention all the top-shelf hardware within, but it's also one whose launch has been mired by some annoying glitches. Earlier this month we shared with you reports that new users were finding their GS6 Edge handsets arriving with their screens all scuffed-up by minor (and some not-so-minor) scratches, and now we've got another issue to add to that list, with reports streaming in of users whose phones just can't seem to make their screens ...

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    Google Keyboard may not be the world's preferred input method for Android, but we can't deny that the company has done a decent job in improving its capabilities over the last couple of years. If QWERTY keyboards are not your thing, the Google Play Store offers a ton of alternative solutions to choose from, but Google has decided to bring back an oldie today, and this one focuses on your handwriting. Google Handwriting Input has just reached the Play Store as an app, and as its name implies, you get the option to switch the regular QWERTY keyboard for an option that can detect your ...

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