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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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    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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    Honestly, it was too good to be true. Too much, even, with future-proofing always feeling like a solid path to pursue for ambitious Chinese Android device manufacturers, but 8GB RAM smartphones extremely unlikely to become practical workhorses in the next year or two. Still, we shouldn’t completely rule out the possibility of a top-shelf, overkill LeEco Le 2S configuration accommodating a mobile record-breaking memory count. The “entry-level” X720 is merely “confirmed” to pack 4 gigs of the good stuff following a pre-release prototype visit at benchmarking authority GFXBench, ...

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    Fitbit can’t really hope to snatch Apple’s wearable profit crown away anytime soon, as it remains focused on selling activity trackers at between $80 and $150, and pseudo-smartwatches for around $200, but copiously dominating the fledgling market in terms of volumes is no small feat either. To consolidate this leadership position, and keep the likes of Xiaomi or Garmin at bay, a couple of low-cost fall 2016 hardware releases have essentially been confirmed a little while back, and today we get to see the upcoming Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit Flex 2 in the flesh. Well, more or less, as ...

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    Honor made a little noise earlier in the year with the 5X, a $200 budget option which was really well received. To wrap up 2016, this offshoot of Huawei is pushing into the hyper-competitive mid-range with some interesting hardware. The Honor 8 is strikingly similar to the Huawei P9 we reviewed earlier this year, just swapping a metal back for a new sapphire blue glass one. Most notably, you might remember our coverage of the Huawei P9 camera, featuring dual sensors influenced by Leica design. That same camera system is available here on the Honor 8, alongside the rest of the P9 hardware. ...

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    Whether it’ll be called Nexus 5P, Nexus… something else, or Google… something, and whether the search giant itself will handle manufacturing or HTC helps out, a follow-up of sorts for last year’s LG Nexus 5X is most likely right around the corner. Possibly codenamed Sailfish, this should measure a refreshingly compact (by 2016 standards) 5 inches in screen diagonal, with 1080p resolution in tow, Snapdragon 820 processing power, 4GB RAM, 12 and 8MP cameras, as well as a considerably more “premium” construction. All in all, a solid evolutionary effort is to be expected, which ...

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    Despite reaching a tremendous historical milestone with the low-cost Redmi smartphone lineup, Xiaomi is expected to encounter great difficulty in its mission to beat last year’s sales numbers, as the Chinese OEM remains reluctant of a proper global expansion. But at least domestically, the “Apple of China” looks finally ready to take some chances, tackling a few fledgling industry segments which could prove immensely profitable down the line. The Xiaomi VR “Toy Edition” is one such intriguing experiment, while the public beta launch of Xiaomi Mi Pay was first rumored way back in ...

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    While the LG V20 will be the first commercially available device with Android Nougat right from the box, it'll take a little while for that same software to hit the G5. One size doesn't necessarily fit all, even if the same company may not have too many differences to worry about. Whatever the case, some 2,000 LG U+ subscribers in Korea will get the chance to test out LG's new UI based on Nougat in a beta test that will start August 22 and last through October 28. Potential testers can enroll in the beta starting today. The package will be given out on a first come, first served basis. ...

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