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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 are plenty of places to get your apps these days, many of which are not the Google Play Store. Thing is, if you hand off your phone to your friends or family and they start wreaking app havoc on you from all corners of the internet, you would like to know where those apps came from. Well, you might get to know without the help of said friends or family if you're getting on the latest preview for Android 7.0 Nougat. A new "App details" listing in the App Info page under a "Store" subhead now lists where the APK came from. For many, it'll be the Google Play Store. Sure, sometimes ...

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    Looking for the cheapest possible way to experience the immersion and growing wonders of virtual reality? A $15 or so Google Cardboard can be paired with many budget-friendly Android smartphones, but for a grand total of just $200, Alcatel and Cricket Wireless have a much better VR fix incoming. AT&T’s prepaid subsidiary is surprisingly the exclusive carrier of the Idol 4 handheld stateside, packaging the beautiful glass-and-metal-made 5.2-incher with its very own VR headset. The goggles are of course no match for premium products like the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, though they’re ...

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    Haven’t settled on the right companion device for your brand-new, much-lauded but far from best-selling LG G5 smartphone? Perhaps a GoPro-like action camera can succeed where VR headsets, 360-degree video recorders, and shooting grips with extra battery capacity failed. Unveiled several months after the actual handheld it’s supposed to add functionality to, the aptly named LG Action CAM LTE took a good chunk of time to reach South Korean stores as well, and is now finally headed for “other key markets in the weeks to come.” Although explicitly billed as an LG Friend, the ...

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    While certainly annoying and time-consuming, the occasional app freeze, lag or system crash is unlikely to impact an average mobile user’s life in a truly meaningful way. On the literal battlefield, however, a split second is often the difference between life and death, so clearly, the US Army Special Operations Command can’t afford to cut corners when it comes to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment. Oddly enough, unconfirmed reports suggest The Department of Defense has been living with sub-par, problematic Android Tactical Assault kits recently, known to require ...

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    In order to reduce expenses and hope to return to mobile profitability, Sony has a number of strategy revisions in the pipeline, including further contracting its US business (what US business?), as well as streamlining its overall Xperia portfolio, and focusing on “high-value” models like the X and X Performance. That means the Z family is a goner, whereas C, E or M-branded low to mid-enders may not go extinct just yet, but they’ll surely wind down new releases. On the bright side, Sony remains committed, at least for a little while longer, to supporting select past members of the ...

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    From solid deal to sweet bargain to outlandishly awesome value for your money. It doesn’t look like a matter of whether or not you should pre-order the ZTE Axon 7 as soon as you get a chance, but where to buy it from? Amazon and the manufacturer’s own e-store would probably lead the pack, since they’re likely to ship the premium yet inexpensive Daydream-supporting phone ahead of all other authorized retailers. Newegg is a great choice if you’re into powerful DJ-style headphones… and free stuff, while B&H Photo Video offers more leeway in terms of what types of gifts you’re ...

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    Like most self-respecting Android device manufacturers, Meizu has been splitting its high-end models in two separate families for a while now, with Pro-series phones sitting a tier above the MX roster on the mobile hardware totem pole. But it’s getting harder and harder to tell which is which, given the just-announced Meizu MX6 sports a larger display and heftier battery than the April-unveiled Pro 6. It doesn’t help that the two went official so close in time either, or that they share a common design language. Still, the metal-clad MX6 looks slightly less premium and swanky than its ...

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    Although we’re pretty sure Samsung isn’t thinking about attaching the Edge suffix to the name of its next flagship phablet, this will most likely sport a big dual-curved display a la the S7 Edge or S6 Edge+. It turns out the Note Edge-initiated experiment from a couple of years back worked so smoothly that the vast majority of Galaxy S7 buyers disregarded the boring flat version. Still, it’s a bold move to eradicate the traditional rectangular slab look, and one that probably didn’t come easy for Samsung’s designers and execs. While the decision was likely made months ago, at ...

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    Even though mobile payments still don't reach the adoption levels that OEMs would like, Samsung continues to offer the most robust solution. We're not saying that Samsung Pay is better, but we have to give props to the company for allowing you to use the service in almost any terminal imaginable, while competitors force the user to find NFC-capable terminals. Samsung has decided to take its Pay service to a whole new level, but with some restrictions. Samsung Pay has just reached a broader beta for the Samsung Gear S2. It was available as a closed beta a few months ago, but now it seems ...

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    Even though Netflix continues to be one of the preferred go-to services for media consumption on the web, the company has made a few controversial changes over the last few years that haven't proven to be popular. These changes have mostly been price hikes, which even though not significant, have definitely not garnered the company good publicity. Today Netflix has announced its Q2/2016 results, and customers seem to be voicing concerns loud and clear. Netflix has just revealed that it wasn't able to reach its planned growth of two million subscribers internationally and 500K in the US for ...

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    The Moto Z and Moto Z Force have proven to be a very interesting approach to smartphone design from the defunct Motorola, now owned by Lenovo. Surely these aren't perfect as they defy current standards in both thinness and the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack. If you don't agree that features like this one should see a better life, it seems that Moto read the memo. Sources have recently discovered that there is another Moto Z coming to the market, which we assume to be the Moto Z Play. Differences in design are clearly evident in the fact that the 3.5mm headphone jack is included on this ...

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    In the market for a reasonably priced, reasonably sized Android smartphone and tablet with 4G LTE support on one of America’s largest wireless networks? Starting Friday, July 22, the mid-end LG K10 and G Pad X 8.0 will be up for grabs from AT&T at $180 and $50 respectively. Of course, a modest grand total of 230 bucks can’t possibly score you a pair of Marshmallow-powered devices with 5.3 and 8-inch IPS LCD screens free of contractual obligations or other strings attached. Instead, the pad’s $50 tag is good for 24-month pacts, which are apparently still a thing at Ma Bell. On the ...

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    Forget sketchy fan-made renders of the mythical Nokia C1 Android handheld. And forget Microsoft too. The Finnish tech giant has died and is just about ready for a spectacular rebirth and consumer hardware-producing return, alongside its rapid rise in the telecommunications infrastructure and patent world. Rumor has it we’ll see not one, but two “premium” Nokia-branded smartphones released by the end of the year or in early 2017. These will be built by a startup company named HMD, with a number of former and current Nokia executives calling all the shots. Foxconn may still help put ...

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    They say old habits die hard, and as much as Sony would like to transition to a whole new flagship Xperia look to help “maximize” European sales, it might take a while until the Z line will be completely forgotten by both its designers and customers. Case in point, the Xperia X and X Performance have replaced the glass backs of the Z5 and Z5 Premium with metal ones, also adding smooth curves into the equation, yet still borrowing plenty of things from their defunct predecessors. Already, a slightly beefed-up F8331 variant is reportedly in the works, and alongside minor improvements ...

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    While we keep hearing (isolated) reports of real-life trouble caused by the virtual hunt of fictional creatures devised by The Pokémon Company over two decades ago, Niantic and Nintendo remain fully committed to the rapid global expansion of the most popular mobile game in history. No, we’re afraid Pokémon GO is still not available anywhere in Asia, which feels ironic and cruel, instead spreading its wings relatively quickly from the US, Australia and New Zealand to Germany, UK, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and now, more than two dozen additional territories across the old continent. These ...

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    June 29 came and went without LeEco making the headlines again as a mobile pioneer, this time by taking the wraps off the world’s first Snapdragon 823 smartphone. That’s no wonder, seeing as how the SD823 doesn’t exist, with Qualcomm instead introducing an 821 beating the ol’ 820 by a measly 10 percent in raw speed. The beefed-up processor should nonetheless run the performance show of a looming LeEco hero device whose name remains difficult to guess. Le 3? Too early for that. Le Max 3? Ditto. Le Max 2 Pro or perhaps Le 2 Plus? Both sound a little confusing, but possible. It’s ...

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    We don’t often extensively cover pre-release gossip regarding mid-enders unlikely to reach Western shores, but the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is special. Its manufacturers have confirmed there will be an advanced dual camera slapped on its back, similar to the Huawei P9, Honor 8 and almost surely, the upcoming iPhone 7 Plus. It doesn’t sound very special in that context, though the Redmi Note 4 could well and considerably undercut the retail pricing of all existing and near-future dual rear cam “flagships.” Granted, it may not be quite as affordable as the Redmi Note 3 or Note 3 Pro, but ...

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    Xiaomi is huge in China, and also pretty big in Japan India already, despite only entering the latter market about two years ago. Check that, exactly two years ago this week, which is why the budget-conscious smartphone manufacturer is kicking off a 3-day carnival on Wednesday, July 20. To celebrate the company’s local 2nd year milestone, and thank Mi Fans for “being there for us”, half a dozen devices and accessories will practically be given away for free on July 20, 21 and 22. In order to qualify for a (slim) chance to pay just Re. 1 ($0.01) for a Mi 5, Redmi Note 3 or Mi Max, you ...

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    Samsung Gear S3 rumors are still thin on the ground, despite the Galaxy Note 7 “unpacking” event and IFA Berlin inching closer, with the Gear S2 of course unveiled at the previous German trade show in September 2015. Whether a sequel is in the pipeline or not, it’s nice to see the OG treated to its third incremental software update, previewed by tipsters very recently, and made official and fully detailed on the OEM’s newsroom portal earlier today. While iOS support remains on hold, Android users willing to pair their compatible smartphones with the Tizen wearable should rejoice ...

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    Remember the OPPO F1, the "selfie expert" smartphone from the beginning of the year? Whether it delivers what OPPO promises is up to you, go check out our review and quick look at what its camera can do. Almost six months after the F1, the OPPO F1s announced today by the manufacturer is expected to take it to the next level, being built "on the strengths" of its predecessor (which managed to generate a record growth for the company in the first quarter). The company is positioning the upcoming OPPO F1s as one of the core products in its line-up for the second half of the year. Little is ...

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    Rumors have been blowing up the perception of Google's ambitions to manufacture its own products. Sure, it's made its own Chromecasts, it's going to make its own Google Home smart assistant, but what about that Pixel C tablet? How about a phone? Two Android Wear Watches? It seemed like the giant was about to encroach upon the tiny partner manufacturers it relied on to deliver a standard Google software experience. The company announced at its I/O conference in May a virtual reality platform called Daydream, a more advanced version of Cardboard. It also said that it would be making its own ...

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    Pokemon Go no longer needs an introduction at this point. This simple mobile game is now a phenomenon that’s taken the world by storm. I’m fairly certain that nobody could have foreseen just how huge this thing would be. I know I didn’t expect such an intense adoption rate. This will go down as one of those historic things that has captured the minds of so many people like Tamagotchi or Beanie Babies. It’s rare to see something of this magnitude and I’m enjoying every minute of the ride despite the server issues that have plagued the experience thus far. Since the day Pokemon Go ...

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    Hello Moto. Today we're taking our first look at the first, proper, joint flagship phone venture between Lenovo and Motorola. These two companies are both known for creating "flexible" gadgets. Motorola's MotoMaker is easily the most complete platform available for allowing consumers to personalize and customize their phones. Lenovo has a solid reputation for building modular business accessories and multi-mode PC's. He have high expectations for what these two manufacturers should be able to accomplish when working together. We recently received a very well stocked reviewers kit with both ...

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    If you're looking for a computing catch-all that will get you Spelunky on one end, Microsoft Excel at another and Asphalt 8 at a completely different limb, you may just have it soon enough, thanks to some company called CodeWeavers. One catch? You have to be comfortable with a Chromebook. Okay, not actually — let us explain. Developers are finalizing CrossOver, a Windows application boot program based on Wine, for Android. With things cinching up nicely and the introduction of Android apps to Chrome OS, the team went cheeky on all of us and decided to play a Steam game on ...

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    ZTE has been focusing on an unusual selling point in its efforts to prove the Axon 7 can stand out from the high-end Android smartphone pack, surprisingly downplaying the 5.5-incher’s super-sharp screen, powerful processor and even Daydream VR compatibility to talk up “superb HiFi audio.” The front-facing dual speakers are said to deliver “America’s Premier” sound experience, completed by other top-notch add-ons like dual microphones, HiFi recording capabilities, Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital Surround. But to truly appreciate everything ZTE worked on to delight your ears, you ...

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