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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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    Back at the start of the month, before we were neck-deep in IFA coverage, followed by Apple's launch event, we picked up on some new activity over at the old DroidLanding Twitter account. In the past, the account would spring to life in the weeks leading up to the arrival of some new Motorola Droid models for Verizon. A couple days back, the account delivered a new message, mentioning fast phone charging being a “big deal.” What are Motorola and Verizon up to here? Well, the key is probably the Motorola Turbo Charger, which the company introduced alongside its latest phones last week. ...

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    In the weeks leading up to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launches, no one seemed to be sure exactly what hardware we were going to get. Would only the 4.7-inch model arrive, with the 5.5-incher delayed until later? While we ultimately saw both handsets make their debut, they did so without one of the features that seemed like such a big components to these rumors going back months and months: a very scratch-resistant sapphire screen. After all, Apple has this huge investment in GT Advanced Technologies, which has reportedly been cranking-out sapphire for some time now. By the sound of ...

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    When it comes to the software on its Android phones, HTC has been all about the Play Store this year. In addition to making some of its core apps like Zoe available to owners of Android devices made by other manufacturers, it's also been pushing HTC-exclusive apps to the Play Store, with the aim of being able to deliver app updates to its users faster than it would be able to by means of full-on phone updates. Today we learn of the latest HTC app to get that treatment, as the HTC Lock Screen comes to the Play Store, complete with some improvements of its own. The big change in this new ...

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    Android apps have the luxury of being some of the most broadly accessible mobile software around. That's not a consequence solely of the platform's wide availability on smartphones, but also thanks to how other platforms have picked up the ability to run Android software in addition to their native apps – operating systems like BlackBerry 10. This Android compatibility has even extended to the desktop, and programs like BlueStacks have brought Android apps to our PCs for years. But now Google is taking things one step further, and baking Android support right in to its Chrome OS. Today ...

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    Is HTC making a smartwatch or not? Just a couple weeks ago, the word on the rumor circuit was “yes, two of them, and launching soon,” but nearly as soon as IFA descended upon us we were hearing a very different tune, with claims that HTC may have abandoned its smartwatch aspirations entirely. Who's right? Well, this week we've got yet another source weighing-in on the question, and one suggesting that the answer lies somewhere between those two extremes, with an HTC smartwatch still in the pipeline, but not due until early next year. Besides offering that timetable, this new report ...

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    All too often, when we're looking at theories concerning an upcoming smartphone, the rumor narrative sort of falls apart once the handset is finally announced. We may hear a number of competing ideas on what to expect, but at that moment when the one correct version is finally confirmed, what happens to all those now-proven-false rumors? More often than not, they're swiftly forgotten, but that doesn't mean that their mystery is over. Today we check in on one of those old tales, as a new report attempts to shed a little light on Amazon's move into the smartphone game. Long before we had the ...

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    Apple has announced the iPhone 6 - in two different sizes, no less. But what did users really get? The next version of the iPhone, that's for sure, but how does it compare with what Android users already have - and what they don't. Screens First off, let's talk about sizes. The iPhone 6 comes in both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions. The former is a little better than 720p resolution, the latter is 1080p. If those numbers sound familiar, they should! The Nexus 4, released in 2012, had a 4.7-inch screen with a little better than 720p resolution (better, in fact, than the iPhone 6). The Nexus ...

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    Dell hasn't been as famous as it used to be in the mobile space, but that doesn't change the fact that the company has brought some of the most compelling Windows-based tablets in the market. Specs alone would speak highly of these products, but the price tag behind these is just as astonishing. Dell still continues to push its products, and today the company has a new partnership to go further. Dell has just partnered with Intel to launch the world's thinnest tablet. This new Android-based tablet is the Dell Venue 8 7000, and according to the launch information, the device is just 6 mm ...

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    To date, I've used all of Samsung's Galaxy Note devices. I've owned two of the three previous Galaxy Note smartphones – the original and Galaxy Note II – and loved them both. I really enjoyed the Galaxy Note 3, as well, but never felt compelled to buy it for personal use. But I'll get into that in a second. All year, I've been waiting – like many of you – to see what the Galaxy Note 4 is all about. I reviewed the Galaxy Note 3 for AT&T back in October of last year and gave it one of the highest scores I've ever given a device in a review: a 9.3 out of 10. The only cons I listed ...

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    It took Apple a crazy 5 years to finally consider increasing the screen size of its beloved iPhone from 3.5-inches to 4 with the iPhone 5. Even so, many believed that there was more opportunity for growth as Apple continued to push for the importance of one-handed usability. Yesterday's launch of the bigger iPhone 6, and the gigantic iPhone 6 Plus marks a complete contradiction to the company's mentality, and as a result, competitors begin chiming in. The Samsung Mobile crew in Philippines tweeted a photo that repeats a famous phrase from the late Steve Jobs: "No one is going to buy a big ...

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    Do we ever have HTC launches on the mind this evening, or what? We just got done making reference to last month's One M8 for Windows launch in the context of Windows Phone branding-change rumors, and right before that we were checking out what might be new evidence in favor of an HTC Nexus 9. And wouldn't you know it, but a new invitation to an upcoming October 8 HTC gathering just popped-up in our inbox. What could we hope to expect? As you can see below, HTC is billing this one as its “double exposure” event, a pretty direct reference to some sort of photography, and one that may be ...

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    The new Nexus hardware season is approaching, with our eyes not just on a next-gen Nexus smartphone, but an overdue tablet, as well. Our best guesses as of late have zeroed-in on Motorola as a possible manufacture for the phone, but what about the tablet? More than once over the past several months we've talked about the idea of HTC building the device, and such rumors had often been accompanied by claims that the slate might run a new NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC. Today we get what may be some of the best evidence to date in favor of that idea, as NVIDIA outright names the Nexus 9 in paperwork ...

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    “This app is going to be awesome! Just wait until you... ohh... *tap* *tap* force close?” Who among us hasn't had app-buyer's remorse? Maybe that productivity app you sprung for is a little more rough-around-the-edges than you expected, or that first-person shooter is just too graphically intense for your aging handset to gracefully handle: whatever the reason, plenty of smartphone app buyers have at one time or another wish we hadn't bought an app. Luckily for us, some app stores have return policies in place, and Google has historically offered its users a 15-minute window in which ...

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    IFA 2014 is over. The Pocketnow team has packed up its bags, hopped on a flight home, and we're already thinking about the next big thing in mobile. But before we completely put IFA behind us, it's worth taking some time to reflect on everything we got to see. We've already presented you with an overview of our coverage from the past week, and now we've got something even better, as our IFA crew of Michael Fisher and Taylor Martin share their own video retrospective of IFA 2014. At least, if you want the best, most insightful look into what IFA had to deliver, who better to turn to than ...

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    It's been a long time coming: slowly but surely, Google's been pushing existing messaging services into Hangouts. Already we've seen Hangouts become the new destination for text messaging on our phones, and rumors extending back into last year suggested that the next to make the transition to Hangouts would be Google Voice. Evidence has popped-up time and time again to that effect, and this week we finally learn that the change is in progress, as Android users are prompted to migrate Voice conversations over to Hangouts. Even after all this time waiting, it sounds like there are still some ...

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