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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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    Who's ready for a little Funkausstellung? We're about a week away from the start of IFA 2014, where mobile device manufacturers from all around the world will descend on Berlin to show off their newest products. The F in IFA –Funkausstellung– may translate as “radio show,” but the expo has evolved far beyond its early audio roots to feature the very latest in smartphones, tablets, and wearables. The Pocketnow team will be on the ground in Germany to share with you everything IFA 2014 has to deliver (or at least, everything worth seeing) but before we send our boys abroad, we wanted ...

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    There have been a ton of rumors surrounding a Google Nexus 9 made by HTC. Sadly, aside from a couple of model numbers here and there, the amount of detail regarding what will power this HTC-made tablet have been quite scarce. We've speculated a lot on what we should expect from this design given HTC's track record, but today we finally get details on some internals. Reports claim that the Google Nexus 9 will be powered by a 2.5GHz dual-core NVIDIA's Tegra K1 Denver processor. What makes this processor famous, in addition to its 64-bit ARMv8 architecture, is the fact that it's fully pin ...

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    Usually, when I hit Publish on a review, I've had enough time to mull over the words and reread everything enough to be completely certain of everything I wrote. And if I question anything, I can just grab the phone, double-check my thoughts, and reassure myself that I got it right – right then and there, firsthand proof. In all the phones I've reviewed, there was only one time I can recall that I hit publish and immediately wanted to take it back. It wasn't that I was unsure of what I had said. It was that, no matter how certain I was, I didn't want to believe what I wrote. I remember ...

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    Earlier this week, rumors about Google's follow-up to the Nexus 5 took a turn. We had already been talking about the idea of Motorola manufacturing this hardware, and after rumors bounced around the theory that we could be looking at a 5.9-inch phablet-sized handset, they settled back at a slightly more mainstream 5.2-inch screen size. But all of a sudden, it looked like we might not be getting the Nexus 6 we assumed would we be on the menu, and instead the phone would arrive as the Nexus X – a name we'd been tossing around a year prior in the lead-up to the release of the Moto X. Today ...

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    “No way, the Note 4's coming out? Dude, I want a Note 4,” exclaims Mark Hunter, the subject of one of Samsung's latest Note 4 teaser videos. Going back a week now, we've been checking out these promotional clips the company has been publishing, leading up to its Unpacked event at IFA next week. At first they were a little vague, reminding us of why we liked the existing Note line and alluding to an IFA announcement, but by now Samsung seems to have given up any pretense and is dropping that Note 4 name left and right. In these latest spots, we check in with some current Galaxy Note ...

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    Is there any real mystery left in smartphones? We've got all these companies teasing their IFA announcements, and while many aren't outright announcing new products already (except you, LG – you're a kook), they're pretty much doing everything but. And while there's still a lot of uncertainty around products like the new iPhones, few of us are doubting that the phones themselves exist. How about some news that's quite a bit more open-ended? We've got just the thing, as there's something going on right now between Cyanogen and Nextbit, but no one seems to have a good idea of just what ...

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      It often seems there's a direct correlation between the widespread use of mobile technology and typos. Let's face it: being precise while typing on a mobile device can be a real pain, and the autocorrect only makes things worse at times. How often have you sent a text message or an email only to discover an embarrassing mistake a minute later? Although there are plenty of keyboard apps aimed at taking the frustration out of mobile typing, Minuum stands out from the crowd. Its goal is to revolutionize the way we type on a variety of mobile and wearable devices. We talked to the ...

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    Smartwatches are promising to be some of the real spotlight-stealers at IFA next week, where models like a new curved-display, cellular-connected Gear from Samsung, and that round-faced LG G Watch R are expected. Last week, we saw ASUS start dropping hints that it, too, was preparing to introduce a smartwatch at IFA, one rumors had previously suggested could be the lowest-priced Android Wear model to date, by a wide margin. The company followed that up with some additional teasers, revealing design sketches, and now it's back with a short video and a name for this smartwatch: the ASUS ...

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    This past weekend, LG surprised us with a new IFA 2014 teaser, revealing its round-faced wearable, the G Watch R. With Motorola's Moto 360 yet to go up for sale, LG threatened to swoop in and steal some of the 360's buzz, not only by making a circular smartwatch itself, but also by seemingly achieving a fully-round display, rather than the very-nearly-there 360 with its little dead space at the bottom. But while this G Watch R is very much happening, we haven't had a great look at the hardware just yet – the first teaser video just offered blips and flashes of a render. LG continues to ...

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    It's easy to tell if an app sucks when there are issues with its basic functionality. If it crashes all the time, or causes the phone to freeze, or just doesn't respond to certain functions, that's a pretty obvious problem and we all know how to inform the developers of those issues in the app store reviews. However, there are lots of really poor design decisions that are common-place in today's smartphone apps. For some reason, people don't care as much about these obvious flaws that should be common sense, but have somehow become acceptable. Perhaps Paul Rand put it best: "The public is ...

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    The next big frontier for HTC is the mid-range space, and the company has been tirelessly at work with the Desire line of smartphones. We've already reviewed some this year, but that doesn't mean HTC isn't looking to provide more variety to the market. Today, the company has gone official with its LTE-capable Desire 510 phone. The phone centers around the LTE capabilities, as that's a bit of a first for this genre of smartphones. Only a select few of the top-end of smartphones around the world are able to access the 4G speeds, says HTC's Peter Chou, so why not let those with phones not as ...

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    For many of us, web browsing is the heart and soul of our mobile usage. Browsing web pages from a coffee shop on your phone or buying something from Amazon while waiting in line are what make modern smartphones so different from their ancestors. Mobile browsing today is not all that bad, fairly enjoyable, and actually pretty efficient. So how do the two most popular mobile platforms compare when it comes to mobile browsing? Ignoring all the third-party options available on both and not considering meaningless benchmarks or page load times, the out-of-the-box browsing experience on Android ...

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    Even though the smartwatch has gone off to a slow start, that doesn't mean that there isn't a lot of promise in this market. With devices like the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch R in the pipeline, it's clear that we're just scratching the surface when it comes to design and features, though these are not the only devices to look forward to later this year. ASUS has spent the last couple of weeks teasing what we can expect from the company at IFA 2014. Among the devices we've seen featured, the hottest one is the company's smartwatch offering, and today we find another teaser about it. The ...

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    Smartphones with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal protecting their displays are no longer the stuff of bank-breaking luxury phones; with the launch of the Kyocera Brigadier, they're soundly within reach of the average smartphone buyer. Still, sapphire's arrived with more of a whimper than a bang, and it remains to be seen if efforts from big names like Apple will be what the material needs to really go mainstream. Another manufacturer has just stepped forward with news of a sapphire-screened handset of its own, as Huawei confirms rumors about its plans for a sapphire-covered version of ...

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    Google set its sights on developing markets this year, announcing Android One during its Google I/O keynote this past June. Android One would provide resources for manufacturers to quickly and easily put together handsets running stock Android, while simultaneously giving users access to speedy software updates. With phones priced at $100 or less, the program promised to really step-up the quality we find at the bottom of the budget hardware barrel. Last we heard, the first Android One models might debut in India sometime in late October. Now new rumors suggest that Android One could ...

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