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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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    Defying all ominous tablet market forecasts of late, Samsung will most likely continue to dole out affordable 7-inch+ Androids this year, in addition to the high-end Windows 12-incher already unveiled and slated for a global February release. The Galaxy Tab S2 pair may soon get “Lite” derivations, while the Tab E family apparently has four new members incoming for North American use. An independent US e-tailer just set up placeholder listings for the Galaxy Tab E Lite Kids, Tab E 8, Tab E 7, and Tab E Lite, the device names being pretty self-explanatory. In fact, the Samsung Galaxy Tab ...

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    It was one of the most interesting Android devices unveiled at CES 2015 (yes, 2015), at least as far as shutterbugs were concerned, but for reasons we never could fully understand, it was held off until IFA, then teased all over again, and ultimately slated for a long overdue “early February” 2016 release. This time, Asus made good on its promise, bringing the ZenFone Zoom (model number ZX551ML) exclusively to US retailer B&H Photo Video, after dispatching it in Taiwan and a handful of emerging Asian and European markets last year. Powered by a more than respectable quad-core 2.5 ...

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    Well, that took long enough. At the start of February, NVIDIA has made good on its promise to update its original Shield gaming tablet after upgrading the Shield K1 just before Christmas. Everything gets a refresh from wallpapers to new HD Image Effects and all of the stock goodies Android Marshmallow provides. With gaming apps taking a whole lot of space, the integrated SD card storage feature of 6.0 should really help here. Wi-Fi only tablets will see what's dubbed "Upgrade 4.0" soon while the version with US LTE antennas will need a few weeks' of extra work. Source: NVIDIA (1, 2) Via: ...

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    The past few weeks have offered us our latest glimpse into the books of the biggest companies in mobile, as firms like Apple, Microsoft, LG, Samsung, and more all report their latest financial figures. That's left us with at least one more giant still needing to share its most recent performance data, and today Google – or rather, Alphabet – comes through with news of respectable Q4 growth, topping off a big year that brought in some $74.5 billion in total revenue. Looking at Alphabet as a whole, we see quarterly revenue of $21.3 billion, contributing to a net profit just shy of $5 ...

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    To what extent is a Nexus phone a Google phone? Sure, Google's intimately involved in the process that brings these handsets to market, but in the end it's working with another manufacturer, and inevitably we see traces of their influence bubble up to the surface. Now a new report suggests that going forward, Google's going to be taking a much more hands-on role in the Nexus lineup – and limiting the amount of input its manufacturing partners get to exert in the process. Just what level of involvement are we talking about? Well, the report's not exactly clear, and Google itself may still ...

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    It's a new month, and you know what that means: Groundhog Day is nearly here! Well, that, but also Google's latest series of Android security updates is hitting the Nexus family of devices. This afternoon we see an influx of newly updated factory images landing for the whole Nexus series of phones, tablets, and set-top boxes, as Google simultaneously posts its list of security vulnerabilities being addressed by these new releases. All told, Google's patching five vulnerabilities it considers critical, as well as just as many issues classified as lower severity – though a number of those ...

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    When it comes to third-party alternatives for your pre-installed Android keyboard apps, there are really only two choices that seem to make sense for the masses. But if you want to be able to use all 184 new and 48 refreshed emojis in 6.0.1 Marshmallow at their full potential, SwiftKey beats Swype to the punch, picking up an update dedicated entirely to quirky ideograms and smileys. Quirky? Some of them can be outright weird and confusing for both a sender and recipient, yet that’s probably one of the main reasons people appear to be so taken with them. There’s nothing that says mobile ...

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    As part of a government initiative suggestively titled “Make in India”, a number of top-tier foreign smartphone manufacturers have been swayed to assemble their products locally by way of tax cuts and other incentives. The program was established in late 2014, and already, it’s helped significantly boost production in dozens of mobile plants recently erected in the second global market to reach a billion active handheld users. How significantly? According to Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, no less than 100 million smartphones were built in India during 2015, up from “just” ...

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    Last week, our picture of what to expect from Samsung's next flagship finally started becoming much more clear, as some of the first really convincing Galaxy S7 renders leaked: we had a smaller flat-screen Galaxy S7, joined by a slightly larger Galaxy S7 edge. And while neither looked like a huge departure from the Galaxy S6, we heard that we might be able to expect at least minor external tweaks, and specifically in regards to the main camera on these phones. Problem was, the renders we had at the time only gave us front and slight side views. We still don't have shots of the phones from ...

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    Are screen borders a thing device manufacturers should really be looking to eliminate altogether or a necessary evil, given without them, it’d be pretty hard to handle a smartphone or tablet, and keep the risk of accidental touch interaction at a minimum? Tricky question to answer right away, but perhaps we can reach an all-satisfying compromise. What if OEMs shave off the lateral bezels, and retain the top and bottom ones to guarantee decent grip? Sounds like a good idea in theory, though in reality, the execution greatly depends on the thickness of the two horizontal “edges.” Sony ...

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    Given Lenovo has been constantly ranked among the top five smartphone sellers in India recently, it’s surprising to see one of its daughter company’s latest flagships launched around those parts more than three months after its global announcement. Of course, it’s no big secret super-expensive, ultra-high-end devices tend to not do so great at the local box-office, which is why the “delay” makes sense. Ultimately, Motorola decided expanding the Moto X Force was worth a shot, even at a prohibitive Rs 50,000 price tag that converts to roughly $735. Stateside, the Verizon-exclusive ...

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    It sure was surprising to see Apple enable on iOS the kind of feature you’d expect to first get on an open-source, tinkerer-friendly ecosystem, but while Google Chrome’s mobile version continues to oppose ad-blocking extensions, third-party Android hardware and software manufacturers join the fight against online publicity. First, Asus, and now Samsung allow their devoted customers to easily thwart ads, as long as you’re comfortable conducting your on-the-go web browsing business on the two’s pre-installed e-surfing apps. Samsung Internet 4.0 can be made to work on Galaxy devices ...

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    All too often, when we're looking at new forms of content on our phones, we find ourselves with a chicken-and-the-egg problem: maybe you've got a 4K camera on your phone, but chances are it doesn't also have a 4K screen. We saw something like this back in the day for that hot minute when phones with autostereoscopic 3D displays were a thing, and now we're facing a similar problem with the rise of VR viewers: sure, we can create limited still panoramas with our existing phones, but how do we create the kind of immerseive, 3D, all-around video that's just asking to be viewed with the likes ...

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    After many years of constant, impressive growth in overall smartphone demand, the Chinese market hit a big stagnation point in 2015, according to at least two research firms, with new trends favoring domestic manufacturers over the rulers of the Western mobile world. Things got so bad for Samsung in the single biggest market around the globe that the Galaxy failed to make the local top five both in Q4 and as far as the whole year is concerned. Huawei won the October – December gold medal, with 15.2 percent share, followed closely by Xiaomi, Apple, Vivo and OPPO, at 14.8, 13.1, 10 and 9.2 ...

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    Just when we thought there was nothing that could possibly surprise us on the Xiaomi Mi 5 gossip front any longer, the most unexpected yet also reasonable rumor crops up in China (where else?). It turns out we won’t see only one handheld unveiled simultaneously in Barcelona and Beijing on February 24, but two very different devices. At least different in terms of their pre-installed operating systems, because hardware-wise, they should be identical. That’s right, the long-rumored, long overdue Xiaomi Mi 5 will apparently go official in both Android and Windows 10 derivations, much like ...

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    As worldwide tablet shipments continue to drop, veteran manufacturers of these once promising “desktop replacements” have no choice but to take risks or throw in the towel. Samsung has obviously adopted the former strategy, bringing to light the risky Galaxy View and Galaxy TabPro S recently, though a number of safe bets are probably in the works too. In addition to the Galaxy Tab E 7.0, Tab E Lite, and Tab E Kids, a duo of new Galaxy Tab S configurations has been confirmed as coming soon by Zauba, not before they’re “tested and evaluated” in India. Their model numbers are ...

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    For a second there, we feared Samsung’s “next big thing(s)” would go official before their predecessors moved to the newest Android iteration. Thankfully, that doesn’t seem to be the case after all, at least in South Korea. Sorry, Western-based Galaxy fans, the king of global smartphone shipments continues to give its domestic customers preferential treatment, following up Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge’s Marshmallow beta test with an official over-the-air Android 6.0 dispatch. Since the UK was the only other market the experimental software builds were available in, we’re guessing ...

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    Business has come to Android in India. BlackBerry was in New Delhi this week introducing its first non-BlackBerry OS device, the Priv, to the subcontinent for Rs. 62,900 ($927). The good news so far is that BlackBerry is growing its hardware sales with more potential just unleashed here in the US. On neutral ground, the company will be supporting legacy devices throughout 2016. But if there's any bad news to come out of this, it's that those legacy BB10 phones will eventually go the way of the dinosaurs. Senior director of product management for the Asia-Pacific region Damian Tay said at ...

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    USB type-C is here in full force, offering convenient reversible cables, high power throughput for fast charging, and maybe even the dream of a brighter, more prosperous tomorrow. Or at least, it would, if we weren't still just a bit sore about having to buy a bunch of new accessories to support it. If your latest smartphone (or hell, even laptop) purchase has brought you into the world of USB type-C connectivity, you've probably already started arming yourself with all manner of cables, but that's just part of the solution. Now Sony's announcing a new USB type-C accessory that looks ...

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    At this point we've heard a ton about what to expect from the Galaxy S7, and we're looking forward to a launch just a few more weeks away. But what's proved impressively (to Samsung's credit) difficult to come by has been imagery of the actual hardware. At least, early renders made a few attempts, and we checked out a shot earlier this week that might be the real deal (if it weren't so obscured by a testing rig), but a really convincing, fully revealing shot of the phone remianed elusive. Earlier this week, leak superstar Evan Blass teased us on social media with some promises of HQ Galaxy ...

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    MediaTek may not be on the short list of SoC companies whose chips you seek out when buying a new phone, but the company's latest components have delivered some solid performance for their price, and it's felt like the company's status has been on the rise. Unfortunately, a new discovery casts a shadow over all that, as it's revealed that a number of MediaTek-based phones shipped to the public with a development debug backdoor still in place, potentially opening users up to malicious attacks. The problem code was intended to allow Chinese carriers to fully test these handsets prior to the ...

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    Of all the upcoming big smartphone flagship launches, both those we're expecting for MWC and those that might land in the weeks thereafter, few models have leaked to nearly the extent the LG G5 has. From schematics, to renders, to images of actual hardware, we've had ample opportunity to get an early look at this phone, and while there are plenty of details we're still hoping to see confirmed, by this point we've got a pretty strong sense of how the handset's coming together. Maybe the one thing we've been missing throughout all this is some nice hands-on video footage of the G5, giving us ...

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    CES 2016 may not have given us much in the way of high-end, really appealing flagship devices, but for manufacturers looking to flesh out their lineups with some new affordable options, there were plenty of opportunities to showcase new gear. ZTE did just that with some of its new offerings, bringing out both the Avid Plus and Grand X 3. Today we're taking a closer look at the latter as Cricket begins sales. When we checked in with the Grand X 3 back at CES, official carrier pricing wasn't final, but today we can confirm that Cricket is selling the handset for just about $130. For that ...

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    It looks like Samsung may have learned quite a bit from its recent mistakes, as the rumored Galaxy S7 plan calls for a vastly improved flagship device in the battery capacity department, also capable of microSD storage expansion and underwater operation. But as far as endurance is concerned and little else, the lower-end Galaxy J7 (2016) could prevail over the “next big thing”, somehow accommodating a 4,300 mAh battery, according to info revealed on GitHub. Kernel code exposes the 5.5-incher’s on-board fingerprint scanner as well, a first for the mid-range J family, but hardly a ...

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    While it was certainly pleasing to hear the long-rumored Xiaomi Mi 5 would finally go official late next month, the announcement venue sounded predictable and, frankly, disheartening. But the company’s global expansion ambitions might erupt after all, as invitations for an MWC media preview in Barcelona on February 24 have started going out to select members of the press. The simultaneous Beijing “launch event” remains set too, suggesting for once that Xiaomi sees an opportunity to spread its growing tentacles to the old continent and perhaps North America as well. At the same time, ...

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