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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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    HTC's “double exposure” event is coming up on October 8, and rumors have suggested that in addition to a selfie-optimitzed smartphone, we could also see the manufacturer introduce a new camera accessory. Reports of a rugged camera with cross-platform compatibility and a tube-shaped construction conjured up thoughts of something a bit GoPro-ish, and now HTC is beginning to directly tease the product's launch, publishing a new video and setting up a social presence for what it seems to be calling its RE Camera. The promotional clip sure fits with the idea of a rugged, extremely portable ...

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    We're just a matter of weeks away from Oppo's launch of the N3, with an announcement due near the end of October. The company hasn't been shy about dropping teasers for the new hardware already, and while the unofficial renders we've seen have us more than a little suspicious, there's also good info out there. The latest to arrive from an official source has us wondering about the company's intentions for the materials that will go into making up the N3's body, possibly suggesting the presence of some advanced alloys. Oppo just dropped the teaser pic you see above along with a message ...

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    Hey, Moto 360 owners! Digging your eye-catching round-screened smartwatch? Why wouldn't you be? But in the interest of making a good thing even better, Motorola's got a new software update for the wearable coming out today (and unlike the iOS 8.0.1 update Apple users are dealing with, thus one has the benefit of not appearing to introduce any new bugs). Let's take a look at what's changing. Beyond some non-specific talk of general bugfixes and attempts to optimize watch performance, Motorola names a few particular issues it's addressing. For instance, charging notifications are being ...

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    Samsung sure seems to be taking the metal-edged look from its new Galaxy Alpha and running with it, bringing the same design to a series of additional Androids tipped to arrive as the Galaxy A3, A5, and A7. Last week we got to take a look at some leaked pics that appeared to show off the A5, as well as talking specs on both the A3 and A5 (with the A7 remaining cool and mysterious). Now the latest gossip on this bunch is out, and this time we're diving into release details. First up: pricing. All three models are rumored to fall in the middle ground between super-cheap sub-$200 handsets and ...

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    We've seen strong emphasis from Samsung on its Tizen ventures these past few years, but with the continued failure to launch a phone running the mobile OS, things aren't looking so great for the upstart operating system. Sources close to Samsung from the Wall Street Journal are reporting Samsung mobile division staff cuts – what could be a gloomy sign for this division of the company. Approximately 500 of its engineers in the mobile division are being repurposed to other parts of Samsung, including the printer and television-manufacturing sides. Samsung says the move is to "to enhance ...

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    Will LG ever deliver smartphones powered by its own SoC, like Samsung does with its Exynos chips? We've been discussing the possibility going all the way back to February 2013, with this idea that LG was brewing up an “Odin” series of chips to call its own. Ever since, we've been trying to get a sense for when Odin-powered handsets might be ready to debut, and despite a stray lead here and there, there really hasn't been much evidence to go around. Is Odin still happening at all, or are we looking at vaporware by this point? A new report out of South Korea says that Odin's nearly ...

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    Earlier today in South Korea, Samsung held the press conference we were looking forward to, where it confirmed plans for the Note 4 to become available in the nation a little ahead of schedule, with the phablet being released to the public this Thursday. The company also took the time to talk a little about release plans for the Gear S, Gear Circle, Gear VR, and one we've been super-curious about, the Note Edge. But is Samsung already trying to temper our expectations for that unique phablet? Some comments the firm made sure seem to be preparing us for limited availability and a possibly ...

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    Last year's Moto X had some trouble expanding its availability very much outside of the United States; the existence of a Texas-based Moto Maker plant and the all-American nature of Motorola at the time largely had to do with that. But not too long after the US launch of this year's Motorola flagship, the Moto X 2014 India launch is upon us. Motorola is offering up the phone through Flipkart at midnight Indian Standard Time with black, bamboo, and leather backplate options. Moto Maker looks to not be moving to the region for special customizability. The phone will cost Rs. 31,999, which ...

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    Samsung's newest smartwatch is a bit different than the previous Gear models, in that it can function as a standalone device rather than just a smartphone companion. That's why it's important that mobile network operators decide to carry the watch, and Samsung has definitely made availability a priority with this Samsung Gear S US release. The wearable is headed to the US this fall for AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. First of all, we went hands-on with the device when we were in Berlin for IFA 2014, so be sure to check out our video of the Gear S if you're considering making a ...

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    Apple has entered a bit of a new product category with the iPhone 6 Plus this year – sure, it may still be an iOS smartphone, but it's nowhere near the same as the iPhone 6. And it's almost all about the size: the 5.5-inch display opens up a whole new world in terms of productivity possibilities. With a new look comes new competitors, one of which is the Oppo Find 7a. Both being 5.5-inch smartphones, they're the perfect matchup for a comparison. So which is better? Our iPhone 6 Plus vs Oppo Find 7a video has the lowdown. In terms of hardware, the two phones are surprisingly similar on ...

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    Last week we learned that South Korean carriers were anxious to get their sales of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 started a bit ahead of schedule, apparently in an effort to get ahead of the curve of expected iPhone 6 demand. Instead of waiting until October, we heard that they would open pre-orders last week, with aims of making the phablet available later this week. It looks like that plan is shaping up to be a success, as the three big South Korean carriers all report selling out of their pre-order stock. Granted, we're dealing with limited supplies to begin with (as each carrier was only ...

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    After re-activating a few weeks back, Verizon's DroidLanding Twitter account – expected to lead us towards the launch of a new Droid smartphone – has been almost suspiciously silent; is this device still happening? Rumors have insisted as much, most recently claiming that an October launch is in the works. As we wait to see if Verizon and Motorola have any press event planned, we're getting our first look at the anticipated hardware, as pics leak of this apparent Droid Turbo. Motorola Droid phones on Verizon certainly have a distinct look to them, and it doesn't appear that the Turbo ...

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    The rise of smartwatches may be opening an exciting new chapter in the lives of mobile gadget enthusiasts like us, but like with any new technology, its arrival isn't without some stumbling blocks. One of the big ones is power, and for the moment, these wearables just don't have the energy capacity to get them through much more than a day of use. That makes the idea of periodically topping-off their batteries throughout the day pretty appealing, and users have the option of carrying around portable USB battery packs to help with that extra juice. Recently, we've also seen the arrival of ...

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    Apple and Samsung have become fierce competitors in the past couple of years, since the South Korean manufacturer started taking a continuously larger chunk of the smartphone market in general (Android in specific). This competition is present both in the market, as well as in courtrooms; the marketing department hasn't been left out either, even if Apple's fails to respond. As Apple has just recently announced an all time high, a new record, for the first weekend sales of the 2014 iPhone models -- with more than 10 million units --, Samsung plunges to a two-year low, according to ...

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    This year's iOS update is one of the best yet. But as with most things, there are two sides to the story. While iOS 8 brings many long-requested features to Apple's mobile OS, it also brings something most users aren't used to seeing on the platform – honest to goodness bugs and glitches. In droves. Let's take a step back for a second. This update, iOS 8, is long overdue and quite nice. It brings many great things. In particular, Apple added third-party APIs, which it calls Extensibility, to allow more third-party developer and user control over the operating system and, ultimately, the ...

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