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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's no two ways about it: the Nexus 6 is a big phone. The latest Nexus handset from Google is all about shaking up preconceptions about what sort of handset a Nexus model is supposed to be, and the Nexus 6 doesn't just dial-up the pricing far outside the budget space the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 occupied, but also balloons the phone itself up from a 4.7-inch or 5-inch model to a 6-inch phablet. And both those changes are proving to be serious sticking points for a good number of heretofore Nexus fans. But to hear Google talk about it, the phablet-sized nature of the Nexus 6 isn't that big a ...

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    It's a question Android users everywhere are asking of the manufacturers behind their phones: when can I expect a software update to Android 5.0 Lollipop? The Nexus 6 may be the first smartphone to debut running the latest version of Google's OS, and there are already handsets lining up behind it to bring Lollipop to their users as quickly as possible. Some OEMs have offered dates for when their users might hope to see such software released, and the latest to join the fun is LG, talking about its plans for the G3 and last year's G2. According to LG's German arm, the G3 is set to start ...

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    It's coming up on two weeks now since Google introduced the Motorola-made Nexus 6, and while that phone has yet to even go up for pre-order, we're already getting ready to welcome an even newer Motorola handset to the Android family. For a couple months now we've been anticipating the introduction of the Droid Turbo for Verizon, and teasers have been building up to a planned launch this week, getting started with a press event tomorrow. Before that day comes, we've got some last-minute leaks to check out, including some new pics and sales details. We've seen a couple shots of the Droid ...

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    The day has finally arrived for no-invite-required pre-orders for the OnePlus One! We covered all the details with you in a post last week, explaining how even though pre-orders were opening to the general public, they'd only be live for a very short period of time, before closing for a few weeks and subsequently re-opening at some point in the future. The plan was to have them open for a period of one hour, beginning at 11am Eastern this morning. But wait, wasn't that an hour and a half ago? Why are we telling you now, after the fact? Ah, but OnePlus has had a last-minute change of heart, ...

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    Does NFC have a curse on it when it comes to mobile payments? Every time it seems like a payment system is just about ready to really become popular, it feels like some business interests have to step in, flex their muscle, and do everything in their power to ruin things. Android users faced that headache as carriers clashed with Google Wallet over access to the secure element on our phones, forcing Google to come up with a work-around. And now that Apple Pay is live in the US and more users than ever before have the ability to make NFC payments, another group of companies is  doing ...

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    Today we had a brief 15 minute first look at the new Nexus 9 tablet from HTC running Google's new Android Lollipop operating system. We were not allowed to photograph it next to any other tablets or devices, so all you're going to get is some photos of the tablet by itself and a few first impressions. Also, the device is running a preview version of the new Android operating system, so of course things are going to change on that end, but we can get a pretty good idea of what the hardware is going to be like. The new tablet was announced last week and its pricing is going to start at ...

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    Will the next tablet war not be fought over thinness, screen resolution, or even budget pricing, but dominance in the space of the bigger-than-big form factor? Few manufacturers have already pushed things much further past ten inches – Samsung and its NotePRO and TabPRO 12.2 models being a notable exception – but rumors of similar models like a 12.9-inch iPad Pro from Apple suggest that other OEMs may finally be ready to really start competing in this area. Now a new rumor brings Sony into the mix, claiming that the company is working on a jumbo-sized tablet of its own. According to ...

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    Android Wear is a big deal for the evolution of smartwatches, giving developers a consistent platform they can code for, even as manufacturers release new and different wearable hardware. Really, its biggest limitation may be that whole “Android” bit of it, as while Wear makes it easy for you to use a Motorola smartwatch with a Samsung phone (or vice versa), you're out of luck if your phone choices fall over on the Apple or Windows side of the fence. To hear Android Wear product manager Jeff Chang talk about it, though, that's not a limitation that's necessarily set in stone, as he ...

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    Where the heck are those new Galaxy A-series phones from Samsung? Following the launch of the Galaxy Alpha we've been tracking rumors of a trio of additional models, the Galaxy A3, A5, and A7. Last we heard, an October launch might be in the cards, with the intention of getting sales started sometime next month – but now with just a week to go in October, we're beginning to wonder if that source was a bit misinformed. As we wait for these metal-rimmed handsets to go official, new details are arriving for one of the models, with the Galaxy A7's User Agent Profile spilling the beans about ...

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    Back near the start of the month, before Google launched its latest Nexus models and confirmed the name Lollipop for its Android 5.0 release, we took a look at an early video previewing Samsung's work towards bringing what was then known only as Android L to its Galaxy S5. It was great to get an advance glimpse of how TouchWiz would make the transition to Android 5.0, but previews are one thing – when can we expect a public release? We don't yet have a specific date, but new rumors seek to narrow-down the timeframe in which the update might be likely to arrive. Last month, SamMobile had ...

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    Next Wednesday, October 29, Oppo is gearing up to launch its flagship N3 – that much, at least, is all but certain. After all, the company's been teasing the hell out of this phone going back over a month by this point, getting bolder and bolder with the details it's willing to share. While that means that much of the N3's story is out there by now, it may not be the only handset featured at this announcement, as Oppo's latest teaser appears to reveal a second handset getting ready to join the N3 on stage. The manufacturer shared the image above on its social accounts, showing what sure ...

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    LG tonight has come out of almost nowhere with the release of a brand new processor dubbed NUCLUN, the company's first mobile processor with both an eight-core processor and LTE Cat. 6 support, supposedly maximizing performance and minimizing the energy toll. The processor will see its first placement in a smartphone with the launch of the LG G3 Screen. The NUCLUN processor (as LG tells us, it's pronounced "NOO-klun") has ARM's big.LITTLE technology, allowing for greater overall efficiency. There are four ARM Cortex A15 1.5 GHz cores, and four ARM Cortex A7 1.2GHz cores, and the number of ...

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    HTC has been on a launch streak lately, and even though we don't know how well that has played for the company in specifics, we do know that it is making some profit. We've seen the company trying hard to re-invent the mid-tier smartphone sector with compelling specs and design at a more affordable price tag, and we've also seen it enter the portable camera market. If you're wondering what's next for HTC, the answer is to improve what already exists. A new leak shows us how HTC silently published and pulled the information of a new HTC Design 820 Mini in the works. The Desire 820 is ...

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    We just got done looking at Microsoft's latest earnings statement, and while the mobile side of things didn't reveal any game-changing success stories, we did see some quite solid growth. Not everyone's faring quite so well, and earlier today Amazon reported a quarterly loss of $437 million. Now some new details about just where it lost money are coming in, and to the surprise of essentially no one, the Fire Phone is a big part of what's dragging the company's finances down. Amazon reports taking a $170 million write-down on the smartphone; as opposed to a write-off, where something is ...

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    Motorola found itself facing some fresh competition on the smartwatch front a couple months back, as LG tossed its hat in the ring with the G Watch R. In the time since, we've seen LG's round-faced smartwatch debut in the manufacturer's native South Korea, but what of international plans? When are all of us in the West going to get a shot at a round Android Wear without the Moto 360's not-a-big-deal-but-yeah-it's-there “flat tire.” In a new blog post this week, LG shares what's next for the G Watch R, starting with Europe. Beginning early next month, in just a couple more weeks, sales ...

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