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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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    It's official: Samsung is holding its Unpacked event on August 13, in New York, leaving the IFA announcement model. That won't put an end, though, to all the rumors and leaks; on the contrary, we're seeing more and more pop up, and we already have a feeling that we know every detail regarding the Galaxy Note 5. We sure hope that's not the case, but, after seeing live images of the upcoming phablet (not once, but twice), we now have an additional look at what's in store. The image above and the stills below claim to represent the upcoming Galaxy Note 5, and we think they do a pretty good ...

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    If you are looking for some HTC hardware in the US, today is the day for you. HTC has just flipped the switch on their HTC Deals Summer Sale, a US campaign that runs until July 28th 11:59 p.m. PST, so if you like something you see, make sure to be quick on the trigger as the offer is only valid for one day. If you're looking for a tablet, you'll be able to get the Nexus 9 at 40 percent off. If a smartphone is what you're looking for, the HTC One M9 with UhOh protection can be yours 25 percent cheaper. You can accessorize your newly purchased hardware at 50 percent off accessories, and you ...

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    You've probably read everything regarding the newly announced OnePlus 2 "2016 flagship killer", if you're a fan of technology. In case you are catching up: here's the announcement, here are the specs, here's our hands-on, and a quick take on what feelings the phone generates in some of us. However, here's a list of what you won't find on the OnePlus 2: NFC Quick Charging Wireless Charging microSD card support AndroidPolice asked about the lack of NFC. OnePlus said "we heard from a lot of users of the One and saw most of our users weren't using NFC". So, blame your fellow OnePlus One ...

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    It’s been teased, it’s been leaked, and now the OnePlus 2 -- the latest “flagship killer” -- is finally here. I got the chance to play with the new phone for a few hours this afternoon, and I came away pretty satisfied. First, let’s get one thing out of the way. The OnePlus 2 is an evolution of last year’s OnePlus One -- it’s not a radical departure. For example, the display still features the same full HD (1920x1080) resolution, and the camera still clocks in at 13 megapixels, but both are noticeably better. Let’s start with the design. The OnePlus 2 is about a millimeter ...

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    With as much as OnePlus has been talking about the OnePlus 2 over the course of the past couple months, you'd think the full picture on the smartphone's hardware was already out. But despite all the official teasers of everything from the phone's Snapdrgaon 810 SoC to its 4GB (well, up to 4GB) of RAM, there were still surprises waiting to be revealed at tonight's VR-streaming launch event. While a smartphone is a hell of a lot more than just the hardware that goes into making it, OnePlus has long positioned its offerings as a sort of sweet-spot that offers advanced capabilities at a very ...

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    If there's one thing OnePlus know how to do, it's getting people talking about its smartphones. Summers often find themselves dominated by early whispers about the next iPhone, or maybe leaks revealing Samsung's next phablet, but this year the OnePlus 2 found itself the start as nearly as many headlines itself. From early rumors, to official teasers, there's been a lot to talk about, all leading up to today, when the OnePlus 2 makes its formal debut. With the help of an innovative streaming-VR announcement, OnePlus has seen to just that, finally bringing us the full story on its second-gen ...

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    The amount of rumors surrounding an early announcement of the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and the Galaxy Note 5 have been intense. Samsung is clearly out to beet Apple to the phablet punch before the iPhone 6s Plus gets announced, and an early announcement makes all the sense in the world. The only thing missing to make these rumors official was a press invite, and that just happened today. Samsung has just surprised our inboxes with a press invitation for an event to happen on August 13 in New York City at 11am Eastern. The press invite sadly doesn't reveal much, but we've got a ton of rumors on ...

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    OnePlus was the start-up talk of the town last year. A company backed by some veterans from the early times of Android could become that talk of the town for 2015. After a few months of development silence, it looks like Nextbit is back for a bite at the Android smartphone market. You can hit up the work-in-progress site at the source link below. Hints of branding pop up through the site, looking for potential customers who want the "NEXT NOW." Nextbit is also looking for some major staff positions including Product Manager and Software Engineer. In 2014, the company took an $18 ...

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    We have got a busy day ahead of us in the smartphone world, with major launches from two Android OEMs just hours away. OnePlus may be first on the agenda with the launch of the OnePlus 2, streaming live in VR tonight starting at 10pm EDT, but just hours later Motorola is broadcasting an announcement of its own, and while the company is keeping a tighter lid on things than OnePlus, we're almost certainly about to see the launch of a new Moto X and new Moto G model. Come with us as we take a few minutes looking at what we've heard so far, and thinking about what hardware we're likely to see ...

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    Tomorrow's Motorola event will be here soon, and before that announcement even gets here (bright and early tomorrow morning), we'll be stopping back in with all the rumors and leaks we've heard so far to bring you up to speed on  what to expect. Prior to us getting to that rumor round-up, though, we've got at least one more fresh entry to share with you, as some new details arrive about new Moto X hardware. Considering how many leaks have focused on the new Moto G rather than the Moto X, this is a nice bit of last-minute catch-up. While earlier Moto X leaks have show off the physical form ...

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    Got your Google Cardboard viewer and OnePlus 2 Launch app ready to go? We're coming up on eight hours to go until the live streaming VR launch event for the company's new smartphone. And while we'll be bringing you coverage of all OnePlus has to announce as it finally goes official with its 2015 flagship, we've got some new leaks to check out before the OnePlus 2 gets here. The last few weeks may have brought us no shortage of official teasers and even a few early peeks at phone hardware, but now we've got some new pics to gawk at which reveal the handset in more detail than ever before. ...

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    Say you consider yourself a pretty savvy, security-conscious mobile user: you don't hop on every untrusted WiFi AP you see, you don't tap on suspicious links, and you don't open attachments from unknown sources. All good advice, granted, but even if you're doing everything in your power to avoid giving someone the opportunity to compromise your phone and your data, sometimes vulnerabilities still manage to slip through the cracks. This week Android users are learning of a critical one that threatens to hijack their phones with little or no user interaction required, thanks to a bug in MMS ...

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    Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus (basically, a larger sibling of the Galaxy S6 Edge) should be unveiled, depending on the report, on August 12 or 13. The Korea Herald's money is on August 13, and, according to a report published today by the publication, Samsung will put more marketing effort into the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus than into the Galaxy Note 5. The information comes from unnamed "industry sources", and, while it may sound strange the first time, it might make a lot of sense if you come to think of it. The Galaxy Note 5 is the fifth generation of a product ...

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    You don't have to be born in the early 80s, like some of our team members, to feel a certain nostalgia to the flip phone form factor. We have spent quite some time lamenting about the Android flip phone and its comeback, and yes, we were super excited when we got the chance to spend some time with LG's Android flip phone offerings, the Wine Smart and Ice Cream Smart at MWC 2015 earlier this year. LG seems dedicated to the cause and has announced yet another Android flip phone. The LG Gentle brings a 3.2-inch LCD display with (an ancient) resolution of 480 × 320 pixels, 1.1GHz quad-core ...

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    According to a recent report from China, those who have set their eyes on the soon-to-become-official OnePlus 2 will be able to grab one, in a limited supply, starting August 8, via OnePlus' own “Experience” Store in China. We can't really read Chinese, but we'll trust this report, if it all comes down to just reading the text on the card pictured above. As a side note, we all know that the OnePlus 2 is being referred to as the "2016 flagship killer". We've couldn't help but wonder why the manufacturer is feeling so bold, in terms of futureproofing (in a very fast-moving ...

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    Update: after a closer inspection of the image below, we believe we are seeing a curvature on the bottom left side of the image (corresponding with the right edge of the phone (and the phone's case)), lending some credence to those rumors that claim the Galaxy Note 5 might have a curvature on the back, similar to the Galaxy S6 Edge's front. What do you think? We've already seen a real life picture of an alleged Galaxy Note 5 prototype (mule), and, more recently, we've seen stills purportedly showing a Galaxy Note 5 in its full glory, together with the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. Today, we're ...

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    According to this report from Vietnam, yes, HTC is indeed working on an HTC One Max 2. Said HTC One Max 2 phablet would, according to the report, see the official light of day sometime after the HTC Aero unveiling (in October, claims the same report). The (first and) last time we've seen an HTC phablet was in 2013 with the One Max, when the Taiwanese company "tweaked" the One M7 flagship, reused its design, inflated to phablet size, slapped on a fingerprint scanner (on the back), tweaked the specs a bit, and revealed the product. In 2014, HTC skipped the One M8-based One Max 2, so, if this ...

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    In these images you can allegedly see a Moto G 2015 unboxed early. With all the recent leaks around the soon-to-become official smartphone, we have no reason to doubt the veracity of these stills. The phone has been heavily leaked, from pictures, to rumors, from its looks and Moto Maker options, down to its specs. You can find everything here, in our dedicated Moto G 2015 hub. The box shown, despite having its text in Portuguese (so probably either a European local version, or a Brazilian unit) features a black unit with a blue and green cover (Motorola Shells), and, as you can see in the ...

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    Every year Samsung releases its flagship (in the case of 2015, flagships, if you consider the S6 Edge a different phone, and not a variation of the Galaxy S6) smartphone, and, later during the year, introduces several versions, from Neo to dual-SIM variants, from Active to Mini flavors. The Galaxy S6 Active is already official, and, if you ever though that this year you won't see a Galaxy S6 Mini, well, you are wrong, if the leak we're looking at is accurate. The images above and below are claimed to represent the upcoming Galaxy S6 Mini. As you can see, it follows the design language ...

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    July 27, Monday, is when the world will see OnePlus 2, officially referred to by its manufacturer as "the 2016 flagship killer". The launch event will be live streamed, however, via virtual reality, and OnePlus has made its launch event app available on the Google Play Store. You can find it at the source link below, and, once the event starts, you will be able to watch it with the help of the app (with or without a Cardboard) that will launch the stream. This year too, OnePlus will use an invite system to sell its OnePlus 2 smartphone. If you're interested, you can now secure your invite ...

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    Lenovo isn't exactly the biggest contender in the Android tablet space — in fact, looking through the company's website, the Tab 2 A8 is the only tablet listed that runs an Android version newer than 4.4 KitKat. It isn't the highest end device we've seen, and it's certainly not aimed at beating out the iPad Air 2 or Nexus 9 any time soon. But at just $129.99 for a quad-core processor, an 8" display, a near-stock build of Android 5.0 Lollipop, and front-firing speakers powered by Dolby audio, it's hard to ignore. The Tab 2 A8 looks promising for the price, but how well will it perform? ...

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    We'll be honest with you: we have no idea what to make of this, and, besides the fact that automated translation from Chinese doesn't really help us out here, we're looking at a report, so here are two reasons to keep skeptical. We can, however, speculate based on what we see, and we see these two images (which we can't verify, so they could very well be fakes as well) suggesting something regarding the next James Bond movie, and a smartphone. Sure, we could easily chalk it up and conclude that Sony will release an Xperia Z5 later this year, which will be "the James Bond phone", and Sony ...

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    The HTC Aero should be the company's upcoming smartphone, with Gorilla Glass 4 that's 2.5D, and a QHD display, if the rumors are true. The HTC Aero should also be the smartphone that would bring an improved camera -- something many have complained about on recent HTC phones -- but we have been amped so many times about HTC's upcoming phones that we'd like to play it safe now and remain skeptical. The HTC Aero will allegedly make its way to AT&T's line-up, according to a recent Evan Blass tweet. The tweet also calls the HTC Aero the "HTC Hima Aero"; Hima was also the name used to ...

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    For all we've heard about Motorola's third-gen Moto G, which by all accounts will launch on Tuesday, there are still a few big unanswered questions. Considering how the Moto G is positioned as a more affordable alternative to the Moto X, pricing is a big factor that will help dictate the phone's ultimate success, but so far we haven't had a great sense for just how much the phone might end up costing. Would it follow in the footsteps of the first two Moto G models, priced at just about $180 at launch? This evening, a new carrier leak attempts to answer that question. So far our best ...

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    Next week's going to be a busy one, with new launches likely from Motorola, not to mention the public arrival of Windows 10 for PCs. But starting the week off, OnePlus is set to finally unveil its second-gen OnePlus 2 flagship on Monday. We've already heard a lot about what to expect from the smartphone in terms of hardware, and now OnePlus is briefly putting the spotlight on software as it prepares for next week's launch. In a new blog post, OnePlus once again calls the OnePlus 2 a “2016 flagship killer,” insisting that beyond competing with the cream of this year's hardware crop, the ...

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