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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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    In a couple days, this Lollipop update madness will calm down, and we can start turning our attention back to all the other smartphone and tablet news under the sun, but for the moment, Google's distribution of its latest platform update – and specifically, to Nexus devices – remains a hot topic on the minds of many users. We've already seen progress on a few big Nexus models, like the Nexus 5, Nexus 10, and Nexus 7, but what about the Nexus 4? The two-year-old handset is very much on tap to get Lollipop, but its factory image didn't arrive yesterday alongside its brethren, and we ...

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    Android Lollipop is slowly making its presence felt this week, as updates start hitting existing devices. Maybe you've already downloaded one of the OTAs for your Nexus phone or tablet and have installed it over ADB. Maybe you've been lucky and your device has just directly received its OTA the old fashioned way. But however you got it, you're finally on the very latest version of Android. Right? Well, maybe not so much, because at a dev event in the Netherlands, some Google guys just gave a presentation that included references to Android Lollipop MR1 running on a Nexus 5. What's MR1? ...

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    Yesterday, after a lot of will-they-won't-they confusion, we saw Google go ahead with initial distribution of Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for existing Nexus models. We got word of updates on their way down for the Nexus 5, Nexus 10, and both generations of WiFi Nexus 7, as well as some smaller updates for the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. Shortly thereafter, Google made available factory images for these models, enabling you to flash your device with Lollipop at the expense of losing all your data. For many users, that's just not an option they want to embrace, and the ...

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    When Samsung introduced the Galaxy Note 4 a little over two months ago, one of the phablet's many selling points was the S Pen experience it brought to the table, with the aim of making writing with the stylus as much a natural-feeling process as possible. And with the introduction of accessories like those luxury Montblanc pens, there were even ways to make the S Pen feel more like a regular ink pen. Now there's a story going around about claims that Samsung is already updating the S Pen with a new, higher-end model, but is that really the case? The Samsung Developer Conference is ...

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    Material Design is the new, simplified, and elegant way your Google-powered Android smartphone will display, to improve the overall user experience. Introduced as part of the Android 5.0 Lollipop update (among a ton of other great features), Material Design consists of "tactile surfaces, bold graphic design, fluid motion", as the Mountain View-based company describes it. This new Material Design look is being adopted by more and more Google applications (Maps and the Store already have it, to name a few), and now Google informs us all that Search will be the next one to inherit it, via a ...

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    Is it a bit early to look forward to CES 2015? No way. The premier tech event of the year is less then two months away at this point, which means it's time for big manufacturers to begin scheduling press conferences and inviting members of the media to check out new products. One of the first to begin this process is Sony, as it has scheduled a Sony CES press conference for January 5 at 5:00 PM PST in the LVCC. Sony could be announcing – and likely will be – the Xperia Z4, just as it introduced the Xperia Z1s and Xperia Z1 Compact on the CES 2014 stage this year. Other possibilities ...

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    If, for some reason, you find yourself wanting to purchase an LG G3 but not able to deal with the current selection of color options, allow us to introduce to you the just-announced Blue Steel LG G3. Basically, it's an LG G3 – but blue. There are no fancy technological additions to the phone, no special software is included: it's just a blue phone. With that out of the way, if you find yourself longing for a Blue Steel LG G3 (and we don't blame you; the thing doesn't look half bad), you'll first want to give our review of the phone a read; the phone is still one heck of a contender in ...

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    Samsung introduced its Gear VR back at IFA in early September, pairing the big high-res display on the Galaxy Note 4 with a sensor-laden headset that promised to offer users an immersive virtual reality experience. At least, it would when it finally became available, and while the Note 4 itself has been out for a while by this point, we've been waiting to see Gear VR make its own retail debut. Rumors had suggested that South Korea might get the accessory right at the start of December, but we were left guessing about international plans. Now Samsung's starting to come forward with details, ...

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    For the longest time now we've been hearing about some big ideas Google has for YouTube, introducing a new subscription component to the service while simultaneously delivering long-overdue features like offline playback and the ability to keep audio from clips playing in the background on our phones. Back over the summer a rich new leak arrived that attempted to detail much of what we could expect, while also teasing the YouTube Music Key name. Today, Google goes ahead and makes it all official, announcing the launch of its Music Key beta. Here's how it works: pay eight dollars a month ...

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    Pry yourself away from all the Android 5.0 update stuff for a moment, and you'll notice quite a bit of additional software news happening today with Google and Android. Some of that involves updates to existing apps – nothing out of the ordinary for one of Google's “update Wednesdays” - but this week the company also sees fit to break ground on a new (or reincarnated old) one, quietly releasing the stand-alone Messenger app. Messenger almost feels like a step backwards from Google's recent push to bring ALL your instant messaging – whether that's straight-up IMs or old text ...

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    It's a big day for Android 5.0 Lollipop, and following Motorola's confirmation that this year's Moto X and Moto G were seeing their Lollipop updates go public, we got word from Sprint that we should be on the lookout for an update to the Nexus 5. As we mentioned in an update to that story, Google has since tweeted that “the rollout has started,” but we were careful to not read too much into what it meant there without getting some further confirmation. Based on a growing number of reports from end users, we can confirm that OTA Lollipop updates are headed out for certain Nexus models. ...

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    Sorry, Google: you weren't first to the Android update race with your Nexus devices this year. But surely, even if Google wasn't the leader out of the gate, those Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for Nexus phones and tablets must be nearly ready to go by now, right? Last week we heard a rumor that Google's Nexus update plans had hit an unexpected delay, but that they'd be getting started soon, with today, November 12, mentioned as a possible release date. We've yet to get confirmation of updates hitting actual phones, but Sprint sure thinks that one's about to arrive for the Nexus 5, updating ...

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    Motorola is not wasting any time when it comes to making Android 5.0 Lollipop updates available for its might-as-well-be-stock-Android smartphones. Last week we first got word that updates for certain of the manufacturer's handsets were already coming out – and specifically the 2014 Moto X Pure Edition. Moments later we learned of Lollipop release notes on the company's site for the 2014 Moto G, but all this excitement quickly hit a wall when it started looking like this was all just a limited-availability soak test. Fast-forward to this week, and overnight we started hearing reports ...

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    Late last month, Oppo announced its latest pair of smartphones, the N3 and the R5. The N3 had been getting the lion's share of our attention leading up to the event, what with its motorized, rotating camera, but the R5 managed to land with at least one notable attribute of its own, a thinner-than-we'd-ever-seen body measuring just 4.85mm thick. Sadly for Oppo, this is an industry that moves quickly, and now we're already checking out a phone that threatens to come in under even the R5's super-thin construction, as Vivo shares some teaser pics of its upcoming X5 Max. Those are a couple of ...

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    Motorola is doing a great job (alongside one or two other OEMs) in delivering the latest Android update. The Moto G Android Lollipop update is available as of now for you to download, if you have the latest version of the handset, which is the 2014 variant. According to this report, unlocked Moto G (2014) devices are getting over-the-air update notifications which, if actioned upon, trigger the download of a 386.7MB file, which is nothing else but the official Moto G Android Lollipop update. Since Motorola is keeping things as close to stock as possible (offering a really Nexus-like ...

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