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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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    Samsung's made some controversial decisions with its new Galaxy Note 5 phablet, and fans of previous incarnations from the Note line have found themselves coming to terms with some occasionally unwelcome changes for this year's model. Among those are the device's shrinking battery, and in a world where it seems like we can never get enough battery capacity to keep us satisfied, Samsung went and downsized the Note 5's battery compared to the Note 4's. At least, the Galaxy Note 5 we just saw Samsung announce only has a 3000mAh battery, but now a new rumor says that an even better-equipped ...

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    Even though HTC is one of the pioneers of the smartphone ecosystem we know today, the company has been struggling to remain popular. Devices like the HTC One M9 were easily overshadowed by the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6, up to the point where we heard of the company's plans to reduce 15% of its work force. Today we learn of additional initiatives in that regard. HTC is apparently selling off its Shanghai factory to an undisclosed Chinese company. The sale value is not reported, but we do know that HTC built this factory in 2009 for $32.2 million. Back in 2010, this facility made a lot of sense ...

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    We're pretty much just a few weeks away from IFA, and we've seen a few teasers of Huawei's future products to be announced. The company itself claims that it'll launch a new Mate 7S device, but other sources continue to chime on different names for the product. It could just be that Huawei plans to launch more than one device, and today we see more. These reports claim that we're talking about the Huawei Mate8, and no, we didn't type that name wrong. Leaked specs show us a golden metallic frame with 2.5D rounded corners all around, and we expect that to even extend to its glass. It'll be ...

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    Rather than leaving us guessing right up until the last minute, earlier this week we saw Google take the mystery out of its Android M name, confirming the release as Android 6.0 Marshmallow. At the same time, it made with the release of a new SDK, as well as the third (and final) preview ROMs for Nexus-series hardware. Of course, sometimes even “final” releases end up needing a tweak or two, and now Google's got some updated factory images for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player. While the software that Google made available back on Monday took the form of build MPA44G, the ...

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    Even though there was reason to think something might be awry when it came to Samsung's plans to sell the Galaxy Note 5 in markets around the world, it was still a bit shocking when the phone actually launched and we heard Samsung confirm that it had no immediate plans to sell the phablet to European smartphone users. While it remains to be seen if Samsung will eventually get around to bringing the Note 5 to the continent, other smartphone manufacturers are seizing upon the opportunity to spin this ill-received decision for their own PR benefit, as we see LG doing today. A regional LG ...

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    Ever since evolving from a grass-roots unofficial Android ROM to a legitimate company, making big deals with smartphone manufacturers, we've seen Cyanogen hook up with a number of different phone-makers. From Oppo, we've seen it work with OnePlus, and more recently companies like Yu. This week we get word of one more, as startup ZUK announces its own partnership with Cyanogen. ZUK may be a new name in the smartphone world, but it's got familiar faces behind it, with Lenovo backing the effort. Last week the company revealed its inaugural Z1 handset with a Snapdragon 801 and other mid-range ...

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    One of the biggest trade shows of the year for smartphones, tablets, wearables, and more is sneaking up on us fast, with IFA 2015 a mere two weeks away. We're looking forward to bringing you all the great new products the manufacturers involved have to announce, with the help of the Pocketnow crew we're sending to Berlin to cover the event. As we start planning whose hardware we want to check out first, ASUS has just dropped a teaser for its own event, alluding to all variety of product types. From phones, to PCs, to smartwatches, we see a lot of gadgets featured here, though we find ...

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    Fossil's been making wearables since, well, since before we really had smartphones. We've been following the company's work with such devices going back well over a decade at this point, and even with the mobile landscape having changed as much as it has, Fossil's still at it. At this year's Intel Developer Forum, Fossil has taken the opportunity to introduce a range of new wearable devices, including a basic phone-connected watch, a connected bracelet, and a full-blown Android Wear smartwatch. Much like the upcoming Tag Heuer smartwatch, this Fossil model features Intel silicon, though ...

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    For one reason or another, plenty of smartphone manufacturers have saw fit to place two camera modules on the rear of their smartphones. Some want to capture 3D imagery, while others want to combine the outputs from both sensors to produce a higher-res image than could be produced by a single camera alone. Others still use a second sensor to gather depth information. But for all those developments, we haven't seen similar dual-camera layouts come to the front-facers on smartphones. At least, not yet, but some new rumors suggest that could be about to change, thanks to Lenovo and its Vibe ...

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    HTC's 2015 flagship, the One M9, didn't manage to enjoy the success (of its predecessor) the company was hoping for. As a result, the company's financials aren't rosy at all, and we are all waiting to see what CEO Cher Wang was referring to when talking about a "hero" product (product could also mean something that's not a smartphone). So far, HTC's been consistent with its flagship, naming it One, One M8, One M9, and releasing it around MWC 2015. It would be safe to assume that the HTC One M10 would be landing around MWC 2016, but previous rumors talked about a late 2015 announcement of a ...

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    Update: If there was a need for a new render from a different angle, in order to blow away any doubts on the QWERTY slider bit, Evan Blass has got us covered with this latest render (at the bottom) The BlackBerry Venice managed to generate a lot of buzz, mainly because it would, according to many, bring the "both of both world", with Android on-board. According to the most recent Evan Blass leak, the BlackBerry Venice is not only real, but it is expected to become official in November, when it will be released on all four national US carriers. It is not yet clear what the BlackBerry ...

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    All too often, US smartphone users find themselves getting access to devices and services no one else has – or at least, getting them before everyone else. So maybe there was a bit of karma in Motorola's announcement of its latest Moto X smartphones, where for a change of pace it almost seemed like the US was getting the short end of the stick: while other nations will get their hands on the Moto X Play with its extra-large battery, Motorola has no plans to sell the phone in the States (at least, not that it's announced). Even though we may be out of luck, the Moto X Play is already ...

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    For its Samsung Pay (re)launch at the company's recent Unpacked event, Samsung was all about emphasizing the service's compatibility: while competing mobile payment services may only work where retailers have NFC-enabled POS terminals, the magstripe emulation built in to Samsung's phones enables Samsung Pay to work with existing credit card infrastructure. Has Samsung finally solved the compatibility question, crafting a mobile payment solution where users would no longer have to worry about how they could and couldn't use their phones to make purchases? Not quite, as it seems, as we get ...

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    Google was pretty stoked about its plans for the Internet of Things at its Google I/O conference a few weeks ago. The company's acquisition of Nest is proof that it is very interested in selling digital home products, and I/O served to show off Weave and Project Brillo, the company's protocol to get products to talk to each other. Today we see where all of this is headed with a new product. Google has just announced OnHub, a $200 Wi-Fi router that claims to be simple to use above everything. Setting up routers can be a pain, and sharing passwords can be another exercise in frustration, let ...

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    Android One is Google's solution for its mobile operating system to reach as many hands as possible. Even though Android is free, Android One is designed with extremely affordable hardware in mind, and where OEMs only focus on the hardware, while Google deals with the software. Recent news have left us debating whether the service has succeeded or not, but today we see it expand. As of today, Android One has expanded to six more countries in Africa, being these Egypt, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Morocco, Kenya, and Nigeria. Google's launch partner will be Infinix, and the launch device will be the ...

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    With the launch of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge earlier this year, Samsung really put a priority on wireless charging support. Beyond being built right in to these phones themselves – not requiring any hardware add-ons – the hardware was designed to be compatible across popular standards, working just as well with WPC (Qi) as with PMA systems. But for the new Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+, Samsung wanted to step up its wireless charging game even more, and announced support for advanced high-speed wireless charging, capable of fully charging a completely dead battery in just ...

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    LG and Samsung stand out among smartphone manufacturers through their use of curved displays on their handsets: Samsung with its Edge models, and LG with devices like the G Flex 2. And while Samsung's also experimented with Flex-style whole-screen-curve designs, it's found the most success with adding curved edges to otherwise flat screens, a feat LG's yet to duplicate on a commercial model. We wonder if that situation might soon change, as LG's spotted filing trademark applications for a number of Edge-themed names. So far this month, LG's applied for a US trademark for the name G Edge, ...

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    New smartwatches from major manufacturers are just around the corner, as we look forward to the debut of a second-gen Moto 360 from Mototola, as well as Samsung's inaugural round-screened effort, the Gear S2. And while it's been quite a while since we saw a new smartwatch from either manufacturer, other companies have already brought us fresh models in 2015, companies like LG. But a new rumor suggests that LG isn't about to sit back and let these other guys take all the spotlight, and claims that the company is prepping a new smartwatch of its own, one that could offer one of the ...

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    Galaxy Note 5 pre-orders are available since the announcement on August 13, and the same is valid for the Galaxy S6 edge+. You will be able to get yours, if you have pre-ordered, starting this Friday, August 21. That was the initial plan, and then T-mobile's CEO came along and turned the status quo upside down. According to John Legere, Magenta will simply skip the entire pre-order process. Those of you who want a Galaxy Note 5 or a Galaxy S6 edge+ will be able to buy one starting Tuesday, August 18, 6a PT, and T-mobile will ship it out immediately. You can order yours either online with ...

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    It's just about time for Motorola to introduce a new smartwatch, coming up on the one-year mark from the commercial introduction of the Moto 360. And as if to confirm those expectations, we've been looking at a growing body of evidence pointing to the company's work on a slightly redesigned wearable, one that keeps the general look of the first Moto 360 (that flat-tire display included), while making strap lugs more prominent and repositioning the watch's button. When we checked out some FCC docs late last month, we saw mention of a few model numbers: 360L, 360S, and 360SP. Could these be ...

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    Google's Project Ara is one of the most promising efforts to reimagine the way smartphones are constructed, breaking the mold of the pre-configured handset we're used to and taking a positively modular approach, allowing users to build the phone of their dreams by combining any number of individual phone components: camera, battery, screen, and more. Ara was supposed to make its public debut in the form of a trial program in Puerto Rico this year, but last week we learned that things had hit a snag, and that the pilot program wouldn't be getting underway as planned. What we didn't know was ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy S family of smartphones may be the manufacturer's most well known, but the S clan is far from the only group of handsets taking the Galaxy name. In recent years we've seen the flagship S line joined by the Galaxy J, Galaxy A, and Galaxy E brands, all attempting to offer users a little something different and help flesh-out the company's handset offerings, across price points and markets. There's a whole big alphabet out there, though, with plenty of untapped possibilities for additional Galaxy lines, and today we hear about what Samsung's next might be, as sources discuss ...

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    As if we weren't captivated enough by all the leaks and rumors surrounding Google's plans for its next Nexus-series devices, today's announcement of Android Marshmallow only has us thinking all the more about the company's upcoming launches. Last week we saw an admittedly unofficial render emerge of LG's rumored Nexus handset, and now that a leaked image of actual hardware appears to largely confirm the phone as depicted, it's time to see what else the same source can come up with. Today we switch tracks over to the larger Huawei Nexus phone, as it gets the same video render treatment. ...

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    Meizu has been rather busy lately by launching a few good looking offerings. The company just recently made its Meizu MX5 official for those in search of good looks on a tight budget, but we also heard that the company was just getting started. We also heard that Meizu wanted to bring us a more powerful sibling with a similar design, and today we learn more. Today we land a few leaks of the Meizu MX5 Pro Plus, and  if the reports are correct, we're talking about a very powerful smartphone. First of all we hear that the device will be powered by the Samsung Exynos 7420 processor, which is ...

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    Even though Qualcomm has done a very good job at innovating in the mobile processor business, it seems that its own partners want a piece of the pie. Samsung is one of the first with its Exynos processors, but we've also seen Apple and Huawei follow the trend as well. LG gave it a try in the past and didn't succeed at all due to overheating, but it seems that things that it won't give up. Today we find some leaked benchmarks of the LG NUCLUN 2 processor, and it seems that LG is after competing with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810, and Samsung's Exynos 7420. Specs reveal that it'll be an ...

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