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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:

  • by | April 17, 2014 3:13 PM

    Rumors have been knocking around for a while now suggesting that Google intends to get into the retail business and set itself up some storefronts. One running theme attached to these claims was that Google really needed some in-person experience to sell Glass, considering both how unfamiliar products like it are to shoppers and the substantial sum of money Google's been asking buyers to drop on the wearable. It still remains to be seen if any of that will pan out, but today we learn about a different way Google is tackling those issues with Glass, starting a new program to provide in-home ...

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  • by | April 17, 2014 1:14 PM

    Yesterday we shared with you some Samsung news stemming from an interview with company exec Yoon Han-kil, where he talked about things like Galaxy S5 sales expectations and the coming arrival of commercial Tizen-running handsets. As it turns out, Yoon had more than just those devices to talk about, and also dropped a tantalizing hint about the next Galaxy Note model, claiming that it would introduce a “new form factor” for the phablet. Considering we already have Note phones and Note tablets, what sort of form factor might Samsung be talking about here? It sounds pretty silly to make ...

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  • by | April 17, 2014 12:28 PM

    All too often, we find ourselves complaining about smartphone manufacturers botching the initial sales of their phones. Maybe delays push back availability, or when the hardware actually does arrive, it's in nowhere near sufficient quantities to meet demand. “Should the manufacturer have just waited until it could be sure that proper stocks would be available?” we ask. It turns out that OnePlus has been thinking about those kinds of problems, and what it might do to avoid them for the One's debut. As we get into the home stretch before the phone's launch next week, the company shared ...

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  • by | April 17, 2014 11:36 AM

    Between the release of more efficient SoCs, the deployment of wireless charging technology, the arrival of shaped batteries that better conform to our phones' curves, and the trend away from super-thin phones at all costs, smartphone battery life has generally been doing pretty well lately. But this industry is hardly one to leave well enough alone, and there's always someone wondering if they can't manage to do things a little better. To that end, Phillips has just released an Android model that blows away our expectations, packing a battery that eclipses even those on many tablets. The ...

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  • by | April 17, 2014 10:57 AM

    Yesterday brought us our first chance to check out pictures of (what sure seem to be) actual OnePlus One hardware. Well, at least some of it was real hardware: in addition to pics of an exposed One motherboard, we also saw a shot of a little printout that appeared to show a render of the prototype handset. At the very least, that gave us a general sense of the shape the phone's contours might take, but today we do one better, with a new leak offering a glimpse at the phone's front panel. One thing that catches our eye straight away is that the curve at the top edge of this component ...

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  • by | April 16, 2014 11:49 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the progress of the Smartphone Kill Switch, and which companies will be supporting it. Google is next as we get details and probable pricing points for Project Ara. Windows Phone 8.1 follows the news as we talk about how it now supports Passbook files from Apple's protocol. Then we talk about more iWatch rumors regarding manufacturers and launch dates. We end today's show talking about the sales progress for the Samsung Galaxy S5. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Smartphone kill switch to be adopted by Samsung, HTC, Apple, Nokia, ...

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  • by | April 16, 2014 8:10 PM

    Back on Monday, Sprint gave its users the heads-up that a Nexus 5 update was incoming, and based on the information the carrier made available, this sure looked like the arrival of Android 4.4.3. The weird thing was, Google had yet to announce the update itself, and even the factory image download page for Nexus devices failed to reflect the availability of this new version. As of today, we're still waiting to see confirmation of users getting this Sprint update. While we wait, more and more evidence for the release of 4.4.3 in the immediate future piles up, and the latest comes to us from ...

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  • by | April 16, 2014 7:26 PM

    "Once we’ve got the 3D pose of each photo, we compute the depth of each pixel in the reference photo using Multi-View Stereo algorithms. MVS works the way human stereo vision does: given the location of the same object in two different images, we can triangulate the 3D position of the object and compute the distance to it. How do we figure out which pixel in one image corresponds to a pixel in another image? MVS measures how similar they are -- on mobile devices, one particularly simple and efficient way is computing the Sum of Absolute Differences (SAD) of the RGB colors of the two ...

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  • by | April 16, 2014 6:07 PM

    Per usual, all eyes are on the major Android manufacturers as the 2014 flagships come out. We've reviewed the One M8 twice. Despite my initial takeaway from the announcement, I ended up buying one as my personal device anyway. And Michael is in the process of reviewing the Galaxy S 5. Sony's flagship is just around the bend, and a handful of other major smartphones will launch in the second half of the year. But there are two other manufacturers enthusiasts are eyeing this spring, two up-and-comers determined to make waves and bring some of their own flare to a stagnating market: Oppo, out ...

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  • by | April 16, 2014 5:07 PM

    For the past couple weeks, leaks have been revealing Google's work to spruce up the design behind several of its Android apps. First we saw a new Gmail, then Calendar, and finally a home screen that sported new icon designs. Whether or not any of this is tied to those Project Hera rumors is anyone's guess, but evidence of the overhaul continues today, as we get to check out some leaked screenshots of the Android Google+ app. Those circular icons are back in a big way (just like the circular g+ icon from that home screen leak), and we see the recurring design choice of using bold stripes of ...

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  • by | April 16, 2014 4:04 PM

    Rumors about LG's next flagship have been around for quite a while by this point, and we've been hearing claims made about the phone's hardware since last year. But recently our understanding of the smartphone has really started taking shape, and only this week have we been seeing pictures that could serve to reveal the handset's ultimate design. Today we get another leaked pic to gawk over, though this time one not of the phone itself, but its packaging. Compared to the G2's box, the LG brand is more front-and-center. The G3 logo appears much like we expected it to here, with that ...

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  • by | April 16, 2014 3:19 PM

    In recent years, smartphone camera quality has been becoming more and more important for users, and there's always someone out there raising the bar, or introducing the next big feature everyone wants to copy. Lately, artistic defocusing – the bokeh effect – has been all the rage, and HTC absolutely ran with the idea with the Duo Camera on its One M8. While true bokeh requires careful control over lenses and aperture, smartphones are doing their darnedest to fake it in post processing, and the latest to take a swing at the effect is Google's stock Android camera, making its Play Store ...

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  • by | April 16, 2014 1:50 PM

    We've been hearing about the Oppo Find 7 for quite some time. Oppo itself has teased the existence of the phone, only to later confirm and announce it last month. Revealed alongside the Find 7, however, was a slightly more tame version of the phone, dubbed the Find 7a. That's what we currently have on hand. Can Oppo compete with the likes of its biggest competitors, like Samsung, HTC, or LG? Is the Find 7a a phone worthy of your hard-earned cash? We can't answer those questions with any certainty just yet, but we'll be slaving away in our labs trying to find answers over the next few days. ...

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  • by | April 16, 2014 1:35 PM

    The Duo Camera arrangement on the new HTC One M8 is something unlike anything we're used to from smartphone imaging, marrying the phone's primary camera with a secondary sensor that can be used to calculate distance info. On the One M8 as it shipped, HTC's software takes advantage of that depth data to pull off some visual effects like selective blurring or the application of more stylistic filters. Is that all there is to this feature, though? HTC would love to see what other minds can come up with, and so today releases its Dual Lens SDK Preview. The SDK consists of two APIs, the ...

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  • by | April 16, 2014 12:31 PM

    With one week to go until launch, we're seeing a rush of last-minute OnePlus One news. Just a little earlier today we shared with you those leaked pics of a purported One motherboard and that render of a prototype handset that may share its design with the final, commercial model. Now we follow that up with some news from OnePlus itself, as the company talks about just where you'll be able to get your hands on its premiere smartphone. The OnePlus One is confirmed for release in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, ...

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