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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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    Technically, Meizu execs never ruled out a future flagship smartphone model with a Samsung-made Exynos 8890 processor inside. It merely looks like the Pro 7 will first and foremost go the beaten MediaTek path, favoring universal domestic cellular support over raw power. But why are we talking about a successor for a device unveiled just a few months back? Even by China’s blazing fast progress and upgrade standards, it’d be crazy early to see Pro 6’s sequel launched this year, though a spin-off of sorts is an entirely different story. AnTuTu appears to be tipping off such a product ...

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    It might be costly for what it brings to the table, at $650 unlocked ($580, if you’re lucky), with just a 5-inch Full HD screen, 3GB RAM, 2,700 mAh battery and no fingerprint scanner stateside, but at least you now know the Sony Xperia X Performance will be among the world’s first smartphones to run Android 7.0. That’s if you hurry, have no problem tackling the typical bugs and general system instability of an OS pre-release beta version, and also happen to live in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Iceland, Italy, Spain, Portugal or Netherlands. Xperia X ...

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    Anyone remember when Tegra SoCs powered such varied and popular devices as the Motorola Atrix 4G, OG Nexus 7, Microsoft Surface and Surface 2, HTC One X and One X+? Those were the times for NVIDIA, which then inexplicably lost the battle for smartphone and tablet processor supremacy with Qualcomm, also failing to compete against the likes of MediaTek on affordability. Nowadays, you can count on the fingers of one hand the semi-relevant commercial products packing Tegra K1 or X1 punch: the homebrewed NVIDIA Shield Tablet, HTC Nexus 9, Google Pixel C, and another one of the Santa ...

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    Technically, today’s top two Galaxy Note 7-centric stories are unrelated, save for the fact they’re about the same phone. But we couldn’t just drop another bombshell on European Samsung fans in a couple of additional delay-plagued markets without also offering them something pleasant to root for and ease the waiting pains. Yes, we’re afraid demand far exceeds supply not only in Malaysia and The Netherlands, but Russia and Ukraine as well. And the situation is getting more and more alarming, with rapidly increasing stoppage times. In Russia, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was supposed to ...

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    Android device manufacturers sure enjoy their alphabet soups. Samsung’s “streamlined” product portfolio goes from A to C to E, J, O(n) and even Z if you also count Tizen models, while Sony has recently circled back from Z to X, reportedly considering dropping C, E or M series pretty soon. Then there’s Motorola, or rather Lenovo, which inherited the Moto E, G and X families from Google, and after a couple of years of struggles, financial losses and seemingly ineffective restructuring moves, went the opposite way compared to Sony, essentially replacing X with Z. Technically, the Moto ...

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    Yet another reason to lament the unwillingness of most top Chinese smartphone manufacturers to more aggressively pursue a Western audience? Well, ZTE is actually among the few also making a splash stateside, so we should probably cut it some slack. After all, the surprisingly affordable, exceptionally powerful Axon 7 is looking better and better by the day, while derivative recent Nubia releases could maybe hurt ZTE’s focus on American shores if expanded outside Asia. But we wouldn’t say the same about a device merely known by its convoluted BV0730 model number, certified by Tenaa a ...

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    Digging through our viewer mailbag, we got a question about photography. Does your OP3 over expose & blow out areas not in focus when u tap to focus? -TGC Have you ever focused a phone camera at an object and then produced a photo which was way too bright or too dark? We've gotten several questions about this "bug" on various smartphone cameras, and we're sorry to say this is probably a feature, not a bug. The issue is likely metering, and understanding how your camera decides to adjust exposure based on what you focus on. Let's dig into this setting on your camera! Improve your ...

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    Seeing as how the Galaxy Note 7 indeed turned out to be little more than a slightly larger S7 Edge with an S Pen and iris scanner, the timing feels ideal to buy one of the aging but enduring H1 2016 flagships. Unfortunately, Samsung still overcharges for both the officially unlocked Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge stateside, at $670 and $770 respectively, while carriers will often have you jump through various hoops to save a few bucks. Leave it to trusted eBay retailers to do what they know best, i.e. sell even the world’s most popular mobile devices at solid discounts… with a couple of caveats ...

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    With great demand comes great responsibility to manufacture and ship enough copies of a popular device as soon after its announcement as possible. Otherwise, instead of a Galaxy S7 Edge-level blockbuster, Samsung could end up with an S6 Edge-like semi-flop on its hands, as the redundant but sought-after iPhone 7 fast approaches. Already, Galaxy Note 7 delivery times are slipping in Malaysia and now The Netherlands, the company’s latter mobile regional branch just taking to Twitter to let prospective buyers know September 9 is the new deployment date. That’s one week later than the ...

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    Samsung is working against the clock to get all its ducks in a row and launch the Galaxy Note 7 worldwide ahead of the iPhone 7/6SE announcement in early September. But it’s not only up to the Korean tech giant’s manufacturing and distribution channels. Demand is already exceeding supply in certain smaller Asian markets, with domestic pre-orders characterized as strong, and North American interest also likely to both please and trouble Samsung. It was therefore wise to schedule the dual-edged phablet’s European commercial release for September 2, and it now appears on that same day ...

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    Eager to get a head start on Apple that may prove essential for the company’s Q3 financial results and especially Q4 sales, lucrative holiday season included, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 7 several weeks before the expected iPhone 7 announcement, also significantly minimizing the IFA 2016’s importance in the eyes of mobile tech enthusiasts. But the Gear S3 smartwatch and Galaxy Tab S3 are still most likely slated for Berlin appearances shortly, and alongside them, Asus, Sony, Acer and Huawei should roll out “new and exciting” gadgets at one of Germany’s oldest industrial ...

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    Huawei was not done when it released the P9 earlier this year. Supposedly, it still has plans for a Mate S sequel, a "Nexus" 7P and a Mate 9, too. All that pressure has us wondering more and more about this GFXBench log that we've picked up, thanks to Telefoonabonnement. The specs are pretty ordinary for a Huawei Mate phone: a nearly-six-inch full HD screen with a HiSilicon Kirin chipset of some sort, — GFXBench was only able to detect a set of Cortex-A53 cores — perhaps either a tweaked Kirin 955 or an all-new 960. There may be 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage along with a ...

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    With an “ambitiously flawed” camera, palatable price tag, frequent additional deal sweeteners, Daydream VR compatibility (which Samsung still hasn’t confirmed to be offered with the Galaxy Note 7), super-high-quality audio, at least 4GB RAM, massive and sharp AMOLED screen, as well as a winning design, the ZTE Axon 7 only needs one more thing to turn potential into mainstream box-office success. No, not an Android Nougat update, at least not yet, but rather a tool to allow tinkerers easy modification and personalization of the beastly phone’s pre-installed OS. We’re talking an ...

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    Surely, we’ve heard way too little (nothing, actually) about a prospective third-generation ZenWatch thus far for a new take on one of very few surviving rectangular Android Wear designs to debut at the pre-IFA Asus Zenvolution conference in Berlin, Germany on August 31. But surprise, surprise, a not-so-cryptic device has just been sighted swinging by the FCC for mandatory certification ahead of a no doubt imminent US commercial launch, and it’s got the Asus ZenWatch 3 name plastered on its rear housing in an unexpectedly revealing blueprint. This also previews a long overdue form ...

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    The “North American leader in rugged mobile solutions” is not one to adopt fancy new technologies and gimmicky features just because they’re trendy and everyone does it, so we probably should have expected a unique marketing angle and practical use case for the dual camera recently rendered on the back of the Kyocera DuraForce Pro. Indeed, the compact 5-inch sequel to last year’s far too large 5.7-inch DuraForce XD is now official with a one-of-a-kind “Super Wide View HD Action Camera” in tow alongside a more conventional 13MP main rear snapper and 5MP selfie shooter. “No ...

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    Smartphones come with a lot of expectations. Sony's move away from the Xperia Z, and some of the more outlandish specs delivered on the Z Premium, was advertised as an appeal to common sense smartphone computing. Sony was going to focus on what mattered, and that's how the Xperia X was born. This is an admirable goal, and we've praised many manufacturers which have taken a "back to basics" approach to manufacturing. Sony however faces an onslaught of competition from other top tier flagship devices, and from a new collection of budget busters aiming to deliver high end specs at mid-range ...

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    Despite the generally bleak picture painted by most market research companies and industry analysts when it comes to recent iPhone box-office numbers and Apple’s realistic expectations going forward, it’s not all doom and gloom for the world’s enduring top mobile OEM in terms of actual financial gains. Not only does Cupertino continue to make way more money than Samsung or Huawei on higher device prices and a refusal to compete in the low-end segment, with the latest smartphone OS data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech showing an iOS comeback in the US and Europe’s five largest ...

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    While most of China’s rising stars in the global smartphone landscape have been gradually building a presence both in the domestic and international industry, hesitating to properly go after a still skeptical American audience, LeEco wants to take over the world with minimal waiting and maximum spending. The Chinese entertainment giant literally just debuted in the challenging mobile device manufacturing field last year, and already, it’s setting OPPO, LG or Huawei-competing shipment goals of 100 million units for 2017 or 2018 at the latest. LeEco is involved in many segments of the ...

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    How could Apple possibly compete against the likes of Xiaomi, LeEco or Meizu in markets where mobile consumers don’t care so much about brand recognition and marketing when you’ve got an onslaught of Android-powered iPhone rivals available twice or even three times as cheap as the SE? And no, the Meizu M3E, incorrectly referred to as M1E in pre-release gossip, is neither tiny, nor an overall pushover. It’s basically an m3 Note with a slimmer profile, smaller 3,100 mAh battery, 3GB RAM and 32GB expandable storage offered as standard instead of 2 and 16 gigs respectively, plus the same ...

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    You can probably tell Samsung and its Gear S2-supporting US retailer and carrier partners have been rather pleased with the box-office performance of the beautiful circular smartwatch by the scarcity and triviality of their deals and discounts, even as a Gear S3 fast approaches. The last time we remember seeing the Tizen-powered, Android-compatible intelligent timepiece significantly marked down is way back in March, and only refurbished Gear S2 and S2 Classic models were available at slashed prices through Best Buy. Likewise, Daily Steals can hook you up for the next 3 days with ...

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    Manufactured by LG, Huawei or HTC? Similar to the HTC 10 in appearance or designed to follow in the footsteps of the LG Nexus 5X? Due out in September or October? Dubbed Nexus 5P or… something else? Those are just a few of the Google Sailfish-related questions we can’t definitively answer at the moment, although educated guesses do come to mind across the board, with specifications meanwhile looking like an entirely different story. A pretty easy to crack enigma, on the heels of revealing online reports based on fairly credible sources, a rock-solid ROM dump, GFX Bench visit, and now, ...

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    More and more, Samsung defies our conventional expectations of how non-flagship, low-cost Android devices should look, and what they can afford to accommodate under the hood on a tight budget. The entry-level Galaxy J2 (2016) pioneers a new LED notification system dubbed Smart Glow, also packing a hearty 1.5GB RAM, while the mid-end Galaxy C5 and C7 sport unusually stylish aluminum bodies, cranking up the memory to a colossal 4 gigs. Next up, the 2016 editions of the relatively well-received (at least in China) Galaxy On5 and On7 are tipped to bump their own RAM counts up from 1.5 to 3GB, ...

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    Google already had three vulnerabilities patched of the four publicized by Check Point Security over the weekend. It had them patched since Android 4.2. That's the conclusion we're getting from Google's statement on the Quadrooter vulnerabilities found in Qualcomm-based Android devices, a device group totaling in the neighborhood of 900 million. A spokesperson wrote to Android Central that: Our Verify Apps and SafetyNet protections help identify, block, and remove applications that exploit vulnerabilities like these. Hit the source link for the full statement. The Verify Apps feature ...

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    LG deserves a good deal of praise for managing to keep the V20’s design a secret right up to four weeks ahead of its special San Francisco announcement, but sooner or later, the high-end phablet that needs to make up for G5’s disappointing sales results had to show pre-release face. The jig is now up, and one of only two usual suspects unsurprisingly brings a massive set of unofficial but extremely credible-looking LG V20 renders to light. @OnLeaks, in collaboration with Android Authority, produces crystal clear images of a 5.6 or 5.7-incher that unexpectedly borrows heavily from the ...

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    Show of hands, who here remembers when flagship smartphones and high-end 10-inch tablets from certain Android device manufacturers shared the same processors and general specifications? It’s been forever, or at least that’s how it feels, with exactly zero products over 6 inches or so packing Snapdragon 820 power these days. Meanwhile, above-average gadgets like the Galaxy Tab S2 come in Exynos 5433 and SD652 derivations, compared to the 8890/820 S7 and Note 7. There’s probably no reason ergo to expect the world from the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, tipped a little while back for a ...

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