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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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    Rumors have been quite insistent that some sort of new Nexus hardware is right about to be launched. That might be the Nexus 9 this week, or maybe the Nexus 6 a little later on this month, but the idea that one, if not both of them, are just about to debut is becoming increasingly hard to ignore. And when that hardware arrives, it's almost sure to do so alongside the public release of Android L – but not under that name. After all, the “L” was merely a placeholder until we get the official name of this Android release's dessert of choice. Would it be layer cake? Lemon meringue pie? ...

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    October's a month that's shaping up to be defined by a few high-profile launches: we've got Apple's presumed iPad event later this week, and rumors continue to suggest that Google's announcing at least some new Nexus hardware before October's out. And while those may be the most headline-grabbing mobile products, others are set to make their debut as well, and right at the end of the month Oppo plans to introduce the world to its N3 flagship. Well, “introduce” may not be quite the right word, considering the extent to which the manufacturer has been teasing the phone's launch these ...

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    T-Mobile just shared word of its plans to get sales of the Xperia Z3 started a little later this month, and while that was good to hear on its own, it also got us wondering about the fate of the Xperia Z3 Compact. After all, last week saw Sony add a “buy” link to its US listing for the Z3 Compact, though at the time, clicking it didn't take you anywhere useful. Today, we say that change, as Sony kicks-off US sales of its pint-sized powerhouse. Sony's got the Xperia Z3 Compact in black, white, orange, and green, all going for just about $530. The handset has band support that should ...

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    Perhaps it was an inevitability: a smartphone accessory maker takes a look at the Samsung Gear VR, doesn't see much more than a couple lenses and a plastic shell, and thinks, “hey, I could do that!” We're still waiting for sales of the Samsung model to begin, but imitators aren't waiting around any to get their own products out, and today we see the launch of what's being billed as a more affordable, cross-platform alternative to Gear VR, the VR One from Carl Zeiss. Yup, just like the lenses in your camera: that Carl Zeiss. Only now, the company's got a VR headset with interchangeable ...

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    My wife kept waking up in the morning exhausted. Instead of being rested and rejuvenated she felt tired and groggy. Being the loving husband that I am, I immediately ran to technology for help! "Google, how can I sleep better using my Android?" The results were quite interesting. The first thing any true geek is going to do is look for ways to gather data. After all, how can you hope to fix a problem if you don't know the root cause? "Have you tried turning it off and on again?" apparently doesn't work in every situation. My first thought was to acquire a special piece of hardware like UP ...

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    Last week, Sony and Verizon got together to announce the forthcoming release of the Xperia Z3v for the carrier. While that was interesting news to get, it wasn't quite the big Sony push back into the US that some of its fans had been hoping for, and also did nothing to explain what the Z3 situation on T-Mobile would look like. After all, the carrier had already confirmed its plans to carry the Xperia Z3 – we just needed to get details about when that would occur and how it would happen. Last week may have left us high and dry, but today T-Mobile comes through with some answers, welcoming ...

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    If you listened to this week's Pocketnow Weekly podcast, you heard us discussing yesterday's Sony event which ultimately brought us the Xperia Z3v for Verizon – and which, to our disappointment, wholly ignored the oh-so-interesting Xperia Z3 Compact. Understandably, we were starting to become nervous that Sony would steer clear of the US once again with this smartphone, drastically limiting its appeal to audiences in the States. But had we spoken too soon? Without much fanfare, Sony has added a listing for the Z3 Compact to its page of phones for the US market. Now, to be clear, the Z3 ...

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    What does “soon” mean in the smartphone world? When you hear that a hot new phone is hitting the carrier of your choice “soon,” are you anticipating it to land maybe in the next couple weeks? Possibly next month? Back in August, we saw the debut of the shockingly compelling Sharp Aquos Crystal, an Android handset with a bezel around its screen so narrow it's essentially not even there. And word that this phone would arrive for the crazy low price of $240 with no contractual obligation sounded almost too good to be true. We were told it was coming soon to Sprint... and then August ...

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    Yesterday we were checking out the latest in what's been a news-packed week of Droid Turbo stories, looking at the evidence suggesting that the Motorola smartphone could have a massive 3900mAh battery. At the time, we were musing on the way leaks, rumors, and teases of the Droid Turbo had been building up to the point we're at now, and mentioned the mysterious DroidLanding Twitter account. The account's activity has generally correlated with new Droid model launches in the past, and when we saw it spring back into action in early September, we were optimistic that this Droid Turbo would be ...

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    Ever since Google officially unveiled Android L this past summer, we've been looking forward to Material Design continuing to spread across the company's software offerings. One of those that's received a lot of attention has been the Play Store, and over the past several months we've had a few opportunities to check out leaks detailing the ways the Play Store was set to evolve with the arrival of this refresh. This week, the changes go live, as Google begins distribution of its Play Store 5.0 release. If you've been following those leaks you've already got a good sense of what to expect: ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy S5, while not a showstopper or ground-breaking piece of hardware, is a great smartphone, designed to appeal to a very large demographic. However, its size is simply too large for some. What if there were a device with almost the exact same specifications in a smaller package? Would that phone be as good – or even better – than the Galaxy S5? That phone does exist but, unsurprisingly, it isn't made by Samsung. Instead, Sony makes it, and it's the smaller version of its newest hero device, the Xperia Z3. It's called the Xperia Z3 Compact and it's nearly a spec for ...

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    We're coming up on two months now from the launch of the HTC One M8 for Windows, an overdue flagship-level WP handset from someone other than the Nokia/Microsoft juggernaut. And while we were very excited to see an Android phone we loved get the Windows Phone treatment, the release of the device left a bit to be desired, hitting the US as a carrier exclusive, bound to Verizon. But even with that restriction we had cause to be optimistic, as it became clear that Verizon's exclusivity was a temporary launch thing, and that other carriers would pick up the phone for themselves in time: ...

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    Android is a fantastic mobile platform. Part of the reason for its popularity is due to the huge number of devices available to run it, with new devices being added all the time. It gives the Android user the freedom to choose the device that suits their individual needs rather than having to conform to a single cookie cutter solution. Well, it’s time to get your decision-making hats on because, for a limited time only at the Pocketnow Deals Store, you can enter the Choose Your Own Android Giveaway for a chance at winning a top of the line Android smart phone! With the Choose Your Own ...

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    The debate of which voice assistant came first is still a shady topic. While many agree that Siri was the service that made the idea mainstream, we do know that Google's Voice Search has existed for a bit longer, and even though Microsoft's Cortana is the newest in the crowd, we all remember Microsoft's Voice Command from the Pocket PC days. Still, if you leave history aside and ask yourself which service is currently better, some experts claim to have a winner. A marketing consulting firm by the name of Stone Temple claims to have found Google Now's voice search to be significantly ...

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    It sure looks like Google's got two upcoming Nexus devices in the works, a Motorola-made phone, and an HTC-made tablet. This week, HTC sure seemed to confirm the latter, and rumors have suggested that this Nexus 9 could launch in just about one week, on October 15 or 16. But what about the phone? The presumptive Nexus 6 also seems very much real, having been spotted out in the wild. But when might it arrive? We're coming up on one year from the Nexus 5's launch – could the Nexus 6 also be on the menu for next week's rumored launch announcement? That's a question we find ourselves asking ...

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