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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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    I remember how free I felt the first time I dabbled in alternative operating systems on my old family PC. After growing tired of using Windows Vista, I started looking around and asking friends what I should do. One suggested trying Windows XP Black Edition, a hacked version of XP, and another suggested trying various builds of Linux. Ultimately, I gave Ubuntu a try. I never looked back. From that day, I stopped using Windows. It felt incredible to load whatever software I wanted onto my hardware. This instilled a certain mentality in me that carried over to smartphones, which were ...

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    Last year, with the launch of the Moto X, Motorola introduced its Skip NFC accessory. The little tag could be used to quickly unlock the smartphone, although our hands-on found Skip a little awkward to use. With the Moto X+1 expected for next week, will Skip once again be a featured accessory? A new leak FCC publication suggest that Motorola's been cooking-up a totally redesigned second-generation Skip, and this one adds a bunch of new features by way of bringing Bluetooth support to the device. While the first Skip was an entirely passive NFC tag, the new Skip would be a battery-powered ...

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    Tizen just can't seem to get off the ground when it comes to smartphones. Sure, Samsung's put the platform inside its consumer electronics, and the OS powers the majority of the company's smartwatches, but a Tizen smartphone continues to elude us. Sure, we saw the Samsung Z go official a couple months back, but the phone's been hit with delay after delay since then, and now it's anyone's guess when (or if) sales might actually begin. Keep in mind, though, while it may seem like Samsung's baby, Tizen is actually an effort from multiple companies; could any other players be working on Tizen ...

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    With the Galaxy Alpha, Samsung finally gave us the metal smartphone we'd been asking for... sort of. Well, it may not be the full-metal-bodied One-esque phone some Samsung fans had been clamoring for, but at least it's a step in a new direction for the company. But where's that step going to lead? Back when we were talking about Samsung's metal phone arriving as the Galaxy F, there was this rumor that we weren't just looking at one model, but a whole series of devices, all under this F banner. Now we're hearing that a similar situation may occur with the Galaxy Alpha, as Samsung prepares ...

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    Last week, HTC cut though a lot of the uncertainty surrounding its own plans for IFA 2014, dropping a teaser that pretty unambiguously referred to the rumored Desire 820. While on its own, another Desire mid-ranger might not be the most exciting news in the world, the 820's been holding our attention by way of the SoC expected to power the phone, one of Qualcomm's new 64-bit Snapdragons. With just a week to go before the expo, that connection is really starting to firm up, and HTC just published a new teaser that not only gives us a new glimpse of the smartphone, but appears to confirm ...

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    The news is in: LG is making a round smartwatch, the G Watch R. Motorola also has round Android Wear aspirations in the form of the Moto 360 – so which will be the Android Wear watch to buy? It's tough to tell until we get review units in-house, but we all have very basic first impressions of both, so we decided to put the question to you: LG G Watch R or Moto 360? We don't know much about the two watches, other than the fact that they are round and (most probably, in the case of the LG) run Android Wear as their operating system. They both are easily more normal than the other two ...

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    One of the things that was weird about Google's announcement of Android L was that we didn't get a tasty codename. All versions of Android thus far have had a dessert attached to their names, with the latest one being KitKat, so we were surprised to hear that the next version would simply be called "L," though many theorized that this was simply for the developer preview and that the final version would bear a tasty name as usual. Now support for that theory is flooding in, as multiple references to "LMP" in AOSP, the Android L SDK, and a WiFi certification document lead us to believe the ...

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    In case you haven't noticed, it really looks like Motorola is getting wild this year. Apart from the rumors surrounding the new Moto X and G iterations, leaks of new Verizon Droids and the Nexus X have also been fairly bountiful. But news out of left field has hit us today, as Motorola may have teamed up with Verizon to create the Moto Luge, and launch day may be just later this week. According to a source of TK Tech News at Best Buy, this phone will be "specifically marketed to Verizon Prepaid customers," and there's support baked-in for Verizon's newly switched-on prepaid LTE ...

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    This year's IFA, as we now know, is going to be a bombastic one – if you don't believe me, just look at the event invites from Sony, Samsung, Microsoft, Asus, Huawei, HTC, and LG, and you'll be convinced. To stand out from the rest of the crowd from an event like this, OEMs really need to have a good product to show, and Samsung certainly thinks it does in its new Galaxy Note 4 teaser video. The video centers quite a bit around the fact that the Galaxy Note series of Android smartphones first brought Samsung's Wacom-powered S Pen into the world, and that this was a "truly notable ...

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    Sony looks to be preparing for a blockbuster IFA event this year, with reported plans for the Xperia Z3, the Xperia Z3 Compact, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, and a new smartwatch – and that's just on the mobile side of things. Now we're hearing more confirmation of the latter two, as both the Sony tablet and smartwatch have allegedly been caught in a leaked promo pic. The picture shows off the tablet, which is expected to have an 8-inch size (a first for this Sony line of tablets), along with a new smartwatch. They are both shown near what appears to be a pool, so it's quite possible ...

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    When Android Wear was announced earlier this year, two launch partners became known: LG, and Motorola. Later, Samsung also joined in with the Gear Live, as both it and the LG G Watch went official at Google I/O 2014. The Moto 360 was still absent at the time, with a vague "coming later this summer" for a release date. With all that time we had to wait, LG has apparently had enough time to knock out a second Android Wear product, with this one being squarely (roundly?) aimed at the Moto 360: a round LG G Watch, better known as the LG G Watch R. Nothing much about this wearable becomes known ...

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    Rumors have been flying that Motorola has been chosen to make the next Nexus iteration, and most (if not all) called the phone the Nexus 6 – it's the sixth Nexus phone to be made, and it's also rumored to have a 5.9-inch screen size. Today we're seeing a report that looks to partially shoot down these earlier rumors, as the Motorola Nexus X name leaks for the first time. According to unacknowledged sources of PhoneArena, the phone will be named Motorola Nexus X (as we said earlier), and it will allegedly have the Motorola model number XT1100. This leads us to think the earlier report ...

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    Our review of the Xiaomi Mi4 went up earlier this week. In short, it's a really nice piece of hardware with some serious software issues. However, MIUI has been around for some time and a major update – MIUI version 6 – is just around the corner. It's always been known for its deep customization options and putting the power in the hands of the user. While we did talk a lot about the software on the Mi4, we had to skip over some of the more nitty gritty features. That's just the way it goes with time-sensitive review periods. As such, we've picked three of our favorite Xiaomi Mi4 ...

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    Samsung's next Unpacked event helps kick-off IFA 2014 on September 3, and though the event may hold a few surprises, we've been able to develop a pretty good sense of what to expect. While Samsung's holding a few cards close to its chest, it hasn't exactly been shy about suggesting that we're going to see the Galaxy Note 4 make its debut. Just like it did last August when teasing the Note 3 launch, its invitations have been spotted employing “note the date” language, and the presence of an Air Command menu on that most recent invite helps drive the point home even harder. Now it's ...

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    One of the longest-standing rumors about the Moto X+1, popping up right around the same time we saw evidence for the phone's name, has concerned the sort of customization options that would be available through Moto Maker. Supposedly we'd see the return of wooden backplates, which sounded nice, but word was we'd also be able to choose from a few leather options. That leather idea returned in subsequent rumors, but we've yet to see any firm confirmation. We're still not quite there yet, but today brings us at least some new circumstantial evidence, as a retialer appears to confirm the ...

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