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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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    What company springs to mind when we're talking about smartphones with extremely scratch resistant sapphire crystal displays? Apple, with its big investment in sapphire and the multitude of rumors pointing to such a screen coming to its next-gen iPhones? Or maybe even last year's failed effort from Ubuntu, and its plans to deliver the sapphire-screened Edge? We've got one more name you should add to that list, as Kyocera drops a teaser for what sure sounds like a sapphire-screened phone of its own. We've already covered ruggedized Androids from Kyocera in the past, so it's not the biggest ...

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    Google hasn't necessarily taken the world by storm with its Android Wear offerings. Some people claim to still be waiting for the Moto 360, and others have found that being an early adopter is not such a good idea. If you read Michael Fisher's reviews on the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live, you'll learn that even though these two products are cool, their biggest shortcomings are found within their software. Basic issues like not allowing developers to create custom watch faces is one of them, and Google has decided to end the complaints with a statement. Wayne Piekarski, a senior ...

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    Cellular networks the world over are constantly improving, delivering higher speeds and better coverage, but for all the strides they're making, it's still all too easy to find yourself in an area with no coverage. Maybe you're out hiking off the beaten path, or boating around offshore; once you're out of range of the nearest cellular tower, your smartphone suddenly becomes a lot less useful. Or maybe the tower is just operating at capacity, or suffering other technical issues. A new accessory called GoTenna intends to help do something about all that, allowing users a backup communication ...

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    Over the past few months, we've slowly been putting together the picture of what to expect from the Samsung Galaxy Note 4's hardware. Will it feature a quad HD display? Will it have some sort of wrap-around screen? One detail that arrived about a month back was that the phablet might include a UV light sensor on its face, but the rumor wasn't accompanied by any insight into just how that sensor might be used. Now a new leak helps spell out just what Samsung's up to, describing a warning system to protect users against skin damage. Reportedly, the Samsung S Health app will use that UV ...

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    Heat is a fact of life with many mobile devices: when we crank up the brightness on our screens full-blast, or run software that pushes all a processor's cores into overdrive, we expect a handset to heat up in the process. Running warm may be one thing, but it's easy to take things too far, and on the upper end of the spectrum we're looking at glitchy operation, spontaneous power-downs, or even outright damage to hardware. New reports suggest that the recently launched Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 may be suffering from some serious overheating issues, going so far as to warp the tablet's ...

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    Last week Satya Nadella addressed Microsoft's employees, talking about his vision for where the company's focus needs to lie going forward. This week, that push for change starts hitting closer to home for many, as Microsoft announces layoffs affecting some 18,000 workers. Stephen Elop addresses that difficult decision in a message distributed to the Microsoft Devices Group this morning, but more than just talking about the effect on staff, he also discusses shifting priorities for the business. That won't be without its casualties either, and the first one on the chopping block looks to ...

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    When it comes to small phones, Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact has reined supreme for most of 2014, with no real competitors in sight. Now that there's a new kid on the block, we decided to quickly compare the two through specs -- so here is LG G3 Beat vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. This one's pretty much a no-contest. It's pretty ridiculous how the Z1 Compact is able to massacre the G3 Beat in almost every spec, and it's mainly because one's a flagship-class phone while the other is clearly a midranger. In both our comparison with the Galaxy S5 mini and One mini 2, one thing remained consistent -- ...

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    Continuing on with our post-announcement spec comparisons between the G3 Beat and other similar phones (the last one being between it and the Galaxy S5 mini), we've put together LG G3 Beat vs HTC One mini 2. It's a similar story to the last comparison -- the G3 Beat just isn't a compelling hardware package when pitted against its closest competitors, but we stress that hardware doesn't necessarily equal stellar performance. The two phones are equal in most categories, with the One mini 2 winning out with its screen, storage capacity, front and rear-facing camera, and WiFi bands. It also ...

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    Now that the LG G3 Beat has been announced, it's time to start talking comparisons between it and 2014's other mini phones, including Samsung's own Galaxy S5 mini. As we don't yet have review units of either, spec comparisons will have to suffice for now, so let's do it -- this is LG G3 Beat vs Samsung Galaxy S5 mini. On paper, there's one clear winner between the S5 mini and the G3 Beat -- the Samsung takes the cake in almost every department, but remember that specs are almost never an exactly accurate gauge of performance. Things such as OEM skins and component quslity will determine ...

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    LG has just announced its G3 Beat, but is this a Sony Xperia Z1 Compact-level phone, or just another midrange small-screener? Let's take a look through our full list of LG G3 Beat specs, compiled for you down below. The need-to-know specifications for this phone include the display and SoC, which are (respectively) a 5-inch 1280x720 panel and a quad-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 unit. There's also a decent 8MP camera, but the storage and memory allotments leave us with the word "midrange" in our mouths -- 8GB of ROM and 1GB of RAM are included. For a complete list of LG G3 specs, ...

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    We've seen it in a variety of leaks so far, but it's now finally official -- say hello to LG G3 Beat, a smaller version of LG's G3 flagship phone. Let's take a look at what it packs, shall we? It offers the same "Floating Arc" metallic design as its bigger brother, and has a 5-inch display trapped in a chassis with minimal bezel. It overall looks like a scaled-down G3, just as you'd expect. Since we've covered specs extensively in a follow-up post, let's go over the basics for now. As mentioned earlier, there's a 5-inch display, but this phone is unfortunately quite the midranger. That ...

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    Two of the hottest products in consumer electronics right now are the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live, the first in a wave of Android Wear-flavored wearable devices. Both have bene fairly hard to get by if you're a Google Play-hater, but now Android Wear availability has expanded to both Best Buy and Google's own Shopping Express service. The prices haven't changed for both Best Buy and Shopping Express, though first-time buyers on Shopping Express get a 10-dollar discount. Shopping Express is also limited to a very specific list of regions, while Best Buy is pretty much nationwide ...

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    Nokia HERE services gained a lot of fame on Windows Phone when they were launched a couple of years ago, and this only grew as iOS and Android versions of the services were also launched. One of the coolest features that the Nokia HERE maps services offered is the option to use LiveSight, which is the option to simply point your camera at the road and learn what places are in front of you. Nokia has now decided to enhance this experience even further by expanding the reach of this feature to others. Nokia has just announced an update to its HERE software development kit for Android, and ...

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    As reluctant as Apple was in allowing third party applications to run on the iPhone, the decision to create the App Store for iOS has proven to be one of its most lucrative decisions in history. Along side, the Google Play Store that we all remember originally as the Android Market has also created one of the biggest ecosystems in mobile history. If you're wondering which of these stores performs best when it comes to statistics and revenue, prepare to not be surprised. App analytics company App Annie has just released its figures for a study performed in 150 countries. The results show ...

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    There are folks out there who don’t have the time for a ten-minute video or a 3,000-word review, and they certainly don’t have an hour to absorb a meandering podcast (no matter how many awards it’s won). These people might be sneaking a quick YouTube fix on a bathroom break, trying to make a point to a rival smartphone owner at a bar, or even standing in line at a wireless retail store, waiting to make a purchase. They need the facts delivered quickly, with a minimum of window dressing and a firm conclusion in as little time as possible. For them, we’ve created the 60-Second ...

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