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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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    Everybody wants a piece of the rapidly growing, multi-billion dollar music streaming pie, including Amazon, according to fresh word around the water cooler. But as for that ancient gossip about Apple Music looking to merge with Tidal and truly go after stubborn market leader and veteran Spotify, it turns out there’s no truth to it. Well, technically, Jimmy Iovine, the co-founder of Beats Electronics and Tim Cook’s music guru since 2014, didn’t deny “such discussions had taken place” in a short statement to BuzzFeed News. He merely stressed Cupertino is no longer interested in ...

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    Samsung is in full damage control mode as exploding Galaxy phone reports don’t seem to be slowing down even with the Note 7 recall effectively going global of late, and while the Korean tech giant would never admit it, your best replacement for the newest flagship phablet is probably the company’s previous hero device. Think about it, why wait up to a few more weeks, risk the next Galaxy Note 7 batch presenting its own manufacturing flaws, and settle for a modest J-series handheld in the meantime, if you can even get that from your retailer of choice, when the S7 Edge is here, ...

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    Roughly 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 units sold by Samsung from Korea to the US, Canada, Australia and even China are clearly not safe to use under any circumstances, especially while charging, endangering private and public property and causing minor harm to a number of people around the world, so why aren’t they all being returned? You can get full refunds if you so choose, replacement devices with working batteries shouldn’t take much longer, and Samsung will give you temporary J-series subs while you wait. And still, you insist on rolling the dice. At this point, we doubt another car ...

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    While the Nixon Mission goes on sale this season as a water-treading debutante and the ASUS ZenWatch 3 evolves the company's commercial philosophy on smartwatches, the Android Wear platform will not be further bolstered by three of its major players this year. CNET has confirmed that LG, Huawei and the Motorola subsidiary of Lenovo will not have new releases until at least 2017. For LG, that leaves the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE as its latest Android wearable, released last November only to be taken from store shelves and re-released this March. Huawei launched its Elegant and Jewel ...

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    While we’re probably mere days away from Apple flaunting new record numbers for early adoption of a major iOS makeover, 7.0 Nougat is yet to break the 0.1 percent barrier in worldwide Android distribution. That’s because Google hasn’t done a great job spreading the N love for even well-qualified Nexus devices, leaving the 6P hanging until late last week, and still barely offering 6.0.1 Marshmallow factory images as far as the original N6 and LTE-enabled N9 are concerned. If it’s any consolation (most likely not), the search giant wants you to know the Motorola-made 2014 phablet and ...

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    If you were expecting some long overdue positive development on the exploding Samsung phone news front, we guess you’ll just have to wait until next week, when replacements for faulty Galaxy Note 7 units should gradually start shipping around the world. Meanwhile, more Galaxy devices, including older ones, are seen suspiciously blowing up on camera, software patches near their rollout for battery charge-limiting purposes, and the global Note 7 recall that reached Canada the other day now spreads to China. But fret not, as only 1,858 copies of the hazardous S Pen phablet sold in the ...

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    With the Galaxy Note 7 currently not safe to use, and dependable new inventory for folks who didn’t prematurely buy an explosive original variant still needing several weeks to become available, there’s little reason to pick up the “New” Samsung Gear VR headset, aka “Latest Edition.” As long as you plan to hold on to your micro USB-supporting Galaxy Note 5, S6 Edge+, S6, S6 Edge, S7 or S7 Edge, you might as well save a few bucks and get the first Gear VR Consumer Edition, model number SM-R322. Granted, its field of view is limited to 96 degrees, compared to 101 for the ...

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    We’re going to be brutally honest with you off the bat here. Sometimes, electronic devices will break sans an apparent cause. And in very rare cases, they’ll do so by overheating, catching fire and, ultimately, blowing up, threatening the user’s well-being. Phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, you name it, it happens, regardless of the make and model. Of course, when it happens on a relatively large scale, it’s the manufacturer’s fault for cutting quality control corners, recklessly speeding up production, and not discovering a damning component defect. But if all of a sudden ...

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    Unless Xiaomi has to deal with a Galaxy Note 7-level recall this holiday season, which remains unlikely, you have to figure the fast-rising Chinese OEM will unveil at least one more flagship Android phone by the end of the year. The question is are we looking at a long overdue Mi Note sequel here, possibly dubbed simply Xiaomi Pro, or an incremental upgrade for the early 2016 Mi 5, fittingly named Mi 5s? The latter is again our best guess, following a purported pre-release visit to benchmarking authority AnTuTu. Still pre-installed with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and still only ...

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    Google's always gotta be cookin' up some new features for something they've already released. And every so often, the company realizes that a little public input can help improve those features' usability and even popularity. And so, the Chromecast team is deciding to harness the public preview to its advantage and start up a Preview Program. No, it's not a beta — the features being floated are considered release-grade, but you get to see and test drive them, then tell Google about your experiences and ideas. So, how do you sign up? Enter into the Google Cast app for Android or iOS and ...

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    It's the second week of the month, which means that Google is either a little late publishing its Android platform version distribution numbers or we all haven't been paying attention. But September's pie, taken from seven days of tracking Google Play Store access ending September 5, shows no sign of Nougat. Who'd think that a two-week-old OS version with very little availability would not make it to this chart? [table] Version,Codename,API,Distribution,Change from last month 2.2,Froyo,8,0.1%,N/A 2.3.3-2.3.7,Gingerbread,10,1.5%,-0.2% 4.0.3-4.0.3,Ice Cream Sandwich,15,1.4%,-0.2% ...

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    Sunrise Calendar is operating for one final day today after its owner, Microsoft, announced in May that it would be shut down by the end of August. So, why the delay in closure? It was mainly so that Microsoft could deliver new features to the calendar built into Outlook for iOS and Android, which have started rolling out today. They include: "Interesting Calendars," which add on an array of events based currently on sports team activities and on other topics that will come soon. New icons will pop up with event titles like "coffee" or lunch." Easy-to-schedule Skype for Business ...

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    Missed out on Huawei’s US pre-order deal for the Honor 8 last month, which bundled a free $50 gift card across many retailers with the already affordable camera (and not just camera) powerhouse? Fret not, as Newegg now hooks you up with arguably sweeter, typically costlier freebies, as long as you order the 5.2-inch Full HD Android phone in pearl white or midnight black before September 30. You’ll be getting a complimentary $10-worth TPU transparent case (weak!) for every Huawei Honor 8 purchase, plus, drumroll please, Limited Edition JBL Coach on-ear Bluetooth headphones in snazzy ...

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    Desperate times call for desperate measures, and while Samsung insists no potentially hazardous Galaxy Note 7 units will be remotely deactivated, some kind of a backup plan needs to be worked out to keep stubborn users from hurting themselves and those around them. As BNP Paribas analyst Peter Yu recently told the Associated Press, Samsung “has to contain the battery explosions but people are not returning the phones.” Why? Misinformation, recklessness, or just good old fashioned laziness, you name it, and it probably applies in a vexing number of cases for thousands of ticking time ...

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    It’s the same slightly larger, beefier 10.1-inch 2016 derivation of the 9.7-inch mid-range Galaxy Tab A released back in the spring of 2015, now including a dedicated slot for a productivity and creativity-enhancing S Pen accessory. That’s the “new” Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2016) with S Pen in a nutshell, and it costs the rough equivalent of $445 (489,000 won) over in Korea. It doesn’t run full Windows 10, and settles for a conventional slate form factor rather than a hip 2-in-1 convertible setup, also sticking to a PLS LCD screen instead of making the jump to an arguably sharper ...

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    Please tell us you took Best Buy up on its Xperia C4 clearance offer last week. Yes, the phone is old, and its manufacturer still has trouble making money in the mobile arena, consequently killing off several mid-range product portfolios, most likely including the C line. But at $150, the 5.5-inch selfie expert was quite the bargain, and to better get that point across, Sony is now sending over-the-air Android 6.0 Marshmallow goodies to E5303, E5306, E5333 and E5343 models around the world. That leaves E5353 and E5363 configurations hanging for the time being, although each and every Sony ...

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    Sony’s second 2016 stab at a flagship Android phone arguably looks better than the first on the outside, sports a slightly larger screen with slimmer bezels, switches to USB Type-C connectivity, and promises to improve the already remarkable camera capabilities of the Xperia X Performance. The icing on the Xperia XZ cake is a lower price point, though some power users may still feel they can do a little better at £550 on British shores and €700 in most EU countries. Or perhaps that Sony could have done better yet, with an extra gig of RAM and Quad, not Full HD, 5.2-inch display. On ...

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    Remember how quickly the Galaxy Note 7 explosion frenzy escalated, from one or two reported cases to 35 worldwide, at which point Samsung pulled the plug on sales and started recalling potentially hazardous devices? It turns out those were the good times, as you may have suspected by following the news lately, and unfortunately seeing no substantial drop in coverage of high-profile fire incidents causing harm to children, destroying expensive automobiles, and burning down residential garages. Unsurprisingly therefore, the grand total of Galaxy Note 7 battery overheating instances reported ...

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    The brilliant minds of the vast internet community have come together to think up a futuristic, but realistic product idea in the mobile space and all those ideas have been judged. Now, manufacturer ZTE is ready to head into the second phase of Project CSX — "Crowd Source X," where the "X" means "any mobile device." Almost 400 submissions poured in during a month of discussion before the list got winnowed down to a round of 20, then a top three. All of those ideas had to be what ZTE described as a mobile product that's realistic to build in 2017 and affordable for consumers to buy. Here ...

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    While Apple and watchOS 3 may nab Pokemon GO on the go first, Android Wear should not be too far behind. In fact, there's code in the full Android version of the app that references the Pokemon GO Plus accessory, due out this week, and what hardware it'll work with. Pokemon GO Hub was able obtain and decompile version 0.37.0 of the app, finding code in the "pokemongoplus" project mentioning Android Wear with indications that the code is release ready. Support is available for Android Wear watches tethered to either Android smartphones or iPhones. Connections between the app and the watch ...

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    HTC will go all in on 10 this holiday season (no, the One A9s doesn’t count), with a pair of mid-range Desires likely providing more affordable choice for Android enthusiasts turned off by the high-end HTC 10’s unfriendly bang for buck. Already rendered by the most authoritative of mobile leakers, and teased for September 20 announcements again and again, the HTC Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle are today practically confirmed as coming next Tuesday. But there’s no physical event scheduled to bring them to light (another cost-cutting measure for the struggling Taiwanese OEM?), ...

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    A cohesive product branding and release strategy would probably help Samsung sell even more mid-range Android phones than it currently does, but unfortunately, the Galaxy A, C, J and O(n) families are still all over the place. Granted, the Korean tech giant has more important things to worry about. Then again, how complicated and time-consuming can it be to check a calendar, and settle on a name for looming Galaxy A-series upgrades? 2017 generations of the A3, A5 and A7 are apparently a few months away, tops, with a Galaxy A8 (2016) however also most likely scheduled for a commercial ...

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    As hard as Google might be trying to keep a lid on classified information spillage concerning the first generation of Nexus-replacing Pixel phones (particularly real-life visual leaks), this is 2016, and there’s only so much you can do to hide premium Androids from prying eyes. Another reputable tipster who knows a guy who knows another guy with a connection in the right place delivers a fresh round of “factory renders” today, as well as a 360-degree video, starring the smaller of two upcoming Pixel handhelds, aka HTC-manufactured “Sailfish.” No use calling it a Nexus anymore, ...

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    No wonder BLU Products is taken so seriously lately by struggling veterans of the mobile hardware industry. This Miami-based, budget-focused smartphone manufacturer has come a long way from its timid unlocked debut several years back, making quite a few recent headlines with the $300 Energy XL battery powerhouse and $300 3D Touch-enabled Pure XR. But if those two perhaps felt a little rich for your blood, and the Vivo 5 and Vivo XL unveiled at CES in January were starting to lose their mojo, it’s (almost) time for a refresh fittingly dubbed BLU Vivo 5R. Up for pre-orders on Amazon ...

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    If it can happen to one of the world’s most successful and, until recently, trusted smartphone manufacturers, it can definitely happen to any other OEM as well. In fact, it did happen several times before the global scandal of chain Galaxy Note 7 explosions blew up (pun intended), to companies as diverse as LG, Apple and Xiaomi. Fortunately for them, the incidents were isolated and seemingly unconnected, occasionally having the owners of hazardous devices to blame for mishandling fickle components like batteries and accessories including cables and chargers. Still, Xiaomi should start ...

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