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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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    Last week came and went without a new opportunity to win anything as part of our ongoing Pocketnow summer of giveaways. After the weeks of handing out phones, invite codes, and accessories, we needed a brief reprieve to catch our breath. And we know, it's not fall yet, so we aim to keep this party going for just a little while longer. Today we've got a very special contest to announce, as we partner with GSM Nation and Fight for the Future to award one lucky reader a privacy-centric Blackphone. Has all this recent talk about the Blackphone and smartphone privacy in general had you feeling ...

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    When we reviewed the HTC One M8, we were discovered it was one of the best looking and feeling Android handsets around. In fact, very few other Android smartphones even come close in build quality and design. Not only is its hardware impressive, though, it's a great smartphone through and through. It's camera isn't mind-blowing, but it's far from the worst; the Sense 6 software is actually very nice; the BoomSound speakers provide a one-of-a-kind, pocket-sized multimedia experience; and things like battery life and network performance are great. Xiaomi, being a company based on many of ...

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    Late last week brought us a couple interesting developments in the Moto 360's slow march to retail availability. We had that invite to Motorola's September 4 event, with a graphic of a round watch that sure seemed to be a Moto 360 reference to us, and then that news that Google was finally getting ready to send out long overdue Moto 360s to Google I/O attendees – and between the two of them, we started feeling more confident that the 360 could go up for sale in early September, rather than much later in the month. Over the weekend we picked up some new evidence towards this “360 is ...

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    Who's got the best smartphone camera around? Are you in awe of the iPhone's imaging capabilities? Has HTC made an UltraPixel convert out of you? Or are you clinging on to your Lumia 1020 until the day arrives when anything else even starts coming close to its pixel-dense sensor? The European Imaging and Sound Association just handed out its latest batch of honors and the winner of its European Smartphone Camera 2014-2015 award might not be the first model that comes to mind, but it's still one that seems quite deserving: the Galaxy K zoom. “But that's more camera than smartphone,” you ...

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    "Hey where's my Pocketnow contest this week?" What, you thought just because we're in the midst of this summer of giveaways that meant having something running every single week? Wait - that's is what we're supposed to be doing? Ah, nerts. OK, well while we were planning to have our next giveaway start a couple days back, we had to put that one on ice for just a little bit, and it will finally kick-off this coming Monday (so don't forget to check back then). But to hold you over, we've still got some existing stuff that's still running, so this is as good a time as any to remind you of one ...

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    If you were harboring any doubt that Motorola was about to deliver a new Moto X, the September 4 event invite we saw go out earlier this week, with its clear image of an “X” handset, should have succeeded in convincing you. But even if this hardware really is about to go public in just under three weeks, how will it arrive? We've been looking at a smattering of leaks over the summer so far that have attempted to reveal the phone's design to us, but inconsistencies and just a general lack of faith that what we were seeing really was the X+1 have left us without the strongest sense of ...

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    Earlier this week, Samsung introduced the Galaxy Alpha with a bit of a design departure from the rest of the Galaxy pack, giving the phone a handsome chamfered metal edge. But is this a one-off look, the start of a new branch for Samsung's design language for select models, or is this the direction all its phones will soon be headed? A report out of China concerning the use of metal in smartphones suggests that this look could become a fixture for future Samsung phones, including the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S6. Now, we've already seen at least some images purporting to show a Note 4 with ...

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    Following the release of a flagship smartphone, we're all too used to seeing a manufacturer release a number of spin-offs that have a bad habit of failing to live up to their potential - “mini” phones that make too many compromises when it comes to specs, and such. That's what made HTC's launch of the One E8 a couple months back so interesting: sure, it lost the One M8's metal, trading that in for a plastic body, but it still performed just like its namesake, and even switching materials, kept the same general design. Really, the biggest limiting factors for the One E8, at least so ...

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    One year ago, we were hardly talking about Lenovo smartphones at all. Maybe it would pop up in the news when rumored to be thinking about buying BlackBerry (or HTC), and once in a while an interesting device caught our eye, but 2014 has positively seen Lenovo's position in the global smartphone market explode. News of its plans to acquire Motorola turned the world's attention to the manufacturer and its smartphone efforts, and its fantastic growth in Asia started becoming too big to ignore. Since then we've seen the company deliver some really compelling handsets, like the monster that is ...

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    Each year, the Nexus rumors tend to get the Android community all worked up. There's more to the Nexus mystery than other device rumors. For instance, there is always speculation about which manufacturer will be the chosen partner on a given year. And, right out of the gate, the Nexus smartphone will inevitably have a different course than its competition. It's reference hardware, often with topnotch specifications; it's typically sold at roughly half the cost of a normal smartphone; it gets first dibs on future firmware updates; and it gets tons of attention from development communities. ...

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    It's fair to say we've got smartwatches on the brain right now. We just checked out that new analyst report looking at the state of the market and what manufacturers might want to start doing in order to drive consumer interest, and this afternoon we've been thinking about Motorola's plans for the start of Moto 360 sales next month. Perhaps those notices Google just sent out to I/O 2014 attendees about claiming the 360s they've got coming their way inspired the company to also step up its public promotion of Android Wear, as it's just released four new short promotional videos on YouTube. ...

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    IFA 2014 is set to be a very hot event this year. In previous years we've seen Samsung take the cake with its Galaxy Note launches, but we've also seen some great Sony and Nokia announcements as well. This year is poised to be an even bigger year for mobile, and Asus has just decided to let us know it wants a piece of the pie. Asus has just sent out press invitations for its event to happen on September 3rd. Sadly the invite doesn't shed any light on anything the company is announcing, but we have seen a very aggressive Asus this year with 8 smartphones and 7 tablets launched in the past ...

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    With those invitations Motorola just started distributing for a September 4 event, the ones that pretty unambiguously feature an image of a watch among their highlighted products, it's safe to say that we're just about to learn of the start of retail sales for the Moto 360. But even if that announcement comes at the event, when might the smartwatch actually go up for sale? After all, a couple of the other products we're hoping to see announced – the Moto X+1 and G2 – have been rumored to land on September 25, and September 10, respectively. Would the 360 fall closer to the former or ...

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    Many of us wondered what the whole big deal was with yesterday's announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. Surely it does have a metal trim and some decent specifications, but that octa-core chip that was announced in the spec sheet was actually not just any Samsung chip. The Korean giant has just announced what makes this octa-core processor so special, and the information is quite revealing. The new Exynos 5430 octa-core processor that powers the Galaxy Alpha is the first to be based on the 20nm HKMG process. This new chip is equipped with four Cortex-A15 cores clocked at 1.8GHz and ...

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    It's official: HTC Zoe is now available to many Android handsets running version 4.4 or higher, HTC name stamp or no. This is HTC's first step in bringing the Zoe experience to devices outside its branded offerings, and it also marks the app's transition into more of a social network than a mere enhanced gallery – so we decided to put it under the lens in a quick HTC Zoe walkthrough video. Keep in mind that the app available now is an open beta; HTC acknowledges that it's not perfect, but is encouraging feedback via several dedicated channels. The full version 1.0 is on track for ...

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