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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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    ASUS introduced its PadFone Mini nearly ten months ago, giving users who were interested in that unique PadFone trick of docking a smartphone into a larger tablet body a new, smaller option than something like the big nine-inch PadFone X: a compact seven-inch tablet paired with a four-inch phone. We saw the company bring the Mini to CES in January, and while there was talk of US pricing, no specific release plans were shared. But now we find ourselves thinking about the PadFone Mini once again, as a tipster clues us in to a possible PadFone Mini release for AT&T. At least - it's a ...

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    The Moto 360 smartwatch being sold by Motorola right now comes in your choice of two finishes: dark metal or light metal (inspired names, right?). But is that going to be it? Truthfully, we'd be happy with just those options, but this is Motorola we're talking about, the manufacturer probably best making a name for itself through offering a variety of custom hardware – surely it could do a little better than just two colors? There very well may be a third one in the works, as Motorola has been spotted (possibly inadvertently) showing off what sure looks like a golden Moto 360. The pic in ...

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    Smartphone users are continuing to make clear that device security is a big concern, and companies are responding. Earlier this week, we saw Apple share some of its latest privacy-focused developments, including news that iOS 8 would be using strong encryption that would prevent Apple itself from being able to read data on your handset, even at the request of law enforcement. Now Google is sharing similar news of its own, as it reveals that Android L will provide full-device encryption by default. While Android had offered such protection as an option in the past, Android L will make the ...

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    Late last month, while we were still gearing up for Samsung's Unpacked IFA announcements, a rumor came in about some models other than those new Notes it had in the pipeline, suggesting that we'd be seeing a bunch of new devices arrive in the same vein as the Galaxy Alpha. A few model numbers were dropped for this supposed A-series of devices, and just the other day we got our first look at one of them, the A500. Today we add to those shots with a whole bunch of new close-ups revealing this metal-rimmed handset. Yesterday's pics may have come from an official source, earning them some ...

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    Last year, the comparison between Moto X and Galaxy S4 wasn't all that close – specs-wise, the Galaxy S4 excelled, and the Moto X arguably presented a more compelling software package. But both of those products have since been given iterative bump-ups by their respective OEMs for their 2014 flavors. So how do the new ones compare? Find out in our Moto X 2014 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 video below. Unlike last year, when Motorola went bold in bucking the specs trend (with specs such as a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro featured on the Moto X, even when the quad-core Snapdragon 800's arrival was ...

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    It's pretty obvious at this point that a new Motorola Droid is coming to Verizon. The DroidLanding Twitter account went active earlier this month, and FCC docs have helped offer some evidence to back up rumors about the device we've been calling the Motorola Quark, which may launch as the Droid Turbo. But just when could we expect this puppy to go official? Based on the timing of last year's Droid launches in comparison to DroidLanding activity, we guessed that an October launch might be likely, and now that idea gets some new support. CNET claims to have heard from its sources that an ...

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    With the launch of the original Moto X, we all praised Motorola for its voice activation features, which allow the phone to respond to your voice once you said the magic phrase. The only problem with it is that if you were in a room full of Moto X owners, everybody's phone would also respond, something that Motorola has addressed on the new Moto X by detecting the location of the source voicing the command. If you thought Google was done, there's actually more to come, but these new changes are rather creepy. Google's September 4 patent named "detecting the end of a user question" ...

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    With news of Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders about to open, we've understandably got Samsung's latest phablets on our mind. The statements that have been coming in from carriers all day are finally confirming Note 4 pricing, completing our picture of the phone's launch. But as those questions are answered, we find ourselves searching for similar details concerning the Note Edge, and at the moment official info is hard to come by. But what little we have been able to verify is beginning to reveal that not everyone will be able to check out Samsung's unique wrap-around display before the year's ...

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    Back in April, I covered Link Bubble, Chris Lacy's third-party Android browser which loads web pages in the background without interrupting whatever it is you were doing when you clicked the link. It's a chat heads-style floating browser that can be tossed aside. You get to choose when you want to read the pages you load, rather than being jerked around between your Twitter client, a feed reader, and your default browser. But even the developer knows Link Bubble isn't ideal for every situation, that not every link should be loaded into a floating bubble that, due to some Android ...

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    Right now, if you want to place an order for the new Moto X, you can do so through the Moto Maker, getting the phone on-contract with AT&T or going for the unlocked GSM edition, which also supports T-Mobile. And we know that Verizon's going to be offering the phone too, even if its own pre-orders have yet to begin. Last year, with the first Moto X, shoppers had their pick of carriers, with Sprint, US Cellular, and Republic Wireless rounding-out the offerings. We might have assumed that we'd eventually see the Moto X enjoy similarly broad carrier support, but that may not be the case ...

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    Yesterday brought some disappointing news for OnePlus fans, as the company announced that it would be ending its plans to deliver interchangeable StyleSwap covers for the One. But even facing that upset, we had cause to be a little optimistic, remembering what we heard late last month about the coming availability of pre-orders for the One that wouldn't require users to track-down invite codes. Today the company shares new details on how all that will work, and this being OnePlus, it's unsurprisingly a little weird. First up, the company formally confirms its intent to open pre-orders ...

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    How overdue are we for a new Nexus tablet? After two straight years of summertime launches for the Nexus 7, 2014 has so far left us empty-handed. But to hear what rumors have been telling us, our Nexus fix could be just around the corner, with expectations that an HTC-made Nexus 9 could be lurking in the shadows, nearly ready to make its debut. The evidence surrounding this device has been steadily building up, most recently in the form of the discovery of an apparent keyboard case. But even if this Nexus 9 is on the way, when would it get here? Last month, we discussed the possibility of ...

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    Over the past couple days now we've had a number of opportunities to talk about Samsung's release plans for its new Galaxy Note models. First we were running some theories about possible Note Edge pricing, before hearing about an accelerated start to the Note 4's release in South Korea. Today we turn our attention to the US, instead, as Samsung formally the start of Note 4 pre-orders tomorrow, in advance of the phone's release on October 17. Samsung's announcement has subsequently prompted statements from a number of US carriers, who add to this story with the pricing info we've been ...

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    We've been catching wind of the possibility of a successor to the Samsung Galaxy Alpha as of late, with the model number SM-A500 being repeatedly tossed around. Thanks today to the Chinese regulatory body TENAA, we have a clear look at what could be Samsung Galaxy Alpha 2 images. There's nothing much to be said about the design of the phone, aside from the fact that it bears much resemblance to the current Galaxy Alpha. The phone is supposedly just 6.7mm thin, and weighs 126 grams as well. As for specs, the current rumor mill has it that this SM-A500 will have a 5-inch Super AMOLED HD ...

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    In a bit of a surprising move – we can't recall the last time that a tech company's plans legitimately surprised us – Amazon has just unveiled a new set of tablets. These new Amazon tablets include refreshes for the Kindle Fire HDX line and more. Let's start off with the Fire HDX. First off, as you may have noticed, the "Kindle" branding has been dropped from the name. Moving on to the product itself, you'll get a 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, an 8.9-inch display with a 339 ppi pixel density, Dolby Atmos audio, and an 8MP rear camera. This ships with the latest version of ...

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