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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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    HTC has come a long way since the company saw its finances dip into unprofitable territory, and while it may be on far stronger financial footing than it was just a couple short years ago, we continue to find ourselves putting its earnings performance under the magnifying glass. After all, while it may have pulled itself back from the brink, it also hasn't seen any big win propelling it into new levels of profitability – so we come back quarter after quarter, looking to see if numbers are up, down, or just maintaining the status quo. Last time we checked in, HTC was expecting Q1 2015 ...

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    LG's next flagship smartphone will launch in just three weeks. The first save-the-date notice the company distributed was a little coy about naming the device it concerned, avoiding "G4" directly and instead making some general references to G-series devices. But then in that new teaser video we shared with you overnight, the manufacturer put aside any trappings of mystery and got nice and clear, publicly stating its intent to reveal the LG G4 on April 28. Now it's time for LG's formal event invitation to arrive, and it may just offer us our best look at the G4 yet. Following that ...

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    Lately I've seen a few articles from other tech writers championing some of the latest new mobile email programs for their innovative takes on improving the email experience on the small screen. Mobile apps are generally less capable than their desktop counterparts and email programs have always been far more feature rich and capable on the desktop computers. Even the most basic web-browser-based email services are often far more useful on desktop web browsers than within mobile phone apps. I've been using Microsoft Outlook as my preferred email program since the late 1990's. Outlook 98 ...

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    We know a lot about the Huawei Ascend P8, despite the fact that it's not yet been made official. April 15 is when we expect to hear official wording about the device, but we've already heard rumors of its possible ceramic and glass build, as well as a tentative aluminum frame for the device. What we didn't know where its exact internals, but those are no longer a secret thanks to this Huawei Ascend P8 leak. A 5.2-inch screen is expected to be at the front of the Ascend P8 (Ascend P7 showed in the image above), with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. At the core of the smartphone ...

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    We all remember last year's (thankfully behind us) "selfie" trends (with their respective "groufie", etc. derivates), and, remembering that, we can't help but remember Sony's Xperia C3, the selfie-centric phone with the five-megapixel front-facer with LED flash. It looks like the Japanese manufacturer hasn't given up on the concept, as a follow-up, the Xperia C4, is in the works, judging by the latest chatter. We've seen a render leaked yesterday, showing off a fairly similar design with an oversized camera on the front, and today, we're looking at what's claimed to be a real-life picture ...

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    The Sony Xperia Z4 is not official yet, but it already feels like we've known this phone for so long (and we're not referring to the slight improvements from the Z1 to the Z2 to the Z3, etc.). With all the rumors and leaks that are becoming a daily source of chatter and headlines, we can't help but wonder when is it exactly that Sony decides to finally make the phone official. A Sony Xperia Z4 camera sample has been allegedly leaked. A resized version can be seen below, while the full size of the image is available at the source link. According to the EXIF data, the shot has been taken ...

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    Samsung has been consistently using its own processors inside smartphones (some flagships for certain regions in parallel with same versions running Snapdragons, some mid-rangers), until this year the company decided to go all in with the Exynos-powered Galaxy S6 (and Edge). Whether the overheating rumors around the Snapdragon 810 were the reason, or Samsung simply wants to enter the market and compete, is irrelevant at this point. Thing is that this might not be a one time thing. Samsung has the production capacity to produce its own chips, and, according to this latest report, the South ...

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    LG this year has gone all-out teasing its newest flagship smartphone, with the unveiling of display specifications and nearly every detail of the software skin weeks ahead of the device itself. It's keeping the ball rolling just hours after filling us in on LG UX 4.0 with a teaser video published on YouTube to highlight one key feature of the phone – while also offering us what's likely a look at the device's silhouette. That one key feature? It's the camera. LG offers us just one hint: f/1.8. That's almost certainly referring to the camera's lens and its aperture value; considering the ...

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    Being a Sony Xperia fan in the United States is not easy. Few carriers can be found throwing any support behind Sony's phones, and with a smartphone culture that's as carrier-centric as the nation's is, absence of such interest can easily prove to be a death knell for a new Xperia model. But last year with the release of the Sony Xperia Z3, there was a glimmer of hope, as T-Mobile welcomed the flagship to its stable. Just a few short months later, that's drawing to a close, as T-Mobile pulls the Z3 from its listings. With T-Mobile Z3 sales starting back at the tail end of October, that ...

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    Samsung isn't necessarily having the best time when it comes to its Galaxy S6 launch, but then again, we know this isn't the only company that deals with these kinds of fake publicity problems. Our experience with the Galaxy S6 didn't start off right, but that doesn't mean that the company didn't do something about it to fix the issues. You'd think that the "bendgate" rumors were the only click-bait issue Samsung was dealing with so far, but reality is the complete opposite. Last week, a Chinese media outlet published a story that gained substantial popularity over the weekend. The outlet ...

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    Sony smartphone news has already been passing over our desk with some greater-than-average frequency today, as a pair of separate leaks attempted to help show off the upcoming Xperia Z4 flagship. But such high-end hardware hasn't made up the entirety of the Sony devices we've been checking out in recent days, and late last month we got to look at a handset codenamed Cosmos, sporting a very prominent front-facing camera. In the days since, the name Xperia C4 has emerged as a possible formal designation for this handset, and now a new render attempts to give us a cleaner look at its ...

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    You've read the headlines and heard the rhetoric: 97% of mobile malware is on Android, Android malware threat rears its head again, Android malware spies on you even after phone is shut down, and more. Based on those headlines, you'd think that Android is a cesspool of filth and simply having a phone powered by the OS opens you to a host of problems - problems that might be solved by switching to another platform from another company. Unfortunately, the headlines are fantastical, and the "problem" with Android malware doesn't really exist - and never has. "But Joe, Google says it just cut ...

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    ZTE started off the year by introducing its Blade S6 at CES in January. A little over a month later, the five-inch Blade S6 was joined by the slightly larger 5.5-inch Blade S6 Plus. In the past, we've seen ZTE bring some of its brand new phones directly to consumers, putting just-launched unlocked hardware up for sale through its eBay stores. That's exactly what it intends to do this time around, too, and has started a worldwide sales initiative to get the phablet out there. The Blade S6 Plus, to refresh your memory, is a Snapdragon 615-powered, 720p 5.5-incher with a 3000mAh battery and ...

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    For a smartphone that doesn't have a release event on the calendar, one where even our best guesses about release plans span the course of months, Sony's Xperia Z4 sure has been leaking like a phone that's just itching to go official any day now. We've seen hardware components, checked out benchmark reports, and now the latest leaks have been delivering pictures of functional, very polished-looking handsets. Earlier today we brought you some up-close shots of the phone in operation, and now we follow those up with new pics that really help show off the Z4 from various angles. It's that ...

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    LG's not one of those smartphone manufacturers that likes to keep its fans in the dark. It routinely announces new phones in advance of major trade shows, and even when it's dealing with flagship launches, like the one for the upcoming G4, it can barely contain itself from releasing all the handset's details weeks in advance. We just saw the company unveil a new quad HD display panel that just might find itself making up the G4's screen, and now we're turning our attention to software, as LG releases a teaser video for its LG UX 4.0 skin, the interface that we sure expect to premiere with ...

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    Ready for your daily Sony Xperia Z4 report? Good, because the E6553 Sony model we've recently seen in leaked benchmarks has been allegedly leaked in this set of images you can see above and below. With the Xperia Z3 campaigns switching gears, one could become skeptical about the Z4, and its existence, but the phone should not be far out, with all these rumors, leaks, and reports we're seeing lately. Now, we can't be sure whether these images are really depicting the Xperia Z4, nor whether they're legit or not, but the display on the phone above does seem to indeed show off an E6553 model. ...

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    Google Wallet may still struggle for widespread acceptance; it got off to a bumpy start with limited support from manufacturers and carriers, and it's never had quit the same kind of PR support that Apple Pay benefits from. And despite how it still hasn't risen to broad prominence, it continues to be a very useful tool for Android users who take the time to learn when and how to use it. For those of us who regularly take advantage of its mobile payment capabilities, the app's transaction history mode becomes a convenient way to check back in on when we spent what, where. Or at least, it ...

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    Fancy yourself the compulsive online shopper? Amazon Prime has made it even easier for millions of us to fulfill our retail urges from the comfort of our computer screens, all with the temptation of free two-day shipping. And while that may have been the initial big draw of Prime, the service has matured since its launch to offer features like access to the Kindle Lending Library and Amazon Instant Video. But while competing streaming video providers like Netflix have been quick to embrace mobile devices, Amazon Prime's Instant Video has been a little more lackadaisical. Android support ...

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    It all started in Palo Alto, California back in 2003 - a little company named Android, Inc. was founded by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears, and Chris White. The purpose of the venture was to create "smarter mobile devices that are more aware of its owner's location and preferences", and was originally aimed at digital cameras. That market proved not to be large enough, so the focus shifted to smartphones that could compete against Microsoft's and Symbian's offerings. Google acquired Android, Inc. in 2005 and speculation began to swirl that the search engine and email giant was ...

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    Sony will release its Xperia Z4 someday, but when? Were Sony to follow last year's pattern, the Z4 would have been official by now, launched at CES or MWC. But instead: silence. We've heard a couple theories about when the Z4 might actually launch, ranging from just around the corner in May, to holding off until early fall. And while we'd like to believe the new flagship would get here sooner rather than later, news of a big new Sony advertising push for the last year's Z3 has us reevaluating things. Sony's new advertising campaign is focused on the Z3 and Z3 Compact, extending from TV, to ...

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    Update: The render at the very bottom has been leaked by @upleaks, and it shows off the back of the alleged phone, complete with the three color options that will purportedly be available (though the duotone build is not visible from this angle). We can also look at the DuoCamera setup, as well as the dual-tone LED flash. Promotional images for HTC's April 8 event have been leaked yesterday, showing off the phone tentatively called the One M9+, and some of its key features. While said promo materials didn't mention the device by its name, today's set of leaked renders and slides ...

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    There was a lot to love about the Moto 360 when it came out last year – many editors on our team currently still use the device on a day-to-day basis – but there's no denying that it was a first-gen device that was testing the waters for Android Wear. There were issues, and a lot of those issues are likely to be best fixed on a second-gen variant. (If you're interested in what the staff thinks Motorola needs to improve on with the 2015 model, we have just the collaborative editorial for you.) That's why we're excited to see that this new model seems to be well into the development ...

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    As much as it is a smartphone manufacturer, LG is also a displays company. And while those two things may coincide most of the time, the displays operation is a bread earner of its own, and the past few years the company has taken time before the launch of its flagship smartphone to separately announce the display panel that will be used in its production – and the company's nearly always had the cutting edge of display technology (read: shrinking bezels down to near-nothing) in play with these announcements. In Seoul today, the company has taken the wraps off of the LG G4 QHD display, ...

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    Samsung Galaxy Note 4 owners on Verizon have been a patient bunch. The first Android Lollipop updates for the Note 4 descended a couple months ago, and even carrier-branded editions in the US saw their Lollipop updates arriving last month: Sprint saw its going out over three weeks ago, and AT&T's made its presence felt early last week. But over at Verizon, silence. That's finally changing, as the carrier gets April started with an overdue taste of Lollipop for the Galaxy Note 4. Don't let the “4-4-2” in the filename for the update's release notes (source link below) fool you: this ...

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    Two years ago, when HTC Sense 5 debuted for the first-gen One, the company introduced us to BlinkFeed, a convenient way to access news and social updates at a glance. In the time since, BlinkFeed has matured on its way to new devices, eventually emerging in the Play Store as stand-alone launcher. With the One M9 now out, it's time for the next chapter in the BlinkFeed story, as HTC combines BlinkFeed with a few of its other offerings and re-brands them under the HTC Sense Home banner. In addition to BlinkFeed, HTC Themes and the Sense Home widget make their way into Sense Home, and the ...

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