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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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    As smartphones, the software that run on them, and the services they access mature, these tiny yet extremely powerful computers continue to pull off feats that maybe even only fifteen years ago sounded like something out of science fiction. We can carry on natural conversations with virtual assistants, send notifications to our wrists, and view video in higher resolution than even our living room TVs are capable of displaying. One of these straight-out-of-sci-fi features to become reality has been the universal translator, tasking our phones to bridge communications between people speaking ...

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    Sony's present doesn't represent the best times in the company's history and Sony Corp's CEO, Kazuo Hirai, has to take important, and, at the same time, rather difficult decisions. As a reminder, Sony has sold its VAIO computer brand, and the new owners have been rumored to enter the smartphone market. Now, a Reuters report citing "company officials familiar with the leadership's thinking" claims that a decision to sell off (or enter a joint-venture) the Xperia mobile division could be on the table, as part of the CEO's business revival plan. The Sony mobile division sale reported has not ...

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    After recently announcing the OPPO R5 and N3, the Chinese phone manufacturer just made official another device, the OPPO R1C (a successor to the R1S). Yet another phone is being rumored to be in the works, the OPPO U3, with a slim form factor and 4x optical zoom, but this particular phone is, for the moment, just a report. The OPPO R1C however, as rumored, will have a sapphire edition -- GizmoChina notes that you can see your reflection on the back of the phone from every angle -- as well as a non-sapphire, white version. It packs a five-inch 720p display and is powered by the 64-bit ...

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    We are on a Lollipop roll today, already hearing about updates for the Galaxy S5, getting an early look an an update for the LG G2, and checking in with Motorola for news of its latest progress. Now it's time to switch up manufacturers as we get word of a hotly-awaited Lollipop update that's landing today, with HTC announcing availability of Lollipop for both the unlocked and developer edition One M8. Google just gave the update the go-ahead, and while the official word from HTC is that it intends to get the ball rolling with OTA availability sometime tonight, we've already heard reports ...

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    We're coming up on just about three months now since Google first announced the HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet. Larger and more expensive than the Nexus 7 models that came before it, the Nexus 9 rejected the widescreen aspect ratio that had dominated the Android tablet scene (particularly on the Nexus side of things) in favor of an iPad-like 4:3 layout. At the time of that launch, Google talked about all the various Nexus 9 configurations it would be selling, and in the weeks since we've seen many of these options arrive – the biggest move there has been the start of sales of the ...

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    Companies are clearly not fighting the same spec race we saw a few years ago. Instead, we've noticed a dramatic surge in phablets of all shapes, sizes, and even price points. Of all these, the mid-tier phablet seems to be the most popular, where many emerging markets use these products as an only source for computing, and where the size and the price tag do matter. ZTE has done a great job at blending phablets at affordable price tags, with very competitive price points as a marketing strategy to enter the US market, and today we see another product. Make sure you watch our hands-on of the ...

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    Pico projectors aren't new, and we've seen a couple of companies trying to use this technology in order to allow mobile users to enhance their displays on the go. Sadly the concept hasn't really taken off, and that's mainly an implementation problem, as Pico projectors aren't really bright, and smartphones aren't really powerful enough to keep the light active for very long. Now, what happens when a company does things the other way around, and instead of fitting a projector in a smartphone, fits a smartphone in a projector? Make sure you watch our hands-on coverage of the ZTE Spro 2, the ...

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    There is absolutely no need to recap Motorola's efforts related to the Android 5.0 Lollipop update; instead, we'll just praise the company for being among the first ones to deliver Google's latest and greatest to its current devices. However, those who own older models are not enjoying the Lollipop dessert just yet, but the company is getting there, according to Motorola's Luciano Carvalho who took some details on the progress to his Google+ page (embedded below). According to the post, Carvalho reassures everyone that Motorola is working hard on updating 2014 and 2013 devices. Some are ...

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    While the LG G3 Lollipop update spreads across the world -- as a reminder, LG was the first OEM to deliver the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to a non-Nexus smartphone -- the company didn't forget about its 2013 flagship, the G2 (pretty much like HTC working on the refresh for both the One M8 and One M7). When it talked about the firmware update, LG didn't make anything official regarding the LG G2 Lollipop update; it did, however, mention that it will follow after the G3's Lollipop treat. We're now there in the "after" timeframe, and LG appears to be still working on the update. The video ...

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    While HTC is preparing its Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the HTC One M8 and HTC One M7, its main competitor from South Korea is continuing the rollout procedure of the Samsung Galaxy S 5 Lollipop update. S5 users in Spain, Poland, Russia and Malaysia are already enjoying the latest dessert treat from Google, and now it's time for those in the UK to join the party. The build you should expect to receive is LRX21T, and it looks like it is based on Android 5.0, instead of the latest Android 5.0.2 code (which would have probably delayed the roll-out process, as noted by SamMobile). ...

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    Last week, while neck-deep in CES action, we caught wind of a little rumor about what to expect from the next big industry event we'll be attending, hearing about Samsung's plans for a new round-screened smartwatch in the vein of the Moto 360 ready to break cover at MWC. And of course we've been wondering about what the conference could mean for Samsung's Galaxy S6 launch, and whether the flagship (or flagships?) would be debuting collinearly with the expo, or if Samsung would save that spotlight for a wholly distinct launch event. To hear the latest rumors, that new smartwatch will sure ...

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    Of all the manufacturers who might give us the first commercial Android smartphone with 4GB of RAM, who did you think it might be? LG has a history of being a spec leader. Or maybe Sony? Heck, why not Samsung? But of all the names you might have offered, did you ever think ASUS would be among them? Nevertheless, ASUS came to CES ready to impress, and in addition to its optical-zooming ZenFone Zoom, the company introduced the ZenFone 2 with its (up to) 4GB of memory. We went hands-on with the phone before packing up and saying goodbye to CES for another year. With prices starting at just ...

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    CES 2015 is now but a memory, and while there was lots of great hardware to see, there were few really show-stopper devices. That may be due to how many manufacturers are waiting until MWC (or their own private events closer to spring) to introduce new flagships, but at least one player came to MWC with some top-shelf smartphone hardware: LG and its G Flex 2. The first G Flex was a surprise favorite, so we were very anxious to see what LG could come up with for its sequel – and sure enough, the company seems to have delivered on expectations. Now it's just a matter of the phone hitting ...

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    For PC users, this week marks an important date, as Microsoft's mainstream support for Windows 7 ends. Even with no new features being delivered, security updates for the platform will continue for the next five years – not too shabby, especially for a platform that's already as old as it is. Can smartphone users expect the same kind of support for their mobile operating systems? Not with Google, apparently, as security researchers clash with the company behind Android over willingness to address security holes in widespread, but aging software. The issue at hand is the old Android ...

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    Despite reports that the rumored Samsung Galaxy A7 would be officially introduced on January 14 (thus missing the CES 2015 buzz, probably on purpose), the South Korean company has displayed the phone at its Galaxy A-series launch last week in Malaysia. The January 14 rumors wasn't spot on, but is wasn't completely off either (just two days), as the Samsung Galaxy A7 announced today is as official as it can get. "Premium hardware for a superior social experience" is how Samsung describes the A7, which features a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED screen with HD (that's 720p, 1280x720) resolution ...

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    The HTC One M7 Lollipop update -- or at least a pre-release or beta version of some sort of it -- has been caught on camera. The Taiwanese phone maker has officially committed to delivering the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to both the 2013 and 2014 flagship phones, the HTC One M7, and HTC One M8. The company told users to expect the firmware update around 90 days after Google finishes developing the final build. We've already seen reports and leaks showing Android 5.0 Lollipop in the HTC One M8 (and the most recent reports claim that the update is one or two weeks out), but this time we're ...

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    With as many products that show up at trade events like CES, it's inevitable that some will resemble others to an extent. Of course, there are devices that have a thing or two in common, and then there are those that veer much closer to outright copycat territory, a situation we looked at earlier today after Oppo started speaking out about the Polaroid Selfie phone and its unmistakably N1-clone of a design. We find ourselves back in look-alike territory this evening as we hear about the Remix “ultra-tablet” from Jide Technology, an Android tablet that might look more at home in ...

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    If the only interaction you've had with a stylus on a smartphone is through a generic capacitive wand, you don't know what you're missing when it comes to a device with dedicated stylus digitizer hardware. That's the type of setup Samsung uses in its Galaxy Note series, allowing these phablets and tablets to track their S Pen styluses with incredible precision, support button input on the pens themselves, and recognize varying levels of pressure. In recent models, Note devices have been able to detect input when you're not even directly touching the screen, allowing the software to perform ...

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    Round up ten of the biggest smartwatch enthusiasts you can find, and while they may agree about the importance of aesthetics, a UI crafted with that tiny screen in mind, and convenient charging options, there's one issue that's still pretty contentious: cellular connectivity. For some, a smartwatch is always an accessory, and loses much of its appeal when you remove the full-sized phone from the equation. Others will fret over power concerns and cellular service agreements. Still, there are those who have learned to embrace the extra flexibility such connectivity offers – the kind we've ...

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    Last MWC, we had our first look at the YotaPhone, a unique smartphone with two displays – one was a regular smartphone display, while the other was an e-ink display, perfect for both outdoor visibility and power management. Now we're here at CES 2015, having just acquired the sequel to review in our offices. But first, to begin our coverage, here's a YotaPhone 2 unboxing. Spoiler alert: the YotaPhone 2 box is beyond cool. There's a whole lot of attention to detail that's obvious, and we're hoping that translates to the phone itself when we give it a test run later on as we approach our ...

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    Kodak wasn't the only brand more typically associated with photography that's been showing off smartphones at CES this year, and Polaroid had a few handsets of its own up for display. While it did launch some new connected cameras and tablets, we didn't hear a formal announcement for any of the straight-up phones. In spite of that, the hardware still managed to catch a few eyes, especially due to how closely one of these models, the Polaroid Selfie, happened to resemble an iconic handset from another manufacturer. That attention may be more than Polaroid bargained for, as questions are now ...

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    Last night we shared with you a teaser from Xiaomi, hinting at the upcoming launch of a very thin smartphone in one week. We looked at some theories for what the hardware might consist of, as well as some evidence that seemed to support the idea of an exceedingly thin design, but didn't have a ton to go on. This morning the picture seems to be getting quite a bit more clear, as new leaks arrive concerning the Xiaomi Mi5, now believed to be the very thin phone in question. The Xiaomi Mi5 (or possibly Mi4s – the branding isn't yet clear) should measure just 5.1mm thick, right down there ...

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    Don't think that just because the Consumer Electronics Show is winding down that we're suddenly going to be without new phones to talk about. Even short of MWC in a couple months, other new hardware is on our radar, and one of the next to arrive could be a new model from Xiaomi. And by the looks of things, the manufacturer may be trying to raise the stakes when it comes to producing stunningly thin handsets. First up, we've got this teaser from Xiaomi, revealing plans to introduce a new phone on January 15. You can see from the imagery how the finger placement suggests a very slim ...

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    At a big show like CES, it's easy for a new mobile device to get lost in the crowd. That's why we find ourselves drawn to hardware like the new LG G Flex 2, not just because it looks like a very solid handset in and of itself, but because it manages to stand out from everyone else; anyone can make a “safe” phone, but it's the ones that challenge expectations that often capture our attention. This is one of the reasons we've had our eye on the YotaPhone 2, which made a reappearance at this year's expo as it begins its retail push. That's going to involve sales in a lot of markets, but ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy A3 and A5 have been fairly well-received among the media, but that hasn't translated into blockbuster sales for Samsung quite yet given that the phone duo has been limited to select Asian regions since the launch. Today, that expansion looks to be on Samsung's radar, as firmware for Europe-specific models has gone live on SamMobile, suggesting that a Samsung Galaxy A-series Europe debut isn't far away. The fact that firmware even exists for all the countries that it does is proof enough for us to make the assumption that this means Samsung will take the smartphone pair to ...

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