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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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    It's been one week now since Android 5.0.1 first premiered, as Google dropped factory images for several Nexus tablets. And if you didn't feel up for starting from scratch (or restoring all your data), a few hours later we had OTA files ready for you to push to your phones over ADB. But like we said: that was a week ago. What's the latest progress on 5.0.1's spread? We're still not even close to the point where all these files are available for all Nexus models, but a few new ones have surfaced today, ready for you to flash at your pleasure. Instead of tablets, today's developments concern ...

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    Samsung's wrap-around-screened Galaxy Note Edge is something unlike any phone we've ever seen before, and earlier today we brought you a hands-on look at just what it's like to use this phablet, and how the experience differs from what you get with the regular Galaxy Note 4. But to hear the rumors, this curve-over display action might not just be something Samsung brings to the Note family, and several rumors have hinted at a similar edition being in the works for next year's Galaxy S6. Not everyone's so sure about that, though, and a new source today claims that Samsung may only be ...

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    LG Optimus 3D, HTC EVO 3D: time was, if you wanted to view 3D content on your phone, that meant picking up a special smartphone with an autosteroscopic display. Except, as the lack of subsequent models like those should indicate, people weren't picking them up. But a few years later the situation has changed, and now the hot thing with 3D is pairing your regular-old 2D smartphone display with a set of lenses for an up-close-and-personal 3D experience. That's what Samsung's Gear VR does, but before that there was Google Cardboard, the no-frills DIY option to turn your handset into a mini 3D ...

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    It's time for Android Wear to join the first wave of Android phones on the journey to the latest and greatest system software; yesterday we heard a rumor that an Android 5.0-based update for Wear would start hitting smartwatches today, and Google's just gone ahead and made that news official, announcing the distribution of updates beginning today and continuing over the week to come. You won't need Android 5.0 Lollipop on your smartphone to take advantage of this new Wear software; anything 4.3 or better, and you're golden. And whether you've got an old Samsung Gear Live or the latest Sony ...

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    A couple days earlier this week, Samsung got US sales rolling for arguably the most compelling Galaxy Note 4 accessory you'll find, the immersive Gear VR headset. Pop your Note 4 in the front, strap the Gear VR on, and you're all ready to start experiencing virtual worlds. Well, at least you would be, if your Note 4 supported the Gear VR. Even though the accessory is explicitly designed to work with the phablet, there's one important stipulation you may have overlooked: the Note 4 needs its latest software to connect with the Gear VR, and as Samsung alluded to in its statement accompanying ...

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    Right at the tail end of last week we checked out the latest information attempting to clue us in as to what to expect form Samsung's spring 2015 flagship, the phone we're all expecting to arrive as the Galaxy S6. Instead of stuff like curved screens, we were looking at straightforward benchmark data – and from what was revealed, the handset sure looked like a solid one, rocking an octa-core Exynos 7420, a quad HD display, 3GB of RAM, and a 20MP camera. Problem is, benchmarks aren't always the most reliable source for intel on a new phone, and especially when we're only looking at ...

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    For the past couple months, OnePlus has been doing its best to make the One available for purchase to more and more users. While some of those opportunities have involved very limited pre-order windows, we've also seen progress towards regular, continually-open sales, as occurred over Black Friday weekend. With the clock ticking down on 2015, the manufacturer is offering shoppers one more shot at snagging the very affordable smartphone, announcing its “Gift of One” event with another wide-open sales opportunity. Starting now and going until... well, we don't know when, but acting fast ...

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    If you're an Android user of Google's Hangouts communication platform, chances are you've felt left out of the fun on some features added to the iOS version of the same app as of late. Well, fret not, because there's a massive Hangouts update dropping today with hordes of features and a much more refine look. First of all, there are 16 new sticker packs available in the app. There are things all the way from penguins to cats, so you can explore for a good while once you have the update up and running. Filters have also been added for video calls, allowing for sepia, vignette, black & ...

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    The best-kept secrets are ones that have been in our phones for months, it seems. After all's been said and done in our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, we're now just learning some details about one crucial component, the display. Corning, makers of the Gorilla Glass line of products, has thrown us a curveball today, letting us know about the Samsung Galaxy Alpha Gorilla Glass 4 employment for the cover glass has gone unnoticed until now. The glass is just 0.4 millimeters thin, allowing for the premium, thin look Samsung went for with the Alpha smartphone. The Gorilla Glass 4 also ...

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    It may or may not be Lollipop, but who's to complain about a brand-new update for the DROID Turbo? Today, soak testers part of the Motorola Feedback Network are reporting to Droid Life that they've received word of an upcoming soak test, which likely is either Android 5.0 (Lollipop), HD Voice/VoLTE/Advanced Calling 1.0, or both. Motorola made the Lollipop update available for versions of he Moto X smartphone just a ew short weeks or days ago depending on your carrier, so it's safe to assume that the same goodies could be crossing the pond to its elder sibling the Turbo. In any case, ...

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    You see, titles like world's first, world's fastest, world's lightest, and so on, in the world we're living in, and, especially, in the industry we're covering, only last for a little while. ...until someone else makes a better, faster, lighter device, and then that other manufacturer gets the title. The iPhone 6 is pretty slim by itself, and then we've seen how thin the new Oppo R5 is, but we've already heard that there's a new "world's thinnest" in the works, coming from Vivo. Today, that title belongs to the Vivo X5 Max, just announced. We have no idea who it will belong to tomorrow, or ...

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    If you're looking for a smartphone that takes its security seriously, there's not a handset that wears its commitment to user privacy and OS integrity on its sleeve more boldly than the Blackphone. But as we saw when reviewing the handset, this is a phone that sometimes sounds a bit better than its reality can follow-through with, and we took issue with software stability problems and what we viewed as first-gen missteps. But the great thing about software is how amenable it is to improvements, and today we learn about a big new update coming for the Blackphone with the release of PrivatOS ...

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    A few weeks back, a leak surfaced that attempted to reveal the next evolution of Android Wear, previewing some of the changes coming to the OS in the forthcoming Android 5.0 release for smartwatches. Those included some handy accessibility features, as well as the much-needed ability to recall previously-dismissed notifications. It all sounded great, but we didn't have much of an idea for just when we could expect Google to release it. There's still no official word, but a new rumor claims that distribution could begin as soon as tomorrow. So says the team at Phandroid, having heard from a ...

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    The past few months have seen some pretty solid progress towards the dream of a fully modular smartphone, and back in October we got a look at an assembled Project Ara prototype handset booting into Android. The arrival of that news also brought with it word of the next Ara dev conference, set to get underway in mid-January. Among the topics we've been looking forward to for coverage there is the reveal of the next-gen Ara Spiral 2 prototype board, which will form the backbone for future Ara module development. Today we get an early preview, as Google ATAP shares a look at the Spiral 2 ...

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    Back in August, before we even knew that the Nexus 6 would be a Motorola handset, rumors were hotly debating what sort of features we might end up getting. One of these rumors married itself to the idea of an LG-made Nexus 6 based on the G3, and while that obviously didn't happen, the same source mentioned Google in discussions with component suppliers about possible fingerprinting-scanning hardware. As it turns out, that aspect of the rumor may have actually had some legs to it, and now we're being made aware of Lollipop code pointing to just such a Nexus 6 fingerprint scanner. The ...

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