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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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    While we’ve seen a myriad of respectable sub-$200 and even sub-$150 mid-range Androids unveiled in China lately, it remains tricky for Huawei, Xiaomi and Meizu to squeeze decent specifications into the sub-$100 space. But along comes the Meizu m3 now, making us wonder exactly where do its manufacturers find the money to survive in this profit-dependent market. A $90 or so phone can’t possibly be a sound business investment, unless you count its headline-grabbing and buzz-collecting abilities. Granted, the m3 foregoes its Note-branded sibling’s premium aluminum unibody build, massive ...

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    It’s about time everyone took Huawei seriously, from Western flagship phone buyers to Apple and Samsung. The Chinese company has its sights set on mobile industry domination in the long haul, with the Honor sub-brand an integral part of these ambitious but increasingly feasible plans. And the Honor roster isn’t going to be exclusively about ridiculously cheap mid-rangers like the 5X. A pair of ridiculously cheap high-enders are also in the pipeline, dubbed Honor V8 and… Honor V8 Plus (?), mirroring many of the P9 and P9 Plus specs while incredibly enough enhancing certain features. ...

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    As Galaxy Note 6 speculation is already heating up, despite there likely being at least four more months until the phablet becomes official, you may have started to wonder about certain “companion” devices also prepped for IFA introductions in the fall. The first ever Gear VR consumer edition still feels fresh, but it badly needs upgrades and optimizations too, particularly on the software side of things. And then you got the Gear S2 smartwatch, which saw daylight roughly a year after the original Gear S, and could thus warrant a sequel as early as September. Indeed, Korean press now ...

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    The HTC 10 seems to put the financially struggling Taiwanese OEM in a decent position for an unlikely high-end comeback, but without a concerted effort in the mid-range smartphone segment, let’s just say one swallow will not a summer make. It’s perhaps illustrative of the company’s current Desire-series popularity that three such models saw daylight only a couple of months ago, and as far as the Android-loving masses are concerned, it’s as if they never existed. A fourth 2016 entry in the Desire franchise is nonetheless in the pipeline, according to a trusted insider, who has the ...

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    How long after the debut of a major new Android release does it become acceptable that new handsets arrive with that latest software present? We're not clueless to the realities of the software development process, and all the testing and re-testing that goes into getting a new release ready for a particular smartphone. Development pipelines are easily months, if not years long, and when a new Android version pops up just weeks before a new phone comes out, we're not about to start making unrealistic demands. But as the weeks and months go on, how long are we prepared to wait before that ...

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    OnePlus already sells some of the most affordable smartphones around, and while that's great for those of us looking for a good value, it becomes tricky when the manufacturer is trying to boost sales with a new promotional offer – how far can you cut costs before you start taking a loss? Instead, OnePlus has taken to the idea of making its handsets more attractive with some free bundle deals, like we saw it do back in February for Valentine's Day. Now it's back with a very similar offer, hooking new orders of the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X up with a free StyleSwap cover or case. Shoppers ...

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    When you're a company as big as Microsoft or Google, you've got a lot of eyes on you at any given time, ranging from media critics, to government watchdogs, to competing companies. And while that sort of exposure is a mostly inevitable consequence of being a tech giant, it sure can keep a good number of PR and legal employees busy round the clock. Any time that they don't have to spend worrying about these issues is manpower that can be better allocated elsewhere, so to that end Google and Microsoft have found themselves coming to something of an agreement, each pledging to lay off the ...

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    For a smartphone dating all the way back to 2013, the Nexus 5 still holds a special place in the hearts of a good number of Android users, and while it's clearly been surpassed by more powerful Nexus hardware, some recent hot deals on the phone have managed to keep it in our thoughts. But for as much as the Nexus 5 did right, it was never a phone that fared well for users with big data needs: with no microSD expansion (well, not without a separate mod), and only 16GB and 32GB storage options, it might not be long before you found yourself uninstalling old apps to free up space. Google and ...

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    Technology is such an integral part of everyone’s life nowadays that many people believe it’s the CEOs of companies like Apple, Google or Facebook who run the world as opposed to major political leaders. According to Time magazine however, there’s plenty of room on a roster of the 100 most influential individuals around the globe for nation presidents, businessmen, actors, musicians, athletes, doctors, scientists, and even fashion icons. As always, the Time 100 list is as diverse as it is bizarre and controversial this year, including names like Caitlyn Jenner, Pope Francis, Angela ...

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    Flooding the smartphone market with two more flagship models by fall after recently releasing the wildly successful Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge doesn’t sound like a very wise prospective move from Samsung. But that can’t stop the world-leading OEM from testing both the flat and curved Galaxy Note 6 waters. Insiders claim only one of the two variants currently considered will ultimately hit retail stores, and you shouldn’t rule out the Note 6 being “edgy” as standard, since these types of handhelds are nowadays proving more popular. Whether the S Pen-wielding phablet embraces or snubs ...

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    A tech company’s financial and administrative stability are essential for its mainstream popularity prospects, which is probably why Lenovo put off the release of the 2016 Moto E until deciding exactly what to do with the Motorola brand under its wing. While things remain unclear in a few departments, the Moto E (3rd gen) has to break cover one of these days if it wants to carry the legacy of its two ultra-low-cost forerunners. After all, it’s been more than a year since the second-gen saw daylight, and the qHD 4.5-inch screen, SD410 SoC and 1GB RAM are no longer acceptable specs, even ...

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    Despite what most recent reports appear to suggest, you may want to hold off on branding the iPhone SE a box-office lemon. After all, while 4-inchers used to be all the rage, you can’t just turn back the clock to 2013, and expect a repackaged iPhone 5s to sell hundreds of millions of units. Instead, the SE has to be judged first and foremost by its penetration of key markets that aren’t typically very warm to overpriced, jumbo-sized iPhones. Like India and China, the latter being said to have generated 3.5 million pre-orders last month. As usual, we’re guessing someone mixed ...

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    You can probably count the top 20 smartphone manufacturers that are yet to launch a flagship model this year on one hand, but ZTE is still in no rush to upgrade the Nubia Z9 and Z9 Max or refresh the Axon lineup. Instead, the Chinese OEM remains 100 percent focused on the low-cost, mid-range segment, where the Blade V7 Max and Blade A910 today follow in the footsteps of the very recently unveiled Nubia Z11 mini. With a 5.5-inch Full HD display, undetailed 1.8 GHz octa-core processor, and 3,000 mAh battery, the ZTE Blade V7 Max doesn’t immediately strike us as special or particularly ...

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    While LG’s proprietary Android skin has never been the worst out there, actually bringing a number of nifty software add-ons to the table and keeping stock modifications to a relative minimum, we’re certain some OS purists would still love to be able to load up a 100 percent vanilla Marshmallow package on the G4 or G5. Or maybe you’d just like to be free to customize the two phones’ UI at will. Well, that’s doable now without jumping through too many hoops, or downloading shady unlocking tools from obscure developer forums. To be fair, an official bootloader unlock guide has been ...

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    Updated “internationally”, as well as on at least one major US network, to the latest and sweetest Android flavor, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is as good as new, despite turning two full years old in the fall. It’s metal-framed, super-sharp, relatively powerful, even by today’s high-end standards, promises to last an eternity between charges, and above all, it’s extremely cheap… for a limited time. Technically, there’s no expiration date attached to Qualitycellz’s eBay deal on the S Pen-enabled phablet, but quantities are limited, and at the time of this writing, no less than ...

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    Could we be looking at double-digit share for Android 6.0 in distribution numbers before long? You’d think it’s about time, with the first Marshmallow OTA packages available for Nexus devices as far back as October 2015, and build N inching closer and closer to its own release. Unfortunately, last we heard from Google, there were still less than 5 percent of the world’s Androids on the newest OS flavor, so getting to 10 might actually take another few months. Then again, more and more immensely popular phones are updated to M, including on more and more major US carriers. Today’s a ...

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    It’s no longer a big secret Apple had a much worse year-opening calendar quarter than usual, as iPhone 6s demand uncharacteristically contracted worldwide and its number one rival was smart enough to prematurely launch a new Android flagship duo. But according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, the early March Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge rollout didn’t drive sufficient new adoption for Samsung handhelds in general for the Korean OEM to beat Cupertino on the latter’s home turf. It was close, though ultimately, iPhones took the lion’s share of January – March US activations, ...

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    The past few weeks have been thick with rumors of new Motorola hardware, as leaks appeared to reveal a pair of handsets: the device we're hearing called the Moto G4 Plus, with a beneath-the-screen fingerprint scanner, and a similar model that forgoes the fingerprint scanner, believed to launch as simply the Moto G4. The design we've seen hasn't been everyone's favorite, but regardless of what you may think of the look of these phones, we're still very curious to get the official scoop on them – and that's going to mean looking forward to a formal launch announcement. As luck would have ...

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    Smartphone manufacturers walk a delicate tightrope when choosing how to power their phones: go with too small a battery, and users will be frustrated when their phone craps-out midway thtough the day; go too large, and you risk alienating users seeking a slimmer, sleeker handset. That said, there are always going to be groups of shoppers who are willing to compromise and actually prefer one of those extremes, and today we learn of one new smartphone that wears its giant-sized battery like a badge of honor, the just-launched Acer Liquid Zest Plus. The 5.5-inch Liquid Zest Plus comes through ...

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    It's been just over a week now since Amazon introduced the latest member of the Kindle family, launching the very thin (if somewhat oddly shaped) Kindle Oasis e-reader. For users who love the look of e-ink screens when settling in for a little light reading, the new model certainly delivered, but what about a more full-featured tablet – say, a new Fire model? Last week we also heard a rumor about a possible Fire HD 8 refresh, but the Kindle Oasis ended up launching alone, no new Fire model at its side. Well, it's not quote what we were expecting, and it's taken a little longer to get ...

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    Sony smartphones may not dominate the market, and sometimes it's difficult to say just how enthusiastic the manufacturer is about selling them in the first place, but for users interested in getting access to cutting-edge software, Sony's emerged as a surprisingly forward-thinking OEM. For the past few years, the company's not been shy about making available early builds of new Android releases for a select group of handsets, and last summer we even saw that early access extend to the still-in-development Android M preview. This year Google surprised us all by releasing its Android N ...

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    If there’s one thing we didn’t like about last year’s affordable flagship-redefining Asus ZenFone 2 lineup, it’s all the confusion generated by branding so many different phones the exact same way. We had hoped the slowly rising Taiwanese OEM learned its lesson, with a more streamlined ZenFone 3 family therefore in the works in 2016, but already, we’ve seen four slightly distinct configurations paying GFX Bench pre-release testing visits in recent months. Oddly enough, none of the four appears to pack north of 3GB RAM, despite the ZenFone 2 setting a new memory standard for ...

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    Samsung wasn’t keen to fully clear the air regarding the US price tag and release date of the Gear 360 spherical VR camera when denying it would cost $350, and in the meantime, third-party retailer B&H has backpedaled on its educated guess as well. Elsewhere however, things couldn’t be clearer, at least in terms of retail pricing, and $350 still feels like a solid theory for American availability. On Korean shores, that’s more or less exactly what the Gear 360’s valuation converts to, with regional pre-orders already live, and deliveries slated to begin next week, by April 29. ...

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    While mobile consumers on the Western hemisphere probably regard Motorola as the most appealing brand in Lenovo’s portfolio, folks over in China may start to consider ZUK a robust alternative to local veterans like Huawei, Xiaomi or Meizu with the launch of the Z2 Pro. This is so much bolder than ZUK’s affordable but hardly trend-setting 2015 Z1 rookie, daring to go where no Android handheld has gone before, with official iCloud support out the box. Wait, does Apple even know about that? No idea yet, though there are many other original propositions made by the Lenovo ZUK Z2 Pro, ...

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    One of China’s largest smartphone manufacturers appears stuck in a rut of late, incapable of further boosting its domestic numbers, and possibly even looking at a sales decline this year if it doesn’t pursue its American dream. But perhaps the solution to Xiaomi’s “problems” lies in its willingness to change… something. You have to admit the OEM’s product roadmap has become a little boring and predictable recently, not to mention all the ultra-low-cost brand dilution. Meanwhile, the upcoming Xiaomi Max at least sounds different and relatively original, especially after the ...

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