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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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    Update: People are saying that this is a fake render. Yes, that's a strong possibility, as with any leak which we can't verify, hence we always advise you to keep skeptical. As we're getting closer and closer to IFA 2015, manufacturers are slowly starting to tease their special events (except for Samsung, as the company is rumored to have a much earlier than IFA event for the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus). Huawei is one of the first to start teasing its IFA launch, and an Ascend Mate 8 might be on the table for the event, as last year it was the year for the Ascend Mate 7. According to ...

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    The 128GB Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge variants of the 2015 flagships were the models with the highest capacity of internal storage available from the line-up. Samsung has decided to not include a microSD card expansion slot on the two smartphones, but, instead, has offered the devices in three storage options. The 128GB Galaxy S6 (and Edge), the 64GB version, and the base 32GB variant. However, in India, Samsung seems to have pulled the 128GB Galaxy S6 (and Edge), as the two storage options are no longer available on the official website, as seen in the images above and below. This ...

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    If you've been following the industry over the past couple of years, you are definitely familiar with smartphones that pack flexible screens. From the LG G Flex to the G Flex 2 and G4, to the Samsung Galaxy Round, Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge (and soon Plus), to name a few, there's a real trend in the industry to go with a flexible screen. Whether it is for looks, ergonomics, or just flexing R&D muscles, these flexible screen smartphones look like are here to stay. To cope with demand, both present and forecasted, LG Display is investing in the flexible screen industry, by building ...

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    We started off the week hearing about an experiment Sony was conducting over in Sweden, where the company was recruiting Xperia Z3 users to help the company evaluate its “new Android concept,” what sure sounded like an attempt to rethink the custom user interface found on the company's Xperia smartphones and tablets. While the general idea sounded promising, we were sorely lacking for details, not really knowing what sort of direction Sony was hoping to take here. Today Sony spells out just what it's doing, while giving us a peek at the new software. Fans of near-stock Android, we've ...

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    Let's face it: 99 percent of vertical videos suck. Once in a blue moon, a portrait-mode aspect ratio is arguably the better choice for the subject matter being filmed, but with the proliferation of widescreen displays in our lives, landscape-orientation video ends up looking better more often than not. But unlike living room TVs or laptop screens, our smartphones have displays that are just asking to be spun around, swapped from horizontal to vertical layouts on a whim. So why has viewing vertical video on a screen that can so easily become vertical itself been such a challenge? It's time ...

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    Google Glass is still moving forward, even after the initial hardware failed to find broad mainstream success, and we've been looking forward to the introduction of a new Glass headset at some point later this year; we've certainly seen FCC evidence that appeared to confirm work on that very project. Now some new rumors have been suggesting a very different direction Google could be pursuing for this new device, one that's focused mainly on business users. Today we pick up some rumored new hardware details about the changes that may be in store for Glass. Reports from earlier this month ...

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    Motorola's Moto G began life as a 4.5-inch smartphone, but for its second generation with saw the handset grow to a 5.0-incher. We've been looking forward to the third-gen Moto G for months now, and the past few weeks have been jam-packed with all manner of leaks, hoping to give us an early look at the phone – leaks that have been quite consistent in establishing that the 5.0-inch screen size was returning for this year's model. While we probably won't get official word until Motorola's event next week, today we pick up some very formal-looking evidence, as a leaked display card from a ...

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    Huawei may no longer be the top smartphone seller in its own mainland, but that doesn't mean that the company is in any way on decline. The company has done a good job in gaining mindshare with its recent flagship launches, and today we learn more about its results in 2015. Huawei has just published its results for the first half of 2015, and the company has reported 48.2 million units sold, which is already a crazy 39% growth when compared to last year in that same period. The company's revenue totaled $9.09 billion, which is also a 69% increase when compared to 2014. If we then ...

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    The amount of horror stories with Android 5.0 Lollipop is significant enough to have many waiting eagerly for Android 5.1. Surely this newer version is still no Android M when it comes to benefits, but it kills a ton of bugs that reduce the glory that Lollipop deserves. Sony has had a positive track record with software updates, and the trend continues. Sony has just announced that Android 5.1 has just reached the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z3 family. This means that devices like the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 tablet should receive the update ...

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    How long can you enjoy your new smartphone before you start feeling that itch, the irrepressible sense that there's already something better out there, and your handset is already holding you back? While we all arguably deal with something similar to one extent or another, it's easy to understand how such concerns could be especially pronounced with millennials, a generation raised with tech in their blood. This week, a new study looks at precisely what sort of attitudes such users have as they consider moving to new phones. US carriers have really been pushing their early upgrade programs ...

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    Rumors about corporate acquisitions in the smartphone world have a funny way of surprising us. Just look at last year's acquisition of Motorola by Lenovo: it felt like Google had only just bought the company, and the idea of dumping it already sounded almost preposterous – until Google confirmed the news just hours after the first rumors landed. So when fresh rumors starting bouncing around yesterday that Google could be looking to purchase a major stake in LG, our thoughts quickly went from skeptical to imagining how we might just see such a thing happen. Alas, the deal may never come ...

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    Sometimes it makes sense for a smartphone manufacturer to wait for a major trade show to debut its latest handsets – a show like IFA, which we'll be attending in early September. But not everyone's content to wait around for such an event, and even companies that have done so in years past – companies like Samsung with its Galaxy Note phablets – may be switching things up this year and introducing their new hardware well in advance of IFA. We just saw a rumor suggesting that other companies might follow along, and Sony could be doing a pre-IFA launch of its own. Is anyone actually ...

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    We've been hearing all these reports that, strangely aren't conflicting -- you know, like reports usually do -- regarding an earlier-than-usual announcement from Samsung. Some claimed August 12, others agreed, while others suggest August 13, but, in any case, earlier than last year's (and the years before) IFA unveiling. August 13 is the Galaxy Note 5 launch date according to a report from the Korean media; said event would be allegedly held in New York, something we've heard previously, and said event would also bring us the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, the larger version of Samsung's curved ...

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    The "2016 flagship killer", the OnePlus 2, should become official on July 27, but we don't have to wait until then to find out more about the device, mostly thanks to the manufacturer itself who has been teasing some of the phone's upcoming features and specifications. However, we haven't yet seen the phone in its flesh and blood (silicon and plastic) until now. Chinese regulator TENAA has the OnePlus 2 leaked thanks to its records and filings. The images you see above and below represent the upcoming smartphone, from all angles. We can, thanks to these images, see the upcoming fingerprint ...

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    Two phones, believed to be the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus (judging by their model numbers) have visited the FCC this month, lending more credence to the recent rumors (and reports, and there are a lot of them) surrounding these two upcoming phones. Now, a Galaxy Note 5 prototype made its way to India for research and development purposes, according to import data filing. The phone with model number SM-N920F should be the Galaxy Note 5 (the F stands for a variant), judging by the model number of the Note 4 (SM-N910), and it arrived, according to import-export logs from India, on ...

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    Audio quality is becoming more and more important in smartphones these days. Whether it's out loud or through headphones, a lot of consumers want to hear their music in a high quality format. They want to watch their movies with 5.1 surround sound. Some Android OEMs have recently begun putting emphasis on quality audio. HTC famously has its BoomSound speakers, which popularized the widespread use of front-firing speakers in modern smartphones. Other companies like ZTE with its Axon phone have placed focus on high-fidelity audio via built-in DACs (that's digital-to-analog converters). ...

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    Sony unveiled the Xperia Z4 (Z3+) and called it a day, officially stating that the Xperia Z3 is still a flagship, but those hunting for specs can now upgrade to the new kid on the block. Its American version (slightly further upgraded), the Xperia Z4v, should be coming soon (how soon, we don't know) to Verizon, but, if this report is true, the company is preparing two high-end Sony smartphones. We should reportedly expect the Xperia S60 and Xperia S70 before IFA, according to the report, that cites information from retailers who can only share the fact that both of these upcoming high-end ...

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    If you have opted to share and store your Location History with Google, you know that the Mountain View company will do exactly that: store your every move (well, your smartphone's location). Now, all this data is offered back to you for your viewing and browsing pleasure, in a new feature rolling out gradually to Google Maps: Your Timeline. Google Maps Timeline is, as its name implies, a visual representation of your movements over time. Google emphasizes that the information is visible only to you, and you have the option of deleting certain dates (or ranges), as well as editing the ...

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    Apple had its Q3 2015 earnings call yesterday and apparently the numbers are looking really good for the Cupertino-based company. Record sales are being driven by the iPhone and the Apple Watch, according to the information from the earnings call and the official press release. However, aside from "record third quarter sales of iPhone", we didn't get any specific numbers, in terms of units sold or shipped. Putting that to the side, it looks like the success of the iPhone is mostly due to its reception on both developed and emerging markets, as well as an all-time-high in terms of ...

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    If you thought the drama between Apple and Samsung was over think again. Surely the legal case is already defined, but it seems that the rest of Silicone Valley is not happy with the verdict against Apple. You could say this is a very late response to a case that finished months ago, but better late than never. Google, HP, Facebook among others have recently filed a "friend of the court" briefing as a protest to the Apple vs Samsung case. Apple accuses Samsung of infringing in patents that range from copying the basic design of the iPhone, to other features like multi-touch gestures and ...

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    Today looks like it's China's day for smartphone launches, and we just shared with you all the new gear ZTE just announced for the nation. But we've also been looking forward to a new hardware announcement from Huawei, especially after hearing last week that the company was getting ready to introduce its Honor 4A. Today the manufacturer makes good on those teasers, going official with its new mid-ranger. Make no mistake: the Honor 4A is in a different league than those new ZTE Axon devices, with some very conservative specs. But while it won't win any benchmark contests, the hardware ...

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    ZTE may already have launched its flagship Axon smartphone in the US last week, but it's been clear that the story behind this handset was far from over. After all, just yesterday we caught wind of a seemingly upgraded version of the Axon for China, enjoying the addition of a fingerprint scanner. Today we get the full picture on the Axon lineup as ZTE introduces a series of models for the Chinese market, including a smartwatch. First we have the Axon proper, picking up a fingerprint scanner which the US version didn't have, but seeing its RAM drop at the same time to just 3GB. There still ...

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    The new Motorola Moto G has been one of the most leaked phones in recent memory, popping up in pic after pic as we look forward to Motorola's launch event next week. Recently, we've been seeing those leaks expand to cover some premature retailer listings, and shared one such posting with you overnight. But as shouldn't be too surprising when we've got an unannounced device like this, not everyone agrees on all the specifics, and this afternoon we're checking out yet another Moto G 2015 retailer page, this one painting a very different picture of the smartphone. Didn't love the Snapdragon ...

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    We only need to put up with 2015 Moto X and 2015 Moto G rumors, reports, and leaks, for about a week or so, as Motorola is holding a special event on July 28, where we will hopefully see both aforementioned phones, and maybe even a ruggedized version of the 2015 Moto X, dubbed the Moto X Sport. Until then, however, we take what we can get, and this report seems to unveil some 2015 Moto G specs. The information has been published on Spanish retailer FNAC's website, but still, we advise you to treat it with skepticism, despite matching some of the information from previous reports. We ...

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    It would make a lot of sense for Samsung to announce the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus in the same color options as the Galaxy S6 Edge, just as it would equally make sense for the South Koreans to unveil special color options to make the larger version stand out. It doesn't really matter now, as we're just speculating, upon seeing these alleged stills purportedly representing a gold Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus (or, sometimes referred to as the Galaxy S6+ Edge). The source of the report also published an alleged picture of the device revealing its specifications: Quad HD display (of yet unknown size, ...

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