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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 was just yesterday that we've seen an alleged high-quality render of the upcoming Sony Xperia Z4, and, today, we're getting more press images of the yet unannounced device. It looks like these renders are part of the same set of computer-generated stills, and they show off more angles and details of the 2015 Sony flagship. We're now getting a good look at the entire front and back of the alleged device, but there is also a disclaimer attached, according to which these are neither final press renders nor they depict the final version of the hardware. Instead, these are claimed to be ...

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    Google announced a big improvement to its Now service back at the end of January, with the personal software assistant picking up support for a bunch of cards from third-party apps. While in the past Google Now had been great about pulling data from things like your email and calendar, this new support meant access to previously untouched data troves. It all sounded very promising, with support for cards from even more apps to come. The only downside might be how Google was making this integration happen, and the need to work closely with the Now team to deliver this functionality might ...

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    MWC 2015 and the launch of Snapdragon 810-powered phones like the HTC One M9 seemed to finally put a damper on those weeks and weeks of everything-that-could-be-is-wrong-with-the-Snapdragon-810 rumors. No matter what bumps along the road the SoC may or may not have had, it was ending up in more and more phones. And to hear a report from about a month back, there could be good reason for this 810 fiasco feeling like it was becoming played out, appearing to show no major thermal issues with the 810 in operation. Now that HTC One M9 handsets are making their way out into the hands of testers ...

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    We've been eagerly waiting for HTC's official launch of the One M9 ever since its recent announcement at MWC 2015. Our own Michael Fisher already spent a few days testing the device during our stay in Barcelona, and we even spent some time comparing it to the existing HTC One M8. We're still struggling to prove just how much the One M9 has matured when compared to its predecessor, mainly because its software wasn't final during our first look, but it seems there are more software issues than meet the eye. HTC was supposed to launch the One M9 today in its homeland, Taiwan, but instead of ...

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    The last couple weeks have brought us plenty of rumors about LG's plans for its upcoming G4 flagship, but are we getting closer to developing an understanding of this hardware, or is the whole thing just drifting away from us, with confusing rumors muddying the waters? Much of the recent uncertainty has sprung from the arrival of renders that depict a possible G4 that sure looks a lot like the still-very-new G Flex 2 – so close to that phone, in fact, that we're left scratching our heads as to why LG might even bother with such a direct rehash. The latest info on the G4 to leak isn't ...

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    Sony's apparently in no big rush to release the Xperia Z4, with both CES and MWC having passed without sign of the expected flagship. And while we may end up waiting until close to summer before the the flagship debuts, that's just afforded us more time to wait for the arrival of better and better Z4 leaks. Recently, the quality's really been picking up, and earlier this month we had the opportunity to inspect some very nice comparison pics putting the Z3's frame up against a supposed Z4 component. Today we move beyond individual parts to take a look at the fully assembled phone, upon the ...

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    There's a lot of confusion and uncertainty right now regarding Sony's intentions to make Android 5.0 Lollipop updates available for many of its second-tier smartphones, but owners of Xperia Z-class devices have been able to rest a lot easier: they're getting Lollipop, and it's just a question of when. For the freshest of the batch we've been expecting to see those releases come quite soon; just last week Sony told users to look forward to Lollipop for the Xperia Z3 sometime this week. Sure enough, no sooner is Monday here than Sony's going official with its Lollipop news, confirming the ...

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    Two weeks ago, a couple of the highest-profile smartphone brands around welcome the latest iterations of their flagship lineups, as HTC and Samsung launched the One M9 and Galaxy S6, respectively (with Samsung doing double duty and also bringing along the S6 Edge). And as fantastic as it was to finally put all the rumors behind and see these handsets go official, we know that a lot of you just won't be satisfied until you actually have the phones in your hands. So when can you expect that to happen? If you're in the US, carriers have certainly confirmed their intentions to sell these ...

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    Can't get enough of the HTC One M9, or need something to get you through the wait (until our review gets published or you get your hands on one)? Don't worry, HTC's got you covered. The Taiwanese phone maker has published a set of HTC One M9 videos to its YouTube channel, each dealing with a certain aspect of the 2015 flagship. Whether you're interested in the build (chassis, colors), camera performance, or the brand new Sense 7, you will surely find something to get excited about (or something to complain about, or even criticize) in the videos below. And, since we've already mentioned ...

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    Apparently, there will be no Microsoft investment in CyanogenMod, according to a recent Bloomberg report. At the end of January we've heard rumors from the Wall Street Journal that the Windows-maker would invest about $70 million in Cyanogen minority shares. Said rumors claimed that Microsoft would be willing to pay the custom ROM-maker top dollars if Microsoft apps and services would arrive baked into CyanogenMod ROM releases. Now, Bloomberg notes that there will be no Microsoft investment in CyanogenMod after all. However, the Redmond-based company would still reportedly be interested ...

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    Meizu introduced its M1 Note late last year, offering a competitive set of hardware specs like a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 13MP/5MP camera setup, 3140mAh battery, and dual-SIM support. But what really make the M1 Note stand out was its price tag, as Meizu announced plans to sell the phone for the equivalent of just about $160 – a great price for a little budget phone, let alone one equipped like this. Unfortunately, it was hard to get too excited about the phablet initially due to expectations that we might not see it made available outside China. This week brings us good news, as Meizu ...

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    Last fall, Google released a surprising new app with the debut of Messenger for Android. At least, it was a very unexpected app to deliver given the effort Google had already taken to revamp how we access text messages on Android and the integration of such functionality into Hangouts. But for whatever reason, Google saw fit to deliver a new SMS- and MMS-only solution. Today we see a new version of Messenger arrive, complete with some new capabilities. We all know that what separates MMS from SMS is its ability to support audio, video, and still images. That latter mode gets expanded ...

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    Google loves bringing new video types to YouTube. Problem is – for a lot of us, anyway – is that they can be a real pain to view. Like YouTube supporting 4K-resolution video is a great way to prepare for the rising availability of 4K-class displays, but for the moment not a lot of us can view it in its native res. And while you can always cross your eyes and get YouTube's 3D video working in a pinch, the number of us with dedicated hardware designed for consuming such content is still pretty low. Today Google is bringing a new class of video to YouTube, and in what's a lovely change of ...

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    Samsung's been showing off curved displays at trade shows for years. The Galaxy Round launched seventeen months ago. The Galaxy Note Edge followed last summer. And now we have the Galaxy S6 Edge. With all this experience under its belt, you might think Samsung and its manufacturing partners had this whole curved-screen thing pretty well figured out by now. However, a new report highlights possible problems, and claims that issues in fabricating the curved glass that protects the GS6 Edge's display is causing Samsung to seek out new suppliers. Reportedly, yield for these curved glass panels ...

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    Do you trust the internet connections providing data to your smartphone? Is your carrier sharing info with the feds? Is that public WiFi AP harvesting your account data? Is your employer watching what sites you visit when on the company network? By far, the best thing you can do to keep all this information private is to tunnel your data to a trusted remote machine: to use a VPN. Then no matter how data gets to and from your phone, it's all nice and encrypted as it flies through the air, safe from prying eyes. Right now, if you want to take advantage of such a VPN on Android you've got to ...

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    The various voice assistants being offered by the major smartphone platforms aren't just incredibly impressive pieces of tech that also happen to be enormously useful for busy users; they're also great ways for the companies behind these services to draw attention to their respective platforms. After all, if you want to talk to Siri, that means buying an iOS device, just as interacting with Cortana means choosing to go with Windows Phone. But that needn't be a hard-and-fast rule, and at least for Cortana, we've been talking about plans for cross-platform access since last year. Now a new ...

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    HTC's latest and greatest is out, and we're really excited about the latest member of the One family; however, in order to really form a proper opinion, we'll have to wait and see how it will perform in our review labs, once we get it. Until then you can check out our MWC 2015 videos and coverage of the One M9, to get you through the wait. And, talking about waiting, those of you who live in Taiwan are lucky to be able to grab the phone, as the HTC One M9 sales will commence on March 16, Monday. Future owners will be able to choose from three color options (dual-tone silver and rose gold, ...

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    What the almighty heck are we looking at here? One of our favorite ways information on an unreleased phone can surface is when the company behind it accidentaly posts something online before it should have. Remember last fall when Apple outed the iPad mini 3 and iPad Air 2 before it announced them? Or just a few weeks back when Sony shared a pic of the Xperia Z4 Tablet in advance of the MWC launch? Well, now we've got another one from Sony to check out, only this time what we're seeing is very, very odd, and it's not obvious if this is even a Sony product in the first place. The image ...

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    Samsung and Marvel are pretty close these days. Back at CES Samsung showed off some very futuristic handset and wearable designs it cooked up for use in the upcoming new Avengers film, and right around the same time we saw Samsung debut its Penvatar software for Note devices, featuring a bunch of little Avengers-themed icons. But could the biggest Samsung/Marvel collaboration still be in the works? We're wondering that today as we check out some very attractive speculative renders of Avengers-themed Galaxy S6 Edge phones. Now keep in mind: none of these are official pics. The designer ...

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    Android 5.1, just formally released by Google this past Monday, brings with it some pretty exciting changes, as we just discussed when looking at the substantial performance benefits imparted to Google's flagship Nexus smartphone, the Nexus 6. “Well that's nice,” you respond, “for those users who actually have Android 5.1 on their phones. I haven't seen it yet? What the heck am I supposed to do, just keep waiting?” Well, yeah, you could just be patient until your phone or tablet pops up its update notification warning, but for the more proactive Nexus users out there, you'll find a ...

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    Google started off the week with its release of Android 5.1. While the latest version of Android tweaked a lot of little things that bugged us about earlier Lollipop builds, introducing new features and changing the way others worked. But more than all that, what owners of certain devices have been noticing is a big boost in performance. Nexus 6 users have been reporting that their phones feel a lot more speedy after upgrading to 5.1, and now we have a better sense as to what's going on, as Google changes the way the phone's multi-core SoC works. The Nexus 6 runs a quad-core Snapdragon ...

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    Earlier this week we checked out an early render purporting to be the LG G4, revealing a pretty significant change for the phone's styling, picking up the curved-screen look of the G Flex line. If this plays out, that could mark a pretty major step forward for LG; while manufacturers like Samsung have flirted with making curved screens parts of their flagship lineups, they continue to exist as alternate models – we have both the Galaxy S6 proper and the S6 Edge. Were LG to really pursue this look for the G4, we could end up without a traditional flat-screened G4 at all. But is that what ...

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    There's a new connector on the block, and his name is USB Type C. Apple's hooking its new MacBook up with a Type-C port, and Google just announced the refreshed Chromebook Pixel with a Type-C connector of its own. There's a good reason manufacturers are showing so much love for this little guy, as besides carrying high-speed data and enough juice to charge a device, it's also super easy to work with thanks to its reversible orientation – just like Apple's proprietary Lightning connector. Well, all this USB Type-C action is well and good for laptops, but why do they get to have all the ...

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    Right now, if you're talking about LG and plans for an upcoming flagship, chances are you're thinking about the G4; now that Samsung and HTC have made their own early 2015 heavyweights official, it's nearly time for LG to follow suit. And while the G4's been on the receiving end of the bulk of our LG coverage, last week we started hearing whispers about another flagship-level model, one that might outshine even the G4 itself. At least, that's what a LG exec was saying, but just how might this phone materialize? While we don't have any new official details, rumors are now suggesting that ...

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    Remember we told you about a certain VAIO phone, not made by Sony, expected for CES? It didn't show up at CES, and it didn't show up at MWC either, but it is now official in Japan. To put things in context, Sony has sold off its VAIO division, and, apparently, the new owners are using the brand for a smartphone as well. The VAIO smartphone should go live on March 20 in Japan, through b-mobile, with a 1.2GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, five-inch 720p display, 13MP camera and Android 5.0. However, the VAIO phone apparently not only looks identical to the Panasonic Eluga U2, but it also packs the ...

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