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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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    With the original HTC One (M7), the manufacturer introduced us to the “UltraPixel,” some branding it came up with for a camera sensor that traded high megapixel count for physically larger individual pixels, capturing more light and designed to produce higher quality images. Now with the new One M10 just around the corner, we've heard reports of UltraPixel making its return to the phone's main camera, though now in the form of a much higher-res 12MP sensor. Can we still expect the same big pixels as before, just with a lot more of them? Or is the UltraPixel branding more fluid, and HTC ...

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    Back in December, Samsung gave fans of the Gear S2 Classic smartwatch (the design with that lovely knurled bezel ring) something to look forward to in the new year as it announced that the wearable was about to pick up two new color options: platinum and rose gold. At CES in early January we got a chance to check out the new hardware, bringing you a hands-on look at the new models. A few weeks later, we even saw retailers getting ready to sell these puppies – but still with no firm word on when they might actually become available, outside a general one-to-two-month window. Well, it ...

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    Google's been making a big investment in virtual reality lately, and with all the reports we've heard of new VR hires, it hasn't been hard to imagine that this interest might extend beyond the sort of relatively simple Cardboard viewer we have now. But just how far could Google be planning to go? A recent report suggested news could be coming at this year's I/O, including a next-gen Cardboard-like headset that pairs with existing smartphones. Now a new rumor suggests that not only is this advanced Cardboard successor in the works, but that Google's also working on a fully stand-alone VR ...

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    With their launches just over a week away, the LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 have really started coming into focus lately, as leaks and rumors continue to condense into what's becoming a more and more reliable-looking picture of the flagship hardware. And while we have shades of that with the One M10 (aka Perfume), there's more than a bit of extra uncertainty over in HTC's camp. Rumors continue to cast doubt on how the phone will be branded, and we're facing the possibility that it could be months and months before shoppers have the chance to lay hands on the hardware. As we continue to look ...

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    You’d probably expect a fledgling segment of the ever-growing tech industry to advance at a more rapid pace than fully mature, saturated markets, and while that’s been true in some aspects for wearable devices, most smartwatches have also worryingly stagnated in a key department. Remember the 2014 LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live? Well, their sequels, threequels and spin-offs may look far prettier on the outside, and they’ve definitely gained a bunch of software tricks, a few being nowadays even capable of initiating and receiving voice calls by themselves. But you know what the two ...

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    If you thought the newest upper mid-range “pure Google” phone was an interesting proposition at $380 and up, then a very alluring one at $330, and an outright irresistible bargain when dropped an extra 30 bucks, wait until you hear what eBay seller Buydig has to offer today. You guessed it, we’ve just reached another Nexus 5X all-time record low price, in both 16 and 32GB configurations. The entry-level model costs a measly $280 on the auction website in your choice of carbon black or quartz white coats of paint, while the version capable of accommodating twice the data internally ...

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    While nobody likes a copycat, Samsung fans and Android enthusiasts in general can all agree the global leader of smartphone shipments could benefit from aping a particular product release strategy generally associated with iDevices. Of course, Apple didn’t invent the formal announcement followed shortly by a pre-order start, then also very quickly by a commercial rollout, but traditionally, a member of the Galaxy needs several weeks, sometimes even a month to go from Unpacked event headliner to widely available item in stores around the world. Not to mention typically slower turnarounds ...

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    As soon as everyone’s hopes of seeing Samsung Pay support extended beyond the Korean and US borders last year were shattered, it felt safe to predict at least further details on a Spanish launch would be shared at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this month. Of course, the February 21 Samsung Unpacked event should be about the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge more than anything, but a company official just confirmed a few minutes of spotlight time will be dedicated to the Apple Pay-competing service as well. Nathalie Oestmann, the Director and Head of the digital wallet’s European branch, ...

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    Sprint recently kicked off a trade-in promotion aimed squarely at Galaxy S6 and Note 5 prospective buyers, T-Mobile supports love with a free LTE tablet, among others, and Verizon just bumped up its prepaid data allotment, so it was about time AT&T joined this surprising pre-spring sales bonanza. It looks like the waiting may have been worth it too, as the second largest US carrier ranks first in savings offered to select Android enthusiasts. Namely, if you’re still in the market for high-end 2015 Samsung phones, even as the Galaxy S7 approaches, you can score a whopping $595 in bill ...

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    You only get one chance to make a good first impression. It’s a strategy we’ve seen before. If you want some headlines and media coverage, design a phone around one specific feature. ASUS is following in the footsteps like of devices like the Lumia 1020 and Samsung K Zoom, building a phone not only around camera prowess, but on the ability to get closer to your subject. It’s only been 24 hours, but we’re ready to share some thoughts on the ASUS ZenFone Zoom. ASUS ZenFone Zoom unboxing and first impressions Click here to watch this video on YouTube! Hardware The ASUS ZenFone Zoom ...

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    Exactly one week ago, comScore released its Q4 2015 US smartphone industry report, showing how iPhones lost steam to their Samsung rivals and Androids in general compared to the previous quarter. Still, Apple was the dominant local manufacturer by a comfortable gap between October and December, and now Parks Associates confirm the familiar status quo for the whole of last year. Namely, the research firm claims, about 40 percent of intelligent handhelds in use stateside in 2015 were iPhones, while Samsung seized a notably smaller but decent nonetheless 31 percent piece of the pie. ...

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    Western Motorola buffs already have reason to envy their India-based counterparts, as Marshmallow updates are coming left and right in the latter market, including for the regional Moto G Turbo Edition and, most recently, the standard G second-gen. But now nation-leading online retailer Flipkart takes things to the next level, also offering a slew of discounts on Moto gear to honor the second anniversary of the American device manufacturer’s return to India. Basically everything’s on sale for a limited time, starting with the always popular Moto X Style, which now costs Rs. 27,000 ...

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    It feels like we’ve been basically saying the same thing in anticipation of every single high-end HTC product launch over the past few years, and once again, it appears the company’s financial well-being, even its very survival, hinges on an impending flagship phone. The problem is the One M10, aka Perfume, aka One-something-else-entirely isn’t impending enough, skipping this month’s Mobile World Congress, where the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5 are expected to go official. Worse yet, the One A9 lookalike may also skip the month of March entirely, seeing daylight around mid-April in ...

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    The Office pool has grown just a bit larger. ASUS signed with Microsoft to include the latter's suite of productivity apps. After a few bouts of fighting, so has Samsung. Acer thought it was time to do the same as it will begin pre-loading Microsoft productivity apps such as Word and Skype on its Android wares starting in the second half of the year (pictured above: the Windows 10 version of the Liquid Jade Primo smartphone). With that announcement, Microsoft went on in a separate announcement to say that it has notched its 74th licensing deal. It now has "strategic agreements" with ...

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    There are plenty of reasons you might want to be critical of Sony's smartphone game, from the slow-to-evolve design language of its handsets, to a hard-to-predict launch schedule, to a failure to make its phones widely available in some popular markets. But the one thing it's hard to complain about is the degree to which Sony goes out of its way to connect users with in-development software, giving them early access to new Android builds before they're ready for mass distribution. We've seen that with the company's Concept for Android program, and that spirit continues with the new Xperia ...

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    Whether we're interacting with a new social network, organizing a get-together, or just sending out some old-fashioned emails, there are a lot of good reasons for an app to tap into our ever-growing list of personal contacts. Between info we gather ourselves, and stuff that can be pulled from online sources, our phones have access to a lot of data about our friends, relatives, and co-workers. On Android so far, giving apps access to all this stuff has been a bit of a hodgepodge of API calls, a consequence of the growing body of information that apps can draw from. Going forward, Google's ...

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    Part of using Gmail means being cool with the fact that Google and its algorithms are constantly scanning your mail (in a hopefully not-at-all-creepy kind of way), using that data to tailor ads for you, as well as advanced features like automatically recognizing messages about upcoming events and adding them to your calendar. Today we learn about some new synergy for Google's Android apps as it taps into that Gmail data in order to provide you with extra-relevant app recommendations. Google's latest Play Store update adds a new setting that allows the app to gather data from Gmail ...

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    Alcatel OneTouch came to CES ready to show off some new hardware, introducing us to devices like the Windows 10 Mobile edition of the Fierce XL, which just landed at T-Mobile today. But for all the cool stuff we saw then, we've had an inkling that the main attraction was holding back for MWC. And indeed, in the weeks since CES we've caught wind of some leaks and rumors that have pointed to a seriously heavy crew of AOT MWC hardware, headed up by the new Idol 4 phones. Today we pick up some extra insight into what's on the way as a leaked product roadmap sheds some light on the company's ...

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    With MWC just over a week away, and new flagship models perched up on the horizon, carriers are about to start seeing a lot of new faces joining their smartphone lineups. But even before all those new players arrive, we're seeing some fresh handsets joining the ranks at carriers like T-Mobile, which earlier today we learned is picking up the Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL running Windows 10 Mobile. That's not the only affordable new phone landing in the company's stores, as word arrives that it's being joined by the similarly budget-priced LG K7, as well as a new wireless hotspot offering from ...

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    What draws you to one social network over another? They've all got their particular hooks, but sometimes it's less what one offers, and more what it doesn't. For Twitter, that's meant a focus on simplicity: you follow users, and you see their tweets – and when you follow multiple users, everyone's tweets get sorted chronologically, with no Facebook-style editorializing getting in the way of which messages you see, and which you don't. So when rumors started circulating earlier this month that Twitter was about to introduce an algorithm-driven sorting method of its own, users ...

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    In the world of smartphones, most manufacturers produce "all rounder" gadgets with feature sets designed to be accessible to a wide majority of consumers. It's always exciting when a company experiments with a smartphone built around one specific feature or designed for one niche demographic. Smartphone camera debates can be visceral, but Asus thinks they have a killer feature which we haven't seen in such a slim form factor: a hardware, optical zoom. It's an incredibly novel design involving periscope-like prisms, which maintains a consistent profile and prevents the need for a ...

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    Back in October, when Android 6.0 was barely making its way over-the-air to “pure Google” Nexus devices, Sony vowed to update a whopping 14 Xperia phones and tablets to sweet Marshmallow… eventually. Between then and now however, only a small fraction of Z3 and Z3 Compact owners worldwide got a sample of Doze battery life enhancements and Now on Tap cards as part of a “Concept” beta program. Impatient fans are naturally wondering if the old plan is still on, fearing a few of the products initially announced as headed for 6.0 bumps may ultimately receive the upgrade axe. NTT ...

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    Aside from the ever-expanding Honor family of ridiculously cheap phones, and high-profile product rosters like G, P or Mate, Huawei tends to overcrowd the market a little with lesser known, low-key Android handhelds also, most of which are targeted at specific countries or regions. It remains to be seen exactly where the newly unveiled Y6 Pro might be headed, but it’s definitely outside China, since the world’s largest smartphone market received this fellow’s identical twin last fall under the Enjoy 5 name. There really is no discernible difference between the “global” Huawei Y6 ...

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    Some Apple intern must get to CEO Tim Cook ASAP to give him a sample of Jimmy Kimmel’s long-running “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” segment. Maybe the head honcho of the world’s most profitable company would then learn how to take a joke or gracefully parry an online insult. Granted, the stars invited to the late-night talk show to basically offer a lesson in self-deprecation are usually subjected to one mockery at a time, not to mention they’re probably warned well in advance of what’s coming. Meanwhile, Tim Cook was hit by an unforeseen avalanche of chiefly light-hearted digs ...

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    With just a little over a week until the actual start of the 2016 Mobile World Congress, and no official word on an HTC appearance at the Barcelona trade show, we’re fairly certain the financially struggling company’s next-gen flagship is looking at a launch down the line. Sometime in March, insiders claimed a while back, or perhaps as late as April, if we rely on intel exclusively uncovered by a little known Portuguese website called 4gnews. Specifically, April 11, with the rumored London announcement venue feeling both familiar and credible for the handful of remaining HTC fans. It ...

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