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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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    Today we had a brief 15 minute first look at the new Nexus 9 tablet from HTC running Google's new Android Lollipop operating system. We were not allowed to photograph it next to any other tablets or devices, so all you're going to get is some photos of the tablet by itself and a few first impressions. Also, the device is running a preview version of the new Android operating system, so of course things are going to change on that end, but we can get a pretty good idea of what the hardware is going to be like. The new tablet was announced last week and its pricing is going to start at ...

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    Will the next tablet war not be fought over thinness, screen resolution, or even budget pricing, but dominance in the space of the bigger-than-big form factor? Few manufacturers have already pushed things much further past ten inches – Samsung and its NotePRO and TabPRO 12.2 models being a notable exception – but rumors of similar models like a 12.9-inch iPad Pro from Apple suggest that other OEMs may finally be ready to really start competing in this area. Now a new rumor brings Sony into the mix, claiming that the company is working on a jumbo-sized tablet of its own. According to ...

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    Android Wear is a big deal for the evolution of smartwatches, giving developers a consistent platform they can code for, even as manufacturers release new and different wearable hardware. Really, its biggest limitation may be that whole “Android” bit of it, as while Wear makes it easy for you to use a Motorola smartwatch with a Samsung phone (or vice versa), you're out of luck if your phone choices fall over on the Apple or Windows side of the fence. To hear Android Wear product manager Jeff Chang talk about it, though, that's not a limitation that's necessarily set in stone, as he ...

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    Where the heck are those new Galaxy A-series phones from Samsung? Following the launch of the Galaxy Alpha we've been tracking rumors of a trio of additional models, the Galaxy A3, A5, and A7. Last we heard, an October launch might be in the cards, with the intention of getting sales started sometime next month – but now with just a week to go in October, we're beginning to wonder if that source was a bit misinformed. As we wait for these metal-rimmed handsets to go official, new details are arriving for one of the models, with the Galaxy A7's User Agent Profile spilling the beans about ...

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    Back near the start of the month, before Google launched its latest Nexus models and confirmed the name Lollipop for its Android 5.0 release, we took a look at an early video previewing Samsung's work towards bringing what was then known only as Android L to its Galaxy S5. It was great to get an advance glimpse of how TouchWiz would make the transition to Android 5.0, but previews are one thing – when can we expect a public release? We don't yet have a specific date, but new rumors seek to narrow-down the timeframe in which the update might be likely to arrive. Last month, SamMobile had ...

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    Next Wednesday, October 29, Oppo is gearing up to launch its flagship N3 – that much, at least, is all but certain. After all, the company's been teasing the hell out of this phone going back over a month by this point, getting bolder and bolder with the details it's willing to share. While that means that much of the N3's story is out there by now, it may not be the only handset featured at this announcement, as Oppo's latest teaser appears to reveal a second handset getting ready to join the N3 on stage. The manufacturer shared the image above on its social accounts, showing what sure ...

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    LG tonight has come out of almost nowhere with the release of a brand new processor dubbed NUCLUN, the company's first mobile processor with both an eight-core processor and LTE Cat. 6 support, supposedly maximizing performance and minimizing the energy toll. The processor will see its first placement in a smartphone with the launch of the LG G3 Screen. The NUCLUN processor (as LG tells us, it's pronounced "NOO-klun") has ARM's big.LITTLE technology, allowing for greater overall efficiency. There are four ARM Cortex A15 1.5 GHz cores, and four ARM Cortex A7 1.2GHz cores, and the number of ...

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    HTC has been on a launch streak lately, and even though we don't know how well that has played for the company in specifics, we do know that it is making some profit. We've seen the company trying hard to re-invent the mid-tier smartphone sector with compelling specs and design at a more affordable price tag, and we've also seen it enter the portable camera market. If you're wondering what's next for HTC, the answer is to improve what already exists. A new leak shows us how HTC silently published and pulled the information of a new HTC Design 820 Mini in the works. The Desire 820 is ...

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    We just got done looking at Microsoft's latest earnings statement, and while the mobile side of things didn't reveal any game-changing success stories, we did see some quite solid growth. Not everyone's faring quite so well, and earlier today Amazon reported a quarterly loss of $437 million. Now some new details about just where it lost money are coming in, and to the surprise of essentially no one, the Fire Phone is a big part of what's dragging the company's finances down. Amazon reports taking a $170 million write-down on the smartphone; as opposed to a write-off, where something is ...

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    Motorola found itself facing some fresh competition on the smartwatch front a couple months back, as LG tossed its hat in the ring with the G Watch R. In the time since, we've seen LG's round-faced smartwatch debut in the manufacturer's native South Korea, but what of international plans? When are all of us in the West going to get a shot at a round Android Wear without the Moto 360's not-a-big-deal-but-yeah-it's-there “flat tire.” In a new blog post this week, LG shares what's next for the G Watch R, starting with Europe. Beginning early next month, in just a couple more weeks, sales ...

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    Two weeks back, HTC dropped a bit of a surprise, posting info about the One M8 Eye on its Chinese site. We had heard about this phone before, and assumed it was coming at some point, but to see the company just sort of let it loose without a more formal announcement was still a little out of the ordinary. And while that made it clear that the One M8 Eye was finally official, the manner in which the handset was introduced left us with questions: would the M8 Eye be an exclusive to China, or would we eventually see this handset make its way to other nations? While the M8 Eye is spreading ...

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    Android is a fantastic mobile platform. Part of the reason it’s so popular is due to the plethora of devices available to run it, with new devices being added all the time. It gives the Android user the freedom to choose the device that suits their individual needs rather than having to conform to a single cookie cutter solution. Well, it’s time to get your decision-making hats on because, for a limited time only at the Pocketnow Deals Store, you can enter the Choose Your Own Android Giveaway for a chance at winning a top of the line Android smart phone! With the Choose Your Own ...

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    A couple days earlier this week we were talking about LG's Odin SoC, a custom-designed in-house solution akin to what Samsung's doing with its Exynos line. As we heard it told, the first LG phone built around an Odin chip, a device codenamed Liger, was nearly about to launch – so soon that it could be out by the time you finish reading this sentence. We're still waiting on that official announcement, but in the meantime a new set of pics and leaked docs has just emerged that's doing its best to reveal Liger to us just a little early. Even better than some quick in-the-wild shot, these ...

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    Is it fair that manufacturers restrict what we can do with the smartphones we purchase, drawing lines in the sand between permitted “consumer” activities and prohibited “developer” ones? We're hard-pressed to argue how that possibly makes sense, but like it or not, that's the situation for many handsets out there, leading to the release of Developer Editions that cater to the power user who can't resist the temptation to poke around a bootloader. We've seen Samsung give such treatment to models from its Galaxy lineup of Androids, like the Note 3 last fall. This year, it's the Note ...

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    Over ten years ago, Google first launched Gmail as a private beta. In the decade since, the service has gone public, spread to mobile devices, and changed the way many of us access our messages. Recent improvements to Gmail like categories have endeavored to help keep email relevant as we get more and more of it, and keeping on top of the important bits becomes increasingly difficult. Rather than continue to push Gmail further away from its roots, Google's taking a fresh start and introducing a new service designed to merge email with all the modern conveniences: Inbox by Gmail. Like Gmail ...

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