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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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    As efforts like After The Buzz, the Pocketnow U-Review, and Empty Nest demonstrate, we’re constantly searching for fresh ways to review mobile technology. The newest product of those efforts is Pocketnow’s “Review Rebuttal” series, in which a member of our team is assigned to test a smartphone or tablet that’s already gone through our standard review process. While the resulting video or editorial doesn’t affect the “official” Pocketnow review score, we hope it provides added context by showcasing an editor’s personal opinion, rather than a team-wide consensus. We call it ...

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    When Android 5.0 Lollipop first landed late last year, certain phone manufacturers were out to make a name for themselves by getting updates to at least some of their phones as quickly as possible. Motorola and LG led the pack there, though while LG got the ball rolling for G3 Lollipop updates in early November, it wasn't until several weeks later in December when we saw it really spreading to a lot of users, as the update moved across Europe. That was well and good for G3 owners over there, but what about all you users in the States? Obviously, carriers would slow things down a bit, but ...

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    In a little over a week, January will be behind us. Then there's just four short weeks of February between us and Mobile World Congress 2015, the international expo that will bring us dozens of new phones, tablets, wearables, and more. We're expecting a lot of high-profile launches to coincide with the conference, and some manufacturers have already started sending out invites for their events – HTC's going to have its own the day before MWC officially gets started, on March 1. Today we see another OEM join that early-event party, as Huawei shares news of its own March 1 announcement. ...

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    Maybe the only thing harder than trying to claim a record is being able to keep it. You work for so long to be the best at something, and then the second you let your guard down, someone else saunters right past you. When we're talking smartphone details, this is an ongoing battle: you may have the highest-density screen, or longest-life battery today, but you're always at the risk of someone else showing up out of the blue and one-upping you. This is a fact of life that makers of the thinnest phones around know all too well, and it looks like the crown for thinnest is about to be passed ...

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    LG is consolidating its position on the market mainly due to the fact that the company's recent phones, like the LG G2, G Flex, and G3, have been doing well both in the media, as well as in consumer satisfaction. Reports from Korea cited by DigiTimes reveal that close to 60 million LG smartphones (59,6 million) have been shipped globally in 2014. This figure represents a significant growth over the numbers from 2013, when the South Korean smartphone manufacturer shipped 47,6 million smartphones. This way, LG managed to increase 25.2 percent with regards to shipping smartphones year over ...

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    We recently found out that Motorola is planning on updating all 2013 and 2014 devices to the latest version of Android 5.0 Lollipop, thanks to Motorola’s Luciano Carvalho and one of his social network posts. That "really soon" Carvalho was talking about is happening now for some users in certain regions, as the Moto G Lollipop update process has been commenced. According to a tweet on Motorola Mobility's official account, the Moto G Lollipop update will be rolling out in phases in the US for the second generation Moto G, and in India for both the original Moto G, as well as the second ...

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    It's regularly common for the citizens of many countries to show a certain degree of pride and nationalism for the products made in their respective territories. That has slowly changed though, as the whole concept of "Made In America" stopped being important in the US many years ago. You'd think that this would be important in countries like South Korea, and especially with Samsung's world dominance of the smartphone market, but it seems to be slowly fading away. Counterpoint Research has just revealed some numbers for South Korea, and according to the report, Apple has broken records, ...

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    We find ourselves absolutely awash with HTC One M9 leaks today, though some of them are looking much more believable than others. One controversy has emerged over the differences between a series of pictures apparently showing off the One M9's design, and those purporting to capture a One M9 “plus” with substantially different hardware. There are more than a few reasons to be suspect about that supposed One M9 plus imagery, not the least of which is that it shows a very odd-looking (and possibly Photoshopped from Nexus 5 components) rear camera, one that still offers a Duo Camera ...

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    Is the picture of what HTC's planning for its next flagship Android phone (or phones) all of a sudden becoming much more or much less clear? Earlier this week, leaked images gave us for the first time a believable look at the rumored One M9. And then just hours ago we got to check out a separate batch of imagery, this time supposedly of a slightly larger One M9 “plus.” Only problem is, it doesn't really look much like those One M9 shots. Which is the real deal? Is either one of them legitimate? Possibly even both? We still don't have any hard answers, but we do have a couple new pics ...

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    Where's the Xperia Z4? Sony fans are eager to check out what the manufacturer’s been able to come up with since last summer's launch of the Xperia Z3, and after failing to take the stage at CES, we're now curious if the Z4's warming up for an MWC debut. And while much of our attention is taken up looking through regulatory paperwork trying to track Sony's progress towards the Z4's launch, it's easy forget that the Xperia Z3's story is far from over. Beyond just being a phone that's only been on the market for a few months, it's also one whose retail options continue to mature, and this ...

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    The next flagship from HTC is a trending topic as the device is subject to more and more rumors and leaks as we're approaching Mobile World Congress. Just a couple of days ago we've seen images allegedly depicting a prototype HTC One M9 (however, we couldn't verify the veracity of the images), and today, we're looking at some photos of another phone (at least judging by the name) as the HTC One M9 leaked again. What we are looking at here is something which seems to be more close to reality, judging by the prototype number printed on the phone. Whether this will be the final design or ...

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    The OPPO N3 is the natural evolution of the OPPO N1, and, just like in its predecessor's case, the N3's main selling point is the rotating camera. It allows users to use the same imaging system for front and back, and, as you can see in the new OPPO N3 ad below, for snapping stills of subjects above you. Opposed to the N1, the OPPO N3 utilizes a motorized camera, which can be turned automatically by either using a remote, or by swiping the screen in order to change the angle. The swivelling camera uses a 16MP sensor in order to snap stills, and is also equipped with a dual-LED flash. Its ...

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    Not one, but two separate reports are claiming that Samsung will ditch Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 processor for the upcoming Galaxy S6, because of alleged overhearing issues of the processor that occurred during testing phases. Depending on the report, we would either see no Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S6 this year, or we will see most of the flagships powered by the Exynos chip, and, later, when Qualcomm solves the problem, some Snapdragon-equipped models. However, this year, we've already seen a phone powered by the 810 chip, and it comes from LG, namely the new G Flex 2. According to the ...

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    The HTC One M9 (if the company sticks to the naming convention), or the Hima (if the Hima is indeed the codename for the 2015 flagship), is obviously what we're all looking forward to seeing at HTC's pre-MWC special event on March 1, but, just in case HTC sticks to the 2014 plan (and decides to launch the One M9 at a special event, away from MWC), we should prepare to see some Desire phones, like last year. One of these new Desire phones which stand a great chance at becoming unveiled at Mobile World Congress is the HTC Desire 626 leaked today, and pictured above and below, codenamed A32, ...

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    When Android 5.0 Lollipop landed last year, one of the most important features was full support for 64-bit CPUs. Now that the software supports it, it's only a matter of time before devices start being made to make full use of the software – it's only natural – and just as Senior Editor Joe Levi predicted, 64-bit is already starting to become one of the trends in 2015. That's why it isn't surprising at all to have come across today a GFXBench benchmark showing an upgraded, 64-bit Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 model seems to be in existence; it's simply a natural progression. The upgraded 64-bit ...

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    With MWC fast approaching, it's looking more and more likely that Samsung will choose the Barcelona trade show as the venue for its 2015 flagship debut. And with that date fast approaching, more and more testers are getting their hands on early models of the device, and that means leaks start trickling out as to what to expect from the S6. The latest of those comes courtesy of BGR, which has published what it claims is an accurate set of Samsung Galaxy S6 leaked specs, and it paints the picture of a true flagship in this day and age. True to yesterday's report that the S6 would ditch ...

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    OPPO's Find 7 (still a powerhouse) and Find 7a were announced in March 2014, which means that it's time for a follow-up soon. MWC could very well be the venue for the OPPO Find 9, but the company has preferred to host its own special events in the past. The OPPO Find 9 leaked today proves that the Chinese phone-maker is working in a follow-up, and, since they like odd numbers, there will be no Find 8, but, instead the Find 9 is up next (with no implications or ties to the screen size). While there is no way in knowing that the picture above really depicts the OPPO Find 9, we'll just play ...

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    Google's Play edition of Android smartphones sounded like such a great compromise: take attractive handsets from major manufacturers and make them available to users with a pure Android, Nexus-like software experience. But for the better part of a year now, Google's been slowly dismantling the program. While the HTC One M8 joined the lineup last spring, we never got a GPe Galaxy S5 from Samsung. And in the months since, Google's pulled phone after phone from its listings. The last holdout was the One M8, but now even that's gone too, leaving Google selling nothing but its own Nexus ...

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    Google's interests continue to grow year after year: from search, to phones, to self-driving cars, to fiber optic internet. On the phone side, Google already runs development of its operating system, sells its own brand of Android hardware, and publishes its own apps – really, all that's left for it to become a one-stop-smartphone-stop is delivering the wireless connectivity phones need to get online. We've heard rumors about the company expanding into the carrier space for some time now, with the most recent round surfacing last spring amidst claims that Google might launch an MVNO that ...

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    Even with the supremacy of Microsoft Office in the productivity space, and considering Microsoft's new push to bring more desktop-like features to its mobile platforms, it's clear that there is a big platform war going on. Google's launch of Docs, Sheets and Slides as separate apps that segregate from Google Drive was a clear response to Microsoft's launch of Office for mobile on iOS and Android. If you thought Microsoft was the only company with major software announcements today, think again as Google has done the same. Google has just launched a major update for its Docs, Sheets and ...

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    Who's delivering new flagships at MWC? Samsung could be in, but LG sounds like it might be out. What about Sony? The company was rumored to be prepping its Xperia Z4 for CES earlier this month, but after the phone was a no-show, MWC became our next likely contender. And indeed, Sony seems to be making progress towards getting the Z4 ready for release in the coming weeks: just a few days ago we saw the FCC publish certification paperwork for a Sony handset that a few clues point to being the elusive Z4. Now an additional FCC filing seems to reveal another twist on the Z4, outing a dual-SIM ...

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    After LG wow-ed everyone with the G Flex 2 at CES this month, all eyes turn to MWC 2015, and the natural evolution of LG's G-series, currently at its third iteration. The world is waiting for the LG G4 to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress -- and there are already a lot of reports and rumors about the G4 -- but it will not happen, apparently, if a report citing a company executive is true, and there will indeed be no LG G4 at MWC 2015. "We rolled out the G3 in May last year so we do not plan to unveil the G4 at this year's Mobile World Congress and spend more time perfecting the new ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy S6 will not be waterproof. That's what this report from Italy claims, and neither will be the the Galaxy S6 Edge. Let's stop right there, as this report seems to talk about two different models. First, apparently, the 2015 flagship Galaxy S6 will not be waterproof like its 2014 Galaxy S5 predecessor. This might mean that the rumors we've heard about Samsung going metal and/or glass might be true (though Sony is doing a great job at waterproofing its Xperia Z phones made from those exact materials). Second, there have been rumors of a curved screen on a Galaxy S6, but, ...

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    OPPO seems to be on a roll. While the Chinese phone-maker closed 2014 off with the OPPO R5 and N3, just last week, the company announced the OPPO R1C (with its sapphire variant). Today, we're seeing another OPPO phone become official, one that was rumored to bring optical zoom, among other goodies (sadly, the optical zoom part remains just a rumor). The phone is large, measuring 156.8 x 81 x 8mm, and most of the front is being taken up by the 5.9-inch screen, with a Full HD 1080p resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. Behind the screen there's a 64-bit octa-core Mediatek MT6752 processor ...

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    Last week we've seen a DigiTimes report on how Samsung would ditch Qualcomm for its 2015 flagship, the Galaxy S 6, because of overheating issues. Apparently, as they say, where there's smoke there must be fire (pun intended), as a more recent Bloomberg report seems to talk about how we'll see no Snapdragon Galaxy S6 this year, despite just a few moments ago hearing the opposite (with regards to a 4GB Snapdragon Galaxy S 6 variant). Just like DigiTimes', Bloomberg's sources are anonymous as well, falling into the category of "people with direct knowledge of the matter". However, the story ...

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