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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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    Even though we're just a few days away from Motorola's Chicago event, the amount of rumors surrounding the company's future smartphone offerings is still coming strong. The device that's made the most buzz lately is the company's successor to the Moto G. We've spent the last couple of months dubbing it the Moto G2, but it seems that will have to change as of today. We've got some leaked photos of the new Moto G in its retail packaging over at a retail warehouse in India, and if we're calling it just the "new Moto G," that's because the box states that this is just the Moto G. This device ...

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    We've been following Meizu's MX4 for the last couple of weeks, and there's actually a reason for that. If you thought Apple and HTC are the only companies that know how to pull of a hot aluminum phone, think again. The Meizu MX4 was rumored to bring one of the most amazing screen-to-body ratios of the market, and the company has delivered. Today the Meizu MX4 goes on pre-order in China, and the spec sheet is rather impressive for a market that prefers mid tiered phones. The MX4 sports a 5.36-inch display rocking 1920 x 1152 resolution, bringing you a good 418 PPI on a display that gives ...

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    Motorola's got a lot in its pipeline right now. We're expecting new Moto X and Moto G models later this week, and rumors have been wild about the possibility of Motorola hardware forming the basis for Google's next Nexus phone, as well as maybe some of the early Android Silver lineup. While these devices have captured much of our Motorola attention, we've also heard a little about Verizon maybe getting some new Droid-series handsets. Now that's feeling like an increasingly likely outcome, as the long-dormant DroidLanding Twitter account springs back to life. You may recall we saw the ...

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    Four months ago, we saw history being made as Play Store metrics revealed the first Android software package to be downloaded over one billion times: Google's Gmail app. While that was still a pretty notable milestone, Gmail being a Google app sort of took the air out of the news – of course a Google app, and such a core one to the Google ecosystem, would be at the front of the downloads race. But as we noted at the time, we were quite interested in seeing who would be next to follow Google across that billion-download line. This week, we've finally spotted a non-Google app pull in one ...

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    One year ago, back at IFA 2013, Sony introduced two unusual smartphone accessories, a pair of relatively high-end cameras that attached to existing handsets (or even tablets), giving them the sort of large lenses and optical zoom capabilities normally reserved for stand-alone dedicated cameras: its QX10 and QX100 Cyber-shot lens-style cameras. The big, bulky add-ons clearly weren't for everyone, but we were still intrigued to see Sony innovating in a space like this; love them or hate them, there just weren't any other products quite like these out on the market. This year, we've been ...

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    It's no surprise that IFA 2014 is shaping up to be the nexus of the smartwatch universe – for the next few days, at least. We've got new models on the horizon from multiple manufacturers all ready to be featured at the expo itself, not to mention Motorola's expected news about 360 sales, nor Apple's possible introduction of its own iWatch just a few days later. And while that group of devices will span manufacturers, physical sizes, and software platforms, Android Wear models look like they'll be making up the lion's share. A couple Google execs just sat down with CNET to discuss what's ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy Note line started as a bit of a test of the market. At the time, everyone was used to phones that we'd consider today as fairly small, so the idea of a 5.3-inch phone scared us – so much so, that we even invented the word "phablet" for it. It grew into a widely popular line, though, and launches of new models have since become staples of the IFA trade show. We're right on the eve of the announcement of the next in a line of fairly successful phones, so we decided to go through the long list of rumors we've heard about the phone and compile it all into one Samsung ...

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    Last week we wrapped-up the latest additional entry to our Pocketnow Summer of Giveaways, bringing those of you who had been getting nervous about the security of your data the chance to win the privacy-focused Blackphone. But that contest is closed, and we've already named our winner, so what next? Labor Day is upon us here in the States, so is that it for summer? Do we have to put these giveaways to an end? As if. So long as the mercury's up in the 80s, you go ahead and keep on wearing your white clothing, because we're keeping summer rolling, and that means more giveaways. This week ...

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    Ever since the launch of the Sony Xperia Z, the company has dared the odds of what a water resistant smartphone should look like. At times when the only thing that was water resistant looked like a tank, Sony showed us that there are smarter ways to bring water resistance to the masses. The company continues to push that bar today with is Xperia offerings, and with its recent teaser for IFA 2014, things seem to just get better. We know that the company is planning to announce its Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact at IFA 2014. If you're wondering how the company plans to differentiate ...

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    Samsung has done a fantastic job at keeping us at the edge of our seats with the Galaxy Note 4 announcement at IFA. The company's recent advertisement focused on reminding us why the Galaxy Note lineup matters, and what we can expect for the future. One of the biggest upgrades that we're expecting to see with the Galaxy Note 4 is in its camera, and even though we still don't have any leaked Galaxy Note 4 samples, there are some that come close. Lenovo has just launched the Vibe Z2 in Asia, and if you're wondering why this has anything to do with the Galaxy Note 4, well, the answer will ...

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    IFA 2014 is sure to bring us a lot of hardware that pushes boundaries, whether we're talking about raw processing power, gigantic high-res displays, lightning-fast data, or even just delivering that hardware at bargain-basement prices. One of these measuring sticks we've been using less and less lately is that of the incredibly thin smartphone, with manufacturers having instead settled on a balance between thinness, durability, and battery capacity. However, there are still those OEMs who just have to see how thin they can push things, and we continue to be captivated by these efforts, if ...

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    It's happening. One of the best phones of 2013 is getting a refresh, and the whole tech world seems quite excited about it. With last year's Moto X, Motorola brought thinking that was way different than many of the other OEMs out there – it proved that phones didn't have to have top-tier specs and a boatload of software features in order to shine. It proved that a great phone doesn't have to look great on paper, so we're naturally looking forward to the successor to that product. The new Moto X (or perhaps the Moto X+1, as it may be called) is only a few days away, so we decided to ...

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    We're just days away from Samsung's Unpacked IFA event, where the Note 4 will take the stage to reveal itself before the waiting public. And to help make sure the crowd is suitably pumped-up, Samsung's been dropping Note 4 teaser video after Note 4 teaser video, going back more than a week now. At first they were very non-specific, just conjuring up memories of the Note line in general, but then the next wave of clips started mentioning the Note 4 by name. Yesterday, Samsung did one better, and in another stylus-focused video, depicts its iconic S Pen sliding into what we can only assume ...

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    After a bit of a lull in Android One news following the project's formal announcement back at Google I/O a couple months back, rumors picked up again last week, delivering a little good news alongside some bad news. On the one hand, it sounded like India might be getting its first Android One hardware over a month ahead of schedule, but then we also heard that the phones might come in a bit north (or maybe even more than a “bit”) of that $100 target price. Confirmation may just be another couple weeks away, as we get word this morning of an upcoming Google event in India. Two weeks ...

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    Motorola's upcoming product announcements are starting to feel like they're a done deal already. What hasn't been nearly confirmed by Motorola itself through some not-too-subtle-at-all invite imagery, we've been piecing together ourselves thanks to no shortage of rumors and leaks. Those leaks have really been stepping things up in recent days, helping to answer some of our outstanding questions about this hardware. But this morning we switch gears from hardware details to pricing info, spotting a couple of these Moto handsets revealing their worth to India's Zauba import database. This ...

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