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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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    Our review of the Xiaomi Mi4 went up earlier this week. In short, it's a really nice piece of hardware with some serious software issues. However, MIUI has been around for some time and a major update – MIUI version 6 – is just around the corner. It's always been known for its deep customization options and putting the power in the hands of the user. While we did talk a lot about the software on the Mi4, we had to skip over some of the more nitty gritty features. That's just the way it goes with time-sensitive review periods. As such, we've picked three of our favorite Xiaomi Mi4 ...

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    Samsung's next Unpacked event helps kick-off IFA 2014 on September 3, and though the event may hold a few surprises, we've been able to develop a pretty good sense of what to expect. While Samsung's holding a few cards close to its chest, it hasn't exactly been shy about suggesting that we're going to see the Galaxy Note 4 make its debut. Just like it did last August when teasing the Note 3 launch, its invitations have been spotted employing “note the date” language, and the presence of an Air Command menu on that most recent invite helps drive the point home even harder. Now it's ...

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    One of the longest-standing rumors about the Moto X+1, popping up right around the same time we saw evidence for the phone's name, has concerned the sort of customization options that would be available through Moto Maker. Supposedly we'd see the return of wooden backplates, which sounded nice, but word was we'd also be able to choose from a few leather options. That leather idea returned in subsequent rumors, but we've yet to see any firm confirmation. We're still not quite there yet, but today brings us at least some new circumstantial evidence, as a retialer appears to confirm the ...

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    Not quite sold on the idea of virtual reality? Especially when we're talking about a headset that's basically just a frame for your smartphone? Samsung's Gear VR is far from the most conventional-sounding smartphone accessory we've ever heard of, but the way it's shaping up with this close partnership between Samsung and Oculus VR, we're preparing ourselves to be soundly impressed. Leaks have already revealed some of the Gear VR software, and earlier this month we got to see what sure seemed like it might be the hardware itself. Now some new pics attempt to clue us in to how the finished ...

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    Unless you forgot to pay your internet bill this month, you're probably already well aware of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, in which both celebrities and regular folk alike have been dumping buckets of freezing-cold ice water over their heads in an effort to raise awareness of and funding for ALS research. To say the phenomenon has gone viral would be an understatement, and as it's gone on, participants have been looking for creative ways to make their challenges stand out. Samsung's UK branch just upped the ante by getting smartphones involved, filming the Galaxy S5 completing the effort, ...

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    While a lot of us have judged OnePlus for its sexist contests and broken promises, there's no denying it made quite a nice phone in the One... if you can get it, that is. So we're glad to see the updates, such as today's OnePlus One OTA, streaming in at a decent pace, fixing bugs as fast as the Cyanogen team can go. This new XNPH33R OTA introduces fixes for the touchscreen issues many were complaining about it in OnePlus's forums, also known as BACON-55. This fix isn't complete, says Android Police, since reports of shakiness are already in after the update.  There's also a grounding ...

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    After the HTC One M8 for Windows went official earlier this week, one comparison was instantly called for: what's the difference between it, and the regular ole One M8? Well, first of all, there's the operating system ... but the truth is that the difference extends beyond that. We go over all that in our HTC One M8 for Windows vs HTC One M8 video comparison right down below. In terms of hardware, there's nothing different – on the inside. There's the Windows Phone branding right under the HTC logo, and the phone only is available in a Gunmetal Grey variant for now. You can also only ...

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    Sony has done a great job in regaining the popularity it had with its Xperia brand. Devices like the Xperia Z2 have been met with much praise, and the same can be said about other smartphones the company has launched lately. One of the most anticipated devices this year is the Sony Xperia Z3, and it seems the company continues to prepare for its launch. The Chinese variants of the Sony Xperia Z3 just landed on TENAA, which is the Chinese equivalent to the FCC in the United States. At the moment, we see that model numbers L55t for China Mobile and L55u for China Unicom have been certified ...

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    One of the most hotly anticipated phones of the year will be announced on September 4, and because that date is so close, it's only natural that we see more and more leaks as we get closer to launch date. Today we're taking a look at a bombshell of a leak, of what is expected to be the Moto X+1. Learn what these Moto X+1 renders look to confirm. First of all, we can see the front facing speakers on both the black and white fronts. Apart from that, there's not much more about the front: there's a Google Now Launcher-esque launcher, and plenty of things pointing to these renders being of ...

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    Waiting for the Asus PadFone X to launch on AT&T was rather disappointing. Both companies kept promising the launch, and it took longer than most people were willing to wait. As a result, even though we found this product to be "decent" in our review, it was a little too late to keep the amount of buzz that surrounded it. What's interesting is that it seems that Asus and AT&T weren't finished with what was started, and new rumors point to more products in the pipeline. The Asus PadFone X mini just stopped by the FCC, and judging by the cellular bands that it supports, it's clear ...

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    Back in February, just a few days before we saw Samsung officially unveil the Galaxy S5 at MWC 2014, we were still neck-deep in rumor territory, and one of those late-stage theories we heard suggested that the GS5 would debut with some sort of unusual camera control. Rather than having a physical shutter button, this so-called “Side Touch” system would employ touch sensors, but we never ended up seeing anything come of the claim. Now a similar rumor is back, claiming that Side Touch will instead debut on the Galaxy Note 4. The description of Side Touch is the same as before – it ...

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    How many Android models can you think of that launched this month? What about since the start of summer? This year? And if you start looking past devices from just the big OEMs, also considering those from off-brands many of us have never heard of, just how large can that number get? OpenSignal's latest report on the state of the Android market looks at just how many unique models are currently in use, and the figure's large enough to shock even us. Looking at nearly 700k devices in operation over the course of the past year, OpenSignal saw close to 19,000 distinct models. Sure, a lot of ...

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    Will HTC make a big showing at IFA this year? This week's launch of the One M8 for Windows (not to mention the Butterfly 2), with IFA so nearby, might be seen as HTC subtly rejecting the idea of using the expo as a venue for introducing new hardware, but we wouldn't be so sure. At least, the Verizon launch exclusivity puts a US focus on the phone that might not fly so well at IFA. But if not this new Windows Phone model, then what might IFA get from the OEM? A not-so-subtle teaser just been released by one of HTC's social media accounts may have answers, seeming to reveal a new Desire 820. ...

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    What does Motorola have coming up next in its device pipeline? We've got the X+1 and G2 expected for the company's early September event, rumors of a new Nexus model, and most recently word of a possible return to tablets. But if we keep focused on just phones, exactly how many are we looking at? A new rumor attempts to nail-down Motorola's plans for the remainder of the year, naming eight smartphones expected to make their debut. We've got the Moto X+1 and G2 (though that name's still up in the air), as well as that Shamu Nexus. Then there's the Moto S, recently rumored to be an early ...

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    We've spent the last week or so talking about smartphone security and how the privacy-centric Blackphone can help keep your communications as well as your data private. We've looked at all the technical stuff that's going on to keep you secure, as well as given it our full hands-on review treatment. But what if you don't have a Blackphone? If you're running (virtually) any Android-powered smartphone or tablet, you're in luck! Here are three Android security tips that will improve your security and privacy right now! 1. Encrypt Not long ago we heard of people buying old smartphones and ...

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