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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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    Just as happened last year, Motorola has two great phones available now on Verizon Wireless. The newly-announced DROID Turbo and Moto X both have their ups and downs, but which is the better overall pick for you to spend your hard-earned dollars on? Our DROID Turbo vs Moto X 2014 comparison video, embedded down below, will help you make the decision. On paper, there's a pretty vast difference here – the camera's megapixel count on the DROID Turbo smokes that of the Moto X, the Turbo's processor is considerably more powerful, its display is superior as far as pixel density is concerned, ...

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    Samsung, with the launch of new Galaxy A-series smartphones, may be getting serious in the premium-built smartphone race, but how do the phones themselves stack up? We've got in this post a thorough look at the Samsung Galaxy A5 specs, to help you decide if Samsung's next is worth the buy... or a pass. Overall, the phone is pretty mid-range by today's standards, but it holds its own and shouldn't be too terrible a performer. The price point is also expected to be fairly competitive, so it'll likely have that going for it, and the package itself sure looks great. Share your thoughts with ...

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    We just can't catch a break around these parts, with almost every single day of the week having been dominated with new product announcements. We've had the DROID Turbo, Oppo N3, Oppo R5, and Microsoft Band go official so far, and now we're getting our next major official news tidbit of the week: the impressively-thin Samsung Galaxy A5 and A3 are now officially official. The two phones offer a "refined, trendy design," harkening to the Samsung Galaxy Alpha with the use of a premium-looking metal unibody. They're available in a variety of colors as well, supporting Samsung's "optimized for ...

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    There's a big power shift going on right now in the smartphone market, as once-giants start to see their sales slip from between their fingers and previously second-string players step up to play with the big boys. New analyst reports on global smartphone shipments reveal some incredible growth from Xiaomi, blowing past the competition to land at the number three spot, behind only Samsung and Apple. Unsurprisingly, it's sales in Asia that are driving Xiaomi's success, where phones like the Mi4 are being eagerly snapped-up by shoppers looking for a great value. In the Mi4, they find a ...

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    A little over a month ago, we got what sure seemed to be an early look at a new flavor for the Moto 360, as Motorola was spotted showing off a 360 with an unmistakable golden tinge to its metal body. When confronted about the pic, Motorola removed the image from its servers, and while the company remained cagey about its ultimate intentions for a golden 360, acknowledged that it liked to experiment with different materials and confirmed that new styles for the Moto 360 would be available in the future. We've yet to see that golden 360 go official, but it sure came close earlier today, as ...

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    HERE Maps has sort of been the salvation for navigation for Windows Phone users, especially offline navigation. The praises of this feature are sang across the internet almost any time the service is mentioned. Many prefer Nokia’s take on mapping over the baked-in Bing Maps on Microsoft’s mobile platform and understandably so. Although Nokia’s mapping services, such as navigation or transit directions, are divided across multiple applications, it’s typically a more reliable and renowned service. HERE Maps is one of the parts of the business Nokia didn’t sell to Microsoft, so ...

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    Yesterday we saw Google begin accepting pre-orders for the Nexus 6 through the Play Store – or, at least, we assume that's what happened, because as soon as we had the chance to check things out, Google was already reporting that all configurations of Nexus 6 hardware were out of inventory, no longer available for pre-order. Just how could Google have such very, very low stocks at its disposal that the pre-orders couldn't even last through half a day? As it turns out, there might be a very good reason why the Nexus 6 has proven so difficult to order through the Play Store, and it could ...

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    When we first caught wind of the news, we nearly didn't believe it: how could Lenovo purchase Motorola? This was a company that Google had only just taken under its wing, and following the strong reception of models like the Moto X and Moto G, we were feeling extremely optimistic about what might be possible from a Google-owned Motorola. But then on one cold day in late January the rumor landed that a deal to sell control of Motorola to Lenovo was in the late stages of negotiation, and just hours later Google made it official: Lenovo was buying Motorola – Motorola Mobility, if we're ...

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    So far this season, the quarterly earnings reports from some of the big players in smartphones have amounted to a mixed bag of success: Apple and Microsoft have done quite well for themselves, while companies like Sony and newcomer Amazon have struggled. Today the latest figures from one of these manufacturers are in, and now it's LG's turn to share news of its own smartphone sales – and the company has manged to break a few of its own records in the process. LG Electronics is a multi-headed giant, but the branch we're most interested in is the LG Mobile Communications Company. This past ...

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    Google Wallet has found itself in the news a bunch lately, but more as a secondary player in stories than the primary focus. Instead, it's been Apple Pay taking the spotlight, and when retailers reacted to the launch of Apple's mobile payment service by shutting off the NFC readers at their POS terminals, Google Wallet ended up suffering collateral damage. It's almost an indignity to Google's service that its use was just as much in violation of agreements between merchants and MCX, yet Wallet had been operational for years without anyone batting an eyelash – and it took the arrival of ...

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    Google teased its new software update, previously known as the Android L Preview, back at the I/O 2014 developer conference back in June. It showed off new features a new and improved recent apps menu, lock screen notifications, and Project Volta, meant to improve battery life. Among the most important changes, however, is the all new design language, called Material Design. This new interface design is meant to make the UI react to the user’s input the same way their analog – or material – counterparts would in the real world. There is depth and a visible hierarchy to the way ...

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    It's been about a month since we last checked in with Project Ara, that Google effort to create a fully modular smartphone built around a set of interchangeable hardware modules. Even in the absence of a lot of updates, this is one phone we've been keeping in our thoughts, especially as we approach the end of the year; after all, we'd previously heard that Ara hardware could go up for sale in very early 2015. Today some new Ara developments manage to give us even more to look forward to, chief among them a video from Phonebloks showing the functional Ara prototype booting into Android. The ...

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    It's October 29, so you know what that means! Throwing together a last-minute costume from old clothing, pipe cleaners, and hot glue? Well sure, but more importantly, today's the day when you get your first chance to snag a new Motorola Nexus 6, as Google gets the phone's pre-orders started. Or, at least, this would be your first chance if they weren't gone already. We're not sure just when it happened, but sometime between when Google opened Nexus 6 pre-orders earlier today and the present moment, the company's completely exhauseted its pre-order stock. White or blue, 32GB or 64GB, no ...

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    The idea of Samsung releasing a bunch of new Androids that take some heavy inspiration from its Galaxy Alpha handset is one that's been building momentum since late August, and last month we saw such rumors really take off in full force, as leaks started providing new evidence for the existence of a Galaxy A3, A5, and A7. Recently, we've been hearing that these phones could be nearly about to drop, and that a launch was all but imminent. Today we check in with a new source singing a very similar tune, with claims that China is set to see the A series arrive early next month. Last time we ...

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    Earlier this week, OnePlus opened a new chapter in the story of its One smartphone, moving beyond an invite-only ordering system to give the public at large a chance to place pre-orders for the hardware. Even taking that big step, the ordering system is still a little unusual, with pre-orders only opening for very limited time periods; Monday's was only supposed to be open for a single hour, though OnePlus ultimately extended that to three. If that still wasn't enough time to get your order in, you'll have another chance soon, as the manufacturer shares the schedule for its next pre-order ...

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