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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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    I would hesitate to call the Moto X a success story. By the usual definition we tie to "successful" smartphones, the Moto X does not apply. Motorola hasn't sold tens of millions of Moto Xs like Samsung does with the Galaxy S series every year. And it didn't help pull Motorola out of quarter after quarter of revenue losses like the One M8 has done for HTC. Still, I wouldn't consider the Moto X a failure either – not by a long shot. It was easily one of the most intriguing smartphones to launch in 2013. Motorola introduced some truly compelling features alongside its overly modest ...

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    For a minute there, it really looked like we were just about to get Samsung's Galaxy Alpha. At least, there was this barrage of leaks introducing us to the phone over a very short time span, going back just a couple weeks, and rumors of an August launch quickly zeroed-in on a very early date: Monday, August 4. Well, the Alpha may still be nearly within reach, but the latest gossip has the phone arriving just a little further out. This new report from Germany acknowledges that the August 4 date may have briefly been correct, but asserts that Samsung made a last-minute decision to move that ...

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    HTC has been on a roll of positive results this year, something that we've all wanted to happen as this is one of the last remaining smartphone pioneers of our time. The HTC One (M8), and the legacy left by last year's HTC One have been both responsible for the company's return to success, and it seems that HTC is out for more. HTC and KDDI have just announced the new J Butterfly for the Japanese market. Surely this is an exclusive for that market, but if any of you remember the old Droid DNA, you'll also remember that it was based off the original J Butterly. What makes this phone hot is ...

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    Going back more than a year now, HTC's been struggling to pull in revenue. Despite impressive devices like the One M8 and the original One before it, the company's having a difficult time turning glowing reviews into sales, and correspondingly, income. After a rocky end to 2013 and a bumpy start to 2014, things finally looked like they might be getting back on track, and earlier this month we saw HTC reveal quarterly figures that saw the company not just turning a profit, but hitting its stated projections. Even then, we noted that the next few months might be tough, with HTC historically ...

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    You'd think that the world's biggest smartphone maker is having a blast with the launch of devices like the Galaxy S5, but that's actually far from the truth. Samsung's quarter results are in, and instead of making its investors happy, it turns out that the company is actually doing as bad as it had forecasted. Samsung warned its investors that the "weak demand" for smartphones and its increase in marketing expenses could hit the company hard, and so it did. Samsung announced profits of $6.1 billion (6.25 trillion won) compared to its $6.96 billion (7.7 trillion won) of last year, and ...

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    This may be pushing the limits of what counts as smartphone news, but bear with us for a moment: Samsung and Oculus VR have been partnering up for work on what's promising to be a real virtual reality renaissance. We know Oculus itself has been thinking about Android compatibility since its early days, and more recently the company has been helping Samsung develop the technology it's using for its own Gear VR headset accessory. But now as a new version of the Oculus Rift dev kit arrives, and hardware fans tear it down to see what makes it tick, we're starting to realize just how deep this ...

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    Kyocera's Brigadier first leaked back in the spring, and at the time, there wasn't much reason to be excited about it. The phone seemed like it would just be the latest in a long series of ruggedized Androids that may offer exceptional durability, but with little in the way of real stand-out features, nor high-end specs. And so we largely forgot about the phone until it popped back on our radar earlier this week, as a source leaked some Verizon documentation to us that identified the Brigadier as the first Kyocera model to use the company's Sapphire Shield – its branding for a highly ...

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    What's next for OnePlus, following the launch of its One handset? Another smartphone is probably a safe bet, but what about other form factors? There was that rumor earlier this month about a OnePlus Tab tablet, but that one quickly turned out to be a fake. Today we're checking out another leak – and hopefully one that will stand up to a little more scrutiny – as a OnePlus smartwatch is seemingly revealed. According to these design sketches, this “OneWatch” would offer some of the hottest features from the most anticipated smartwatches at the moment; those include things like the ...

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    There was no shortage of leaks regarding the LG G Vista, and, while some of them were a miss, others were spot on regarding its availability date and upcoming specifications. As predicted, the phone is available today, July 31, online, from Verizon Wireless, and it goes for $99.99 with a two-year contract (or $19.99/month on Verizon Edge, or $399 outright). The Verizon LG G Vista specs, as expected, include a 5.7–inch qHD display (that's 940x560, unfortunately not Quad HD, like the G3), a resolution that is rather small for such a large display form factor. Also in is a 1.2 GHz ...

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    Samsung mid-ranger news may be dominated at the moment by the Galaxy Alpha – at least, if this really does end up being a model comparable to the Galaxy S5 mini – but as we wait to see if that guy's really going to debut next Monday, there's another new mid-range Galaxy handset popping out of the woodwork, as T-Mobile announces the Galaxy Avant. We first heard about this guy last week, when it was rumored to be the phone that would debut a new T-Mobile carrier unlocking app. Word was that we could look forward to a launch around the end of the month, and that's just we got. The Avant ...

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    The past month or so's been a relatively busy time for Sony and its mobile lineup, as we've tackled rumors looking not just at new phones, like the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact, but also at accessories for those handsets, like a new lens-style camera add-on. While formal announcements could come at any time, the odds are good that the company's gearing up for a big event at this year's IFA expo in Berlin. Today we learn just when that will occur, as the company reveals plans for a September 3 press conference. This time last year Sony had already teased its IFA event, but it would still be a ...

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    Even with all the buzz surrounding Samsung's smartwatch offerings, the bottom line hasn't proven to be as buzz worthy for this or any other company building wearables lately. Some customers seem to still be waiting for Apple to make its move later this year, and others simply feel that a smartwatch should look like the Moto 360. If you're on the list that believes Samsung could do better with its designs, it turns out that the company does too, and new patents reveal this. The USPTO has just granted Samsung a couple of patents that the company had originally filed since March of 2013. ...

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    Smartphone manufacturers continue to push engineering limits towards the elimination of side bezels for their handsets' screens. Some of them gave it the old college try, only to run up against seemingly unavoidable physical limitations, like LG with its flagship G3. Some of them might just conquer bezels entirely, like we've heard Samsung could be aiming for with its curved display tech. Today we're looking at a leak attributed to the anticipated Meizu MX4, which may offer some of the narrowest bezels we've ever seen for a traditional smartphone display. Granted, this is just the front ...

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    Those of you that thought that the rest of Nokia was doomed after Microsoft's acquisition of the mobile division, that's actually far form true. Nokia has always been much bigger than just a company that builds phones, and after the departure of the smartphone division, we now see the company dare new odds with its Z Launcher. We praised its first beta for its simplicity, and it seems that Nokia was just getting started. The company has just pushed a new update to the Z Launcher, and the enhancements include the ability to drag and drop favorites, remove or uninstall items with a long ...

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    When we start talking about an upcoming Motorola device, what do you think of? The Moto 360, already fully official, but taking its sweet time in coming to market? Or what about the Moto X+1, the flagship expected to debut alongside the arrival of 360 sales? And now there's all this new talk about a possible Motorola Nexus phablet – any one of these a likely candidate for rumors of new Motorola hardware. But today we find ourselves looking at something else, as a Motorola trademark filing might reveal the name the company's going with for a new phone: the Moto Maxx. Right away, that ...

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