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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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    After re-activating a few weeks back, Verizon's DroidLanding Twitter account – expected to lead us towards the launch of a new Droid smartphone – has been almost suspiciously silent; is this device still happening? Rumors have insisted as much, most recently claiming that an October launch is in the works. As we wait to see if Verizon and Motorola have any press event planned, we're getting our first look at the anticipated hardware, as pics leak of this apparent Droid Turbo. Motorola Droid phones on Verizon certainly have a distinct look to them, and it doesn't appear that the Turbo ...

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    The rise of smartwatches may be opening an exciting new chapter in the lives of mobile gadget enthusiasts like us, but like with any new technology, its arrival isn't without some stumbling blocks. One of the big ones is power, and for the moment, these wearables just don't have the energy capacity to get them through much more than a day of use. That makes the idea of periodically topping-off their batteries throughout the day pretty appealing, and users have the option of carrying around portable USB battery packs to help with that extra juice. Recently, we've also seen the arrival of ...

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    Apple and Samsung have become fierce competitors in the past couple of years, since the South Korean manufacturer started taking a continuously larger chunk of the smartphone market in general (Android in specific). This competition is present both in the market, as well as in courtrooms; the marketing department hasn't been left our either, even if Apple's fails to respond. As Apple has just recently announced an all time high, a new record, for the first weekend sales of the 2014 iPhone models -- with more than 10 million units --, Samsung plunges to a two-year low, according to ...

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    This year's iOS update is one of the best yet. But as with most things, there are two sides to the story. While iOS 8 brings many long-requested features to Apple's mobile OS, it also brings something most users aren't used to seeing on the platform – honest to goodness bugs and glitches. In droves. Let's take a step back for a second. This update, iOS 8, is long overdue and quite nice. It brings many great things. In particular, Apple added third-party APIs, which it calls Extensibility, to allow more third-party developer and user control over the operating system and, ultimately, the ...

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    The public release of Android L is probably just a few weeks away, but for the moment, interested enthusiasts can check out preview builds for certain Nexus devices: the Nexus 5 and 2013 Nexus 7. We've wondered in the past if older Nexus models might eventually see Android L updates of their own, and while we still don't have a definitive answer, new evidence suggests that L is at least being tested on the Nexus 4. The evidence comes to us by means of comments made by Android devs in the Chromium bug tracker, such as one mentioning “my N4 on Android L.” Now, that's far removed from ...

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    As time goes on, the mobile device landscape changes: phones are getting bigger, and once-popular form factors like QWERTY sliders are fading into obscurity. But even as your shopping options homogenize into an unremarkable sea of cookie-cutter slates, there's still the odd phone doing what it can to stand out, and today we check out one handset that's trying to keep an old design alive, as LG launches its Wine Smart flip-phone Android. Unlike some of those Android flip phones we've seen from Samsung with dual screens, inside and out, the Wine Smart has but a single 3.5-inch HVGA panel. ...

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    In-app purchases, depending on who you ask, are either a fantastic way for developers to monetize their work, or a sleazy way to ruin software purchases as we know them. Critics fall into a number of boats, from those who would simply prefer to pay for an app once and be done with it, to parents whose children have ran up obscene bills through buying unauthorized extras. Especially in the case of that latter example, with lawsuits popping up all over the place and the FTC giving app store practices a very close look, companies like Google are taking steps to reform how in-app purchases ...

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    It feels like lately, when we're talking about Samsung's new metal-rimmed Galaxy Alpha, that our attention is focused on all these other A-series phones Samsung appears to be preparing in the Galaxy Alpha's image, phones like the Galaxy A5 we saw in pictures last week. And while phones like that may be the future of the Alpha's lineage, we'd be remiss to let our excitement over them make us forget about their progenitor. The original Galaxy Alpha is back on our mind today as AT&T shares news of its plans to bring the smartphone to the States later this week. Starting this Friday, ...

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    Rumors about an HTC-made Nexus 9 have been kicking around for months now, but it's only been over the course of the past two or so when those rumors really started to come together and feel like they were describing a product that truly was going to launch. More recently, that momentum's been helped out by the discovery of a growing body evidence pointing (at the very least) to HTC's work on a new tablet. Today, The Wall Street Journal weighs-in on the rumors, as its sources describe why Google is supposedly going with HTC, rather than a more established tablet-maker like Samsung. While a ...

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    ASUS introduced its PadFone Mini nearly ten months ago, giving users who were interested in that unique PadFone trick of docking a smartphone into a larger tablet body a new, smaller option than something like the big nine-inch PadFone X: a compact seven-inch tablet paired with a four-inch phone. We saw the company bring the Mini to CES in January, and while there was talk of US pricing, no specific release plans were shared. But now we find ourselves thinking about the PadFone Mini once again, as a tipster clues us in to a possible PadFone Mini release for AT&T. At least - it's a ...

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    The Moto 360 smartwatch being sold by Motorola right now comes in your choice of two finishes: dark metal or light metal (inspired names, right?). But is that going to be it? Truthfully, we'd be happy with just those options, but this is Motorola we're talking about, the manufacturer probably best making a name for itself through offering a variety of custom hardware – surely it could do a little better than just two colors? There very well may be a third one in the works, as Motorola has been spotted (possibly inadvertently) showing off what sure looks like a golden Moto 360. The pic in ...

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    Smartphone users are continuing to make clear that device security is a big concern, and companies are responding. Earlier this week, we saw Apple share some of its latest privacy-focused developments, including news that iOS 8 would be using strong encryption that would prevent Apple itself from being able to read data on your handset, even at the request of law enforcement. Now Google is sharing similar news of its own, as it reveals that Android L will provide full-device encryption by default. While Android had offered such protection as an option in the past, Android L will make the ...

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    Late last month, while we were still gearing up for Samsung's Unpacked IFA announcements, a rumor came in about some models other than those new Notes it had in the pipeline, suggesting that we'd be seeing a bunch of new devices arrive in the same vein as the Galaxy Alpha. A few model numbers were dropped for this supposed A-series of devices, and just the other day we got our first look at one of them, the A500. Today we add to those shots with a whole bunch of new close-ups revealing this metal-rimmed handset. Yesterday's pics may have come from an official source, earning them some ...

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    Last year, the comparison between Moto X and Galaxy S4 wasn't all that close – specs-wise, the Galaxy S4 excelled, and the Moto X arguably presented a more compelling software package. But both of those products have since been given iterative bump-ups by their respective OEMs for their 2014 flavors. So how do the new ones compare? Find out in our Moto X 2014 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 video below. Unlike last year, when Motorola went bold in bucking the specs trend (with specs such as a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro featured on the Moto X, even when the quad-core Snapdragon 800's arrival was ...

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    It's pretty obvious at this point that a new Motorola Droid is coming to Verizon. The DroidLanding Twitter account went active earlier this month, and FCC docs have helped offer some evidence to back up rumors about the device we've been calling the Motorola Quark, which may launch as the Droid Turbo. But just when could we expect this puppy to go official? Based on the timing of last year's Droid launches in comparison to DroidLanding activity, we guessed that an October launch might be likely, and now that idea gets some new support. CNET claims to have heard from its sources that an ...

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