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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:

  • by | April 18, 2014 11:59 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's at-home Glass trial program, and how this might push the platform. Apple follows the news as the company is reportedly working with Shazam to add more iOS 8 functionality. HTC is next as it seems the company is planning to bring optical zoom to smartphones in the future. HTC also makes headlines because the company apparently hired a Samsung marketing guru to push the One line-up. We end today's show talking about Google's probable plans to bring us a more affordable Nexus smartphone. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ...

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  • by | April 18, 2014 4:39 PM

    We've got under a week to go before the OnePlus One launch event, but new details about the phone keep pouring in all the time. Already this week we've checked out a couple hardware leaks, got details on launch countries, and learned about the unusual invitation system OnePlus has elected to go with in order to manage sales of the smartphone. Today we add to the phone's story with the arrival of some sample images showing the kind of shots capable with the handset's 13MP Sony Exmor camera. Earlier this year, OnePlus ran a photography contest in its forums, and about a week ago it announced ...

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  • by | April 18, 2014 3:55 PM

    Yesterday we told you about a smartphone from Philips that didn't really care how thick it was, and while it measured-in at over 11 millimeters, it made great use of that space, squeezing in a giant 5300mAh battery. Based on the comments you left, a lot of you think Philips is on to the right idea here, and super-thin phones just aren't worth the trade-offs; certainly, while very thin phones are still being released, there's hardly the same obsession with handset thickness as we've seen in time past. But now a new rumor crosses our desk that suggests at least some OEMs are still interested ...

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  • by | April 18, 2014 1:04 PM

    We started the week off with Sprint posting an update to its Nexus 5 software version page, advising users that a new release was incoming. While the initial build number of KTU48F it gave was confusing, that turned out to be a typo, later corrected to KTU84F. We had already associated recent builds like this with Android 4.4.3, and the carrier sure seemed to be confirming that a release was imminent. But then Tuesday came with no update... as did Wednesday and Thursday. With the week winding down, is KTU84F still on the horizon? Not according to Sprint, which has reverted its Nexus 5 ...

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  • by | April 18, 2014 12:45 PM

    With the HTC One M8 now a reality, the stage is set for HTC to make its next comeback attempt. The company needs to turn its finances around and start showing a profit again, and while the One M8 is quite the attractive smartphone, the question remains if HTC can take all the critical acclaim the smartphone and received and transform that into sales. Over and over again we've talked about the importance that promotion plays in making a smartphone successful, often pointing to Samsung as the example of a company that is able to effectively use advertising spending to drive sales. They say ...

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  • by | April 18, 2014 11:58 AM

    Google's Nexus series has brought us some fantastic values for Android hardware. The devices are generally quite top-shelf while coming in hundreds of dollars less than their competition. But recently, there's been a new surge of interest in smartphones that are even more affordable than the $300-$400 you might pay for Nexus phone, with models like the Moto G and Lumia 520 (not to mention the new 630) proving that shoppers also want slightly lower-end hardware if that means saving even more money. Now a new rumor out of Asia suggests that Google could be thinking about introducing a ...

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  • by | April 18, 2014 10:56 AM

    It's hard to argue that HTC's not very interested in smartphone imaging. Whether you believe that its UltraPixel system is a worthwhile trade-off, or if the new Duo Camera setup on the One M8 is more than just a gimmick – that's up to you. But regardless of the actual success these efforts may have found, the fact that HTC is attempting them at all should make its passion for reimagining cameras on smartphones quite clear. In a recent interview with HTC camera guru Symon Whitehorn we get a little preview of where HTC's heading next, and it's got its sights firmly centered on offering a ...

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  • by | April 17, 2014 7:26 PM

    Did you drop $1500 on Google Glass earlier this week? Or did you just register for your chance at snagging one of those $900 Google I/O tickets? Maybe you're just looking to put away a little nest egg for summer; whatever the reason, if you're interested in saving a buck or two, we've got a couple offers you might want to check out, hitting deals on both the Android and iOS sides of the mobile platform fence. Last year's iPad mini with the Retina display is a stunning tablet, feels great to use, and measures up favorably in comparison to its larger sibling. When we reviewed the model we ...

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  • by | April 17, 2014 5:43 PM

    When it comes to user authentication, smartphones play an interesting dual role. Sometimes they're the devices being unlocked by their proximity to other objects, like how Motorola lets you use its Skip accessory to activate Touchless Control on the Moto X. Sometimes that's turned on its head, and the phones are the ones acting as the authentication tokens, like with the efforts we've seen to use NFC on our phones to control door locks. Today we're headed down that latter path, as Google seems to be cooking up a system for Chrome OS that will use your smartphone to unlock your computer. ...

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  • by | April 17, 2014 4:12 PM

    These past few months, we've been noticing efforts from Facebook to mix things up on mobile devices a little bit, like revealing Paper back in January, or the recent action to place a greater focus on Messenger. Today we learn of Facebook's new plan to help smartphone users connect with their friends by leveraging the location data our phones generate, with its announcement of a feature it's calling Nearby Friends. With Nearby Friends activated, the Facebook app on your phone will give you a heads-up when your pals are in the same vicinity as you, letting you make plans to meet up, should ...

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  • by | April 17, 2014 3:48 PM

    As the Apple vs. Samsung trial continues, more documents get uncovered that reveal the internal struggle in each company to compete against each other. As much as Apple may boast that it doesn't care about competitors, recent documents reveal that the company is worried about how Samsung and Android are growing. If you thought that Apple was alone, you're mistaken, and we've got more documents today to prove it. Samsung America’s former CEO Dale Sohn took the stand, and in an internal presentation he shared with his team, it was revealed that defeating Apple was the company's primary ...

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  • by | April 17, 2014 3:13 PM

    Rumors have been knocking around for a while now suggesting that Google intends to get into the retail business and set itself up some storefronts. One running theme attached to these claims was that Google really needed some in-person experience to sell Glass, considering both how unfamiliar products like it are to shoppers and the substantial sum of money Google's been asking buyers to drop on the wearable. It still remains to be seen if any of that will pan out, but today we learn about a different way Google is tackling those issues with Glass, starting a new program to provide in-home ...

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  • by | April 17, 2014 1:14 PM

    Yesterday we shared with you some Samsung news stemming from an interview with company exec Yoon Han-kil, where he talked about things like Galaxy S5 sales expectations and the coming arrival of commercial Tizen-running handsets. As it turns out, Yoon had more than just those devices to talk about, and also dropped a tantalizing hint about the next Galaxy Note model, claiming that it would introduce a “new form factor” for the phablet. Considering we already have Note phones and Note tablets, what sort of form factor might Samsung be talking about here? It sounds pretty silly to make ...

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  • by | April 17, 2014 12:28 PM

    All too often, we find ourselves complaining about smartphone manufacturers botching the initial sales of their phones. Maybe delays push back availability, or when the hardware actually does arrive, it's in nowhere near sufficient quantities to meet demand. “Should the manufacturer have just waited until it could be sure that proper stocks would be available?” we ask. It turns out that OnePlus has been thinking about those kinds of problems, and what it might do to avoid them for the One's debut. As we get into the home stretch before the phone's launch next week, the company shared ...

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  • by | April 17, 2014 11:36 AM

    Between the release of more efficient SoCs, the deployment of wireless charging technology, the arrival of shaped batteries that better conform to our phones' curves, and the trend away from super-thin phones at all costs, smartphone battery life has generally been doing pretty well lately. But this industry is hardly one to leave well enough alone, and there's always someone wondering if they can't manage to do things a little better. To that end, Phillips has just released an Android model that blows away our expectations, packing a battery that eclipses even those on many tablets. The ...

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