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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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    Motorola looks practically guaranteed to introduce its second-gen Moto 360 smartwatch at IFA next week. Leaks have been running wild in recent weeks, with a growing body of evidence pointing towards the imminent arrival of this new model, finally available in both large and small sizes. And while Motorola itself has yet to confirm that a new Moto 360 is about to drop, that's the easy inference to draw as we see the company halt sales of the first-gen Moto 360 through its website. Head to the general Motorola website, and the “wearables” tab up top no longer directs you to the Moto 360 ...

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    Not all smartphones are created equal, and it's only understandable that you might feel a little jealous when your friend walks in with the latest and greatest model, sporting a killer camera, blazing fast processor, and beautiful screen, only for you to be stuck using last year's phone. That's just the tide of progress, though, and it's inevitable that newer models will arrive with bigger and better features. What we don't expect, on the other hand, is to see our friend walk in with the very same smartphone model we have, only for their phone to be noticeably superior to ours. Some Sony ...

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    We're coming up on it being half a year now since Huawei first revealed its Huawei Watch smartwatch at MWC, and so far, shoppers have yet to be able to buy the wearable. Earlier this month, though, it finally looked like Huawei was ready to get the retail phase of the Huawei Watch started, posting a new webpage promising that the smartwatch was “right round the corner,” and today we finally see some motion to that end, as pre-orders for the wearable open on Amazon. Amazon, accepting pre-orders now, and indicates that shipments of the Huawei Watch will commence on September 2. We've ...

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    It can’t be easy for smartphone manufacturers to devise enough differentiators for two flagship models each year, let alone three. Naturally therefore, we’re very curious to see what the LG G4 Pro might bring to the table that the standard G4 and G Flex 2 are missing. Back when this was teased as a “super premium” device, tipsters hinted at a prospective aluminum construction, as well as ultra-high-end specifications like a Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB RAM and 27MP rear camera. But in the meantime, the SD820 silicon has become an impractical endowment, given it requires too much ...

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    They say there’s no smoke without fire and, while we can’t really authenticate any of the profuse Nexus-centric rumors and leaks of late, it seems certain two stock Android-running Google phones will soon break cover. How soon? Within a few weeks as far as the smaller, lower-end LG-made 5-incher is concerned, according to fresh intel collected by a Korean publication. Apparently, the Nexus 5 (2015) could actually start selling on September 29, which suggests a formal announcement may take place earlier in the month. That makes perfect sense, given Android 6.0 Marshmallow is also ...

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    The bubble is about to burst for tablets, which have rapidly grown in recent years, but are faced with a crucial identity crisis as phablets threaten their very existence. Who needs an often bulky, non-cellular-enabled PC lacking the physical keyboard and productivity of conventional laptops? According to Taiwanese research firm TrendForce, just 163 million people in 2015. That includes estimates for the year’s first half and H2 forecasts, and would see the global market drop by a staggering 14.9 percent. So-called brand vendors are crippled by the industry’s free fall the most, as ...

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    As Apple sets the stage for the official announcements of the highly anticipated next-generation iPhones, Samsung intensifies its own efforts of promoting the latest Galaxy flagships. The S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ and Note 5 were offered on an “ultimate test drive” for free to iPhone owners for up to 30 days last week, a publicity stunt that proved so popular all three Androids went out of stock in a matter of hours. To this day, Samsung hasn’t been able to replenish inventory dedicated to the trial program, but there may still be hope for iFans looking to jump ship. Furthermore, those who ...

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    With the IFA trade show just one week away, you probably wouldn’t expect any big-time smartphone manufacturers to hold device launches outside Germany. Then again, the Huawei Honor 7 isn’t exactly news, as it was formally unveiled in late June, and made available on Chinese shores shortly thereafter. At last, the metal-clad 5.2-inch Android has (silently) arrived in Europe, where it’s sold via an “officially licensed Huawei & Honor online store” starting at £210 or €300. That’s £210 (roughly $325) in the UK if you use the coupon code “H7BRAVE40UK” before checkout, ...

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    Are you tired of the cookie-cutter smartphones being brought to you by the major manufacturers in the market? This years model of so-and-so's flagship is little more than a spruced-up version of last year's, or maybe with a design element or two copied from a competitor? It's this feeling of “there's nothing new anymore” that may be driving more and more shoppers to check out the options from new faces on the scene: companies like OnePlus. Last month we learned about an eye-catching new option, as pre-orders got underway for the security-focused Turing Phone. At the time, it wasn't ...

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    Samsung is clearly not playing games with its Samsung Pay services. The company has already launched the service in its home land, and even with a couple of hurdles, we've also received details on its U.S. launch. We're still a month away from that date, but it seems Samsung wants to start now. If you have already upgraded to a Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, or Galaxy Note 5 on either AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or US Cellular, you're entitled to beta test Samsung pay as of today. The service is currently only compatible with cards from Bank of America, Mastercard, US Bank, and ...

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    Smartphones are well used to dealing with the fallout from glitchy software, and it's hardly a rarity when we see a new handset arrive, only for there to be a launch-week update already available for it. But some problems run a lot deeper than some buggy code, and issues like the one Samsung's facing with the Galaxy Note 5 and its inability to gracefully deal with unintended wrong-way-around S Pen insertion can prove far more difficult to address. We're wondering if the new OnePlus 2 may find itself in a similar situation, as we hear about a failure with the capacitive home button on the ...

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    Sony's got some smartphone news to share with us at IFA next week, and rumors sure have been insistent that we can expect the manufacturer to unveil its latest Xperia Z5 family of flagships. The most recent has suggested that could include not one, not two, but three handsets, including a 4K-resolution Z5 “Premium” edition. While we wait to see if that kind of pie-in-the-sky hardware actually shows up, some new support has arrived for one of the slightly more conservative Z5 spec rumors, with the publication of a few images that appear to be official press shots of the Xperia Z5, ...

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    If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Instagram should consider itself overwhelmed with adulation, as the photo-sharing service has spawned a seemingly endless parade of competitors. And while many of them have attempted to offer their own twist on Instagram's formula, the company’s offerings have remained remarkable consistent; sure we see the launch of new filters, and video support arrived a while back, but Instagram's bread-and-butter has remained its square 640 x 640 photos. Last month we shared news with you of a long overdue resolution bump, raising the cap to 1080 x ...

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    Amazon never really set out to be a company that designed and sold its own mobile hardware, but a heck of a lot has changed since its early days as an online bookstore. From the initial success of the Kindle e-reader, Amazon's expanded its hardware offerings ranging from the affordable Fire tablets, to its Fire TV set-top box, to the unusual Echo. And while Amazon's had a few hits in there, it's also seen its share of misses, maybe most notably with last year's Fire Phone. It's failures like that one that may be responsible for some big changes happening at Amazon's Lab126 hardware ...

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    Rumors about a new Motorola smartwatch have been heating up for about a month or so now, suggesting that the company's nearly ready to announce it second-gen Moto 360. We've seen evidence from official sources, heard that Motorola could be planning an IFA 2015 launch, and even had the opportunity to look at some in-the-wild pics that seemed to reveal the wearable undergoing some last-minute testing. Today we add to that collection of images of actual hardware with a new shot comparing this year's Moto 360 to last year's model, and appearing to confirm the existence of a new, smaller size ...

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    Samsung caught the world by surprise when it stayed mum regarding Galaxy Note 5 European availability during the S Pen phablet’s launch event, and completely broke the hearts of its old continent fans upon announcing the Galaxy S6 Edge+ will be all the flagship they’ll be getting this fall. But just because the Note 5 isn’t headed to Europe anytime soon, it doesn’t mean it’ll altogether snub the region. If you’re patient enough, an SM-N920F model may go on sale, likely at a lower price than the rest of the Galaxy Note 5 configurations, as it seems to pack only 3GB RAM. Did ...

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    From a hardware standpoint, the surprisingly popular OnePlus One smartphone has been clearly superseded by the Snapdragon 810-packing 2. Yet as far as software goes, the market “veteran” remains on equal footing with the rookie. Both handhelds now run modified versions of Android 5.1 Lollipop, the OnePlus 2 out the box, and the One following an over-the-air update started less than 24 hours ago. Of course, the latter’s OTA promotion will spread out in phases, so you may have to wait a little longer until it reaches all devices it’s intended for worldwide. Alternatively, you can ...

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    We already know Sony has something up its sleeve for the IFA trade show in Berlin between September 4 and 9, and a number of recent teasers have aggressively promoted the advanced camera capabilities of the next Xperia phone or phones. But exactly how many new Z-series handhelds are in the pipeline? What will they be called? And most importantly, what might set them apart from the Xperia Z4/Z3+ and Z3 Compact? Thanks to a post on an unofficial Sony Georgia Facebook page, which apparently “jibes with” intel received by serial leaker @evleaks, we may finally have some answers. Three ...

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    What comes after S, A, E and J? In Samsung’s alphabet soup of smartphone monikers, apparently O. But contrary to our assumptions from last week, the new handheld series incorporated in the grander Galaxy family will likely not consist of O5 and O7 members. Instead, the SM-G600 and SM-G550 should go official soon as Galaxy Mega On and Galaxy Grand On. That’s quite the peculiar branding decision, if true, and it brings back memories of a more complicated time, when Samsung phones carried names like Galaxy Ace Style, Core Plus or Fame Lite. What’s going to make it even harder for the ...

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    The world just got richer with two new smartphones that are part of the new Obi Worldphone line-up, a fruit of the collaboration between Apple's ex-CEO John Sculley, and and Ammunition design founder Robert Brunner. You can debate whether each of the two resembles something else on the market (past or present), but there are just so many ways to build a smartphone these days. The Obi Worldphone SF1 and SJ1.5 will both set you back less than $200, when they become available in October in emerging markets in Asia, Africa and Middle East. The Obi Worldphone SF1 (below) will go for ...

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    It's been over a month now since Samsung shared news of its latest tablet, the Galaxy Tab S2. With a 4:3 screen, it's unlike most Samsung tablets that have come before it, drawing plenty of comparisons to Apple's iPad. Considering the heavyweight specs that help power the Tab S2, it may even draw some shoppers away from Apple's tablet – once they can get their hands on it, that is. Last month, Samsung launched the device without many details about retail availability, and while we were hoping we might get to learn more about the Tab S2 at Samsung's Unpacked event earlier this month, it ...

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    Head on over to the online Google Store, and you'll find devices like the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Chromecast, and Nexus Player, all up for sale. While that makes the site the go-to stop for Google's own hardware, there are a few third-party devices that still manage to score this kind of exposure: things like the Razer Forge Android TV bundle. Now we're seeing another manufacturer of Android TV hardware get its device added to the highly selective list of Google Store merchandise, as NVIDIA brings its Shield set-top box to the site. The Tegra X1-powered Shield box first launched back in early ...

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    Android is a very interesting platform since you're not forced to get your apps from Google Play. The Amazon App Store has been a major alternative for years, and its "Free App of the Day" feature did a good job of luring new customers to the platform. Today we learn that the promotion system we knew is gone, and as of today we learn about Amazon Underground. Amazon's new Underground service is a new type of App Store that also sells you other things. In away, this combines the Amazon App Store with the Amazon Store into one simple app. It uses a new freemium app model to make itself ...

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    We all know that Apple owns an insane amount of patents, and in most of these cases, these patents cover things that would be insane to patent because of their simplicity. That said, these patents have helped Cupertino win trials against Samsung in the US, and against the Google-owned Motorola in Europe. This second patent case was subject to an Appeal by Motorola tough, and it seems Apple has just lost it. The patent EP1964022 that was granted to Apple back in 2010 focused on the "swipe to unlock" gesture that is now common on all smartphones, and that gave Cupertino teeth to sue and ...

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    Even though we've been using voice commands for over a decade, it's not until Apple launched Siri that things began to take shape to what we see today. Today we've seen major improvements to Siri, Google Now and Cortana, but these services are still not good enough to be widely used. We heard that Facebook's "Moneypenny" project planned to add some human touch to this problem, and today we learn about it. Today the company has announced "Facebook M," the company's new Messenger-based digital assistant. The service will initially be limited to a certain amount of users in the Bay Area, but ...

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