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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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    At last year's Mobile World Congress, Android Wear and the Apple Watch weren't realities. That is to say, the wearables race at that point in time was nowhere near as heated as it has become now, and the devices themselves weren't all that abundant. This year, though, all that changes. We saw Huawei launch its new Watch (which we thought was one of the hottest-looking Android Wear watches yet in our hands-on time) as well as the Huawei TalkBand B2 and N1, all leaps ahead in the wearable sector for the company. We had a chance to go hands-on with the latter two on the show floor at Mobile ...

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    We first got our hands on the Pebble smartwatch back in the spring of 2013, following the wearable's crowdfunding campaign. About a year later, at CES 2014, we got our first look at the Pebble Steel, putting the old hardware in a shiny new package. This year Pebble took the next step forward in the evolution of its platform, introducing not just some revamped software but also its first color-screened smartwatch, the Pebble Time. You'd be forgiven for thinking you picked up on a pattern here with Pebble's product cycles, and that we'd be getting a sleek, metal-bodied Pebble Time another ...

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    One of the things that makes Android Android is Google Play services. Most users of the platform don't know that, but in reality the services form an integral backend with the newest APIs and services, and it becomes critical to delivering the same feature-rich Android experience across various smartphones. The latest revision to that is out today, dubbed Google Play services 7.0. Let's take a look at what's new. There are new tools to aid our favorite developers make their apps even better – namely, Location Settings Dialog (a mechanism letting developers know whether a given location ...

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    Yesterday was a hugely busy one for new mobile hardware, led off by HTC and Samsung's announcements of the One M9, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 Edge. And while those gave us plenty to pay attention to, we hadn't even really gotten MWC fully started yet - that would wait for today. And the first official day of Mobile World Congress 2015 absolutely did not disappoint, bringing its own series of new device launches. We did our best to cover all the hot new products fresh on the expo floor, but in case you missed anything, here's your chance to catch up on everything we saw today. Sony led off ...

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    We've spent the last couple days showing you a ton of new devices – and that's not about to stop now. With all this high-end gear bombarding your senses, it's easy to feel a little overwhelmed – and if you're anything like us, you're simultaneously wanting to own it all and also wondering how the hell you're going to be able to afford all this brand new hardware. Just in the nick of time, Google's got some fresh savings coming our way, all in the name of celebrating three years of the Play Store. Just like last year and the year before, it's time for some Google Play anniversary sales. ...

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    With the Xperia Z4 Tablet, Sony is setting out to show that it knows how to deliver some premium hardware. At just 6.1mm thick, it can go head-to-head with the Apple iPad Air 2 in the race for super-thin tablets – and it does so while delivering a screen that's both larger and of much higher resolution. Maybe more importantly, Sony's offering comes in weighing ten percent less that Apple's. Understandably, we're going to be seeing a lot of comparisons made between these two devices, so we wanted to get a head start on our analysis. That meant bringing an iPad Air 2 along to Sony's MWC ...

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    When Lenovo's Vibe Shot first turned up in leaks, we weren't quite sure what to make of it. It was only a few weeks back when the handset was positively identified as the model it is, and Lenovo's formal launch of the smartphone didn't come until today at MWC. But now that it's here we can finally appreciate all the steps the manufacturer has taken to make sure that camera performance is treated as a priority, and not given the second-tier status it can find itself relegated to on other models. We picked up a Vibe Shot at MWC 2015 today to take a look first-hand at what Lenovo's ...

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    Smartphone progress follows a general trickle-down effect: what was once top-shelf hardware finds itself popping up on more affordable devices as newer, higher-specced components emerge to outfit future flagships. But this year at MWC Sony doesn't have a new flagship model, and the new smartphone it's brought to show off is instead a mid-range handset, the Xperia M4 Aqua. Can it hold a candle to the six-month-old Xperia Z3? We took a look at both models at MWC 2015 to see how they compared. In an impressive number of ways, the M4 Aqua compares quite favorably to the Z3. It sure looks a ...

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    At MWC this year, if you're introducing a new smartwatch, it had better be one with a circular screen. LG liked that idea so much, it brought along two such models. Huawei wasn't about to be left out on this trend, either, and in addition to some new fitness tracker bands, launched a full-fledged smartwatch, the Huawei Watch. We stopped by the company’s MWC presence to take a look at this new Android Wear model for ourselves. On paper, the Huawei Watch might just be the Android Wear model to beat. It's got the highest-res display we've seen from the platform, beating out other ...

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    Sony may get a little flack for not being ready with a new Z-series flagship smartphone at MWC this year, but it's not like the manufacturer's just been sitting around twiddling its thumbs, either. Instead, it's come to the conference with some very much flagship-caliber hardware – just not in a pocket-sized variety. Earlier today we saw the company announce the new Xperia Z4 Tablet, and now we have the chance to go hands-on with the model for ourselves. There are thin device, and there are thin devices, with the Z4 Tablet's 6.1mm depth making it very much one of the latter. Despite that ...

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    A few weeks back, it was anyone's guess if Sony was actually going to bring new phones to MWC 2015. Rumors of the Xperia Z4 kept drifting further and further into the future, and our MWC attention instead started turning towards Sony's tablet lineup. And with Sony launching phones like the Xperia E4 and E4g in the weeks before the conference, even if it did have any non-flagship models in the pipeline, would it have any left by the time the show rolled around? As it turns out, that answer is very much in the affirmative, and Sony just went official with its new Xperia M4 Aqua mid-ranger. ...

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    Cyanogen has a history of teaming up with underdog smartphone manufacturers, it seems (at least from our view from the United States). After all, it is the company that was the launch partner for the OnePlus One's software, and now Cyanogen is teaming up with Alcatel Onetouch for a new device here. The Alcatel Onetouch Hero 2+ is a phablet featuring Cyanogen's custom OS, and it's coming to the States as well to try to make a dent in the market. The Hero 2+ is basically just a rehashed Hero 2, except with the obvious inclusion of Cyanogen OS in the new model. So as a recap, this means ...

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    Samsung’s second-gen Edge design is here, with yesterday's launch of the Galaxy S6 Edge. If the Note Edge was testing the waters, the Galaxy S6 Edge is Samsung's way of jumping right in, cannonball-style. And while these are both flagship devices with over-the-edge displays, they're quite different in how they go about it, from the degree of the curve itself, to the pair of curved edges on the new GS6 Edge. At MWC 2015, we decided to see just how this year's Edge compares to last years, putting the Galaxy S6 Edge head-to-head against the Galaxy Note Edge. Are the Galaxy S6 Edge's refined ...

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    One tablet that's been on our radar but relatively elusive for quite some time now has been the Nokia N1. The device was launched to mixed reception months ago by the remnants of Nokia (the parts of the company that didn't go to the Microsoft Devices and Services group during the buyout), with some loving the sheer promise of it and others denouncing it as an iPad mini clone. Now we've had a chance to form an opinion of our own, having just had a chance to use the tablet for a good bit, so here's our initial Nokia N1 hands-on video! As people who make a living off of testing out different ...

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    The MWC 2015 announcements show no signs of stopping. After yesterday's massive unveils of the HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6, other players are ready to keep the news flowing throughout the trade show. Two new smartphones have just been announced by the owner of Motorola (Lenovo, of course), one of them the Lenovo A7000 and the other the Lenovo Vibe Shot – which we covered extensively in a separate post. Let's go over the first new smartphone announcement from today. Lenovo calls the A7000 a smartphone that's "built for entertainment on a budget." It's the first phone to come with ...

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    Around these parts (especially around this MWC timeframe), we're very used to seeing traditional smartphones launch, meaning the main point of the device is communication. But every so often, a device manufacturer decides to take a different approach in the creation of a phone, and what results usually turns into either a runaway success or a dead-on-arrival type scenario. The newest smartphone that finds itself in one of these situations is the Lenovo Vibe Shot, a device that its OEM touts as being for "those who want a phone that looks and feels like a camera." The company goes on to ...

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    We weren't expecting much from Sony on the smartphone front from MWC 2015 – given that the Xperia Z4 doesn't look to be launching here, and that's pretty much all that's been on our immediate radar as of late – but the company has gone ahead and surprised us a bit with the unveiling of the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua through a press release from Barcelona. Let's have a look at the device below. The smartphone is what Sony itself calls a mid-ranger, though the company does go on to state that the phone "sets the new mid-range standard" with its innovative features. There's a 13MP rear-facing ...

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    The announcements out of MWC in Barcelona are reaching a nonsensical level at this point, with HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6 out of the way now, and Microsoft set to make its big reveal in just about an hour. Sony has taken this moment of a lull of sorts to reveal two new devices, one of them being its next flagship tablet. Meet the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet, official as of right now. Sony says that the Z4 Tablet represents the perfection of mobile entertainment. There's a bright 2K 10.1-inch display, as well as industry-leading battery life, and it's all rounded out by the powerful ...

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    Did you know that MWC doesn't technically get started until tomorrow, March 2? If you've been following today's news, that's going to seem like crazy talk to you, but manufacturers just can't wait until Monday to share word of all their new products with you, leading to today's flood of early announcements. We got to see a lot of hot new hardware, including some of what promises to be the biggest smartphones of the season, and we're only getting started. Let's take a look at everything Sunday's MWC launches had to offer us: HTC beat Samsung to the flagship-launch punch with the ...

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    Is Samsung's new Galaxy S6 an iPhone wannabe? Look at its super-thin design and gracefully curved edges, and it's very easy to see it as taking a huge page from Apple's design playbook. But dismissing it as a copycat would be woefully unfair, as Samsung has done a ton with the GS6 to help distinguish it not just from previous Galaxy S-series smartphones, but also the rest of the smartphone landscape out there. Need a little more convincing? At MWC 2015 today we put both Samsung's and Apple's latest flagships head-to-head. Dropping the expandable storage and replaceable battery of the ...

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    Samsung may have surprised you today by unveiling not one, but two smartphones as its flagships for the year. The very subtle differences in design (as opposed to the differences between the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge) have led many to believe that the two are, in essence, the exact same smartphone, just with slightly varying designs. As it turns out, the contrast between the two phones is a bit more enunciated than that – let our Samsung Galaxy S6 vs S6 Edge comparison video from MWC 2015 video do the explaining. Our full impressions of the differences between the two smartphones will ...

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    Your first chance to use Samsung's Galaxy S6 for yourself is coming soon, but until the Android powerhouse descends upon stores, we tracked down the phone at MWC 2015 to give you an early taste of what to expect. While we've seen the GS6 leaked six ways from Sunday (no pun intended), there's something about actually picking the handset up for the first time that instantly makes it seem so much more real - and considering the refined design and super-thin construction that define the phone's hardware, that first impression is a memorable one. If Samsung's love for plastics drove you to ...

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    It's nighttime in Barcelona right now, giving us a bit of much-appreciated breathing room to collect ourselves after today's whirlwind launches, and pay some attention to a few of the less spotlight-grabbing announcements from the day. Lenovo may not be bringing any products that are as hotly anticipated as those new flagships from Samsung and HTC, but it's still got quite a few new models that could well be worth your attention. Today, the name of the game was “tablets,” and Lenovo brought three new models to show off, the Android Lenovo Tab 2 A8 and A10-70, and the Windows-running ...

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    The Huawei Watch isn't the only new wearable the manufacturer is introducing at MWC this year - far from it, as it turns out. Last year at MWC 2014 Huawei introduced its TalkBand B1, and now it's following that up with the TalkBand B2 and TalkBand N1 hybrid Bluetooth headset/fitness trackers. If the TalkBand B2 (below) is a fitness tracker that doubles as a Bluetooth headset, the N1 stands that dual-mode operation on its head, coming off more as a Bluetooth headset with activity tracking abilities. The B2 bracelet's 0.73-inch touchscreen display pops out to become a Bluetooth earpiece, or ...

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    Late last week we caught a glimpse of Huawei's newest wearable in the Barcelona airport, ahead of its MWC launch. The round-screened smartwatch looked quite sharp and ran Android Wear, but that's all we could suss out at the time. Well, now it's finally time for the smartwatch to go official, and we're getting the full scoop on the Huawei Watch, complete with all those juicy technical specs. The most interesting thing about the Watch's 1.4-inch circular display may be its 400 x 400 resolution, making it quite a bit higher-res than competition like the 320 x 290 Moto 360 or the 320 x 320 LG ...

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