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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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    Mobile software and advertising have a long and sometimes tumultuous history. Ads help compensate developers for their time and effort, and a successful campaign can go a long way towards encouraging those devs to create more of the apps we love. But sometimes we've had enough of ads, and we pay to upgrade to an ad-free experience; sometimes we pay to upgrade and ads (in one form or another) continue to persist. And then there are those times when we've simply had enough, and we don't want to see any ads at all. If you find yourself in that latter mood often enough, Google's got some good ...

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    Update: The podcast will be out at 3pm Eastern on April 29 and at anytime right here! Enjoy. Apple's quarterly earnings have fallen for the first time since 2003. As iPhone sales slow, what are the ramifications for Cupertino? Is Nokia getting into the smartwatch game by buying up Withings? Google is bringing Android app support to Chromebooks, but will we ever see Android and Chrome OS merge? We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and phone ...

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    For Android devices, it's almost a badge of honor getting listed for sale in the Google Store. It's not like Google sells just any hardware, so you've got to be something special to make it into this exclusive club. Beyond Google's own Nexus lineup, that includes some third-party Android TV boxes, but maybe the easiest way to get your hardware in the Google Store is to launch an Android Wear smartwatch. Today we've got big questions about the fate of one of those wearables, as Google appears to have shut down sales of the Moto 360 Sport. As you may recall, the story of the Moto 360 Sport's ...

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    Much like LG, Sony keeps bleeding money in the mobile tech segment while earning in many other departments more than enough to survive. Of course, LG washing machines and TVs have nothing on PlayStation hardware and software, though at the same time, there’s no Xperia on the horizon capable of the shipment numbers predicted for the modular G5 this year. All comparisons with rival companies aside, you have to applaud Sony for managing to triple (and then some) its operating income in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016 over figures posted the previous 12 months, as well as boost earnings ...

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    Huawei’s Honor sub-brand may have been one most Westerners didn’t even know existed until not long ago, but now that the 5X is available stateside at a crazy low price, everyone wants to hear more. Unfortunately, the even cheaper Honor 5C that Huawei just unveiled looks poised for China retail exclusivity. Around those parts, it’s already up for grabs, starting at CNY 900 ($139) in a 3G-only configuration, with an extra 100 Yuan charged for dual SIM LTE connectivity at a grand total of roughly 155 bucks. You’d probably expect a number of ensuing compromises compared to the Honor ...

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    While we can’t be sure it has anything to do with that recent wave of “structural” changes and executive reshuffles, or even more recent warranty controversies, Motorola is clearly behind its traditional product release schedule. There hasn’t been a single Moto-branded device unveiled thus far in 2016, despite the second-gen Moto E turning a year old back in February, and losing touch with the world’s best ultra-affordable phones of late. But last week we received confirmation of an “exciting” announcement happening on June 9, and today, we’re seeing press invites floating ...

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    Samsung and LG managed to sync up their latest quarterly financial reports, probably unintentionally, and both Korean tech giants have reason to be proud of how much money they earned overall between January and March. Strictly from a mobile point of view however, Q1 2016 wasn’t a rosy period for the nation’s eternal number two, which saw its division sales and operating income take big hits on lack of innovation, noteworthy new releases and high G5 marketing expenses. The LG G5, mind you, only launched commercially on April 1, so it’s not technically to blame for its maker’s ...

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    Virtual reality is arguably the future of tech, although it’s hard to believe VR headsets, goggles, cameras and other gadgets of the sort will indeed surpass smartphones in mainstream popularity in four years, as an HTC official recently predicted. For the time being, it’s all about baby steps, and actually getting the few high-profile “immersive” products so far unveiled in the hands and on the heads of early adopters. Everyone from Oculus to HTC to Samsung and even LG appear to be struggling with that, delaying commercial launches and shipments of devices available on pre-order. ...

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    Although technically both Samsung and Apple rolled out new phones unusually early this year, that turned out to be a smart business move for only one of the two tech giants and mobile industry leaders, which posted unexpectedly strong financial numbers for the past quarter. Granted, the iPhone SE launched commercially a little too late to significantly elevate its maker’s sales, revenue and profits scores for the January – March timeframe, but at the same time, it’s doubtful the 4-incher will ever match the Galaxy S7’s mainstream success. Samsung of course isn’t ready to share ...

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    Samsung is galvanizing one of its user interfaces by Vulkanizing it. We're seeing the company put the Vulkan API to good use on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge already — how fitting that these two devices are the first in Android to support it. If you don't know what Vulkan is, it's a tool that will get graphically-intensive processes running on multiple platforms (not just Android) quickly while optimizing performance for each instance of those platforms. Yep, it's mostly a game-changer, but it's so much so that the Android N Developer Preview supports it. Back to the chaebol, though, as ...

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    When we're looking at the biggest smartphone brands around, it's almost not even worth paying attention to the top two: Samsung dominates the market, and Apple's got itself a reasonably comfortable second-place spot. But move a little further down the list, and the fight starts getting interesting. Huawei's been a distant third for a while now, but could the company ever get to the point where Apple needs to be worried? And while Xiaomi and Lenovo filled out the top five last time we looked, will their fortunes hold? The latest global shipment figures are out, and they show some big ...

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    There's no getting over it: the BlackBerry Priv is one unusual smartphone, and that means it's not going to be for everyone. From the unusual vertical-slider design, to the beefed-up security software, to the simple fact that this is an Android phone built by BlackBerry, the Priv is anything but your typical smartphone. But even if all those oddities end up endearing you to the handset (and don't get us wrong; there's a lot to like here) there's still been one big stumbling block keeping the Priv from making its way into the hands of more users: a seriously top-shelf price tag. Recently, ...

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    Google's been selling Nexus hardware for years, offering shoppers a chance to take home a “pure” Android experience with some of the best software support in the business. Starting as a phone-only affair, the lineup's since matured with tablet options, as well as multiple handsets selling alongside each other. But in recent years, Google's love affair with Nexus tablets seemed to be waning, and the last such model we got was 2014's Nexus 9. Now the era of that HTC-made tablet is starting to come to a close, as Google puts an end to its Nexus 9 sales. As of today, Google's no longer ...

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    We got 2016 started with some rumors that weren't talking about new flagship phones a couple months away, or summer's hot new models, but instead some high-profile handsets probably landing until closer to fall: Google's next Nexus phones. Coming off a year of two such models, from two different manufacturers, the rumor suggested that Google would come back with another pair of handsets, but this time from one OEM: HTC. In the months since we haven't heard any better theories about Google's 2016 Nexus lineup, and this HTC idea has only picked up steam. Today a new rumor adds its own ...

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    BlackBerry has this uncanny knack for keeping itself in the news year after year, despite its smartphone market share fading away into oblivion. But already this week we've heard about the latest software update to hit a BlackBerry phone, as the Android-based Priv gets its big Marshmallow release, and now we find ourselves checking out a possible leak that might just reveal the next generation of BlackBerry's handset lineup, as a set of renders and pics attempt to reveal the phones codenamed Hamburg and Rome. Company CEO John Chen has already confirmed his intention to release a pair of ...

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    More than most phones, the Nextbit Robin is a handset really defined by its software, deriving from that code its ability to intelligently offload apps and media the cloud. So we were understandably excited late last month when word arrived about some forthcoming Robin software updates, especially one due to land sometime in April that would bring the phone enhancements like a significantly faster camera and optimized speaker tuning. We're fast running out of days before May, but Nextbit has finally come through as promised, announcing the start of OTA distribution today. Nextbit's release ...

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    Though official Mario, Zelda or Donkey Kong support on iOS and Android remains a pipe dream Nintendo doesn’t appear willing to turn into reality anytime soon, we’ve known for a while now the famed Japanese video game developer has big mobile expansion plans. Much bigger than just helping socially awkward individuals ask their e-friends questions they’d never dare to ask in real life with Miitomo. But as simplistic and childish that social networking app might have seemed at first for hardcore Nintendo-gaming fans in the West, it quickly became hugely popular in the company’s ...

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    Although the global smartphone market has been under an innovation-hindering OS duopoly for several years now, which Windows Mobile no longer seems capable of pressuring, a host of smaller platforms continue to walk the fine line between complete oblivion and relative relevance. One of these is Ubuntu, developed by UK-based Canonical Ltd. on the same Linux roots as Android, and while its mainstream popularity remains paltry, high-profile hardware partners like Meizu refuse to throw in the towel. Unfortunately, the Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition is a little late to the actual availability ...

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    It’s not unusual to see major Android device manufacturers “soak test” key software updates for a few weeks before concluding all’s well and polished, and a wide-scale OTA rollout can begin. But there are also cases when these pre-release beta experiments expose critical bugs and/or a general sense of system instability requiring extra OS refinement work. That’s probably what happened with the Android 6.0 Marshmallow makeover of the Droid Turbo 2 on Verizon, which was kicked off on a small scale way back in early March, and is only now spreading to the masses. No explanation ...

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    If there’s one US-based smartphone manufacturer that can resist the global invasion of ultra-low-cost China-made Androids, it’s definitely BLU Products, the company behind such recent hits as the Energy X LTE, Vivo 5, Vivo XL, and Life One X. Well, there’s also Motorola, but technically, that’s a China-based Lenovo-owned outfit now, and its next Moto G franchise entry looks a little too high-end to be very affordable anyway. Meanwhile, before the third-gen Moto E sees daylight, the BLU Dash X2 and M2 have gone on sale on Amazon with minimal fanfare, the former likely snatching the ...

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    Some phones languish around in the rumor-space for what feels like forever, dropping hints of their existence here and there, but failing to generate a lot of buzz and proceed to launch on a timeline where we still care about them. Then there are those phones that waste no time at all in going from early rumors, to tons of evidence, to a formal launch. Huawei's upcoming Honor V8 feels a lot more like one of those latter handsets, and we've gone from a teaser just one week back, to news about possible pricing, to spotting the phone (with pics) in a regulatory database. Now we're fleshing ...

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    It used to be that Samsung was king of the wearables market, cranking out new models faster than most of us could keep up. But lately we've really seen the company start slowing things down: last year's Gear S2 is still coasting along steadily, and sometimes it feels like Samsung's let VR's rise distract it a little from other wearable pursuits. But we've still heard whispers about where Samsung's efforts could be headed next, and today we score a major breakthrough as a leak outs a pair of upcoming wearables from the manufacturer: the second-gen Gear Fit tracker and the all-new wireless ...

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    Smartwatches do so many things differently from your standard “dumb” timekeepers that it's difficult to know where to start, but there's undeniably one big thread that runs through the whole experience: personalization. From the watch style you choose, to the apps you load on it, to the watchface you turn to dozens of times throughout the day, smartwatch users have plenty of opportunities to really make their wearables their own. That customization extends to straps, but as anyone who's struggled to swap one out for another can tell you, they're not always so easy to work with. ...

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    Smartphone manufacturers tend to follow certain patterns, and eagle-eyed fans who manage to pick up on these tend to develop some well-founded expectations for how these companies will behave: when they'll launch new phones, and how older phones will be supported. But when a company does something new, as BlackBerry did with its Android-running Priv, we find ourselves at a loss. With no BlackBerry Android experience to draw from, how can we expect the company to behave? If you were concerned that BlackBerry's efforts enhancing Android with extra security layers might prevent it from ...

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    Right now, we're still just a couple weeks removed from HTC's last big smartphone launch, with the debut of the HTC 10. But as shoppers get ready to welcome that new flagship into their lives, we're already learning about even more HTC hardware. Just yesterday we checked out some of the first evidence to arrive for the Desire 830, and while we're still waiting for that model to go official, today we've got another new HTC handset that's already launching, as HTC reveals the One S9. As the phone's name should help clue you in, the One S9 has a lot more in common with the design of last ...

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