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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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    The Galaxy Note 4 is nearly here. Samsung's been teasing the hell out of its phablet for next week's pre-IFA Unpacked event, and all that remains now is to get the details. Which, to be fair, there are a lot that still need to be confirmed, and beyond specifics on hardware components, we still don't have a great idea of how this phone will appear. There have been a few leaked pics of components, as well as supposed images of the assembled Note 4 itself, but nothing we've felt really confident about being the genuine article. With such a short time to go before launch, will a solid leak of ...

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    When Motorola's Moto X+1 finally launches – which all present evidence is pointing towards happening next week, we're hoping to get confirmation of a bunch of new custom backplate options. Already, Motorola's given us a rainbow of colors and a handful of wooden finishes to choose from for the Moto X, and right from the start of X+1 rumors, we've been hearing about the phone picking up some additional materials. Namely, we could be looking at leather options, including a choice of colors, and just last week we spotted some retailer evidence that seemed to support the idea of this new ...

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    As we just looked at in our IFA 2014 Rumor Roundup, Sony's got quite a few new devices we're expecting to see launched next week. Those range from phones, to tablets, to wearables, to accessories, and a relatively consistent stream of leaks has been slowly feeding us information about many of them. But in contrast to companies like Samsung or ASUS, which have been delivering IFA teasers that outright identify their upcoming products, Sony's been keeping relatively quiet. Sure, we got some general hints from its invitation itself, but nothing really specific. Now the manufacturer is finally ...

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    Benchmarking applications have been a hot topic as of late, as many manufacturers have cheated and gamed results, making headlines. The most popular benchmarking app out there though, is helping to thwart that by doing what it can – today, the AnTuTu 5 update has gone live in Google Play. The AnTuTu 5 update was first covered by us, in video form and lengthy written form, back when we were able to obtain a beta version for review. Since then, the app has stabilized in a final version, and loose ends have been tied up. We encourage you to give our previous in-depth coverage a look if ...

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    For Verizon customers, it's the Windows Phone question of the year: Lumia Icon or One M8 for Windows? Both phones offer premium builds and powerful internals, both run Windows Phone 8.1, and both have their own software goodies to try to captivate customers – but which is the better phone overall? We tackle that question in our HTC One M8 for Windows vs Nokia Lumia Icon comparison video down below. Talking hardware, neither of these phones are small. But what they both are is sturdy and solidly built, for whatever you take that to mean. The HTC feels a bit better in-hand, if only ...

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    We knew that LG was prepping its G Watch R a few days ago, but it was unexpected that the official announcement would come so soon. Well, that's now upon us, so it's now time to gaze into the internals of this sucker to see what it's all about in our comprehensive LG G Watch R specs list. This watch is pretty par for the course when it comes to smartwatches, and it should be able to handle anything Android Wear can muster with ease. With just a few Android Wear watches on the market as of now, it's tough to gauge what exactly the ideal specs list, but we should get a bit better of an idea ...

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    LG looks like it's saving nothing in terms of device launches for the IFA 2014 trade show next week. It's already gone official with the L Fino and L Bello entry-level smartphones, the midrange G3 Stylus, and is now announcing for real the LG G Watch R, a Moto 360 competitor if there's ever been one. The smartwatch is allegedly the first watch-style wearable in the world to be using circular P-OLED display tech and utilize 100% of the watch face (sorry Moto 360, that black bar at the bottom is really costing you). Speaking of that display, it's a 1.3-inch panel. And while we're on specs, ...

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    Who's ready for a little Funkausstellung? We're about a week away from the start of IFA 2014, where mobile device manufacturers from all around the world will descend on Berlin to show off their newest products. The F in IFA –Funkausstellung– may translate as “radio show,” but the expo has evolved far beyond its early audio roots to feature the very latest in smartphones, tablets, and wearables. The Pocketnow team will be on the ground in Germany to share with you everything IFA 2014 has to deliver (or at least, everything worth seeing) but before we send our boys abroad, we wanted ...

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    There have been a ton of rumors surrounding a Google Nexus 9 made by HTC. Sadly, aside from a couple of model numbers here and there, the amount of detail regarding what will power this HTC-made tablet have been quite scarce. We've speculated a lot on what we should expect from this design given HTC's track record, but today we finally get details on some internals. Reports claim that the Google Nexus 9 will be powered by a 2.5GHz dual-core NVIDIA's Tegra K1 Denver processor. What makes this processor famous, in addition to its 64-bit ARMv8 architecture, is the fact that it's fully pin ...

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    Usually, when I hit Publish on a review, I've had enough time to mull over the words and reread everything enough to be completely certain of everything I wrote. And if I question anything, I can just grab the phone, double-check my thoughts, and reassure myself that I got it right – right then and there, firsthand proof. In all the phones I've reviewed, there was only one time I can recall that I hit publish and immediately wanted to take it back. It wasn't that I was unsure of what I had said. It was that, no matter how certain I was, I didn't want to believe what I wrote. I remember ...

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    Earlier this week, rumors about Google's follow-up to the Nexus 5 took a turn. We had already been talking about the idea of Motorola manufacturing this hardware, and after rumors bounced around the theory that we could be looking at a 5.9-inch phablet-sized handset, they settled back at a slightly more mainstream 5.2-inch screen size. But all of a sudden, it looked like we might not be getting the Nexus 6 we assumed would we be on the menu, and instead the phone would arrive as the Nexus X – a name we'd been tossing around a year prior in the lead-up to the release of the Moto X. Today ...

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    “No way, the Note 4's coming out? Dude, I want a Note 4,” exclaims Mark Hunter, the subject of one of Samsung's latest Note 4 teaser videos. Going back a week now, we've been checking out these promotional clips the company has been publishing, leading up to its Unpacked event at IFA next week. At first they were a little vague, reminding us of why we liked the existing Note line and alluding to an IFA announcement, but by now Samsung seems to have given up any pretense and is dropping that Note 4 name left and right. In these latest spots, we check in with some current Galaxy Note ...

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    Is there any real mystery left in smartphones? We've got all these companies teasing their IFA announcements, and while many aren't outright announcing new products already (except you, LG – you're a kook), they're pretty much doing everything but. And while there's still a lot of uncertainty around products like the new iPhones, few of us are doubting that the phones themselves exist. How about some news that's quite a bit more open-ended? We've got just the thing, as there's something going on right now between Cyanogen and Nextbit, but no one seems to have a good idea of just what ...

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      It often seems there's a direct correlation between the widespread use of mobile technology and typos. Let's face it: being precise while typing on a mobile device can be a real pain, and the autocorrect only makes things worse at times. How often have you sent a text message or an email only to discover an embarrassing mistake a minute later? Although there are plenty of keyboard apps aimed at taking the frustration out of mobile typing, Minuum stands out from the crowd. Its goal is to revolutionize the way we type on a variety of mobile and wearable devices. We talked to the ...

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    Smartwatches are promising to be some of the real spotlight-stealers at IFA next week, where models like a new curved-display, cellular-connected Gear from Samsung, and that round-faced LG G Watch R are expected. Last week, we saw ASUS start dropping hints that it, too, was preparing to introduce a smartwatch at IFA, one rumors had previously suggested could be the lowest-priced Android Wear model to date, by a wide margin. The company followed that up with some additional teasers, revealing design sketches, and now it's back with a short video and a name for this smartwatch: the ASUS ...

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