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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 Apple of China” may have been overshadowed of late by the local Samsung equivalent (i.e. Huawei), as well as LG’s counterpart (OPPO), but it’s still managed to beat the Cupertino-based giant it was once accused of emulating to the dual rear camera punch. Even better, the just-unveiled Xiaomi Redmi Pro looks about three times as cheap as the iPhone 7 Plus, aka 6SE Plus, kicking off sales, at least domestically, as early as August 8. Granted, at RMB 1,500 ($225) and up, this Android-powered 5.5-incher can’t possibly hide 3D Touch tricks up its sleeve, or pack Qualcomm’s ...

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    Nighttimes call for light measures. In the case of looking at your brightly lit smartphone screen at night, that means easing the work your eyes have to do to balance its vision. Well, if you spend hours digging through your clogged up Twitter feed before bed, make sure you try out the new Night Mode on the Android app. It turns every white UI interface into black (most of the app's backgrounds) and vice versa (text). Though, somewhat unfortunately, the black isn't actually truly black — it has a subtle blue tone to it. Blue light is said to be the most taxing on eyes at night. Of ...

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    Lenovo-owned Motorola has dropped its monthly update schedule for its smartphones, favoring a "most efficient" one. When it launched its Moto Z line of handsets last month, a company spokesperson did promise security patches from Android Security Bulletins. Phones "will receive an update shortly after launch with additional patches." The representative did not discuss the frequency of those updates. Fast forward to today and Motorola has responded to Ars Technica's request to address its non-willingness to go monthly as the updates are released. Motorola understands that keeping phones ...

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    Let’s not waste time. These are good phone and represent solid options, but these Motos now face substantially more competition from other companies looking to shake up the entry and mid-range markets. We’ll be tackling both the Moto G4 and the G4 Plus in this review. Is one of these phones the right fit for you? It’s never as simple as a “worth it” thumbs up or thumbs down verdict. To simplify, if you’re curious what the differences might be between the G4 and G4 Plus, we have this video which will explain in greater detail. Design These phones are simple and clean looking. ...

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    Online chatter about Microsoft looking to beef up and consolidate its multi-factor authenticator services dating as far back as January finally spawns an official announcement today, previewing some big changes coming to security-enhancing apps for your Microsoft account and Azure AD on August 15. No more separating the two… in a few weeks, as the “best of both” worlds is combined into a single product supporting enterprise and consumer “scenarios.” Dubbed simply and fittingly Microsoft Authenticator, the revised app aims to maintain the “highest level of security” while ...

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    Now that the full Moto Z/Z Force review is in, as well as the two phones’ camera analysis and our critical look at three of the Moto Mods meant to enhance out-the-box functionality, it’s time to pin down the best thing about this new modular undertaking. That’s right, probably the best thing about the Moto Z is it inevitably attracts a downpour of sweet deals… on last year’s Motorola Moto X Pure Edition. We kid, at least in part, though there’s no denying the appeal of B&H Photo Video’s latest sale on Lenovo’s previous Moto-branded flagship. Specifically, its 32GB ...

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    Based on Chinese shores, relatively big in India, and virtually unknown as far as Western audiences are concerned, Gionee is a smartphone manufacturer accustomed to making headlines with records and firsts. For quite a while, the largely budget-focused OEM was busy setting the bar and upping the ante for the world’s thinnest handhelds, whereas the Marathon series accommodated some of the biggest batteries on devices ranging from 5 to 6 inches. Now, the Gionee M6 and M6 Plus drop the Marathon moniker, but still promise mind-blowing running times between charges, thanks to 5,000 and 6,020 ...

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    It’s no longer a big secret the rapidly approaching Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will have many great things going for it, including iris recognition, an enhanced S Pen, snazzy dual-edged screen, all the RAM you could ever need, and water resistance. While probably not compatible with the existing first consumer edition of the Gear VR headset due to USB Type-C adoption, the phablet should come to market chaperoned by its own affordable new pair of virtual reality goggles. But what about support for Google’s industry-paramount Daydream platform? Seeing as how ZTE is already on board, and ...

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    With all the attention given to the fast-rising Huawei, OPPO, Vivo and even LeEco of late, it feels another promising Chinese smartphone manufacturer isn’t quite getting the buzz it perhaps deserves. Unlike three of its four aforementioned domestic rivals, ZTE already caters to an American audience in addition to Asian and European budget-conscious mobile consumers with both entry-level devices and premium models. But if the Axon 7 is too rich for your blood, freebies included, you’ll be happy to hear a diminutive, watered-down version will probably break cover soon. The ZTE Axon 7 ...

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    Instead of going the traditional route and announcing its latest quarterly financial results, Huawei just came out with a cumulative first-half-of-the-year report that consolidates both the company’s position as the world’s third largest smartphone vendor, and its solid growth potential. Granted, the early 2016 objective of shipping 140 million handhelds within 12 months, up 40 percent from the already remarkable 2015 total, no longer seems attainable. But 120M sounds good too, and if the Chinese OEM can keep up the sales momentum of a P9 and Honor 5X-headlined portfolio thus far, ...

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    Despite the moderate box-office success of its rookie Android-based hardware effort, BlackBerry is still looking to release no less than three new phones running the world’s most popular OS over the next few months, according to rock-solid sources. The first of the bunch is arguably the least glamorous model, and should go official later today ahead of a commercial rollout a month down the line. In case early renders, a recently leaked pic starring the device’s rear, as well as chatter around the interwebs, didn’t make it clear enough, we now have confirmation the BlackBerry Neon, or ...

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    The CEO along with a co-founder of Cyanogen is responding to anonymously sourced reports that the company is turning away from its vision of an operating system based on Android in favor of apps. Both Android Police and Recode posted stories about the move. CEO Kirt McMaster tweeted out his response. Cyanogen NOT pivoting to apps. We are an OS company and our mission of creating an OPEN ANDROID stands. FALSE reporting was outstanding. — Kirt McMaster (@cyanogenone) July 25, 2016 The executive did confirm the layoffs that were also tipped to the outlets in a tweet on Saturday. It is ...

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    EDIT: Minor corrections were made to our battery stats. We’re aiming to knock out two birds with one stone in this review as these two phones are more alike than they are different. A small handful of hardware options separate the two, but otherwise we get a pretty clear idea of where the manufacturer wants to take the future of its smartphone business. These two devices come from a fully entwined Motorola and Lenovo partnership, bringing both company’s cultures to the forefront. Moto delivering excellent consumer choices and business grade construction, alongside Lenovo’s influence ...

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    Now that we know literally everything about the Galaxy Note 7, it’s time to dig a little deeper and try to find out more details on Samsung’s VR hardware-advancing plans. Rumor has it the Korean tech giant wants to run with the big dogs in addition to strengthening its low-cost domination, though we’re afraid there’s nothing new to report on the standalone Odyssey front. Meanwhile, the second consumer edition of the smartphone-compatible Samsung Gear VR most likely carries the SM-R323 model number (its predecessor being the SM-R322), picking up USB Type-C connectivity and GNote 7 ...

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    Bargain? Steal? Hot deal? It feels like a stretch to attach any of those descriptions to the first ever big Sony Xperia X Performance US discount. Even calling the savings big is a bit of an overstatement, although $120 can buy you more than a few (thousand) Pokémon GO coins. The thing is the X Performance started off so overpriced that it needs a couple extra markdowns of this degree to finally provide a competitive bang for your buck. Still, if for whatever reason you’re dead set against the frequently reduced Samsung Galaxy S7, or the off-the-bat inexpensive OnePlus 3 or ZTE Axon 7, ...

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    If there’s one thing preventing Samsung these days from selling low to mid-end Android gear in comparable numbers to premium members of the Galaxy S and Note smartphone families, it’s probably an acute lack of identity. Everybody likes choice and diversity, but not brand dilution and disorientation, which is exactly what you get when releasing a Galaxy J2 Pro mere weeks after the “standard” J2 (2016), not to mention the Galaxy Tab J that’s virtually identical to the also recently unveiled Galaxy J Max “phoneblet.” Check that, the Samsung Galaxy Tab J and Galaxy J Max are 100 ...

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    If you’re still wondering how it might be possible for an Android handheld manufacturer to realistically predict 100 million unit global shipments without much of a presence in many key European markets or the US, Counterpoint Research should give you a solid clue. According to the firm’s latest “Monthly Market Pulse”, OPPO claimed a big domestic win for the month of June not only in offline sales, but overall China demand, including both physical stores and online smartphone orders. This is the fast-rising OEM’s first ever victory of such a magnitude, although Huawei ...

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    While it may or may not get the opportunity to follow up the Nexus 6P with another Google-co-branded phablet this year, Huawei will definitely launch a few more Android high-enders over the next months after the recent introductions of the Honor 8, V8, as well as the non-Honor-named P9 and P9 Plus. Both the Mate S and Mate 8 could be due sequels before long, and the Honor 8 is most likely to expand to US shores three weeks from tomorrow. But first, the Tenaa-revealed Honor V8 Max is certainly going official in China on August 1, only under a slightly different moniker. The gargantuan ...

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    Technically, Samsung isn’t suited (yet) to directly battle the likes of HTC (in partnership with Valve), Sony or Oculus when it comes to high-end VR hardware. In terms of virtual reality experiences however, the HTC Vive recently made headlines by supporting the world’s most immersive music record, as well as Fruit Ninja and a game called Front Defense, while the Gear VR countered with exclusive Olympics content, and now Suicide Squad X. This looks just as cool as it sounds, allowing you to take part in the crazy action of the upcoming DC Comics-based Warner Bros. movie. Not only can ...

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    Times are a-changing in a mobile phone landscape where brands like BlackBerry, HTC and Sony have almost completely lost their relevance, Microsoft lacks focus, and Nokia looks to rise from the proverbial ashes… at some point in the future. Granted, Samsung and Apple’s industry duopoly remains unthreatened, despite the former’s 2015 struggles and the latter’s current stagnation. Huawei may want the crown for itself, but after a remarkable sales progress last year, 2016 is shaping up to mark a much smaller surge. That sounds like the perfect context for the rapid ascent of a few more ...

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    Gimmick or huge step forward for biometric authentication and professional-grade security optimization? That, our friends, is the million-dollar question concerning the iris recognition system no doubt incorporated by the hotly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 7. It’s a question we’ll only get the proper, unbiased answer to once the dual-edged phablet actually rolls out and ends up in our review labs for a thorough examination, but right now, it looks like a case can be made in either direction. On one hand, the idea of unlocking your phone and perhaps authorizing payments and whatnot ...

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    There’s a new Google Nexus 2016-centric leak hot off the press, and this time, the smaller, slightly less capable Sailfish takes the spotlight instead of its big brother, codenamed Marlin. We already know both these devices, although following in the footsteps of the LG-made Nexus 5X and Huawei-produced N6P, are likely manufactured by HTC, which badly needs a box-office victory to stay afloat. Hence, today’s biggest story is clearly not the HTC S1 model number reveal of the Google Nexus Sailfish. What we couldn’t be certain of before, and rumormongering legend Evan Blass, aka ...

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    More than a month after Sprint passed out its version of Android Marshmallow onto the HTC Desire 626s, T-Mobile and prepaid subsidiary MetroPCS have gotten their act together in moving Android 6.0.1 onto the device. HTC's Mo Versi managed the product on Twitter: T-Mobile & MetroPCS Desire 626s Owners! Update for Marshmallow and enhanced messaging (RCS) capability will be OTA'd on Monday 7/25. Thanks! — Mo Versi (@moversi) July 21, 2016 Well, that is his job, right? Product management? Anyways, the pertinent number to look for is software version 2.17.531.1 and you should be able to ...

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    With more options floating up for bringing Android onto the laptop form factor these days, — much less every screen size possible — you have to wonder what Andromium is doing on Kickstarter with its Superbook. "Turn your smartphone into a laptop for $99," the project subhed says. Well, with over $400,000 pledged on a $50,000 goal and four weeks left in the funding cycle, it seems pretty worthy of a concept to connect your Android smartphone via USB OTG (both Type-C and Micro-B) to a "shell" of a laptop. It's certainly more successful than Andromium's first big project, the underfunded ...

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    If it’s legal war Huawei wants, that’s exactly what the world’s third largest smartphone manufacturer will get from the industry’s overall ruler, which we know to never back down in a court of law, whether it’s fighting Apple, Nvidia or Ericsson a while ago. Oftentimes, being right or wrong, as well as having grounds to sue and countersue, are mostly irrelevant, with companies like Samsung instead focused on making headlines and/or forcing the other guys to settle and ultimately enter cross-licensing agreements. No way to tell if that’s going to be the case here, or how long it ...

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