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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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    Yesterday was a big day for Android, with the launch of Google's latest Nexus hardware alongside Android 5.0 Lollipop. And in just a couple hours, we're going to be neck-deep in iOS territory thanks to Apple's iPad event. But before we get there we wanted to take a moment to check out some other Android news from yesterday that got a bit lost in the shuffle, as AT&T, ASUS, and Intel announced the PadFone X mini. Just about one month ago we heard from one of our sources that AT&T was getting ready to welcome a new PadFone mini model, and this PadFone X mini appears to be that very ...

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    It was back in early June when we first started talking about Samsung's Exynos 5433, the latest upgrade to the company's line of SoCs. Among the many devices those early 5433 rumors were tied to was the Galaxy Note 4, and sure enough, that's the chip that powers the international version of Samsung's new phablet. So far, all the various Exynos 5400-series chips have been Exynos 5 Octas of one kind or another – from the 5410 in the Note 4 to the 5430 in the Galaxy Alpha – but the 5433 is special: unlike those other models with 32-bit Cortex A15 and A7 cores, the 5433 moves up to ...

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    Sony has earned a reputation – be it good or bad – for releasing new phones almost twice as fast as its competitors. While Apple, Samsung, HTC, and the handful of other globally known OEMs typically release an updated version of their various smartphone lineups once per year, Sony keeps its hero series of Xperia devices fresh with an update every five to seven months. That’s approximately one-fourth the typical 24-month agreement here in the States, or one-sixth the 36-month contracts elsewhere. It’s not just the flagship Xperia Z handsets that are updated so frequently either. The ...

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    If nothing else, this year's launch of Google's latest Nexus models has taken steps to seriously differentiate these devices from previous Nexus family members. We've probably harped so much on the Nexus 6's price and size by this point that you're getting sick of hearing about it, but the Nexus 9 makes a few departures of its own. The most notable is arguably its very un-Android-like 4:3 screen aspect ratio, more in common with an Apple tablet than what we'd expect from a Google model. But that's just the tip of the iceberg, and from its 64-bit Tegra K1 SoC to the keyboard case accessory, ...

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    The Nexus 6 is finally here, and it is one big ol' Android. It weighs 41 percent more than the Nexus 5 while growing its screen out to nearly six inches - and that's not a change that everyone's going to love. But if you can get past the larger size (not to mention larger sticker price), there's a ton of killer hardware waiting for you here. Let's take a look at just what variety of flagship-level components go into making up this first Nexus smartphone effort from Motorola. Nexus 6 specs [table] Component,Description Screen size,5.96 inches Screen type,OLED Resolution,2560 x 1440 Pixel ...

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    A few hours back, when we shared with you Google's official Android 5.0 Lollipop announcement, we mentioned how the company had confirmed plans to deliver updates for the Nexus 5, 7, 10, and the various GPe models. That was well and good, but what about older entries in the Nexus family? We'd been wondering for months now what the update situation might look like for the Nexus 4 and first-gen Nexus 7, and Google's words there, declining to mention the Nexus 4 and making no explicit effort to distinguish between the two Nexus 7 models, had us fearing the worst. Fortunately, it looks like ...

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    It's easy to get excited about new mobile hardware, making the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 launches the real attention-grabbers of the day. But we've been almost just as interested in seeing what today's launches meant for the future of Android as platform. Since this past summer, we've been experimenting with the Android L dev preview release, but now Google's finally ready to move it up into the mainstream, announcing Android 5.0 Lollipop. It took us a while to get there, but the L-name is now official (and thankfully not anything gross, like licorice). But the name is just window dressing; ...

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    As expected, a powerful new tablet has gone official today in the form of Google's HTC-made Nexus 9. The tablet represents an affordable stock Android offering, one that doesn't compromise on the specs front either. Let's take a look at it, shall we? The Nexus 9 has an 8.9-inch 2048 x 1536 display, a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor (with a Kepler GPU), and an 8MP/1.6MP camera combination. There's also 2GB of RAM, a 6700mAh battery, and 16 or 32GB of internal storage. The tablet will feature BoomSound speakers, along with brushed metal sides. Like the new Nexus 6, the Nexus 9 ships with ...

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    The months of high-spirited anticipation are over, Nexus lovers. After a rumor was dropped yesterday by Forbes that stated a new Nexus phone and tablet were to launch today, the phone has gone official: say hello to the Motorola Nexus 6. First of all, the Nexus 6 really is a full-on phablet. At 5.96 inches, you can't call this phone anything but a beast – we're sure that's a turn-off for many of you, but the trade-off is that a good amount of monster specs can fit into the phone as a result of the size. Speaking of specs, we're looking at a 5.96-inch QHD (quad, not quarter) display, a ...

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    Hey, you know how you're sick of hearing all this speculation over the formal name Android L will arrive with as it debuts in non-dev-preview form (maybe even today) on the next Nexus models? Man, you are on the wrong website, because we're not stopping now – not this close to getting to the truth. As we standby to see what Google's planning, some new Android L naming evidence has been uncovered, lending support for Android Lollipop. The evidence comes in the form of text string, appearing in the code behind Android.com, where there's a clear reference to a “lollipop” banner image. ...

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    If you're one to believe the rumors, we're just hours away from a multi-device Nexus launch, when Google could announce both the Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet. While the idea of a Nexus phone pushing six inches, or a Nexus tablet without a widescreen display might seem odd to some Nexus fans, giving them pause before committing to a purchase, others will no doubt be jumping all over this hardware the moment it's available. For those who do, what will they end up paying? Some possible pricing details have just leaked, and at least on the phone side, those shoppers might be in for a ...

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    Oppo has done a very good job at remaining under the flagship radar over the last couple of months. The Oppo N1 was clearly one of the best innovations of last year with its swivel camera mechanism and the option for you to buy it running CyanogenMod. The same can be said about the Oppo Find 7a, which is still one of the most powerful flagship smartphones of the year. Oppo's October 29 event is all about the new N3, and today we see some extra teasers of what to expect. Oppo's CEO has taken the time to visit Weibo and give us a glimpse of why the Oppo N3 will be hot. For one, we know that ...

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    At this point, you're probably feeling a little Nexus fatigue – and that's understandable. After all, our morning was positively dominated by the latest leaks and rumors surrounding both the Nexus 6 phone and Nexus 9 tablet. But what of Google's launch plans? Are those whispers of a possible October 15 or October 16 announcement accurate? Will Google hold a surprise event, or is this just going to a very low-key “hey, these are up for sale now” blog post? Forbes has just heard from “a source close to Google” and reports that both the Nexus 6 and 9 are set to debut tomorrow. Word ...

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    Following Google's new Android videos and that Nexus 6 leak, we're keeping this Nexus train running just a little while longer, though for the next stop, we're switching gears to tablet territory. Probably even more than with the Nexus 6, we've been hearing that the Nexus 9's launch is imminent, set to occur as soon as tomorrow – and really, it's those Nexus 9 rumors that are driving Nexus 6 launch date speculation, and not the other way around. HTC kinda, sorta seems to have confirmed the tablet already, and yesterday one of the company's execs delivered a new teaser to keep our ...

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    Having just checked out that latest batch of Google Android videos, we've clearly got the Nexus 6 on the mind. The phone featured in one of those spots sure hit a few Nexus 6 notes, from the big screen size, to the very Motorola-looking body curve, to the unusual positioning for hardware buttons midway down the phone's edge. It remains to be seen if depicting the Nexus 6 was Google's intention there, but as we wait for any sort of official confirmation to arrive, we've got a brand-new Nexus 6 development to check out, with the release of the render you see here, seeming to reveal this ...

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