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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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    High-quality press renders are nice and all, but at least in theory, they’re also easy to fabricate and tamper with. After two separate rounds of such images leaked from fairly credible sources however, today's third practically confirms the full-frontal appearance of the LG V20. As always, we have to thank living industry legend Evan Blass, aka @evleaks, for spoiling another top-tier mobile OEM’s surprises ahead of a September 6 launch event in San Francisco. Unfortunately, the most interesting, controversial and potentially appealing part of the dual screen phablet, its rear, ...

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    2013 called, HTC, and, well, you can fill out the rest. But let’s not jump to conclusions, and go too hard on the financially and creatively struggling Taiwanese OEM. Maybe these new whispers on the upcoming mid-range Desire 10 Lifestyle aren’t entirely accurate. Perhaps @LlabTooFer’s inside information is incorrect, which would probably be a first given the near-flawless track record of this trustworthy though not particularly active and productive leakster. Or, and this is actually a way less far-fetched theory, maybe the HTC-knowledgeable tipster meant to tweet out the “stylish ...

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    Worn by “the world’s greatest athletes” at the recently concluded Summer Games in Rio in a very shrewd publicity stunt that likely doubled as a mighty convenient pre-release beta trial, the Visa-powered NFC Ring finally seems (just about) ready for primetime and the contactless-paying masses. No need to continue carrying around a bulky smartphone or wearing an expensive smartwatch on your wrist to conduct easy, secure on-the-go transactions. This sleek, low-profile yet stylish and affordable patented smart ring should start shipping worldwide “by December 2016”, with pre-orders ...

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    Google wants a piece of the Amazon-controlled smart speaker action, the latter in turn plans to go after Apple and Spotify in the uber-challenging, jam-packed music streaming arena, while Samsung may also have something akin to the Echo in the pipeline. Bottom line, no tech giant, regardless of its size, financial status and profit margins, is content resting on existing laurels, with product innovation and originality nowhere near as important as a robust presence in as many potential-brimming market segments as possible. So what if a mysterious Samsung Scoop gadget recently sighted at ...

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    Whether you’re convinced wearable devices are the next big thing, or still doubt their practicality but could be swayed into giving them a shot at the right price, this is hands down the best time to buy yesteryear’s top smartwatches. The Huawei Watch, Moto 360 and Samsung Gear S2 have never been cheaper than on the eve of their follow-up models’ introductions, with the rotating bezel-sporting Tizen bad boy in particular feeling like an absolute steal at 100 bucks. $99.99, to be specific, in limited quantity from a trusted eBay seller named Guarantee Cellular, which also hooks you up ...

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    Large demand for a just-launched smartphone is by no means bad news as far as the manufacturing company is concerned, though component shortages and low production yields extending over a lengthy period of time can turn a prospective box-office hit into a very real flop. Samsung experienced such a shifty scenario back when it wasn’t able to rapidly ramp up S6 Edge shipments on account of curved display deficiencies, but even with the iPhone 7 and LG V20 right around the corner, it doesn’t sound like the extremely desirable Galaxy Note 7 will provide a repeat of that unfortunate ...

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    With IFA 2016 right around the corner, and a number of exciting smartphone and smartwatch announcements coming to Berlin from high-profile OEMs like Samsung, Huawei or Lenovo, it’s easy to forget about LG’s big post-trade show launch event. After all, the V20 looked a tad underwhelming in its first round of leaked high-quality renders a few weeks ago, strongly resembling the G5 instead of building on the V10’s unique visual strengths. On the bright side, the looming dual display phablet’s very early Nougat integration and many sound enhancements should fire up Android purists and ...

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    While Android enthusiasts understandably celebrated the highly anticipated public rollout of a final, fully polished 7.0 Nougat build a couple of days ago, it’s important to remember this also marks the beginning of another major struggle. OEMs will now start over-promising and under-delivering, missing their own self-imposed deadlines, snubbing popular, relatively new devices, or worse yet, they’ll stay completely mum on the matter, never really issuing any sort of update roadmap, leaving us wondering, speculating and doubting everything. On that note, at least Sony is being forward ...

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    One of the main questions we get on Twitter lately is if it's really worth to upgrade from the Galaxy Note 5 to the brand new Galaxy Note 7. You'd think that their similarities are enough to stick where you are, but the reality is far from it. If you do a little history, you have to remember just how polarizing the Galaxy Note 5 was. Yes, we all wanted it to adopt the build of the S6, but not at the expense of expandability. Samsung's choice to jump a number between the Note 5 and the Note 7 is really not just about standardizing, even if looks can be deceiving. Watch our full comparison ...

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    Android Nougat is out, but some major features like the Nexus Launcher, Google Assistant and more are expected in a Maintenance Release this fall. Google's inviting developers to continue submitting issue tickets as they find and re-tread bugs so that it can fix them up in time for a supposed developer preview for MR1. Well, turns out that if you do happen to report an issue in the Android Developer Console, you'll be able to filter down reports for a version 7.1. Other sources are claiming that user statistics reports are showing a significant minority of users on Android 7.1. We don't ...

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    Verizon's preferences have overtaken Samsung's plans for a uniform customer experience on the Galaxy Note 7. It's not a newly-found habit for the Checkmark, but this time around, it seems really cheap. If you're still considering getting a Galaxy Note 7, let this piece be a guide as to what you'll miss out when chewing Big Red. Let's start with Samsung Cloud. If you're a big company with servers, you've got to offer a cloud service, right? It's kicking up dust by offering every Note 7 buyer 15GB of free space for backups, media, Internet settings and other things for your Samsung device. ...

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    Let's not be bashful. This camera rocks. We very much enjoyed the still photo performance on the Huawei P9, and the Honor 8 is nearly identical. Dual camera sensors mimic the way our eyes work. One sensor focuses on color, the other on light. When the output of both sensors is merged, we get photos unlike any other phone we've reviewed. We're not producing our full crazy in-depth review format as performance is so similar to the P9, but we are detailing what's new, what's different, and taking a quick look at a few features we missed in our P9 Real Camera Review. We'd recommend also ...

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    As we post, Google is updating its Nexus Files for Developers page with links to the NRD90M builds of Android 7.0 Nougat. Developers and users alike with ADB knowledge can flash them to applicable Nexus devices. The Pixel C, the Nexus Player and the Wi-Fi version of the Nexus 9 are available for download at this hour. You can also continue to attempt a pull-down of the OTA. The countdown for OEM partners to get updates out continues. Source: Android Developers Via: Android Police

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    Android 7.0 Nougat wasn't as flashy as you expected it to be, right? Where was the Nexus Launcher? Where's Allo and Google Assistant and that "not a home button" home button? Where are all the software changes that we're looking forward to on the Marlin Nexus device? Not here just yet. But XDA developer Nate Benis is telling us that all of that stuff you saw from Android Police are from the first Maintenance Release of Android Nougat, scheduled to be pushed out this fall. The initial version Nougat is mostly based off of Developer Preview 5. "[It] does not have any of the 'proprietary ...

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    Didn’t believe us the first time we covered Samsung’s next big clamshell smartphone, codenamed Veyron (after the sports car), likely to be dubbed Galaxy Golden 4 (after its three predecessors), and carrying the futuristic SM-W2017 model number (following in the footsteps of last year’s SM-W2016)? Well, now the unreleased Samsung SM-W2017 is benchmarked with pretty crazy high-end specs in tow, making the Korean OEM’s enduring commitment to a largely archaic handheld form factor hard to doubt. You can probably bet the farm on a China-only Galaxy Golden 4 rollout happening in a few ...

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    You know the low-end Galaxy Grand Prime that T-Mobile tried to incentivize Galaxy S7 buyers with a few months back? Believe it or not, it’s about to turn two whole years old, and in spite of its obvious US prepaid success, as well as enduring Eastern European popularity, the 5-incher never got a direct follow-up. Too late for a second-gen Grand Prime now? It appears not, with Zauba import records sparking the first rumors a little while ago, and the dynamic GFXBench/Geekbench duo pretty much making it official today. The model number is SM-G532F, the name Galaxy Grand Prime 2016, and ...

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    Acer is just one of many already confirmed IFA 2016 exhibitors, and although we know the Taiwanese company plans to unveil its “new and exciting holiday season lineup” in Berlin, Germany on August 31, it’s going to need something special to stand out from the pack. Preferably, not special weird, like last year’s Predator 8 and 6 gaming-centric tablet and phablet that never amounted to much in terms of post-release buzz and, presumably, sales and profits. But alas, Acer’s most distinctive new product on display next week might well be another addition to the Predator family. This ...

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    Is the Huawei Watch the greatest Android Wear device ever made? Many seem to think so, but it’s likely about to get even better at IFA 2016. Then again, if you don’t relish the prospect of a presumably expensive sequel, and were still on the fence regarding the original models due precisely to their above-average prices, B&H Photo Video has a Black Friday-level sale in full swing on a wide array of first-gen Huawei Watch configurations. The “entry-level” variant, with a 42mm stainless steel frame and black leather band, sets you back an unprecedented $150 for the next 17 hours ...

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    If you can’t beat them, join them. This seems to be Microsoft’s thinking in a nutshell after acknowledging Windows 10 Mobile isn’t the focus right now, with more and more interesting Redmond-developed apps reaching the iOS-using masses, and popular productivity services like Office, OneDrive and Skype brought closer and closer to Android enthusiasts. After fighting many of them in courts on patent infringement allegations several years back, Microsoft has been recently striking deal after deal with world-leading Android device manufacturers. Lenovo today adds to an impressive list ...

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    Way before the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was a (real) thing, Huawei rushed to be the first mobile device manufacturer with a launch event slated on the eve of IFA 2016’s start. In the meantime, of course, the highly anticipated Note 7 saw daylight thousands of miles away from Berlin, leaving the Mate 9 or Mate S2 in a pretty good position to capture the German trade show spotlight next week. That’s September 1, beginning at 10:30am CEST, in case you were wondering, which equates to 1:30am PDT, or 4:30 EDT. Clearly, Huawei has something in store aimed primarily at European and Asian ...

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    After having been publicly wrung with new features, issues, bugs, tickets, tweaks, recodes and resolution, the final version of a product to be launched is still only the first version of a product. The work continues to keep it running smoothly along the way, right? So it goes for Android developers who are looking to a new preview of Android Nougat this fall as Google starts working more updates every three months "that will bring continued refinements and polish". Just because the preview of the Android Nougat preview is done with doesn't mean the previews stop. We'll keep checking ...

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    We've been covering the developer preview builds of Android N in close detail, but today we get our first look at the update which will be pushed out to consumers. A whole list of improvements are coming to Android, addressing usability and ergonomic problems. This update is also focused on bringing stock Android up to speed on a number of features we've come to appreciate from manufacturer skins like Touchwiz and Sense on Samsung and HTC devices. Just about every part of the UI has been addressed, from multi-tasking options, to the notification shade, and encryption to power management. ...

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    With a design change to the homepage of Android site, it seems that Google is about to drop the factory images for Android 7.0 Nougat for Nexus devices dating back to the Nexus 6 and 9 as well as the General Mobile 4G Android One phone. The Nexus Player and Pixel C are also in on the action. Regardless of whether your device(s) is on the Android Beta Program or not, you should receive your OTA within a couple of weeks. You can also flash the 7.0 update once the files are available at Google's developer site. With the update comes multi-window apps, quick multitasking shortcuts and bundled ...

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    The torment of at least a few adventurous OnePlus X users is finally coming to an end, as the latest Android iteration (technically, Nougat isn't out yet) can be manually flashed at your own risk. Granted, we expected more from OnePlus, sooner and faster, with the upper mid-range 5-incher commercially launched last November, and clearly capable of running Marshmallow no problem, Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB RAM and all. Instead of a timely over-the-air software update to a new and silky smooth OS, the X is receiving a fairly tardy first community build of OxygenOS 3.1. That’s the ...

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    Update: There might still be hope for an exit out of the Lollipop purgatory soon, at least in Greece. Samsung's regional Facebook admin just assured a concerned fan of the company's commitment to deliver over-the-air M sweets to "the whole Tab S series." Now we're even more confused. Original story below. Credit where credit is due, Samsung did a relatively solid job thus far updating both new and old, mainstream popular and lesser known, high and low-end smartphones and tablets to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Granted, Motorola remains king in terms of software support pace, but consider for a ...

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