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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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    In an effort to help their models stand out from the crowd, smartphone manufacturers have been turning to some interesting camera designs. Sometimes that brings us phones like the PureView Lumia 1020 with a big ol' rear sensor, while other times we end up with something like the HTC Desire Eye and its dual high-res front and rear cameras. One old idea from the days of flip phones has even started making a comeback, with Oppo turning to rotating cameras for the N1 and new N3, where the same physical camera pulls double duty as it snaps both front and rear pics itself. Today we're looking at ...

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    Samsung is not the only giant planning major changes in its smartphone business for 2015. Despite seeing and hearing rumors of an Xperia Z4 and Z4 Ultra for early next year -- after the announcement of the Xperia Z3 raised a lot of eyebrows -- Sony is also planning some major changes as far as its mobile division is concerned. Sales of Sony smartphones aren't exactly up to expectations (the company has revised sales targets more than once), and the Japanese manufacturer has constantly lost ground on the market to competitors like Apple and Samsung. As a direct effect, Sony is fine with ...

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    Samsung made headlines last month with the announcement of its thinnest smartphones to date, the Galaxy A3 and A5, both featuring svelte aluminum unibody designs and more design appeal than many of Samsung's other offerings. They were interesting phones to say the least, which is why we're glad to report news of Samsung Galaxy A5 China availability having just begun. The phone costs 2,599 Yuan (CNY) to purchase, which translates to about 420 USD. Whether it's worth that price tag is up for debate, but the following information might help you with that decision. Samsung's Galaxy A5 is ...

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    Motorola loves giving its smartphone users a bevy of customizable looks for their phones, whether we're talking about the Moto X and its fantastic array of colors and materials to choose from, or the numerous alternate rear shells available for the Moto G. But not every Motorola handset is nearly so lucky, and one of our favorite recent devices, the Droid Turbo, comes up seriously short with the aesthetic variety it offers shoppers. We're still nowhere near the number of options you'll find with other Moto models, but this week the Droid Turbo picks up a new color variant, coming to Best ...

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    T-Mobile may be the cool kid on the block, not messing with the Motorola Nexus 6 it sells in its stores, but not every carrier is committed to being so hands-off. As we looked at last week, the AT&T version of the phone has a few carrier-specific anomalies rendering it distinct from the unbranded model, but they're overly onerous. If you can't live with even those, enthusiasts have already worked out how to restore the AT&T Nexus 6 to a near-clean slate, as well as overcome the mandatory encryption (for the Nexus 6 on all carriers) we understand could be slowing down disk ...

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    T-Mobile is serious about this whole "un-carrier" project. We've seen the company defy the existing market model in the US with its contract-free plans, and we've even seen the company extend its carrier-free strategy to most of its devices by not launching these with corporate logos and excessive bloatware. We know you're all disappointed with AT&T for heavily bloating the Nexus 6, so if this is a deal breaker for you, T-Mobile has a solution for you. Des Smith, senior product manager has just taken on Google+ to announce that T-Mobile is planning to give you the Nexus experience that ...

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    A couple weeks back, the Android 5.0 Lollipop update explosion began, with both OEMs and Google beginning to make the new software for their own phones (or for their Nexus models) available. Motorola even beat Google with confirmation of updates for the new Moto G and Moto X, but not without a major limitation: that 2014 Moto X Lollipop update was only for the unlocked Pure Edition, meaning that if you picked the phone up through a carrier you were out of luck. Well, “temporarily inconvenienced” might be more like it, but now even that “temporary” bit flies out the window, with ...

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    Samsung hasn't been doing as well as many of us would've expected this year. The company has shown record losses in its last couple of quarters, and today we learn how devices like the Galaxy S5 have led to this. Internal sources claim that Samsung manufactured 20% more devices than the Galaxy S4, and only met its projected sales in the US. Samsung globally sold 40% less GS5s than its predecessor, the GS4. The company barely reached 12 million units sold in the first three months, at a time where it projected 16 million units to sell. In China, Samsung's second largest market by revenue, ...

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    Well this was inevitable: owners of smartwatches are eager to configure their wearables to reflect the latest styles, and watchface galleries have been quick to spring up and offer users a broad selection of options. But where do all these designs come from? Plenty are full-on originals, but you won't have to look hard to find faces mimicking designs from TV, movies, and video games, as well as those copying the style of popular “dumb” watches. And while Rare might be cool with people rocking a Goldeneye 007 watch layout, luxury brands like Omega aren't being so accommodating, and have ...

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    It's rarely good news when we start a story out with the caveat “you won't be buying this hardware,” but every once in a while some very much not-consumer-focused gear becomes available that's just so mouth-watering, we can't help ourselves but to share it with you. Back in April we took a look at Qualcomm's tablet development platform to highlight its then-new Snapdragon 805. Now it's time for the next generation of that hardware to emerge, as both a smartphone and tablet dev model packing Snapdragon 810 chips emerge. Let's start with the phone, which at 6.2 inches is indisputably in ...

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    Last week, we got what was one of our first insights into Sony's possible plans for the Xperia Z4, with the leaks of a few images purporting to reveal the phone's front panel. It looked close enough to the size of the Z3's that we weren't expecting the Z4 to make any radical departures size-wise, but that's about as much detail as the leak managed to provide. With rumors that the Z4 could launch as soon as Sony's press event at CES in January, will much more detailed leaks be soon to arrive? Well, it doesn't quite have the evidentiary spark of those hardware pics, but a new set of rumors ...

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    OnePlus brought us its One smartphone earlier this year, and the incredibly affordable, yet still quite powerful hardware has managed to win itself a good number of fans – at least so many that the manufacturer continues to struggle to keep up with demand (though the situation's definitely getting better). But for a couple months now, our thoughts have been drifting away from the OnePlus One and towards the idea of its sequel – OnePlus learning from its first effort and hopefully delivering an even more impressive follow-up. So far that's included ideas like a possibly smaller size ...

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    Anyone with an interest in the bar business and a stomach for reality television is probably familiar with Bar Rescue, the SpikeTV phenomenon that's brought bar and nightclub expert Jon Taffer to living rooms worldwide since 2011. The show follows Taffer as he drops in on failing bars and restaurants all over the nation, solving their business woes through a regimen of on-the-job training, elaborate renovations, and often-scathing criticism.   But Taffer's not content merely with hosting a hit TV show and overseeing a consulting empire that includes one of the biggest annual ...

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    Updated with links to stream and download the high-quality audio version of the podcast, as well as timecodes for all the stories mentioned. We hope you enjoyed – see you next week! Is Nokia's new tablet just an iPad ripoff – or just what Android needs? Will Gorilla Glass 4 finally stop you from shattering your smartphone? And is the Gear S a good enough smartwatch to make the dumbphone obsolete? These are the pressing questions on the docket this week as the mobile industry prepares to end a wild year on a weird note, and we're gonna tackle them one by one in the ruthlessly silly ...

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    It used to be that if your phone wanted to silently alert you about something, it would fire up the old notification light. At a glance, it was capable of grabbing your attention, and multi-color varieties could easily clue you in to what sort of content was waiting for you. But in recent years, it feels like the stalwart notification LED has fallen by the wayside, replaced by richer technologies that not only tell you about the presence of new info, but are able to directly share it with you – things like Glance, Active Display, or its cousin, Ambient Display – and that's to say ...

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