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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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    Motorola hasn’t necessarily struck a home run with the Moto X over the last few years, but that’s only if you consider sales figures. The company has managed to launch some of the most iconic products of the last few years, and we continue to see that. So far our first impression of the new Moto X lineup is rather positive, and now you an get your hands on one. Motorla has just announced that pre-orders for the Moto X Pure Edition begin tomorrow. The company’s naming scheme this year is rather odd, but this is pretty much the U.S. variant of the Moto X Style, if you can even find ...

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    Square’s approach to helping buddies send money to each other is kind of smart, so much so that it has driven some envy in the industry. PayPay was really one of the pioneers of the whole concept, but over the years the service has turned into more of a bank than anything else. It only makes sense for the company to look for a simplified way to return to its roots, and today we see how. The company has just announced a new service called PayPal.Me, that intends to simplify monetary transactions between friends. The concept is rather interesting though, where you can create a personal URL ...

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    The launch of the new Moto 360 appears to be just within reach, but from the myriad ways the smartwatch has managed to already leak, revealing not only two watch sizes but also a ruggedized 360 Sport option, in some ways it may as well have already gone official. From what we've already seen, the new Moto 360 doesn't appear to be a huge departure from last year's design, and a lot of the wearable's iconic styling makes a return. That means not only another circular display (this is a smartwatch called the “360,” after all), but also the same bottom-clipped “flat tire” look that so ...

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    This year for flagships like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5, Samsung broke from tradition. It had long been that the company would use its own Exynos chips for some regional variants of these handsets, while relying on Qualcomm and its Snapdragon chips for the rest. Instead, 2015 has seen Samsung double-down on the Exynos, releasing no Snapdragon-powered version of these phones. We've already heard rumors claiming that Samsung could reverse course for its next iteration, though, and return to Qualcomm to use the company's Snapdragon 820 in the Galaxy S7. We saw some evidence for that idea ...

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    HTC may not be among the companies announcing a big new flagship at IFA this week, but that doesn't mean that we're not expecting some fresh hardware from the company soon. Most recently we've been talking about this handset that may emerge as HTC's fall flagship, the phone identified just the other day as the One A9. While some rumors suggested that we could still be a month or so away from HTC going official with the phone, a new teaser has us wondering if the manufacturer's plans are much more accelerated, as a message distributed over Chinese social media advises users of a September 6 ...

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    On the company's website, we learn that "Nextbit is a small band of rebels who want to free people from the limits of today’s mobile technology." It's a new company formed to try to attack the smartphone market from a different angle since the market seems kind of boring these days. Everyone just keeps releasing phones and user experiences that copy each other even if what everyone else is doing makes no sense at all. All smartphones out there are currently just a rectangular touch screen with a grid of app icons that launch something when you tap them. Sometimes the screen size ...

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    It must be awfully frustrating for Huawei to see its next-gen flagship phone strutting its stuff on the interwebs less than 24 hours ahead of a planned IFA 2015 announcement in Berlin, especially given the Chinese device manufacturer managed to keep a pretty tight lid on visual leaks all this time. Of course, we’ve known the Mate 7 sequel was headed for stores soon since a while back, though its very rumored name suggests it’s more of a spin-off and incremental upgrade than a full-on follow-up. Purportedly powered by a Kirin 935 SoC, not a 950, and sporting a Full HD 5.7-inch screen, ...

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    With roughly 72 hours left until the formal commencement of IFA 2015, and a slew of exciting mobile announcements scheduled for September 2 and 3, it became less and less likely in the past few days that Motorola would make an appearance at Berlin’s glitzy trade show to unveil the second-generation Moto 360. Instead, Lenovo, the American device manufacturer’s Chinese parent company, has just notified us of a September 8 Shanghai-set event. The press affair is labeled with a not-so-cryptic “It’s time” tag, and the invitation is made complete by a picture very clearly showing the ...

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    LG may have made its European fans feel special when previewing the G Pad II 10.1 and announcing it would come to IFA Berlin later this week, but ultimately, American lovers of LTE-capable Android tabs will get first dibs. Rebranded as G Pad X 10.1, and endowed with a much more generous 32GB internal storage space, the Lollipop 10-incher is slated to go on sale at AT&T on Friday, September 4. Through September 11, you’ll only be able to order the tablet online, while starting next Friday, the carrier’s physical stores should also receive inventory. Aside from doubling down on data ...

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    As we close in on Motorola’s highly anticipated second-generation Moto 360 announcement, the exciting circular smartwatch’s riddles are unsurprisingly solved one by one. Just yesterday, the Moto 360 2015’s presumed final design was showcased in a pair of high-quality press renders. A few days before that, it became clear the Android Wear piece would come in two sizes, and last week, we also received solid pricing hints. Now, it’s time we got inside info on precise dimensions, as well as more details on the unforeseen Moto 360 Sport. First things first, it appears the 360S (Small) ...

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    When it was first announced, almost 20 months ago, the low-cost Razer Nabu wearable device flew deep under our radar. It’s like we could sense its experimental nature, which ultimately kept the smart band on the sidelines all this time. Gaming accessory manufacturer Razer attempted to commercially launch the Nabu late last year, but quickly went back to the drawing board after modest initial customer reception. Now, an upgraded, refined and slightly pricier variant looks finally ready for primetime, with September 15 slated as a pre-order start date, and shipments due at some point the ...

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    Huawei’s September 2 IFA press event in Berlin, Germany is shaping up to be about something old and something new. The oldie that the Chinese device manufacturer gears up to re-introduce to the world is pretty much the textbook definition of a goldie, both literally and figuratively. First unveiled way back at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in early March, the Huawei Watch was at long last listed for US pre-orders on Amazon on Friday. Priced at $350 in an “entry-level”, stainless steel-made, leather-strapped configuration, and plated entirely in gold for $800, the wearable ...

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    At a time when companies like Huawei, Samsung and now Xiaomi are moving into the proprietary silicone game on smartphone flagships, it only makes sense for Qualcomm to focus on unique features to keep its Snapdragon offerings selling. Qualcomm has gained a lot of bad publicity with the Snapdragon 810, making the need to not fail with the Snapdragon 820 even more intense. Today we learn about a new feature that will make it to the new chip. Qualcomm has just announced a new service called Smart Protect, which will debut with the Snapdragon 820 processor. This new service uses machine ...

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    Samsung's found such success combining the idea of a larger-screened smartphones and a packed-in stylus, that it's little surprise the manufacturer's peers have been eager to get some of that action for themselves. That's led to plenty of Note-ish devices, like the one LG introduced a few months back, the G4 Stylus/G Stylo (above - with the name varying dependent on region). But before we saw the G4 Stylus emerge, we wondered if LG might be planning an even more direct Galaxy Note imitator, having heard about efforts to trademark the name G4 Note in LG's native South Korea. Today we're ...

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    The "Internet Of Things" is still still a market in its relative infancy, even with the crazy amount of attempts to make the TV smarter. Some companies have succeeded at this, like in the case of Nest, and others have gone back to the drawing board a repeated amount of times. Just as we saw Google giving this a second try at Google I/O, today we learn of an OEM that's also trying. LG has just announced that it'll be showcasing its new new SmartTinQ Sensor at IFA. The idea is that you connect this product to your existing refrigerator, washing machine, and other home appliances including ...

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    Google sure looks like it might break from tradition this year and deliver a pair of Nexus phones, and rumors have pretty soundly settled on LG and Huawei as the companies likely to bring us these devices. We've already heard quite a bit about both phones, with multiple leaks getting into details like hardware specs. One of the bigger questions we've had concerns just how premium Google wants these phones to be, and they might be top-tier across the board, or make a few sacrifices to keep prices down (and maybe performance in check). Last week we checked out one theory about LG's ...

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    Is Motorola's smartphone lineup getting a little busy? Instead of one Moto X this year we got two, in the form of both the Moto X Play and Moto X Style. And to hear the latest news, Motorola phones should be about to get even more numerous still, as Lenovo hands the keys to its smartphone business over to its recently acquired subsidiary. Today we wonder if we might already be starting to see the effects of that shift, as a leak attempts to reveal the Motorola Bounce. With a 5.43-inch quad HD display, Snapdragon 810 SoC, 3GB of RAM, and options for either 32GB or 64GB storage, the Bounce ...

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    Last Friday, we saw Amazon list the Huawei Watch for pre-order, only for the page to subsequently be taken down. Huawei released a statement mentioning “incorrect information” on “a partner website,” but didn't go into much detail. We're still waiting for the full story on that smartwatch's release, but at least one related mystery has just managed to resolve itself. You see, while that listing was still up, it mentioned iOS compatibility for the Huawei Watch, despite this being an Android Wear model. We wondered at the time just what was meant by that, and today we seem to have ...

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    This year's arrival of the Apple Watch has helped answer some important questions about the smartwatch market, including not just how readily mainstream consumers might take to the tech, but how much money shoppers can be convinced to spend, especially if it was clear they were getting some very high quality hardware out of the deal. In the wake of the Apple Watch, more and more Android Wear models are experimenting with the premium segment, and today we learn of LG's effort to capture some of those sales, as it introduces the LG Watch Urbane Luxe. The LG Watch Urbane was already a pretty ...

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    Not only does Motorola appear nearly ready to introduce its next generation of the Moto 360 smartwatch, but we've already had the opportunity to check this guy out multiple times, thanks to a bevy of useful leaks. Those have revealed to us at least two distinct versions of the new wearable, as the new Moto 360 looks like it's about to pick up a choice of size options, arriving in both a small and large edition. Is that the extent of the selections of models we'll have available? Back in late July, we came across some of the first reliable evidence for the new Moto 360 in the form of some ...

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    Clearly incapable of turning its proprietary mobile operating system into a force to be reckoned with for Android and iOS, BlackBerry has reportedly made the decision to strike an unlikely Google partnership several months back. The Canadian company’s very survival as a device manufacturer now decidedly hinges on the success of the Venice, a highly unconventional hybrid phone with Android running the software show, and both a sharp touchscreen and physical QWERTY keyboard. Purportedly headed for all big four US carriers in the fall, the Venice smiled shyly to Mr. Blurrycam recently, and ...

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    After bleeding money for several fiscal quarters in a row, and failing to turn the One M9 into the worthy Samsung Galaxy S6 competitor the world counted on, HTC reportedly decided to turn the page. The faltering Taiwanese tech giant is more focused than ever on the high-end mobile landscape, with a second flagship for the year en route to stores in October, and a drastically redesigned new “hero” on deck next spring. Unfortunately, the Aero, A9 or One A9 that HTC plans to unveil later this fall looks a tad too similar to the Apple iPhone 6. According to a particular serial leaker ...

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    Almost a full year after its commercial launch, and roughly 18 months following a formal announcement that coincided with Android Wear’s very debut, the Motorola Moto 360 has finally stopped selling. That’s not good news per se, especially given the watch’s recently discounted price, but it makes it clear once and for all a sequel is right around the corner. Of course, several tipsters already made sure we knew the 2015 Moto 360 edition was coming, and a slew of unauthorized pictures paraded the circular timepiece out in the wild. Now, we get to look at both rumored sizes of the ...

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    After keeping a relatively low profile in the rumor mill for the largest part of the summer, Sony’s full-on Xperia Z3 sequels kicked off a steady stream of leaks about a month ago. We gradually discovered the Xperia Z4/Z3+ that went official earlier this year was never supposed to be the company’s “true” 2015 flagship, as the Z5 and Z5 Compact towed side-mounted fingerprint scanners and a slew of major hardware upgrades. Then, the 4K display resolution bombshell was dropped, and as unbelievable as it first sounded, the 3,840 x 2,160 pixel gossip quickly gained traction. And now, ...

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    Motorola looks practically guaranteed to introduce its second-gen Moto 360 smartwatch at IFA next week. Leaks have been running wild in recent weeks, with a growing body of evidence pointing towards the imminent arrival of this new model, finally available in both large and small sizes. And while Motorola itself has yet to confirm that a new Moto 360 is about to drop, that's the easy inference to draw as we see the company halt sales of the first-gen Moto 360 through its website. Head to the general Motorola website, and the “wearables” tab up top no longer directs you to the Moto 360 ...

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