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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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    Instagram has proven that some of us just want a social network for sharing photos, and especially if it's a place where we won't get bothered by Candy Crush invites. Facebook saw this success early on, and did a smart move in acquiring the company and letting it be. Together with Facebook, we've seen how Instagram has managed to control the popularity of competing services like Vine (owned by Twitter) with its video offerings, and reports have it that the company is out for more. Rumors claim that a few Instagram users received an invitation to download a free application called "Bolt" ...

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    Rumors about Samsung's involvement in a project to deliver a virtual reality accessory for its smartphones have been snowballing since the spring. Early, vague talk about a VR headset gave way to evidence of an official Gear VR name, and just a few weeks back a leak appeared to reveal a render of the actual hardware. Today we shift from hardware to software a little as we check out the latest arrival, a relatively in-depth leak of what sure seems to be the Gear VR companion app. The app's setup guide talks users through the configuration process and confirms certain aspects of Gear VR's ...

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    While users may not have always responded favorably, the ability of OEMs to deliver wildly divergent looks for their Android UIs could be seen as big success story for the sort of openness and flexibility that only Android offers. In the very early days of Android, everything looked the same. Manufacturers kept the stock OS intact and focused on deploying hardware -- that's where the real creativity was exercised back then. That approach didn't last long. Shortly after HTC built the G1 for T-Mobile, it created other phones with interfaces that began to refine the somewhat basic look and ...

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    Sony's Xperia Z3 is still very much an enigma; looking at the hardware specs that have leaked, it's difficult to appreciate how Sony intends to make the handset a meaningful improvement over the Xperia Z2. Maybe the most obvious changes have emerged in some of the leaked pics we've seen, and even then they've seen minor: stuff like how the Z3's edges appear to be much more rounded and lacking the Z2's metal accents. Today we get a closer look at that hardware, with the arrival of a couple new supposed Xperia Z3 shots. The edge shot here appears to be a perfect match for last week's leak, ...

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    If the Silver and Grey HTC One M8 options (and black, if yore on Sprint) were not enough for you, don't worry. Following last year's example with the HTC One (M7), when the manufacturer made available, post launch, different color options, we now get two additional flavors for this year's flagship, the One M8. Red, as seen above, and pink, as seen below, will soon be available for you to choose from, if you're in the UK. The Red flavor will be an O2 exclusive starting August 5 with pre-orders, and in-store availability two days later, on August 7. The Pink version will be a Carphone ...

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    LG breaks record for smartphones shipped as the South Korean manufacturer has published its quarterly results. Aside from growth in the TV sector, LG is entitled to bragging with its 14.5 million smartphones shipped in the second quarter of the year. That represents a 20 percent growth compared to the same period of last year, while a third of all the units shipped were LTE-capable devices. Sales increased 16 percent from Q2 of 2013 to USD 3.51 billion, which represents an all time high for the company since Q1 2010. Operating profit for the mobile division is USD 83.4 million for the ...

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    Sony sure appears to be working on a new flagship-level Android, and if the rumors are to be trusted, this handset could arrive as the Xperia Z3. We've had more than a few chances to check out some hardware in one form or another, be that individual components, line-art sketches, or even a few in-the-flesh pics, but there's still an awful lot about the phone that's remained a mystery. A few specs have popped up along the way, like mention of a Snapdragon 801-AC SoC and another 20.7MP camera, but we haven't had a great sense of the device's capabilities. Today a new leak attempts to start ...

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    Whatever happened to that rumored metal-bodied Galaxy S5, the phone we were calling the Galaxy F? Sure, we got the closest thing to a GS5 “Prime” with the release of the quad HD LTE-A model, but there was this separate idea of a handset with a metal body not too far removed from the kind of thing we see with the HTC One M8. Last week, we looked at a report claiming that this metal Samsung Android was still happening, and that it would launch later this summer as the Galaxy Alpha. Today, a bunch of new imagery arrives that attempts to reveal this Galaxy Alpha, but it's no longer ...

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    Despite the insane amount of similarity between the exiting Galaxy S 4 and the new Galaxy S5, that doesn't change the fact that Samsung has once again take the world by storm. Samsung's new Galaxy has proven to be just as popular as before, and it has also gained some praise for its performance. Still, that doesn't change the fact that there's also room for improvement with any product made by man, and as such, the company has just pushed out a software update with performance improvements. This software update is currently applicable to the International Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F), and ...

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    App assortment on your phone starting to feel a little stale? Anxious to shake off some summer laziness with new productivity software, or maybe just embrace these hot, do-nothing afternoons with some games to keep you busy? As luck would have it, Google is at the ready to hook you up with a bunch of savings through a new Summer Sale promo, and while we haven't seen any formal announcement just yet, the deals are already live. Quite a few apps have already seen their prices slashed, and while like we mentioned, Google hasn't put up any main Summer Sale page cataloging these offers, the ...

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    Samsung is still the biggest smartphone seller in the world, and even though most of these sales are based on mid-tier smartphones, the company continues to dare the odds of R&D with its most recent experiments already on store shelves. Some of these experiments have gained a certain level of fame and others haven't, but the company is clear that in order for most of these products to survive, it does need the support of the developer community. As such the company has just sent out invitations for its Samsung Developers Conference in November. The event will happen from November 11th ...

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    Yesterday we shared with you an HTC behind-the-scenes video, highlighting the company's work with design. In theory, this should have been innocuous stuff, were it not for what some eagle-eyed viewers noticed during an otherwise not really noteworthy shot: a watch. Not a watch being worn, but one sitting rather prominently in a stand on an employee's desk. Almost like where you might keep a smartwatch you were working on? At least, that's the rumor that got started, but now HTC is stepping up to set the record straight, denying that this is something we'll soon see the manufacturer ...

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    Verizon just announced the HTC One Remix, but this isn't some brand new offering from HTC. Instead, Verizon flexed its carrier muscle to bring a new name to the HTC One mini 2, a phone we saw the manufacturer announce back in May. So while it's only just now coming to the States (sales at Verizon get started tomorrow), this is one handset we've already spent a lot of time interacting with and forming some opinions about. If you've got it in your mind to maybe stop by a Verizon store tomorrow and pick this fella up, go in armed with full knowledge of what to expect by having our One mini 2 ...

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    The HTC One mini 2 has been official for a couple months by now, and it's seemed like an open secret for nearly as long that the phone would eventually find a home at Verizon as the HTC One Remix. The question's felt less like one of “if” and more of “when,” and earlier this week we heard that the phone could be just days away, going up for sale this Thursday, July 24. This morning Verizon has gone ahead and confirmed just that, announcing plans for the start of One Remix sales. Beginning tomorrow, the One Remix will be available for purchase both online and at Verizon retail ...

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    Last week we checked out a leak that detailed many of the changes coming in an upcoming Google Play Store redesign, embracing the aesthetics of Material Design with a look that was clean, with bold color, good use of white space, and big eye-catching graphics. Back then we had no real sense of how soon these changes might hit the public, or if we'd even be waiting until the Android L this fall before seeing them land. As it happens we're finding out already, as word arrives that Google is already pushing out updates that begin to deliver the Play Store's new look. The changes aren't ...

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