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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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    Even with the supremacy of Microsoft Office in the productivity space, and considering Microsoft's new push to bring more desktop-like features to its mobile platforms, it's clear that there is a big platform war going on. Google's launch of Docs, Sheets and Slides as separate apps that segregate from Google Drive was a clear response to Microsoft's launch of Office for mobile on iOS and Android. If you thought Microsoft was the only company with major software announcements today, think again as Google has done the same. Google has just launched a major update for its Docs, Sheets and ...

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    Who's delivering new flagships at MWC? Samsung could be in, but LG sounds like it might be out. What about Sony? The company was rumored to be prepping its Xperia Z4 for CES earlier this month, but after the phone was a no-show, MWC became our next likely contender. And indeed, Sony seems to be making progress towards getting the Z4 ready for release in the coming weeks: just a few days ago we saw the FCC publish certification paperwork for a Sony handset that a few clues point to being the elusive Z4. Now an additional FCC filing seems to reveal another twist on the Z4, outing a dual-SIM ...

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    After LG wow-ed everyone with the G Flex 2 at CES this month, all eyes turn to MWC 2015, and the natural evolution of LG's G-series, currently at its third iteration. The world is waiting for the LG G4 to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress -- and there are already a lot of reports and rumors about the G4 -- but it will not happen, apparently, if a report citing a company executive is true, and there will indeed be no LG G4 at MWC 2015. "We rolled out the G3 in May last year so we do not plan to unveil the G4 at this year's Mobile World Congress and spend more time perfecting the new ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy S6 will not be waterproof. That's what this report from Italy claims, and neither will be the the Galaxy S6 Edge. Let's stop right there, as this report seems to talk about two different models. First, apparently, the 2015 flagship Galaxy S6 will not be waterproof like its 2014 Galaxy S5 predecessor. This might mean that the rumors we've heard about Samsung going metal and/or glass might be true (though Sony is doing a great job at waterproofing its Xperia Z phones made from those exact materials). Second, there have been rumors of a curved screen on a Galaxy S6, but, ...

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    OPPO seems to be on a roll. While the Chinese phone-maker closed 2014 off with the OPPO R5 and N3, just last week, the company announced the OPPO R1C (with its sapphire variant). Today, we're seeing another OPPO phone become official, one that was rumored to bring optical zoom, among other goodies (sadly, the optical zoom part remains just a rumor). The phone is large, measuring 156.8 x 81 x 8mm, and most of the front is being taken up by the 5.9-inch screen, with a Full HD 1080p resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. Behind the screen there's a 64-bit octa-core Mediatek MT6752 processor ...

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    Last week we've seen a DigiTimes report on how Samsung would ditch Qualcomm for its 2015 flagship, the Galaxy S 6, because of overheating issues. Apparently, as they say, where there's smoke there must be fire (pun intended), as a more recent Bloomberg report seems to talk about how we'll see no Snapdragon Galaxy S6 this year, despite just a few moments ago hearing the opposite (with regards to a 4GB Snapdragon Galaxy S 6 variant). Just like DigiTimes', Bloomberg's sources are anonymous as well, falling into the category of "people with direct knowledge of the matter". However, the story ...

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    We expect HTC to show off something at the upcoming Mobile World Congress, but, opposed to the Taiwanese phone maker -- who announced its One M8 flagship post-MWC -- Samsung, its biggest competitor, has announced its Galaxy S5 flagship at the Barcelona show. Because of that, and despite not hearing anything pointing to an MWC event, we're expecting the Galaxy S6 to make an official debut in a little more than a month. Samsung Galaxy S6 specs and features were mentioned with the occasion of countless rumors we've seen in the past (from curved display to glass body, from new fingerprint ...

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    What's the only thing better than having your phone or tablet loaded to the brim with all the latest apps? Why, having access to those hot-off-the-presses updates before the rest of your friends, that's what. If you count yourself among the hundred-million-plus Instagram users out there, and Android's your mobile platform of choice, we've got some news that could help put you ahead of the curve, getting access to the newest Instagram features before everyone else out there. Instagram just announced a new beta test program for its Android app. Interested users are invited to join the beta ...

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    Arguably the busiest markets for smartphones right now are those in Southeast Asia, where the fortunes of companies are made and lost over their abilities to capture the buying power of shoppers faced with an increasingly attractive array of options. That's meant a lot of very affordable hardware, and some of it relatively high-spec. Companies like Meizu have managed to do quite well for themselves in this space, and late last month we saw the company introduce its latest handset, the M1 Note. The very iPhone-looking model arrived with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, but phones that large – ...

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    Back when HDTV really took off a decade ago, displays everywhere started transitioning from the 4:3 aspect ratios with which we'd been familiar to much more widescreen ratios like 16:9, 16:10, or even those more extremely stretched. That may have made a degree of sense for entertainment hardware on which media consumption was the primary use-case, but what about general purpose computing devices like smartphones and tablets? While widescreen is still the standard, certain manufacturers have been pushing back against the grain, and especially on the tablet side of things, we've seen many ...

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    Sony has spent the last couple of years re-inventing its approach to smartphones and tablets, and has done so quite elegantly. Ever since the launch of the Xperia Z1 a few years ago, we've praised every single one of its successors on their design and features. Sony's bi-yearly cycle of launches already has us waiting for the Xperia Z4 at MWC 2015, but can you believe there is still a current-generation Xperia Z3 being prepped for a launch? The launch of the Xperia Z3 a few months ago left us a little skeptical with the lack of a purple variant, given Sony's push with the color in the ...

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    When MWC gets started in another few weeks, we fully expect to see smartphone and tablet companies deliver a deluge of new products all at once. And while many will do just that, HP has apparently decided that it can't even wait that long, today announcing a boatload of new tablet hardware running the gamut from Android to Windows, as well as pen input device that's not quite like any we've seen before. Let's start with the Android models, and arguably the stars (relatively speaking) of HP's show are the new Pro Slate 8 and Pro Slate 12. They both run Snapdragon 800 SoCs, have 2GB of RAM ...

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    Facebook hasn't been quite successful with its attempts to branch out into different services. So far the company has only found success in services it has acquired, like WhatsApp with 700 million users, and Instagram with 300 million users. The only in-house service that has found parallel success to Facebook is its Messenger service, which currently has 500 million active users, and to which the company is already planning major improvements. David Marcus, Facebook’s vice president of messaging products recently spoke at the Digital Life Design Conference in Munich. He detailed the ...

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    After months and months of rumors and leaks attempting to get to the bottom of HTC's plans for its next flagship, our picture of what to expect from the One M9 took a big step into focus earlier today, with the leak of some believable-looking photographs of purported One M9 hardware. The design didn't stray far from the One M8 (and M7 before it), but while these images were far-and-away the best we've seen to date, they didn't give us a complete overview of the handset – the choice of angles and cropping ended up keeping portions of the hardware obscured. Luckily for us, the arrival of ...

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    We can not verify the veracity of these images, above and below, so please treat everything you see and read here accordingly. How that we've got that out of the way, the stills you're seeing are claimed to represent and HTC One M9 prototype, referred to as the Hima. There's still no way of knowing for sure whether the Hima will be the One M9 or not, but this report claims so. Accompanying the images is a statement from the author of the report claiming to trust the source of these images; very well, but that doesn't mean we have to do so too. Looking at the front (above), there's really ...

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    Samsung isn't one to shy away from making a variety of phones, and the latest looks to be one that's ready to greet our friends in Russia. The Samsung J1 price tag has popped up on a Russian site alongside what looks to be a tentative photo. The photo is obviously a placeholder (if you really want to see it, have a look through the source link), but the price tag looks accurate enough. The J1 is expected to sell for RUR 10,990, which translates to about US$170. Russian prices aren't exactly the best to accurately gauge international pricing, though, so be wary. As expected because of the ...

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    While more and more Samsung Galaxy S 5 owners are using Android 5.0 Lollipop on their phones, most of those rocking the 2013 Galaxy S 4 are still waiting for an official update to Google's latest and greatest. Sure, we've seen a leaked Samsung Galaxy S 4 Lollipop update shown on video last year, and the Google Play Edition phone already has it, but as far as the majority is concerned, it's still a waiting game. An Android 5.0.1-based Samsung Galaxy S 4 Lollipop update has been leaked, and it looks to be the real deal. It comes with TouchWiz and everything you love (or loathe) about ...

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    Sometimes you want your photo or video to accurately reflect the real world – device makers keep upping the ante when it comes to camera hardware and software in efforts to make their models capable of the cleanest capturing possible. But sometimes you want to play around with the way things look, and for that we have filters. Apps like Instagram have brought use of such filters into the mainstream, and beyond photos, we've also seen them applied to videos. Over the weekend a new YouTube update surfaced, and while the feature isn't there quite yet, some teardown work reveals development ...

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    Just a few years ago, hearing the Huawei brand was extremely uncommon in our side of the ocean. Still, after seeing how much brand presence the company has made at every single MWC since the year 2012, it's clear that the company was on to something. The company has done an incredible job at building the same success it has in Asia in other regions, and today we hear more on its strategy. For years we've seen Huawei use brands like Ascend Mate to designate its flagship lineup. This year we saw the company merge a couple of names here and there, and we thought that would be how the company ...

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    Google's latest Android release is 5.0.2, though that might come as a surprise to even many Nexus users, as the company's been a little slow in getting updates out to its own flock of pure-Android hardware. First the 2012 WiFi Nexus 7 saw a factory image land back in December, and just last week a couple new images arrived for the 2013 WiFi Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10. If you've got a locked bootloader and aren't too wild about backing up your data just to flash a factory image, you may have been holding off on updating. In which case, we've got good news for you, as OTA packages for a couple ...

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    It may be around the time of MWC, it may be closer to summer, but one way or another, LG is gearing up to launch its next flagship, the G4. Reports about the phone's hardware have suggested it could arrive with some top-tier specs, while maybe even coming in a little smaller than last year's G3. But just how will it arrive? Piece by piece, we're trying to collect what evidence becomes available, and a new development from over the weekend might just reveal a little detail about the G4, as a User Agent Profile for a possible variant surfaces. What we're looking at is a file describing the ...

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    Are we finally starting to close in on Samsung's true intentions for the Galaxy S6, or just finding ourselves more misled as new rumors arrive to muddy the issue? Some of the recent talk about Samsung's plans for its Galaxy S6 has started to really divulge from earlier descriptions of the hardware, raising the possibility that the phone might not use metal to the extend we once thought, and could instead feature a largely glass exterior. But not everything we've heard about what Samsung's up to has been crumbling in the face of new rumors, and now we're looking at one item that revisits an ...

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    Can you barely keep track of how you're supposed to buy the OnePlus One? We don't blame you. At least when your only option was that invite system, the process was straightforward enough, but recent months have seen those invites joined by pre-orders, as well as sporadic periods of outright availability. If that latter option sounds far preferable than the alternatives (and really, that's understandable), you're going to want to mark tomorrow down on your calendar, as OnePlus prepares to accept new One orders for a two-hour window. OnePlus One orders will be open to anyone interested in ...

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    Here in the US, Sharp hasn't really been a major smartphone brand. There were even years where we'd hardly find ourselves talking about the manufacturer at all, though last summer Sharp became a much harder company to ignore with the launch of the Aquos Crystal on Sprint that wasn't just very affordable, but also sported an eye-catching design with some preposterously narrow bezels. Today's Sharp news doesn't bring us word of any additional models for the States, but we're still a bit fascinated by what the company’s up to now, as it launches a couple new models in Japan, including an ...

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    Having just finished talking about the latest rumors to address Samsung's smartwatch plans for MWC 2015, it's only fitting that we now turn our attention to the other major launch we're looking forward to from the manufacturer. So far, one of the primary components of Galaxy S6 rumors has been the idea of Samsung finally moving to a predominantly metal design, and a number of leaks have attempted to provide evidence for that theory. We may want to start reconsidering just what we saw in all those, as the latest GS6 rumor now asserts that Samsung will keep its metal bodies as the tell-tale ...

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