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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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    Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus (basically, a larger sibling of the Galaxy S6 Edge) should be unveiled, depending on the report, on August 12 or 13. The Korea Herald's money is on August 13, and, according to a report published today by the publication, Samsung will put more marketing effort into the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus than into the Galaxy Note 5. The information comes from unnamed "industry sources", and, while it may sound strange the first time, it might make a lot of sense if you come to think of it. The Galaxy Note 5 is the fifth generation of a product ...

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    You don't have to be born in the early 80s, like some of our team members, to feel a certain nostalgia to the flip phone form factor. We have spent quite some time lamenting about the Android flip phone and its comeback, and yes, we were super excited when we got the chance to spend some time with LG's Android flip phone offerings, the Wine Smart and Ice Cream Smart at MWC 2015 earlier this year. LG seems dedicated to the cause and has announced yet another Android flip phone. The LG Gentle brings a 3.2-inch LCD display with (an ancient) resolution of 480 × 320 pixels, 1.1GHz quad-core ...

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    According to a recent report from China, those who have set their eyes on the soon-to-become-official OnePlus 2 will be able to grab one, in a limited supply, starting August 8, via OnePlus' own “Experience” Store in China. We can't really read Chinese, but we'll trust this report, if it all comes down to just reading the text on the card pictured above. As a side note, we all know that the OnePlus 2 is being referred to as the "2016 flagship killer". We've couldn't help but wonder why the manufacturer is feeling so bold, in terms of futureproofing (in a very fast-moving ...

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    Update: after a closer inspection of the image below, we believe we are seeing a curvature on the bottom left side of the image (corresponding with the right edge of the phone (and the phone's case)), lending some credence to those rumors that claim the Galaxy Note 5 might have a curvature on the back, similar to the Galaxy S6 Edge's front. What do you think? We've already seen a real life picture of an alleged Galaxy Note 5 prototype (mule), and, more recently, we've seen stills purportedly showing a Galaxy Note 5 in its full glory, together with the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. Today, we're ...

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    According to this report from Vietnam, yes, HTC is indeed working on an HTC One Max 2. Said HTC One Max 2 phablet would, according to the report, see the official light of day sometime after the HTC Aero unveiling (in October, claims the same report). The (first and) last time we've seen an HTC phablet was in 2013 with the One Max, when the Taiwanese company "tweaked" the One M7 flagship, reused its design, inflated to phablet size, slapped on a fingerprint scanner (on the back), tweaked the specs a bit, and revealed the product. In 2014, HTC skipped the One M8-based One Max 2, so, if this ...

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    In these images you can allegedly see a Moto G 2015 unboxed early. With all the recent leaks around the soon-to-become official smartphone, we have no reason to doubt the veracity of these stills. The phone has been heavily leaked, from pictures, to rumors, from its looks and Moto Maker options, down to its specs. You can find everything here, in our dedicated Moto G 2015 hub. The box shown, despite having its text in Portuguese (so probably either a European local version, or a Brazilian unit) features a black unit with a blue and green cover (Motorola Shells), and, as you can see in the ...

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    Every year Samsung releases its flagship (in the case of 2015, flagships, if you consider the S6 Edge a different phone, and not a variation of the Galaxy S6) smartphone, and, later during the year, introduces several versions, from Neo to dual-SIM variants, from Active to Mini flavors. The Galaxy S6 Active is already official, and, if you ever though that this year you won't see a Galaxy S6 Mini, well, you are wrong, if the leak we're looking at is accurate. The images above and below are claimed to represent the upcoming Galaxy S6 Mini. As you can see, it follows the design language ...

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    July 27, Monday, is when the world will see OnePlus 2, officially referred to by its manufacturer as "the 2016 flagship killer". The launch event will be live streamed, however, via virtual reality, and OnePlus has made its launch event app available on the Google Play Store. You can find it at the source link below, and, once the event starts, you will be able to watch it with the help of the app (with or without a Cardboard) that will launch the stream. This year too, OnePlus will use an invite system to sell its OnePlus 2 smartphone. If you're interested, you can now secure your invite ...

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    Lenovo isn't exactly the biggest contender in the Android tablet space — in fact, looking through the company's website, the Tab 2 A8 is the only tablet listed that runs an Android version newer than 4.4 KitKat. It isn't the highest end device we've seen, and it's certainly not aimed at beating out the iPad Air 2 or Nexus 9 any time soon. But at just $129.99 for a quad-core processor, an 8" display, a near-stock build of Android 5.0 Lollipop, and front-firing speakers powered by Dolby audio, it's hard to ignore. The Tab 2 A8 looks promising for the price, but how well will it perform? ...

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    We'll be honest with you: we have no idea what to make of this, and, besides the fact that automated translation from Chinese doesn't really help us out here, we're looking at a report, so here are two reasons to keep skeptical. We can, however, speculate based on what we see, and we see these two images (which we can't verify, so they could very well be fakes as well) suggesting something regarding the next James Bond movie, and a smartphone. Sure, we could easily chalk it up and conclude that Sony will release an Xperia Z5 later this year, which will be "the James Bond phone", and Sony ...

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    The HTC Aero should be the company's upcoming smartphone, with Gorilla Glass 4 that's 2.5D, and a QHD display, if the rumors are true. The HTC Aero should also be the smartphone that would bring an improved camera -- something many have complained about on recent HTC phones -- but we have been amped so many times about HTC's upcoming phones that we'd like to play it safe now and remain skeptical. The HTC Aero will allegedly make its way to AT&T's line-up, according to a recent Evan Blass tweet. The tweet also calls the HTC Aero the "HTC Hima Aero"; Hima was also the name used to ...

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    For all we've heard about Motorola's third-gen Moto G, which by all accounts will launch on Tuesday, there are still a few big unanswered questions. Considering how the Moto G is positioned as a more affordable alternative to the Moto X, pricing is a big factor that will help dictate the phone's ultimate success, but so far we haven't had a great sense for just how much the phone might end up costing. Would it follow in the footsteps of the first two Moto G models, priced at just about $180 at launch? This evening, a new carrier leak attempts to answer that question. So far our best ...

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    Next week's going to be a busy one, with new launches likely from Motorola, not to mention the public arrival of Windows 10 for PCs. But starting the week off, OnePlus is set to finally unveil its second-gen OnePlus 2 flagship on Monday. We've already heard a lot about what to expect from the smartphone in terms of hardware, and now OnePlus is briefly putting the spotlight on software as it prepares for next week's launch. In a new blog post, OnePlus once again calls the OnePlus 2 a “2016 flagship killer,” insisting that beyond competing with the cream of this year's hardware crop, the ...

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    Has Google finally decided that it simply has enough money? After years of search dominance, to say nothing of heading up the most popular mobile operating system on the planet, is all that money burning a hole in Google's pockets? Because from what we've seen today, the company sure seems more interested in handing out discounts to its users than making a buck itself. OK, that's admittedly crazy-talk, but no sooner do we bring you word of the summertime game sales in the Google Play Store than we hear about a nice little offer for Chromecast users, hooking them up with a free movie ...

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    Whether you're hopping in a car for a road trip, relaxing down at the beach, or roughing it out at a campsite (armed with a backpack full of USB battery packs because – come on – you're not an animal), summer's a fantastic time to take a break from your worries and unwind for a little with some smartphone games. Right now, Google's making it easy for you Android users to pick up some hot titles at deep discounts, as it marks a number of games down in a sale running through Monday. For just one dollar, you can take home titles like Monument Valley, Limbo, or Duck Tales: Remastered, ...

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    Just what the heck is Samsung planning for the operation of the S Pen stylus on the upcoming Galaxy Note 5? Rumors have been all over the place on this one, suggesting everything from a pull-to-release design like on previous models, to a spring-loaded push-to-release mechanism, to maybe even some sort of software-controlled auto-ejector. And while we've read a lot of speculation based on images of both the phablet and stylus alike, it's been difficult to say with much certainty just how this system will actually work. We're still not sure anyone knows the truth (or at least anyone who's ...

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    Are these Motorola smartphone leaks ever going to slow down? With the week drawing to a close, next Tuesday's Motorola event is practically upon us, and they're showing no signs of slowing down. After a couple days of retailers accidentally publishing promotional materials early, and in-store carrier displays leaking, we're back in good ol' fashioned hands-on territory this morning, as we have the opportunity to check out some brand new pics of the 2015 Moto G in the flesh. Besides just offering us some very nice images of the handset, the source behind these pics provides some brief ...

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    The latest numbers are in from IDC, looking at the smartphone market for the second quarter of 2015. According to the latest preliminary release from IDC, a total of 337.2 million smartphones were shipped worldwide in Q2 of 2015, which represents an 11.6% increase from the 302.1 million units in the second quarter of 2014. As you'd expect, Samsung and Apple continue to dominate the smartphone market, but IDC notes that Samsung is the only one in the top five that recorded a shipment volume decline year over year. The report notes that, while the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge "arrived with ...

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    Motorola is almost certainly launching the new Moto G next week, but from all appearances the mid-ranger's been doing everything in its power to break cover in advance of its formal arrival. We've seen no shortage of leaks in the weeks leading up to the manufacturer's July 28 event, and this afternoon we've got another big one to share with you, as one retailer (seemingly accidentally) publishes a new Moto G promo video just a few days early. Brazilian retailer Americanas has already yanked the clip off YouTube, but not before it was able to be copied. As a result, we've managed to pick up ...

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    Earlier this month, AT&T users with the first-gen Moto X started receiving a long-overdue update, bringing Android 5.1 Lollipop to their phones. Considering how the last major update was in November, and left the phone still running KitKat, this was a major step forward,. However, something seemed to have gone wrong, and back on Monday AT&T announced that it was temporarily suspending distribution of the update. Presumably, there was something wrong with the code, but at the time no one who knew for sure seemed to be sharing any details. The update's still not back on just yet, but ...

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    Google Photos has soundly arrived as the company's new home for picture storage, as the coming deactivation of Google+ Photos makes all too clear. And even with more users than ever before trying out the service, Google's still very much interested in getting the word out. Today we get a little preview of what sure looks like an upcoming Google Photos promo event, with the arrival of a teaser video inviting users to “pay with a photo.” Before you start getting carried away there, this doesn't look like the launch of some new spin on mobile payments. The teaser vid below (featuring ...

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    This would be the third fourth year where we praise LG's efforts in mobile. Surely the LG G3 wasn't our favorite smartphone last year, but this years LG G4, the company's new G Flex 2, and even some of its legacy devices from two years ago continue to spark joy. If you thought this Korean giant was done for the year, then you clearly don't know much about LG. LG CEO Cho Jun-ho was recently on the company's results conference call, and teased that the company will launch a "super premium phone" in the second half of this year, as if the LG G4 and G Flex 2 weren't already premium enough. It ...

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    The simple fact that Sony has committed to continue building smartphones is already great news for the industry. Most of the smartphones we use carry a Sony image sensor for photography, and the company has also pioneered in waterproofing without compromising looks. The only problem with the company lately is that it seems to be off to a slow start with smartphone flagships, and it seems the trend will continue. Today we land the UAProfs for a Sony E66XX (E6603, E6633, E6653, E6683) and a Sony E58XX (E5803, E5823), and the data goes as far as to reveal that both devices will be running the ...

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    This coming Monday, July 27, OnePlus is set to launch its second smartphone, the OnePlus 2. We've already seen a lot about what to expect from this handset, and weeks of spec teases have finally given way to some pics of actual hardware. But before the new OnePlus phone gets here, company cofounder Carl Pei is talking a little about the journey so far, and brings us up to date on OnePlus One sales performance. As you may remember, last fall OnePlus gave itself a pretty ambitious sales target: having sold over 500,000 handsets already, the company wanted to bring that up to a cool million ...

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    Strategy Analytics has revealed some figures, cited by DigiTimes, concerning smartphone AP revenues. An AP (application processor) is basically the SoC (system-on-a-chip), also known informally as "the processor" which supports applications running in a mobile operating system environment. 20 percent increase over the previous year is what Strategy Analytics' findigs revealed for smartphone AP revenues in the first quarter of 2015. These revenues represent US$5.3 billion, and the top five spots (related to revenue) are where you find Qualcomm, Apple, MediaTek, Samsung LSI and Spreadtrum ...

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