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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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    One of the many changes Samsung made for this year's Galaxy Note phablet concerns the handset's S Pen stylus, and for the Galaxy Note 5 Samsung came up with a design that allows the S Pen to be stowed away flush inside the phone, retrieved by means of a spring-loaded mechanism. The Note 5's already selling like hotcakes, but as more and more users get their hands on the smartphone, a few a running into a bit of a sticky situation with the redesigned S Pen, getting the stylus stuck in its holder – upside down. While it seems obvious that the S Pen isn't intended to be shoved into the Note ...

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    After months and months of remaining low key, Google ATAP's Project Ara modular smartphone effort popped back on our radar a little earlier this month, as we got word that plans for the initial public trial in Puerto Rico weren't going to happen as planned. While that was bad news, the team behind Ara quickly gave us new cause to be hopeful, talking about some interesting hardware changes it would make going forward, as well as announcing its intention to finally get those trials started next year (and maybe even in the continental US, to boot). We'll likely be getting a lot more Ara news ...

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    Samsung's decision to remove expandability options from the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ has proven to be a polarizing topic. While some don't care, the rest of us are truly disappointed by Samsung's measures, even if both devices improved in overall appearance. If you're wondering how this amounts to sales, the answer is rather shocking. The Korea Times just published news claiming that Samsung has sold more of its new phablet units than it did last year. The report claims that Samsung has been able to sell 100,000 units of both devices in just three days, a number that's far better ...

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    For those of you wondering just how successful Google Wallet has been, well, the fact that there's another service called Android Pay should say enough. Google announced Android Pay at its Google I/O conference as a new alternative to fix the old and compete with Apple. At this point the only thing missing is a launch date, and we seem to get a light on the subject. Employees at McDonalds claim to have already received a memo claiming that Android Pay will launch on August 26, just a few days away. Sadly the leaked memo goes as far as to claim that Samsung Pay should already be official, ...

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    This year's IFA trade show is so close we can nearly taste it. Well, maybe that's just all the German food we'll be eating, but we're itching at the chance to descend upon Berlin and start bringing you all the big announcements from this year's show. Back at the start of the month, Sony sent out invites for its IFA press event, scheduled to fall on September 2. Ever since, we've been wondering about just which devices we could hope to see the company launch, and while we've certainly got a few strong contenders, nothing's official just yet. Sony's keeping us guessing up until the end, and ...

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    A few hours back, we told you about some of the latest rumors surrounding HTC's smartphone plans, as talk of the HTC A9, the model codenamed Aero, arrived to get specific about the hardware's specs. Those included details about things like HTC's choice to go with a MediaTek SoC, but left plenty of other questions unanswered, including what HTC was thinking of doing in terms of the phone's cameras. As we wait for new spec leaks to land, we get a chance to look at how at least one of those cameras may arrive, upon the publication of an image purporting to be the HTC A9 as seen from the rear. ...

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    Samsung's new Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ may not bring the expandable storage or replaceable battery that many of us wanted, but that doesn't mean that these are mediocre phones either. Both devices pack most of the high-end specifications that we praised on the Galaxy S6, with a couple of extra tricks to entice users. Samsung isn't famous for providing specifics on the components that make up the spec sheet, but today we get some details. For those of you wondering what camera sensor these new phablets cary, it turns out that they aren't far off from the Galaxy S6. Spec listings ...

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    Just over a month ago, Android users got their first shot at trying out Microsoft's response to the Google Nows and Siris of the world, as Microsoft got invite-only testing underway on Cortana for Android – well, that was the plan, at least, but a leaked APK quickly gave a whole lot of additional Android users a chance to interact with Cortana for themselves. While it was great for Microsoft to start going cross-platform with Cortana like that, we still needed to see Cortana for Android availability greatly expand, and the iOS port was nowhere to be found. We're still waiting for ...

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    From the way Motorola introduced its latest Moto X-series hardware a few weeks back, it was easy to get the impression that when it comes to the US, the story isn't quite over. After all, the rest of the world is getting two new Moto X models, so why are shoppers in the States stuck with just the Pure Edition (Moto X Style)? One compelling theory suggests that the US will see the arrival of the Moto X Play after all, but in a slightly different form, taking the role of a carrier exclusive. Over the weekend, we talked about how the Moto X Play might end up landing on Verizon as the Droid ...

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    If Google indeed plans to keep its next two Nexus smartphones on the sidelines until October, there may not be much left to announce by then. Already, we (think we) know a great deal about the stock Android Marshmallow-powered LG and Huawei phones, with the former manhandled and rendered last week, and the latter following suit now. This isn’t the first time we’re getting convincing hints as to the external appearance of the alleged Nexus 6 sequel, but the photos floating around the interwebs today show something we haven’t seen before: an actual N6 2015 prototype, in all ...

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    HTC’s road back to profitability will likely be paved with major job cuts, factory sales and other austerity measures, but despite recent rumors, the Taiwanese device manufacturer may not give up on its second hero phone for the year. The “Aero” is still very much real, according to sources from China, and should precede the O2 instead of getting replaced by it. Due out in October, as CEO Cher Wang once suggested, this “intermediate” high-end Android could retain a loose family connection with the One M9 while signaling the dawn of a new era. Purportedly baptized A9 (no “One” ...

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    LG started the G Pad family with a bang back in fall of 2013, when an 8.3-inch model threatened the iPad mini with such remarkable specifications as a 1,920 x 1,200 resolution screen, Snapdragon 600 SoC, and 2 GB RAM. Last year, the focus was switched to devices with more economical price points, but the G Pad 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1 failed to impress power users. Now, LG seems to be seeking a way to please everybody, as the G Pad II 10.1 offers upper mid-range features. The WUXGA display is by no means a pushover, but since it’s larger than the two-year-old 8.3-incher, it actually delivers ...

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    The rumor mill has been clamoring with stories regarding a couple of new entries in the Nexus franchise this fall, and most tipsters seem convinced LG and Huawei will join forces with Google before long. The former manufacturer may return to finally upgrade the two-year-old Nexus 5, and we’ve just got the scoop on another big improvement. Besides adding a fingerprint scanner to the mix, no doubt upping the processing power and RAM ante, and likely revising the rear-facing camera, the second-gen Nexus 5 should also noticeably augment selfie performance. The mediocre 1.3 MP front sensor of ...

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    If you've been following the BlackBerry Venice rumors and leaks, you probably know by now that BlackBerry is reportedly planning on bringing an Android-powered smartphone --a QWERTY slider, to be more specific-- to the market. The latest such leak indicated that it will hit all four US carriers in November, with a collage picture attached, which showed off the alleged phone running both Google Play and the BlackBerry Hub. Well, Evan Blass has followed up with another leak, showing off a screenshot that reveals a lot of BlackBerry related apt files. These files will most probably be baked ...

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    The ASUS ZenFone 2 is available is so many options that it is sometimes hard to keep track, but it's definitely a good thing, as the company is able to offer something for everyone. And, given the cutthroat competition in the mid-range smartphone market (especially around the $300 price tag), OEMs are constantly striving to differentiate, bring something new or different to the table. The diamond/crystal inspired pattern on the ASUS ZenFone 2 above might not be your thing, but the carbon-fiber look of the same phone below might be. And, even if both aren't, you should still seriously ...

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    When news came out that Microsoft was going to be developing Cortana for Android, I was dubious. As in, “So what?” Realistically, I just didn’t see the point. Android has a perfectly good voice assistant in Google Now – to say nothing of how awesome Now on Tap will be – so why should we care about Cortana on Android? It’ll be just another app. But then news came out more recently that Cortana will be able to replace Google Now as the default search for Android. Whoa. Ok. Now we’re talking. Just got real Before, Cortana was an app on Android. Now, Cortana can be just about as ...

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    Remember the OPPO R5? It was the world's thinnest phone, until it wasn't anymore. Still, not bad at 4.85mm, maybe even too thin for some. Well, apparently, the Chinese phone maker pulled an iPhone by adding an "s" to the device's name, and so we have the OPPO R5s. Well, that's not the only change, of course, and the phone is wearing a "coming soon" label on the manufacturer's website. You'll be able to easily tell the OPPO R5s apart from the R5, as it comes in grey, opposed to the silver R5. It keeps all the features, including the overall aspect and measurements, and also keeps most of ...

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    Samsung announced the Galaxy S6 edge+ on August 13 (together with the Note 5), and the manufacturer also equipped it with some additional features. Some still believe that the Edge Screen is still not mature enough to justify its existence beyond showing off the ability to manufacture it, but that's another topic. Opposed to the S6 edge, the S6 edge+ also brings an Apps Edge in addition to the People Edge, where you can basically pin favorite apps, just like contacts, to the side of your screen. That feature is now also available to Galaxy S6 edge users as well through a software update ...

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    Though we can't be certain of anything, some of the gossip we've heard might be true, specifically the bits according to which Samsung has moved its Note 5 unveiling to an earlier date in order to have a jump-start, as Apple's refreshed iPhone 6 Plus should be official beginning of September. Whether that's the case or not is up to you to decide, but Samsung is definitely going after iPhone owners, and what better way to prove it than by its most recent Samsung test drive program. If you live in the US, Samsung will give you a Samsung smartphone of your choice, for 30 days, with no ...

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    Sony fans will be glad to hear that the Sony Xperia Z5 rumors are not stopping, which is usually a good indication that a phone is on its way. We've seen a lot of leaks in the past couple of weeks, including general hardware and aspect, a fingerprint scanner (oddly placed on the side), as well as a bold move (treat this one with skepticism) to set a new standard by bringing a 4K display to the handset. Today's report brings us a set of photographs allegedly depicting a Sony Xperia Z5 dummy unit (which should pretty much be identical to the real deal). The pictures come from China and the ...

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    When Motorola announced the Moto X Play on July 28 (together with the Style/Pure), many were disappointed that the manufacturer revealed no plans to make the Moto X Play available in the US. As the phone is making its way to retailers (and lucky early owners' hands), there was a rumor at the beginning of the month talking about a Verizon Droid Turbo 2, and, at that time, we thought that it might be the rebranded Moto X Play. According to a recent report, the Moto X Play will indeed make its way to the US; it will allegedly be the Verizon DROID Maxx 2. Renaming the same phone for different ...

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    Yesterday we heard about Samsung's plans for a pretty good-sized tablet, with rumors mentioning work on a 12-inch Windows 10 model. That's well and good, but there are big tablets, and then there are big tablets, and a littler earlier this month we checked out some evidence that's firmly in the latter camp, as an import database appeared to reveal a big 18.4- inch model under testing. Besides the screen size and some pricing info, we didn't have much to look at back then, but now a new source attempts to flesh out the picture a little, sharing a few specifics about the tablet's hardware ...

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    Even though one of the major issues with Android phones is bloatware, we have seen this problem wither down over the years. Not all manufacturers or carriers have proven to be the best at this, but we have seen some progress on the topic by some. Google is the most interested in making Android as appealing as possible, and today we see it working towards that regards. As of today Google has decided to remove some of its mandatory applications from the Google Play services requirements. As you know, even though Android is free, for OEMs to be allowed to install the Google Play Store and its ...

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    These days, Huawei's probably in the news the most for a phone that won't even be sold with the company’s name featured prominently: Google's new Nexus phablet. But while that rumored device may be the most attention-grabbing, there's plenty of other Huawei hardware we've been tracking, devices like the Mate 7S and maybe even Mate 8. Before any of that gets here, we've been looking forward to the announcement of the Honor 7i. Just as scheduled, the smartphone went official earlier today, and did so with one very unusual camera design. Phone makers have long struggled with the seeming ...

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    Sony's got an IFA event coming up in less than two weeks, and if we're to believe the rumors, the company could be planning to move forward with its Xperia Z flagship line, introducing the Z5 family just months after launching the Z4. Leaks have suggested some interesting hardware changes for Z5 models, like ditching the prominent round power button in favor of a longer, flatter button that integrates a fingerprint scanner. That may be just what we're looking at today, as a leaked image attempts to show off the Xperia Z5 Compact. We've seen shots like this leak in advance of Sony press ...

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