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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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    Many of you are in the same dilemma: buy one of the available Android Wear watches now, or wait on the hotly-anticipated Moto 360 from Motorola? Since we have the first two in-house, we thought to pit them head to head in a full LG G Watch vs Samsung Gear Live comparison video. At first glance, both of these watches look incredibly similar -- square slabs of Android Wear goodness. But when you look beyond their outer layers, you realize how different the hardware really is. The similarities end for the most part at the OS, IP67 certification, and similar looks. We go over just how much ...

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    HTC has certainly seen better days. Despite its valiant efforts last year with the One M7, it couldn't seem to reclaim the high status it once held in the smartphone realm. It's fought through serious competition, dwindling revenues, and shrinking market and mind share. It's tried to be bold, to be different, and to continue to maintain the utmost quality possible. Finally, it seems to have started to pay off for the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer. In its most recent quarterly earnings report, HTC posted the first profits in some time. It also hit its quarterly earnings estimate. All ...

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    The feeling of change coming to Google's lineup of Play edition devices has been almost palpable these past couple months. There was that brief hint of a GPe Galaxy S5 back in April, and then last month we noticed half of the six devices making up the series going out of stock, no longer up for purchase. Were new models just about to arrive? Was Google ready to kill-off Play editions entirely in favor of Android Silver or some other new effort? We're still not sure just where this is all headed, but this evening we've witnessed a pretty big shift occurring, as those three out-of-stock ...

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    The voice search functionality built into Google Search is one of those really convenient features that keeps getting better; in the past week alone, we've seen hotword detection expand to include new languages, and witnessed the arrival of new voice-actuated media controls. Now Google's cluing us in to another feature it's delivered for voice search, letting you use voice commands to refine a query. Google's already offered a degree of contextual awareness in how it interprets voice searches, and the feature it's talking about today expands on that by letting you offer corrections when it ...

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    Android Wear devices are barely shipping for many customers at the moment, and if you thought that the Android hacking community was going to wait to get some work done, think again. The LG G Watch gets its first custom ROM today, and it might be worth considering for some of you. The custom ROM is being dubbed “Ghoma," and was created by famous Android hacker Jakeday. At the moment the improvements are minor, with only some battery life improvements, aside from claims that it reduces lag between the cards UI. Still, we have to remember that this is the first custom ROM for a product ...

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    How do you sell the smartphone buying public on the idea of crazy high-res quad HD displays, putting even 1080p to shame? Ever since the idea of such panels on phones was first rumored, there's been a pretty active debate over the value of quad HD screens, balancing promises of increased clarity with concerns about battery life, performance, and cost. By now, it's clear that the industry has elected to move forwards with quad HD phones, bringing us handsets like the LG G3 and Samsung LTE-A Galaxy S5. But can these OEMs convince shoppers that quad HD phones are ones they need to seek out? ...

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    The era of 3D screens on smartphones may have come and gone, but the dream that we can still build portable displays that convey some sort of useful depth information continues to linger. Sometimes that takes the form of a product like Amazon's Fire phone, using software to simulate depth on a 2D panel. We've also talked about efforts to work with virtual-reality-style headsets, like plans for eventual Oculus Rift Android support, or Google's own DIY Cardboard system from I/O this year. Samsung's a name that's popped up in this VR talk more than once, with rumors that it might be ...

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    Each year, dozens of new phones are introduced to the market. One has a marginally faster processor than last year's model; another has a larger display with nearly double the resolution; some other phone gets twice the RAM while this one gets more storage space; and all of them get the latest upgrade to expandable storage support. Most would agree that, on a yearly basis, upgrading your phone is a waste of money – that the gains of spending several hundred dollars to get a slight improvement over the phone you currently have isn't worth it. Frankly, the majority would be right. If I ...

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    Sony just pulled the curtains back on its Xperia C3 “selfie phone,” but it's not the only Android OEM with some new hardware to share this morning. Up at the front of the smartphone pack we've been seeing the arrival of the first handsets with high-res quad HD displays: models like the LG G3 and new LTE-A Galaxy S5. Not to be left behind, ZTE has its own quad HD offering to show off, and today unveils the Nubia Z7, as well as the Z7 Max and Z7 mini. We'd seen leaks of the Nubia Z7 before, but the specs we heard attached to them fall short when compared to the phone's actual hardware, ...

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    Sony has just taken the wraps off of its latest smartphone, this one targeted at the increasingly vocal group of people who just can't go on without having the perfect selfie phone. Looking beyond the selfies, though, you may be wondering whether this phone has a package compelling enough to warrant spending your hard-earned cash on it. While you wait for our full review to land to let you make an informed decision, take a peek at this complete list of Sony Xperia C3 specs to see how it stacks up. It's clear to see that this phone is a mid-ranger, but that may be fine -- we can't have an ...

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    It turns out the teaser and video leak from yesterday were spot on. Just as promised, the Sony Xperia C3 has made its July 8 debut, and is now official. This phone really is all about selfies, though there are a couple things that could make those of you who just can't come to terms with snapping duck-faced pics want to buy it anyway. The star of the show here is the 5MP front-facing camera, which is wide-angle with a soft LED flash. Smile Shutter and Superior Auto mode are among the features toted on this front, along with AR Effect. None of these features are new to Xperia, but it's nice ...

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    Google's continuing with its monthly ritual of posting Android platform distribution numbers this month, by releasing updated data for this month. Unlike last time around, when Honeycomb was dismissed from the chart, nothing too major has happened. The main story is that KitKat is still growing at a great pace -- take a look at the numbers below to see just how much things have changed in the July 2014 Android distribution numbers. First, let's talk about the jump KitKat has made. It's gone from 13.6% distribution to 17.9%, which is impressive, though not surprising considering the sheer ...

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    One of the highest-profile tech companies right now is Samsung, so it's only expected that its finances are heavily scrutinized and analyzed. Today the Samsung Q2 operating profit data has been released to the public, and it's not looking too wonderful for the South Korea-based OEM -- for the third consecutive quarter, operating profit has fallen for the company. Because of investors' concerns with Samsung's near-term growth possibilities, its share price has fallen to 1,292,000 won, the lowest it has been since March 26 of this year. In terms of operating profit, Samsung reports earning ...

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    One of the worst parts of Google Now is that you cannot use voice for many simple things like turning off WiFi and skipping to the next track while jamming to music. It seems inevitable, though, that these features will eventually be available for Now, and the latter item looks to be going live as we speak. Google Now media controls are slowly starting to show up in a limited sense to a select group of Google account-holders. Right now, if you have the feature enabled on your account (it didn't work for us when we tested it on our devices, so we couldn't verify or test anything detailed ...

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    Ever since the Sony Xperia Z2 came out, we've been wondering about details surrounding a move into United States territory. Sony historically hasn't been too prompt, with examples like the T-Mobile Xperia Z1S for show. That said, several images have hit the internet straight from Sony showing a Verizon Z2 -- could this be happening? Today, a leaked Verizon document shows us that it's likely that a Sony Xperia Z2 Verizon release is imminent. It's been many months since its release, but the Xperia Z2 is still no slouch. As evidenced by our review, it stacks up well against the HTC One M8 ...

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