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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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    Two months after Honor's US account even hinted at Android Marshmallow coming to the Honor 5X, it is finally coming. But as far as we know, it's not coming to the US. Instead, the update will go to international models, or at least models in India with model number KIW-L22. The OTA is rolling out right now, but there is a .zip file you can load in if you have the proper 5X. It's the download link below. Android 6.0 will be below EMUI 4.0. Download: Update Source: Mobipicker Via: GSMArena

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    Google may be too big for its own good. It has an easy time of making friends, but a hard time keeping them. Samsung has its own operating system almost ready to go if and when Android seems too heavy an option to keep pursuing. According to three sources tipping off The Information, it seems that Huawei has its plans, too. Besides developing EMUI 5.0 on top of Android with the talents of designer Abigail Brody, formerly of Apple, it has been working on its own organic software with a team from Scandinavia that includes former Nokia employees. This is all just in case Google decided to ...

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    Close to nine months after its release, Android Marshmallow has finally come to a pair of major autumn-side Samsung phones on America's number two carrier. The Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+ on AT&T are getting over-the-air updates for Android 6.0.1. The packages include AT&T's Video Call feature plus all the typical add-ons and up the build version to  MMB29K.G928AUCU2BPE6.  There are different OTAs for those on firmware from March 3 and those on the May 26 build, but they size up to about 1.36GB either way. Source: AT&T (1, 2)

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    Surely getting a Google Nexus device is a sure guarantee to getting the latest and greatest version of Android, but ever since the launch of the old Galaxy Nexus back in the day, we know that won't last for ever. Google doesn't really guarantee that all its legacy Nexus devices will receive the latest version for ever, and today we learn just how close you are to being pushed out. Google's support website has now begun listing the dates for end-of-life of its Nexus devices, and the picture is not really pretty. Yes, you'll be entitled to at least three years of security patches, curtesy of ...

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    The Galaxy Note lineup went through some dramatic and polarizing changes in 2015, up to the point where many even debated if it was a worthy successor to the tradition of "large and in charge." As a result, we do know that Samsung is planning ways to differentiate this new Note from its predecessor, even by jumping numbers from 5 to 7. Today we learn that it might also push improvements on its roots. Sources claim that the new Note 7 will offer a larger 5.8-inch QHD dual-edged curved Super AMOLED display. It falls in line with the rumors we heard yesterday, but size wasn't mentioned then. ...

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    Batteries are fussy. They can charge fast. Real fast. And for too long, too. That's what makes them go "sizzle." Or, worse yet, "boom." They can charge slowly. Real slowly. Like, when you absolutely, absolutely need power before you hop on the bus in three minutes and your phone still says two percent. One thing for sure is that they can only last for so long. And batteries deteriorate faster the hotter they get. Sony's thinking of doing something about it with an additional feature to its Marshmallow AOSP beta firmware for the Xperia Z2 and Z3 called "Soft Charging." It's a simple ...

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    Back in March 2015, HTC shuffled around some executives, or at least that's what we've been told. Peter Chou, HTC's CEO at the time took a step back and his position was filled by Cher Wang, at the time, Chairman and co-founder. HTC said that Peter Chou “will transition to a strategic new role leading future product innovation”. However, in reality, looks like Peter Chou left HTC. He has joined Digital Domain as an executive director at the end of August 2015, and is now chairman of the Hong Kong-based company. HTC has confirmed its departure, says DigiTimes, however, mentioning ...

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    I’m in no way shape or form what one would consider to be an office worker, desk jockey, pencil pusher, etc… I’m a railroad mechanic by trade. Aside from ordering the necessary parts to complete my job or to complete the appropriate work orders to receive pay I have very little use for a computer day to day at work. If it can’t be beat with a sledgehammer, cut with an oxygen/acetylene torch, welded, or taken apart with a wrench I have no use for it in my professional life. Probably the most tech friendly thing I use in my job is using my phone to stream music via Google Play all ...

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    The entire Sony Xperia X line-up is ready for pre-orders in the US, and the timing is right, as we've just recently wrapped up our Xperia X review (we'll also shortly review the flagship X Performance). Foxconn and Arima were the companies building some previous Sony smartphones in São Paulo, but Sony has decided to stop manufacturing smartphones in Brazil. The decision has been confirmed by Sony's marketing director Ana Peretti, and the reasons behind it are purely financial, as Brazil has put an end of tax exemptions concerning smartphones produced locally. The new Xperia X Sony ...

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    The BlackBerry Priv clearly made a ton of headlines since launch for two very specific things. The first was obviously the fact that it was BlackBerry's approach to Android, and a very decent one indeed. The other was because of its crazy $700 price tag. That has actually changed over time, but now it has hit an all-time low. If you're in the market for a BlackBerry Priv, the AT&T unit is currently offered for $299 on eBay. Yes, we know the title says that this is an unlocked unit, but that's because the seller will actually include the unlock code in the box. Getting any flagship ...

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    The amount of rumors surrounding the Galaxy Note 7 is staggering. From new software features with Samsung Focus, to the possibility of new glowing notification tweaks, it seems Samsung is pushing hard for this phone to be different from the Galaxy S7. The rumors include the possibility of an Edge variant, but even that could change dramatically. The Korea Herald reports that we might not get two variants, just one, and that it'll be the Edge variant. The reasons for this are not really mentioned, but given the popularity of every single Edge variant that Samsung has launched since last ...

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    Sony hasn't necessarily re-invented anything with the Xperia X, and that's mainly because instead of following the trend of the Xperia Z lineup, it seems the X was more of a re-boot with a few steps back. It's not a bad phone by any means, on the contrary, and we do know that Sony does have a following in many regions. If you've been waiting for it to reach the US, we've got news. Pre-orders have just begun in the US for the full Sony Xperia X lineup, meaning the Xperia X, X Performance, XA, and XA Ultra. When it comes to the price tags, the Xperia X will retail for $549.99, the Xperia XA ...

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    How much difference might there be in one year? We here at Pocketnow are pretty conservative about recommending one year upgrades. Phones are expensive, and the changes from on year to the next might not always reflect the best bang for buck consumers might be looking for. You worked hard for your cash, and we want to respect that. It's a topic we're really interested in though, and when flipping a phone makes sense, it can be an exciting development. OnePlus is a tricky company to fully pin down. They're a smaller company, better recognized by the techier Android fans out there, and ...

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    Every so often in a past life of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast, you might've seen some crazy awkward moments where one of our hosts suddenly dropped out and Google would ask for two-step verification to really make sure that they are who they say they are. Beyond entering your basic credentials, it adds on a secondary, unique factor to your login process. Security comes with inconvenience. Google is cutting down on that inconvenience with a simple prompt. Instead of getting a security key texted to you, your phone will pop up a simple prompt that asks you if you're signing into your ...

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    What do you expect from a phone these days? Does a smartphone define or compliment your personal style? What kind of performance do you require to get your work done? How much are you willing to pay for that performance? For fans of Android we've been through some highs and lows over the last couple years when looking at manufacturers building "price disrupting" handsets. Initially the Nexus was a high water mark we could point to for companies to include high end processors in lower cost devices. OnePlus took that philosophy and paired it with a fairly unpopular purchasing system that ...

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    Google's Nexus 5X continues to be the most affordable way to enjoy to pure Google experience. Surely it's not as powerful or commanding as the Nexus 6P, but it still manages to deliver a solid experience at a flagship level, even if it's priced as more of a mid-ranger. If you're in the market for one, this might be the time to buy. eBay deals have just set the Google Nexus 5X to just $269. Notice, we're talking about the 32GB variant here, making this deal a true steal. This is $130 off the retail price, and if you know how eBay works, you might not want to think twice about making this an ...

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    It seems that Google might have finally caught on to the fact that people search a lot for medical advice. Even if we're all clear that these results should never supersede the need to visit a qualified physician, it doesn't change the fact that curiosity grows strong when you start to feel bad. Those of you avid users of Google Search will soon be in for a treat. Google has just announced that its search services are now rolling out enhanced medical information to benefit the user. This is not just Google being smarter about what results to give you, but actually the company's effort in ...

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    Every so often, you see that X company acquired Y company for hundreds of millions of dollars. Every so often, you'll see that number climb into the billions. Last week we saw LinkedIn get snatched up by Microsoft for some $26.2 billion. Does Microsoft want a social networking platform for blue collar types that badly? We know that there have to be sensical synergies for the deal to happen, but come on! $26.2 billion? What kind of returns are these companies expecting and when do they expect them? Well, we decided to take a look at five major acquisitions in technology with major impacts ...

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    We've shared our first impressions. We've talked a little about some of the things we like about the this phone, and a few things we didn't, but now it's time to share our full review. The X is a tricky phone to pin down. Sony's mission here is to trim the fat, walking away from some of the more outlandish hardware specs and feature creeping our phones are experiencing. Instead we see Sony engineers trying to scale back and refine specifically those hardware elements which they believe truly affect consumer use. We've scaled back to a mid-range tier processor, using the Qualcomm 650. Most ...

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    The Chromebook Flip got first dibs on a windowed Android apps experience today, but if you've been working with a Remix Mini, Remix Ultra or cracking Remix OS onto a PC, you already have an idea of how this works. Maybe it's time to upgrade your hardware game? Jide thought it was time to up its game with the Remix Pro, a mid-range convertible tablet with a Snapdragon 652, 3GB of RAM and a quick-chargeable 9Ah battery. The screen's 12 inches in diameter with a resolution of 2160 x 1440, 216 pixels per inch. There's 802.11 a/b/g, but no n, though it is dual-band on 2.4 and 5GHz. Hardware ...

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    The reason why you might buy a Chromebook is finally here. Well, on one Chromebook. Developers are getting their hands on Chrome version 53, including Google's own François Beaufort. He found and posted up a screenshot of the Google Play Store for the ASUS Chromebook Flip. In the next couple of months, Google will expand Android apps over to the Acer Chromebook R11 and last year's Chromebook Pixel. A full list can be retrieved at our source link below. Source: Google+, Google Via: PCWorld

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    We've been using the iOS 10 and Apple Watch OS 3 developer preview BETAs for almost a week. How is Apple stacking up to it Android competition? Bluetooth 5 is coming with more bandwidth and a focus on "Internet of Things". And, Net neutrality is defended again, this time in the courts. Will companies start accepting it now as the law of the land? These stories and we'll be tackling your questions and comments. Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 205 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on June 17th (click here for your local time), or check out ...

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    With the OnePlus 3's wholesome 6GB of RAM, you'd think it'd be a beast at multitasking between apps and games. And in the past, the major marketing peg that OnePlus has stood on was that fact that it made flagship killing phones. So, the logical fallacy here would be that the OnePlus 3 would beat up, say, a Galaxy S7 edge with its pesky 4GB of RAM and bullet-fast Exynos 8890 in a speedtest comparison, right? Nope. Not according to C4ETech's video. The outlet tested the two on loading apps and keeping them in memory. It included loading both "Temple Run 2" and "Asphalt 8" along with ...

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    LG has announced four new smartphones that join the X family, and its already existent members, the X cam and X screen. According to the official wording, the new X power, X mach, X style and X max "share many of the top end features found on LG’s flagship G and V series handsets". "Greater battery capacity, faster processor, more sophisticated styling or a larger display", are each one key selling point and main feature of these four newcomers. The LG X power features a 4,100mAh battery in a slim, 7.9mm-thick case, with PE+ fast-charging technology, claimed to charge at twice the ...

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    The latest Galaxy Note 7 rumor comes from Korea and, according to ETNews, production will start next month (July), in order to have an initial stock ready in time for August. The company is purportedly planning to launch sales at the time of the phone's announcement. Yes, the Galaxy Note 7 is actually the Galaxy Note 6, but it makes sense for Samsung to skip a number in order to align its productivity flagship with its current Galaxy S offerings, as well as the upcoming iPhone 7. With an official announcement less than two months away, as rumored, the South Korean company is allegedly ...

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