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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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    Android 5.0 Lollipop, the latest iteration of Google's mobile operating system, has been rolling out since the beginning of the month. Not everyone has gotten it yet, and some won't get the update at all. Because of the rapid development cycle of consumer electronics these days, OEMs don't have much incentive to update "old" devices with new versions of operating systems, it's much more profitable just to sell you a new device with the new OS already on it. One of the purposes of the Nexus program is so Google can showcase its latest and greatest software on a hardware reference ...

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    Now that carrier sales of the Nexus 6 have begun, we've had the opportunity to check out just what level of impact the involvement of these companies will have on the handset you take home. Really, what carriers like AT&T are doing doesn't look too, too bad – well, assuming that the phone functions at all. As it turns out, there seems to be a nasty bug affecting these Nexus 6 models, one severe enough to have AT&T sending its initial Nexus 6 stock back to Motorola. Revealed in a leaked AT&T doc, the situation is described as one of Motorola delivering the Nexus 6 with ...

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    The only thing better than getting timely updates for your Android smartphone is also having a manufacturer that's very open about its own progress towards those updates; sure, we could just keep ourselves in the dark and learn about the updates once they're ready, but we're the sort of users who crave information, and we want to know about testing, ETAs, and all the steps on the road to release. HTC's been doing a great job about sharing its Lollipop update plans for the Google Play edition One M7 and One M8 this past week or so – well, it's doing fine so far as the sharing goes, but ...

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    With autumn very much making its presence felt, and the last days of 2014 looming ahead, the mobile electronics market is about to make another of its regular shifts, temporarily moving away from a time dominated by launch after launch, and instead focusing more on getting these products into our hands. We've just come off a couple big months of launches, led in by IFA in early September, and peppered with iPhone, iPad, and Nexus announcements in the weeks that followed. But now with the holiday season arriving as an unavoidable juggernaut, we're about to see the steady flow of new devices ...

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    One of the big success stories for Android 5.0 Lollipop on Nexus phones is how the Nexus 4 got its official update from Google – especially considering how the previous year's Galaxy Nexus didn't even make it to KitKat. Of course, we were eager to check this out for ourselves, and as soon as the update became available, we were quick to flash it and show you how the new software performed. But while this continued Google support is great, it doesn't come without a price – one that might not matter to everyone, but it's an issue we've been dealing with for awhile: LTE support. Luckily, ...

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    This year the latest Nexus phone is being welcomed with open arms by all the major carriers in the US, joining Google and its own Play Store sales of the Nexus 6. But if you pick up the phone from one of these networks, just what are you in store for? After all, the Nexus line is heralded as as the purest of Android experiences, yet anyone with even a modicum of experience with carriers knows that they'll do everything they can get away with to influence your phone's software. Now with the first carrier-sold Nexus 6 handsets arriving, we're finally getting a full picture of just how these ...

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    Pebble's facing some of its stiffest competition ever, as new challengers on the Android Wear front continue to arrive, and the Apple Watch looms menacingly in the distance of 2015. It's not facing this fight sitting down, and has already been hard at work in recent months to deliver firmware updates aimed at giving its watches new functionality. That trend continues today, as we see Pebble release not just a new firmware for the Pebble and Pebble Steel smartwatches, but updated apps for Android and iOS, as well. The big news on the firmware side is language support: if you're often ...

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    We've praised HTC for making some of the best smartphone designs ever, not just of this year. HTC's design legacy goes back to some of the first award-winning Pocket PCs that got this whole smartphone ecosystem started, and the same continues to happen today. If you thought the HTC One M8 was already gorgeous enough, concept designers are always there to prove there's room to grow. Graphic designer Jermaine Smit has recently decided to take a stab at what he feels should be the design of the HTC One M9 for 2015, and if you have a close look at all things considered, you'd understand why ...

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    In software, very rarely is an operation “free.” Want that menu to have a cute scroll-down animation when you tap it? Sure, but that's going to take up processor time: you can have a system without it that runs slightly faster, or keep the animation and suffer a tiny performance hit. Our desire for attractive, rich software is often compensated for by the arrival of increasingly powerful SoCs, but that still doesn't change the fact that the more we ask our phone to do, the slower the same hardware's going to run. With Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google is making its platform's full-disk ...

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    Android 5.0 Lollipop brings with it a lot of new features and functionality, and it just looks nicer - but that's not my favorite part. My favorite feature of Android Lollipop, believe it or not, is the setup process! The first thing you'll see when you power on your Lollipop-powered smartphone or tablet is the welcome screen. The screen itself looks beautiful. After you select your language and locale you're asked if you want to connect to your WiFi network to download all the settings and apps using that network rather than your cellular data plan. Once you connect you'll be asked if ...

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    Motorola's Moto 360 still feels like a relatively new smartwatch: it only went up for sale a couple months ago, and new variants continue to arrive. But it's easy to forget that this guy's been official since all the way back in March, over eight months ago. In that light, is it too soon to start thinking about what Motorola might be planning for a second generation Moto 360, maybe one that could launch sometime in the spring of next year? That's the talk emerging out of Russia this week, as comments from a Lenovo exec make it look like a new Moto 360 could be right around the corner. ...

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    If you're looking to pick up a Nexus 9, Google's only too eager to ship one your way; both the 16GB and 32GB Nexus 9 are currently in stock, in either black or white (sorry, sand fans). At least, that's the situation with the WiFi-only version of the tablet, and while that might cut it when you've got a smartphone to tether to, what if you're craving the fully independent connectivity you only get with an LTE-capable tablet? Google hasn't yet begun sales of the LTE-equipped Nexus 9, noting only that it's “coming soon.” But how soon is “soon?” While Google's still not talking, one ...

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    Back in early September we saw pre-orders open for the Meizu MX4, a 5.36-inch Android-based handset (Meizu's Flyme OS) with a 1920 x 1152 resolution (we know: weird), octa-core MediaTek SoC, and 20.7MP Sony camera. Solid enough, sure, but quite a bit short of a bleeding-edge spec powerhouse. Just a couple months later, Meizu is already looking to outdo itself, and this week has revealed its latest flagship, the MX4 Pro. The MX4 Pro shares quite a bit with its predecessor, while also making some notable upgrades. The screen grows slightly to 5.5 inches while getting a big resolution bump, ...

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    The latest smartphones, on both Android and iOS, are configured to enable device-level encryption by default; no longer is simply having one of these handsets in your possession enough to read the data stored within, requiring user authentication before information can be accessed. As far as smartphone users are concerned, this is a great development, securing our personal info against the prying eyes of both criminals and occasionally-over-reaching law enforcement. Unsurprisingly, the US government isn't quite so pleased about this practice, and it's wasting no time in pulling out the big ...

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    The HTC One M8 for Windows is more than just another Windows Phone in the market. In addition to bringing the quality in design of the HTC One M8 to the Windows Phone space, it also proves that OEMs can use existing Android hardware to find success in another platform. We still don't have specific details on how the HTC One M8 for Windows has performed in T-Mobile, but as of today, we have another option to buy. After a little hurdle with the launch of the HTC One M8 for Windows earlier this month, T-Mobile has just made it official that the device is available today. The spec sheet and ...

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