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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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    Google's been selling Nexus hardware for years, offering shoppers a chance to take home a “pure” Android experience with some of the best software support in the business. Starting as a phone-only affair, the lineup's since matured with tablet options, as well as multiple handsets selling alongside each other. But in recent years, Google's love affair with Nexus tablets seemed to be waning, and the last such model we got was 2014's Nexus 9. Now the era of that HTC-made tablet is starting to come to a close, as Google puts an end to its Nexus 9 sales. As of today, Google's no longer ...

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    We got 2016 started with some rumors that weren't talking about new flagship phones a couple months away, or summer's hot new models, but instead some high-profile handsets probably landing until closer to fall: Google's next Nexus phones. Coming off a year of two such models, from two different manufacturers, the rumor suggested that Google would come back with another pair of handsets, but this time from one OEM: HTC. In the months since we haven't heard any better theories about Google's 2016 Nexus lineup, and this HTC idea has only picked up steam. Today a new rumor adds its own ...

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    BlackBerry has this uncanny knack for keeping itself in the news year after year, despite its smartphone market share fading away into oblivion. But already this week we've heard about the latest software update to hit a BlackBerry phone, as the Android-based Priv gets its big Marshmallow release, and now we find ourselves checking out a possible leak that might just reveal the next generation of BlackBerry's handset lineup, as a set of renders and pics attempt to reveal the phones codenamed Hamburg and Rome. Company CEO John Chen has already confirmed his intention to release a pair of ...

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    More than most phones, the Nextbit Robin is a handset really defined by its software, deriving from that code its ability to intelligently offload apps and media the cloud. So we were understandably excited late last month when word arrived about some forthcoming Robin software updates, especially one due to land sometime in April that would bring the phone enhancements like a significantly faster camera and optimized speaker tuning. We're fast running out of days before May, but Nextbit has finally come through as promised, announcing the start of OTA distribution today. Nextbit's release ...

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    Though official Mario, Zelda or Donkey Kong support on iOS and Android remains a pipe dream Nintendo doesn’t appear willing to turn into reality anytime soon, we’ve known for a while now the famed Japanese video game developer has big mobile expansion plans. Much bigger than just helping socially awkward individuals ask their e-friends questions they’d never dare to ask in real life with Miitomo. But as simplistic and childish that social networking app might have seemed at first for hardcore Nintendo-gaming fans in the West, it quickly became hugely popular in the company’s ...

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    Although the global smartphone market has been under an innovation-hindering OS duopoly for several years now, which Windows Mobile no longer seems capable of pressuring, a host of smaller platforms continue to walk the fine line between complete oblivion and relative relevance. One of these is Ubuntu, developed by UK-based Canonical Ltd. on the same Linux roots as Android, and while its mainstream popularity remains paltry, high-profile hardware partners like Meizu refuse to throw in the towel. Unfortunately, the Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition is a little late to the actual availability ...

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    It’s not unusual to see major Android device manufacturers “soak test” key software updates for a few weeks before concluding all’s well and polished, and a wide-scale OTA rollout can begin. But there are also cases when these pre-release beta experiments expose critical bugs and/or a general sense of system instability requiring extra OS refinement work. That’s probably what happened with the Android 6.0 Marshmallow makeover of the Droid Turbo 2 on Verizon, which was kicked off on a small scale way back in early March, and is only now spreading to the masses. No explanation ...

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    If there’s one US-based smartphone manufacturer that can resist the global invasion of ultra-low-cost China-made Androids, it’s definitely BLU Products, the company behind such recent hits as the Energy X LTE, Vivo 5, Vivo XL, and Life One X. Well, there’s also Motorola, but technically, that’s a China-based Lenovo-owned outfit now, and its next Moto G franchise entry looks a little too high-end to be very affordable anyway. Meanwhile, before the third-gen Moto E sees daylight, the BLU Dash X2 and M2 have gone on sale on Amazon with minimal fanfare, the former likely snatching the ...

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    Some phones languish around in the rumor-space for what feels like forever, dropping hints of their existence here and there, but failing to generate a lot of buzz and proceed to launch on a timeline where we still care about them. Then there are those phones that waste no time at all in going from early rumors, to tons of evidence, to a formal launch. Huawei's upcoming Honor V8 feels a lot more like one of those latter handsets, and we've gone from a teaser just one week back, to news about possible pricing, to spotting the phone (with pics) in a regulatory database. Now we're fleshing ...

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    It used to be that Samsung was king of the wearables market, cranking out new models faster than most of us could keep up. But lately we've really seen the company start slowing things down: last year's Gear S2 is still coasting along steadily, and sometimes it feels like Samsung's let VR's rise distract it a little from other wearable pursuits. But we've still heard whispers about where Samsung's efforts could be headed next, and today we score a major breakthrough as a leak outs a pair of upcoming wearables from the manufacturer: the second-gen Gear Fit tracker and the all-new wireless ...

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    Smartwatches do so many things differently from your standard “dumb” timekeepers that it's difficult to know where to start, but there's undeniably one big thread that runs through the whole experience: personalization. From the watch style you choose, to the apps you load on it, to the watchface you turn to dozens of times throughout the day, smartwatch users have plenty of opportunities to really make their wearables their own. That customization extends to straps, but as anyone who's struggled to swap one out for another can tell you, they're not always so easy to work with. ...

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    Smartphone manufacturers tend to follow certain patterns, and eagle-eyed fans who manage to pick up on these tend to develop some well-founded expectations for how these companies will behave: when they'll launch new phones, and how older phones will be supported. But when a company does something new, as BlackBerry did with its Android-running Priv, we find ourselves at a loss. With no BlackBerry Android experience to draw from, how can we expect the company to behave? If you were concerned that BlackBerry's efforts enhancing Android with extra security layers might prevent it from ...

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    Right now, we're still just a couple weeks removed from HTC's last big smartphone launch, with the debut of the HTC 10. But as shoppers get ready to welcome that new flagship into their lives, we're already learning about even more HTC hardware. Just yesterday we checked out some of the first evidence to arrive for the Desire 830, and while we're still waiting for that model to go official, today we've got another new HTC handset that's already launching, as HTC reveals the One S9. As the phone's name should help clue you in, the One S9 has a lot more in common with the design of last ...

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    While you can obviously connect the hilarious-sounding but actually very serious issue of deadly selfies in India with the monumental recent growth of the nation’s smartphone user base, the local government also aims to leverage technological progresses in order to curtail violence against women. Well, violence in general is the target of a new standard for mobile device vendors in India, which will all need to incorporate panic buttons into products sold from January 1, 2017, as well as GPS tracking systems starting the next year. Once fitted on both smart and dumb phones, the ...

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    Now that practically all recent and semi-recent flagship Samsung phones can run the newest Android iteration in most parts of the world, including on major US carriers, it’s about time at least one of the company’s high-end tablets also left Lollipop behind. Although we’ve received confirmation last month Marshmallow goodies are “in development” for the Galaxy Tab A, it’s actually the Tab S2 9.7 that’s making the leap today in an LTE-enabled SM-T815 configuration. It of course makes perfect sense for the Super AMOLED-sporting big guy to jump on the M bandwagon first among ...

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    A key player in its domestic entertainment industry for several years now, China-based LeEco, formerly known as LeTV, recently captured its first international headlines by following in the footsteps of Huawei or Xiaomi with unusually powerful low-cost smartphones. Those managed to post pretty remarkable combined sales numbers for their first seven months in local stores, warranting early and even more impressive sequels that should go global before long. But unlike “outdated” Apple, LeEco doesn’t want to focus on mobile hardware and software, putting the internet first, and “only ...

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    Smartwatch sales in general and Android Wear device demand in particular are still not as hot as analysts optimistically forecasted back in the day, with the vast majority of smartphone users simply not convinced of the wearables’ utility. On the bright side, if you’re at least willing to experiment, you can currently do so by paying less than ever before on the best hardware the fledgling market has to offer. Apple Watches are relatively affordable (by iStandards), Gear S2 deals should start to pile up soon with the S3 around the corner, and the Motorola Moto 360 Sport only costs two ...

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    It’s hard enough to tell the difference between first-generation ZTE Axon, Axon Pro, Elite and Max editions without a sequel thrown in the mix, but by the looks of things, there’s only one second-gen model decidedly around the corner. While this is hardly a revolutionary device in terms of design, smoothening the original’s lines out, picking up a circular rear-fitted fingerprint scanner, and replacing the gimmicky 13 + 2MP Dual camera arrangement with a single 20-megapixel shooter, it also touts a major under-the-hood upgrade. Namely, a Snapdragon 820 SoC with a quad-core Kryo CPU ...

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    Mobile phones aren't really Philips's main business, but it should be said that the company did have 14 phones prepared last year. The seventh phone that has passed Chinese regulators this year, though, has people talking. We only know it by model name S653H and there's a limited spec sheet with every TENAA certification there is, but when there are pictures, who needs specifics? Better yet, when official press renders get leaked out, who needs certification pictures? [gallery columns="4" ids="471228,471229,471230,471231,471232,471233,471234,471235,471236,471237,471238,471239"]   With a ...

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    There's only so much you can do to help smartphone users keep their devices secure. You can tell them to keep their apps up to date, or not to download software from unknown sources. You can even teach them how to spot when someone's trying to trick them into installing they shouldn't be. But despite all those efforts, sometimes malware still manages to get a foot in the door, and that's just what's happening with a new ransomware attack. Let's get one thing out of the way early: this attack only works on Android 4.x devices, so if you're running a modern platform release, you're in good ...

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    It's the tide of progress: what once was state-of-the-art is now ho-hum; what was once premium is now mid-range, or dare we say, entry-level? That's almost unarguably a good thing, as today's most affordable phones emerge capable of running circles around the top-shelf models of yesteryear. Lately we've been checking out evidence for the new mid-range Galaxy C lineup from Samsung, primarily as revealed through benchmark publications. Last week we saw the SM-C7000 – or Galaxy C7 – pop up with 4GB of RAM and a new Snapdragon 625 SoC. Now a second benchmark publication appears to confirm ...

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    Is there still room in your life for a stand-alone music player? A decade back, maybe you carried both your phone and an MP3 player, but pretty much everyone's transitioned in the time since to getting all their music right on their phone. That said, there are still a few outliers, from Apple keeping the iPod touch alive, to music-focused handsets from manufacturers like Sony. Today we're learning about one of the latest along those lines, as we check out the DP-X1 from Onkyo. The DP-X1 is an Android Lollipop device, and while it may look at first like a chunky smartphone, this hardware is ...

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    Google realizes that Gmail addresses aren't for everyone. But even if your digital mail lives on someone else's server, Google would still like little more than for you at least to be accessing it through its Gmail app. That's led to developments like the “Gmailify” service we saw debut earlier this year, where Google worked to implement a number of Gmail-like features for users connecting to external Yahoo or Outlook email accounts. Today Google's got some fresh news about how Gmail's making it easier for users with existing email services to adopt the Gmail app, as the company ...

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    What sort of hardware do you think about when we mention a $20,000 smartphone? Ridiculous models with fancy designs and premium materials, but that are basically expensive facades on top of run-of-the-mill phones? Maybe that passes as a nice phone for someone who doesn't know any better, but there's generally been a big disconnect between luxury-positioned smartphones and those that are simply very, very good phones. Now one startup is attempting to bridge that gap, announcing plans to launch a just-under-$20,000 phone next month with some state-of-the-art capabilities. We don't know ...

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    In case you haven’t checked your calendar… apps lately, April 19 came and went without so much as a hint regarding the rumored ZTE Nubia X8 and X8 Max announcements. The Nubia Z11 and Z11 Max are themselves oddly kept on the sidelines, with just the diminutive derivation unveiled, plus two new low-key Blade-series mid-rangers. But perhaps the X8 "delays" are for the best, allowing ZTE to polish and perfect at least three 6.4-inch models, including one that sounds straight out of a sci-fi movie. Yes, we’re hearing whispers of a Nubia X8 or X8 Max “Ultimate” configuration now, ...

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