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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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    HTC is at it again today, having just unveiled the newest member of its Butterfly line of Android phones. The HTC Butterfly 2 / J butterfly HTL23 has just gone official for Asian markets as a flagship-class smartphone in a plastic body. The Butterfly 2 offers the HTC Sense 6 software skin along with the company's now-iconic Duo Camera and Motion Launch gestures -- all found on the One M8 flagship phone. Let's talk camera right away, with the Duo Camera re-emerging for another go, but in a different configuration this time. You still have two camera sensors on the rear of the phone, but ...

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    The HTC One M8 on Verizon still hasn't pushed past Android 4.4.2, but if tweets from HTC Americas President Jason Mackenzie and Product Management VP Mo Versi are to be believed, that Verizon HTC One M8 Android 4.4.3 update may be happening very soon. As Mackenzie describes it, the update will be pushed out "by mid-Sept," which doesn't exactly leave us happy at all, considering that Android 4.4.4 is already out (and we're expecting Android L in just a few short months), but hey, it's something. Versi adds to Mackenzie's information by stating that the release is on track for a release in ...

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    One of the features of the LG G3 that we really enjoyed was the software skin, considering that it provided smoothness (for the most part) and also a modern-looking interface, while not sacrificing customization ability. That's why we're happy this evening in knowing that the LG G3 user interface will be mostly standardized across LG's mid to entry level smartphones released in the second half of 2014. LG has been working to provide a consistent experience across all of its Android products, it seems, so it comes to us as no surprise that the proprietary software features developed ...

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    What happens when a Japanese carrier buys a US carrier? Well, at the moment, nothing has really happened, but wouldn't it be cool if this would mean that some hot Japanese phones will make it to the US earlier on that carrier than any other? We have nothing official to claim that there will be any of this collaboration between SoftBank and Sprint, but a little puzzle could point to that possibility. Sprint's event tomorrow teased the phrase "take the edge off," and showed a lot of crystals all around the invite. If you match that with the recent announcement of the Sharp Aquos Crystal, and ...

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    Sony has done an amazing job at regaining its popularity for cutting-edge smartphones, though we wish we could say the same about its tablets. We can't deny that we loved the Xperia Tablet Z at the time of our review, but neither this tablet, nor its successor gained a decent level of popularity. We do know that Sony is working on an Xperia Tablet Z3 for a possible launch at IFA, but it seems there's probably more to look forward to, or less if you look deeper. Some documentation of the Sony BSC10 Bluetooth speaker has emerged, and within the listing of compatible products, we see that ...

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    LG introduced the world to its Android Wear-powered G Watch back in March, right around the same time the platform itself and Motorola's Moto 360 debuted. In the months that have followed, the G Watch has gone up for sale (joined by Samsung and its Gear Live), while we anxiously await for the 360 to join it. But now that Motorola's offering seems to nearly be ready for release, LG could already be thinking about a second-gen Android Wear model, as rumors suggest that the company could introduce a G Watch 2 at IFA next month. The idea of a little over five months between G Watch launches ...

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    Last week came and went without a new opportunity to win anything as part of our ongoing Pocketnow summer of giveaways. After the weeks of handing out phones, invite codes, and accessories, we needed a brief reprieve to catch our breath. And we know, it's not fall yet, so we aim to keep this party going for just a little while longer. Today we've got a very special contest to announce, as we partner with GSM Nation and Fight for the Future to award one lucky reader a privacy-centric Blackphone. Has all this recent talk about the Blackphone and smartphone privacy in general had you feeling ...

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    When we reviewed the HTC One M8, we were discovered it was one of the best looking and feeling Android handsets around. In fact, very few other Android smartphones even come close in build quality and design. Not only is its hardware impressive, though, it's a great smartphone through and through. It's camera isn't mind-blowing, but it's far from the worst; the Sense 6 software is actually very nice; the BoomSound speakers provide a one-of-a-kind, pocket-sized multimedia experience; and things like battery life and network performance are great. Xiaomi, being a company based on many of ...

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    Late last week brought us a couple interesting developments in the Moto 360's slow march to retail availability. We had that invite to Motorola's September 4 event, with a graphic of a round watch that sure seemed to be a Moto 360 reference to us, and then that news that Google was finally getting ready to send out long overdue Moto 360s to Google I/O attendees – and between the two of them, we started feeling more confident that the 360 could go up for sale in early September, rather than much later in the month. Over the weekend we picked up some new evidence towards this “360 is ...

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    Who's got the best smartphone camera around? Are you in awe of the iPhone's imaging capabilities? Has HTC made an UltraPixel convert out of you? Or are you clinging on to your Lumia 1020 until the day arrives when anything else even starts coming close to its pixel-dense sensor? The European Imaging and Sound Association just handed out its latest batch of honors and the winner of its European Smartphone Camera 2014-2015 award might not be the first model that comes to mind, but it's still one that seems quite deserving: the Galaxy K zoom. “But that's more camera than smartphone,” you ...

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    "Hey where's my Pocketnow contest this week?" What, you thought just because we're in the midst of this summer of giveaways that meant having something running every single week? Wait - that's is what we're supposed to be doing? Ah, nerts. OK, well while we were planning to have our next giveaway start a couple days back, we had to put that one on ice for just a little bit, and it will finally kick-off this coming Monday (so don't forget to check back then). But to hold you over, we've still got some existing stuff that's still running, so this is as good a time as any to remind you of one ...

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    If you were harboring any doubt that Motorola was about to deliver a new Moto X, the September 4 event invite we saw go out earlier this week, with its clear image of an “X” handset, should have succeeded in convincing you. But even if this hardware really is about to go public in just under three weeks, how will it arrive? We've been looking at a smattering of leaks over the summer so far that have attempted to reveal the phone's design to us, but inconsistencies and just a general lack of faith that what we were seeing really was the X+1 have left us without the strongest sense of ...

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    Earlier this week, Samsung introduced the Galaxy Alpha with a bit of a design departure from the rest of the Galaxy pack, giving the phone a handsome chamfered metal edge. But is this a one-off look, the start of a new branch for Samsung's design language for select models, or is this the direction all its phones will soon be headed? A report out of China concerning the use of metal in smartphones suggests that this look could become a fixture for future Samsung phones, including the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S6. Now, we've already seen at least some images purporting to show a Note 4 with ...

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    Following the release of a flagship smartphone, we're all too used to seeing a manufacturer release a number of spin-offs that have a bad habit of failing to live up to their potential - “mini” phones that make too many compromises when it comes to specs, and such. That's what made HTC's launch of the One E8 a couple months back so interesting: sure, it lost the One M8's metal, trading that in for a plastic body, but it still performed just like its namesake, and even switching materials, kept the same general design. Really, the biggest limiting factors for the One E8, at least so ...

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    One year ago, we were hardly talking about Lenovo smartphones at all. Maybe it would pop up in the news when rumored to be thinking about buying BlackBerry (or HTC), and once in a while an interesting device caught our eye, but 2014 has positively seen Lenovo's position in the global smartphone market explode. News of its plans to acquire Motorola turned the world's attention to the manufacturer and its smartphone efforts, and its fantastic growth in Asia started becoming too big to ignore. Since then we've seen the company deliver some really compelling handsets, like the monster that is ...

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