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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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    Remember the OPPO F1, the "selfie expert" smartphone from the beginning of the year? Whether it delivers what OPPO promises is up to you, go check out our review and quick look at what its camera can do. Almost six months after the F1, the OPPO F1s announced today by the manufacturer is expected to take it to the next level, being built "on the strengths" of its predecessor (which managed to generate a record growth for the company in the first quarter). The company is positioning the upcoming OPPO F1s as one of the core products in its line-up for the second half of the year. Little is ...

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    Rumors have been blowing up the perception of Google's ambitions to manufacture its own products. Sure, it's made its own Chromecasts, it's going to make its own Google Home smart assistant, but what about that Pixel C tablet? How about a phone? Two Android Wear Watches? It seemed like the giant was about to encroach upon the tiny partner manufacturers it relied on to deliver a standard Google software experience. The company announced at its I/O conference in May a virtual reality platform called Daydream, a more advanced version of Cardboard. It also said that it would be making its own ...

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    Pokemon Go no longer needs an introduction at this point. This simple mobile game is now a phenomenon that’s taken the world by storm. I’m fairly certain that nobody could have foreseen just how huge this thing would be. I know I didn’t expect such an intense adoption rate. This will go down as one of those historic things that has captured the minds of so many people like Tamagotchi or Beanie Babies. It’s rare to see something of this magnitude and I’m enjoying every minute of the ride despite the server issues that have plagued the experience thus far. Since the day Pokemon Go ...

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    Hello Moto. Today we're taking our first look at the first, proper, joint flagship phone venture between Lenovo and Motorola. These two companies are both known for creating "flexible" gadgets. Motorola's MotoMaker is easily the most complete platform available for allowing consumers to personalize and customize their phones. Lenovo has a solid reputation for building modular business accessories and multi-mode PC's. He have high expectations for what these two manufacturers should be able to accomplish when working together. We recently received a very well stocked reviewers kit with both ...

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    If you're looking for a computing catch-all that will get you Spelunky on one end, Microsoft Excel at another and Asphalt 8 at a completely different limb, you may just have it soon enough, thanks to some company called CodeWeavers. One catch? You have to be comfortable with a Chromebook. Okay, not actually — let us explain. Developers are finalizing CrossOver, a Windows application boot program based on Wine, for Android. With things cinching up nicely and the introduction of Android apps to Chrome OS, the team went cheeky on all of us and decided to play a Steam game on ...

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    ZTE has been focusing on an unusual selling point in its efforts to prove the Axon 7 can stand out from the high-end Android smartphone pack, surprisingly downplaying the 5.5-incher’s super-sharp screen, powerful processor and even Daydream VR compatibility to talk up “superb HiFi audio.” The front-facing dual speakers are said to deliver “America’s Premier” sound experience, completed by other top-notch add-ons like dual microphones, HiFi recording capabilities, Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital Surround. But to truly appreciate everything ZTE worked on to delight your ears, you ...

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    The seemingly simplified Asus Zenfone family is essentially getting just as convoluted as last year, with third-gen Laser and Max models unveiled shortly after the announcements of standard, Deluxe and Ultra versions, plus a Pegasus and an even higher-end Deluxe bidding for the title of the world’s first Snapdragon 821 powerhouse. So, exactly how do the Asus Zenfone 3 Laser and Max stand out from the pack? For one thing, they’ve just seen daylight in Vietnam (of all places), suggesting perhaps they’re not global devices. Which is a pity, because the two have a lot to offer for fairly ...

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    We still have no idea if it was nostalgia, leftover BlackBerry jealousy from a very different era, or an unusual general sense of cluelessness regarding its target audience’s preferences that prompted Samsung to awkwardly launch a Galaxy Note 5-designed QWERTY keyboard cover last fall. The weirdness carried on through spring, when the Galaxy S7 received its own official physical keyboard extension, despite public condescension and essentially unanimous hostility. What was even more bizarre is the accessory largely remained the same, with only minor dimension tweaks. Once again, virtually ...

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    Loads of fun, massively addictive, and a great excuse to get out in the real world, meet people and make new friends while hunting for virtual little creatures. What could go wrong? Well, a number of things, actually, though no deal breaker for millions of mobile gamers in both countries that are officially supported and that need to wait a few more days, weeks tops. The latter category still includes a host of potentially huge markets for Niantic and Nintendo, from Japan to Korea and China, but not Germany, the UK, Italy, Spain, and Portugal anymore. That’s right, Poké-trainers, a ...

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    If Xiaomi indeed wants to market its next high-end phablet as a Samsung Galaxy Note 5 killer, it should really look to at least roll it out before the Note 7 debuts commercially in early August. It’s been too long since the first-gen Mi Note broke cover anyway, and while the recently launched Mi Max definitely qualifies for a big thing, it’s hardly the next big thing. Then again, Xiaomi could also choose to put a pin in flagship announcements for a while longer, further focusing on the low-cost, low to mid-end Redmi family that’s racked up monumental sales numbers in the past three ...

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    Well, it was fun while it lasted, and in all fairness, it probably lasted longer than many expected. After all, the goal was to get Xperia Z2, Z3 and Z3 Compact users to try out pre-release Marshmallow goodies, and help shape them up before they could hit the masses, which already went down way back in April. As promised, the Sony Xperia Beta Program stayed in place until “at least the middle of the year”, with a few minor 6.0.1 tweaks delivered to the tester community, and now finally ready for primetime. The program-ending firmware thus carries build number 23.5.A.1.238, apparently ...

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    A new day, a new country added under the belt of one of the world’s three major, rapidly growing digital wallet solutions. This time, it’s Samsung Pay that’s spreading its wings somewhere neither Android Pay, nor Apple Pay are officially available at the moment. Brazil is also the first South American nation to welcome the Galaxy-enabled, NFC and MST-powered mobile payment service, thus looking to pave the way for the region’s wider adoption. The July 19 launch on Banco do Brasil, Brasil Pré-Pagos, Caixa, Porto Seguro, and Santander comes as no surprise to locals, which have ...

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    The trial balloon has popped and more Chromebooks are joining in on the Android action. Weeks after the ASUS Chromebook Flip got developer access to the Google Play Store, both the Chromebook Pixel 2 and the Acer Chromebook R11 have come onto major updates in the developer channel of Chrome 53. All you have to do is get to the About Chrome OS box in your settings, switch to the "Developer - unstable" channel and then pick up any updates as they come in. Once that's done, you can now enable "Android apps" in your settings. Via: Droid Life

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    Pokémon Go is already huge and it's getting huger! LG is whittling back expectations for the G5, but can a V20 pull the company out of its doldrums. Plus this week our viewers take the wheel. Ask us anything (tech related), and we're going to answer it! Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 209 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on July 14th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version right here. And don't forget to shoot your listener mail to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com for a shot at getting your ...

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    Microsoft pulled a very uncool stunt on both Office 365 subscribers and users of its free OneDrive file hosting tier last fall, massively reducing previous cloud storage perks across the board, but in the face of public outrage, some of the controversial policy changes were temporarily reversed in December. This January 31, your window of opportunity closed for good, and today, those that neglected to simply ask Redmond to retain their 15GB digital hoarding room on the house may begin to experience problems accessing their full OneDrive libraries. No point complaining about it now, and ...

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    What, you didn’t really think the big, bad, purportedly greedy and obsolete carriers would sit idly by as the “Uncarrier” once again reaps the rewards of extremely bold and aggressive marketing? The first to hit back at T-Mobile’s “best deal ever” is Tuesday freebie rival AT&T starting tomorrow, Friday, July 15. Through August 31, i.e. right on time for back to school and fall football season, Ma Bell promises to hook up Samsung and LG fans with two of their favorite company’s flagship devices at the price of one. Sounds familiar? That’s probably because the old ...

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    Just when it seemed we could all agree bigger isn’t necessarily better, Lenovo magnified the third-gen Moto G’s screen and came out with its 2016 iteration. After a surprisingly lengthy waiting period, the third-generation Motorola Moto E, 2016 Moto E or simply Moto E3 finally broke cover earlier today in the UK, likewise focusing on size upgrades first and foremost. The "new" 5-incher greatly resembles the 2015 Moto G3 on paper, with matching 720p display resolution, “splash” protection, 5MP front-facing camera, but a downgraded 8-megapixel snapper on its back. The battery gets a ...

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    Still on the fence about the latest BlackBerry Priv “daily steal” that seems to be selling so well it’ll actually expire within the next 24 hours as opposed to the beginning of next week, how it was initially listed? Maybe a hefty 1.5GB package of Marshmallow software goodies will help seal the deal, finally bringing the AT&T version on par with T-Mobile and unlocked variants sold directly by the long-struggling Canadian device manufacturer. Bottom line, wherever you might choose to shop for your Android security and productivity fix, rest assured that you don’t need to settle ...

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    If you live in a country that supports it on the up and up, chances are you’ve taken it for a spin or know somebody who has. Or perhaps you’ve bumped into a horde of hunters and trainers on the street, in your local park or near a lake or something. But you’ve probably not been able to escape the global Pokémon Go phenomenon outside the US, Australia, New Zealand and Germany either. Sideloading the app did the trick on Androids, albeit with certain risks involved, while iPhone users needed access to an American iTunes account to get the Poké-party started. Still, it’s much better ...

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    Google isn’t messing around when it comes to digital wallet penetration, rolling Android Pay out in fewer countries than both Samsung and Apple Pay, but proving it doesn’t know the meaning of the words “limited launch.” In the land down under, the two competing mobile payment solutions may have arrived earlier than the one that works on the most smartphone models out and about, only Android Pay has a good few dozen banking partners off the bat. Specifically, 28 of them, including American Express, ANZ, Bank Australia, Bank of Sydney, Macquarie Bank, Mystate, and the People’s ...

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    The “next big thing” is almost here, and although it doesn’t look like a radical redesign over the Galaxy Note 5 and especially the GS7 Edge, plenty of major hardware upgrades are in the pipeline to give the repetitive iPhone 7 a run for its money. It’s tough to put our finger on just one or two expected key selling points, with everything from 6GB RAM to a dual-edged 5.7-inch or so QHD display, large battery, improved S Pen functionality and water resistance showing great potential, at least on paper, to make the Galaxy Note 7 a must-buy. Let’s not forget about super-advanced ...

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    This video isn't really a comparison per se, at least not the kind of showdowns we produce between different manufacturers. New for 2016, the Moto G4 now represents a spectrum of options and features the consumer can select at time of purchase. Moving from a G4 to a G4 Plus doesn't mean getting a different phone, just getting a few extra options. Think about it more like getting a different accessories package for your car. Moving from an "LE" to an "XLE" doesn't mean you have a different car, just some nicer trim and comfier seats. It's not like we've moved from a Toyota to a Lexus... ...

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    For a fairly long time, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 gossip floating around the interwebs (or rather Note 6, how it was called back then) had little corroborating visual evidence, leaving all aesthetic details to the imagination. A couple of months ago, it started raining CADs, which quickly turned to high-quality press renders, and now, blurry real-life photos of the actual working phablet are cropping up day in and day out. The same exact model that struck a few poses earlier this week, in a classy black onyx shade, shows off its racy curves again, including from a number of new angles. We see ...

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    Reckon there’s no way BlackBerry could stir up your interest in the aging, retro-styled, bulky, Snapdragon 808-powered, 3GB RAM-limited Priv? Think again, as no matter how you feel about the utility (or lack thereof) of physical QWERTY keyboards, this security-centric bad boy is an absolute steal at $300. Come on now, three measly Benjamins for an “edgy” 5.4-inch Quad HD AMOLED touchscreen, 18MP Schneider-Kreuznach rear camera, massive fast-charging 3,410 mAh battery, 32GB expandable storage, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow goodies, with a splash of BB’s recognized privacy magic on ...

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    For a faltering tech giant that many expected to vanish after Microsoft’s 2014-completed acquisition of its once thriving mobile phone business, Nokia is sure making frequent headlines and waves of late with various mergers, sales and partnerships. It’s clearly the dawn of a new era for the Finnish company now supervised by President and CEO Rajeev Suri, an era where telecommunications infrastructure and patents take precedence over mainstream consumer hardware, although Nokia-branded wearables and non-Lumia smartphones are also in the pipeline. Before those can turn a profit, ...

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