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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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    Another financial report from a tech giant, another classic good news/bad news scenario. This time, it’s Sony that’s trying to retain an optimistic outlook on the mobile hardware industry, encouraged by the strong recent box-office performance of its game and network services division, as well as the pictures department. PlayStation 4 unit sales were the main growth driver for the Japanese conglomerate between October and December 2015, although it also certainly helped that Spectre and Hotel Transylvania 2 didn’t lampoon any dictators with a strong hacking fan base. On the not so ...

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    Nothing says “I love you” quite like a special BlackBerry Priv bundle. That’s obviously not true, with diamonds and Deadpool tickets more guaranteed to hit the mark as Valentine’s Day gifts for women and men respectively, but if you’ve been looking into probably the most secure Android smartphone in the world, now’s the perfect time to pull the trigger. You can think it through as well, and wait to see if this is what BB meant by discounts landing around MWC 2016. Until February 24, the Priv ships with complimentary leather smart flip cases and Sync Pods in all the countries ...

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    Boy oh boy, is next month’s Mobile World Congress shaping up to be a crowded affair, with LG, Sony, OPPO and now Huawei unafraid to confirm their presence in Barcelona for the industry’s largest expo, and Samsung likely waiting for the perfect timing to follow suit. The same day LG will probably debut the highly anticipated G5 flagship smartphone, Huawei apparently has a “global unveiling” of a new device in store too, though to be honest, we’ve no idea what that might be. It’s been almost a year since the P8, P8 max and lite saw daylight, so a succeeding trio feels like a good ...

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    It’s time for tech misogyny to come to an end at last, as one by one, the key players of the fledgling wearable industry realize they can also sell wrist-worn gadgets to our better halves, daughters, mothers, and sisters. Ladies, take your pick between the rose gold second-gen Moto 360, Huawei Watch Elegant and Jewel, Samsung Gear S2 Classic “New Edition”, and just-unveiled Isaac Mizrahi smartwatch in silver or gold engineered by HP. Of course, women don’t necessarily need intelligent timepieces designed just for them, as some may prefer a unisex, standard, non-flashy product. But ...

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    With the rise of both Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, it feels like if you fancy yourself a serious smartphone manufacturer these days, you're expected to offer users a bespoke mobile payment system. Last fall we heard that LG could be the next company to introduce something along those lines, with word that the so-called G Pay could be nearly ready to debut. But unlike Apple's pure-NFC system or Samsung's that uses NFC in concert with magstripe emulation (while keeping all the hardware on your phone), this LG system might just require the use of its own physical payment card. But how exactly ...

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    Earlier this month, in the middle of CES, panic swept over long-time Motorola phone fans: was Lenovo killing off the Motorola brand as we knew it? Calmer minds quickly prevailed, and the shape of story subtly shifted: sure, we wouldn't be seeing “Motorola” splashed prominently across future handsets, but we hadn't been for some time anyway, and the retention of the “Moto” brand, even if in the form of “Moto by Lenovo” would help upcoming models keep some connection to the past. Still, there's an understandable undercurrent of anxiety to all this, and a lot of users might sleep ...

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    HTC fans have given the company time after time to deliver a One-series flagship that can live up to expectations. That's brought us some stunningly beautiful handsets, and ones that did more than a few things right, but none have been enough to really turn the manufacturer's business around, always leaving us wanting just a little more. Will the phone codenamed Perfume, the one a lot of us are expecting to see launch as the One M10, be able to correct past mistakes and give HTC the hero phone it deserves? The latest hardware report sure has things sounding hopeful, as it suggests HTC is ...

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    The claws are out. Both Samsung and LG have major new smartphones just over the horizon, and you'd better believe that once the Galaxy S7 and the G5 are official, we're about to see some serious PR muscle deployed in the hopes of drumming up public interest in those new flagships. But for LG, at least, the company's not content to wait around for that new hardware to land before going on the offensive, and its social media team appears that it can't help itself but to throw some shade at Samsung as the latter tries to play up its quick-charging tech. All Samsung wanted to do was to remind ...

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    We’re a month into the New Year, which is always a good time to take a look at the state of the mobile industry. Over the last couple years, we’ve watched Google and Apple march to the middle in addressing issues with the Android and iOS platforms respectively. We’re not looking at a one off feature, on an obscure Samsung, that my cousin Tim thinks is a killer app. Instead here are five things we think Android as a whole still does better than iOS, and four areas where Google falls behind the competition. Let's start with the good... 1: Customization Any complaints about Android ...

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    The DuraForce XD is an AT&T exclusive, so while the packaging isn't going to be particularly impressive (we all know that orange box), what's inside is pretty audacious. Kyocera has built a monster phone here. The specs sound pretty familiar, with a 5.7-inch 720p LCD and Qualcomm 400 series CPU, but the casing surrounding that tech is pretty intense. I can't say I've ever played with a rugged phablet before, and this might be the largest phone I've ever been tasked to review. The chunky build provides MIL-STD 810G drop and shock protection with an IP68 water resistance rating. It's ...

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    How would you like to be able to easily expand the internal storage space of your Nexus device? Don’t answer that, because it’s really a no-brainer rhetorical question similar perhaps to asking if you’d enjoy spending a day with Harrison Ford in Han Solo character. Unlike one of Hollywood’s most reclusive grumps though, modifying at least a Google Nexus 5 phone to accommodate microSD cards is decidedly within reach… if you’ve got the spare time, right tools and set of skills. All you need to do, according to a Reddit member nicknamed Sockpockets, is carefully remove the ...

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    One by one, the three affordable flagships initially sold through a controversial invitation-based system by Chinese smartphone startup OnePlus have ditched restrictions, catches and long waiting periods in the past months. First, OnePlus One production was ramped up (or demand finally dwindled), so the “original flagship killer” opened online orders for all a full year after its commercial launch. Then, OnePlus 2’s turn to extend a hand to impatient prospective buyers came, approximately four months on the heels of the Snapdragon 810 beast’s debut. And now, you can also freely ...

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    As you’d probably expect, we’ve seen a number of fairly tempting deals on the ancient Galaxy S5 in the months following its sequel’s launch, but most of the recent ones offered refurbished or open-box units on the cheap. For three whole days now however, the bargain website Daily Steals lets you score the untouched, unused 5.1-inch phone at a measly $260, which is roughly 90 bucks south of Amazon’s lowest current listing. Compared to Best Buy, you save even more, namely $140 or so, whether you’re into classic black devices, slightly swankier white ones, or outright posh gold ...

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    You can add the name of another smartphone heavyweight to the list of confirmed 2016 Mobile World Congress participants, next to Samsung, LG and Sony. That’s China-based OPPO, which may not be considered a major league player by many Western consumers, yet it’s managed to considerably climb up the global ranks in 2015, with 50 million unit sales and 67 percent year-on-year growth. Hot on the heels of the (front-facing) camera-centric F1, OPPO apparently plans to unveil a different handheld focused on photography, with an “unprecedented smartphone camera innovation in tow”, plus a ...

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    Huawei’s been making the headlines for the past few months with impressive sales figures, which are only bound to improve in 2016, and the Honor sub-brand in particular got an important hype boost when the surprisingly affordable, surprisingly powerful 5X went official at CES. The sub-$200 Honor 5X is apparently about to go global, adding a number of European markets and now India to a release list started with the United States. On Indian shores, the fingerprint-capable upper mid-range 5.5-incher will go on pre-order later today through Amazon and Flipkart at Rs 12,999 ($190), with ...

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    While the vast majority of the over a billion active smartphone users in India favor low to mid-end devices priced somewhere between $100 and $400, when it comes to flagships manufactured abroad people know to expect pretty insane tags. Even so, it’s surprising, nay, shocking to see BlackBerry charge no less than 63,000 rupees for the security and productivity-focused Priv. That’s considerably north of $900 ($926, to be exact), which isn’t only extravagant by Western standards, it’s ludicrously high compared to other high-profile high-enders in India. Case in point, the iPhone 6s ...

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    The yet to be disputed mobile hardware heavyweight champion of the world has just come out with its financial figures for 2015’s final quarter and the year as a whole, having both good and bad news in store for investors, much like Apple and LG. First, the bad, because it’s more palpable and there’s more to discuss on that front. Despite the holiday season traditionally improving demand for essentially everything that plugs in and connects to the web, Samsung saw a “slight” quarter-on-quarter decrease in smartphone shipments, which it blames on “year-end inventory adjustment ...

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    Like for so many other smartphone manufacturers, 2015 was a bittersweet year in terms of LG sales and profits, prompting a mid-range restructuring effort and G Flex 3 cancellation to better focus on the G5 and V10’s unnamed sequel in the high-end market segment. But the problem is the non-flagship K series is a little all over the place right now, kicking things off with two very good-looking models back at CES in Las Vegas, then expanding it by an additional three variants. Only one of these is currently available in Korea, while the lowest-end handheld of the bunch recently gained full ...

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    A teaser of a leak. That’s certainly something new in the mobile landscape, but considering how popular unofficial press renders of unannounced smartphones can get, it was bound to become a thing sooner or later. Less than 24 hours after revealing there are most likely only two Samsung Galaxy S7 variants in the pipeline rather than three or four, tipster legend @evleaks tweets proof he’s in possession of a high-quality product image starring the standard, flat model. Why isn’t he just giving us that then? Maybe he wants to garner even more buzz than usual, and make sure the whole ...

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    When's the last time a new mobile gadget had you really excited? Were you awed by the sheer size of the iPad Pro? Rendered speechless by the 4K screen on the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium? Whatever that piece of hardware was, though, there's a good chance we're talking about a 2015 model. After all, so far this year we've yet to see much in the way of high-profile launches, and while CES brought us lots of cool stuff to check out, some of the season's biggest devices have been holding back for MWC. With the expo getting ready to let loose upon Barcelona in just a few more weeks, we're taking a ...

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    Smartphones aren't just getting better at taking pictures, causing users to drift away from point-and-shoots and rely on their phones to help capture important memories; phone hardware is also getting a lot smarter about processing what it sees, and with the first commercial Project Tango handset just a few more months away, we're about to turn a new page in the story of phones learning to see and interpret the world around them. Today we're hearing about one of the ways the phones of tomorrow will be able to use their cameras to gather data about their environments as Google partners up ...

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    How much feedback is enough, and does too much risk being counter-productive? It's a question countless companies have faced, and we're sure Facebook is just one of the most recent as it prepares to launch Reactions to a wide audience: will all those new responses empower users to better express how they feel about posts, or will too many possible responses make it that much more difficult to get an at-a-glance reaction to how users in general feel about a post? Sometimes less really can be more, and that may be what Google's considering as it rolls out one of its latest changes to the ...

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    If you've been keeping an ear to the LG G5 rumors stemming back the past several weeks, it's easy to come away with the impression that the phone we're about to see launch is one that may be the G5 in name only, taking some big steps away from the sort of hardware we became familiar with in phones like the G3 and G4. Big changes may include abandoning the classic rear volume controls, to say nothing of the unusual slide-out battery design that's been teased. One of the more unusual rumors to emerge suggested that LG could give the phone a multi-purpose expansion port, dubbed the Magic ...

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    I've built up a love/hate relationship with HTC. This is a company which fueled most of my gadget obsession moving out of Windows Mobile and into the early days of Android. The One M7 was my favorite phone of 2013. However, recent efforts from the company haven't satisfied. HTC's mobile hardware of late has inspired plenty of discussion but not a lot of sales. Be it repetitive design, underwhelming camera tech, or fear of throttled performance, many people seem to have a reason why they aren’t picking up an HTC handset. Understanding doubt is important, but what helps dig a company out ...

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    Much ado about nothing. In a nutshell, that’s how we can label all the hoopla, controversy and turmoil recently surrounding Samsung’s rumored plans for its spring 2016 flagship(s). The gossip bonanza started off reasonably enough, with word of standard Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge sequels. But then, the number of expected Samsung Galaxy S7 derivations jumped to three, even four, including a non-curved S7 Plus that made absolutely no sense when the Note 5 is still young. Ultimately, both the prospectively cannibalizing phablet and the GS7 Edge+ were canceled, delayed or never real in the first ...

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