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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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    In China, it appears, painting windows isn't yet a thing of the past. As physical Oppo stores across the mainland prepare for the upcoming launch of the new N3 smartphone, windows are being painted with details of the phone, cluing us in on what to expect from the October 29 launch event. Along with the Oppo N3 price, we also have even more info on the swivel camera the phone is toting. Thanks to these advertisements, we're able to discern on the specs front that the phone will have a 5.5-inch 1080p display, and a 16MP rotating camera. This camera (previously rumored to sport a dual-LED ...

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    Sony has two very compelling smartphones in its line-up for the end of 2014: the Xperia Z3, and the Xperia Z3 Compact. However, things don't seem to look that well on the general; correct us if we're wrong, but Sony has announced in the past, as well as more recently, that it will focus mainly on the high-end market. That didn't stop the Japanese manufacturer from announcing devices like the Xperia E3, or M2 Aqua, to name just a couple. Fierce competition, as well as a relatively high price point for the premium line-up has determined Sony to expect less than what they have predicted. On ...

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    It may not seem like it out here in the States, but a huge chunk of manufacturers' resources goes into the production of low-cost, low-end smartphones. Especially in some Asian and European markets, it's crucial for these low price points to exist, and there's great competition between OEMs even in this sector. In that vain, Samsung (or, its Chinese wing) has launched yet another phone today, this time the Samsung Galaxy Core Max. The Samsung Galaxy Core Max is low-end in every sense of the word: it has a 4.8-inch 960x540 display, 1GB of RAM, and a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor. It's not all ...

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    There's one caveat if you want to install the massive Android 4.4W.2 update that's rolling out now to the Moto 360: your battery needs to be at least at 80%. And to get to 80%, you probably need a charger. Conveniently enough, Google Play has answered your prayers: the Moto 360 wireless charging dock is now in stock on the online store, though for a hefty $39.99 at that. We should point out that the Moto 360 charges via standard Qi, which means alternative solutions (like the ZENS PuK we recently gave the hands-on treatment to) will work. This also means that there are cheaper ...

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    If there's one company that's been commendable for quick updates as of late, it's HTC (well, Motorola too, but that's a different story). Even with a fairly-heavy Android skin – not that that's a bad thing – it has managed to keep its flagships updated speedily. With the launch of the Desire EYE just weeks ago, One M8 owners were left hanging, longing for the new camera features. Slowly, updates have been released by HTC to bring One M8 owners up to speed, and now Verizon One M8 owners are about to feel the love: HTC exec Mo Versi has shared that the Verizon HTC One M8 EYE Experience ...

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    One of the biggest differences between Android proper and the version of the OS meant specifically for wearables is the fact that no OEM skins are allowed – this means that updates, once released by Google, can immediately start hitting devices from an assortment of manufacturers. That's exactly what's happened today, with the Android 4.4W.2 update hitting Android Wear devices with a bunch of new features and bug fixes. The rollout began earlier today, with the LG G Watch and G Watch R (unreleased, save for the few review units out in the wild) seeing the update first. The update, build ...

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    Apple users may be getting their first taste of NFC this week, as Apple Pay service goes live in the US, but the Android smartphone club has been reaping the benefits of NFC for years now. Beyond payments, one of the things NFC has helped streamline is file sharing, and Android Beam gave users an easy way to share certain media with any NFC-equipped Android within reach. One of its biggest limitations concerned just which files it would let you share, and while you could Beam things like images from phone to phone with ease, you were out of luck if you wanted to pass along general-purpose ...

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    Weird for the sake of weird, or legitimately useful? It feels like that's a question we've asked of plenty of smartphones before, and despite some good intentions, a lot of them seem to have fallen more into the former category. That said, there have been some “weird” phones that were actually pretty compelling, like LG's curved-screen G Flex. This year we've got another phone with a curved display that's raising a few eyebrows: the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. Will the wrap-around screen give users new, valuable ways to interact with their handset, or is this just a gimmick? We'll start ...

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    Samsung's got its Exynos chips. Apple's got its own A-series of SoCs. And to hear the rumors that have been flying about for the better part of two years now, LG's been eager to join them with some personalized SoCs of its own: the so-called Odin chip. But for as long as we've been talking about the Odin project, we've yet to see any results – when might the first Odin-running LG smartphone finally arrive? Last time we heard an update on progress, it sounded like the manufacturer's effort was still underway in the form of the company's model LG-F490L, a device codenamed Liger. But ...

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    It was late spring when we first started hearing rumors that Google was looking to snatch-up streaming music service Songza, known for its custom-tailored playlists designed to fit nearly every social situation on personal mood under the sun: uplifting tunes to start your day, peaceful melodies to lull you to sleep, and everything in between. A month later, that acquisition was confirmed, and today Google finally announces the fruits of that effort, with Songza integration coming to Play Music. Subscribers will be able to choose from these Songza-sourced curated playlists by specifying a ...

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    Back in late August, we caught wind of a new chapter in Nokia's evolution of HERE Maps, as the company announced plans for an Android release through a special partnership with Samsung. Sure enough, just a few weeks later we saw the software go live for Samsung handsets. That was well and good if you were a Samsung user, but what about the rest of us? Today Nokia pushes HERE Maps forward upon a wider audience than ever before, making the app available for Android phones everywhere. HERE Maps should work with any Android running Jelly Bean or better, though phones with at least a full gig ...

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    Mention “hot new tablet” to a mobile device enthusiast this week, and they're likely to assume you're talking about the Nexus 9 or one of Apple's latest iPad models. But those are far from the only tablet to recently catch our eye, and today marks an important step froward towards retail availability of one of the most notable tablets from last month's IFA launches, as Sony kicks-off pre-orders for its Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact in the US. We were hoping we might get some kind of news regarding US sales of the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact at the New York event Sony hosted earlier this month, ...

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    One of the cooler (not to mention most useful) features Motorola brought to the Moto X was the phone's Active Display mode, showing you important notifications without having to first wake the phone. Since then we've seen the feature expand to other Motorola models, and with last week's launch of the Nexus 6, it sure looked like a similar mode was coming along for the ride. At least, the official Nexus 6 specs mention different standby times for whether or not “Ambient Display” is engaged. Now, thanks to a leaked ROM, we're beginning to get the details on how all this works. The ...

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    Two hot technologies find themselves at a crossroads at the moment, as the latest wave of interest in virtual reality hardware crosses paths with the ongoing evolution of smartphones. Efforts like Google Cardboard and Samsung's Gear VR may have gotten this ball rolling, and we're already seeing other manufacturers eager to jump on board, as well. Now we get word of what looks like it may be the next company to join them, as Oppo teases what sure seems to be a VR headset of its own. The company shared the above image on social media late last week, and it pretty clearly depicts an ...

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    Google has been gradually rolling out updates to its existing services over the last couple of weeks. We're still a few weeks away from the official launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop to the world, but we've already seen what Material Design looks like in apps like the Google Play Store. There are some updates that Google seems to be holding off for the final build, and Gmail 5.0 seems to be among them. We've just come across an interesting teaser of what to expect for Gmail 5.0, and even though most of the changes are very nice, not every need is being addressed with the update. The positive ...

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