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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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    Ever since the very first Lumia devices from Nokia, everyone wondered what would happen if these Nokia smartphones ran Android. A Lumia running Android was even more wished for once the Lumia 1020 landed, making everyone wonder how a great camera would do on the market if it was powered by Android, and build by Nokia. Fast forward to today, and we've got a pretty interesting leak (or prediction) from @evleaks. According to the latest bits, a Lumia running Android is incoming, made by "Nokia by Microsoft". This is a great tease for many out there, but unfortunately, it will stay that way ...

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    There are two versions of the LG G3: one that sports 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, and one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. We've already seen how the US carrier models will look like -- and that Sprint will apparently have no intrusive branding on the device -- but we had no information on which version the network operators will go for. Apparently, the Sprint LG G3 will be the highest end version, according to recent leaks. The carrier will start taking pre-orders on July 11, with the phone shipping on July 18, and, the screenshots below seem to confirm the 3GB of RAM / ...

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    The LG G3 did well in our review, being one of the 2014 Android flagships to want, together with the HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5, and Sony Xperia Z2. However, our review was based on opinions formed while using a South Korean version of the device, with an American carrier unit not being available. That being said, thanks to @evleaks, we're seeing all (major) four US carrier models being leaked in press renders, as seen above. From left to right, we're seeing the upcoming Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile versions. Interestingly, of all four devices, only Sprint version (as ...

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    You might remember that at the launch of the HTC One M8 I wrote an article titled “I was going to switch my iPhone 5s to an HTC One M8, but..”  and my arguments for avoiding the change were based on the poor camera, its lack of a fingerprint scanner, and the fact that boom sound wasn’t everything. Fast forward to today, give me an HTC One M8 for a week and now my iPhone is in a drawer. Since a lot of you asked us why this happened in our previous After The Buzz episode of the HTC One (M8), we'll compare both of these devices in a video, and tell you the reasons why. There is no such ...

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    It's easy to get caught up in all the details when you're reviewing a device – to focus on what the device's target audience is, the flashy stuff, or the minor changes in the hardware. In other words, it's easy to overlook some things, especially when you're dealing with a phone like the Galaxy S5, which comes packed to the brim with dozens of useful (and sometimes not so useful) features. We've now reviewed the Galaxy S5 twice, as well as two variants – the Galaxy S5 Active and the Galaxy S5 Prime. We've had more than enough hands-on time with the hardware and software, and we've had ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy F leaked today, in what is claimed to be a real-life picture of the upcoming device. We've heard a lot of rumors and seen a lot of leaks recently regarding the device, but most of them were in the form of leaked press renders. The image above is claimed to be representing the Galaxy F, and you can immediately notice the metal frame around the screen. If you think it resembles the chamfered edges on the iPhone 5/5s, or the HTC One/One M8, you're not wrong. However, the interesting bit comes in the report that accompanies the image. Apparently, according to unnamed sources ...

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    If you've spent any time checking out Android L, either by running the developer preview, or just looking at all the screenshots and videos online, you may have picked up on the new look for on-screen Android buttons. Gone are the more elaborate designs we know now, replaced with much simpler geometric forms. But could Google have other plans for a button refresh than just what we see in Android L? A little evidence pointing in that direction has just been uncovered on Google's own servers, revealing a slightly tweaked construction. The changes to the back and home buttons are very subtle, ...

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    For a lot of smartphone users, being able to juggle two SIMs on a single phone is a big deal. Maybe they're looking to get the best value for their mobile dollar, or expect to be traveling to areas where the ability to jump on to a local carrier's network would be ideal, but for whatever reason, dual SIM phones are in demand. The problem's been finding this sort of option on your favorite high-end flagship, and all too often users are forced to choose between dual SIM models and those with all the latest flagship features. Luckily for HTC fans, the One M8 will no longer put them in that ...

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    It wasn't long after LG formally announced the G3 that carriers were chiming in with news of their interest in offering the smartphone for sale; within hours of launch, we had heard from all four big players in the US. But at the time, there just wasn't a lot of info about how that availability would manifest – they were talking plans for a summer release, but that's about as good as we got. Well, with summer now here, we're starting to lean about those specifics; T-Mobile announced the start to pre-orders this past Monday, with the phone actually landing on July 16. Now it's Sprint's ...

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    A couple of weeks ago we assumed that the LG G Vista renders that emerged belonged to the LG variant of its flagship, the G3. As it turns out, these are two different phones, and you can notice the subtle differences in their designs when you compare the placement of the Verizon logo, among other minor details. More renders emerge of the G Vista today, though now that we can see the back of the phone, this just becomes more confusing. Since the rumors point to this LG G Vista being a tad wider than the LG G3, it could be that this is the Verizon G Pro 2 Lite that was recently rumored. ...

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    Project Ara has become one of the dreams that could solve the needs of a specific nice in the smartphone market. To give customers the ability to swap specific parts of a smartphone in order to have personalized upgrades is a cool idea, though the fact that this concept has lost popularity in computers makes us wonder if the concept has a future. Still, Project Ara reached beta status recently, though we wonder what comes next as one of the project leaders is departing Google. Dan Makoski, Chief Project Ara designer for Google has just announced his departure from the company in his ...

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    Android Wear devices are only just getting into the hands of users. If you got your order in the minute the watches hit Google Play, your shipment may be on its way to your doorstep right now, and devs who attended Google I/O have already brought their smartwatches home. With the Android Wear floodgates now open, the wearables are quickly starting to fall into the same sort of routine we're used to from Android phones, and as if to prove that point, a pair of software updates has already become available. Both the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live are receiving small updates bringing ...

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    Each of these phones is their respective manufacturer’s best phone, to date. Their internals are among the highest-end on the market. So, which one would you choose? The phone made by a company that already has a history of making good smartphones, or the phone from a relatively young manufacturer that wants to prove itself on the market? We hope our LG G3 vs Oppo Find 7 video will help you make up your mind. A phone from China, and a phone from South Korea, both the best that LG and Oppo have ever built, both with exceptional specs on paper. In real life, neither of the two disappoints, ...

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    Last month we had our latest check-in with HTC's financial figures, and they had us a little concerned. Revenues were down from April, calling into question the One M8's ability to really drive sales over time. Still, HTC seemed optimistic, and it wasn't backing down from its second quarter estimates. Today the company's June numbers arrive, completing that Q2 picture, and they're looking pretty solid, after all. Revenue's up compared to May, and while that's still down slightly from April, we're seeing a much more leveling-off effect than occurred last year. In 2013, HTC had a great May, ...

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    Today is July 3, meaning that the first orders of the LG G Watch from the Google Play Store will begin shipping later in the day. That means it's high time that the official Android Wear app, meant to act as a companion to the watches on the market right now, debuts on the Play Store. Sure enough, it (along with a couple other launch apps) is now live. The Android Wear app worked just fine as a minimal companion to Android Wear in our testing using an emulated Wear watch, so we're assuming the experience will be very similar on working units. The more exciting item is the whole section of ...

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