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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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    Just over a month ago, Android users got their first shot at trying out Microsoft's response to the Google Nows and Siris of the world, as Microsoft got invite-only testing underway on Cortana for Android – well, that was the plan, at least, but a leaked APK quickly gave a whole lot of additional Android users a chance to interact with Cortana for themselves. While it was great for Microsoft to start going cross-platform with Cortana like that, we still needed to see Cortana for Android availability greatly expand, and the iOS port was nowhere to be found. We're still waiting for ...

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    From the way Motorola introduced its latest Moto X-series hardware a few weeks back, it was easy to get the impression that when it comes to the US, the story isn't quite over. After all, the rest of the world is getting two new Moto X models, so why are shoppers in the States stuck with just the Pure Edition (Moto X Style)? One compelling theory suggests that the US will see the arrival of the Moto X Play after all, but in a slightly different form, taking the role of a carrier exclusive. Over the weekend, we talked about how the Moto X Play might end up landing on Verizon as the Droid ...

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    If Google indeed plans to keep its next two Nexus smartphones on the sidelines until October, there may not be much left to announce by then. Already, we (think we) know a great deal about the stock Android Marshmallow-powered LG and Huawei phones, with the former manhandled and rendered last week, and the latter following suit now. This isn’t the first time we’re getting convincing hints as to the external appearance of the alleged Nexus 6 sequel, but the photos floating around the interwebs today show something we haven’t seen before: an actual N6 2015 prototype, in all ...

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    HTC’s road back to profitability will likely be paved with major job cuts, factory sales and other austerity measures, but despite recent rumors, the Taiwanese device manufacturer may not give up on its second hero phone for the year. The “Aero” is still very much real, according to sources from China, and should precede the O2 instead of getting replaced by it. Due out in October, as CEO Cher Wang once suggested, this “intermediate” high-end Android could retain a loose family connection with the One M9 while signaling the dawn of a new era. Purportedly baptized A9 (no “One” ...

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    LG started the G Pad family with a bang back in fall of 2013, when an 8.3-inch model threatened the iPad mini with such remarkable specifications as a 1,920 x 1,200 resolution screen, Snapdragon 600 SoC, and 2 GB RAM. Last year, the focus was switched to devices with more economical price points, but the G Pad 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1 failed to impress power users. Now, LG seems to be seeking a way to please everybody, as the G Pad II 10.1 offers upper mid-range features. The WUXGA display is by no means a pushover, but since it’s larger than the two-year-old 8.3-incher, it actually delivers ...

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    The rumor mill has been clamoring with stories regarding a couple of new entries in the Nexus franchise this fall, and most tipsters seem convinced LG and Huawei will join forces with Google before long. The former manufacturer may return to finally upgrade the two-year-old Nexus 5, and we’ve just got the scoop on another big improvement. Besides adding a fingerprint scanner to the mix, no doubt upping the processing power and RAM ante, and likely revising the rear-facing camera, the second-gen Nexus 5 should also noticeably augment selfie performance. The mediocre 1.3 MP front sensor of ...

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    If you've been following the BlackBerry Venice rumors and leaks, you probably know by now that BlackBerry is reportedly planning on bringing an Android-powered smartphone --a QWERTY slider, to be more specific-- to the market. The latest such leak indicated that it will hit all four US carriers in November, with a collage picture attached, which showed off the alleged phone running both Google Play and the BlackBerry Hub. Well, Evan Blass has followed up with another leak, showing off a screenshot that reveals a lot of BlackBerry related apt files. These files will most probably be baked ...

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    The ASUS ZenFone 2 is available is so many options that it is sometimes hard to keep track, but it's definitely a good thing, as the company is able to offer something for everyone. And, given the cutthroat competition in the mid-range smartphone market (especially around the $300 price tag), OEMs are constantly striving to differentiate, bring something new or different to the table. The diamond/crystal inspired pattern on the ASUS ZenFone 2 above might not be your thing, but the carbon-fiber look of the same phone below might be. And, even if both aren't, you should still seriously ...

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    When news came out that Microsoft was going to be developing Cortana for Android, I was dubious. As in, “So what?” Realistically, I just didn’t see the point. Android has a perfectly good voice assistant in Google Now – to say nothing of how awesome Now on Tap will be – so why should we care about Cortana on Android? It’ll be just another app. But then news came out more recently that Cortana will be able to replace Google Now as the default search for Android. Whoa. Ok. Now we’re talking. Just got real Before, Cortana was an app on Android. Now, Cortana can be just about as ...

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    Remember the OPPO R5? It was the world's thinnest phone, until it wasn't anymore. Still, not bad at 4.85mm, maybe even too thin for some. Well, apparently, the Chinese phone maker pulled an iPhone by adding an "s" to the device's name, and so we have the OPPO R5s. Well, that's not the only change, of course, and the phone is wearing a "coming soon" label on the manufacturer's website. You'll be able to easily tell the OPPO R5s apart from the R5, as it comes in grey, opposed to the silver R5. It keeps all the features, including the overall aspect and measurements, and also keeps most of ...

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    Samsung announced the Galaxy S6 edge+ on August 13 (together with the Note 5), and the manufacturer also equipped it with some additional features. Some still believe that the Edge Screen is still not mature enough to justify its existence beyond showing off the ability to manufacture it, but that's another topic. Opposed to the S6 edge, the S6 edge+ also brings an Apps Edge in addition to the People Edge, where you can basically pin favorite apps, just like contacts, to the side of your screen. That feature is now also available to Galaxy S6 edge users as well through a software update ...

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    Though we can't be certain of anything, some of the gossip we've heard might be true, specifically the bits according to which Samsung has moved its Note 5 unveiling to an earlier date in order to have a jump-start, as Apple's refreshed iPhone 6 Plus should be official beginning of September. Whether that's the case or not is up to you to decide, but Samsung is definitely going after iPhone owners, and what better way to prove it than by its most recent Samsung test drive program. If you live in the US, Samsung will give you a Samsung smartphone of your choice, for 30 days, with no ...

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    Sony fans will be glad to hear that the Sony Xperia Z5 rumors are not stopping, which is usually a good indication that a phone is on its way. We've seen a lot of leaks in the past couple of weeks, including general hardware and aspect, a fingerprint scanner (oddly placed on the side), as well as a bold move (treat this one with skepticism) to set a new standard by bringing a 4K display to the handset. Today's report brings us a set of photographs allegedly depicting a Sony Xperia Z5 dummy unit (which should pretty much be identical to the real deal). The pictures come from China and the ...

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    When Motorola announced the Moto X Play on July 28 (together with the Style/Pure), many were disappointed that the manufacturer revealed no plans to make the Moto X Play available in the US. As the phone is making its way to retailers (and lucky early owners' hands), there was a rumor at the beginning of the month talking about a Verizon Droid Turbo 2, and, at that time, we thought that it might be the rebranded Moto X Play. According to a recent report, the Moto X Play will indeed make its way to the US; it will allegedly be the Verizon DROID Maxx 2. Renaming the same phone for different ...

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    Yesterday we heard about Samsung's plans for a pretty good-sized tablet, with rumors mentioning work on a 12-inch Windows 10 model. That's well and good, but there are big tablets, and then there are big tablets, and a littler earlier this month we checked out some evidence that's firmly in the latter camp, as an import database appeared to reveal a big 18.4- inch model under testing. Besides the screen size and some pricing info, we didn't have much to look at back then, but now a new source attempts to flesh out the picture a little, sharing a few specifics about the tablet's hardware ...

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    Even though one of the major issues with Android phones is bloatware, we have seen this problem wither down over the years. Not all manufacturers or carriers have proven to be the best at this, but we have seen some progress on the topic by some. Google is the most interested in making Android as appealing as possible, and today we see it working towards that regards. As of today Google has decided to remove some of its mandatory applications from the Google Play services requirements. As you know, even though Android is free, for OEMs to be allowed to install the Google Play Store and its ...

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    These days, Huawei's probably in the news the most for a phone that won't even be sold with the company’s name featured prominently: Google's new Nexus phablet. But while that rumored device may be the most attention-grabbing, there's plenty of other Huawei hardware we've been tracking, devices like the Mate 7S and maybe even Mate 8. Before any of that gets here, we've been looking forward to the announcement of the Honor 7i. Just as scheduled, the smartphone went official earlier today, and did so with one very unusual camera design. Phone makers have long struggled with the seeming ...

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    Sony's got an IFA event coming up in less than two weeks, and if we're to believe the rumors, the company could be planning to move forward with its Xperia Z flagship line, introducing the Z5 family just months after launching the Z4. Leaks have suggested some interesting hardware changes for Z5 models, like ditching the prominent round power button in favor of a longer, flatter button that integrates a fingerprint scanner. That may be just what we're looking at today, as a leaked image attempts to show off the Xperia Z5 Compact. We've seen shots like this leak in advance of Sony press ...

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    The modular Project Ara effort intends to do smartphones a whole lot differently than anyone else out there, allowing users to configure bespoke hardware constructed from the individual components of their choice: from camera, to battery, to even the phone's display, users would enjoy an unprecedented level of selection in giving a handset the features they wanted. All these individual Ara components were to be held in place via an interesting magnet-based system, holding them firmly secure. But would that really be enough to stand up to the bumps and shakes of real-world usage? Yesterday ...

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    The past couple weeks have proven to be surprisingly busy ones for wearable tech, and that's especially true over in the Android Wear camp. The biggest news there may be about the growing body of evidence surrounding Motorola's plans for a new Moto 360, but we've also heard about new hardware from other manufacturers, including the first Android Wear model from Fossil, and a possible high-res option from LG. While we're still waiting for all those devices to land, Google's already looking to distribute its next system-level update for Android Wear, today announcing a new release that ...

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    Sony launched its original SmartBand fitness tracker all the way back at CES 2014, though it wouldn't be until June of that year when we saw the company bring sales of the wearable to the US. In the mobile electronics world, a span of one year feels like a lifetime, so Sony's been seriously overdue for some kind of follow-up if it hoped to keep the SmartBand fresh. Today that's just what we see the company do, as it announces the new SmartBand 2 with heart rate monitor. We first saw this guy pop up a little earlier this summer, with the publication of its companion app, but it's taken ...

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    Samsung's made some controversial decisions with its new Galaxy Note 5 phablet, and fans of previous incarnations from the Note line have found themselves coming to terms with some occasionally unwelcome changes for this year's model. Among those are the device's shrinking battery, and in a world where it seems like we can never get enough battery capacity to keep us satisfied, Samsung went and downsized the Note 5's battery compared to the Note 4's. At least, the Galaxy Note 5 we just saw Samsung announce only has a 3000mAh battery, but now a new rumor says that an even better-equipped ...

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    Even though HTC is one of the pioneers of the smartphone ecosystem we know today, the company has been struggling to remain popular. Devices like the HTC One M9 were easily overshadowed by the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6, up to the point where we heard of the company's plans to reduce 15% of its work force. Today we learn of additional initiatives in that regard. HTC is apparently selling off its Shanghai factory to an undisclosed Chinese company. The sale value is not reported, but we do know that HTC built this factory in 2009 for $32.2 million. Back in 2010, this facility made a lot of sense ...

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    We're pretty much just a few weeks away from IFA, and we've seen a few teasers of Huawei's future products to be announced. The company itself claims that it'll launch a new Mate 7S device, but other sources continue to chime on different names for the product. It could just be that Huawei plans to launch more than one device, and today we see more. These reports claim that we're talking about the Huawei Mate8, and no, we didn't type that name wrong. Leaked specs show us a golden metallic frame with 2.5D rounded corners all around, and we expect that to even extend to its glass. It'll be ...

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    Rather than leaving us guessing right up until the last minute, earlier this week we saw Google take the mystery out of its Android M name, confirming the release as Android 6.0 Marshmallow. At the same time, it made with the release of a new SDK, as well as the third (and final) preview ROMs for Nexus-series hardware. Of course, sometimes even “final” releases end up needing a tweak or two, and now Google's got some updated factory images for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player. While the software that Google made available back on Monday took the form of build MPA44G, the ...

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