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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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    A few hours back, when we shared with you Google's official Android 5.0 Lollipop announcement, we mentioned how the company had confirmed plans to deliver updates for the Nexus 5, 7, 10, and the various GPe models. That was well and good, but what about older entries in the Nexus family? We'd been wondering for months now what the update situation might look like for the Nexus 4 and first-gen Nexus 7, and Google's words there, declining to mention the Nexus 4 and making no explicit effort to distinguish between the two Nexus 7 models, had us fearing the worst. Fortunately, it looks like ...

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    It's easy to get excited about new mobile hardware, making the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 launches the real attention-grabbers of the day. But we've been almost just as interested in seeing what today's launches meant for the future of Android as platform. Since this past summer, we've been experimenting with the Android L dev preview release, but now Google's finally ready to move it up into the mainstream, announcing Android 5.0 Lollipop. It took us a while to get there, but the L-name is now official (and thankfully not anything gross, like licorice). But the name is just window dressing; ...

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    As expected, a powerful new tablet has gone official today in the form of Google's HTC-made Nexus 9. The tablet represents an affordable stock Android offering, one that doesn't compromise on the specs front either. Let's take a look at it, shall we? The Nexus 9 has an 8.9-inch 2048 x 1536 display, a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor (with a Kepler GPU), and an 8MP/1.6MP camera combination. There's also 2GB of RAM, a 6700mAh battery, and 16 or 32GB of internal storage. The tablet will feature BoomSound speakers, along with brushed metal sides. Like the new Nexus 6, the Nexus 9 ships with ...

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    The months of high-spirited anticipation are over, Nexus lovers. After a rumor was dropped yesterday by Forbes that stated a new Nexus phone and tablet were to launch today, the phone has gone official: say hello to the Motorola Nexus 6. First of all, the Nexus 6 really is a full-on phablet. At 5.96 inches, you can't call this phone anything but a beast – we're sure that's a turn-off for many of you, but the trade-off is that a good amount of monster specs can fit into the phone as a result of the size. Speaking of specs, we're looking at a 5.96-inch QHD (quad, not quarter) display, a ...

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    Hey, you know how you're sick of hearing all this speculation over the formal name Android L will arrive with as it debuts in non-dev-preview form (maybe even today) on the next Nexus models? Man, you are on the wrong website, because we're not stopping now – not this close to getting to the truth. As we standby to see what Google's planning, some new Android L naming evidence has been uncovered, lending support for Android Lollipop. The evidence comes in the form of text string, appearing in the code behind Android.com, where there's a clear reference to a “lollipop” banner image. ...

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    If you're one to believe the rumors, we're just hours away from a multi-device Nexus launch, when Google could announce both the Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet. While the idea of a Nexus phone pushing six inches, or a Nexus tablet without a widescreen display might seem odd to some Nexus fans, giving them pause before committing to a purchase, others will no doubt be jumping all over this hardware the moment it's available. For those who do, what will they end up paying? Some possible pricing details have just leaked, and at least on the phone side, those shoppers might be in for a ...

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    Oppo has done a very good job at remaining under the flagship radar over the last couple of months. The Oppo N1 was clearly one of the best innovations of last year with its swivel camera mechanism and the option for you to buy it running CyanogenMod. The same can be said about the Oppo Find 7a, which is still one of the most powerful flagship smartphones of the year. Oppo's October 29 event is all about the new N3, and today we see some extra teasers of what to expect. Oppo's CEO has taken the time to visit Weibo and give us a glimpse of why the Oppo N3 will be hot. For one, we know that ...

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    At this point, you're probably feeling a little Nexus fatigue – and that's understandable. After all, our morning was positively dominated by the latest leaks and rumors surrounding both the Nexus 6 phone and Nexus 9 tablet. But what of Google's launch plans? Are those whispers of a possible October 15 or October 16 announcement accurate? Will Google hold a surprise event, or is this just going to a very low-key “hey, these are up for sale now” blog post? Forbes has just heard from “a source close to Google” and reports that both the Nexus 6 and 9 are set to debut tomorrow. Word ...

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    Following Google's new Android videos and that Nexus 6 leak, we're keeping this Nexus train running just a little while longer, though for the next stop, we're switching gears to tablet territory. Probably even more than with the Nexus 6, we've been hearing that the Nexus 9's launch is imminent, set to occur as soon as tomorrow – and really, it's those Nexus 9 rumors that are driving Nexus 6 launch date speculation, and not the other way around. HTC kinda, sorta seems to have confirmed the tablet already, and yesterday one of the company's execs delivered a new teaser to keep our ...

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    Having just checked out that latest batch of Google Android videos, we've clearly got the Nexus 6 on the mind. The phone featured in one of those spots sure hit a few Nexus 6 notes, from the big screen size, to the very Motorola-looking body curve, to the unusual positioning for hardware buttons midway down the phone's edge. It remains to be seen if depicting the Nexus 6 was Google's intention there, but as we wait for any sort of official confirmation to arrive, we've got a brand-new Nexus 6 development to check out, with the release of the render you see here, seeming to reveal this ...

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    It sure feels like Google could be ready to introduce the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and public release of Android L at nearly any moment; multiple rumors have suggested launches on various days this week, though for the moment Google's done little to have us feeling particularly confident about any given one. But while details of a specific launch announcement may remain unclear, there's definitely something brewing; look no further than to the new trio of Android video ads, one of which sure seems to feature a jumbo-sized Android L phone – perhaps the Nexus 6? You can see that bit in the first ...

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    In case it hasn't occurred to you just yet, even with Verizon tweeting a picture of it and a full user manual leaking online, the Droid Turbo is coming, and it's coming soon. This baby of Verizon and Motorola has been exposed so thoroughly by leaks, there's only one detail we don't know (apart from pricing): when it will be officially announced. We now have a date though, thanks to a Droid Turbo launch countdown posted by Verizon itself on its newly-revived Droid Does website: T minus two weeks to launch date. You may question the certainty by which we say that the site is referencing the ...

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    Don't lie, HTC One M8 owners: you were jealous when the Desire EYE went official, complete with its 13MP front and rear-facing cameras, along with a suite of nifty camera tricks. While (unfortunately) HTC won't be sending swappable camera modules to all One M8 owners, it will be beefing up the software abilities of the device, with the HTC One M8 EYE Experience update scheduled to be available for unlocked models tomorrow. The software will bring a multitude of the Desire EYE's camera features – many of which we explored extensively in our in-depth hands-on with that phone – including ...

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    Back in the summer, before Apple launched its Apple Watch and when Android Wear was only just seeing its third model announced, we were talking about the idea of a Microsoft smartwatch – one that was said to come out this very month, in fact. Those rumors may have seriously cooled down in recent months, but Microsoft is still clearly thinking a lot about smartwatches. Over the weekend, news of a surprising smartwatch effort from the company emerged, not in the advancement of any Microsoft-branded wearables, but as it shared word of an experimental keyboard it had baked up for Android ...

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    Rumors have been quite insistent that some sort of new Nexus hardware is right about to be launched. That might be the Nexus 9 this week, or maybe the Nexus 6 a little later on this month, but the idea that one, if not both of them, are just about to debut is becoming increasingly hard to ignore. And when that hardware arrives, it's almost sure to do so alongside the public release of Android L – but not under that name. After all, the “L” was merely a placeholder until we get the official name of this Android release's dessert of choice. Would it be layer cake? Lemon meringue pie? ...

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