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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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    How does a smartphone manufacturer strike the right balance between giving shoppers the options they're looking for and not flooding the market with device after similar device? Deliver too few and you risk missing out on the hardware sweet spots that draw the most sales, while too many and it's hard to make any one model stand out. In the past we've criticized OEMs for falling too far on both sides of the fence, and now it looks like at least one of them is interested in changing its tune a little, as Samsung announces plans to seriously pare down its 2015 phone offerings. As you might ...

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    Nokia had been teasing some sort launch for today, but when it revealed the N1 Android tablet just a little earlier this morning, the news was still a bit of a surprise. After all, Nokia's whole X-series Android experiment looked like it was over, but while Android smartphones may be one thing, Android tablets are clearly another. With a 4:3 display in a 2048 x 1536 resolution and a 64-bit SoC, the Nokia N1 is bound to draw comparisons to tablets like the Apple iPad Air 2/mini 3 and the Nexus 9, but what's the full picture here? Just what kind of hardware makes up this unexpected Nokia ...

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    We were all expecting a Nokia tablet for the longest time, and today, the Finnish company has just announced one. However, instead of running Windows (any iteration, really), the Nokia N1 announced today is a slate which is powered by Google's Android. ...and not just any version of Android, but the latest iteration: Android 5.0 Lollipop, on top of which Nokia threw its own Z Launcher. If you have a feeling that the tablet you see above, and at images at the source link below, resembles the iPad (mini), you're not alone. Moving on, we're looking at a 7.9-inch slate with 2048x1536 ...

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    Last week we took a peek at some of the software Google was working on for Android Wear, checking out a leak that detailed the changes to come. While sharing that with you, we mentioned how the software also required a similarly not-yet-released version of the core Google Play services, version 6.5. Well, today Google's ready to start making the latter available, detailing some of the important API changes on its Android Developers blog. So, what's new? The new Google Fit gets a few tweaks, with this new version of Play services giving apps more fine-grained control over how they define ...

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    Last spring saw Huawei introduce the world to its Ascend P7 (above), a five-inch 1080p Android with quad-core KIRIN 910T SoC and a 13MP Sony camera. It was already an attractive enough smartphone, but then Huawei went and upped the ante a few months later, announcing a special edition P7 that swapped its Gorilla Glass 3 front panel for one made of scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and replaced its rear glass with a ceramic backplate. Now rumors are looking to the company's follow-up, and from what we're hearing about the Ascend P8, it sounds like premium materials are once again going to ...

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    It's not yet Wednesday, the day of the week we've learned to be on the lookout for Google to deliver its latest assortment of software updates for its app library, but today the company's getting an early start to its latest round, announcing a new release of Keep that gives the note-taking app a key feature that promises to really enhance the program's usefulness, letting users collaboratively work with shared notes. In the past it was pretty straightforward to create a task list and use Keep to stay on top of your progress towards completion, checking off items as you went. That's fine ...

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    Even though the concept of a dual-screen devices hasn't gained much popularity after the launch of the original YotaPhone last year, that doesn't mean that there is no future for the idea. Some of us end up using our smartphones to continue reading a book every now and then, and the option of a less power-hungry display is also practical for a long day of extensive use. We were all very pleased with the YotaPhone 2 prototype that we saw at MWC 2014, and it seems we finally get a launch. Yota Devices has just sent out press invitations for an event to happen in London on December 3rd in ...

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    One of the biggest questions of the year, and even last year if you think of it, is the status of Google Glass. It's amazing that Google began to tease a future of Glass since 2012, and now that we're reaching the end of 2014, we still don't have a product that's ready for consumers. If you're still considering taking the plunge to a "Minority Report" future, new reports don't paint a pretty picture. Reuters has just published an extensive study of the status of Google Glass, and according to some sources familiar with the matter, the product might not be launched until 2015, that's if it ...

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    Do you Uber? For a growing number of smartphone users, convenient transportation's just a couple taps away, with services like Uber ready to hook them up with local drivers. And while taking advantage of such services may prove to be a lot easier than owning a car of your own, you give up a fair degree of freedom in the process: how many of us treat our cars as our personal listening booths, surrounded by speakers and ready to rock out to our favorite tunes? Now a new partnership between Uber and Spotify seeks to bring some of that experience to for-hire rides, giving users the ability to ...

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    Last week we saw Sony get a (very) early start to the early 2015 trade show season, which will bring us CES, MWC, and a whole boatload of new devices. Sony announced its schedule for its CES press conference, and while it isn't yet sharing any tantalizing details about what it will be bringing to show off, rumors have been quick to suggest that an Xperia Z4 could be in the cards: after all, we got the Xperia Z2 last winter (though that one was at MWC, not CES). With a possible launch under two months away, leaks are already starting to reveal details about this rumored hardware, and today ...

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    Depending on whom you ask, the degree of control Apple exerts over its app selection is either a blessing or a curse. Apple's policies help keep its iOS App Store one of the high points of smartphone software in general, full of plenty of really polished titles. But there's a dark side to Apple's oversight, and devs don't find themselves free to to release any type of program they choose: things like tethering apps and emulators have long been in Apple's crosshairs. With Android, on the other hand, Google's been far more lenient with the software it lets devs distribute through the Play ...

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    If it weren't for that big Nexus logo down the back, would you be able to recognize a Nexus phone these days? While the Nexus 6 may be an impressive piece of hardware, it's strayed quite a bit from the example set by the Nexus 5 and Nexus 4 before it. That means things like higher pricing across the board, whether off-contract or subsidized, and if the Lollipop rollout we've been seeing get underway is any indication, we may no longer be able to count on Nexus phones being first in line for Android updates in the future, too. But at least you can count on Nexus phones being clean and ...

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    Android Lollipop update momentum has hit a (temporary) lull. After those heady early hours of distribution for Nexus devices (to say nothing of efforts by Motorola or LG), the feverish pace at which update news arrived has slowed to a trickle; while last night brought us hope that the Nexus 4's update would be arriving at any moment, as of now it's still yet to surface. But even as we wait for that release to drop, we're already looking forward to who's getting Lollipop next, and new confirmation has just arrived that some Google Play edition models should see their own Android 5.0 updates ...

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    Earlier this week, Samsung provided some important information about its release plans for the Gear VR Note 4 accessory, talking about getting sales started in early December. While we'll be interested to see how readily Android users take to the unusual hardware, what about the problems we've heard reported with it? Last month we checked out some reports that the Gear VR was overheating even only after moderate use, a potentially uncomfortable situation when that hot phone is only inches from your eyes. Thankfully, Samsung seems to be on top of things, and claims that the overheating ...

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    As we're sure many of you are aware, the major design language shift in Android Lollipop has inevitably spurred a mass outbreak of updates. We sure aren't complaining, and the next app to join in on the fun is Chrome, which now finally has its Chrome 39 for Android update out of beta and pushed to the stable channel. Here's what's new. You'll of course only be able to take advantage of the main tweaks if you are running Android 5.0, but you're not entirely out in the cold if not. There's now a colored status bar that can be defined by web developers (we've got it working it with Pocketnow; ...

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