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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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    Earlier this week we spent some time talking about how smartphone manufacturers sometimes change a phone's hardware post-launch. Maybe a source of components runs out and the company has to switch suppliers; maybe a design flaw gets corrected. But for whatever reason they happen, such changes are a fact of life. Now it looks like Samsung is the latest company to rake one of its phones back to the drawing board, as it becomes apparent that the company has (ever so slightly) tweaked the design of the Galaxy S6 Edge. We already know that Samsung is experimenting with its branding on the GS6, ...

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    Rumors about a Sony smartphone codenamed Lavender date back several weeks at this point, with a number of specs leaking early last month. Those inlcuded components like a 1080p display and MediaTek SoC, making this sound like a solidly capable handset, though one that may fall more into the mid-range of the spectrum. Now the source behind that last leak is back with a photo, detailing a handset with some remarkably thin side bezels. While not yet decked-out with Sony branding, that's supposedly our guy Lavender up top, with a look that might be more at home from one of those Chinese OEMs ...

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    Back at the start of last week, news broke that a new edition of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge was on its way. A report out of South Korea brought word that at least one of those custom Avengers-themed phone designs we saw dreamed-up a while back was actually going to happen, and Samsung was making a red-colored Iron Man handset. We're still wondering if the phone we get will look as good as that fan render, and while Samsung has yet to show off the phone itself, today we get the next best thing, as the company teases the box art for this special edition. Posted by the official Samsung ...

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    Google is emailing select Android developers today, letting them know of new Google Play advancements set to launch come time for the annual I/O conference at the end of May. While the program isn't official quite yet, this notice to developers acts as confirmation that the Google Designed for Families program is real, and it's presenting itself as a more kid and family-friendly approach to app retailing. Over the years, Google has wildly modified its stance on approving applications before they're published onto the Play Store; now there's a tighter approval process than before, and the ...

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    If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times: smartphone cameras are important. People are tossing their point-and-shoots aside in favor of their phones, and for a lot of consumers it’s one of the biggest deciding factors in choosing a phone. But in a lot of cases, the cameras in our smartphones are paired with software that doesn’t take full advantage of the sensors. Auto shooting modes are great for quick snaps and selfies, but just as is the case with DSLRs, if you want to get serious about your photos you’re going to want to switch to manual mode. First off, what is ...

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    So for a minute there, when we heard that “Hyperlapse” had just reached Windows, Windows Phone and Android, we thought that the Instagram service had just left iOS exclusivity. As it turns out, that’s not necessarily the case. Hyperlapse is definitely one of the coolest apps iOS has to offer, and it seems that you’ll get some of that love on other platforms, but from another source. Microsoft has just launched its own Hyperlapse service for Android, Windows, and Windows Phone, and in a nutshell, you’re getting a very similar experience to what Instagram’s Hyperlapse already ...

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    ASUS launched the first ZenWatch back at IFA last year, and ever since 2015 got rolling, the company's been talking about its plans for a follow-up. We heard that we could expect the smartwatch to arrive sometime in Q3, and that it should offer greatly improved battery life. Responding to rumors of possible delays, CEO Jerry Shen has now not only confirmed that the Q3 release timeframe is still on track, but that the company intends to introduce the ZenWatch 2 at Computex in early June. We also get an update on the battery situation, and while the dream of running a whole week on a single ...

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    After months of uncertainty, it finally looks like the Galaxy S6 Active is very much happening. This week has already brought us a number of leaks, including press renders of the phone and an in-the-wild shot, and coupled with the discovery of FCC paperwork, evidence in support of the model's existence has been hard to ignore. But so far we've lacked any sort of official confirmation from Samsung. While there's still been no formal announcement, we may be one step closer to launch, as the phone's name appears on Samsung's own servers. In a page describing the Samsung Plus loyalty program, ...

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    HTC hasn’t really found the amount of popularity it was looking for with the HTC One M9, but that doesn’t mean we don’t praise the company’s software. HTC Sense continues to be one of our favorite Android skins so far, and the company continues to add value to it as time goes by. Not all rumored value is positive, but some updates are much welcome. HTC Zoe just found a much-needed update today, with a couple of things that are welcome. First of all it now brings Chromecast support, so you’ll now be able to share your Zoes with friends and family on the TV, something that should ...

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    Last spring, Android Wear got started with the announcements of the LG G Watch and the Motorola Moto 360, but it wouldn’t be until a few months later when the first hardware actually arrived. And while the Moto 360 would remain in the shadows until even later in the year, the G Watch found itself joined by another model as they marked the platform's commercial debut: the Samsung Gear Live. In the months that followed, LG released additional Android Wear models, but the Gear Live remained Samsung's sole Android Wear experiment. Now that experiment may be drawing to a close, as the Gear ...

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    For as much as we love smartphone accessories, buying them can sometimes be an anxiety-filled experience; will this third-party case really deliver the quality I'm looking for? While it often means paying a little more, that kind of uncertainty can often be side-stepped by sticking with official OEM accessories – or at least, that's what we'd like to believe. In reality, even these straight-from-the-manufacturer accessories can sometimes let us down, and a number of new Galaxy S6 and GS6 Edge owners have been sounding the warning call about the potential for screen damage with official ...

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    After being tapped by Google to build Nexus tablets two years in a row, it sure looked like ASUS might be ready to parlay that exposure into some bigger business for its own tablet family. Instead, while we've seen the company release some interesting smartphones and accessories, its post-Nexus tablet offerings have been a little unremarkable. Is there still time to turn things around? We may be finding out soon, as it looks like ASUS is just about ready to introduce a few tablets under the new ZenPad banner. Right now, evidence points to the presence of at least two ZenPad sizes, a ...

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    Rumors about HTC's next Butterfly-series smartphone have been bouncing around since well before the One M9 itself launched, painting the picture of an extremely high-end device. With specs like a Snapdragon 810 SoC and a 5.2-inch quad HD display, it sounded like the phone would pick some of the best components from both the One M9 and the subsequently launched One M9 Plus. Reports suggested that HTC could be planning to go official with the new Butterfly sometime this month, and today the company does just that, announcing the new J Butterfly for Japan. Just as the rumors suggested, that ...

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    If there's one thing you generally don't expect when you're buying cheap phones, it's that you'll be receiving fast updates to the latest versions of the device's operating system. Well, that's not the case with Motorola, as its budget-friendly Moto E has been receiving updates that rival even Nexus devices in speed. Today, the Moto E Android 5.1 update has begun its rollout to all users of the second-gen model of the smartphone. Because of the fact that the Moto E is an unlocked smartphone offered off-contract, all owners of the device should be currently seeing an available update. For ...

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    Is HTC committed to the tablet market or not? After a couple forgettable early efforts, last year the company returned strong as the manufacturer behind Google's Nexus 9. That's fueled no shortage of rumors that we'd be seeing some new tablets released under the OEM's own branding, but so far none have managed to materialize. Most recently, that's included a supposed model T1H for the Chinese market, sounding very much like an SoC-swapped Nexus 9, but confirmation has remained out of reach. Now rumors address another possible HTC tablet, hinting a lower-end device that could launch in the ...

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    It hasn't even been a month yet since Huawei launched the P8 (along with the P8max and maybe, not really the P8 Lite), its latest Android flagship. But life moves fast in the smartphone world, and the manufacturer already has its eyes firmly on what's next. We could be learning precisely what that is in just three more weeks, as the company sends out invites to a June 2 event. As you can see below, Huawei invites us to see what the company's unlocking next, with promises of showing off “what's new” and offering some insight into the company's further intentions for the US market. ...

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    The last 24 hours have been busy ones for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active. While rumored for months, new evidence has started turning up in droves, all getting started with the release of some apparent photos of the handset in the flesh. It was long after that when FCC paperwork for the phone was seemingly uncovered, further making its release seem like an inevitability. Now we get maybe our best look at the phone yet, upon the leak of a couple new renders, complete with the phone's iconic camouflage paint job. As you may have heard us discussing on this week's Pocketnow Weekly podcast, ...

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    With the arrival of the Apple Watch and its integration with Apple's Health app, the intersection between wearables and fitness is once again back in the public eye. And while for the moment it's Apple that's capitalizing most on this publicity, other players in the smartwatch game aren't about to let this opportunity pass them by. Last fall, Google formally got the ball rolling on Google Fit, its own health and fitness hub with tight ties to wearables, and today Google shares word of some new features its own tool is receiving. Apps like Google Fit are all about data, and beyond ...

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    It's been just about a year now since LG announced a new wave of tablets, introducing three new members of the G Pad family. With 7.0, 8.0, and 10.1-inch options, LG was covering its bases, but in the time since their release, we've failed to see the slates attract any significant following. Can LG hope to capture the public's attention any better with some fresh blood? We may finding out soon, as a new G Pad tablet gets leaked for Verizon. Noted leaked @evleaks just can't stand to stay retired, and this week he dropped a few mentions of the LG G Pad X 8.3. First he got this ball rolling ...

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    It's been three weeks now since the first Android 5.1.1 release went public, we've seen the software come to devices like the Nexus 9, Nexus 7, and even Nexus 10. And while Google's tablets have been quick to take to this new build, the same hasn't been true for the company's smartphones, lingering back behind the curve. That may finally be about to change, as Sprint gives users the heads-up that the Nexus 5's Android 5.1.1 update is incoming. Sprint's delivered first warning of on-their-way Nexus series Android updates before, so the odds are in favor of the carrier being on to something ...

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    Smartphone manufacturers put a lot of time and money into advertising their products’ features so that we, the consumers, will choose their products over the rest of the competition. Features like scratch-resistant displays and high-performing cameras. That’s why it’s particularly confusing that, in the case of those two features in particular, we’ve recently seen some reports of OEMs shipping different versions of the same phone — no, I’m not talking about the confusing days of the Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II Skyrocket, and Sprint Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch. Last week, we ...

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    The G4 has been the LG phone on everyone's mind recently for the most part (and especially for T-Mobile customers, thanks to the various G4 preview events the company is hosting to generate buzz and hype for the smartphone. But that doesn't mean that's all LG has got lined up for the Un-carrier's portfolio; if an internal T-Mobile memo leaked by TmoNews is to be believed, the T-Mobile LG G Stylo and LG Leon are also on their way to the network, supposedly ready to be launching on May 20. According to the publication, T-Mobile retail staff members are being primed to prepare for the ...

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    A tradition Samsung has been repeating since the release of the Galaxy S4 way back in 2014 is following up shortly after the initial release with a more outdoorsy "Active" model of the device, better suited for wear and tear (while still maintaining nearly the same internal specifications to keep the device running as smoothly as you'd expect). This year, it now seems likely that the South Korean company will do the same with the Galaxy S6, as new leaked Samsung Galaxy S6 Active pictures have landed, giving us our first look at what appears to be the upcoming smartphone. The pictures below ...

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    For all the things modern smartphones do very, very well, there's one issue (OK, way more than one) they struggle with to this day: input. Touchscreens remain an inelegant wall standing between us and the capabilities of mobile hardware, and while they're eminently accessible, they lack the sort of precision and feedback that old hats like myself -more at home with a keyboard and mouse than a glossy expanse of glass- crave. Efforts like the active stylus in devices like Samsung's Galaxy Note series are well appreciated, and go a long way towards overcoming the accuracy limitations of ...

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    It used to be that there were some significant benefits in acquiring a Moto X, but as the story goes, that was when Google owned Motorola. Immediate software updates were a great benefit that Moto X users received, where it even left Nexus devices behind at times. The story has been mixed since Lenovo took charge of Motorola, and if you still own a 2013 Moto X, we have more information today. David Schuster, Motorola’s Senior Director of Product Management has just provided users with an update on his Google+ account. Within the post, Schuster acknowledges that there are a lot of ...

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