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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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    Mobile industry insiders have been known to make mistakes regarding high-profile unreleased devices, especially those manufactured by companies like LG, Huawei, Motorola or Asus with Google’s supervision and Nexus seal of approval. And pre-launch benchmarks can also occasionally be misleading. But it’s hard to imagine an assortment of the two different classes of reliable sources could so perfectly sync up to misrepresent the oft-leaked HTC-produced Nexus Marlin. This time, it’s AnTuTu that reveals the innards of the 5.5-inch N6P sequel, and they’re the exact same specifications ...

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    Honestly, it was too good to be true. Too much, even, with future-proofing always feeling like a solid path to pursue for ambitious Chinese Android device manufacturers, but 8GB RAM smartphones extremely unlikely to become practical workhorses in the next year or two. Still, we shouldn’t completely rule out the possibility of a top-shelf, overkill LeEco Le 2S configuration accommodating a mobile record-breaking memory count. The “entry-level” X720 is merely “confirmed” to pack 4 gigs of the good stuff following a pre-release prototype visit at benchmarking authority GFXBench, ...

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    Fitbit can’t really hope to snatch Apple’s wearable profit crown away anytime soon, as it remains focused on selling activity trackers at between $80 and $150, and pseudo-smartwatches for around $200, but copiously dominating the fledgling market in terms of volumes is no small feat either. To consolidate this leadership position, and keep the likes of Xiaomi or Garmin at bay, a couple of low-cost fall 2016 hardware releases have essentially been confirmed a little while back, and today we get to see the upcoming Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit Flex 2 in the flesh. Well, more or less, as ...

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    Honor made a little noise earlier in the year with the 5X, a $200 budget option which was really well received. To wrap up 2016, this offshoot of Huawei is pushing into the hyper-competitive mid-range with some interesting hardware. The Honor 8 is strikingly similar to the Huawei P9 we reviewed earlier this year, just swapping a metal back for a new sapphire blue glass one. Most notably, you might remember our coverage of the Huawei P9 camera, featuring dual sensors influenced by Leica design. That same camera system is available here on the Honor 8, alongside the rest of the P9 hardware. ...

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    Whether it’ll be called Nexus 5P, Nexus… something else, or Google… something, and whether the search giant itself will handle manufacturing or HTC helps out, a follow-up of sorts for last year’s LG Nexus 5X is most likely right around the corner. Possibly codenamed Sailfish, this should measure a refreshingly compact (by 2016 standards) 5 inches in screen diagonal, with 1080p resolution in tow, Snapdragon 820 processing power, 4GB RAM, 12 and 8MP cameras, as well as a considerably more “premium” construction. All in all, a solid evolutionary effort is to be expected, which ...

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    Despite reaching a tremendous historical milestone with the low-cost Redmi smartphone lineup, Xiaomi is expected to encounter great difficulty in its mission to beat last year’s sales numbers, as the Chinese OEM remains reluctant of a proper global expansion. But at least domestically, the “Apple of China” looks finally ready to take some chances, tackling a few fledgling industry segments which could prove immensely profitable down the line. The Xiaomi VR “Toy Edition” is one such intriguing experiment, while the public beta launch of Xiaomi Mi Pay was first rumored way back in ...

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    While the LG V20 will be the first commercially available device with Android Nougat right from the box, it'll take a little while for that same software to hit the G5. One size doesn't necessarily fit all, even if the same company may not have too many differences to worry about. Whatever the case, some 2,000 LG U+ subscribers in Korea will get the chance to test out LG's new UI based on Nougat in a beta test that will start August 22 and last through October 28. Potential testers can enroll in the beta starting today. The package will be given out on a first come, first served basis. ...

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    Literally everybody’s jumping on the dual camera bandwagon these days. LG, Huawei, Xiaomi, Kyocera, LeEco, and before long, Apple too, at least as far as the Plus-sized iPhone 7 derivation is concerned. Don’t forget HTC, which offered such a complex rear-facing shooter setup back when it was still widely considered gimmicky rather than innovative. Oddly enough, Samsung isn’t following suit just yet, despite what certain rumors suggested at one point, but let’s pause and rewind to LeEco for a few minutes. As expected, one of China’s fastest mobile hardware risers took the wraps ...

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    Perhaps finally realizing the irony of only selling a Worldphone-branded device in parts of Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe, John Sculley just green-lighted the MV1’s British expansion. Best known for ruling Apple with an iron fist between 1983 and 1993, first alongside Steve Jobs himself, then after the co-founder’s controversial departure, Sculley also presided over Pepsi-Cola back in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, maintaining a relatively low profile in the tech industry in recent years. As far as mobile hardware consumers are concerned, he returned in the spotlight in ...

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    We unboxed the thing Android enthusiasts all around the world want most, but some simply can’t have at the moment, we spent 24 hours with Samsung’s latest and possibly greatest flagship phablet, we went into detail regarding its top two upgrades, so you probably knew this was coming. Yes, our full Galaxy Note 7 review is done, and before presenting its conclusions in writing, we give you a lengthy, rigorous and unbiased video tour of everything that’s new and old, hot and cool, innovative and repetitive about the fall heavyweight with the best chances of fending off the iPhone 7 and ...

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    When dealing with a company as secretive as Google, which is also extremely active and involved in so many different segments of the large tech landscape, you’re bound to occasionally come across unfounded speculation and wild rumors that never pan out. Remember reports from last fall calling for in-house Mountain View smartphone chip designs aimed at suppressing Android fragmentation? They smelled fishy off the bat, and went nowhere since then, as did a slightly less sketchy story first reported a couple of months back on a prospective “first-party Google phone” separate from the ...

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    There’s a very thin line between a major box-office hit and sales fiasco when it comes to high-demand but low-supply gadgets, and Samsung seems to be doing another dangerous high-wire walk after failing to translate the initial wild popularity of the Galaxy S6 Edge into fitting shipment numbers. Things of course went much smoother for the GS7 and S7 Edge, while the Galaxy Note 7 may have seen daylight a little too early. The manufacturers’ British arm offers a different explanation for why September 2 is probably no longer a realistic wide-scale release date in the region, claiming the ...

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    How many communication apps are too many for even a software giant like Google to properly maintain and robustly support? Four? Well, hot on the heels of Allo and Duo’s formal introductions at the I/O 2016 conference back in May, Mountain View assured us Hangouts and Messenger weren’t going anywhere. But that stance gets more nuanced now, as Google’s VP of communication products, Nick Fox, clarifies Hangouts will “increasingly focus” on the “group collaboration enterprise productivity space.” In other words, business users, for whom the service’s deep integration with ...

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    It feels odd to talk about Google Duo like it’s a new thing, both because the video calling service was unveiled way back in May at the I/O developer conference, and considering it looks so simple and basic you have to wonder what on earth took the search giant so long. But it’s the cross-platform app’s simplicity that makes it so appealing, with very few bells and whistles needed to minimize the frustration and complication of too many other video chat services. A single tap can initiate a Google Duo video call on Android and iOS, as sign-up procedures are simplified by the fact no ...

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    Lookout Security is relaying some new discussion of a vulnerability in the Linux 3.6 and later kernels. An estimated 80 percent of the Android user base (going all the way to KitKat) or 1.4 billion devices are under the gun of this off-path exploit. In other words, this is not Quadrooter. In a joint presentation at the USENIX Security Symposium, researchers at the Univerity of California, Riverside, and the United States Army Research Labratory were concerned about something called the Global Rate Limit. As the center of the Internet Protocol, TCP isn't really meant to be security-focused. ...

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    BlackBerry's main stake in the mobile industry is security. If it can't tout the hardware it comes out with as a unique selling point, it's got to be security, security, security. And secure it has for its DTEK50 and Priv phones. The company's first Android smartphones that were vulnerable to the last of the unpatched Qualcomm-based Quadrooter vulnerabilities have been patched. The update can be pulled down from the settings menu and will be sent out to users within the week. It will be available on devices bought new from ShopBlackBerry. Google said that it would deliver a patch of its ...

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    SONY's name once stood as the gold standard for consumer electronics, but these days Xperias face intense competition from companies like Samsung, who now occupies the number one position for Android manufacturers. Samsung didn't have much to improve over the Galaxy S6, unifying the design language with the Note 5, replacing the Micro SD card expansion slot, and increasing the battery capacity, but we also got water resistance and an improved camera. Sony on the other hand is taking a far more drastic step away from the Xperia Z of recent years. Claiming to focus on "what matters" to ...

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    A few years ago many people mocked Samsung for bringing the stylus back to life with the S Pen. Yes, the experience was far superior to any stylus anyone had ever used before, but the topic was always the "big phone" you had to hold to use it. Fast forward six generations, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is not only one of the best phablets money can buy, but also one of the best smartphones, period. The S Pen is just the cherry topper, but after some extensive use, it turns out that this "added value" has become far more useful than ever. The answer of whether you need an S Pen or not is a ...

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    Something real has seemingly appeared on the Nexus front. It is not like anything we've seen before, unless you count very vague appraisals and a generic slab non-Easter egg in a Google Photos ad that everyone (including us) thought it just might have been similar enough to something else. That said, what else can manufacturers' slab culture run besides... slabs? Android Police has received some visuals on what Google's Sailfish phone might look like and some strings between that device and the larger Marlin device. The Marlin will "share the same basic industrial design and materials" ...

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    Yesterday we heard about a certain HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle; if you missed that, and its rumored specs, make sure to catch up on it. However, HTC looks like is preparing to pull a Motorola, and prepare another version of the HTC Desire 10, dubbed the HTC Desire 10 Pro. There are some details about this particular device in the aforementioned report. What we didn't know until then is just how exactly will the HTC Desire 10 Pro look like. Evan Blass has got us covered, again, and, if the press render above is legit, we're looking at said HTC Desire 10 Pro. Black and Gold accents seem to ...

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    Apple gets smart about BETA testing software, while we're already tracking rumors about next year's iPhone. Google and Samsung respond to security concerns exploited at this year's Def Con. And the LG V20 looks to impress audiophiles with a Quad DAC system! What does that even mean?!?!? Those stories, and we'll tackle your viewer emails! Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 213 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the live video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on August 11 (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version right now. And don't forget to ...

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    Engineers at Google are converging on a new OS project called "Fuchsia" and there's speculation on whether this represents the merging of Android and Chrome OS or if its purposes will be directed away from mobile. Google's Git repository lists this new project as a combination between "Pink" and "Purple." The company's Magenta and LK kernels will be used in the project — the latter is the basis for "small systems typically used in embedded applications" while the former targets "modern phones and modern personal computers [...] with arbitrary peripherals doing open ended computation." ...

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    The Sony brand has come to represent multi-media prowess from an entertainment juggernaut of a company. This year sees Sony offering phones that are a bit more modest, though maintaining premium price points. Why might a consumer be inclined to spend more on a phone? Camera performance is certainly one aspect which still sets high end phones apart from more budget friendly options. Based on the specs we should expect a solid photography and video solution here. Sony makes the actual camera sensors which are built into numerous competing phones. For the X Performance, they've included a ...

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    Even with Galaxy Note 5’s number-skipping sequel unveiled a little earlier than initially anticipated, at a dedicated press gathering in New York City, we never really doubted Samsung still had something left up its sleeve for Berlin’s IFA trade show. At least two somethings, apparently, both far less exciting and headline-grabbing than the first dual-edged S Pen phablet, one smaller, and one bigger. The Gear S3 and Galaxy Tab S3 are now essentially confirmed to break cover on September 1, i.e. the day before the official start of IFA 2016, with the actual European expo then ...

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    Samsung has adaptive fast charging, OnePlus calls its take on a technology mostly pioneered by Qualcomm Dash Charge, OPPO will be switching from VOOC to Super VOOC before long, some Moto phones are TurboPower-enabled, and MediaTek recently unveiled Pump Express 3.0 for devices packing Helio P20 processors. They’re more or less the same thing, i.e. pretty great workarounds for the perennial issue of tiny batteries inside way too powerful, slim and lightweight Android handhelds. Huawei, the world’s third largest smartphone vendor, is predictably looking to join the party soon enough, ...

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