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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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    Remember how quickly the Galaxy Note 7 explosion frenzy escalated, from one or two reported cases to 35 worldwide, at which point Samsung pulled the plug on sales and started recalling potentially hazardous devices? It turns out those were the good times, as you may have suspected by following the news lately, and unfortunately seeing no substantial drop in coverage of high-profile fire incidents causing harm to children, destroying expensive automobiles, and burning down residential garages. Unsurprisingly therefore, the grand total of Galaxy Note 7 battery overheating instances reported ...

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    The brilliant minds of the vast internet community have come together to think up a futuristic, but realistic product idea in the mobile space and all those ideas have been judged. Now, manufacturer ZTE is ready to head into the second phase of Project CSX — "Crowd Source X," where the "X" means "any mobile device." Almost 400 submissions poured in during a month of discussion before the list got winnowed down to a round of 20, then a top three. All of those ideas had to be what ZTE described as a mobile product that's realistic to build in 2017 and affordable for consumers to buy. Here ...

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    While Apple and watchOS 3 may nab Pokemon GO on the go first, Android Wear should not be too far behind. In fact, there's code in the full Android version of the app that references the Pokemon GO Plus accessory, due out this week, and what hardware it'll work with. Pokemon GO Hub was able obtain and decompile version 0.37.0 of the app, finding code in the "pokemongoplus" project mentioning Android Wear with indications that the code is release ready. Support is available for Android Wear watches tethered to either Android smartphones or iPhones. Connections between the app and the watch ...

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    HTC will go all in on 10 this holiday season (no, the One A9s doesn’t count), with a pair of mid-range Desires likely providing more affordable choice for Android enthusiasts turned off by the high-end HTC 10’s unfriendly bang for buck. Already rendered by the most authoritative of mobile leakers, and teased for September 20 announcements again and again, the HTC Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle are today practically confirmed as coming next Tuesday. But there’s no physical event scheduled to bring them to light (another cost-cutting measure for the struggling Taiwanese OEM?), ...

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    A cohesive product branding and release strategy would probably help Samsung sell even more mid-range Android phones than it currently does, but unfortunately, the Galaxy A, C, J and O(n) families are still all over the place. Granted, the Korean tech giant has more important things to worry about. Then again, how complicated and time-consuming can it be to check a calendar, and settle on a name for looming Galaxy A-series upgrades? 2017 generations of the A3, A5 and A7 are apparently a few months away, tops, with a Galaxy A8 (2016) however also most likely scheduled for a commercial ...

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    As hard as Google might be trying to keep a lid on classified information spillage concerning the first generation of Nexus-replacing Pixel phones (particularly real-life visual leaks), this is 2016, and there’s only so much you can do to hide premium Androids from prying eyes. Another reputable tipster who knows a guy who knows another guy with a connection in the right place delivers a fresh round of “factory renders” today, as well as a 360-degree video, starring the smaller of two upcoming Pixel handhelds, aka HTC-manufactured “Sailfish.” No use calling it a Nexus anymore, ...

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    No wonder BLU Products is taken so seriously lately by struggling veterans of the mobile hardware industry. This Miami-based, budget-focused smartphone manufacturer has come a long way from its timid unlocked debut several years back, making quite a few recent headlines with the $300 Energy XL battery powerhouse and $300 3D Touch-enabled Pure XR. But if those two perhaps felt a little rich for your blood, and the Vivo 5 and Vivo XL unveiled at CES in January were starting to lose their mojo, it’s (almost) time for a refresh fittingly dubbed BLU Vivo 5R. Up for pre-orders on Amazon ...

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    If it can happen to one of the world’s most successful and, until recently, trusted smartphone manufacturers, it can definitely happen to any other OEM as well. In fact, it did happen several times before the global scandal of chain Galaxy Note 7 explosions blew up (pun intended), to companies as diverse as LG, Apple and Xiaomi. Fortunately for them, the incidents were isolated and seemingly unconnected, occasionally having the owners of hazardous devices to blame for mishandling fickle components like batteries and accessories including cables and chargers. Still, Xiaomi should start ...

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    You may have not realized this, especially if you live in the US, where Huawei’s Honor sub-brand merely debuted commercially a few months ago, but the online-only, budget-friendly smartphone family has greatly contributed to its parent company’s global rise since 2013. Yes, it’s way back in 2013 that Honor was born to further heat up low-cost Asian competition (for starters), impressively topping 100 million unit sales in 999 days, according to official claims from the always transparent (when it comes to box-office feats) Huawei. That’s a rough average of 100K phones sold every ...

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    It’s still 2016, but as per usual, and despite unforeseen trouble with Galaxy Note 7 production, Samsung is already cooking up the next generation of both flagship and non-flagship Android smartphones. Now, the Korean tech giant isn’t exactly famous for ultra-low-cost handhelds, or above-average diminutive models, but if priced correctly, the upcoming Galaxy A3 (2017) could well give Sony’s Xperia X Compact a proverbial run for the money. Believed to integrate fingerprint recognition, just like the 2017 editions of the larger, higher-end A7 and A5, the 4.7-incher is also practically ...

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    A picture might be worth a thousand words, but in the seemingly never-ending saga of globally-recalled Galaxy Note 7 units with faulty batteries under the hood, a written account of the umpteenth unfortunate event involving a phone explosion should well be worth a million words of caution. In case you still weren’t convinced of the gratuitous risks incurred by holding on to a ticking time bomb with a pretty screen, fancy iris scanner and powerful processor, hearing about a little boy in Brooklyn, New York recently sustaining burns must once and for all stress the seriousness of the ...

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    Android One typically gets big operating system updates shortly after the Nexus devices receive them. It was definitely the case for the General Mobile 4G, the only Android One device included in the Android Beta Program and got early access to 7.0 Nougat improvements. Well, more than two weeks after the Nougat images have started dropping on the developer bays, it seems like some of the first Android One phones are clinching 7.0, including the Cherry Mobile G1. That's according to one reader tipping GSMArena. Other Android One are up and coming for Nougat... and so are all the OEMs' ...

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    Two major announcements from two tech companies. Apple had the courage to remove one of the most standardized cable ports ever created from the new iPhone 7. The Apple Watch 2 won't turn any heads in terms of design, so will people keep buying it? The Air Pods feature some incredible technology, but will people adopt the Trekkie look? Or if Apple isn't your flavor, we also have this beast of a phone to talk about called the LG V20. Juan, Jules, and Jaime are here to tackle your questions about two of the hottest announcements of the season, so make sure you're charged and ready for episode ...

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    It’s not the size number of megapixels, it’s how you use them. That might be a tried and true saying (just think of the stellar single 12MP cam on the back of both the Galaxy Note 7 and S7), but it obviously doesn’t hurt to beef up the megapixel count where possible. Enter the mid-range (yeah, right) Samsung Galaxy A7 2017, which technically eclipses the company’s recent flagships in terms of the main and secondary snapper. What “secondary” snapper? Well, this upcoming 5.5-incher appears to fit the same exact droolworthy 16MP photography virtuoso on both its rear and face, ...

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    While Samsung certainly deserves to get flak for endangering people’s lives by not properly testing the Galaxy Note 7 and its now definitively faulty battery prior to the phablet’s commercial launch, you can’t turn a blind eye to the response time, rapid acknowledgment and stellar overall damage control from the past week. Sweeping this issue under the rug was never an option, and as “heartbreaking” as short-term financial losses might feel, there’s something far more important at stake. The logical next step in the OEM’s rampant reputation-saving campaign after a voluntary ...

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    See, Motorola, it’s not always wise to gratuitously take jabs at rivals, even when making a relatively fair point in the process. Distracted by this, we were very close to ignore a pretty sweet new deal offered for Moto Z Droid and Z Force Droid purchases made directly through the manufacturer’s US e-store. Namely, every 5.2mm-slim device now comes with a free bundled Incipio OffGrid Power Pack Moto Mod, while the slightly thicker, more robust, larger battery-packing and 21MP rear cam-sporting 5.5-incher will ship alongside a complimentary JBL SoundBoost speaker add-on. No catches, no ...

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    We get it, major software updates take time in the chaotic, loosely Google-governed, open-source mobile world. Especially when both third-party OEMs and notoriously laggy US carriers are involved in the “optimization” process. And yes, it makes perfect sense for the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, Note 5 and S6 Edge+ to be prioritized over the older, less popular Note 4 and outright weird and experimental Note Edge. But with Sprint capable of getting the Marshmallow ball rolling here way back in March, and Verizon and T-Mobile following suit in June, we can’t find AT&T any acceptable excuse ...

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    Whatever mysterious issue Huawei had to resolve at the eleventh twelfth hour, it’s probably fixed (about darn time), with the Nexus 6P now added to the still unusually short list of Google-backed devices able to officially and widely score Nougat goodies. All you need to do is visit the search giant’s developer webpages, locate your respective factory or OTA Android 7.0 image, then download and install it following a simple set of instructions. Unless you were enrolled in the build N’s beta program, in which case you’re likely all set by now. Both binary image files are labeled ...

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    There's been a lot of chatter regarding headphone jacks these days. Motorola was first to release a phone lacking a 3.5mm jack, and Apple followed closely behind with the iPhone 7 launch. Talking about the "courage" to buck trends and move the industry forward, we're hearing a bit of feigned disdain towards modern day gadgets using analog cabling. Gosh, it's the year 2016! Why use a cable standard which was originally developed in the 1870's? You'll pardon if we all roll our eyes at another argument based on what year we're living in, as if that would dictate the amount of "progress" we ...

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    There’s no denying the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, while perhaps too aesthetically similar to their predecessors, bring plenty of exciting goodies to the table. Well, there is, but it’s groundless, with the dual rear cam setup on the 5.5-inch variant looking intriguing, to say the least. And then you have stereo speakers, water-resistant bodies, “magical” wireless AirPods, a faster processor, brighter screens, cool new black options, and so on. At the same time, Apple couldn’t possibly escape the indignation of many iFans, and ridicule of rivals, for ditching the beloved tolerated 3.5mm ...

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    It may still be unclear if Microsoft, Apple, Google and Samsung have Surface Pro, iPad, Pixel and Galaxy Tab S-series upgrades in the pipeline for the upcoming holiday season, but the other tech colossus continues to do its thing by unveiling an “all-new” Fire tablet with minimal pre-release buzz. Amazon of course didn’t stray too far from the design of last year’s Fire HD 8 in creating a considerably longer-lasting, thicker and heavier version. The 2016 Fire HD 8 (no unnecessary name change here) purportedly offers up to 12 hours of “mixed-use” battery life, measuring 9.2mm ...

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    While it’s definitely no big surprise to see the latest Android flavor kept exclusive to Nexus devices several weeks after its public, out-of-beta debut, as third-party OEMs need extra optimization, i.e. bloatification, time, it’s completely unacceptable that the 6P is still stuck on Marshmallow. Yes, that 6P. The one and only fall 2015-released Google/Huawei-co-branded Nexus 6P. The worldwide over-the-air rollout was supposed to begin on or around August 25, following publication of a manually downloading 7.0 factory image on Big G’s servers. None of that happened yet, and with ...

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    While the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is apparently still “working on guidance” related to Galaxy Note 7 fire hazards, exploring the possibility of prohibiting travelers from boarding US planes with the phone on them or even in carry-on and checked baggage, three Australian airlines have taken it upon themselves to nip the danger in the bud. But at least for the time being, Qantas and Virgin’s bans aren’t anywhere as extreme as what American authorities might be considering. Samsung Galaxy Note 7 owners flying from and to the land down under will merely be asked they not ...

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    Yesterday was as much Apple’s big day as it surprisingly was Nintendo’s, with Mario’s own “father”, Shigeru Miyamoto, dropping by San Francisco to let the near-resigned mobile world know the best-selling video game franchise ever is finally extending iPhone users an olive branch. Oh, and Pokémon Go is headed for Apple Watches, in case anyone’s still interested. Niantic and The Pokémon Company of course wanted to bring the AR monster hunt extravaganza to your wrist months ago, with a rudimentary little wearable device called Pokémon Go Plus. This is also just about ready for ...

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    How do you make up for totally bungling the launch of a flagship phone awaited by many for a full 12 months, as well as effectively endangering millions of people’s lives, homes, personal and public property? Issuing full refunds for potentially explosive Galaxy Note 7 units sold worldwide, no questions asked, was literally the least Samsung could do, alternatively offering to ship patient buyers replacement devices, hopefully with harmless batteries inside. That latter exchange will of course take a little while, which is why several US carriers can instantly hook you up with a Galaxy ...

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