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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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    They say new is always better (well, Barney Stinson does), but while the revised 2015 edition of the Moto 360 smartwatch definitely respects the principle, you have to wonder just how much its upgrades are worth. $50, $100? Perhaps. $150, $200? Not quite, and if you’re quick and determined enough to grab a discounted first-gen version from trusted eBay seller Guarantee Cellullar, that’s the kind of gap you’re looking at. For a limited time, light metal and stainless steel/light finish flavors of the 2014-released Motorola Moto 360 set you back a measly $100 each, which is 50 percent ...

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    With a more pronounced curve on one side of its screen than the S6 Edge, Edge+, and S7 Edge, as well as a straight left border, the road-opening Samsung Galaxy Note Edge was clearly meant as a limited aesthetic experiment. But a refreshingly large number of adventurous consumers were willing to experiment with it, so naturally, Samsung couldn’t abandon the ingenious 5.6-incher on either the KitKat or Lollipop island. Bizarrely enough, the Sprint-locked version got treated to a Marshmallow makeover a full month before unlocked international models, while Verizon follows suit at last as we ...

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    Wondering how the next “flagship killer” from young but seasoned Android OEM OnePlus might look in the flesh, what kind of pictures it’ll be able to snap with its 16MP rear-facing camera, and how much it’s going to cost, no invites involved for a change? Probably not, since all appears to be out in the open already. Still, it can’t hurt to examine the robust, premium metal exterior of the OnePlus 3 one more time, as well as a quartet of high-quality official sample shots captured in different outdoor conditions. The latest batch of leaked renders seemingly meant to promote a ...

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    The two-horse race for global mobile payment gold is clearly a marathon, not a sprint, as road-opener Apple Pay continues to be chased down by Samsung Pay. The latter service recently saw a limited rollout in Singapore, also adding its first European country to its world tour, with Australia reportedly next to support easy and secure Galaxy transactions in a matter of days. Although Samsung Pay’s regional website emphasizes “a specific launch date has not been announced” down under, it’s increasingly likely all the official details will be unveiled next week. Apple Pay is already ...

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    Seeing as how Android 6.0 commercially debuted almost eight full months back, and build N is right around the corner, you’d think it’d be easier to find up-to-date phones nowadays in every possible price bracket. But if you have a maximum of $150 to spend, are set on staying with or switching to Verizon, and don’t like the carrier’s prepaid structure, your choice is essentially limited to just the newly unveiled LG K8 V. A network-specific variant of the international K8 launched a few months ago (duh), this thing packs a modest 1.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 210 processor, doubled ...

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    The year’s second quarter is nearly done, and if Asus wants to meet its self-imposed deadline from back February, it needs to get cracking ASAP. Fortunately, that’s exactly what’s happening, with the 5-inch ZenFone 2 Laser (model number ZE500KL) treated to a quiet Android 6.0 makeover about a month ago, the 5.5-inch ZE550KL ZenFone 2 Laser following suit earlier this week, and the ZenFone Max (ZC550KL) completing the trifecta today. Across the board, Asus not only brought the usual slate of game-changing Marshmallow goodies, Doze Mode and Now on Tap included, also removing many of ...

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    Alcatel is still holding onto its Idol 4 series of phones that many Android and Windows 10 Mobile users have been looking forward to. In the meantime, if you own a more-than-year-old Idol 3, you're finally getting Android Marshmallow starting today. Alcatel actually tweeted out a video that we simply just cannot top. We’re excited to share that Android M is available for unlocked IDOL 3 devices beginning today!https://t.co/Ml3dpOtH75 — Alcatel USA (@ALCATEL1TOUCH) June 8, 2016 Did you unmute it? Unmute it and get back to us. Yep. Unfortunately, we're only talking just unlocked ...

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    Google's kept up one of the longest name games for its next version of Android this year. It did not reveal the full name of Android N at its I/O conference. Instead, it got its fans to contribute some ideas. Well, time's up. We're soon to learn about what "tasty treat" Google will go with for what's rumored to be Android 7.0. Soon, though, is relative. Thanks for your submissions. We’ll reveal the new name in a few weeks! #NameAndroidNhttps://t.co/qLtDZJNe9y — Android (@Android) June 8, 2016 Are we leaving the territory of sweets? We have entries from Nori to New Mexico Chile to Nun's ...

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    Any idea who Apple’s Chief Financial Officer is? Apparently, Luca Maestri. How about Samsung’s go-to money guy? Someone named Sang-Hoon Lee. The point is you’ll rarely see these execs taking the floor at keynotes and “Unpacked” events to unveil the next big thing in managing financial risks. Still, the CFO position is one infused with great responsibility, especially for a company that’s bleeding money for years now, as is unfortunately HTC’s case. No wonder the Taiwanese phone and VR hardware manufacturer took more than two years to appoint Chialin Chang’s successor. The ...

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    For some reason, ZTE unveiled the diminutive variant of the Nubia Z11 in China nearly two months before going official with the Max model today, while still keeping the “standard” configuration under wraps. As suggested not long ago, the Nubia Z11 Max is amazingly almost all screen, squeezing a gigantic 6-inch Full HD AMOLED panel into a 159.2-tall chassis also measuring just 7.4mm in thickness. Don’t worry about battery endurance either, as a 4,000 mAh cell should be capable of getting you through the day without hugging a wall. The tank can even be filled to 80 percent capacity in ...

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    If a high-profile phone doesn’t get @evleaked ahead of its formal announcement, you can probably bet the farm on it at least prematurely popping up online courtesy of Twitter’s second most prolific tipster, @OnLeaks, aka Steve Hemmerstoffer. The French journalist just got the scoop from Weibo on Google and Lenovo’s first ever Project Tango device headed to retail, which Evan Blass expects to be called Phab 2 Pro. While its origin story is likely similar to that of the Motorola Moto Z, this bad boy isn’t only considerably larger, at 6.4 inches, but altogether looks different. The ...

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    What comes after Snapdragon 820, Qualcomm’s current flagship smartphone SoC, and the go-to choice for dozens of high-end Android device manufacturers, including Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony, Xiaomi, Asus, ZTE, Lenovo, and even HP? Seeing as how the SD800 was followed by an 801, then 805 and 808, while the 810 jumped straight to 820, truly anything’s possible. But if no minor upgrade is in the pipeline until the radically improved 830 enters the scene next year, that means the fall 2016 heroes will theoretically be exactly as potent as their spring predecessors. Nobody wants that, of course, ...

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    European football fans, it’s (almost) time to get the highly anticipated show on the road. Unfortunately, instead of worrying about procuring last-minute plane tickets to Paris, booking cheap local accommodation, and somehow finding a way into the UEFA Euro 2016 opening match without paying scalpers an arm and a leg, your primary concern should be steering clear of potential terrorist attacks. Sorry to diminish your excitement, but the threat is real following November 2015 suicide bombings and mass shootings, including near the Stade de France, with tournament security enforced by a ...

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    While Sony is still unable or unwilling to get the “big four” US operators in its corner for a swift, proper release of the mid to high-end Xperia X lineup, up north Bell, Rogers, Videotron, Virgin Mobile and WIND will all carry at least one of the new Android smartphones by mid-July. The even better news for our Canada-based readers and friends is the Xperia X Performance top dog shall see daylight on Bell and Rogers come June 23, almost a full month before the Snapdragon 820 powerhouse rolls out stateside in unlocked, SIM-free form. At the other end of the spectrum, the Helio ...

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    Can we all agree resolution beyond the Quad HD pixel count on a display smaller than 6 or even 7 inches is overkill, as the human eye will never be able to perceive any difference between 2,560 x 1,440 and 3,840 x 2,160 content? Apparently not, with Sony back on the Full HD bandwagon after a short incursion on Ultra HD quicksand, but Samsung purportedly intent on taking the Galaxy S8 to the next level, mainly for high-quality VR-supporting purposes. Mind you, we’re talking the distant Galaxy S8 here, not the fast-approaching Note 6 or Note 7, so a nice dose of skepticism is advised. UBI ...

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    It’s sure been an eventful past couple of days in the “Uncarrier” camp, what with John Legere turning it up to 11 and offering T-Mobile shares to customers just for being customers, and yesterday’s free perks paralyzing the operator’s servers for many hours straight due to ridiculously high demand. But T-Mo being T-Mo, it’s not about to stop there in its never-ending quest to woo disgruntled Verizon, AT&T and Sprint users, incentivizing potential switchers with free iPhones and cheap tablets for Father’s Day. Father’s Day, of course, is still more than ten days away, so ...

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    Some people want to watch the world burn. Those are the same people that run Windows 95 on an Apple Watch. Now, app developing firm Tendigi is back at it once again and it is going for the holy grail of crossing mobile platforms: running Android on an iPhone. And Tendigi was successful! Well, with the help of a bit of mass. And another machine it had to build from scratch. And a little engineering. And ... well, just watch the video and read on. In a Medium post, CTO Nick Lee explained that he only had to do a little DIY to get a encased subdevice running Android to seep into an iPhone. ...

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    Android Marshmallow barely inched over the 10 percent mark this month in the version distribution numbers. Lollipop remains the most popular version of the OS, followed by KitKat and Jelly Bean. The data shows a slowing of growth for the latest version of Android after consecutive months of increasing rates of growth. The data is mined from Google Play Store access during the week ending June 6. Here are the numbers: [table] Version,Codename,API,June (%),Change from May (%) 2.2,Froyo,8,0.1,0 2.3.3-2.3.7,Gingerbread,10,2,-0.2 4.0.3-4.0.4,Ice Cream Sandwich,15,1.9,-0.1 4.1.x,Jelly ...

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    Twitter is finally going Material. Two years since Google introduced its new philosophy for Android app user interfaces, the microblogging platform is rolling out a look that conforms to the Material Design standards. In addition to a collapsible topline tab bar, we also see the slide-out navigation menu to get to your lists, Highlights and settings. You can also compose a tweet with the constantly on-screen action button on bottom. Facebook Messenger aligned its user interface with Material Design a few months ago. The Facebook app has not. Source: Twitter Via: Engadget

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    Google releases new Nexus hardware early in fall and puts out final images of the next version of Android shortly after that. Samsung has been pulling up its fall summer flagship releases to be more like late summer. The company's rumored to launch its Galaxy Note 7 in just a couple of months' time. And so, the twain shall never meet — at least, when it comes to getting Android N native to the Note 7. But if you wanted a little more evidence to back this very likely conclusion, take a look at the Mobile User Agent log above. The string is what's generated on a web server's side about ...

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    As we approach Father's Day, deals are quite the thing, and given the uniqueness of the Nextbit Robin, this might just as well be one to highly consider. Putting the cloud first, the Nextbit Robin adapts to your usage patterns, archiving apps it reckons you don’t need, but keeping them at hand in case you change your mind. If you've been giving it some thought, this might be the time to buy. The Nextbit Robin has just gained another major discount on Amazon, going down to just $300, unlocked. With a Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB RAM, 1080p screen, 2,680 mAh battery, and 13 and 5MP ...

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    Considering its recent software support strides, HTC would probably deserve to finally return to profits or at least stop bleeding such big money. But the tech market isn’t always just, and some wounds take a lot of time to heal. The Taiwanese device manufacturer very rarely impressed with the quality – pricing ratios of its low to mid-end models, and at first, the Desire 626 and 626s were no exception. After several discounts, however, and a relatively early (all things considered) Android 6.0 update, the latter feels like a solid bargain on Sprint via Best Buy or Amazon, at $42 and ...

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    ZTE’s quirky Spro line of 2-in-1 Android projectors has come a long way from a clunky, unfocused first generation, but for some reason, the “professional-grade” 8.4-inch Plus model unveiled back in February isn’t ready for primetime yet. At least not on T-Mobile, the third major US carrier to sell the 5-inch ZTE Spro 2, a little late and a little expensive. Then again, you can always choose to split the hybrid device’s $500 MSRP at Magenta in 24 affordable monthly payments of $20.84 each. Meanwhile, as long as Verizon and AT&T don’t launch the larger, slimmer, more capable ...

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    Our phones have turned into one of the most intimate devices in our lives. It’s a possession you never leave home without similar to your car keys or wallet. Smartphones have taken the “time waster” slot in our lives away from more traditional means like crossword puzzles. There’s so many needs that our phones have filled for us that making a little money with them seems like the next logical step right? We’ve all been drawn to the idea of making easy money over the years but most internet based money claims are usually scams that we know are too good to be true. However, not ...

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    America might be widely regarded as the land of opportunity and endless possibilities, but when it comes to ridiculously affordable mobile hardware, China is without a doubt the global leader and trend-setter. Local veteran and worldwide fame seeker ZTE today throws its hat in the ultra-low-cost Android smartphone ring again, going after Xiaomi or Meizu’s best entry-level models with everything you could realistically hope for at around $100… and then some. The Blade A2, which follows in the footsteps of the modest A1, is similarly no powerhouse, packing an octa-core MediaTek MT6750 ...

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