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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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    As the company behind a major smartphone platform, Microsoft's making a name for itself by not keeping its best software and features locked down behind OS lines, going to quite some effort to offer both Android and iOS users access. Cortana may be the latest to set out on that cross-platform journey, but the defining undertaking along those lines has been Microsoft's ongoing work towards bringing its Office suite to mobile users everywhere. Last month we learned about some big progress happening over on Android, as a newly refreshed app suite debuted for Android smartphones. At the time ...

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    In case you've been on the market for a new 2015 flagship, the HTC One M9 isn't a bad option. Sure, it may not bring all the bells and whistles critiques wanted it to bring over the One M9, but hey... if it ain't broke, don't fix it, right? And if that's the phone you want, Sprint might be the carrier you want – today, a Sprint HTC One M9 discount has just gone into effect, offering the phone for just $99 on-contract. When it first hit retail shelves, the One M9 sold for $199. This was about a few months ago, so it has been a good amount of time. Don't let that make you think the phone ...

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    Feeling a little left out, US Cellular Galaxy S6 and S6 edge owners? Following the rollout of the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update to the T-Mobile and global variants of the smartphones, it's slowly making its way to other carriers, with US Cellular the next on the list for the update. The update, base band version G920R4TYU2BOF7 or G925R4TYU2BOF7 depending on whether you have an S6 or S6 edge, can be pulled from the phone's software updates screen in Settings. Alternatively, you can utilize Samsung Kies to pull the update – check the source link and put your phone name in there to learn ...

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    Confused? Just yesterday we wrote a news piece regarding recent speculation on Samsung's upcoming flagship device; the headline was "Samsung Galaxy S7 launch happening this year?" Today we're writing a new one, with the headline you can see above. This is what usually happens when the rumor mill gets in motion. According to the Korean media, Samsung is pushing its R&D team with the Galaxy S7, because the company reportedly wants to make it official this year, instead of next. Today's information is just as shady and unreliable, and wants to debunk the aforementioned. An unnamed source ...

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    LG Band Play is the company's most recent Android smartphone. Just announced, it's a mid-ranger that focuses on multimedia, with emphasis on audio, as well as the camera. In terms of specifications on paper, the LG Band Play features a five-inch display with HD resolution (720p, 720 x 1280 pixels), 64-bit quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD card), a pair of 13- and five-megapixel cameras for back and front, respectively, 2,300mAh battery, as well as Android 5.1 Lollipop on-board. The key features, however, are its ...

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    A couple weeks back, BlackBerry found itself at the forefront of smartphone news for the first time in a while, as rumors investigated the possibility of BlackBerry releasing a smartphone that ran Android rather than its own QNX-based BlackBerry 10 OS. We heard about a couple different directions things could go, looked at some hardware leaks, and were left without a lot of confidence as to just whether or not all this might actually happen. We're still not to the point where we can positively confirm anything, but some recent comments made by BlackBerry CEO John Chen sure seem to suggest ...

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    Across mobile platforms, smartwatch makers are eager to embrace the possibilities offered by health-related apps and services. After all, fitness trackers are a huge component of the current wearables market, and smartwatches allow manufacturers to pair a fitness tracker's sensors with advanced software and communications capabilities. That all makes for a prime environment for gathering and analyzing all sorts of personal health data, bringing us the likes of Apple HealthKit and Google Fit. But Google has some even grander ambitions than just helping you lose that winter weight, and the ...

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    The battle between streaming music services is heating up once again, as Apple Music gets ready to go live at the end of the month. While Apple's entry may be getting all of the recent headlines, its competition isn't about to take the arrival of this new threat lying down, and they're looking to do all they can to keep the public's attention. Today Google has a solid chance of doing just that, as it announces a new ad-supported version of Google Play Music. It used to be that the free component of Play Music was its role as a locker for storing your own personal library of tracks, and ...

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    The new LG G4 sure seems like one of the better-received LG flagships in recent history. And based on the estimates we heard a few months back, the G4 looked like it might outsell last year's G3 by a wide margin, so there was good reason to be excited. Despite that early enthusiasm, the G4's future may have hit a snag, as investors downgrade LG profit estimates in expectation of lower than anticipated G4 sales. G4 shipments in Q2 are estimated to be at least a hundred thousand units shy of where they'd need to be in order for G4 projections to be met – a feat that would also require ...

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    There will reportedly be no Galaxy Note Edge 2 this year, accompanying the upcoming and highly anticipated Galaxy Note 5, at least that's what a recent report claims. The International Radio Show, aka IFA, is where usually Samsung unveils the fall flagship, the class-defining Galaxy Note. Last year, the Galaxy Note 4 came in pair with the Galaxy Note Edge, a fairly similar device with a curved screen on the right edge. Instead, the report claims that we will only see the Galaxy Note 5 at the 2015 IFA. Said Note 5, that will have no Galaxy Note Edge 2 sibling (at least not at the Berlin ...

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    ASUS is doing a great job with the ZenFone 2 (though some believe the company is overdoing the amount of variants), and the company has even turned a profit last month. While this is in part due to the success of the ZenFone 2, it is just one side of the story, as a recent report claims that online smartphone sales are responsible for the company's improved phone shipments. Asus Digital International (ADI) is an e-commerce joint venture established by Asustek Computer (80 percent stake) and online shopping operator Uitox, which is responsible for online smartphone sales, through its ...

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    This could be too good to be true! We don't want to use a harsh word, like "desperate", because Samsung is definitely not in such a position, being the undisputed market leader in the Android world, and, occasionally (and regionally), in the smartphone world as well. So far, the release cycle was pretty standard: Galaxy S flagship in Q1 of the year (preferably MWC), Galaxy Note flagship in Q3 of the year (preferably at IFA). However, this report claims that Samsung is preparing to launch its next flagship, dubbed Galaxy S7, sometime in the second half of the year. The report comes from ...

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    Material Design has slowly been making its way through Google's Play Store. Since its introduction as part of the Android L developer preview at the Google I/O developers' conference last summer, the rollout has slowly but surely been happening. Almost a year after the formal inception of Material Design standards and guidelines, the Dropbox Android Material Design update is ready to hit devices across the globe. The new design comes as part of the v3.0.0 update, which cites the design changes as the one major focus in the update. Switching to the new design increases usability as well as ...

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    Nearly every member of the Pocketnow team uses digital personal assistants in some way. Whether it's Google Now, Siri, or Cortana, these systems offer voice commands, as well as personalized recommendations based on contextual information like location or emails. But while each service has its own unique features that set it apart from the others, none of them offer the same kind of fully fledged, natural language-based voice interface found on services like Wolfram Alpha. SoundHound recently demoed a new product, simply called Hound, that seems to offer similar functionality to these ...

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    When you think of a smartphone, LG hopes, the only thing that's on your mind is that device's ability to let you take the most glamorous pictures of yourself. From any angle you choose in any situation, that phone should be able to give you prime selfies, ready to go up on all your favorite social media networks, right? Just in case that's the kind of person you are, the LG G4 might be the smartphone for you – the South Korean company's flagship just went out and set a selfie world record. Earlier in June in Mexico City, 746 selfies were taken by over 2500 entities (there were ...

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    MediaTek unveiled its deca-core (ten-core) Helio X20 SoC back in May, and the company is enthusiastic about the chip's low power consumption (30 to 40 percent lower, thanks both to its architecture and MediaTek's own CorePilot algorithm). We initially heard that the SoC might be mass produced by the end of year, but, thanks to today's leak, it might be sooner. Elephone, a Chinese smartphone manufacturer, is apparently gearing up for an October 20 debut of its upcoming Elephone 9000 device, which might be the first ten-core smartphone on the market. Expected to retail for around $500, the ...

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    Bring on the Android updates for older hardware! We just shared with you word that T-Mobile was getting the ball rolling on the eagerly awaited Android 5.1.1 update for last year's Galaxy S5, and now we're getting info on some similar releases headed out to a couple popular Androids from a different OEM, as Motorola makes its own Android 5.1 updates available for the Moto X family. We're looking at updates for the first-gen Moto X, as well as the second-gen Moto X 2014 Pure Edition. The original Moto X's update got started late last week, as Motorola's David Schuster confirmed over social ...

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    HTC's been busy releasing a ton of smartphones lately – problem being, at least for smartphone users in the US, is that the bulk of these new launches have been international-only affairs: One M9+, One ME, J Butterfly... the list keeps growing. So imagine our surprise when today we learn about some evidence that not only points to a new HTC model, but one that sure appears to be gearing up for release in the US – and on Verizon, in particular. The FCC just published certification paperwork for HTC model 0PM3100, an otherwise unidentified smartphone. The band support would suggest that ...

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    When we first learned that Pebble was returning to the crowdfunding route for the new color-screened Pebble Time, we weren't sure quite what to think. Wasn't crowdfunding more for upstarts, not companies that had already established themselves on the market? But just hours later, our concerns quickly evaporated as the funding total hit millions upon millions of dollars. That's great news for Pebble, but with the campaign now closed, what's a smartwatch fan who missed all that excitement to do? Well, a little under a month back we learned about the forthcoming start to general pre-orders ...

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    The OnePlus 2 is probably still a couple months off, but verified information about the smartphone is already beginning to surface. Last week brought us two important tidbits, first as OnePlus announced the Snapdragon 810 as the handset's SoC of choice, and second as the company revealed that the phone would be seeing a price increase relative to the OnePlus One. When that first bit of SoC news landed, OnePlus mentioned it would reveal additional hardware details in the weeks to come, one at a time. Well, today's the day for the next piece of the puzzle to slide into place, as the ...

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    One of the best parts of owning a smartwatch is being able to really make the wearable your own. While a regular watch may not offer much in the way of customizability besides picking out a new band, smartwatches open new doors for expression, not the least of which being your choice of watchface. Hundreds of such options are available for Android Wear devices, and beyond Google occasionally taking the time to highlight some of its favorites, we've also shared some of our own top picks with you. This week, Google's back with some more selections, showcasing seventeen stand-out watchfaces. ...

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    Sony's got an interesting relationship with Android updates. On one hand, it sometimes feels like the company's out there on the bleeding edge of progress, like how last fall it was already teasing Android Lollipop running on its phones just days after public availability began. But then we look at its actual distribution of Lollipop updates and see long waits, not to mention plenty of confusion over just which models would (and more importantly, wouldn't) be getting them. Today, at least, we're back over in the “early innovator” camp, as Sony begins giving devs the tools they need to ...

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    Sure, you may consider yourself a big Android user: you've got an Android smartphone, probably a tablet, and maybe even an Android Wear smartwatch. And that's all well and good for mobile tech, but what about at home? Sure, the low cost of entry has made Chromecast pretty affordable to pick up, but in some ways that's just a half measure – what about Android TV? If your media center isn't quite as Android-ified as it could be, now's looking like a pretty good time to make up for it, as Amazon slashes its asking price for the Nexus Player. We saw Google's set-top box debut last fall, ...

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    When HTC announced the One M9+ in April, the company made it clear that the device will not be available in regions like the US, and/or Europe; the company pushes its 2015 flagship, the One M9, in these key markets. Of course, we've recently seen that the One M9+ (alongside the E9+) are available in the US from third parties, like Amazon, but the device (which we're currently testing), is lacking Google services. According to a recent rumor, European HTC One M9+ availability should be expected in the third quarter of the year, which begins a little more than a week from now. "Germany, ...

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