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500? 1,000? You’ll never guess how many different Android devices are available

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Google’s mobile operating system Android is something of a phenomenon. The platform rocketed to the top of the mobile market thanks in large part to Google’s open source model. Any vendor can use Android to power its devices for free, and companies can make all sorts of customizations to suit their needs.

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  • Opera Mini finally behaves like a native Android web browser

    If you're an Opera fan on Android, you no longer have to choose between Opera Mini's super-efficient web browsing and the native interface of its full-size sibling. The company has overhauled Mini to finally give it the Android-friendly look and core features of the regular browser, including redesigned Speed Dial shortcuts, a private browsing mode and a customizable design that scales nicely to tablet sizes. There's also a much-needed, Mini-specific data gauge so that you know how many megabytes you're saving. Give it a spin if you're trying to squeeze the most you can out of a capped cellular plan.

  • WhatsApp for Android gets a much-needed Material Design makeover, bringing cleaner layouts and new icons
  • 'Hearthstone' Arrives On iOS And Android Phones At Last
  • Nexus 7 Android 5.1 Update Release Continues

    The Nexus Android 5.1 Lollipop update is finally starting to make some moves and today, the Nexus 7 Android 5.1 Lollipop update that’s begun to roll out for another one of Google’s variants. Just not the one that most people were expecting.

  • Google wants Android developers to make more kid-friendly apps

    Amazon has had a hard time keeping up with the sheer breadth of Google Play's app selection, but it's done a pretty great job when it comes to putting a spotlight on kid and family content. There's FreeTime Unlimited, a (cheap) monthly subscription service that gives younger users access to a wide selection of age-appropriate ebooks, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games. And the company puts a worry-free guarantee behind its Fire HD Kids Edition; break the thing at any point over the course of two years, and Amazon will replace it for free.

  • New Android App Unlocks Your Phone At The Sound Of Your Voice

    The Android 5.0 Lollipop already lets you skip the traditional lock screen via Trusted Face, which uses facial recognition to make sure you're you, or if you’re connected to a Trusted Device, like a specific Bluetooth. Now, Google is adding a new smart lock: Trusted Voice, which uses voice recognition to check your identity.

  • LTE-Equipped Nexus 7 2013 (Razorg) Finally Gets The Android 5.1 Update

    It's been, what, five weeks since Google announced Android 5.1? In all that time the update has still not arrived on many of Mountain View's Nexus devices. At least one more is joining the 5.1 club today, and it's a little unexpected—the LTE Nexus 7 2013. No, the WiFi version still hasn't popped up.

  • LG G2 Android 5.0 Lollipop Update Problems & Fixes

    Over the past few months LG and its partnering carriers have been busy pushing the LG G2 Android 5.0 Lollipop update out to owners around the globe. And while most of the feedback has been positive, the Android 5.0 Lollipop update is also causing problems for many. The LG G2 in the US received Android 5.0 in February on AT&T, it hit Verizon in late March, and starting today is rolling out to T-Mobile owners.

  • This amazing secret trick will give any Android phone a huge speed boost

    We could spend all day counting all of the things that make Android a great platform, but for real smartphone enthusiasts, the operating system’s tweakability is surely somewhere near the top of the list. If there’s functionality you’re looking for that your Android smartphone doesn’t have out of the box, the odds are pretty good that an app or a tweak is waiting to solve your problem.

  • Brussels to investigate Google's Android

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  • Why is Android so different from Linux distros?

    Android is based on Linux, but that doesn't mean that it's the same as your average Linux distribution. A redditor wanted to know why Android is so different from the desktop distributions that we all know and love.

  • Verizon's LG G3 Is Finally Getting Its Android 5.0 Update

    The wait for Android 5.0 to arrive on the LG G3 has varied widely based on carrier—AT&T managed to get it released rather quickly and T-Mobile just rolled it out a week or two ago. Now it's Verizon's turn to get the Lollipop update done.

  • ICYMI: You Can Soon Unlock Your Android Phone With Just Your Voice
  • Trusted Voice unlock is rolling out to some Android users

    When the latest version of Google's Android app arrived last week, there was a hint that a new method for unlocking a device was on the way. Well, it seems the wait is over... for some.

  • LG G4 leaks: 'Gorgeous' Android flagship in real leather (and fake carbon fiber)

    If you're waiting to see what the next LG flagship phone looks like, wait no longer. Here's the LG G4, in all its leather-clad glory. It's no clone.

    The secret site the images were snarfed from didn't give much of a clue about the hardware specs -- what was there were clearly placeholders -- but if you like stitched leather, you'll love the G4.

  • 4 ways your Android device is tracking you (and how to stop it)

    So there I was, poking around some of the more arcane settings on my Moto G, when I stumbled across something that took me aback: an archive of every voice command I'd ever spoken to my phone.

    Turns out that each time you say something to the Google Now search box, Android saves a copy of what you said in your "Voice & Audio" history. Your voice history can go back months or even years, and it includes a transcript of what you said plus a playback button, so you can relive the moment.

  • Motorola's 5-incher finds the G-spot: Moto G 4G budget Android smartie

    Back in December 2013, I hailed the first generation Motorola Moto G as the best affordable smartphone on the market. If you want a reasonably compact 4.5-inch device, then, arguably, it still is the best, thanks to a midlife facelift that added a microSD slot and 4G reception.

  • Sony delivers Android 5.0 to Xperia Z3 Dual, Z1 and more

    Android 5.0 Lollipop is ready to roll on half a dozen Sony smartphones.

  • Deal alert: Get $100 off one of the world’s best Android Wear watches
  • Buy an Android smartphone and Moto 360 from Best Buy, get $100 off the total purchase

    Even though the successor to Motorola’s Android Wear smartwatch, the Moto 360, seems to be right around the corner, the original is still considered one of the better smartwatches currently available. Through Best Buy’s newest promotion, that purchase just became much more easygoing on your wallet.

  • Nexus 5 Android 5.1 Update: Is It Worth Installing Right Now?

    We’ve been using the Nexus 5 Android 5.1 Lollipop update for a number of weeks. And now that the update is rolling out in full force, Nexus 5 users are faced with a decision about whether to install Google’s latest firmware. With some experience under our belts, we want to help with your decision. This is our Nexus 5 Android 5.1 review at the three week mark.

  • Best new apps for Android and iOS (April 7th – April 13th 2015)

    Hey there, app hunters! As we do each week, we've combed through the Android and iOS stores once again to look for something interesting for you to download and play around with. Keeping track of the new apps that come out for the lighthearted, so should you desire to have a look at some fresh offerings each week, yet feel daunted by the heap of information you'd have to dig through, feel free to check back regularly.

  • Watch HBO Now on Android and Roku right now

    Think an iDevice is the only way to get HBO's new streaming service? Think again. For $9.99 you can sling it just about anywhere -- for three months.

  • 5 Things to Know About the Nexus 4 Android 5.1 Update

    Google’s Android 5.1 Lollipop update is missing for a number of Nexus devices though it looks like we can finally take the Nexus 4 Android 5.1 update off of the list. With an OTA in sight, we take a look at what users need to know, right now, about the Nexus 4 Android 5.1 Lollipop update.

  • These E3 Android Wear Watch Bands are Really, Really Nice

    Last week, Google announced a set of official partnerships with a handful of companies willing to make watch bands for Android Wear devices. One of those companies is E3 Motocycles, a shop out of Brooklyn, NY, who specializes in hand-made products that use quality materials like Horween leather. Out of the group that was announced by Google, the E3 watch bands were the closest to our personal tastes in watch bands, so we picked a few up. Man, these are incredible.

  • Android 5.0.2 pushed out for Sony Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact and Xperia Z Ultra

    Android 5.0.2 is now reaching the Sony Xperia Z1, Sony Xperia Z1 Compact and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. The update is being disseminated to certain regions only, and offers build number 14.5.A.0.242. The update includes the new Material Design, Lock Screen notifications, the new 64-bit ART runtime compiler that will open apps faster, new "Recent Apps" screen, Project Volta for extended battery life, and more.

  • Some Nexus 5 Owners Afflicted By Camera Crashes Following Android 5.1 Update

    Updates get us excited, especially when they involve making the leap to the latest version of Android. But for some Nexus 5 users, the transition has come at the expense of their camera. Following the release of Android 5.1, they've been unable to reliably activate the camera without getting hit by crashes.

  • No, not that Cloud: Final Fantasy XIII now streaming to iOS, Android devices

    Square Enix games are hardly missing from mobile devices, but most of what you’ll see from the company are ports of its older games. Dragon Quest VIII, which originally launched on the PlayStation 2, was about as recent as it gets. At least it was until now.

  • Android 5.1 Lollipop OTA now available for the Nexus 4

    When Google announced Android 5.1 Lollipop last month, the new version of Android quickly began rolling out to multiple Nexus family devices. There are still a few Nexus handsets that have yet to see the update, but today we can check one more off the list – the Nexus 4. The OTA, which is available now, weighs in at only 174MB and will bring your device from build number LRX22C to LMY47O.

  • HTC One M8 Will Skip Android 5.0.2 And Go Straight To Android 5.1, HTC One M7 May Get 5.1 Too

    A new report indicates that HTC will skip Android 5.0.2 for the HTC One M8, which will go straight to 5.1 Lollipop at some time in the future. The older HTC One M7 may get 5.1 as well, despite a recent announcement that it will not.

  • Opera Launches Redesigned Opera Mini For Android

    Opera Mini, the little brother to Opera’s regular mobile browser, is getting a major makeover on Android today. The company says the new design, which is pretty much in line with the regular Opera mobile browser, is meant to give the browser a more native look and feel.

9 ways Android Wear is better than the Apple Watch

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Right off the bat, you have many more Android Wear options because a bunch of different companies have taken their own shot at an Android-powered smartwatch, including Motorola, LG, Huawei, Samsung, and Sony. There are 8 different designs so far.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Review: The Best Android Phone Of All Time

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There has been something very surprising about the levels of interest I’ve seen with the S6 and S6 Edge, namely that the interest seems to be focused now, as the phone goes on sale, on the S6 instead of the Edge.

This is the reverse of what I noticed when I published my initial hands-on reviews of the device from a pre-brief held in London ahead of their launch at Mobile World Congress. And indeed, I was at MWC – I was a guest of Samsung, covering the show for one of my British publishers – and the buzz there was all about the Edge.

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Where Android's little green robot mascot came from

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We're not exactly sure where the little green robot that's become the staple of Android's branding originated. But apparently it just started to "show up" all over Android's apps.

"So the robot [is] starting to show up," one person who worked on the Android team in its early days told Business Insider. "Some engineer, somebody created it. I don’t even know who. And then they probably showed it to Andy [Rubin], and he said 'that’s cool,' and he took that robot and he open sourced it."

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Top 5 Android smartphones — April 2015

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This year is seriously cruising by. Can you believe we’re already in the second quarter? The good news is that summer is just around the corner and, of course, it also means we’re back with our quarterly list of the very best Android smartphones you can buy.

Samsung and HTC have new flagship smartphones out. You can already order the One M9 directly from HTC and it’s hitting U.S. carriers soon. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge hit store shelves today.

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    There's a new enterprise mobile platform for companies that are prepared to invest in Android. Google has introduced its long-awaited mobile device management (MDM) platform Android for Work. Android for Work gives IT departments and companies a more secure way for employees to access corporate data and applications with their Android mobile devices. It's the Android equivalent of platforms such as Apple's own MDM platform and others from Good Technology and BlackBerry. One advantage Android for Work has that all those others don't, however, is that it can be used on more than a billion Android devices that are in users' hands around the world. In other words, it's an MDM system that's destined to be adopted on a massive scale worldwide. But what in Android for Work will make it an effective management tool for the millions of workers who want to not only bring their Android mobile devices to work but use them productively for business? This slide show looks at the features that could make Android for Work an effective MDM platform for enterprises.
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  • Android Wear’s Second Big Update Is Coming: Gestures, WiFi, And Better UI In The Next Few Weeks
    Word around the rumor mill was that Android Wear was about to get a pretty big update — and sure enough, such an update is officially on the way.
  • Android Wear adds WiFi support, always-on apps, emojis
    Google released a major update to Android Wear that adds always-on apps, WiFi support, a wrist-flipping gesture for scrolling, and emoji drawing support. Google just released a major Android 5.1.1 update for its Android Wear smartwatch platform, and considering the huge pre-sales for the Apple Watch, it’s not a moment too soon. Even with a nine month head start over the new Apple Watch, Google’s Android Wear hardware partners sold only 70,000 watches by the end of 2014, according to an early February estimate from Canalys.
  • I’m tired of getting excited about Nokia Android phones, but I can’t help it
    For years, I waited for Nokia to change its mind and start making the gorgeous Android handsets many fans wanted from the company. Instead Nokia steered clear of a path that may have brought it some success, and eventually succumbed to iOS and Android. Yet, Re/code has learned that Nokia is once again working on Android smartphones, something that was previously rumored as well, and I can’t help but get excited all over again.
  • Nokia phones expected in 2016: Android or something else?
    Nokia is planning a return to the smartphone market in 2016, after it sold off its handset business to Microsoft in 2013, sources tell Re/code. The timing is right: Based on the Microsoft deal, Nokia can't sell phones with the Nokia brand until next year.
  • Sony's Android-powered 4K TVs and new soundbars are coming in May
    After first showcasing its 2015 lineup of 4K TVs at CES earlier this year, Sony has now revealed pricing and release dates for most of the sets. All of them run Android TV, which replaces Sony's previous, clunky software for a richer experience deeply tied to Google's own software and third-party streaming apps. Most of Sony's lineup is on the larger side when it comes to display size. Though you'll find a few options available in the 43- to 55-inch range, Sony is putting the most effort into models that will dominate most home theater setups at 65 or 75 inches. It's here you'll find the flagship XBR-75X940C, a $7,999 TV that features full-array local dimming, 4K resolution, and support for HDR video output, which Sony will deliver through a firmware update sometime this summer.
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  • Android Lollipop OS update live for Sprint Spark-driven Samsung Galaxy S4 tri-band LTE users in US: What's new
    After rolling out the Android 5.0 (Lollipop) OS update to Samsung Galaxy Note 3 users who have subscribed to its wireless network services in the US, Sprint is now seeding the much expected OS update to Galaxy S4 owners using its Sprint Spark service in the country.
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop almost ready for Nexus 9, WiFi Nexus 7
    You may be excited that your device is finally getting the Android 5.0 Lollipop update but others are already getting Android 5.0.1 (Moto E, and Moto 4 with 4G LTE, Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge, Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4) and Android 5.0.2 (LG G2 from T-Mobile and AT&T, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, Nexus 7, original Moto X). Several mobile devices have even received Android 5.1 already like the Nexus 5, Nexus Player, HTC One (M7), Moto G GPE, LG G Pad 8.3 GPE, and the Sony Z Ultra GPE. And to further burst your bubble, sorry, but Android 5.1.1 is almost ready.
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  • ZTE's Spro 2 Android-powered 'smart projector' will hit AT&T for $399.99
    How would you like a 120-inch screen you can toss into your backpack or purse? Yes, please! First announced at CES 2015, ZTE's Android-powered smart projector Spro 2 is finally launching in the U.S. The 1.2-pound portable projector that measures 5.28 x 5.16 x 1.22 inches will be available on April 24 from AT&T.
  • Your favorite websites can now send notifications to Chrome on Android
    Support for push notifications was the most important feature in last week's Chrome 42 release — and starting today you'll begin to see why. Today, several websites including eBay, Facebook, Pinterest, Vice News, and Product Hunt will begin to offer Chrome push notifications on both desktop and Android. It's that last platform that's a big deal: websites that support Chrome push notifications can send out updates that look and feel like regular app updates even if the Chrome browser isn't currently active on an Android device.
  • Google just unveiled a hugely ambitious Android Wear update – here are the 3 coolest features
    With all the hype surrounding the Apple Watch, you may have forgotten that Google has a smartwatch software platform of its own called Android Wear. To remind us of this, Google on Monday took the wraps off a hugely ambitious Android Wear update that adds three important features that the platform had been sorely missing.
  • Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge Receiving Android 5.1 Lollipop Software Update
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    The player, which runs the Android TV platform, was released in the U.S. in October 2014. It will be sold at JB Hi-Fi and Dick Smith from Tuesday for A$129. The device sits in the same market as Apple TV, and is the first device to offer Android TV locally.
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  • Nexus 5 & 7 Still Facing The Same Issues After Android 5.1 Update
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Daily Builds Of Wayland & Weston For Ubuntu Linux

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72 Applications ported to Kde Frameworks 5 (KDE Applications 15.04)

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Linux Kernel 3.14.39 LTS Is Now Available for Download

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