Bought by Google back in 2005, the open-source operating system was brought to life in 2008 on the T-Mobile G1 smartphone. Since then, Google’s platform has been seen on mobile phones, tablets, laptops, TVs, smartwatches, and even household goods such as fridges and washing machines. It has been the most popular mobile OS since May 2012, with over one billion Android devices having been activated by September 2013. Check out this hub for all Android news, reviews and features.
While LG's lips are sealed as to whether the Optimus LTE will ever burst its way out of the South Korean walls and find itself on our high street store shelves, it's a crackin'-lookin' phone which you may want to consider if it does make it here.
HTC's not taking that security vulnerability lightly, owners of their Android phones will be pleased to hear. The company has "concluded that while this HTC software itself does no harm to customers' data, there is a vulnerability that could potentially be exploited by a malicious third-party application."
Everybody freaked out when Google bought Motorola Mobility for £8 bil, because they though that was the end of Android's openness, and Motorola would get the love of the favorite child. Google's Chairman just put the official kibosh on that.
Sony Ericsson used to be a hugely popular phone maker with some interesting handset designs—sort of like Motorola. But unlike Motorola, it sat and did nothing while Apple created the smartphone frenzy. Perhaps that was a mistake!
NEC is supposedly working on this Android laptop/notebook/smartbook thingy that's model thin and apparently foldable in every each way. The pictures above are just of the prototype but they give you an idea how crazy this laptop might be.
Our sister site Techradar has acquired some images of what it believes to be a version of BBM running on Android, with the shots showing something familiar-looking and known as "BBM BETA" for Google's mobile OS.
The MoS has converted its iPhone app to Android, letting Google users listen to streaming radio, sample snippets of forthcoming releases and even purchase tickets for events -- and have them delivered "direct to your phone" for easy club access.
"I am quite speechless right now," begins Artem Russakovskii over at Android Police as he posts about a "massive" security flaw in HTC Android devices that allows malicious hackers to access phone numbers, GPS, SMS, email addresses and more.
Sharp makes quite a few smartphones, but we're yet to see any arrive in Euro-friendly format. But that's about to change, with its 3D Aquos Phone scheduled to arrive on Orange. Orange France, but that's still nearer than Japan.
Rabid BBC consumer show Watchdog unleashed its full righteous fury upon the Motorola Defy last night, claiming that Motorola "exaggerated" the strength of it supposedly water, dust and shock-proof Android phone.
SwiftKey X is a replacement keyboard for Android phones and tablets, which "learns" your typing style by scanning text messages and Facebook updates. Now it can read blog posts, too, getting an even better idea of how you write.
The informative and often inadvertently amusing iPhone BBFC app is now on Android, if you need specific knowledge of the strength of swearing a film contains. Shame it still doesn't give timecodes for when nudity occurs, though.
Samsung now pays Microsoft for the privilege of selling Android phones. Of course, it's being called a "partnership." And yes, we've seen this before: Microsoft also strong armed HTC into giving them a cut of the profits for every Android device sold.