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.

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Triple Town for Android and iOS: Bad News Bears take the Match Three Puzzler Crown

Sweeping generalisation alert. The pecking order in video games goes something like this – PC gamers look down on console gamers; console gamers look down on app gamers; and app gamers look down on social media gamers. One play of Triple Town however, an iOS and Android port of the Facebook phenomenon, and all notions of sneering superiority are quickly dispelled. It's just a great game, regardless of the platform it originated on.

It's Time for Apple to Stop Patent Trolling

By Brent Rose on at

Intellectual property is important. There's no denying that. But there's a line between protecting yourself and just trying to kill everybody around you. It's one Apple has already crossed, and it's not doing anybody any good. Time to knock it off.

Darth Maul Me: A Red Face and Spikes? Sign Me Up

By Roberto Baldwin on at

The best part about Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was Darth Maul. He was scary looking and he had a wicked double-bladed lightsaber. Why did Darth Maul have to die? Why? As a tribute, LucasArts just released an app that'll let you sith yourself up. Darth Maul will live on in all of us, just as Darth Sidious intended.

White Galaxy Note on Sale Today, But Only in John Lewis

By Gary Cutlack on at

Samsung's white version of its massive 5.3" Galaxy Note has gone on sale in the UK today, but it's not what you'd call a wide release. It's launched in one particular branch of John Lewis, on London's Oxford Street, where it will remain an exclusive until the rest of the SIM-free retailers get their stock in mid-February. [Recombu]