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BlackBerry Venice and Prague rumors: Which one will run Android? Sources disagree

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Android fans who still desire a physical keyboard might have something to celebrate about later this year. It was reported last week that BlackBerry might be working on an Android phone, and it looks like it’s more than just a rumor. Two devices have leaked so far, and reports disagree on which one will run Android. It’s also possible that neither will. Here’s everything we know so far.

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Wireless media streaming speaker has Android touchscreen

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Zettaly’s portable, $200 “Avy” wireless speaker runs Android 4.4 and features a 7-inch touchscreen, 10W speakers, a web cam, and up to 40GB of storage.

Zettaly, which makes PowerX battery packs, went to Kickstarter in January to launch its Avy multimedia system, then pulled the plug on the crowdfunding campaign once it had received over $30,000 of its $50,000 in pledges. On the Kickstarter comments page, the company said it had canceled the project due to a realization it couldn’t fulfill $50K worth of orders on time.

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The Best Android Phone You Can Buy Today

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Every week, at least three or four or twenty people ask us in some way or another, “What phone would you recommend I buy?” In reality, they just want to know what the best Android phone is that they can buy today. I get why we get asked. After all, we handle every new flagship under the sun.

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Sony unveils gamer-focused Xperia Z4v Android phone at E3 2015

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Sony’s gone and done something few manufacturers have done at E3 before: It unveiled its latest smartphone. The Xperia Z4v builds on last year’s solid Z3v, and at first glance, it’s pretty similar to last year’s model: 5.2-inch display, 3GB of RAM, 20.7MP rear camera, 32GB of local storage, a microSD slot that supports 128GB cards, and a similar design to its older Xperia Z brethren.

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Also: BlackBerry ‘Prague’ the First Android-powered Device?

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This BlackBerry Passport looks like it’s running Android

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Rumor has it BlackBerry is working on building an Android smartphone with a slide-out keyboard. A separate report suggested that Samsung may be a partner on the device, at least in some respects, though it’s unclear what role Samsung will play. Now an image published recently appears to show Android already running on a BlackBerry.

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Underrated Android: Asus ZenFone 2 An Impressive Unlocked Flagship Device At Budget Pricing

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The subsidized smartphone market is sort of a racket. Well, Okay, it’s not sort of a racket. It’s definitely a racket. Every time your phone starts feeling old or worn out, or if you’re jonesing for the latest superphone bling, most mainstream consumers have to consider dealing with their carrier’s “new every two” plan or some other scheme to lock you into a long term contract. So you’re stuck with potentially lousy coverage if you move or travel a lot to a new area, or if that carrier isn’t keeping up with competitive rates. It’s a catch-22 of course. How else are carriers going to offer reasonable prices on the latest premium smartphones, but to rope you in and make up the profit on service fees?

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Infographic: The Complete History of Android – Cupcake to Android M

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Android is an interesting operating system and over the years has gone through some massive changes and evolutions to become the system that we are all familiar with now. Today we bring you the history of Android OS infographic designed with the help of The Smart Phone Company . That said, have you ever wondered about the history of Android OS, each release and how Android has evolved through the generations? Well, chances are that most people associate Cupcake as the first generation of Android, but those who remember, will know there were a couple of generations before. In fact, as you might expect, it all started with Android 1.0 which came pre-loaded on what was the first commercially available android device, the HTC Dream or T-Mobile G1 depending on where you were.

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