The 10 best Android phones you can buy

Also in today's open source roundup: Will Microsoft drop Windows Phone for Android? And a gif guide to Android N

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The 10 best Android phones

There are many different Android phones available to buy, but it can be difficult for a user to sift through all of them to find the right one. Not to worry, Paste Magazine has a helpful article that ranks the 10 best Android phones you can buy:

The great thing about Android is the wide variety of options consumers have. Android smartphones come in all kinds of sizes, materials, prices, and designs these days. Regardless of where you are on how much you want to spend, you should be able to find a fantastic Android smartphone that doesn't feel like it's from five years ago. The truth is that no matter how a good a smartphone was a year or two ago, it just might not hold up today—even fresh out of the box.

With a lot of the best Android phones from late 2015 and early 2016 on store shelves, here's our ranking of the best smartphones you can buy right now.

10. Nextbit Robin

9. Moto X Pure Edition

8. LG V10

7. Nexus 5X

6. LG G5

5. OnePlus 2

4. Galaxy Note 5

3. Galaxy S7 / S7 Edge

2. HTC 10

1. Nexus 6P

More at Paste Magazine

Will Microsoft drop Windows Phone for Android?

Android has been beating the snot out of Microsoft's Windows Phone for many years now. A writer at Computerworld recently speculated on the idea that Microsoft might eventually dump Windows Phone altogether in favor of Android. Stranger things have happened....

SJVN reports for Computerworld:

Let's add all this up. Windows Phone is still dying. Android is the most popular mobile operating system by a wide margin. Microsoft has bought a company that can help its developers easily write apps for Android. And, last but not least, it has partnered with an Android vendor that wants to replace Android's Google services and that also happens to be working on integrating Microsoft services with Android.

Maybe we won't see Microsoft Android by 2017. But I'm certain we'll see Cyanogenmod with Windows services locked in. For all practical purposes, it will be Microsoft's Android.

Windows Phone? It won't see the decade's end, and if you blink you'll miss the news that Microsoft is no longer supporting it. (Yes, I know the Windows Phone name has given way to Windows 10 Mobile — as if that was going to be the trick that finally got people buying Microsoft phones — but nobody cares.)

Put all the pieces together and I believe Microsoft has already decided to move lock, stock and barrel to Android. It just hasn't come out and announced it yet.

More at Computerworld

A gif guide to Android N

Speaking of Android, Google's next version of its mobile operating system has caught the attention of many people. Android N may be the finest version yet, and Gizmodo has an informative gif guide that demonstrates some of its features.

Darren Orf reports for Gizmodo:

On Wednesday, Google launched Android Beta, a program designed to give developers (and other Android obsessives) a look at what's next for the world's most popular mobile operating system. For now, that means people can use the program to try Android N, the newest (and unreleased) version of Android.

So, I enrolled in the Android Beta program and had the new OS freshly installed on my Nexus 6 in minutes. [Warning: If you're also a fellow OS explorer, you can enroll in Android Beta as well. But we suggest using a secondary device. Unstable builds can do a lot of wonky things to a phone, so download at your own risk.]

Ever since Material Design was introduced to Android Lollipop in 2014, updates have been just a small series of nips and tucks, making for cleaner, sleeker look, rather than a wholesale redesign. Last year, fingerprint and app permissions were long-standing features that Android had been missing, and with the release of Android N, it looks like Google is going to add a few more.

But this is all constantly changing. Like several features supposedly “destined” for Android M last year that fell by the way side, many of these features could see the same fate. But the original developer release of Android N is fast, fluid, and not really as buggy as you'd imagine. If this is future of Android, the future is looking pretty damn good.

More at Gizmodo

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