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Google was founded in 1996 by Sergey Brin and Larry Page. The company started off as a new search engine that became very popular and is the most commonly used to this day. Google began expanding its services by acquiring many companies such as Keyhole, Inc. and YouTube. In September 2008, the G1 was released, made by HTC the G1 was the first smartphone running Google's own Android operating system. Google continues to expand and innovate in several areas with Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) being Google's first operating systems designed for tablet computers. Read on for the latest Google news, reviews and videos:

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    Didn't it used to be that Nexus phones got first access to the latest Android releases? After all, while many Android handsets are still waiting for their first tasted of Lollipop at all, Nexus model have seen the release of not just Android 5.0, but also 5.0.1 and now 5.0.2. So when Google finished work on Android 5.1, we assumed we'd first see it land as a couple factory images for Nexus models, followed shortly thereafter by OTA distribution. Right? Well, apparently not, as in the span of a few short hours, evidence for Android 5.1 on an official Google site has given way to ...

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    If there's one big success story behind Google's launch of the Motorola-made Nexus 6 last year, it's the broad carrier support the phone was able to find: beyond Google selling the smartphone itself, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and even US Mobile were offering the Nexus 6 directly to subscribers. And that list should have one more name on it, but it's been a slow one to come around to the ways of its peers: Verizon. To this day, while Verizon is listed among Google's carrier partners for the Nexus 6, its logo is grayed out, and offers no link to buy the phone like is available with all ...

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    Keeping your media in the cloud can be a great convenience: pick up the latest movie on Google Play, and you can watch it as easily on your smartphone as you can on your PC, or even living room TV. At least, it's really easy when you acquire the media through the service that hosts it, but what about stuff you're uploading yourself? This week, we get to check out a couple new tools from big names in cloud-based media, each making it easier to add your own content to their cloud offerings. Even if you're not paying for Google Play Music, there are still a lot of great free features, and ...

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    The days of the Nexus 5 are rapidly drawing to a end. Back in December, we heard that production of the 2013 Nexus flagship had wrapped up, and that once existing stocks of the Android smartphone sold out, that would be all she wrote. Google insisted that it would keep selling the handset for as long as it could, specifically mentioning sales continuing into Q1 2015, but it made no assurances beyond that point. Problem was, even though the listing was still active, Google hasn't been selling the phone for a while now. This week, your chance to buy the Nexus 5 returns (though for who knows ...

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    After Android 5.0 Lollipop debuted with the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 last fall, Google was quick to start making Lollipop updates available for most of the rest of the Nexus family. We saw phones and tablets alike graduate from KitKat to Android 5.0, then 5.0.1, and most recently, a few select models have been graced with Android 5.0.2. And while that was great, not every Nexus device was so quick to join the Lollipop party: despite Google making numerous Lollipop updates available for its WiFi-only tablets, neither the 2012 nor 2013 cell-enabled Nexus 7 had seen similar updates for themselves. ...

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    Android users already know that Google Now can be a hugely powerful tool, reminding you about important appointments, helping you navigate to your next meeting, advising you of upcoming weather alerts, and more. But for all that great stuff Now offered, it also put a lot of pressure on Google to deliver relevant content; one company can only do so much, right (yeah, even Google)? Well, the floodgates are about to open, and today Google announces a big step forward for Now that allows some of your favorite developers to start bringing their content to the service, introducing support for ...

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    Microsoft hasn't found the amount of success it wanted to see in mobile. Windows Phone is still just 3% of the mobile market, and even with its moves in acquiring Nokia's mobile division, the company is still struggling to re-invent itself internally. You could assume that Microsoft's interests in Android are low, given how the company killed the Nokia X project, but it seems these plans have changed. Microsoft is apparently going to invest a minority share of $70 million in Cyanogen, leaving what was once a simple ROM alternative, into a company that's now worth hundreds of millions. No ...

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    The parade of companies announcing the details behind their latest financial performance continues on this evening, following the reports we've already seen out of Apple, Samsung, LG, Microsoft, and more. Now it's Google's turn to let everyone see how it's been doing, as it releases numbers for not just the past quarter, but also 2014 as a whole. Quarterly revenue hit $18.1 billion, up from $16.86 billion during the same period one year prior. Net income was at $4.76 billion, also up from 2013's Q4, which only made Google $3.38 billion. Looking at the full year, Google saw revenue of $66 ...

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    For as good as your cellular provider might be right now, who wouldn't want their service to be a little better? Networks have several ways they can go about improving their coverage, from adopting new wireless standards like LTE, to building more towers in congested areas. But maybe one of the most substantial upgrades a carrier can make is adding support for new frequency bands. T-Mobile's in the middle of doing just that, and owners of certain smartphones will see their devices updated to support this additional band coverage in the months to come. We're talking about a chunk of 700MHz ...

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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    This past fall, Google broadened its Nexus lineup with the launch of the Nexus 6 phablet and Nexus 9 tablet, the first hardware to arrive running Android 5.0 Lollipop. But beyond those mobile devices, we also saw Google introduce the Nexus Player, a set-top box running Android TV, intended to expand on what Chromecast did to bring Android into our living rooms by giving users a one-stop hub for both media and gaming. And while Google was quick to make the Nexus Player available for sale in the Play Store, that's where it stayed – until now. Reports are coming in on multiple fronts of ...

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    We've covered Google's Project Ara in the past. To recap, it's an experiment Google is undertaking wherein our smartphones (and perhaps someday our tablets, too) are built the same way many of our desktop computers are, with modular components. Currently, Google is promoting a skeletal framework and set of protocols and standards into which individual components can quickly and easily slide into place. Want more RAM? Buy a new RAM module to replace your old one one. Want a better camera? Buy a new camera module. It sounds really interesting and, other than the horrible hodgepodge ...

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    Yesterday, one very old rumor found itself back in the spotlight, as talk of Google getting into the cellular service game for itself picked up new momentum from a report detailing the company's efforts to act as an MVNO by reselling access through Sprint and T-Mobile. It's a quite interesting idea, even if the impact it might have on the market is largely dependent on details like pricing and availability that are still very much unknown. But would anything actually come of the rumor this time, or would it be like all those times before, where nothing concrete ended up happening? Neither ...

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    Google's Play edition of Android smartphones sounded like such a great compromise: take attractive handsets from major manufacturers and make them available to users with a pure Android, Nexus-like software experience. But for the better part of a year now, Google's been slowly dismantling the program. While the HTC One M8 joined the lineup last spring, we never got a GPe Galaxy S5 from Samsung. And in the months since, Google's pulled phone after phone from its listings. The last holdout was the One M8, but now even that's gone too, leaving Google selling nothing but its own Nexus ...

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    Google's interests continue to grow year after year: from search, to phones, to self-driving cars, to fiber optic internet. On the phone side, Google already runs development of its operating system, sells its own brand of Android hardware, and publishes its own apps – really, all that's left for it to become a one-stop-smartphone-stop is delivering the wireless connectivity phones need to get online. We've heard rumors about the company expanding into the carrier space for some time now, with the most recent round surfacing last spring amidst claims that Google might launch an MVNO that ...

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    Even with the supremacy of Microsoft Office in the productivity space, and considering Microsoft's new push to bring more desktop-like features to its mobile platforms, it's clear that there is a big platform war going on. Google's launch of Docs, Sheets and Slides as separate apps that segregate from Google Drive was a clear response to Microsoft's launch of Office for mobile on iOS and Android. If you thought Microsoft was the only company with major software announcements today, think again as Google has done the same. Google has just launched a major update for its Docs, Sheets and ...

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    Google has been working hard on bringing Material Design updates to its mobile applications, and these changes aren't really focused on its in-house platform. In addition to the Android updates, we've seen Google bring these same changes iOS, and we also see rumors of more to come. A new major change has arrived to one of Google's iOS apps today, and this time it's major. iOS users may stick to Safari for many things, but Google Chrome has also proven do a great job on iOS. Today's app update is for Google Chrome, and in addition to bringing its famous Material Design elements, we also see ...

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    Sometimes you want your photo or video to accurately reflect the real world – device makers keep upping the ante when it comes to camera hardware and software in efforts to make their models capable of the cleanest capturing possible. But sometimes you want to play around with the way things look, and for that we have filters. Apps like Instagram have brought use of such filters into the mainstream, and beyond photos, we've also seen them applied to videos. Over the weekend a new YouTube update surfaced, and while the feature isn't there quite yet, some teardown work reveals development ...

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    Google's latest Android release is 5.0.2, though that might come as a surprise to even many Nexus users, as the company's been a little slow in getting updates out to its own flock of pure-Android hardware. First the 2012 WiFi Nexus 7 saw a factory image land back in December, and just last week a couple new images arrived for the 2013 WiFi Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10. If you've got a locked bootloader and aren't too wild about backing up your data just to flash a factory image, you may have been holding off on updating. In which case, we've got good news for you, as OTA packages for a couple ...

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    Google's launch of its native Google Calendar application made a lot of sense for most Android users that rely on Google services. The intensive skinning of Android led many OEMs to launch proprietary calendar services that weren't on par with the pace at which Google was bringing newer and smarter services to Google Calendar. You'd think that only Android users would benefit from this, but that reality is about to extend. Leaked screen shots show us that the Google Calendar is almost ready for a launch on iOS. The design replicates almost every single detail of how we see the Google ...

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    Remember when the big battle in mobile payments was Google versus the carriers? Or more precisely, Google Wallet versus Isis? With AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon all on the Isis team, and some taking technical measures to retard the spread of Wallet, it looked like we were ready for a showdown. But then Google freed Wallet from the constraints of secure hardware elements, Isis turned into Softcard, and Apple Pay landed to new controversy. And really, except for news of Isis/Softcard's Windows Phone compatibility, it felt like momentum for that whole project had seriously stalled. Well, ...

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    Four weeks back, Google got the ball rolling on Android 5.0.2, dropping a factory image for the first-gen Nexus 7. Despite concerns that it might be a minor, forgettable, maybe even hardware-specific update, a closer look at the code did manage to reveal some important changes, maybe most importantly a fix to make sure that flash file system cleanup occurred as intended. While 5.0.2 is proving to be slow to spread to other models, today we see some of the first signs of progress, as Google releases factory images for a couple additional Android tablets. Today Google adds Android 5.0.2 ...

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    What's next for Google Glass? It was supposed to be the next big thing, it arrived in limited form... and then it seemed to lose a lot of its momentum. Was interest in the project being killed by the rise of smartwatches, delivering on the wearable dream while doing so through a much more approachable form factor? In the latter months of the 2014, it sounded like there could still be a future for Glass this year, even despite uncertain interest from the public – one of the few specific things we heard concerned a partnership with Intel. Now a new report asserts that Glass will indeed ...

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    We may be seeing a lull in device launches for the next several weeks, leading up to the madhouse that is sure to be MWC, but there's still plenty of mobile news to keep us busy, In addition to all the rumors and leaks that are sure to give us plenty to talk about, software releases keep right on coming, and this week Google's got new editions of Maps out for both Android and iOS users, packed with a few useful new features. Let's start with the official changelog, and at the top of the list there is the ability to filter restaurant searches based on the type of cuisine you're looking for; ...

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    The last few weeks have seen a flurry of newly invigorated Project Ara activity, the Google ATAP effort to create a modular smartphone hardware platform. We heard about the new Spiral 2 system design, the sort of SoC options that would ultimately arrive, and Google's plans for the next Ara dev conferences. Those get started today, and the first of these conferences is off to a big start, as Google lays out its plans for the continuing evolution of Ara and the first push to get the phone out into the wild for a market pilot program. The good news: Ara is arriving, and Google intends to get ...

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