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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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    Google's Project Ara is such a drastic departure from the hardware designs that make up mainstream smartphones that it's pretty impressive to see just how swiftly progress is moving forward on the effort. From the earliest announcement back in the fall of last year, we've moved on to developer conferences and the release of the Ara Module Developers Kit. Now it's nearly time for Ara's next phase to begin, as Google prepares to distribute the dev boards that will let hardware makers continue with work towards creating the modules that will go into Ara devices. A few weeks back Google ...

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    Google I/O brought us a new look for Android: Material Design. The new direction Google described for its platform took the current trend towards simple layouts punctuated with bold color to its logical conclusion, delivering a look that isn't just clean and highly approachable, but also makes it easier for devs to scale content between device sizes and form factors. At I/O, Google shared some of the ways Material Design would be changing the look of Android, and now a leak offers us a more in-depth glimpse into one in particular, previewing the changes coming to the Play Store. Right ...

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    One of the things Google has been really good about is bringing apps over to iOS. Every major app, including Maps, Hangouts, and the Search app (with Now) has made its way over to iOS -- and now, the latest new Google iOS apps are AdWords Express and YouTube Creator Studio. Both apps aren't exactly targeted at the average user, especially the former, AdWords Express. AdWords users can check clicks on an ad campaign along with additional details to gauge effectiveness on the fly. The app also supports serving notifications, so those of you who constantly need to stay on top of your ads can ...

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    As much as we've praised Google for Android L's design and fluidity, there are certain parts of the developer build that aren't perfect, and we're not talking about bugs. Android L continues to be "open source," but Google is adding tighter controls to the visual appeal of the user interface. One of these aspects is the fact that you still can't customize the buttons of the "quick settings" menu, though hopefully that might change before the final launch. A user recently posted a request on Android's issue tracker for Google to consider your ability to modify the buttons that appear on ...

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    Cloud storage has already made securing the data on your smartphone or tablet hugely more convenient than manual device backups; instead of tethering your phone to a computer and copying its contents every so often, your files can just safely live out in the aether. That works fine for individual documents, but what about something a little more comprehensive? A full backup of your device's data, stored remotely, ready for you to restore its contents (all at once or piecemeal) or even transfer them to a new device at your command? Google may be working on enhancing its current backup ...

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    Google's Chromecast continues to surprise us with the amount of things you can do for the $35 you invest in one. In addition to being able to transfer your consumed content from your Android and iOS devices to your TV, Google continues to evolve the concept with each software update it receives. Just weeks after Google announced that you will be able to mirror your display to your existing Chromecast back at Google I/O, the functionality has been pushed to devices today. This new feature is being dubbed "Cast Screen," and can be found in the navigation drawer of the Chromecast application. ...

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    If smartwatches really want to catch the public's eye, they need to prove to us that they're genuinely useful pieces of hardware worth adding to our lives: giving us something we didn't have before. For some smartphone users, the convenience of wrist-borne notifications may very well be enough, while others of us are waiting to see what additional capabilities arrive. With Android Wear smartwatches now live, developers are already delivering updates for apps that bring new Wear components. Google's getting in on that action itself, and today releases a new Camera app that lets Wear devices ...

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    Only days after the unboxing of Android Wear devices across the United States, it seems Google is hard at work in making these products as reliable as possible. The company pushed a software update to these devices a few days ago, and if you thought those minor bug fixes were all these devices needed, that's far from accurate. The company has just pushed yet another software update today dubbed KMV78X, and given the lack of details of what this update includes, speculation has begun. One of the biggest disappointments is that this software update apparently doesn't fix the paid apps bug ...

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    What's next for Google's tablet aspirations? We're nearly a year removed from the launch of the second-gen Nexus 7, and it's still uncertain where Google intends to go from here. Rumors have long talked about the possibilities of a Nexus 8 or Nexus 9, and while a fair amount of circumstantial evidence has accompanied those theories, it's been notoriously difficult to talk with much certainty about the next Nexus tablet. That's what makes this latest find all the more interesting, as it seems to state with crystal clarity that a Nexus 8 in in the cards – but should we be a bit critical of ...

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    The feeling of change coming to Google's lineup of Play edition devices has been almost palpable these past couple months. There was that brief hint of a GPe Galaxy S5 back in April, and then last month we noticed half of the six devices making up the series going out of stock, no longer up for purchase. Were new models just about to arrive? Was Google ready to kill-off Play editions entirely in favor of Android Silver or some other new effort? We're still not sure just where this is all headed, but this evening we've witnessed a pretty big shift occurring, as those three out-of-stock ...

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    The voice search functionality built into Google Search is one of those really convenient features that keeps getting better; in the past week alone, we've seen hotword detection expand to include new languages, and witnessed the arrival of new voice-actuated media controls. Now Google's cluing us in to another feature it's delivered for voice search, letting you use voice commands to refine a query. Google's already offered a degree of contextual awareness in how it interprets voice searches, and the feature it's talking about today expands on that by letting you offer corrections when it ...

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    Android Wear devices are barely shipping for many customers at the moment, and if you thought that the Android hacking community was going to wait to get some work done, think again. The LG G Watch gets its first custom ROM today, and it might be worth considering for some of you. The custom ROM is being dubbed “Ghoma," and was created by famous Android hacker Jakeday. At the moment the improvements are minor, with only some battery life improvements, aside from claims that it reduces lag between the cards UI. Still, we have to remember that this is the first custom ROM for a product ...

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    If you're like us, you're already enjoying your unboxing experience with whichever Android Wear device you chose. Google's approach to wearables is currently gaining traction, and as such, finding compelling apps for these devices will be quite difficult for the next couple of weeks. That being said, there are some really neat apps already available, though it seems that Google is having some trouble allowing you to install them. A new bug that was reported over the weekend claims that early adopters of Android Wear devices are struggling to get paid applications installed on their ...

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    Neither is the smashing circular sensation of the Moto 360, but neither is by any means ugly – and aesthetic considerations aside, sometimes there's something to be said for promptness. The LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live are the two devices gracing our review desk on today's Android Wear unboxing, the smartphone accessories Google has chosen to redefine the role of a smartwatch. We're not strangers to wearables around these parts, of course. Some of us backed the Pebble long before that device and its descendents came to our professional attention, while others put their money on ...

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    A new Google Play Music iOS update has landed today, bringing even more features to Google's popular music management app. This update is surprisingly large for what we'd consider to be an already well-refined app, with more new features supplied in the changelog than the fixes. First and foremost in the update is the addition of gapless playback, meaning there'll no longer be a pause between the end of one song and the start of the next. It's easy to see how this could be a useful feature, so we're glad it's made the jump for our iOS device-toting friends. Users of the app can also now ...

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