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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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    Every company that can afford to build a neural network that can learn deeper than deep is seemingly doing so right now. Microsoft is hiring a software engineer that will work on something called the "Bing Concierge Bot," an AI-based assistant more similar to Facebook M or Google Assistant than Amazon Alexa. The bot would be based over messaging apps like "Skype, Messenger, SMS, WhatsApp, Telegram, etc." and, through human-like conversation, can help users do tasks such as booking dining reservations. Microsoft has been making testing out a whole set of bots for music search, captioning, ...

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    There wasn’t much Google announced during the I/O 2016-opening keynote yesterday in terms of Play Store updates, mostly because the official Android app library has been revised and tweaked several times in the past few months, and the search giant unveiled a bunch of exciting new software products. But Instant Apps, of course, have a lot to do with Google Play, while the long overdue Android equivalent of a very popular iOS feature silently broke cover in the Developer Console help pages. No idea why Family Library wasn’t trumpeted and detailed on the Shoreline Amphitheatre stage in ...

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    The title says it all folks and honestly I find it to be a rather absurd question. That’s right, I called my own headline absurd! Of course the new Google Assistant announced at this year’s Google I/O can go head to head with the rest of the competition and in my opinion can best all of them. It would be easy to dismiss this as a simple upgrade to their ever popular Google Now that has been the lynchpin of the Android experience for some three years now but to do so would be dismissive to today’s announcement. Not only would it be downplaying their announcement but it would be ...

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    What comes after Android 6.0? Logic seems to dictate 7.0, but before 5.0, Google released three major OS iterations with 4.x designations (Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean and KitKat), so you never know. That said, it sure looks like build N will bring enough enhancements to the table to warrant a full-number update. At the very worst, this is set to roll out to the mobile (and VR) loving masses as version 6.5 in the fall, once developers wrap up system optimization and iron out all current kinks. 6.1 is almost certainly out of contention, while 7.0 remains our safest Android N bet, based on ...

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    While I/O’s main goal has always been to inform software developers of Google innovations in various operating systems, apps and platforms, the search giant diversified the scope of San Francisco announcements in recent years, also focusing on hardware. But yesterday’s conference was different, not only by taking place in Mountain View. At the same time, there was nothing new to show off on the Nexus front, and Android Wear’s biggest update yet came without a single revamped smartwatch. The Amazon Echo-rivaling Google Home thus flew solo to the Shoreline Amphitheatre in terms of ...

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    Google I/O's keynote ended a few hours ago, and the amount of changes in the event were just too bold to condense within the Pocketnow Daily. This is a different Google, a company that is now showing off a more cohesive result of over 10 years of innovation. From the announcement of Google Assistant, to Google Home, to the enhancements of Android N, there was a lot of information covered at this event. Products like Google Assistant completely challenge the way digital assistants work today, and it serves now as the backbone for everything else that Google is doing. Let's not bore you with ...

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    You might think that we wouldn't need Hangouts or Messenger with Allo and Duo coming around, right? Well, Google has confirmed that it will have four messaging applications in its roster. Remember that both Hangouts and Messenger can handle SMS texts while both Allo and Duo, said to use your phone number for identification, may also integrate texting as well. Duo, a dedicated calls app, competes with Hangouts in that aspect. Sure, feature completeness varies across the line with Messenger being a barebones app while Allo and Duo representing the deep end of WhatsApp and WeChat with ...

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    "What if you could run any app with one tap?" Just like on the web and just like with installed apps, you may soon be able to get into an Android app ... without installing it! It's what we saw with Android Instant Apps at Google I/O. Android's engineers are working on making sure that you can hit a URL and, if it can connect to an Android app, the Google Play Store can download only the code necessary to show off the content you need. Be it a videos module or a text article module, you can access that part of the app, just like as you would see it in the app, in just a tap. You can even ...

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    It’s time to reimagine what’s possible for wearables with the biggest update yet to Google’s slowly flourishing Android Wear platform. Fittingly dubbed 2.0 (no dessert name or other type of alias?), the new OS aims to help you do a lot more on your wrist when not synched to a smartphone. There are already a few Android smartwatches around that can connect to the web via 3G and even 4G LTE by themselves, but with Android Wear 2.0, you also get “standalone apps”, where your wearable apps have direct network support for “better and richer” independent experiences. Handwriting ...

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    "VR should be mobile, should be approachable, should be for everyone." It's why at Google I/O the company is improving upon everything it had in its earlier Cardboard solution. The Daydream experience on Android N to bring higher framerates, lower latency, better motion quality and processing. Smartphones must have minimum specifications for Daydream. Samsung, HTC, LG, Xiaomi and several other manufacturers already have Daydream-ready specs in current phones or in ones coming soon. Manufacturers working on headsets already have a more comfortable reference design while a new controller ...

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    Encryption is a very thorny, controversial issue these days, mostly due to Apple’s lengthy clash with the FBI, but Google couldn’t just sit on the sidelines and leave the newest iteration of Android (dessert name pending) vulnerable to intruders. Instead, Android N picks up file-based rather than block-level encryption, as well as seamless updates downloaded in the background no longer needing approval and bothering you with pesky prompt messages. Essentially, Big G thinks it knows what’s best for your (Nexus) devices, and will work on pushing security patches faster and smoother ...

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    Well, we saw the christening of Android N and the feature set is being splayed out as this post is going up. One part of that set that's made up the buzz of the OS version is the supposed multitasking features that will make it onto this version of the platform. The multi-tasking button and interface now is limited to seven apps and also gets a "Clear All" button. Finally. You can also quick switch From the outset, the biggest development we've been talking about for N is the Split Screen feature. Lo and behold, it's here and brings the base OS up to Samsung and (formerly) LG's snuff. A ...

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    The big day has finally arrived, and as we suspected, Google has plenty of neat tricks up its sleeve to showcase to the over 7,000 attendees of the 2016 I/O conference, as well as the millions tuning in from home. Duo basically works as the video calling equivalent of the Allo text messaging service, being described in a hilarious demo on the Mountain View stage as a “simple one-to-one calling app for everyone.” By everyone, Google of course means both Android and iOS users, which will get Duo at some point “this summer.” The main draw of the service is the “spontaneity” of a ...

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    Dave Burke, VP of engineering, took the Google I/O stage to talk about Android N. And its real name is up to you. Yep, still nothing here for us to see. But head on to the source link and submit your own name for Google to consider. "No Namey McNameface," Burke said. We just thought you should know. The platform's still out for dev tinkering after the couple month's it's already been out in the open. Source: Google

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    Eric Kay, Director of Engineering, announced a new messaging app called Allo. It focuses on letting you express yourself in a messaging situation while making it secure and smart with the Google Assistant. You connect with your phone contacts and talk with your friends through texts, lots of custom-made stickers and a little something called "WhisperShout". It's a slider feature that can shrink or grow how your message will appear in the conversation — sorta like how you can hold the Like button to blow up a thumbs up in a Facebook Messenger convo. Google Inbox's Smart Reply feature has ...

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    It’s kick-off time at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View for the software developer-focused I/O conference, and right off the bat, Google just dropped a bombshell on its home automation-obsessed fans. After giving due credit to Amazon for pioneering a whole new tech segment with the Alexa-powered Echo, Sundar Pichai took the wraps off Google Home, as rumored earlier today. Unfortunately, the product is still a work in progress, and will only see actual daylight sometime by the end of the year, at which point Amazon is expected to sell an even more complex Echo with a tablet-like ...

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    Google knows that machine learning and artificial intelligence needs to be more human. After all, 20 percent of the search engine's queries come from users talking to Google Now. So, why not debut something that not only knows how conversations work, but to deliver results based on that conversation? Well, Google chief Sundar Pichai gave an answer to lead off the Google I/O keynote and that's Google Assistant, a voice service to rival against Amazon's existing open-source Alexa service. It builds off of the search engine's Google Now interactions that takes advantage of its trained machine ...

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    Although the I/O conference is first and foremost Google’s way of staying connected to software developers, helping them out with new tools, platforms and OS iterations, and even handing them out free hardware, everyone can and should be interested in attending the event at least once. If not for the gifts, the product announcements, prototype showcases and just the chance to hear Sundar Pichai and other top Googlers speak from a few yards away make the experience (and expenses) well worth it. But don’t beat yourself up if you were put off by this year’s registration fee, failed to ...

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    Though Siri and Google Now both technically came before Alexa, it’s safe to say Amazon caught its competitors and tech consumers at large off guard when unveiling the voice-controlled wireless speaker/home automation device Echo less than two years ago. It of course took a little while for critics and prospective buyers to warm up to the inconspicuous but highly versatile and always flourishing cylinder, which ultimately managed to rack up an impressive 3 million unit shipments. Slowly moving away from a niche it personally carved out towards the mainstream décor, the Alexa-powered ...

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    More Chinese manufacturers are on their way to the US, though it's still all for show at this point. ZTE has a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal, while Huawei's still holding off on whatever improvements it may or may not have for the Nexus 6P. More relevant to this week's events, Meizu is said to be bringing the loudness over to Google I/O. And now, we can count Xiaomi in. Global vice president Hugo Barra teased what the company had in store for San Francisco on Twitter. Beyond thrilled to share that Xiaomi will be a part of Google I/O. A sneak peek of what you'll see from Mi at ...

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    In keeping with its secretive nature and tradition, Google let very few things slip in the weeks leading up to the 2016 installment of I/O. We’re pretty sure Android N will be further detailed at the software developer-focused conference in San Francisco tomorrow, perhaps finally getting an official dessert name too, and a pair of highly anticipated Cardboard sequels and spin-offs should be on display for the whole world to marvel at. But that can’t be it. Granted, the introduction of new Nexus devices could take an extra few weeks, possibly months. And the self-driving car project is ...

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    It’s been a long time coming, with the European Commission looking into various controversial business practices of Google some feel discourage competition for several years now. The executive body of the European Union made many accusations under more than one supervisor, but the current Competition Commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, sees little room left for negotiation or delay. Ironically enough, the allegation that stuck was one Google appeared to have fairly strong arguments against, though ultimately, the search giant abandoned the losing fight, wanting to at least minimize its ...

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    Google-owned Niantic Labs, the maker of Ingress, has been working with // The Pokémon Company to literally bring a beloved video game franchise into the real world. That project is being called Pokémon GO. Excitement has building around the game with gameplay footage leaked continuously onto YouTube. When it came time, fans in Australia and New Zealand got to the chance to field test the game on iOS and Android. It's now the US's chance to join in on the capturing, trading and battling fun. You can sign up for a chance to play around at the source link below. Keep in mind that the ...

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    Even established companies get duped once in a while. And their customers get doubly duped in the process. Take deals site Woot, for instance, and its offer of $150 Nexus 5 smartphones. Turns out, what was sold as "new" and having "32GB" turned out to be refurbished 16GB units. Yep, not exactly sure if even those can fetch $150 these days. Too bad, right? Well, after fielding a few frustrations on its forums, Woot has taken action to address the issue. Buyers can either get a total of $75 back from the site or return the phone and receive an extra $30 in credit. The site's also offering ...

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    If you're not on Slack, HipChat, GroupMe, Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, SMS or email already and would like to bring some interesting pieces of media to a group you're in, prepare yourself for what Google's offering. It has introduced Spaces, an app that builds in Google Search, Chrome and YouTube to look up and serve most of the content you would share in a small group within the app. It's available for all Gmail users on iOS, Android, desktop and the mobile web. We're not sure how much effort you'll save without all the app and page switching, but hey, it's out there. The new ...

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