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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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    Hey! It's Project Ara! We still remember that ambitious group of people who wanted to build a modular smartphone for the masses, right? Well, they've been a bit socially silent since Google I/O 2015. Furthermore, their schedule's been all out of wack: Ara was supposed to have made its way to Puerto Rico around the time of now. Not to worry, though, as someone from Project Ara has taken to Twitter to update us on what's coming up. First, a "hello" out of nowhere after spending a lot of time "making stuff." We've been busy...making stuff. Sorry for the tweeting hiatus! #ProjectAra ...

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    Last week, one of the most interesting leaks related to Google's plans for upcoming Nexus phones passed across our desk, purporting to offer a brief hands-on look at the Huawei-made Nexus phablet we've heard rumored so often. The handset featured a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, and appeared to have the name Poseidon embossed on its back – and while that wasn't quite one of the code names we were expecting for these Nexus phones, its marine theme was at least in the right ballpark. Earlier today some fresh details about both the Huawei and LG Nexus phones arrived, coming from Steve ...

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    Google sure sounds like it might break from tradition this year and bring us not one, but two Nexus phones. And as is only fitting for a pair of Nexus handsets, Google may just turn to a pair of manufacturers to build the phones, with rumors zeroing-in on LG and Huawei. There have been no shortage of leaks attempting to describe these anticipated models, framing the LG phone as the smaller 5.2-inch model and the Huawei as a 5.7-inch phablet, but so far such finds have largely focused on silicon: SoC choice, RAM configuration, and the like. Today some fresh leaks attempt to shed new light ...

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    Okay, before you scroll like mad down to the source link, please, at least let us have a chance to give some context for you. Michael Fisher is known for complaining about how devices that support Micro-USB Type-C will devilishly decline his old Type B cables. But the convenience of not having to recklessly damage your non-reversible Micro-USB jack or port (in committing the crime of plugging in your charger in the dark) is there. And a firm called Codistas has answered to this demand by creating a reversible Type B port. The magic Codistas worked into the "Micro-Flip" connector is ...

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    Graphics performance hinges on a lot of factors, from memory layout to rendering pipelines, but for many concerns, it all comes down to speed: rendering a beautiful, high-res scene is relatively simple when you have all the time in the world, but doing it dozens of times a second requires a lot of horsepower. As a result, anything graphics systems can do to decrease overhead, and get things working as quickly as possible, is going to be hugely important for squeezing out as much performance as you can get from any particular hardware. Last year we saw Apple deliver just such a system in ...

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    The Google of 2015 is a far cry removed from the search engine that first premiered to the public in the late '90s. In the decade-plus since, we've seen it mature to become the dominant force among search providers, branch out into social media, create self-driving cars, and turn into one of the biggest players in the mobile tech world thanks to its Android platform. So far, all those new ventures have found themselves huddled up under the Google umbrella, but now that's all changing with the announcement of Alphabet, the new company from Larry Page and Sergey Brin that will now count ...

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    Google Play is already the go-to destination on Android for apps, music, movies, TV, books, and even some hardware, and its existence is practically a license for Google to print money, taking a cut of all sales made through the marketplace. As sales go up, Google only stands to make more money, and today we hear about a project that could help drive additional traffic to the Play Store, with Google supposedly working on a new affiliate system for media sales. Reportedly, Google's working with the Performance Horizon Group to implement an affiliate system similar to what Apple does with ...

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    Google's desire to put Android in the hands of everyone continues to gain traction. Android One is one of these initiatives, with the idea of giving emerging markets the access to extremely affordable Android handsets. We still don't know just how well this project has behaved for Google when it comes to sales and deployment, but it seems there are bolder plans in the works. Google's managing director in Southeast Asia, Rajan Anandan, was recently interviewed by the Financial Times, and one of his major statements within is that we should expect a new plan for Android One will be unveiled ...

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    Google’s approach to messaging is quite confusing if you account for the amount of services it owns, but it’s safe to say that Google Hangouts has proven to be its most popular offering. We’ve seen the company push updates that continuously merge more and more of its services with Hangouts, so it’ safe to say that this will be the app to rule them all. Today Google has launched major update to the Google Hangouts Android application, pushing it now to version 4.0. Some of the changes are visual, as Google continues to push for its Material Design across all of its services. Other ...

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    Smartphone platforms have seen their fair share of security scares over the years, but there's something about this new attack on the Android StageFright subsystem that really has industry players responding in way unlike what we've seen before. Rather than dragging their feet in getting fixes out, we're not only seeing a rush to update devices, but also some bold new commitments being made to keep on top of security updates going forward, devoting resources to getting those updates out in a timely fashion. Google's going to be leading the charge as it prepares platform-level updates, ...

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    Even though hijacking an iPhone through a simple SMS has been a common topic lately, we know that iPhones aren't the only devices vulnerable. Just yesterday we reported of "Stagefright," which can hijack your Android device through a simple MMS by addressing the libStageFright media library. We're talking about hundreds of millions of Android devices vulnerable here, and Google has just decided to speak up. Google spent some time at Black Hat 2015 clarifying that the company is working closely with OEMs to bring a fix for Stagefright as early as this month. At the moment we hear that ...

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    Even though there were a ton of rumors surrounding a fingerprint scanner coming the current Google Nexus 6, the reality was a different story. We even heard former Motorola CEO call Apple out over acquiring the company necessary to bring this technology to the Nexus 6, but then again we still see competitors bring out good fingerprint scanners without excuses today. That said, Dennis Woodside wasn't really kidding about their plans, as today we find proof. Today we land some neat photos of a prototype Google Nexus 6, and believe it or not, that beloved dimple at the back was actually ...

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    At this point we're still not sure if Google will push more Nexus devices to the market, but the amount of rumors sure say it will. We've followed the tracks of both an LG Nexus smartphone and a Huawei Nexus phablet for weeks now. We have seen information on their specs before, but today we learn more information. When it comes to the LG Nexus, we're talking about a 5.2-inch 1080p P-OLED display powered by a new Snapdragon 620 processor, which is the successor to the Snapdragon 615, but with more powerful Cortex A72 cores. We also see 4GB of DDR3 RAM, options for up to 64GB of storage, USB ...

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    How many times have you wanted to whip out smartphone and snap (what could be) the perfect photo, only to second-guess yourself because of something in the way? Maybe there was a fence between you and your subject matter, partially obscuring the shot, or you'd have to shoot through a window pane that has a nasty habit of reflecting your immediate surroundings. Some researches from Google and MIT have come up with a system for overcoming such obstacles, and will be presenting their paper this month at the SIGGRAPH conference. Much like how the Nokia Smart Cam on Lumia phones can shoot a ...

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    To be able to get the most out of your smartphone or tablet, you really need to be able to trust it: trust it with details about your personal life, your finances, and plenty of other specifics that you'd rather not fall into the wrong hands. The companies behind these devices are growing more cognizant to that fact, and we just heard from Samsung about how it intends to make security a big priority going forward, and plans to deliver monthly security updates to its Android phones. Just after posting that news we got word of a similar initiative from another major Android player, as Google ...

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    The second quarter of every year has never been a good month for Apple Market share due to various factors. On one hand people are already waiting for the next iPhone, and on another, major competitors like Samsung's latest Galaxy are gaining traction. This year things seem to have changed though, and we get some solid data to back it up. Kantar has just launched its survey data for smartphone marketshare, and even though the Android growth is normal for this period, it's curious to note that Android actually lost market share to the iPhone in some European markets and Australia. China is ...

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    Our first taste of Android M arrived back in the shadow of Google I/O, and shortly after using its keynote address to announce what we could expect from the next version of its operating system, Google made the first Android M preview release available to developers running Nexus hardware. Several weeks later, back around the start of July, Google was ready to follow that up with with the first big update to its Android M preview, and ever since devs have been looking forward to its next release. This week, Google Android Developer Advocate Wojtek Kaliciński gives the community a heads-up ...

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    Google Glass is in the middle of a transition period. After its very public test run with the Glass Explorer Edition, Google took its vision for the wearable back to the drawing board, and has been working on a new Glass experience – one with new hardware, as well as (presumably) new software. We've been checking out evidence of this Glass headset over the past several weeks, while hearing rumors that the new Glass could be positioned as an Enterprise Edition with the intent to sell it to businesses. That account picks up new support from additional sources, as rumors attempt to describe ...

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    Major automobile manufacturers have been lining up left and right these past few months to announce all the ways their upcoming vehicle lines will take advantage of new platform-level smartphone support. For the most part, that's meant Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay, with brands like GMC, Buick, Chevy, and Hyundai all talking about which of their vehicles will provide integrated in-dash access. Now Volkswagen's the latest to get its fleet ready to work with your phone. Volkswagen intends to offer its new MIB II infotainment system on the majority of its 2016 lineup. Through that, you'll ...

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    The picture you see below, claimed to be "very raw material" drawing of the 2015 Nexus, has been leaked suggesting the back layout of the upcoming LG-made 2015 Nexus. It looks like a back cover to us, and we won't debate its veracity, but, instead remain skeptical. The leak suggests that there will be a camera, a flash, and something else, which could be a fingerprint scanner, or another camera. There were rumors that claimed the upcoming 2015 Nexus will feature a 3D camera, and we asked ourselves (and you) whether that would be a good idea or not. Some of us are intrigued by this, but we ...

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    Back around the start of the year, Google dropped a pretty exciting update to its already impressive Google Translate app, adding both a real-time dictated translation mode and one that worked with your phone's video camera to instantly translate printed text - live as you filmed it. For as useful as the latter sounded, its implementation was a little limited initially, only supporting a handful of languages. While that was a good start, things are only getting better, and today Google announces some broad new language support for the feature. In updates coming to Google Translate for both ...

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    A Google account acts as the gatekeeper for so many of the company's services, there's a good chance you probably have one (if not more) registered: maybe you're a die-hard Gmail user, or maybe you only signed up when you got your new Android phone. If you've only used that account sparingly, and not in a long while, you may be in for a surprise the next time you go to log in, as word spreads online of Google deactivating large numbers of old accounts. Right now this is all anecdotal, but what appears to be happening is that users are getting old accounts shut down for what Google claims ...

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    If you are looking for some HTC hardware in the US, today is the day for you. HTC has just flipped the switch on their HTC Deals Summer Sale, a US campaign that runs until July 28th 11:59 p.m. PST, so if you like something you see, make sure to be quick on the trigger as the offer is only valid for one day. If you're looking for a tablet, you'll be able to get the Nexus 9 at 40 percent off. If a smartphone is what you're looking for, the HTC One M9 with UhOh protection can be yours 25 percent cheaper. You can accessorize your newly purchased hardware at 50 percent off accessories, and you ...

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    OnePlus was the start-up talk of the town last year. A company backed by some veterans from the early times of Android could become that talk of the town for 2015. After a few months of development silence, it looks like Nextbit is back for a bite at the Android smartphone market. You can hit up the work-in-progress site at the source link below. Hints of branding pop up through the site, looking for potential customers who want the "NEXT NOW." Nextbit is also looking for some major staff positions including Product Manager and Software Engineer. In 2014, the company took an $18 ...

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    Has Google finally decided that it simply has enough money? After years of search dominance, to say nothing of heading up the most popular mobile operating system on the planet, is all that money burning a hole in Google's pockets? Because from what we've seen today, the company sure seems more interested in handing out discounts to its users than making a buck itself. OK, that's admittedly crazy-talk, but no sooner do we bring you word of the summertime game sales in the Google Play Store than we hear about a nice little offer for Chromecast users, hooking them up with a free movie ...

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