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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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    There are a fantastic number of Android apps out there. And if you're a developer, you're going to want to do everything you can to draw attention to your creation. For some, the temptation can be high to try and game the system by pulling in as many users performing Play Store searches as possible, often by using language that's only of indirect connection to the app – a derided practice known as keyword spamming. In the latest effort to combat this practice, Google is advising devs not to feature user testimonials as part of app descriptions. Well, why not? After all, aren't reviews an ...

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    Google's launch of Android One had the purpose of serving emerging markets with a fluid Android experience on entry-level hardware, and at the same time relieving OEMs of the need to worry about the software experience. At the moment, the Android One initiative was only available in India as its launch country, and we've heard of different OEMs like Micromax, Spice and Karbonn jumping on board. If you're wondering when Android One smartphones will reach your country, more news emerge today. Google has just made it official that Android One is expanding its reach to Bangladesh, Nepal and ...

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    Google rounded-out last week by making its latest system software available for the 2012 Nexus 7. The tablet was in need of an update, having seen the Nexus 9, Nexus 10, and 2013 Nexus 7 all get their Android 5.0.1 updates while it was still on 5.0. But that's not what it got at all, and instead we saw Google drop the tablet's factory image for Android 5.0.2. With no formal announcement, we were left in the dark as to just what the presence of 5.0.2 meant, and how it might differ from 5.0.1. Now we're starting to put the pieces together, as a series of AOSP commits reveal what happened ...

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    We're just about one month away from the next Project Ara dev conference, where Google is sure to have plenty to announce about its work towards the first commercially focused, highly modular smartphone hardware platform. We got a little taste earlier this month as imagery of the next-gen Ara prototype board was published, and this week Google's got some more Ara details to share, as it reveals what sort of processor options are in the works for Ara. You might remember old talk about Toshiba chips for Ara, but that's not the phone's main SoC: instead, Toshiba has crafted the silicon making ...

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    We were only just starting to see Android 5.0.1 hit the last stragglers of the Nexus family: this past Monday, the Nexus 5 finally saw its OTA incoming. And with that, all the Nexus phones that would be getting the update had access to it, following earlier availability for many Nexus tablets. But the weeks that follow the release of a major Android update like Lollipop are ones that are inevitability chaotic, full of devs scrambling to correct little issues that made it through the cracks or deliver features that weren't quite fully-baked at launch time – this is what leads to things ...

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    Remember last year, when we prefaced our nonsensical Nexus 5 vs Note 3 comparison video with the declaration that we were only doing it because so many of you had asked us to? Google saved us the trouble this year, by building its new Nexus to large-enough proportions that you could almost mistake it for this year's Galaxy Note 4. (If you were far enough away, that is. And if your eyesight wasn't too good.) Point is: unlike the Nexus 5, the Nexus 6 is a large-format smartphone. And unlike the Nexus 5, the Nexus 6 packs the absolute latest in technology without also taking a dive on the ...

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    Do you have Android 5.0 (or 5.0.1) Lollipop yet? Odds are, you don't, as even with manufacturers cooking up updates as quickly as they can, the vast majority of Android devices out there will be waiting weeks, if not months, before Lollipop even becomes close to a possibility. But as most of you wait patiently for Lollipop at all, Google's already hard at work on what's next, and today some new rumors arrive that suggest a big Lollipop refresh is coming early next year, and give us a few clues at what to expect. First up: that ETA. According to a pair of sources, Google's working on ...

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    Didn't we just see Google release a new version of its Maps app for Android? Sure, and we mentioned that update alongside a slew of other Google apps with new versions on the way as part of an update-Wednesday post a couple weeks back. And even after that, there were those new features for European users. But this is a new week, and a new Maps update is upon us. While there are no huge UI overhauls or anything so severe, you will find a number of new features and settings buried within, some of them looking quite useful. Don't like how navigation defaults to that car-GPS-style first-person ...

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    Right now, if you run a product name through the Google Search app on your phone, you'll likely see a bunch of sponsored links up top from retailers eager to sell you what you desire. Tap on through, visit the retailers' sites, and you're all ready to make your purchase. No problem, right? Well, as far as you're concerned, sure, but Google may have something else in mind. A new report out today claims that the company is thinking about getting more involved with sales facilitated by its search services, and that we may one day see the arrival of an option to buy products, right in search ...

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    Google's voice-controlled features can already do some wonderful things. You need only speak the words, “OK, Google, how tall is Tom Cruise?” aloud before your phone fires back with, “five feet, seven inches.” Or you can ask your phone what the weather's going to be like tomorrow, how many milliliters there are in a tablespoon, or who sung “Call Me Maybe.” And while Google's voice features are very good at answering things for you, maybe even more impressive are tasks you can accomplish directly with voice commands. This week, the service picks up a pretty interesting one, as ...

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    Late last week, we spotted the first sign that HTC's more affordable cover option for the Nexus 9 – the company's “Magic Cover” - was finally becoming available. At least, in very limited form: the only sales we saw were those going through HTC directly, and even then, only one of the four color options appeared to be available. But surely this was still good news, right? That the presence of one would suggest the others following just around the corner? Wouldn't you know it, but that's just what happening, with Google picking up the Magic Cover in the Play Store. Instead of just the ...

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    Being a user of Google products outside the US can be a bit (or more than a bit) frustrating at times. When new devices and services debut, and Google's not making a concerted effort for global availability, you can almost be assured that users in the States will have access long before you do. All the way back in May, Google released an update for the Android and iOS editions of Maps that improved upon the existing turn-by-turn navigation by adding lane guidance; when cruising around on a multi-lane road, no longer was there any guesswork involved in knowing if you were in the right place ...

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    Back in early September, Amazon rolled-out a big update to its Android app, adding support for Prime Instant Video. But there was also another big change happening behind the scenes, as Amazon quietly rolled the functionality from its previously-separate Amazon Appstore into its primary Android app, letting you purchase and install software independently of the Play Store. Sound to you like something Google might have a strong opinion about? This week the fallout finally lands, as Amazon finds itself forced to pull its old Android app and launch a new one, one that no longer offers apps of ...

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    There are new two ways about it: the Nexus 6 is the future of the Nexus smartphone lineup. And while the Nexus 5 has hung around even after the 6's debut, we've been forced to acknowledge that the phone's days are numbered. As of right now – in the US, at least – you'll find the Play Store out of Nexus 5 inventory; it sure hasn't felt like ongoing Nexus 5 sales are a big priority for Google. But just how much longer before this guy is gone for good? Today brings us news on a couple fronts about the handset's future, all getting started with the report that production of the Nexus 5 has ...

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    We know from experience now that when Google decides to go big, it goes big. The same holds true for its app update days. Early this morning, we were hearing word of a major update to Hangouts, and then hours later we learned about a major Android Wear revision for Lollipop. We're happy to report that those two things aren't all, and that the Google app updates continue with these Wallet and Inbox updates we're now filling you in on. The Google Wallet update is meant as an easier way to manage gift and loyalty cards in one central location. It comes in at version 8.0, and a download link ...

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    While it may be late enough to get your pitchforks shaking, Google Play edition Moto G users, the Lollipop update is finally here. Yes, stock Lollipop, as vanilla as it can be, is on its way out to phones everywhere as part of this Moto G GPe Lollipop update wave, and we've even got a download link you can use to speed up the process in case the OTA isn't available to you specifically. The software version rolling out is the latest build of Android, version 5.0.1, and it's build number LRX21Z. We should point out that this build is seemingly slightly order than the 22Z build received by ...

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    It's been one week now since Android 5.0.1 first premiered, as Google dropped factory images for several Nexus tablets. And if you didn't feel up for starting from scratch (or restoring all your data), a few hours later we had OTA files ready for you to push to your phones over ADB. But like we said: that was a week ago. What's the latest progress on 5.0.1's spread? We're still not even close to the point where all these files are available for all Nexus models, but a few new ones have surfaced today, ready for you to flash at your pleasure. Instead of tablets, today's developments concern ...

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    LG Optimus 3D, HTC EVO 3D: time was, if you wanted to view 3D content on your phone, that meant picking up a special smartphone with an autosteroscopic display. Except, as the lack of subsequent models like those should indicate, people weren't picking them up. But a few years later the situation has changed, and now the hot thing with 3D is pairing your regular-old 2D smartphone display with a set of lenses for an up-close-and-personal 3D experience. That's what Samsung's Gear VR does, but before that there was Google Cardboard, the no-frills DIY option to turn your handset into a mini 3D ...

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    If you're an Android user of Google's Hangouts communication platform, chances are you've felt left out of the fun on some features added to the iOS version of the same app as of late. Well, fret not, because there's a massive Hangouts update dropping today with hordes of features and a much more refine look. First of all, there are 16 new sticker packs available in the app. There are things all the way from penguins to cats, so you can explore for a good while once you have the update up and running. Filters have also been added for video calls, allowing for sepia, vignette, black & ...

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    A few weeks back, a leak surfaced that attempted to reveal the next evolution of Android Wear, previewing some of the changes coming to the OS in the forthcoming Android 5.0 release for smartwatches. Those included some handy accessibility features, as well as the much-needed ability to recall previously-dismissed notifications. It all sounded great, but we didn't have much of an idea for just when we could expect Google to release it. There's still no official word, but a new rumor claims that distribution could begin as soon as tomorrow. So says the team at Phandroid, having heard from a ...

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    The past few months have seen some pretty solid progress towards the dream of a fully modular smartphone, and back in October we got a look at an assembled Project Ara prototype handset booting into Android. The arrival of that news also brought with it word of the next Ara dev conference, set to get underway in mid-January. Among the topics we've been looking forward to for coverage there is the reveal of the next-gen Ara Spiral 2 prototype board, which will form the backbone for future Ara module development. Today we get an early preview, as Google ATAP shares a look at the Spiral 2 ...

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    Back in August, before we even knew that the Nexus 6 would be a Motorola handset, rumors were hotly debating what sort of features we might end up getting. One of these rumors married itself to the idea of an LG-made Nexus 6 based on the G3, and while that obviously didn't happen, the same source mentioned Google in discussions with component suppliers about possible fingerprinting-scanning hardware. As it turns out, that aspect of the rumor may have actually had some legs to it, and now we're being made aware of Lollipop code pointing to just such a Nexus 6 fingerprint scanner. The ...

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    If you've invested in the Apple ecosystem and have an iPhone or an iPad, maybe both, and a Mac to accompany them, chances are that you're blasting your multimedia on an Apple TV. However, if you're the same person but, instead of the Apple ecosystem, you're invested in the Google one, chances are that you already have a Chromecast. Not to mention the incredibly irresistible price tag that makes you buy one even if you're a user of another platform. We've looked at the Chromecast back when it was super hot, and now it's time for the fine folks of India to grab their own HDMI dongle. It will ...

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    The Nexus 6 has been available for several weeks by this point, but it can still be a pain to track down. Google Play Store sales have suffered from extremely sporadic availability, driving shoppers to the carriers, instead. With AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile all carrying the smartphone, that means plenty of alternative choices, although there's been the promise of more to come: Verizon and US Cellular. Verizon continues to remain silent on the matter, but today we finally see US Cellular throw its hat in the ring, beginning sales of both the 32GB and 64GB Nexus 6. What's the big deal ...

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    The Nexus 6 is like no Google smartphone that's come before. Built to prodigious dimensions with the fortified heft that few but Motorola can manage, this newest Nexus debuted to a wave of demand – and discord. With a price tag nearly double that of last year's model and the footprint of a small tablet, the Nexus 6 comes as a significant shock to those who expected more of the same in 2014. The wonderful thing about shock, though, is that it wears off. And once it does, you start to remember that affordability has only occasionally been synonymous with the Nexus brand. You realize ...

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