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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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    In the midst of its possible sale/not-sale to Apple, hi-fi music streaming service Tidal is chugging on with its own app development. In its latest update, it has made official support for Chromecast, meaning that you can plug your Chromecast Audio or compatible Google Cast device. Finally, you can put your house party onto them FLACs and WAVs! The update is available for Tidal's iOS and Android apps. Download: Play Store, App Store Via: The Verge

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    We've been teasing our new series for the last couple weeks, and now it's time for a showdown! Welcome to the Pocketnow Challenge, where we test real world smartphone usage by pitting two Pocketnow editors against each other. Our first major challenge is a photography battle between long time editor and professional photographer Adam Lein, facing off against the newest video producer on the site Juan Carlos Bagnell. To celebrate the Fourth of July, these two photogs are battling to see who can deliver the best photo of celebratory fireworks. It's a classic showdown. Senior editor, ...

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    Is Google working on a Nexus smartwatch? Brexit is already causing tech prices to climb in the UK! Can Apple maintain high profit margins in an increasingly competitive industry? These stories, plus we'll be tackling your questions and comments, and get ready to vote for your favorite Pocketnow photog! Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 208 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on July 7th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version right here. And don't forget to shoot your listener mail to podcast [AT] ...

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    If you're not ready for this year's Nexus smartphones from HTC, then thank goodness we'll all be prepared for some Android Wear watches from Google this year. Yep, like its Pixel C tablet and a rumored first-party smartphone, it may also be going for not one, but two smartwatches. David Ruddock of Android Police has yet again received information from sources detailing a more conservative and reserved smartwatch, the other packing in LTE, GPS and a heart rate monitor. "Swordfish" is the smaller of the two. Ruddock describes the appearance of the watch as similar to the Pebble Time Round, ...

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    Google Translate already can instantly translate your copy-paste material, but why not just make it a two-tap process? Forget all the highlighting, just  translate everything on the screen. Whenever you encounter something on your phone you want to translate, just make sure you can long-press to get to Now on Tap and you'll get a new "Translate this Screen" option. Boom. Perfecto. If your Android phone is on English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese or Russian, you're set to go. This update to Now on Tap also includes a new "Discover" feed of YouTube clips and news articles ...

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    The new Nexuses may share a single a single design despite their rumored size differences. Whether or not you consider it as good news or bad depends on how you view these prospective renders. And if you're seeing what we're seeing, one thing comes to mind — it's as if the Nexus 6P's glass capsule on back started swallowing rear-side real estate like "The Blob". We should note that Android Police's David Ruddock has created this mock-up based on details he has acquired from a source. Get ready to put on your critics' glasses. We start with the device as a body of work from suspected ...

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    Not many people want an extra upgrade to their warrior in the game or buy jackets or book hotel rooms through apps on their phones. But the few that do make it possible for the app to continue existing, so it's important that analysts take a look at where the money is flowing. And so, AppsFlyer looked at $300 million spent inside over a thousand apps across more than 100 million unique users in the month of April. It found that only 5 percent of all global users make in-app purchases with the average purchaser spending $9.60 per month. The iOS buyer-base (7.1 percent of all users) is ...

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    Another deal for Independence Day, though we just keep calling it the Fourth of July because we don't really want to be thinking of any movies, especially disappointing sequels. Google Play Music is offering four months of its paid, ad-free subscription service for free. Remember that YouTube Red gets tied along as a bonus. From what the SlickDeals community has pulled up, it seems that while the offer is only available for "new users," apparently those that have participated in a prior free trial can hop on, too. They just can't have paid for a month of service. We don't have anything on ...

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    Not everything Google does happens for a reason, and Hiroshi Lockheimer’s months-long Nutella teasing games are the perfect reminder the search giant can be such an expert troll without even trying too hard. But pulling a prank on believers in the Android One program on the heels of Nougat’s announcement feels cruel, unnecessary and just not Big G’s style. Hence, it’s possible something’s up with the bold yet slowly fizzling emerging market-targeted Nexus-like initiative. Something bad. Something we suspected was going down for a while now, in spite of frequent assurances to the ...

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    Conventional tablets are dead, long live 2-in-1 convertibles! Market analysts have warned about the shifting trend for a while now, with more and more device manufacturers taking note and acting in consequence. There are but a handful of active OEMs in the low-cost Android slate field these days, whereas everyone else is either considering throwing in the towel or has done so already. Case in point, Dell, which was never fully committed to the industry segment anyway, and is today officially pulling the plug on the Android-based Venue tablet line on account of “declining demand.” That ...

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    When one shoe drops, the other shoe has to at some point. When one of two Nexus devices — both supposedly made by HTC — got its specifications splayed out in the open, you knew that the other had to be outed sooner or later. Well, Android Police has an idea of what a 5.5-inch phablet will bring, thanks to its source. So, what's going on with this spearfish? An unnamed quad-core Qualcomm processor with 4GB of RAM and either 32 or 128GB of storage. Fronting the phone is a quad HD AMOLED panel and an 8-megapixel camera. Below the 12-megapixel rear camera is a fingerprint sensor. ...

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    What do we know about this rumored first party Google Phone? What bells and whistles might we get on the Note 7? And we're introducing a new series on this site where editors can battle against each other for your amusement! These stories and we'll be tackling your questions and comments. Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 207 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on June 30th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version right here. And don't forget to shoot your listener mail to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] ...

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    Update: The statue has been revealed and apparently it is the Android robot on top of an Italian dessert called Torrone that has nuts and nougat in it. It's officially been dubbed as "Android Nougat". The version number will be 7.0. Our original story is below. Inside Google's Mountain View, California, headquarters is a confidential file. It is trapped within a room of vanilla wafers, chocolate hazelnut spread and a bunch of sticky notes. It's the Namey McNameface we've been waiting months and months for. It is Android N. And Google has been teasing its christening for today with a ...

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    The team at Pocketnow draws from a variety of disciplines, and we each bring a unique perspective to the table when it comes to discussing consumer electronics. Starting next month we're excited to introduce a new feature where members of our team can collaborate and compete. The Pocketnow Challenge will be a monthly series tackling various aspects of mobile technology, and it will be a way for us to have a little fun showcasing real world usage of these gadgets and gizmos. Last month we talked about using a phone screen in gray scale mode, and during that video we teased an upcoming ...

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    Let's have a little fun with this one. We've produced numerous comparison videos, and talking about mid-range devices is increasingly popular territory for folks looking for solid performance without having to break the bank or lease their handset through a carrier. We're watching manufacturers pack increasingly powerful hardware into devices at lower and lower price tiers. If we had a budget of $400, what phones might be available to sway us away from more expensive mobile options? We're staging a showdown between the newly released OnePlus 3 vs iPhone SE vs Nexus 5X in a budget battle ...

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    In case you’re still scratching your heads in confusion as to Google and Lenovo’s decision to fit an arguably middling processor under the hood of the world’s road-opening consumer phone based on Project Tango, Qualcomm just came forward with an enlightening confession. It turns out the Phab 2 Pro packs a Snapdragon 652 not only to keep the retail pricing bar comparatively low to mainstream Android flagships from Samsung, HTC or LG. It’s also about certain “Tango-specific software optimizations”, which the San Diego-headquartered semiconductor giant first executed on the 652… ...

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    The world’s 113th largest country by population and 190th by area is also somehow one of the most technologically advanced, with the absolute fastest LTE connections, light-years ahead of the US, and starting today, islandwide Android Pay support in addition to Apple Pay and Samsung Pay functionality. Just one other nation already allows its smartphone-addicted inhabitants to perform quick and secure on-the-go transactions across all three digital wallet services, while the UK and possibly Australia should soon join the ranks of Singapore and US. Google wants us to know that, although ...

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    The interwebs lit up yesterday with the rumors of a non-Nexus Google built phone due to an article from The Telegraph. Now let’s start this off by saying this entire rumor should be taken about as serious as fables of rainbow crapping unicorns. There are so many reasons why, aside from Project Ara, we will probably never see an in-house Google built phone but let’s set those aside for a bit. Instead, let’s take a look at what kind of possibilities and advantages a 100% Google bred phone would afford. So put on your tinfoil hats and let’s take a quick jaunt into the land of ...

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    If you're on Google's cellular amalgamation called Project Fi, you may now have a little more spectrum to work with. A few weeks ago, the company announced that its subscribers would soon have access to the US Cellular network in addition to T-Mobile's and Sprint's. It's now official with updates to the Project Fi site's literature and the Project Fi app. We've got a link to the download below because, you know, it saves you the hassle of a few extra taps if you want it now. And if it isn't there just yet, give it a bit of time. Or just head to APKMirror. Not buggin' ya or anything. ...

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    If you want a Chromebook of the future — you know, something that can run the Google Play Store for sure — but you're strapped for cash, perhaps you should bite your fingers and hold out for a new option from HP. The Chrombook 11 G5 is compact, slim, weighs about two-and-a-half pounds and will have speedy support for Android apps when it launches to consumers in October — though if you're, say, an educator buying bulk, B2B vendors should have them in next month. HP announced that the dual-core Intel Celeron N3060 should cut through tasks just right while stretching the battery to at ...

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    If you happen to be sightseeing remotely on Google Maps, perhaps for a future actual vacation, turn on the satellite imaging and check it the imaging. You might need to turn off the 3D feature. Google said that it now uses images from Landsat 8, an imaging satellite launched by the US Geological Survey and NASA in 2013. Landsat 7, launched in 1999, is still running. It's just been tough work putting a global mosaic together after a hardware bug in 2003 started clawing at images. Combine newer, sharper, more colorful images with Google's Earth Engine APIs to piece together 700 million ...

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    The general wisdom on consumer electronics is that you shouldn't buy the first generation of a product. Bug fixes, refinements, or price drops, it might be safer to wait for a second generation gadget, but honestly, we consumers really don’t seem to start taking a company seriously until we’ve seen them in the market for three product releases. This is a big year for OnePlus. Not only reaching a third smartphone, but also growing up and dumping the invite purchasing system used in the past. Any review of this phone can take one of two courses. We can focus on the performance of this ...

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    Okay, you know how we posted that deal for the 32GB Nexus 5X with a promo code a few days ago? And all the others, too? You don't need a promo code for this one. New such devices are on sale from a highly-rated eBay seller for $239.99. The deepest discount yet for the LG-made phone racks up to about $159 off the Google Store's price or, for those who find appeal in proportions, 40 percent off. And yes, free shipping is included from Miami and goes to pretty much anywhere. Whether you bite the bullet now or wait until this year's Nexus devices or, perhaps Google's own debutante into the ...

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    When Sundar Pichai said to Walt Mossberg that Google was looking for "more thought" in the design of smartphones, the chief executive officer explicitly referred to the Nexus line of smartphones. If The Telegraph's reporting can be trusted, it seems that at the very least Google is going in a different direction. The paper is citing from a "senior source" that the Alphabet subsidiary is manufacturing its own smartphone that will be out before the end of the year. It is negotiating on device carriage agreements with networks. The device will apparently be released separate from the Nexus ...

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    Huawei may be hedging its bets if A-Googlypse happens. The Chinese manufacturer was rumored to be developing its own operating system in case Android becomes untenable to work on. Paired with suggestions that Samsung may be converting its future mobile products to Tizen, it would seem that companies are checking their confidence in Google. Well, Huawei CEO Richard Yu decided to come out on microblogging site Weibo and reaffirm the company's commitment to Android. Yu said that Google has a great, expanding ecosystem that users can benefit from. As long as Google keeps the system's ...

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