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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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    Android apps have the luxury of being some of the most broadly accessible mobile software around. That's not a consequence solely of the platform's wide availability on smartphones, but also thanks to how other platforms have picked up the ability to run Android software in addition to their native apps – operating systems like BlackBerry 10. This Android compatibility has even extended to the desktop, and programs like BlueStacks have brought Android apps to our PCs for years. But now Google is taking things one step further, and baking Android support right in to its Chrome OS. Today ...

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    “This app is going to be awesome! Just wait until you... ohh... *tap* *tap* force close?” Who among us hasn't had app-buyer's remorse? Maybe that productivity app you sprung for is a little more rough-around-the-edges than you expected, or that first-person shooter is just too graphically intense for your aging handset to gracefully handle: whatever the reason, plenty of smartphone app buyers have at one time or another wish we hadn't bought an app. Luckily for us, some app stores have return policies in place, and Google has historically offered its users a 15-minute window in which ...

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    It's been a long time coming: slowly but surely, Google's been pushing existing messaging services into Hangouts. Already we've seen Hangouts become the new destination for text messaging on our phones, and rumors extending back into last year suggested that the next to make the transition to Hangouts would be Google Voice. Evidence has popped-up time and time again to that effect, and this week we finally learn that the change is in progress, as Android users are prompted to migrate Voice conversations over to Hangouts. Even after all this time waiting, it sounds like there are still some ...

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    Yesterday we checked in on the latest Android L rumors, with a claim suggesting that when the software leaves development and goes public this fall, it might do so as Android Lion. But that's not the only candidate that's been put forward so far, and today we check out some possible evidence in favor of another L-name, while also revealing some ongoing changes to the Android L Material Design interface. In a recent Chrome bug report (since taken down), we get to see a Nexus 5 running an Android L dev build. The code suggests a very recent build, coming from earlier this month, and we see ...

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    What will be the final designation Google gives to its next major Android release? Following Jelly Bean and KitKat, it's time for an L-named treat, but just which? Back at Google I/O, Google managed to side-step the issue with this “Android L” business, but that's just a placeholder. With the big public release of Android L due for this fall, along with expectations for new Nexus hardware, when are we going to lean this software's final name? We've got a couple news developments along those lines to check out as we start the week. First up, there's what happened over the weekend – or ...

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    Oh, crap. You thought you had a solid grip on your phone as you pulled it out of your pocket, just as you have thousands of times before, but this time your fingers wavered, your hold gave way, and your shiny Nexus 5 found itself careening down to the ground for an up-close and personal introduction to your hard tile floor. Now you've either got a very expensive paperweight or a spiderweb of broken glass between you and the display. Well, lovely. Some smartphone manufacturers have recently started easing up on their warranty coverage restrictions, replacing handsets for free even when the ...

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    Four months ago, we saw history being made as Play Store metrics revealed the first Android software package to be downloaded over one billion times: Google's Gmail app. While that was still a pretty notable milestone, Gmail being a Google app sort of took the air out of the news – of course a Google app, and such a core one to the Google ecosystem, would be at the front of the downloads race. But as we noted at the time, we were quite interested in seeing who would be next to follow Google across that billion-download line. This week, we've finally spotted a non-Google app pull in one ...

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    It's no surprise that IFA 2014 is shaping up to be the nexus of the smartwatch universe – for the next few days, at least. We've got new models on the horizon from multiple manufacturers all ready to be featured at the expo itself, not to mention Motorola's expected news about 360 sales, nor Apple's possible introduction of its own iWatch just a few days later. And while that group of devices will span manufacturers, physical sizes, and software platforms, Android Wear models look like they'll be making up the lion's share. A couple Google execs just sat down with CNET to discuss what's ...

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    After a bit of a lull in Android One news following the project's formal announcement back at Google I/O a couple months back, rumors picked up again last week, delivering a little good news alongside some bad news. On the one hand, it sounded like India might be getting its first Android One hardware over a month ahead of schedule, but then we also heard that the phones might come in a bit north (or maybe even more than a “bit”) of that $100 target price. Confirmation may just be another couple weeks away, as we get word this morning of an upcoming Google event in India. Two weeks ...

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    There have been a ton of rumors surrounding a Google Nexus 9 made by HTC. Sadly, aside from a couple of model numbers here and there, the amount of detail regarding what will power this HTC-made tablet have been quite scarce. We've speculated a lot on what we should expect from this design given HTC's track record, but today we finally get details on some internals. Reports claim that the Google Nexus 9 will be powered by a 2.5GHz dual-core NVIDIA's Tegra K1 Denver processor. What makes this processor famous, in addition to its 64-bit ARMv8 architecture, is the fact that it's fully pin ...

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    Earlier this week, rumors about Google's follow-up to the Nexus 5 took a turn. We had already been talking about the idea of Motorola manufacturing this hardware, and after rumors bounced around the theory that we could be looking at a 5.9-inch phablet-sized handset, they settled back at a slightly more mainstream 5.2-inch screen size. But all of a sudden, it looked like we might not be getting the Nexus 6 we assumed would we be on the menu, and instead the phone would arrive as the Nexus X – a name we'd been tossing around a year prior in the lead-up to the release of the Moto X. Today ...

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    Google set its sights on developing markets this year, announcing Android One during its Google I/O keynote this past June. Android One would provide resources for manufacturers to quickly and easily put together handsets running stock Android, while simultaneously giving users access to speedy software updates. With phones priced at $100 or less, the program promised to really step-up the quality we find at the bottom of the budget hardware barrel. Last we heard, the first Android One models might debut in India sometime in late October. Now new rumors suggest that Android One could ...

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    The Moto X+1 should be among us in the next couple of weeks. There is a lot of pressure for this phone to live up to the market acceptance that the Moto X never reached with its unique features. Even if Motorola would decide to only fix a couple of quirks, the Moto X is still ahead of its time, and reports claim that the Moto X+1 will push the bar even further. One of the biggest complaints we had with the Moto X was its camera, and trusted sources claim that Motorola has found a way to fit optical zoom into the camera of the Moto X+1. We're not exactly sure how the company will pull this ...

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    One of the things that was weird about Google's announcement of Android L was that we didn't get a tasty codename. All versions of Android thus far have had a dessert attached to their names, with the latest one being KitKat, so we were surprised to hear that the next version would simply be called "L," though many theorized that this was simply for the developer preview and that the final version would bear a tasty name as usual. Now support for that theory is flooding in, as multiple references to "LMP" in AOSP, the Android L SDK, and a WiFi certification document lead us to believe the ...

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    Rumors have been flying that Motorola has been chosen to make the next Nexus iteration, and most (if not all) called the phone the Nexus 6 – it's the sixth Nexus phone to be made, and it's also rumored to have a 5.9-inch screen size. Today we're seeing a report that looks to partially shoot down these earlier rumors, as the Motorola Nexus X name leaks for the first time. According to unacknowledged sources of PhoneArena, the phone will be named Motorola Nexus X (as we said earlier), and it will allegedly have the Motorola model number XT1100. This leads us to think the earlier report ...

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