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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:

  • by | April 11, 2014 3:30 PM

    When an avalanche of reviews is rumbling its way down your mountain, it's rarely easy to assemble a podcast team – but as we frequently remind you, the Pocketnow Weekly has never missed a week, and we'll be damned if it'll do so now. So despite the forthcoming reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S 5, Gear Fit, Gear 2, Oppo Find 7a, Nokia X, and the just-completed reviews of the ZENS Qi line, BlackBerry 10.2.1, and the Verizon HTC One M8, we're banding together behind microphones in three separate cities on two continents to bring you the news and editorials of a very busy week in mobile. ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 3:29 PM

    Google Glass has been available to participants in Google's Glass Explorer program for over a year by now. Participants willing to be Google's real world Guinea pigs and fork over $1500 for the headset have been able to get an early start on enjoying this next big wave of wearable technology, but the path to getting your hands on Glass hasn't been entirely straightforward. With broad commercial sales not yet open, buying Glass first meant being chosen specifically by Google, though later we saw availability open up a little. While we're still waiting for that day when Glass might be ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 1:30 PM

    Back at the tail end of February we heard about an improvement Google was working on to the way Android helps protect users against malicious software, building off the existing Verify Apps framework that evaluated apps at the time of installation to introduce a system that continually monitored apps to check for ne'er-do-wells, even after the software was already loaded on your phone. Today Google confirms that report and announces the introduction of this newly enhanced scanning service. While this is largely a better-safe-than-sorry measure, and most users who get their apps from ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 1:07 AM

    The upcoming point-update to Android, version 4.4.3, is expected to be nothing more than a bug fix release, according to some earlier reports. The public release of the refresh is expected to happen in the near future (coming weeks, according to reports), but Google has allegedly started the dogfooding process for Android 4.4.3. (You can learn about Dog Food releases by reading this article) According to the most recent rumors, Android 4.4.3 is being pushed out to 1% of Google employees outside of the Android team, AndroidPolice has found out from "several reliable sources". The entire ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 12:50 AM

    There are a couple of more changes in place over at Motorola, like naming Rick Osterloh as President and COO or Motorola Mobility. As per the official Motorola Blog, Rick Osterloh assumes the role immediately and will report, until the Lenovo acquisition is completed, to the Motorola Operating Board at Google. Over the past two years, Rick Osterloh "has been leading all product management" at Motorola, but he has also worked at Skype until Microsoft decided to acquire the company. Meanwhile, Jonathan Rosenberg -- who stepped in as COO on April 1, following Dennis Woodside's departure ...

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  • by | April 9, 2014 8:18 PM

    We're right at the cusp of an exciting period in the development of Google's Project Ara, with the firs dev conference just days away and rumors suggesting prototype hardware might be fully functional within a matter of weeks. Today Ara hit one big milestone, with Google making available the Module Developers Kit that hardware guys can use to start crafting their own interchangeable elements that will make up the final Ara phones. The kit covers design guidelines, describing valid module dimensions, internal construction, and layout for power/communication pads. All Ara modules are based ...

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  • by | April 9, 2014 3:25 PM

    With Microsoft's introduction of Cortana, will Apple and Google be feeling the pressure to snazz up their own voice assistant offerings in the hopes of keeping ahead of the feature curve? It still remains to be seen just how strong a draw for WP8.1 Cortana manages to be, but regardless of what's going on over on that platform, Google appears to be hard at work in adding new functionality to Google Now, and one upcoming feature may be the ability to automatically detect where you've parked your car, and later guide you back to it. The evidence turns up in a few language packs for Now, ...

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  • by | April 9, 2014 12:42 PM

    Over the course of the past week or so, we've heard an awful lot about software projects Google has been working on, thanks to a multitude of leaks. There was that Chrome-based Hera project that sounds like it could be a very big deal for Android apps, evidence of work on a new user interface for a possible Android TV device, and a major refresh for Gmail, adding new categories, sorting techniques, and features. Today we continue with this thread, as new leaks reveal Google's latest efforts to spruce up the Android Calendar app. Right away, you'll notice the big UI differences, with ...

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  • by | April 8, 2014 12:10 PM

    Google's modular Project Ara concept design is coming along at a breakneck pace. In just a matter of months, the notion of a modular smartphone went from “what a neat idea,” to “oh, that conceptual render looks pretty nice,” to “holy crap, are they actually making this thing?” Sure enough, it's all coming together, and by now we're just days away from the first Ara developer's conference. As far as the hardware goes, we've seen this slide-into-place, magnetically-attached exoskeleton business over and over, but when's that going to transition from a testing bed to a usable, ...

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  • by | April 7, 2014 11:29 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the demo of Windows Phone in the car that was recently shown at Microsoft's Build conference. Motorola follows as we get rumors of a Moto X+1 in the works as the follow-up to the Moto X. Samsung follows the news as we get new rumors of the Samsung Gear Solo, which is a smartphone/smartwatch in its own way. Google later brings us new rumors of Android TV that might be coming soon. We end today's show talking about how Phil Schiller complains about Apple's own ads lately. All this and more after the break. Stories: - “Windows Phone in the ...

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  • by | April 7, 2014 5:01 PM

    Companies behind the platforms that power our smartphones find themselves under constant pressure to innovate. If you're not leading the effort to reinvent, redefine, and just downright improve the user experience, you had better believe that your competition is doing its darnedest to beat you to the punch. A new rumor suggest that Google has been preparing a relatively major overhaul to the way we interact with apps on our phones, and one that may threaten to turn how we use Android on its head: a project supposedly under development as “Hera.” This is a little bit “out there,” at ...

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  • by | April 7, 2014 12:52 PM

    The recent introduction of Android Fire TV has renewed the conversation about the connected living room, though it's not one that really ever left our thoughts altogether, especially with all this talk about a new Apple TV hanging over our head. There's also been a rumor going back a while now that Google itself might be taking another stab at the TV, with an effort just a little more substantial than Chromecast. While last year we were talking about something like a gaming console, the story has now shifted to something much more media-focused, and a leak that arrived this past weekend ...

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  • by | April 4, 2014 10:56 AM

    While it may lack the immediate wow-factor of efforts like Google Glass, the modular Project Ara could prove to be just as, if not more exciting, offering smartphone users the promise of untold levels of control over what hardware goes into the handsets they use. As such, we've been actively following development on project Ara, from its early days as a Phonebloks concept, to Motorola really grabbing the idea and running with it, to Google's taking the reins with its Advanced Technology and Projects group. Just last week we brought you an interview with Phonebloks's Tomas Halberstad, and ...

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  • by | April 3, 2014 11:24 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple's confirmed dates for its World Wide Developer's Conference, and what we expect to see. We then talk about Intel's attempt to bring 64-bit architecture to Android 4.4 KitKat. Samsung follows the rumors as we land a leaked image for the Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom, though with another name. Then we talk about Microsoft's possible launch date for the developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1. We end today's show talking about Google's possible new business in the cellular carrier department, though depending on Google Fiber in a way. All this and ...

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  • by | April 3, 2014 4:56 PM

    Five months back, we saw Google introduce its Opinion Rewards, a survey-based program designed to collect information from Android users and reward them with credit that can be applied towards Google Play Store purchases. Sounds pretty sweet, right? Well, there was one big hitch, severely limiting the appeal: Google Opinion Rewards was only available to Android users in the US. This is a situation we're not at all surprised to see with Google, but that doesn't mean we have to be happy about it. Well, it took long enough, but now Opinion Rewards is finally spreading its footprint, with ...

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