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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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    It was late spring when we first started hearing rumors that Google was looking to snatch-up streaming music service Songza, known for its custom-tailored playlists designed to fit nearly every social situation on personal mood under the sun: uplifting tunes to start your day, peaceful melodies to lull you to sleep, and everything in between. A month later, that acquisition was confirmed, and today Google finally announces the fruits of that effort, with Songza integration coming to Play Music. Subscribers will be able to choose from these Songza-sourced curated playlists by specifying a ...

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    One of the cooler (not to mention most useful) features Motorola brought to the Moto X was the phone's Active Display mode, showing you important notifications without having to first wake the phone. Since then we've seen the feature expand to other Motorola models, and with last week's launch of the Nexus 6, it sure looked like a similar mode was coming along for the ride. At least, the official Nexus 6 specs mention different standby times for whether or not “Ambient Display” is engaged. Now, thanks to a leaked ROM, we're beginning to get the details on how all this works. The ...

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    Google has been gradually rolling out updates to its existing services over the last couple of weeks. We're still a few weeks away from the official launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop to the world, but we've already seen what Material Design looks like in apps like the Google Play Store. There are some updates that Google seems to be holding off for the final build, and Gmail 5.0 seems to be among them. We've just come across an interesting teaser of what to expect for Gmail 5.0, and even though most of the changes are very nice, not every need is being addressed with the update. The positive ...

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    One of the biggest problems facing the apps situation for many of the big mobile platforms isn't necessarily a lack of selection, but the tricky business of finding the right app at the time you need it. Unless you know specifically what you're looking for, or an app is featured in one of the various app store “best of” lists, it can be tricky to discover a single title buried in a sea of hundreds of thousands of similar apps. Luckily, Google's got a new tool for the Play Store allowing you to search its whole library of titles while also restricting your query to the best of the best. ...

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    The times, they are a-changin'. Following this week's launch of the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, Google's Play Store is beginning to reflect the company's shifting focus to sales of these new devices. Listings have arrived for the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 (for which pre-orders are now open), and the new Nexus Player (even if that's outside our mobile-focused wheelhouse). But their presence hasn't come without cost, as we see Google appear to kill-off sales of the Nexus 10 and 2013 Nexus 7. Under the Play Store's phones and tablets listing, you'll now find the Nexus 5 (but for how much longer?), the Nexus ...

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    Earlier today we looked at a leak discussing Google's plans for Android Lollipop distribution, which mentioned that system images for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 were due out by the end of the week. We wondered briefly if that might mean a stealth Saturday release, but just hours later Google made the files available. Well, we didn't get formal Android 5.0 factory images for these models, at least, but instead an updated version of the existing dev preview – still a worthwhile download, all the same. And while that new dev preview includes a whole lot of interesting changes (which we're sure ...

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    It's been a busy week of high-profile device launches form a couple of the companies behind the biggest platforms in mobile, with both Apple and Google showing off their latest hardware. Besides getting to know these new models themselves, we were also informed about how initial sales for the lot of them would begin. We may still be a couple weeks away from the start of Nexus 6 pre-orders, but the rest of this crew is already lining up to take your money, as pre-orders get underway for the Nexus 9, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3. Google's set to open Nexus 9 Play Store pre-orders at some ...

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    Earlier this week, we got news from Google about its plans for the public release of Android 5.0 Lollipop: while the new Nexus devices would (obviously) ship with Lollipop, updates for existing models were announced as arriving sometime in the weeks to come. Well, what does that mean? Will Nexus 5 owners be waiting until Thanksgiving before they have a chance (beyond the dev preview, at least) to bring Lollipop to their phones? Today we start to get a better sense of just who's getting what when, as a leak attempts to reveal Google's distribution strategy. The first release should be in ...

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    If nothing else, this year's launch of Google's latest Nexus models has taken steps to seriously differentiate these devices from previous Nexus family members. We've probably harped so much on the Nexus 6's price and size by this point that you're getting sick of hearing about it, but the Nexus 9 makes a few departures of its own. The most notable is arguably its very un-Android-like 4:3 screen aspect ratio, more in common with an Apple tablet than what we'd expect from a Google model. But that's just the tip of the iceberg, and from its 64-bit Tegra K1 SoC to the keyboard case accessory, ...

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    Some of you may not remember this, but a lot of us where confused by Google’s announcement of the Nexus One so many years ago. We eventually understood that at a time when Android was beginning to dilute itself in a sea of custom skins and lackluster specifications, Google needed push OEMs to dare the odds of the spec sheet with more powerful hardware, and it also needed to show the world what Android was truly like under all the existing bloat. Google succeeded in this endeavor, and even if the Nexus One wasn’t a hot seller in numbers because of its price, it was my first Android ...

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    The Nexus 6 is finally here, and it is one big ol' Android. It weighs 41 percent more than the Nexus 5 while growing its screen out to nearly six inches - and that's not a change that everyone's going to love. But if you can get past the larger size (not to mention larger sticker price), there's a ton of killer hardware waiting for you here. Let's take a look at just what variety of flagship-level components go into making up this first Nexus smartphone effort from Motorola. Nexus 6 specs [table] Component,Description Screen size,5.96 inches Screen type,OLED Resolution,2560 x 1440 Pixel ...

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    A few hours back, when we shared with you Google's official Android 5.0 Lollipop announcement, we mentioned how the company had confirmed plans to deliver updates for the Nexus 5, 7, 10, and the various GPe models. That was well and good, but what about older entries in the Nexus family? We'd been wondering for months now what the update situation might look like for the Nexus 4 and first-gen Nexus 7, and Google's words there, declining to mention the Nexus 4 and making no explicit effort to distinguish between the two Nexus 7 models, had us fearing the worst. Fortunately, it looks like ...

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    Rumors and leaks have referred to it as Shamu for the last several weeks, but today we now know it as the latest addition to Google’s beloved smartphone line, the Nexus 6. Not surprisingly, most of the rumors were spot-on. This smartphone is a behemoth – not only in size, but also on paper. The Nexus 6 seemingly has it all: a 5.96-inch QHD AMOLED display, 3GB RAM, either 32 or 64GB of inbuilt storage, dual front-facing speakers, a 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, a Snapdragon 805 with a quad-core Krait 450 CPU clocked at 2.7GHz and Adreno 420 GPU, and a ...

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    It's easy to get excited about new mobile hardware, making the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 launches the real attention-grabbers of the day. But we've been almost just as interested in seeing what today's launches meant for the future of Android as platform. Since this past summer, we've been experimenting with the Android L dev preview release, but now Google's finally ready to move it up into the mainstream, announcing Android 5.0 Lollipop. It took us a while to get there, but the L-name is now official (and thankfully not anything gross, like licorice). But the name is just window dressing; ...

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    As expected, a powerful new tablet has gone official today in the form of Google's HTC-made Nexus 9. The tablet represents an affordable stock Android offering, one that doesn't compromise on the specs front either. Let's take a look at it, shall we? The Nexus 9 has an 8.9-inch 2048 x 1536 display, a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor (with a Kepler GPU), and an 8MP/1.6MP camera combination. There's also 2GB of RAM, a 6700mAh battery, and 16 or 32GB of internal storage. The tablet will feature BoomSound speakers, along with brushed metal sides. Like the new Nexus 6, the Nexus 9 ships with ...

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