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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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    Google has gained a lot of fame for many of its services, but Google+ is definitely not one of them. Some of us still debate the need for another social network, and even with how useful Google+ can be for backing up your photos, not everyone likes the idea. Google seems to have noticed this particular pattern in users, and reports claim that this is the main reason why things might change soon. It seems that some code buried within an update to the Photos app points to a new update to come, which might change the dynamics of how the app works. The rumors are that now you won't be forced ...

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    As much as the folks at Mountain View did their best in making Google Glass something cool to wear, we all know that the end result was far from positive. Many people debated if paying $1500 for a pair of unproven glasses was worth it, and those who did prove their bravery in the initial Explorer program, didn't like to be called "glassholes" at all. Google Glass was a true challenge for public etiquete, but the company has now come on record to confirm that the project is not done. Google's Eric Schmidt was recently interviewed by the Wall Street Journal on the topic, and he was clear ...

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    When the Nexus 9 launched last fall, we generally liked what we saw: performance was good, music sounded lovely through those front-facing stereo speakers, and it was a lot of fun getting to know Lollipop. And of the things we didn't love about the tablet – issues like build quality, or insufficient storage options – many could be lumped into a “it feels like we're paying too much for what we're getting” category. Luckily, that's the sort of thing that's easily resolved via a price cut, and the tablet started its life off with an utterly fantastic one, getting an early half-off ...

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    Do you count yourself among the millions of Chromecast users out there? The Google dongle has emerged as one of the most convenient ways to get online content onto your television, and even with its two-year birthday coming up, it's still running strong. Google's making investments in keeping users happy with their Chromecasts not just by bringing Chromecast support to more and more apps, but also by hooking users up with some free offers. Last month we shared with you news of a free Play Store credit for Chromecast users, and this month Google's back with a similar offer. Last time ...

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    It hasn't even been two weeks yet since Google made Android 5.1 official, so it's little surprise that the new software's been slow to spread to existing hardware. Nexus models have access, sure, but right now a lot of Android users are wondering which other smartphone and tablets will be next to get it. Google Play edition models are likely candidates for that honor, and we've already heard about HTC's intention to get the GPe One M7's Android 5.1 update out sometime next month (even as the regular One M7 is left behind), but what about non-GPe phones? Motorola could be one of the first ...

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    With the release of Android Lollipop Google introduced its Smart Lock feature, a mode that lets users control when their phones and tablets will require PINs or passwords, and when they'll automatically stay unlocked. Right now that can be tied to objects, using the presence of a trusted Bluetooth device or NFC tag to trigger this unlocked mode, tied to a specific area with the help of location services, or even tied to your own body, taking advantage of facial recognition. Now users are reporting that Google's in the process of adding a new option for when to keep your phone unlocked, ...

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    Android is coming to cars near you. Last summer we saw Google share word of Android Auto at I/O, and ever since we've been waiting for it to debut in vehicles on the road. Manufacturers have been preparing for its arrival by building support into their dashboard electronics, and today everything’s finally ready to go live, as select Pioneer head units start talking to Android phones. In order to take advantage of Android Auto right now you'll need one of the aforementioned Pioneer in-dash units, models like the AVIC-8100NEX, AVIC-7100NEX, or AVH-4100NEX. You'll also need an Android ...

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    The launch of the Nexus 6 last fall marked the latest shift in Google's direction for its pure-Android hardware lineup: gone were both the very affordable price tag and relatively compact size, with the Nexus 6 arriving as a six-inch, $650 phablet. It also represented a change in Google's manufacturing partner, as the company switched from LG after using it for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, to Motorola for the Nexus 6. Now we're wondering about what's next for the family, and rumors have already talked about Google possibly hooking up with a Chinese manufacturer for this year's Nexus (which ...

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    It's just a fact of life: eventually we have to say goodbye to even our favorite smartphones and move on to greener pastures. Just how long you're going to hold on to that old hardware depends on a lot of factors, including contract status and your ability to avoid accidentally breaking it. For a lot of us, the writing on the walls that informs us it's finally time to move on comes in the form of software updates – or rather, the lack thereof. Eventually, it just doesn't make sense for a manufacturer to keep supporting old phones with ongoing updates, and that's a point a favorite ...

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    Android's Google app (née Google Search) is already a voice-powered juggernaut. Get things going with a brief “OK Google,” and you're ready to start converting milliliters to ounces, check what time the local grocery store closes tonight, or find out how tall Channing Tatum is. The voice control extends to letting you interact with certain apps, like how you've been able to compose a new text message using your voice alone. Now Google's taking that voice-controlled messaging to the next level, as it gives its app the power to compose spoken-word Hangouts messages. The feature works ...

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    Google's Play Store and Apple's App Store both attempt to do similar things: connecting mobile users to software for their devices. Yet their attitudes on how they approach this task have historically seemed quite different: Apple has its tight control over what does and doesn't meet its standards, while Google's tried to be more hands-off, having fewer restrictions. And despite Google's easy-going nature in that regard, the company's still made serious efforts to ensure that Play Store apps are good stuff, things like its system to scan software for known malware attacks. But now Google's ...

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    Google announced a big improvement to its Now service back at the end of January, with the personal software assistant picking up support for a bunch of cards from third-party apps. While in the past Google Now had been great about pulling data from things like your email and calendar, this new support meant access to previously untouched data troves. It all sounded very promising, with support for cards from even more apps to come. The only downside might be how Google was making this integration happen, and the need to work closely with the Now team to deliver this functionality might ...

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    Even though many of us have waited for Android 5.0 Lollipop to reach our existing devices, there's also a significant amount of people that would rather stick with KitKat while Google fixes the memory leak that's plagued devices with app crashes. We were all expecting Android 5.1 to fix the problem, but it seems Google completely forgot to address the issue with the recent launch to some Nexus devices. The good news is that it seems you won't have to wait for Google to launch Android 5.2 for these issues to be fixed, but then again, that's no guarantee that you won't have to wait. Sources ...

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    Last fall, Google released a surprising new app with the debut of Messenger for Android. At least, it was a very unexpected app to deliver given the effort Google had already taken to revamp how we access text messages on Android and the integration of such functionality into Hangouts. But for whatever reason, Google saw fit to deliver a new SMS- and MMS-only solution. Today we see a new version of Messenger arrive, complete with some new capabilities. We all know that what separates MMS from SMS is its ability to support audio, video, and still images. That latter mode gets expanded ...

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    Google loves bringing new video types to YouTube. Problem is – for a lot of us, anyway – is that they can be a real pain to view. Like YouTube supporting 4K-resolution video is a great way to prepare for the rising availability of 4K-class displays, but for the moment not a lot of us can view it in its native res. And while you can always cross your eyes and get YouTube's 3D video working in a pinch, the number of us with dedicated hardware designed for consuming such content is still pretty low. Today Google is bringing a new class of video to YouTube, and in what's a lovely change of ...

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    Do you trust the internet connections providing data to your smartphone? Is your carrier sharing info with the feds? Is that public WiFi AP harvesting your account data? Is your employer watching what sites you visit when on the company network? By far, the best thing you can do to keep all this information private is to tunnel your data to a trusted remote machine: to use a VPN. Then no matter how data gets to and from your phone, it's all nice and encrypted as it flies through the air, safe from prying eyes. Right now, if you want to take advantage of such a VPN on Android you've got to ...

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    Android 5.1, just formally released by Google this past Monday, brings with it some pretty exciting changes, as we just discussed when looking at the substantial performance benefits imparted to Google's flagship Nexus smartphone, the Nexus 6. “Well that's nice,” you respond, “for those users who actually have Android 5.1 on their phones. I haven't seen it yet? What the heck am I supposed to do, just keep waiting?” Well, yeah, you could just be patient until your phone or tablet pops up its update notification warning, but for the more proactive Nexus users out there, you'll find a ...

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    Google started off the week with its release of Android 5.1. While the latest version of Android tweaked a lot of little things that bugged us about earlier Lollipop builds, introducing new features and changing the way others worked. But more than all that, what owners of certain devices have been noticing is a big boost in performance. Nexus 6 users have been reporting that their phones feel a lot more speedy after upgrading to 5.1, and now we have a better sense as to what's going on, as Google changes the way the phone's multi-core SoC works. The Nexus 6 runs a quad-core Snapdragon ...

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    There's a new connector on the block, and his name is USB Type C. Apple's hooking its new MacBook up with a Type-C port, and Google just announced the refreshed Chromebook Pixel with a Type-C connector of its own. There's a good reason manufacturers are showing so much love for this little guy, as besides carrying high-speed data and enough juice to charge a device, it's also super easy to work with thanks to its reversible orientation – just like Apple's proprietary Lightning connector. Well, all this USB Type-C action is well and good for laptops, but why do they get to have all the ...

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    Google has been constantly changing how it sells to customers. When it started with its marketplace for only digital goods meant for Android devices, it launched Android Market. Then came along the Play Store, which then merged digital sales with sales of Nexus devices, then Chrome OS, then Android Wear watches. At this point, Google Play has become massive and even convoluted in a sense, which is why today's announcement of the Google Store makes perfect sense. The Mountain View, Calif., company is marketing Google Store as an online marketplace for all of the company's devices. The ...

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    The way we interact with computers has changed significantly over the past few years. Just a few years ago, a web browser was just one of the few items in our virtual toolbox, and other apps were nearly essential for everyday use – the Microsoft Office suite, for one. But times are changing, and Google's big bet on the future of the web two years ago seems to be nearly spot-on at this point. As you may have guessed, that big bet was the Chromebook Pixel, a powerful Chrome OS notebook which launched about two years ago with access to little but a web browser, and now the company is back ...

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    Want to get a couple people arguing about mobile device interface design? Raise the topic of windowed apps. To some, windowing represents an inevitable step forward for maturing mobile platforms, embracing the aesthetic of the desktop and empowering users to reach new heights of productivity. Others will view it as a move backwards, one away from a clean one-handed UX and relying too strongly on misguided nostalgia. While we've seen individual efforts from certain OEMs in delivering a modern multi-window UI on their phones, Android's lacked a central framework for such software operation ...

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    Delivering a smartwatch with its own internet connectivity is, to put it mildly, tricky. Besides worrying about excess battery consumption, you've got to convince users to sign up for one more line of cellular service – and if they're already dropping several hundred dollars on an accessory, an ongoing fee just to get it online could stand to be a tough sell. Bluetooth tethering to our phones may be the best compromise we have right now, but Android Wear models may be about to do one better, as we get word that the next major Android Wear system software release could enable dormant WiFi ...

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    Our first real sign of Android 5.1 appeared just over a month ago, as the release apparently started showing up on new Android One handsets being sold in India. But when we would see distribution really go wide? And when would Nexus handsets start getting their updates – you know, the ones we expect these new Android builds to debut on in the first place? Well, a tweet from HTC a few weeks back hinted that Google might be preparing its release for sometime in March, and today Google makes that official, announcing Android 5.1. What's new in Android 5.1? Google's only mentioned a few ...

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    Google's got a new update to Drive for Android out this week, delivering things like a more Lollipop-friendly UI and a neat drag-and-drop file management tool (above). That's well and good, but the more interesting stuff may be taking place behind the scenes, and a new teardown points to work on a couple pretty compelling changes. Drive is a convenient place to store your media, and while Google already gives you tools to access photos, audio, and video from within Drive, that support doesn't go quite as far as you might like it to: as of now, there's no way to interact with a Chromecast ...

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