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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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    Contrary to what he was looking for, it seems that Dave Burke has lived to see Android Namey McNameface come to life. It comes as part of the Easter egg to Android N Developer Preview 4, which includes the final APIs for N (set number 24) for app developers to begin compiling and publishing or updating their apps. Devs can now also get out alpha/beta/production-grade apps set on API 24 onto Google Play. The images are available right now to flash and the Android Beta Program OTAs should be arriving shortly on all compatible devices, including the Sony Xperia Z3. So many things set and ...

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    The idea of Samsung moving its future smartphone releases from Android to Tizen has been around since it took up the operating system in some of its mobile electronics. And then, the smartwatches started picking up steam. As more of its smart appliances started picking up the open-source operating system, Tizen seemed to be a more tenable operating system for Samsung to capitalize on with its outstanding smartphone market share. Well, one unnamed executive at the company told The Korea Times this week that it will reduce Android's presence on its products in favor of Tizen. The only reason ...

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    Water is wet, grass is green, and Nutella is the tastiest dessert that starts with the letter N. Don’t even try to think of a sweeter treat, as everything from nougat to nocciola, Neapolitan, Norman tart and New York Cheesecake (?!) feels embarrassingly inferior. Why is then Google still considering a number of candidates, including some proposed by you, for the popular name of the next Android OS version? To mess with us, of course, which the platform’s SVP has pulled off brilliantly on Twitter since February. Hiroshi Lockheimer, who also serves as the search giant’s Senior Vice ...

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    We've been running the iOS 10 developer preview for a little more than a day, but it's not the only BETA being run in our offices. We also have Google's latest build of Android N running on a Nexus 5X. We think it's time for a comparison. This is a big update for Apple, reaching the tenth iteration of iOS, a lot of attention has been paid towards streamlining interactions, incorporating more 3D Touch and gesture support, and catching a few services up which have been lagging behind the competition. Likewise, Google has a lot riding on Android N, in making this build of Android more ...

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    Memory leaks are regrettably nothing new for even vanilla Android builds, with Google’s software engineers struggling to quash a widespread system bug of this nature in Lollipop pretty much since 5.0 debuted. The issue, or rather multiple similar issues uniting and disguising as one, carried over into version 5.1, then were ultimately kinda sorta fixed, but returned with a bang in Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Once again, online reports flagging irksome memory leaks were filed at the very beginning of the fresh OS iteration’s rollout, i.e. as far back as November 2015, yet Big G only got ...

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    Lenovo and Google seem to be showing off the fact that they're pretty tight partners these days. The PHAB2 Pro is doing the Tango, the Moto Z supposedly shines strong as another prime line of Android phones and a new evolution of Chromebooks is on the way. Apparently, the two are friendly enough to share pictures together. We had an early look at a feature in a recent Google Photos APK that allowed Nexus owners to back their pictures and movies up to the service at original quality for free. Now, both product pages for the Moto Z Droid Edition and Moto Z Force Droid Edition are touting the ...

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    They say it takes two to tango, and indeed, Google needed the smartphone-making expertise of Motorola owner Lenovo to turn the forward-thinking Project Tango into commercial reality. Starting September, you’ll be able to use the innovative rear-facing multi-camera setup of the ginormous Lenovo Phab 2 Pro to virtually measure and place certain objects (for instance, furniture) in actual spaces around you. Best Buy and Lowe’s will be among those not only selling the AR-supporting 6.4-incher stateside, but also developing nifty applications for the motion tracking hardware to perform its ...

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    All that demand that shut the T-Mobile Tuesdays app down for most of its first Tuesday out has proven very useful for the Un-carrier to boast about. Who knew that free pizza, ice cream and a movie every week would draw people to downloading something? When you’re the #1 free app & #1 trending search in the @appstore. Get ready for next #TMobileTuesdays #GetThanked pic.twitter.com/SYEJjHOWBN — T-Mobile (@TMobile) June 8, 2016 Yep, T-Mobile Tuesdays is number one in the free section and the trendiest search item on the App Store right now. Over on the Google Play Store as of this ...

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    Google's Project Fi already takes the best pieces of two cellular networks  — Sprint's and T-Mobile's — and lumps them together for subscribers to provide what could theoretically be the best coverage possible. Verizon might have something to say to that claim, but hey, let's look at another carrier that has used CDMA technology. US Cellular is now the third network that Project Fi customers can dip into as needed so that people who happen to be in rural parts of the Pacific northwest, coastal northern California, a strip of Tornado Alley minus Kansas City, Appalachian Tennessee, ...

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    Google's kept up one of the longest name games for its next version of Android this year. It did not reveal the full name of Android N at its I/O conference. Instead, it got its fans to contribute some ideas. Well, time's up. We're soon to learn about what "tasty treat" Google will go with for what's rumored to be Android 7.0. Soon, though, is relative. Thanks for your submissions. We’ll reveal the new name in a few weeks! #NameAndroidNhttps://t.co/qLtDZJNe9y — Android (@Android) June 8, 2016 Are we leaving the territory of sweets? We have entries from Nori to New Mexico Chile to Nun's ...

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    If a high-profile phone doesn’t get @evleaked ahead of its formal announcement, you can probably bet the farm on it at least prematurely popping up online courtesy of Twitter’s second most prolific tipster, @OnLeaks, aka Steve Hemmerstoffer. The French journalist just got the scoop from Weibo on Google and Lenovo’s first ever Project Tango device headed to retail, which Evan Blass expects to be called Phab 2 Pro. While its origin story is likely similar to that of the Motorola Moto Z, this bad boy isn’t only considerably larger, at 6.4 inches, but altogether looks different. The ...

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    Some people want to watch the world burn. Those are the same people that run Windows 95 on an Apple Watch. Now, app developing firm Tendigi is back at it once again and it is going for the holy grail of crossing mobile platforms: running Android on an iPhone. And Tendigi was successful! Well, with the help of a bit of mass. And another machine it had to build from scratch. And a little engineering. And ... well, just watch the video and read on. In a Medium post, CTO Nick Lee explained that he only had to do a little DIY to get a encased subdevice running Android to seep into an iPhone. ...

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    Android Marshmallow barely inched over the 10 percent mark this month in the version distribution numbers. Lollipop remains the most popular version of the OS, followed by KitKat and Jelly Bean. The data shows a slowing of growth for the latest version of Android after consecutive months of increasing rates of growth. The data is mined from Google Play Store access during the week ending June 6. Here are the numbers: [table] Version,Codename,API,June (%),Change from May (%) 2.2,Froyo,8,0.1,0 2.3.3-2.3.7,Gingerbread,10,2,-0.2 4.0.3-4.0.4,Ice Cream Sandwich,15,1.9,-0.1 4.1.x,Jelly ...

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    Not going to fly high with Project Fi? The Nexus 5X over there still is $199 for the 16GB model and $249 for the 32GB version. But if you want a 5X and don't want to tie a string to a new carrier, no matter how Google it is, you still have options. For example, one sale going strong right now on eBay has the 32GB Nexus 5X for $274.99, 31 percent off list price. 1,149 all-new units have been sold already with 32 bought in the hour we're posting this article. We don't know how much are left, but the Ice color is out of stock which leaves Carbon or Quartz for your viewing pleasure. The ...

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    We’re only three days away from Lenovo Tech World, an exciting press event in San Francisco where the continuously reshuffling device manufacturer intends to tackle “the most promising and emerging topics in innovation, including virtual reality, IoT and harnessing the power of the cloud to transform people’s lives.” Sounds vague, experimental and potentially boring as hell, and besides, Lenovo recently unveiled the Motorola Moto G4, G4 Plus and G4 Play in India, so it’s unlikely there’s already something different and similarly exciting in the pipeline. Or is it? Well, we ...

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    With Chrome OS taking on windowed Android apps via the Google Play Store in mere weeks, you may be looking at some Chromebooks if only for the vague interest in how that would all work. Well, you have a couple of extra choices from Acer to consider at the Google Store. The Taiwanese manufacturer has put up its new Chromebook 11 and Chromebook 14 on offer. The 11.6-inch model comes with a 1366 x 768 anti-glare LCD, a dual-core Intel Celeron N2840 (2.16GHz), 2GB of RAM and a 16GB SSD. It has a USB 3.0 and a USB 2.0 port along with HDMI and SD card slots. The 2.43 lb aluminium-built device is ...

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    The last markdowns are in place for the Nexus Player at many retail stores. ASUS isn't making a device anymore that used to be sold at the Google Store. Now what? Apparently, it's due for a software update. Liliputing first reported its findings of another application at the FCC for a device looking like another Nexus Player. But don't get your hopes up. The thing is that this application retains the same FCC ID code as the original product that was approved on October 19, 2014. Why would ASUS submit a new FCC application for an old product? Well, the FCC currently requires that if a ...

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    Last week, we saw a Bloomberg report claiming that Google was making a list, checking it twice and finding out which OEMs were naughty and nice. In other words, Google was ranking Android OEMs based on how fast they pushed out updates to consumers. The list is internal – probably as a mental note for who Google should start poking if they lag behind. But the same report suggests that Google may start publishing this list to the public so we all can know who is hot and who is not when it comes to updates. Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it and with Google already ...

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    Huawei is making a Nexus phone this year that will, in almost all certainty, best its Nexus 6P in the numbers that matter. But the number that matters right now is this one: $80. Best Buy, B&H and Newegg all have sales on the Nexus 6P for you to consider. The 32GB and 64GB at all outlets are getting $80 discounts down to just below $420 and $470 respectively. Best Buy and B&H is also taking $80 off the 128GB version down to $570 while Newegg has a $50 discount, putting it at $599. B&H is bundling $50 store credit and two screen protectors for the phone. Newegg is also offering ...

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    Rumor has it that HTC will be making some Nexus phones for Google in the near future. Huawei has it that the company is also make a Nexus phone for this year. The company launched its P9 series of phones in South Africa today. Like the US, China has had strong investment interests in the entire continent for a while now — but consumer tech companies like Huawei have been slow to bring fresh business over. GearBurn talked with the head of Huawei's South African unit, Charlene Munilall, about why it was the case that the country didn't see much headway for the Nexus 6P. She said, as have ...

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    When Google first launched the Nexus, it was a phone platform designed to set a threshold for what an Android phone should resemble. While focused on developers, there was a novelty for consumers in owning a phone supported directly by Google. As one could receive top tier processors at market disrupting prices, the Nexus quickly developed a passionate fan base among the Android savvy. However, today it's a lot more common to find manufacturers playing with lower price points and including powerful internals. This space has become increasingly competitive, as companies look for ways to ...

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    While Google confirmed at the I/O developer conference last month that fall 2016 is the ETA of its “high quality mobile virtual reality” Daydream platform, the search giant didn’t say when actual supporting phones manufactured by partners Samsung, HTC, Huawei, LG, ZTE, Asus, Alcatel, and Xiaomi would land. And mind you, current-gen Android flagships, including the Galaxy S7, LG G5, HTC 10 and even Google’s own Nexus 6P, are pretty much guaranteed to not work with the final, consumer variant of Daydream. But the recently unveiled ZTE Axon 7 will, according to its producing company, ...

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    You may have a new, bigger screen that you might take advantage of to enjoy original content from YouTube Red soon. We've been picking up reports that subscribers have been clicking into emails offering up a free Chromecast to redeem. There's some irony in that while a YouTube Red subscription tacks on access to the Google Play Music library as a bonus, a Google Play Music subscription that has YouTube Red as a bonus hasn't gotten a free Chromecast. All of this has been anecdotal, by the way. Maybe we'll see a similar deal with Chromecast Audio come up soon. After all, Chromecast ...

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    You'll soon be able to buy a OnePlus 3 without an invite! Is this the flagship killer you've been waiting for? We finally have confirmation on USA pricing for the Xperia X. Will Sony start supporting North America more consistently? Qualcomm delivers an official statement regarding the TrustZone exploit, but will consumers be able to protect their information if manufacturers have to send updates? These stories and we'll be tackling your questions and comments. Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 203 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on June ...

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    Google knows what it wants when it comes to Android hardware. It always could make those machines on its own, but it doesn't as a favor to the manufacturers that it would be cannibalizing. Instead, those OEMs help Google execute its reference designs. But something changed when Mountain View decided to make the Pixel C. The company put in direct orders to the factories. It made its own hardware. And it may be looking to make more. At Re/code's Code Conference, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told Walt Mossberg that the company's Nexus platform is getting "more effort" poured in. "You'll see us ...

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