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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's fair to say we've got smartwatches on the brain right now. We just checked out that new analyst report looking at the state of the market and what manufacturers might want to start doing in order to drive consumer interest, and this afternoon we've been thinking about Motorola's plans for the start of Moto 360 sales next month. Perhaps those notices Google just sent out to I/O 2014 attendees about claiming the 360s they've got coming their way inspired the company to also step up its public promotion of Android Wear, as it's just released four new short promotional videos on YouTube. ...

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    With those invitations Motorola just started distributing for a September 4 event, the ones that pretty unambiguously feature an image of a watch among their highlighted products, it's safe to say that we're just about to learn of the start of retail sales for the Moto 360. But even if that announcement comes at the event, when might the smartwatch actually go up for sale? After all, a couple of the other products we're hoping to see announced – the Moto X+1 and G2 – have been rumored to land on September 25, and September 10, respectively. Would the 360 fall closer to the former or ...

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    As popular as YouTube is today, there are some caveats to the way the service works. You can only watch videos while online, these require chunks of data, and at times when data plans aren't cheap nor unlimited, it would be great to download a couple of videos over WiFi before hitting the road. Google has offered to bring this service offline to its YouTube application for a while now, but even today, all we get is more teasers. Google has recently updated its YouTube application for Android on the Google Play Store, and if you look closely, you'll notice that the screenshots provided ...

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    What's the next batch of Nexus hardware going to look like? If we're buying the latest rumors, we could be in store for an HTC tablet, as well as maybe a Motorola phone, though one more on the phablet-sized end of the spectrum. In the past, companies like HTC, Samsung, LG, and ASUS have contributed to the Nexus lineup, but now a new report sheds some light on a Nexus model that never sounds like it got past the idea stage, as HP tried to convince Google that we needed a Nexus model for business users. The story emerges as part of a larger report on efforts between HP and Google to use the ...

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    Late last month, we checked back in with the ongoing saga of what to expect for the next Nexus phone, hearing rumors that Motorola might get the tap and could deliver the biggest Nexus handset to date, a 5.9-inch phablet codenamed Shamu. At least, there were references in Android bug reports mentioning that codename, but not a ton of evidence detailing the hardware itself. Today we may come a little closer to understanding just what this device consists of, with some purported Shamu benchmarks turning up. But fair warning here: when we say “a little closer,” we mean it, as there's no ...

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    A couple weeks back, we saw the initial rumblings of a Google Play Store Summer Sale, bringing (in some cases, sizable) discounts to a number of Android apps. But while these individual apps made mention of an overarching “Summer Sale,” we didn't see a big, formal announcement from Google. Just what was the scope of this deal, and would it expand to include some of the other content for sale in the Play Store? Last night, it looks like Google started bringing us some answers, announcing that its seasonal sale would continue, bringing new offers to Android users in 17 nations around the ...

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    Early last month, rumors suggested that this HTC-made Nexus tablet we keep hearing about was going to be a hardware powerhouse, boasting specs like an unheard-of 5GB of RAM and 64-bit NVIDIA K1 SoC. Only problem was, that source was quickly identified as a phony. Since then we've talked a little more about HTC's plans for multiple tablets, but today we're swinging back around to the idea of this Nexus model, with new reports of high-end specs and a possible citing at a regulatory agency. While we're not talking anything so crazy as 5GB of RAM anymore, this new account still suggests that ...

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    In our latest smartphone review, looking at the AT&T version of the LG G3, we lamented the lack of good options for quad HD content; the G3's got this fantastically high-resolution display, but it can be a real pain to track down any content that takes full advantage of all those extra pixels. Just a couple months back, though, we saw real progress being made towards improving the state of high-res media on our phones, as a YouTube update started giving users the ability to manually select from HD resolutions, including 720p and 1080p. Now, that's finally extending up into the 2K space ...

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    Six weeks ago today, a day after Google detailed the arrival of Android L at its Google I/O keynote, the company released the first Android L Developer Preview images. Downloads were available for both the 2013 Nexus 7 and the Nexus 5, and we quickly took advantage of these resources to bring you a hands-on look at the updated platform. In the time that's followed, Google's been hard at work on finalizing Android L with its eye on a public release this fall, and today we check out the next step on the path towards that goal, as a couple new Android L Dev Preview releases arrive for those ...

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    Google's got big plans for Hangouts. We've already seen recent improvements to how it handles text messaging, and word is that major integration with Google Voice is just over the horizon. But what then? How will we see Hangouts mature into an even more well-rounded messaging tool? A new Google acquisition may clue us in to where things are headed next, as it snatches up Tinker Square, developer of messaging app Emu. Emu works like a cross between something like Google Now and a traditional text messaging app. It analyzes your conversation and pops-up relevant content, like your calendar ...

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    When it arrived in the fall of 2012, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean delivered a feature users had long asked for: support for multiple user profiles on a single device. Problem was, that mode was only accessible on tablets. Rumors speculated a lot about why that was, initially placing the blame on existing software patents that covered such a mode for phones, but then last summer we finally got an official response, describing it largely as a user interface and technical problem: when you've got multiple users, to whom should things like text messages and incoming voice calls be directed? Now with ...

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    A new release of YouTube for Android is out today, and this being a Wednesday, right in the middle of the week when Google likes to release app updates, that on its own isn't very surprising. The update itself doesn't contain a ton of new features, mainly just enhancing existing playlist functionality by making it easier to interact with lists, as well as review ones you've already created (above). But that's not all that's here: expecting that the media would go poking around the APK, looking for signs of any more upcoming changes, this time Google decided to have a little fun, and hid a ...

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    Google Play edition devices have been slowly picked off over the last couple months, with the last ones to go being the HTC One (M7), Sony Z Ultra, and LG G Pad 8.3 back in early July. Couple that with the unknown fate of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Google Play edition, and things are looking pretty glum for this line of phones. It hasn't ended with that though, with the Galaxy S4 Google Play edition removed earlier today. The phone's dismissal has wiped it clean of the Google Play editions compilation page you see above, but the Google Play link is still functioning. As you see below, though, ...

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    Buying applications on digital stores has always been a mixed bag whenever we accidentally hit the "buy" button on the wrong App. Windows Phone is nice enough to give users a trial in most cases, and Apple is the complete opposite, where Cupertino's policies even mention that "App Store purchases are final," and reserving its right to not give you your money back. Google on the other hand gave you at least a meager 15 minutes to change your mind, though it seems that just changed in a good way. Google hasn't officially changed its policy of only giving you 15 minutes to claim a refund, but ...

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    We've got a winner! Congratulations, Isaac Rodriquez: you're getting a Nexus 5 and the Android Wear smartwatch of your choice! Everyone else, check back next week, only this time instead of Monday, we'll be bringing you word of our new contest on Wednesday. ___ Last week, we saw our second Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G LTE giveaway draw to a close.  And as it did so, it marked the end of the last contest we announced back at the start of July, for our month of giveaways. So, is that all she wrote? Not hardly. We're expanding that month of giveaways to a summer of giveaways, and if you were ...

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