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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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    White? Not after Labor Day. You probably have to name it "aluminium". That's the call that rumormongers have made on some fashion choices that the HTC-made Google Pixel phones could take. Blue, black, then this "aluminium." Someone has both the 5-inch Pixel (right) and the 5.5-inch Pixel XL (left) in real life, both showing off what prior renders have already told us. Well, they show off only a few things. While the original photos may have been clear as a bell, there's been a liberal application of blurring to obscure any identifying labels. Back and center is the fingerprint sensor. The ...

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    If you like to make the most of your vacation but haven't the foggiest of where to start planning your ventures, Google has a few of them for you in its new Google Trips app for Android and iOS. In addition to sorting out your travel arrangements and any rental or reservation situations you may have, you can pick a site plan to hit up for any particular day for the amount of time you have, be it half a day or all day. You can download trips to keep them handy if you want to forego getting a new SIM for the stay. In fact, all of your travel information is handily stored within the app. But ...

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    What you see above may be a white version of one of the Google Pixel phones that are in vogue with the rumor whisperers right now. It shows up in a commercial for Alphabet's Nest smart appliances in the Netherlands. But the existence of a white color for the Pixel, said to be set for release in about two weeks, doesn't matter as much as the chatter surrounding the formerly Nexuses' advance to release day... well, it does in one sense. First, the word is out from Android Police and its trusted source that the Pixel XL will not start at $599, but rather, the smaller Pixel phone will, plus ...

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    In discussing when Samsung will restart Galaxy Note 7 sales in the US, it seems that Evan Blass of VentureBeat has also related the event to the start of some sort of sales activity for the LG V20. It was disappointing to hear word that the V20 would probably be shipping out after Google's Pixel phones have had a chance to, but Blass seems to have affirmed this rumor with two tweets. First off, we're learning of a long lead-in period to new sales of the Galaxy Note 7 devices in the US. Even though customers have apparently started exchanging their battery-defective phones or their ...

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    Here's a simple little feature that the Google Play Store probably should've had long ago. Here's also a simple little feature that everything offering downloadable data (hi, everyone) or anything that can download said data (hello, phone manufacturers) should've had long ago. Google is beta testing a feature that queues downloads up if it realizes that you're browsing the Play Store on a cellular network. If you want to "Wait For Wi-Fi" to download a certain app, you can answer a prompt as such and the next time you hit a local area connection, you should be able to see a download or two ...

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    We've been discussing how Google's skated its Nexus mission around over the years, crossing its bow between developer and consumer targets and delivering a statement on what its Android operating system is. But as this latest revelation shows, Google may have unintentionally kept tinkerers in its radar. XDA-Developers member and Team Win Recovery Project lead Ethan Yonker dug into some Android Nougat source code to work out how seamless updates would work — the feature would let software updates occur without going into recovery. It would take a second system file partition for that to ...

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    Update: 9/21. https://t.co/8Ne6gj0NJS— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 19, 2016 Google's first of two new messaging services has been out for several weeks and it's been an underwhelming contender to say the least, given the amount of coverage we've dedicated to Duo since its launch. With the final public release of iOS 10 and an all-new iMessage with obscuring, fanciful features, it's about time that Mountain View launch the second service it introduced at I/O this year. Leakmaster Evan Blass believes that Allo will be on the Play Store this week. Hello, Allo (launches this week). ...

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    We're running a special segment this week to discuss Samsung and the response to the Note 7. Is the media doing a fair job in reporting on these incidents? Has Samsung responded appropriately? Is there any way to salvage the Galaxy brand name? Also, the iPhone 7 will be in our hands in less than 24 hours, and it's apparently selling out like crazy! HTC has a new phone headed to Sprint! We've got a fresh look at the Google Pixel phone! Microsoft kills the Lumia! Watch the live video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on September 15th (click here for your local time), or check out the ...

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    With the PlayStation VR arriving in time to meet up with a couple of new PlayStation 4 variants, Sony would have done well and good to start planning 360° TV and movie content a long time ago. Alas, we're hearing today that the Japanese company will likely be licensing content from other multimedia outfits at first. The PlayStation VR will be released on October 13, which gives the company less than a month to implement its wider content strategy. The company claims more than 230 developers to its effort working on more than 50 projects in gaming, karaoke, cartoons, music videos and ...

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    While the Nixon Mission goes on sale this season as a water-treading debutante and the ASUS ZenWatch 3 evolves the company's commercial philosophy on smartwatches, the Android Wear platform will not be further bolstered by three of its major players this year. CNET has confirmed that LG, Huawei and the Motorola subsidiary of Lenovo will not have new releases until at least 2017. For LG, that leaves the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE as its latest Android wearable, released last November only to be taken from store shelves and re-released this March. Huawei launched its Elegant and Jewel ...

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    While we’re probably mere days away from Apple flaunting new record numbers for early adoption of a major iOS makeover, 7.0 Nougat is yet to break the 0.1 percent barrier in worldwide Android distribution. That’s because Google hasn’t done a great job spreading the N love for even well-qualified Nexus devices, leaving the 6P hanging until late last week, and still barely offering 6.0.1 Marshmallow factory images as far as the original N6 and LTE-enabled N9 are concerned. If it’s any consolation (most likely not), the search giant wants you to know the Motorola-made 2014 phablet and ...

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    Google's always gotta be cookin' up some new features for something they've already released. And every so often, the company realizes that a little public input can help improve those features' usability and even popularity. And so, the Chromecast team is deciding to harness the public preview to its advantage and start up a Preview Program. No, it's not a beta — the features being floated are considered release-grade, but you get to see and test drive them, then tell Google about your experiences and ideas. So, how do you sign up? Enter into the Google Cast app for Android or iOS and ...

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    It's the second week of the month, which means that Google is either a little late publishing its Android platform version distribution numbers or we all haven't been paying attention. But September's pie, taken from seven days of tracking Google Play Store access ending September 5, shows no sign of Nougat. Who'd think that a two-week-old OS version with very little availability would not make it to this chart? [table] Version,Codename,API,Distribution,Change from last month 2.2,Froyo,8,0.1%,N/A 2.3.3-2.3.7,Gingerbread,10,1.5%,-0.2% 4.0.3-4.0.3,Ice Cream Sandwich,15,1.4%,-0.2% ...

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    ‘Tis the season of Amazon hardware launches, which are nowhere near as flashy as iPhone, iPad, high-end Galaxy Note, LG handheld announcements or even Google Nexus/Pixel introductions. Just last week, an “all-new” Fire HD 8 tablet with Alexa support for voice commands essentially broke cover sans any pre-release buildup, and the same could be initially said of a refreshed, lower-cost variant of the Echo Dot smart speaker yesterday. Only minutes after Amazon tweeted the “big” product reveal, the 140-character announcement was deleted, and the e-tailer’s Echo Dot page yet again ...

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    It seems that the oddity that was the Nexus Launcher is no more. Or, as leaker @LlabTooFeR would say "Don't know anything about Nexus Launcher... There is only Pixel launcher..." The original launcher, thought to take better advantage of Google Assistant features and to differentiate the upcoming so-called Pixel (neé Nexus) phones, had its .apk leak last month. Google's new Pixel Launcher. pic.twitter.com/g974gVOKzT — LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) September 12, 2016 In the app information section, the Nexus Launcher's app version prefix code referred to Android Nougat Maintenance Release 1, ...

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    It's been smooth sailing for Project Fi since its launch. That said, the waters that Google's little MVNO effort has cruised through have been in narrow canals with a population of a few Nexus devices and a one-size-fits-one plan — only one line for every account at one flat rate. Well, Android Police has dug into the latest APK for the app (version K.2.7.13) and has found strings referring to an account "owner" that "[c]an adjust everything" and everything used on the account is "[p]aid by" said owner. Data allowances, warnings and shutdowns can be set for each line and edited ...

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    As hard as Google might be trying to keep a lid on classified information spillage concerning the first generation of Nexus-replacing Pixel phones (particularly real-life visual leaks), this is 2016, and there’s only so much you can do to hide premium Androids from prying eyes. Another reputable tipster who knows a guy who knows another guy with a connection in the right place delivers a fresh round of “factory renders” today, as well as a 360-degree video, starring the smaller of two upcoming Pixel handhelds, aka HTC-manufactured “Sailfish.” No use calling it a Nexus anymore, ...

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    Whatever mysterious issue Huawei had to resolve at the eleventh twelfth hour, it’s probably fixed (about darn time), with the Nexus 6P now added to the still unusually short list of Google-backed devices able to officially and widely score Nougat goodies. All you need to do is visit the search giant’s developer webpages, locate your respective factory or OTA Android 7.0 image, then download and install it following a simple set of instructions. Unless you were enrolled in the build N’s beta program, in which case you’re likely all set by now. Both binary image files are labeled ...

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    Uber pads its share of the global ride-hailing pie. Its positioning is very apparent as its service has been the go-to for Google Maps users looking for a way over "there". Sure, Maps added on six regional services back in March, but that UberX has always been tops on the ride service list. Not necessarily anymore. Lyft and Gett are now on the roster in the US. Lyft plays second fiddle to Uber at home while Gett, an Israeli company with services in over 60 cities across the globe including New York — the only location where Google will show Gett listings. Lyft options will be seen ...

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    While it’s definitely no big surprise to see the latest Android flavor kept exclusive to Nexus devices several weeks after its public, out-of-beta debut, as third-party OEMs need extra optimization, i.e. bloatification, time, it’s completely unacceptable that the 6P is still stuck on Marshmallow. Yes, that 6P. The one and only fall 2015-released Google/Huawei-co-branded Nexus 6P. The worldwide over-the-air rollout was supposed to begin on or around August 25, following publication of a manually downloading 7.0 factory image on Big G’s servers. None of that happened yet, and with ...

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    Okay, so Huawei is doing the Nexus again. We've been told that before and have been loathe to believe it given that the rumor pile stuck HTC with the two-phone Pixel job. But Huawei still had a trademark on the "7P," so, even if there was no fire, the smoke's still up. And with Evan Blass passing along the idea of a Google-branded tablet in 2016, we might as well start talking specs, if only to get an idea of what we're dealing with. Huawei Blog out of Germany has compiled some figures from its sources in China and the very blurry, very doubtful picture we have so far seems plain and ...

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    Still salty about Google’s rumored decision to axe the Nexus brand, and unveil Pixel-labeled N6P and 5X successors of sorts nearly one full month after today’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus announcement? With Galaxy Note 7 explosion scandals far from over, the LG V20 unlikely to start shipping very soon, and the Marlin and Sailfish now expected to pull off stellar turnaround times, it looks like there’s nothing to worry, as everything may go Big G’s way at the end of the day. While we previously heard whispers of relatively swift launches, Ausdroid finally goes into detail, at least as far ...

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    We still have no idea what the holdup was all about, but after Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, Chase, aka JPMorgan Chase, starting today allows its customers to also store eligible Visa cards and use them for secure on-the-go transactions with Android Pay. Google, in turn, beefs up its already hefty roster of US banking partners, including hundreds of major and minor financial institutions nationwide, Bank of America, Citi and Wells Fargo previously headlining the list. It’s really a win-win situation, which brings us back to what exactly took them so long. We don’t have an answer, and it ...

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    The Nexus brand is (probably) dead, long live Google Pixel phones, and most likely, tablets too, despite C’s very experimental nature and mainstream commercial misfortune. But the HTC-manufactured Pixel and Pixel XL, codenamed Sailfish and Marlin on the inside, are expected to start off at a major disadvantage compared to their Nexus predecessors. Not only will they be released a little late to strike box-office gold during the always prosperous holiday season, also foregoing the typical buzz and media attention of debuting alongside new Android flavors. Nougat is already out and about ...

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    Android tablets, both low-cost and “premium”, don’t seem to be going anywhere, and it’s been that way for several years now. It’s perhaps no coincidence Google also inexplicably stopped manufacturing 7-inch Nexuses back in 2013, focusing on larger, far less popular form factors. The 2014-released HTC-produced N9 was practically forgotten before 2013’s second-gen Asus Nexus 7, which we still remember fondly of to this day, while the all-Google-developed-and-marketed Pixel C from last year could never properly take off. The signs pointed to an inevitable end of vanilla ...

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