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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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    How much feedback is enough, and does too much risk being counter-productive? It's a question countless companies have faced, and we're sure Facebook is just one of the most recent as it prepares to launch Reactions to a wide audience: will all those new responses empower users to better express how they feel about posts, or will too many possible responses make it that much more difficult to get an at-a-glance reaction to how users in general feel about a post? Sometimes less really can be more, and that may be what Google's considering as it rolls out one of its latest changes to the ...

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    I've built up a love/hate relationship with HTC. This is a company which fueled most of my gadget obsession moving out of Windows Mobile and into the early days of Android. The One M7 was my favorite phone of 2013. However, recent efforts from the company haven't satisfied. HTC's mobile hardware of late has inspired plenty of discussion but not a lot of sales. Be it repetitive design, underwhelming camera tech, or fear of throttled performance, many people seem to have a reason why they aren’t picking up an HTC handset. Understanding doubt is important, but what helps dig a company out ...

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    Have you come around to the Google Inbox way of managing email? While the flagship Gmail brand is still the feather in Google's cap, Inbox has emerged as an alternative, and dare we say smarter way to cut through the chaff and really get to important data living in your email. In recent updates we've seen Google continue to improve Inbox with features like convenient composition widgets and a semi-automated Smart Reply mode, and now Google's sharing word of some more, aimed at making the app's search features as useful as possible. When you run an Inbox search that's clearly trying to pull ...

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    CES 2016 may not have brought us a ton of all-new phones, but we sure got to see new spins on some recent models, and that included the golden special edition Nexus 6P graduating to wide availability. The handsome-looking handset emerged as a show favorite, and shoppers have been free to pick one up for themselves both through the Google Store and with retail partner Best Buy. Even though the gold Nexus 6P is still the new hottness, it's already attracting efforts to make it just a bit more commercially appealing in the form of some solid discounts, bringing the price down fifty dollars. ...

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    There's a fair chance that you may be starting to get sick hearing about VR-this and VR-that all the time, but you've just got to open your mind a little. After all, while it was easy to talk big about VR in years past, in 2016 we're finally seeing things go commercial in a really big way, connecting the dots between stuff like basic Google Cardboard viewers and the really immersive 3D worlds that once only seemed possible in sci-fi fantasies. As such, it's only logical that Google appears to be paying more and more attention to the burgeoning market, as we saw earlier this month when we ...

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    Imagine a world where, aside from Windows Phones featuring Bing as their default search engine, both Androids and iPhones would at least offer their users a choice between Google and its counterparts upon setting your device up. Or how about if iOS products used, say, Yahoo’s services for your initial online search needs? If you’re thinking the company currently dependent on Alphabet would lose hundreds of millions of dollars, you may want to add a couple of zeros. That’s because, following Android income figures, Google’s ongoing legal war with Oracle has just revealed how much ...

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    Android, as many of its users probably know, is built on Linux. And while that's provided Google with a great framework, it also means exposing the platform to some of the same issues faced by any other Linux system. A few days back, researches published a serious vulnerability in the Linux kernel, exposing systems to a privilege-escalation attack that could allow local users to gain root. Should you be concerned for the security of your Android phone or tablet? Google's saying “no,” for most users, but it's still releasing a patch for good measure. In theory, a malicious app could ...

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    Whether you're making smartphones, the software that powers them, or the services they access, there's no denying that the smartphone industry is seriously big business. Every few months, we get a little direct insight into just how big that business is when the companies involved issue financial statements on their most recent performance. And while these disclosures can be a great tool to see just how well all these companies are doing, especially for the larger ones – those with interests far removed from just smartphones, tablets, and wearables – it can occasionally be a little ...

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    If you're anything like those among the Pocketnow crew who call the Northeast US their home, you've no doubt been checking the latest weather reports day-in and day-out over the last week or so as we get ready for a massive winter storm to hit. With heavy winds and substantial snow accumulation expected, these next few days are going to be some pretty dicey ones. While there's not anything anyone can do to change the storm's track, Google's at least giving us a newly refreshed way to keep on top of the latest changes to the forecast, as the company rolls out some greatly enhanced ...

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    Update: The podcast will be on your RSS/iTunes/Xbox feed starting January 24 at 3:00am Eastern. It's also down below right now. We would've liked to feature some fanart this week, but we'll have to wait until next time to show it off. HTC Nexus phones, a free smartwatch with your smartphone and iOS apps coming to Windows Phone. Who says the post-CES lull has to be dull? All of the above –plus a special announcement from Pocketnow's Editor-in-Chief and your listener mail– awaits on episode 184 of the Pocketnow Weekly! So put on your Perfume and varnish up your Islandwood; we're ...

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    Roses are red, violets are blue, Android has more fans than iOS, but with less money to spend on both hardware and software. Facts of life or exaggerated urban legends? You know, like Apple’s alleged mobile security advantage, disputed in numerous reports of late. Unfortunately for Google, its device-making partners, and especially friendly app developers, the same can’t be said about Cupertino’s edge when it comes to App Store revenue. That one’s no myth, and in fact, iOS titles generate more income overall, despite considerably lagging behind their Android counterparts in terms ...

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    Google finds itself in a special position as the company heading up the world's biggest smartphone platform, yet its core business is in neither consumer hardware nor mobile software. OK, so it's arguably an advertising company, first and foremost, but its roots are in search, and search continues to be a key component of many of its other pursuits. Certainly, we've seen plenty of ways Google's tried to leverage its success with search to help better serve the other corners of its ecosystem, and on mobile that's meant a lot of crossover with apps: that's extended from in-app search results ...

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    Is it too early to start talking about new Nexus phones? The early-year 2016 flagships aren't even official yet (leaving us understandably excited to see everything MWC has to offer), and we've got months to go of new Lumias, iPhones, and dozens upon dozens of other phones landing before we can realistically hope to see Google announce the next wave of Nexus handsets. That said, who doesn't like to have something to look forward to, and today we've got a very early rumor that an old friend could be returning to head up Google's Nexus efforts this year, producing not just one, but both of ...

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    Google hopes its mobile payments system will strike a chord with users better than Apple Pay or Samsung Pay. The latter system has been sweetening the pot with wireless charging pads and such while the widest promo availability Android Pay took on was for giving away Android figurines with Jamba Juice purchases. Time for a little more action. Now through February, Android Pay's "Tap 10" campaign will be giving away free media from Google Play, be it a free song, a free Play Music subscription, a free movie or even a Chromecast device. All a person needs to do is make 10 NFC-based ...

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    When you go looking for a new app, it's good to know what you're getting into. That's why app stores like the Google Play Store try to provide users with ample notice of what to expect, from permissions the app will use, to the presence (and pricing) of in-app purchases, to a rating, warning users of potentially objectionable content. That's well and good when all the content in your app is coming right from the publisher, but what about when the app itself is a tool for consuming outside content: say, something along the lines of a web browser, or a media player? Developers of such titles ...

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    We all know Google’s software updates come in waves, so after Maps, Cardboard, the Now Launcher, Google Plus and Play Store, it felt safe to expect a little something, something for GDrive as well. Of course, we’d have liked an Android Marshmallow makeover even more, but there’s still plenty of time for that to happen before the so far mystery N build enters the equation. Right now, cloud storage addicts will be ecstatic to hear Google Drive organization has been made “super easy”, just one month on the heels of a similar ease of use-focused renovation effort primarily targeting ...

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    If you're a lucky sap that comes across every new Android app beta first, you might come across some promo codes soon. It's been a long time coming and it's been way too long after Apple's App Store allowed for them. But hey, now's better than never. A new Help subsection in the Google Play Store Developer Console gives advice on how to adapt promo code input into in-app purchases or paid application downloads (not subscriptions). Promotions can be activated, paused or terminated as needed. Each developer can generate up 500 promo codes per quarter and must be used or lost. They can last ...

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    The question comes sharp and laced with an incredulity borne of too much exposure to the power-user tech-news cycle: you actually like the Pixel C? Why? It's a fair question. Our review, while largely positive, called into question the Pixel C's pricing and its apparent identity crisis –is it a tablet or is it a convertible?– while other outlets dove deep to discover its troubled upbringing. With such a damning origin story and an overpriced accessory practically required to make the thing worth using, why would a so-called technology expert like me take a $650 hit to build ...

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    It’s not unusual for Google to simultaneously improve or refine several of its software products, with recent GMaps, Cardboard and Google Now Launcher updates shortly followed by a minor but noticeable G Plus Android makeover. The social network, which remains a tier 2 Facebook rival despite continuous efforts from the search giant to better its accessibility, hipness and user interface, received a major visual overhaul last fall, but also plenty of bugs and stability issues in the process. Basically therefore, the 7.0 update of Google+ repairs everything its preceding refurbishment ...

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    It’s no longer just the UK government that wants backdoors implemented into all of today’s smartphones for “safety” and terrorism-opposing reasons, as soon enough, New Yorkers may not be able to buy or lease fully encrypted handhelds in the fourth-most populous American state anymore. If a piece of legislation currently in debate at the NY state assembly is ultimately passed, “any smartphone that is manufactured on or after January First, Two Thousand Sixteen, and sold or leased in New York, shall be capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating ...

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    One of the great things about being an Android user is having your pick of launcher, and you'd better believe that we've tried a lot of them. If you like rocking that pure-Android Nexus look, you may have equipped your phone with Google's own Google Now Launcher. While it's a pretty clean, useful tool, its UI has still shown a few rough edges here and there (and some of us are still getting used to that new vertical re-orientation for the app drawer following September's change-up). Thankfully, Google's willing to fix what hasn't been quite perfect, and in a new update headed out this ...

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    Google Cardboard already lets users dive into rich virtual worlds with just their existing smartphone and a cheap (if not outright free) viewer, seriously lowering the cost of entry for a stunning VR experience. But while Cardboard's done a lot to transport our eyes to far away locales or 3D-rendered fantasy landscapes, it's been missing a few pieces when it comes to giving our ears that same sort of immersive treatment. That's all changing today, as Google shares word of new spatial audio support for the Cardboard SDK. As Google points out, Cardboard apps were certainly capable before of ...

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    The world’s most popular web mapping and navigation service for everything that doesn’t run iOS reached a new functionality peak back in November, when it started receiving its highly anticipated offline voyage features, but believe it or not, there’s still room for improvement. Major improvement, even, as Google Maps v9.19 for Android adopts a handy Driving Mode which will try to guess where you’re going next. Based on your location history, travel habits, web searches and more, the update aims to make your life easier, shrinking the number of queries and commands required to get ...

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    The discontinued Motorola-made Nexus 6 is available at a reduced price on Amazon, possibly in a last attempt to clear inventory, Google just dropped the Nexus 5X to a starting tag of $350 on a permanent basis, so it’s only natural the Huawei-produced Nexus 6P follows suit. Unfortunately for hardcore Android purists, the N6P is likely still greatly popular at its normal retail cost, so Big G doesn’t see the need to take anything off the MSRP yet. Instead, you’ll net $50 savings on any Huawei Watch configuration purchased from the search giant with the acquisition of any Nexus 6P ...

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    We're living in an absolutely fantastic time for anyone who's been following the development of VR tech over the past few decades, as worthwhile consumer solutions finally become available. Beyond all the great high-end stuff we're seeing with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, it's easier than ever to pick up a cheap Google Cardboard viewer and use your existing smartphone to get in on the action – and with so many free viewer giveaways, odds are good that if you've been interested, you've had a chance to check Cardboard out in action by now. But is that where Google's going to draw the line ...

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