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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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    You ever have a friend tell you about a great deal they found online, but when you go to check the listing for yourself, you see a different price? Retailers have been experimenting with dynamic pricing for years, where instead of offering the same products at the same prices for everyone, they'll vary things based on your location, purchase history, or other metrics – even your choice of OS or browser. We're not talking different prices for shoppers in different countries, either – someone just down the road from you could see a different Amazon price for a Blu-ray disc than you do. ...

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    If the last time we looked at the state of Android (and its operating system versions), Lollipop was just popping up on the radar (1.6 percent), things are starting to look better and batter for the latest iteration of the platform. Android 5.0 Lollipop distribution is going faster and faster, most likely due to the arrival of the latest flagships to the market (as well as OEMs updating some of their phones to the latest versions of the Google mobile OS). Almost double digits: 9.7% percent combined, or 9 percent and 0.7 percent for Lollipop version 5.0 and 5.1, respectively. KitKat is ...

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    Despite having 3GB of RAM, which should be enough, some Samsung Galaxy S6 memory issues have popped up over the past week. Based on reports from users, Samsung's latest flagship (and its Edge variant) are apparently affected by some memory problems, initially described by reports as a very aggressive memory management on Samsung's end. Following those user complaints, Samsung has acknowledged a serious Galaxy S6 memory issue, according to Forbes, who refers to Samsung UK Facebook (activity which we could no longer locate). The problem, according to Forbes, is that applications which are ...

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    Overnight we shared with you some of the latest news on Android updates for Nexus series devices, with a bunch of Android 5.1.1 factory images landing for Nexus tablets. That's well and good for the affected models, but some Nexus tablets have been getting a lot more Android update attention than others. While devices like the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 are seeing all this 5.1-attention, the Nexus 9 has been stuck on Android 5.0.1 – and it's the only such currently supported model to be so far behind, with even the Nexus 4 having a 5.1 build. That may finally be ready to change, as Google's ...

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    A couple of days ago we've seen a certain T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S6 being allegedly updated to Android 5.1.1, and, if true, this could be an excellent thing for the manufacturer, carrier, and owners (if true), as not even Nexus devices have received the new version of the OS. That thing chances now, as Google has made the Android 5.1.1 factory images available for the Wi-Fi-only versions of the 2012 and 2013 Nexus 7, as well as the Nexus 10. The build is LMY47V, and, aside from the fact that it should fix a memory leak plaguing Nexus devices (and not only), not much is known about ...

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    Google has been hard at work in extending the services that Google Now and Google Search can handle. Just a few days ago we saw how Google Now cards are being updated to support up to 70 different apps in order to provide users with timely suggestions when Google assumes it useful to you. The project doesn't end there though, and today we find another piece of the puzzle being updated. Google has silently updated its Android Developers Google+ page with the news that the "Ok Google" command will now support third party apps as well. You can say things like "Ok Google, listen to NPR," and ...

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    While Google still hasn't delivered a long-overdue update to its primary messaging service, Hangouts, it is keeping its SMS application, Messenger, very much ahead of the curve. Aside from having a more modern design, the app is receiving prompt updates to add important (and well-implemented) features. The latest Google Messenger app updated adds a quick reply feature, which should make it quick and easy to carry on text message communications without a second thought. The feature works as demonstrated above and below. When you receive a new text message, you receive a notification as per ...

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    Though you may not quite be able to use the new Google wireless MVNO service, at least we're a bit closer to that date now, with the launch of the Project Fi Android app to the Google Play Store. So even though nobody has an invitation right now, if you're eager to get yours and try out Project Fi, now may be a good time to download the app. What's curious is that this application is available for download on all Android phones, not just the Nexus 6. This is surprising, because Fi (at launch) has a limitation to just the Motorola-made stock Android smartphone; no other smartphones can ...

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    There's much debate over the viability of Android Wear, and especially when its 2014 sales were overshadowed by one day of Apple Watch sales. Still, the idea of a premium Android Wear offering might be a good approach, and the partnership between Tag Heuer, Google and Intel made a lot of noise a few weeks ago. At a time when a premium Apple Watch costs more than your average Toyota, competition is very much needed. Sources claim that Tag Heuer's Android Wear smartwatch, powered by an Intel Chip, will launch in October or November, and retail for $1400. The price might seem steep for you, ...

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    Let's lay some groundwork before we jump in. There are more smartphones powered by Android in the world today than there are powered by iOS. Google beat Apple to the game by releasing Android Wear an entire season before the Apple Watch hit the market. Watches powered by Android Wear come in numerous shapes and sizes - including round. Apple Watch hit the shelves, and immediately eclipsed Android Wear - or so the headlines would like you to believe. The Apple Watch has a whole bunch of features that Android Wear doesn't have, and it's got a lot of people declaring victory. Hold 'yer ...

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    If you're anything like us, you juggle a lot of mobile devices – probably quite a few more than your average user. And while walking around armed to the teeth with the latest mobile hardware can be a lot of fun, not everything behaves quite so nicely when you're pushing the boundaries of typical use cases. That's been an issue with smartwatches, especially if you own more than one model. Thankfully, it's also something that's been on Google's radar to address, and today we learn about the new Google Play Services 7.3, delivering among other improvements support for multiple Android Wear ...

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    Back in January we learned about a big expansion in the works for Google Now, as Google invited new app partners to integrate their content with the company's service. We heard more about such efforts last month, as Google talked about plans to release a Now API to further streamline how app content could connect with Now. This week Google's showing off where all this has led, announcing Now integration with dozens and dozens of apps – some seventy, total. The sorts of information these apps provide run the gamut from news, to entertainment, to fitness, and even dining – really, all ...

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    Google Glass was a grand experiment, but the combination of a wary public and sky-high price tag ended up standing in the way of the wearable becoming the next big thing. But while those initial efforts may have petered out, there's been the promise of bigger, better things from round two – and indeed, we started off this year hearing reports that the Glass project had found new management and would be producing a new Glass headset for release sometime later this year. That idea's since been supported by additional statements from Google, talking in particular about finding ways to make ...

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    It's not a secret that a majority of Google's earnings comes from advertising, but there is a small subset of income that comes from the company's other (more device-related ventures), such as the Play Store and Nexus device program. For perspective, that subset is even clumped into its own "other revenues" category on Google's earnings reports; it makes up a small amount of what Google actually makes. Although, it isn't an unsubstantial bit – this Google Nexus revenue decline does indeed concern us despite its tiny placement on the earnings report released by Google for Q1. Google had ...

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    Google's intention to launch its own MVNO and start selling cellular service directly to users has been confirmed for weeks now, leaving us to wonder about the specifics, including when this all might go live. We just heard a rumor claiming that Google was nearly ready to go, and would be formally launching the service todayi. Just as predicted, Google has officially announced Project Fi. Fi intelligently evaluates available network connections to find the best option for your phone at the moment, whether's that LTE, 3G, or a local WiFi network. Transitions between cellular and WiFi should ...

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    When Google showed off its vision for Material Design at Google I/O last year, it was a refreshing UI overhaul, the biggest change to the core aesthetics of Android since 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. With its vision, Google promised a refreshing new way of looking at the user experience. Dynamic and vibrant, with its bold use of colors and seamless transition animations, Android would finally be “beautiful and delightful”. Now, a few months down the road, Android Lollipop has been released, and with it came Material Design. It was new, it was refreshing, with its pretty animations and its ...

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    The Google wireless service is nearly here, according to trusted sources of The Wall Street Journal. The publication reported Tuesday that the Mountain View company is prepared to launch the wireless service, which leverages both the Sprint and T-Mobile networks, on Wednesday (April 22). As per the same sources, the service allows customers to only pay for the data they use – this isn't akin to a model any other major US carrier uses (though some have embraced the concept of rollover data as of late), and it's unclear how it will be regarded in the telecommunications industry. ...

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    We first caught sight of Google's Android 5.1.1 update back at the start of the month, mentioned in the release of a new SDK. Then last week, 5.1.1 was showing up on some official Android dev pages, measuring Nexus family audio latency. It sure felt like a release could happen at any moment, but when? Well, today's our day, as the first Android 5.1.1 release quietly appears as a factory image available for download. What's maybe most notable about the way Android 5.1.1 is emerging is that the first device to get it isn't a Nexus phone nor a Nexus tablet, but the Android TV Nexus Player. ...

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    The way we access the web is changing. For a growing number of people, their usage patterns are already heavily skewed towards mobile, and for many, mobile access is the primary way they get online. Google's all too aware of this, and we've already seen the company take steps to highlight content that's optimized for mobile consumption, like the way it started noting mobile-friendly sites in search results last fall. Today it's taking things one step further, making adjustments to its ranking algorithm that will award more favorable placement to sites that offer mobile-optimized layouts. ...

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    It would be fantastic if devices that once supported a service were guaranteed to keep doing so for years and years to come – that if Netflix works on your TV today, or your car streams Pandora, that it will keep right on working through future server-end upgrades. Sadly, that's not necessarily the case, and given enough time, client-side software can lose the ability to communicate with the service behind it. That's what happening to a number of YouTube-accessing devices right now, as Google updates its API and breaks compatibility with old viewers. The affected hardware includes old ...

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    With Apple Watch pre-orders upon us, and the smartwatch set to hit customer hands (well, wrists) soon, it's easy to get so wrapped-up in Apple's chapter of the wearable story that we gloss over what's happening with Android Wear. Sure, the other week's announcement about newly curated watchfaces and straps wasn't so hot, but that Moto 360 sale was solid. As it turns out, we just had to wait a little bit longer for the really substantial news, as today Google announces a big Android Wear update delivering some long-awaited features, including WiFi support. For watch hardware that supports ...

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    It was only a few weeks after Google formally introduced Android 5.1 that we started hearing about its next platform release, as a new Android SDK made reference to Android version 5.1.1. But that was all we had: a number in some software. We're still far away from putting together an understanding of what Google intends to change in its next Android update, but today we do get to check out some new evidence of its development, with another 5.1.1 mention tuning up in an official source. Remember how one of the improvements Lollipop delivered was decreased audio latency? Google's got a page ...

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    When Google Cardboard premiered at I/O last summer, it felt like some odd combination of a joke, an afterthought, and maybe a passing distraction. After all, Google couldn't really be serious about a passive VR viewer that was little more than a couple lenses and a cheap frame, could it? But what Cardboard lacked in polish it made up for in accessibility and flexibility, and the low barrier of entry it offered has allowed more smartphone users than ever before to enjoy a real 3D experience on their phones. In the time since, we've seen dozens upon dozens of manufacturers come out with ...

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    Rumors have been going back months now that Google's looking to introduce a new level of customizability to Nexus device purchases. Last summer we checked out a leak claiming that a service called Google Workshop would allow users to design custom cases for their phones – the Nexus 5, to be precise. It would permit them to upload photos for a personal touch, or use stylized imagery from Google Maps – a feature dubbed MapMe. We haven't heard more about Google Workshop for a long time now, but now some of the first hard evidence for its existence may have just been uncovered, in the form ...

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    Google's ambitions grow loftier every year, expanding from phones, to wearable electronics, to self-driving cars. But for all the new avenues it pursues, some of Google's greatest strengths continue to reside in the core search business that made it a household name. Untold millions of us use Google to conduct searches every day, and rely on the data it provides to make so many decisions in our lives. Is Google providing us unadulterated, relevant search results, or does it skew its output in order to serve the company's own interests? That's what the EU is asking as it makes formal ...

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