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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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    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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    Smartwatches just can't seem to catch a break when it comes to power. Their compact construction affords little room for anything close to phone-sized batteries, forcing users to recharge their wearables with nearly daily frequency. And even then, we've seen problems with the charging interfaces themselves, like the issues Samsung's had with the charging adapter for the Gear Live. Now it's LG's turn to tackle a power-related problem for its own smartwatch, as the company delivers an update to address corrosion issues with the G Watch's charging contacts. Corrosion? What could software do ...

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    When we're talking about custom smartphone designs, our thoughts immediately go to Motorola, the Moto X, and Moto Maker; with options ranging from colors to different materials, there's a lot of room to put together a phone that's uniquely yours. But what about custom cases? Sure, there are any number of third party companies that will help you put together a case unlike anything else that's out there, and you could even go the DIY route with a 3D printer, but a new leak suggests that Google could be getting into the custom case game itself, and may be launching a tool called Workshop to ...

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    Last month we heard how ZTE was planning to really get down with Google's vision for Android and hook its upcoming phones up with the Google Now Launcher. So far, you haven't had a shot at the launcher unless you were running the Nexus 5 (on which it debuted), or a short list of other Nexus or Google Play edition models. Was this new ZTE effort a sign that its exclusivity was about to really start crumbling down? That may just be the case, as reports come in of the Now Launcher supporting a number of additional devices. At least – that's what some users are seeing. Right now it seems to ...

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    Pocketnow's already synonymous with insightful editorials, in-depth hardware reviews, and informative videos. But giveaways? We're getting there! Earlier this month we formally kicked-off our summer of free stuff with a one-of-a-kind Sony Xperia Z2 featuring a custom Pocketnow skin, and those offers have continued over the following weeks, most recently with that Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE contest we just wrapped up. And while there are more hardware giveaways waiting in the wings (stay tuned), we also just cut the ribbon on the brand new Pocketnow Deals site only a few days back. When ...

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    When Google first started selling Google Glass, availability was highly limited; potential buyers had to make their case for why they should be allowed into the Glass Explorer program, before even getting a chance to fork over $1500 for the wearable. And Google, having gone to all the trouble of cherry picking users like that, made it very clear in the terms of use for Glass that anyone caught renting, selling, or even giving away their headset faced Google remotely deactivating their hardware. But now with Glass availability greatly improved, is that restriction necessary, or even ...

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    Is it finally Motorola's turn to make a Nexus phone? Like HTC, Samsung, and LG before it, rumors have turned to the idea of Motorola – even as it changes hands from Google to Lenovo – manufacturing the next Nexus handset. Yesterday we looked at some early evidence pointing to the existence of this Motorola device codenamed Shamu, reportedly a 5.9-inch phablet. Now we've got some new corroboration to add to those claims, as well as some updates about what might be in store for Google's Android Silver efforts. According to The Information, Shamu didn't really get started until after the ...

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    Remember back in the days of Android Gingerbread when ambitious OEMs started pumping out Android-powered tablets in an attempt to compete with Apple's iPad? Google pulled out all the stops to get Android Honeycomb released, and even partnered with Motorola to create the XOOM to show us all how a tablet "should be made". Honeycomb didn't last that long, but prior to Honeycomb, Google's message to OEMs was very clear: don't make a tablet powered by Android just yet. In retrospect, it's obvious why Google wanted its partners to wait: Android wasn't ready for tablets back then. It took some ...

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    App assortment on your phone starting to feel a little stale? Anxious to shake off some summer laziness with new productivity software, or maybe just embrace these hot, do-nothing afternoons with some games to keep you busy? As luck would have it, Google is at the ready to hook you up with a bunch of savings through a new Summer Sale promo, and while we haven't seen any formal announcement just yet, the deals are already live. Quite a few apps have already seen their prices slashed, and while like we mentioned, Google hasn't put up any main Summer Sale page cataloging these offers, the ...

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