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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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    With Google I/O 2015 starting in just a few days, chances are good that we're about to get some official information about the next version of Google's mobile operating system, so far described just as Android M. Today we have a couple interesting Android M rumors to share with you, including a possible internal codename, and the chance that Google could use the update's release to formalize its update policies for Nexus devices. First up: that codename. Numerous comments made to AOSP source materials have been referencing the “mnc-dev” branch, and word is that “mnc” stands for ...

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    Google very well may be planning to introduce Android M at Google I/O in just another week. At least, Android L debuted at I/O last year, and the I/O 2015 schedule briefly made reference to Android M before a hasty Google revision. We've already talked a little about the new features we'd most like to see arrive with this next major version of Android, but what's still a pipe dream, and what could actually happen? One change that's picking up some new support is the plan to give Android built-in support for fingerprint scanning hardware. You can already find a number of noteworthy Androids ...

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    Smartphones have already changed the way we communicate with other, but there are still so many other aspects of our lives that could serve to benefit from that same sort of high-tech makeover that transformed dumb phones into the modern portable computers we have today. Hundreds of companies have already developed products that leverage such tech, offering everything from connected ovens to smart lightbulbs, but a number of issues have gotten in the way of them seeing widespread adoption. Big names in mobile are hoping to change that, like the effort we've seen Apple HomeKit. Now a new ...

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    For a while now, we've been expecting Google to do something new with cases for its Nexus devices. Rumors emerged last year about a custom case program for the Nexus 5, one we saw mature to support the Nexus 6 as new evidence emerged last month. But so far, none of that custom angle has yet to go official. We're still not there quite yet, but today Google introduces a slightly different case program for some popular smartphones – and not just Nexus models – announcing its “Editions” series with the Skrillex Live Case. Yup: dubstep poster-boy Skrillex wants to bring you smartphone ...

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    We started the month off sharing with you some of the latest Android builds to become available for Nexus tablets, with Android 5.1.1 factory images landing for several. About a week later, the Nexus 9 joined them (well, for the WiFi-only edition, at least), and it wasn't much later before an OTA download emerged, for easy sideloading. But for all the releases we had seen, the picture wasn't complete, and we didn't have all the links we wanted for all the still-supported Nexus hardware out there. Today we have the opportunity to flesh things out with a few of those hold-outs, as OTA ...

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    Google's annual developers' conference kicks off with an opening keynote next week, which means it's absolutely not too early for the buzz surrounding the event to kick into high gear. It's likely we'll be seeing high-profile releases at the conference – such as of Android M – which means that you'll want to be tuning into important parts of it from wherever you are. So if you're attending the conference, or even just observing from afar, you'll want to immediately download this official Google I/O 2015 app. The app, just as in previous years, lets you stream key sessions (and most ...

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    Google+ used to be the go-to cloud home for photos on Android, but a couple months back we started hearing about some big changes that could be in store. Sure enough, just a few days later we saw Google confirm plans to start making pics available in Drive, instead. But was there more to this plan? Rumors dating back all the way to last year once hinted at even broader photo changes on Android, and a new report suggests the full picture could be about to reveal itself, with Google announcing a new photo tool at I/O later this month. From what we've heard, the tool is separate from Google+ ...

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    Just about one month ago, Google shared word of the latest Android Wear platform update, one that promised a bevy of new features, not the least of which being giving compatible hardware the ability to take advantage of WiFi connections. It all sounded pretty great – the only problem being getting your hands on it. For while the new LG Watch Urbane ships with this latest Android 5.1.1 build (above), and there have been early signs of update availability for other LG Android Wear models, everybody else has been doing without. That sounds like it's finally about to change, as Google makes ...

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    Google is emailing select Android developers today, letting them know of new Google Play advancements set to launch come time for the annual I/O conference at the end of May. While the program isn't official quite yet, this notice to developers acts as confirmation that the Google Designed for Families program is real, and it's presenting itself as a more kid and family-friendly approach to app retailing. Over the years, Google has wildly modified its stance on approving applications before they're published onto the Play Store; now there's a tighter approval process than before, and the ...

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    With the arrival of the Apple Watch and its integration with Apple's Health app, the intersection between wearables and fitness is once again back in the public eye. And while for the moment it's Apple that's capitalizing most on this publicity, other players in the smartwatch game aren't about to let this opportunity pass them by. Last fall, Google formally got the ball rolling on Google Fit, its own health and fitness hub with tight ties to wearables, and today Google shares word of some new features its own tool is receiving. Apps like Google Fit are all about data, and beyond ...

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    It's been three weeks now since the first Android 5.1.1 release went public, we've seen the software come to devices like the Nexus 9, Nexus 7, and even Nexus 10. And while Google's tablets have been quick to take to this new build, the same hasn't been true for the company's smartphones, lingering back behind the curve. That may finally be about to change, as Sprint gives users the heads-up that the Nexus 5's Android 5.1.1 update is incoming. Sprint's delivered first warning of on-their-way Nexus series Android updates before, so the odds are in favor of the carrier being on to something ...

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    Apple Watch, ever since its launch last month, has seen a steady stream of development from most top mobile software development companies. For example, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and others have announced their intentions (or apps already) to develop for the device – not one big company is ignoring this device's existence. The latest company to hop on the Apple Watch bandwagon? One of Apple's biggest competitors in the smartwatch arena: Google. This first Google Apple Watch app isn't actually a separate app – it has just been issued in the form of an update to the existing News ...

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    It used to be that there were some significant benefits in acquiring a Moto X, but as the story goes, that was when Google owned Motorola. Immediate software updates were a great benefit that Moto X users received, where it even left Nexus devices behind at times. The story has been mixed since Lenovo took charge of Motorola, and if you still own a 2013 Moto X, we have more information today. David Schuster, Motorola’s Senior Director of Product Management has just provided users with an update on his Google+ account. Within the post, Schuster acknowledges that there are a lot of ...

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    The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have proven to be the flagships that Samsung needed to regain its limelight. Surely they’re not the perfect smartphone in things like battery life, or the lack of expandable storage, but everything else proves that Korea did a good job with this launch. A polarizing topic continues to be Samsung’s software skin and apps, but Samsung keeps improving it, for the love or hate of many. Samsung has just pushed an OTA update to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge in Europe and Asia under the XXU1AOE3 build number, and with 159MB in size. The update claims to ...

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    Google released Android 5.1.1 for the Nexus 9 last Thursday. So if you've been eager to try out the latest Android build on your tablet, a screen like the one above can be extremely frustrating: you know that update is out there, but your Nexus 9 just hasn't seen it arrive yet. What's an Android fan to do? Well, Google's already made available a 5.1.1 factory image for the Nexus 9 (download link below), which you're free to flash at your convenience, but if you haven't unlocked your tablet's bootloader, you're looking forward to a data wipe in the process. Of course, there's a better way ...

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    Are you the sort of shopper who jumps at the opportunity to pre-register for products? Do you sign up with your email address for official info on that hot new phone the moment release details become available? Are you always heading down to the game store to make a deposit on next season's blockbuster title, so that you'll guarantee a copy for yourself on launch day? For as many chances to pre-register for stuff as there is, it's almost shocking that the practice has taken this long to come to smartphone software. That's currently changing over on Android, where Google is in the process ...

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    There's little denying that large smartphones are more popular today than ever before, and even the iPhone, once the poster-boy of compact smartphones, has relented and made itself available in a phablet size option. Last year, Google's Nexus phone similarly saw itself hit a growth spurt, growing from five to nearly six inches. Would we ever see the return of a smaller Nexus handset, or are phablet sizes here to stay? Last week a rumor suggested that this year's Nexus, while shrinking down a smidge, could arrive as a 5.7-incher. But there may just be hope for another five-inch Nexus yet, ...

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    With the Nexus 6, Google made the controversial decision to step away from the affordable phone-sized models of the previous couple years and instead go with the six-inch flagship-priced phablet we got. Will this year's Nexus model be a return to old habits, or will we see another handset that's very much cast in the mold of the Nexus 6? A new rumor suggests that Google's staying the course with phablets, and we're looking at another jumbo-sized Nexus. We've previously talked about the idea of Google turning to a Chinese OEM to build the new Nexus, and this report reiterates the claim that ...

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    As it stand right now, app permission control in Android is frustratingly monolithic. When installing some new software, users are presented with a breakdown of permissions the app's requesting, and all they can do is agree to allow all of them, or none at all. Back when Android 4.3 first landed, we were teased with the promise of far more granular control over permissions, able to selectively enable and disable access as we pleased (above). Unfortunately, that hidden tool didn't last for long, and Google was quick to force users back into its all-or-nothing routine. Now there's once again ...

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    Android 5.1 went official just about two months ago now. Within days of the announcement, not only were 5.1 factory images available for many Nexus devices, but OTA updates had been tracked down for convenient sideloading. It was all pretty great – unless you had a Nexus 9. Despite being among the newest of Google's Nexus models, it saw its predecessors pass right by it in line for 5.1 updates. In the weeks since, Google's teased us with a new 5.0.2 update for the Nexus 9, but still no Android 5.1. Today that finally looks like it's about to change, as Google announces the start of Nexus ...

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    So far today, the newly revealed Google I/O 2015 schedule has offered us several tantalizing previews of what to expect from the upcoming dev conference, including a possible new ATAP wearable and maybe even the big Android M announcement. As attendees and enthusiasts pore further through the session listings, we're learning about a few other noteworthy features and services that will be on the menu, including some new hands-free and proximity-based abilities. One session promises to introduce devs to Voice Access, which will grant users the ability to enjoy “access to their Android ...

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    Even though Apple has verbally been reluctant to compete with companies it can partner with for specific services, the story of Apple and Google is a different one. Apple didn't want to compete with Google Maps, up until it launched and failed with Apple Maps. The same can be said about Apple and search engines, but today things change drastically. Apple has just announced Applebot, its new crawler to help provide search results for Siri and Spotlight. In the past Apple would rely on either Google or Bing to provide Siri with search results, but it seems this will no longer be the case. We ...

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    Last summer at the Google I/O developer conference, Google turned the spotlight on its latest major Android revision. And while it would still be several months before the Android Lollipop name was official, the company gave us an early preview of what to expect as it formally announced Android L and started making available some Nexus factory images for testing. This year's Google I/O will be here in just a few weeks, and as we mentioned a littler earlier today, Google just made the full schedule available. In doing so, it may have just let the cat out of the bag about its plans to reveal ...

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    We're just about three weeks away from the start of this year's Google I/O conference, and today Google finally went public with the full event schedule. While there's going to be a lot of exciting stuff to see, and news to be announced, one entry on the calendar that's catching some early attention is a Google ATAP (the Advanced Technology and Projects group) session on Friday, May 29. Among talk of Project Ara and 3D films, Google mentions that it also plans to show off some mysterious new wearables. The session description promises “wearables that we hope will blow your socks off,” ...

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    Two weeks back Google launched Project Fi, its MVNO offering that delivers cellular service with the help of Sprint and T-Mobile's networks. With flexible pricing and the promise to make it easier than ever for people to keep in touch with you as you move across devices, it all sounded pretty compelling, and users were quick to register their interest. Today Google's responding to some of those registrations by sending out the first wave of Project Fi invites, and as users go about signing up for the service, we're learning a little bit more about how it all works – and specifically, ...

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