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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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    Going back over a year now, we've been hearing about Google's plans for an interesting new service that would allow smartphones to communicate with other devices in their vicinity. Dubbed Nearby, the system would rely on multiple channels that ranged beyond standard things like Bluetooth to include techniques like using your phone's microphone to receive data sent with sound waves. And while some of that tech later emerged in other Google products, and we caught some fresh rumors just the other month, Nearby as a whole had still yet to make its formal debut. Now it's finally time for ...

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    One would think that deleting the Google Photos app from your Android smartphone would be enough to end all of the app's processes... and that makes sense, right? Unfortunately, that's not the case. Many are not realizing as they delete the app that the automatic backup of pictures to Google's servers (if enabled when the app was on the device and in-use) doesn't actually stop. Because of how the app taps into Play services and the Android operating system itself, Google Photos auto-upload will not stop upon deletion of the application. Though we find Google Photos an incredibly ...

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    At Google I/O in late May, Google announced its next-gen mobile payment service, Android Pay. And while Android Pay sounded a hell of a lot like Google Wallet in terms of its functionality, it wasn't long after the initial Android Pay announcement that Google was insisting that Pay wasn't arriving to outright replace Wallet, and that the Wallet app would live on – and even get spruced up with plans for a big overhaul for the software. As we wait to see how that will all play out, though, it's becoming clear that Google intends to put Wallet on the back burner, as the company updates the ...

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    An Android Wear platform update should have been officially introduced on July 28, claims a recent report which also mentions that this alleged date has been now purportedly moved to a so far unknown date in August. However, the same report claims knowledge of some of the features coming to the next Android Wear iteration, including interactive watch faces, as well as Together, a new watch to watch communication method. The report claims that Android Wear watchfaces will gain single tap interaction functionality. Some watchfaces out there already support this (thanks to a workaround), but, ...

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    If you've been itching to get into the wearable space, you might find it hard to find out which devices are worth looking into. Smartwatches release less frequently than smartphones or tablets, and even when a new device launches, it just doesn't see the same type of hype and publicity. Wearables don't just include smartwatches though, and there's a certain VR kit that has every potential to be a home run — assuming it's properly marketed. Find out our top picks for the best wearables in early 2015! [embed width="780" height="439"]http://youtu.be/zEJQ3MeOIK0[/embed]

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    What used to be one of Android's most defining features ("You're going to buy the iPhone?! Man, that doesn't even have, like, widgets on the home screen.") is now usually something we gloss over, though it's difficult to deny the convenience they bring to the platform as a whole. Reminding us of that convenience today is Google, which has issued an update to one of its two emailing applications bringing two new Inbox Android widgets – one that will allow you to set reminders, and another that will let you quickly jump into composing an email message. The two widgets are both 1x1-sized ...

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    You'd think that Google's smartphone would be updated to Google's latest software first on Google's own carrier brand, right? Well, you'd be wrong if that's what you thought – the Project Fi Nexus 6 model has indeed not received the update to Android 5.1.1, with other models of the Nexus 6 across other carriers joining in the party earlier than this one. But the time has come for the Project Fi Nexus 6 to get a little love of its own – it has just been announced that this model will be receiving the Android 5.1.1 update over the next few days. As a quick recap, Android 5.1.1 doesn't ...

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    Tablets are a strange thing. Most people don't upgrade them near as often as they do their smartphones, and the entire purpose of tablets is still debated among many confused consumers. Because they're not as popular as their smartphone counterparts, OEMs don't make tablets at as quickly a pace as they do phones, and so we're a little short on new devices to wave in your face. Thankfully, tablets keep like leftovers from a pasta dinner, and not that month-old milk you haven't bothered taking out of the fridge, and some of the best tablets in early 2015 are the same tablets from 2014, and ...

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    Well, you asked for it. You've got it. When we compared Google Maps to Apple Maps this week, we found that while Apple has come a long way from its early follies, further improvements can't come fast enough. This time around, we have the cartography effort from Nokia doing the rounds against Google. Both apps share a few traits: they're on iOS and Android. They both have downloadable maps for offline use. They both have some pretty extensive databases on transit. But as much as those similarities count for HERE, it has some major drawbacks to it. From testing around greater Boston, there ...

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    BlackBerry may not be the most beloved name in mobile at the moment, but it's hard to deny that the company continues to shine in Enterprise security. There was a time when even the most secure government agencies in the world would only trust BlackBerry, and given the recent trend to move things to iOS lately, BlackBerry needs to find new ways to exist. Android may not be so famous for its enterprise security, but that's about to change. BlackBerry and Google have just announced a very interesting partnership. We're not sure if this is the whole reason for the "AndroidSecuried.com" ...

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    We've got to hand it to OnePlus for knowing how to keep customers on the edge of their seats. The company has spent the last few weeks teasing what to expect with the OnePlus 2, detail by detail. By now the only missing link is to actually put all of the teasers together and imagine the phone, so the launch set for July 27 can't come soon enough. In a recent "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit, the OnePlus team decided to tease a little more information than what we had already received. The team claims that the OnePlus 2 will sport a larger 3300 mAh battery. The battery on the first-generation ...

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    Google spent a great of time telling us what was so great about Android M at Google I/O. Surely Lollipop has gotten better with recent updates, but Android M intends to take things further, and we've covered most of what you'll receive in a recent hands-on video. At the moment this new version of the OS is still a beta for developers, and today it gets an extra polish. Google has just announced its first update to the developer preview of Android M. The changes are mostly internal though, as the company claims the update includes the latest platform code and near-final APIs, something that ...

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    As it stands, one of the most convenient ways turn your regular TV into a smart one, is to acquire a Google Chromecast. It's $35 price tag is definitely a major part of that convenience, but the fact that it's small enough to hide behind your TV is another major benefit. The only problem is that it was a wireless-only product, something which would've been a problem for most of you, until now. Google has silently released an ethernet adapter for the Google Chromecast. It replaces the current micro USB connector that powers your Chromecast, and replaces it with a wall adapter that supports ...

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    Have your cached and downloaded Google Play Music songs been randomly disappearing from your Android app lately? If you answered yes to that question, your phone probably has a microSD card slot. And this is a noted Google Play Music bug, not just some strange issue affecting your phone. The good news? Google is aware of the issue, and is working towards solving it and releasing an update that fixes it. One user, after facing the issue, decided to contact Google Play Support about the issue. And here's the lengthy response they received (the gist of it is: this is not normal behavior, ...

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    Google Maps for iOS is one of the the go-to solutions (together with Here Maps and other third party offerings) for many iPhone owners that are not satisfied with Apple Maps. If you are a Google Maps for iOS user, you should check your iTunes app (or the link below) for an update to your application, as it brings a couple of new things to the table. Redesigned transit directions are now available in the latest version of the app (4.8.0) which also enables real-time information regarding arrival at your destination, where available. Additionally, you now have new options for sharing a place ...

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    If you've been hanging around Pocketnow for the past few weeks, you know of our recently rekindled interest in Google's Nexus 6. We brought our AT&T demo device off the back burner last month, kicking off the summer with an After The Buzz re-review of Motorola's oversized phablet, followed by a feature piece on Google's Nexus 6-only Project Fi service. Despite its monstrous dimensions and (arguably) high price tag, the Nexus 6 has a devoted following among Android fans – and with Android 5.1 having smoothed some of Lollipop's launch wrinkles, most of us here at the P-Machine ...

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    Did you know you can use voice searches these days? Well, you're reading Pocketnow, so you're probably not the most accurate representation of the general Android smartphone user, but the issue nonetheless remains (at least, Google would have us think) that many simply don't know that it's possible to forego typing out long search strings and just yell at your phone instead. That's why Google has begun inserting, according to reports from Android Police readers, suggested voice searches into the Google Android application. For some users, the search bar when you go to perform a search ...

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    Amidst its moonshot initiatives like Projects Loon and Ara, it's oftentimes quite simple to forget that Google sanctions projects like Android One as well. Android One, if you need a refresher, is a program that creates affordable (but yet usable) Android smartphones and then distributes them in growing markets where smartphones aren't so popular. The latest Android One smartphone will be hitting the Indian market this month, manufactured by local company Lava. According to a report from the Economic Times, the smartphone will be going official on July 14. The Lava phone will have a price ...

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    Google Glass managed to get plenty of people excited, and for good reason. Far more than smartwatches, the tech seemed practically right out of science fiction, yet here Google was not just developing it, but giving the public a chance to experience it for themselves. While the original Glass momentum may have seriously slowed down (publicly, at least) since its heyday, work on the project has continued, and we've heard that a new generation of Glass hardware is on the agenda for sometime later this year. Today we have what might be our first run-in with some real evidence of that device, ...

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    The arrival of the new Google Photos app gave users quite a few reasons to be excited, not the least of which being promises of unlimited cloud storage. So long as you were OK dealing with a 16MP resolution cap, and letting Google run your pics through its compression algorithms, Photos was supposed to let you store as many images as you could upload. Problem is, word recently started going around of users who found the service dying out on them after uploading large number of pics – issues that appeared to resolve themselves only when users upgraded to paid storage options. Was there a ...

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    A little over a month ago, just after announcing Android M at Google I/O, Google made the first Android M preview images available for Nexus devices. With releases for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, and Nexus 9, developers had the tools they needed to get started working with the new platform release – so long as they had some of this relatively modern Nexus hardware. But what about some of the more senior members of the Nexus family; would they ever get their own taste of Android M? With devices like the Nexus 4 and most recent Nexus 7 pushing two (if not closer to three) years old at this ...

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    Pebble has sort of been the father of all smartwatches. The origin. It was the first of its kind … but certainly not the last. Over the past year, give or take, we’ve watched the rapid growth of a new wearable platform, Google’s Android Wear, and with its rising popularity, the Pebble has begun to feel … dated. But now Pebble has released a new watch, the Pebble Time, and with it came a new interface — what the company is calling Timeline UI. It’s a nice refresh to the tired monochromatism of Pebble past, but Google also recently released an update to Android Wear, version ...

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    Image recognition is tricky, to say the least. That it works at all is a small miracle, and that it works well enough to be featured as a major selling point of services like Google Photos is a tremendous accomplishment. But for as well as it performs in many cases, there are always going to be those where the tech fails, and over the past couple days Google's been doing damage control following the public scrutiny of a misidentification with some seriously racially charged implications. The controversy began on Sunday, when an African-American Google Photos user posted to Twitter about ...

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    Maybe it's because I'm still giddy from the change-high I got from my switch to T-Mobile earlier this year; maybe it's because I recently confessed to liking the Nexus 6 more than I did a few months ago; or maybe it's because I'm trying to save money after a lengthy spending spree ... but for the past 48 hours I've been practically obsessed with the notion of trying out Google's new wireless service, Project Fi. We reported on Project Fi, Google's North American virtual wireless carrier, back in April, and the service has been slowly growing ever since. For now, Project Fi is open ...

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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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