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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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    Google Cardboard has opened the door on virtual reality for millions of smartphone users, but based on the recent hirings and shifting of resources Google's been up to, it's becoming clear that Cardboard's only the start, and Google's got some much larger VR ambitions; where will they take us? While Google hasn't made any public proclamations of its future VR plans, evidence from at least one employee suggests we might be looking at some kind of crossover with Project Tango, marrying Cardboard's 3D display with Tango's reality-scanning hardware. Googler Isaac Taylor recently posted on ...

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    Android offers users no shortage of ways to consume podcasts, with plenty of apps ready to connect listeners with their favorite content. But for as many options as were out there, the platform's been missing an official central repository for podcast distribution. Last fall we saw Google begin to address this oversight, announcing plans to finally bring podcasts to Google Play Music. The company announced a few early partners and started accepting sign-ups from interested producers (ourselves included), but wasn't ready to offer a start date for the service going live – only saying that ...

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    The rise of affordable VR hardware has created a growing need for VR content, and not content to be left behind as new challengers arrive to offer it to us, YouTube's been stepping up to help lead the way. Already, that's meant supporting both flat panoramas and, more recently, fully 3D 360-degree video. Now we're getting ready for the next chapter in that story, as we receive word that YouTube's about to step up its VR-video support with live streaming 360-degree content. Reportedly, YouTube's been meeting with companies behind various 360-degree cameras in the interest of making sure ...

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    Unless you’ve been living under a very remote rock, you’re probably aware by now of the Iowa Caucuses’ outcome in both the Republican and Democratic presidential nomination competitions. The contest for the overall final is more evenly matched than ever, as Bernie Sanders lost the first provisional battle to Hillary Clinton by a measly five delegate votes, and Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Marco Rubio’s hopes for ultimately getting elected remain alive and well. In case you need some online help keeping track of the heated races going forward, Google hooks you up with a number of ...

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    Who doesn’t use Gmail? Apparently, plenty of people still, given it took the world’s most popular email client several months longer than Facebook to cross the one billion active users mark. One billion monthly active users, to be exact, compared to FB’s daily billion count, though the feat remains a remarkable one. The figure stood at 900 million just eight months back, and in case you’re wondering, Google Search, Chrome, Android, Google Play, Maps, and YouTube indeed reached the milestone already. Nonetheless, you have to assume Gmail-rivaling services like Yahoo Mail or ...

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    The past few weeks have offered us our latest glimpse into the books of the biggest companies in mobile, as firms like Apple, Microsoft, LG, Samsung, and more all report their latest financial figures. That's left us with at least one more giant still needing to share its most recent performance data, and today Google – or rather, Alphabet – comes through with news of respectable Q4 growth, topping off a big year that brought in some $74.5 billion in total revenue. Looking at Alphabet as a whole, we see quarterly revenue of $21.3 billion, contributing to a net profit just shy of $5 ...

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    To what extent is a Nexus phone a Google phone? Sure, Google's intimately involved in the process that brings these handsets to market, but in the end it's working with another manufacturer, and inevitably we see traces of their influence bubble up to the surface. Now a new report suggests that going forward, Google's going to be taking a much more hands-on role in the Nexus lineup – and limiting the amount of input its manufacturing partners get to exert in the process. Just what level of involvement are we talking about? Well, the report's not exactly clear, and Google itself may still ...

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    It's a new month, and you know what that means: Groundhog Day is nearly here! Well, that, but also Google's latest series of Android security updates is hitting the Nexus family of devices. This afternoon we see an influx of newly updated factory images landing for the whole Nexus series of phones, tablets, and set-top boxes, as Google simultaneously posts its list of security vulnerabilities being addressed by these new releases. All told, Google's patching five vulnerabilities it considers critical, as well as just as many issues classified as lower severity – though a number of those ...

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    It sure was surprising to see Apple enable on iOS the kind of feature you’d expect to first get on an open-source, tinkerer-friendly ecosystem, but while Google Chrome’s mobile version continues to oppose ad-blocking extensions, third-party Android hardware and software manufacturers join the fight against online publicity. First, Asus, and now Samsung allow their devoted customers to easily thwart ads, as long as you’re comfortable conducting your on-the-go web browsing business on the two’s pre-installed e-surfing apps. Samsung Internet 4.0 can be made to work on Galaxy devices ...

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    We're close to, but have not quite reached January 31st, 2016. And that date, while it marks the last day of the first month for the year, also signals that the end is imminent. The end is by us for some major benies from the old guard, a fresh face and the termination of a startup gone Google. We start with Microsoft's OneDrive — and like most cloud storage clients, it offers some free space for new users before charging them for more storage. OneDrive has been offering 15GB of base storage with an extra 15GB for those who activate the Camera Roll feature for backing up photos. ...

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    Google Glass is dead, long live Project Aura! Of course, the latter isn’t a final, commercial name, much like the new augmented reality device currently being worked on behind closed doors is a long way from completion. Well, maybe not that long, based on a set of exciting pics starring a prototype that visited the FCC a while back for regulatory approval. Chances are that particular gadget was shelved, but not canceled altogether, with a revised team of engineers featuring a number of former Amazon employees thinking of ways to polish a neat yet impractical concept. In a sea of ...

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    We’re a month into the New Year, which is always a good time to take a look at the state of the mobile industry. Over the last couple years, we’ve watched Google and Apple march to the middle in addressing issues with the Android and iOS platforms respectively. We’re not looking at a one off feature, on an obscure Samsung, that my cousin Tim thinks is a killer app. Instead here are five things we think Android as a whole still does better than iOS, and four areas where Google falls behind the competition. Let's start with the good... 1: Customization Any complaints about Android ...

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    How would you like to be able to easily expand the internal storage space of your Nexus device? Don’t answer that, because it’s really a no-brainer rhetorical question similar perhaps to asking if you’d enjoy spending a day with Harrison Ford in Han Solo character. Unlike one of Hollywood’s most reclusive grumps though, modifying at least a Google Nexus 5 phone to accommodate microSD cards is decidedly within reach… if you’ve got the spare time, right tools and set of skills. All you need to do, according to a Reddit member nicknamed Sockpockets, is carefully remove the ...

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    Smartphones aren't just getting better at taking pictures, causing users to drift away from point-and-shoots and rely on their phones to help capture important memories; phone hardware is also getting a lot smarter about processing what it sees, and with the first commercial Project Tango handset just a few more months away, we're about to turn a new page in the story of phones learning to see and interpret the world around them. Today we're hearing about one of the ways the phones of tomorrow will be able to use their cameras to gather data about their environments as Google partners up ...

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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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