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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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    Is it time for the tablet wars? In Australia, quite possibly. We've seen the PC marketplace at full capacity and at low interest for a few years — and we've been covering the reasons why that's the case. As PC-makers try and consolidate (and fail to do so), we may a resurgence in the plateaued tablet market. Specifically, we're talking about convertible tablets. Research and analysis company Telsyte decided to put its eyes to the land down under and found that Windows and iOS took away market share from Android in a shrinking overall market. In fact, the market's in its second year of ...

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    It's been a while since we've talked about Google's stock camera app that has been relegated to the realms of Nexus. Those of you on the Android Beta Program have been able to peek into some new features as carried in the app through the Android N Developer Preview. Now, Google has pushed those changes into the Play Store app. The major feature changes include being able to shoot stills while recording video and moving the slow-motion video feature to the pull-out menu. Nexus phones running Android Marshmallow can update the app at the Play Store. If your non-Nexus phone's on Android 6.0 ...

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    There’s an app for that. A witty, catchy marketing slogan first used by Apple way back in 2009, a fact of life nowadays as true and unquestionable as the color of the sky. If you can’t find an Android or iOS app for any task, chore or undertaking, you must be doing something wrong, probably not knowing where to look. Just take a moment and ponder these figures – 30,000 titles available in Google’s Play Store just six years ago, roughly 2 million by the latest count. 1 billion downloads in total through August 2010, around 11.1 billion in the past quarter alone. Granted, the number ...

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    It's impossible to look at this year's big smartphone launches and pretend that spherical all-the-way-around “360-degree” video isn't a hot feature on the minds of some big hardware teams: both the LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 debuted alongside their own handheld devices tailor-made for the purposes of capturing such immersive content, all ready to be enjoyed with your VR viewer of choice (though a regular phone will work just fine in a pinch). With the hardware landing, all we needed was some good software support, and a couple months back we heard that YouTube was getting ready for ...

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    Back in October, just weeks after the latest Nexus phones debuted, Google had another big announcement to make, as it revealed that podcasts (like our own Pocketnow Weekly) would soon be getting an official home within Google Play Music. Well, maybe “soon” wasn't the right word, because while Google announced the coming feature, and invited content creators to apply to have their own podcasts included, it didn't offer a start date any more specific than sometime in the months to come. Half a year later, we finally started to get some signs that this support was nearly ready to go live, ...

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    Forget “natural-looking” emoji, floating windows, the return of night mode, and app priority importance. Virtual reality might not only be the next big thing for tech in general, but also the Android “ecosystem” in particular. Thus far, Google has looked surprisingly shy and hesitant to properly jump on the VR bandwagon, developing the meek Cardboard platform and not much else. Before long though, a version of Android dedicated entirely to powering virtual-reality applications could debut, hopefully in pre-release beta form first. Android N probably isn’t it, with ...

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    Although the newest stock Android phones from Google are likely plenty appealing at their normal prices, LG and Huawei don’t want to settle for average sales numbers, constantly reducing their profit margins to get the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P in as many pockets as possible. While Project Fi subscriptions still come with hands down the lowest N5X tag, the 5.2-incher can also be purchased at a discount unlocked, straight from Big G, as well as B&H Photo Video. The latter retailer charges just $300 for a 32GB Nexus 5X configuration after $50 instant savings and another $50 once you apply ...

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    There's an interesting thread on the /r/Android subreddit that has people talking about what a new HTC Nexus phone might actually look like. If you like the HTC 10 now and wouldn't mind seeing it again, this mock-up — based entirely on that phone — should suit your bill perfectly. Edits to the front panel include a near-zero bezel between the edge and a humongous screen while an extra speaker replaces the capacitive keys and fingerprint sensor mounted at bottom. The sensor is reformed into a circle and replaced below the camera sensor at back, just like how the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P ...

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    "After an earlier run at settling this case failed, the court observed that some cases just need to be tried. This case apparently needs to be tried twice." That's what a US District Court judge in San Francisco said after settlement talks broke down between Oracle, the company that owns the Java API, and Google, which used JavaScript in building its Android operating system. The first trial, dating back to 2012, ended in a mistrial as a hung jury couldn't decide whether Google's fair use argument was valid. Oracle is looking for billions in royalties it thinks it was deprived of. Chief ...

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    Summer's coming, and for a lot of us that means lots of opportunities to find ourselves separated from our hard-earned cash: vacations, concerts, dining out – hell, even air-conditioning bills. So if the looming season has you thinking that you should try and save some money while you can, we may have just the deals for you. After all, living on a budget shouldn't mean that you totally deprive yourself of some techy toys, and today we've got a couple of deals that can hook you up with that tech without breaking the bank. If you're looking for the lowest price in town on the Nexus 5X, ...

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    As a premier podcast producer that has its shows consistently chart half of the top 20 podcasts on iTunes, NPR should know a thing or two about the podcast industry. We've been eager to expand our presence with the Pocketnow Weekly as well, and we've told you that we're lined up to be inside of Google Play Music's catalog of podcasts once it becomes available. We had word from sports-talker Bill Simmons that it was happening in February, but alas, Simmons deleted those words. Well, it seems that an NPR member station "Scoop" briefing has leaked out for this week and midway through it in ...

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    In a marketplace where custom-printed cases (or skins) for pretty much any mainstream smartphone are quite accessible, Google has only just seemed to catch on that it would be a great idea to make this happen as well. Maybe certain circumstances prevented the revenues behemoth from doing this, but hey, at least now you can make your very own Live Case. Yep, those unique little things that Skrillex had a part of for a second with a weather balloon or something. These custom Live Cases for the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P are now available for $35 and in two main forms: "Places" and ...

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    When it comes time to instal a new version of Android on your Nexus device how do you get your software? If you've just got to have that update ASAP, Google always makes available factory images users are free to download and flash, but if you haven't already unlocked the bootloader on your hardware, installing one of those can involve data loss. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you're patient you can always just wait for your OTA notification to arrive and install your update that way. But between those two extremes there was another option, and while taking advantage of it was ...

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    Can you believe Google’s ultimate time-management web and mobile app just turned ten years old? Oh, how time flies when every minute of every day is neatly organized so you never forget or miss out on both the little and big things happening in your life and around you. Nowhere near as popular as other Google services like Maps, Gmail or, well, search, Google Calendar technically only exited the beta stage in 2009, and went multi-platform last year, gaining neat features like Drive integration and persistent reminders in recent months. But perhaps the coolest function to enrich the ...

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    Nest has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently. In addition to disappointing financial returns and making ill will from the acquisition of Dropcam along the way, The Information has been reporting on multiple cases of just plain bad work culture that would have heads at HR spinning. Tony Fadell, CEO of the troubled IoT company, decided to make himself available to staff at Google and Alphabet to address these articles that don't "represent our culture, represent our work ethic, represent the respect we have for each other inside the team." Fadell came to Google's TGIF staff ...

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    HTC is rumored to have the next few Nexus phones down for a lock. So, what's going on with the news that Huawei has filed for trademark protections of the term, "Huawei 7P"? Like, what? Sure, Huawei had a terrific time with the Nexus 6P — it stretched the company's high-end footprint by providing a high-end, stock Android mobile experience to lands that are North America. But what would a Huawei 7P bring to the table? We don't know. We'll have to wait and see and hope that something comes out of this — it doesn't always happen. Also, a Huawei 7P would sound not-at-all confusing ...

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    Last month, Google surprised Android devs everywhere with an early treat, releasing its initial Android N preview months in advance of this year's Google I/O. While far from a finished package, the Android N release was already capable of showing off some of its biggest features, including the long-awaited Android split-screen multitasking mode. Another noteworthy change concerned how Google would update its developer preview, allowing interested users to register for the Android Beta Program and get Android N developer preview updates delivered OTA to their compatible Nexus hardware. Now ...

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    Every time a new major Android release rolls around, we find ourselves facing two questions: what dessert name will Google go with, and what version number will the build emerge as? For the desserts, at least we have the predictability of Google's alphabetic progression to rely on: we may not know if we're getting Android Nougat or Android Nutella, but we're sure getting an Android N of some kind. Version numbers, though, are a bit trickier, and while Lollipop and Marshmallow both arrived as whole-number updates (5.0 and 6.0, respectively), Jelly Bean and KitKat (to say nothing of earlier ...

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    Google's already brought powerful voice control to Android, letting users interact with apps and system settings with just a few spoken commands. And while that may work really well when you want Google to set a timer, or help your draft a text message, voice control runs out of steam when you bring in random apps for which voice support was never designed. At least, that used to be the case, but now Google's inviting users to test out its new Voice Access system that brings voice control to all corners of Android. Voice Access lets users who can't normally interact with a touch screen to ...

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    Still holding out on Project Fi? If you have been considering the pros and cons of Google's amalgamated MVNO service, you have another 30 days to think about them. Google's been offering the Nexus 5X with your subscription to Project Fi for the discounted price of $199. That promotion was supposed to end today. Turns out that Google didn't want it to end. Good things don’t always have to come to an end. Get the #nexus5x starting at $199 for another month when you activate with Project Fi. — Project Fi (@projectfi) April 8, 2016 Make sure that if you do follow along with the deal that ...

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    Another tech colossus is reportedly for sale, and just like last year, when AOL sought new management and financial support, Verizon seems the odds-on favorite to take Yahoo over. Only this time, the largest wireless service provider stateside has competition. Strong, reputable and vast competition, including the likes of Google, Time Inc., and private equity funds Bain and TPG. Not carrier arch-rival AT&T, though, as Ma Bell has different fish to fry, considering a Yahoo bid, but ultimately deciding against joining next week’s first-round auction. Despite persistent monetary woes, ...

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    June 2014 brought us that year's Apple WWDC gathering, introducing the world to iOS 8. Apple's significant update to its mobile platform might have grabbed headlines with all the new features it was delivering, but we also got news of plenty of changes behind the scenes, like the new Metal graphics system for driving next-gen games. Those included the debut of Swift, Apple's new programming language designed to complement Objective-C while addressing some of its shortcomings. In the time since, we've seen Swift support really take off with devs, and now it's reportedly caught Google's eye, ...

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    Update: Welcome to the weekend! The full podcast is streamable just below the YouTube video. We'll have the podcast on the iTunes and RSS feeds starting from 3pm on April 8. Enjoy! We finally have the full scoop on those dual Leica cameras found on the Huawei P9! We'll try to figure out if LG's build quality criticisms will sink the G5, and is the end near for the Blackberry brand? We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and comparing mid range phones, ...

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    The prospect of beta testing an unfinished Android iteration on devices not manufactured under Google’s direct supervision has been a dream many power users couldn’t dare to dream. Heck, until 2014, so-called developer previews of unreleased major OS versions weren’t even available for members of the Nexus family. But this year, the first pre-launch Android N build rolled out to courageous software tinkerers surprisingly early, signaling… something. We couldn’t put our finger on exactly what was coming, but it was definitely good. A commercial dispatch in the summer, perhaps. Or ...

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    Google and LG must be feeling the heat of China-based smartphone manufacturers like Huawei, Xiaomi and Meizu, which are currently engaged in a crazy low-cost Android battle that threatens to take over the Western mobile landscape soon enough. As such, the already affordable Nexus 5X gradually dropped its starting price in recent months, and although Google Store, Best Buy and B&H promotions expired in the meantime, you can still get the stock Marshmallow-powered 5.2-incher on the cheap if you know where to look. Check that, you can purchase the 16GB configuration at its lowest price ...

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