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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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    Maybe you're headed to that one store on the other side of town that carries the soda you crave, or planning to pop out for a late-night bite at a restaurant down the road – in either case, Google Maps is well equipped to point you in the right direction. But even if the app can get you there, there's little worse than arriving at your destination only to find out that it's closed. Luckily, the latest update to Google Maps for Android is set up to help prevent that from happening, gaining the ability to warn you when you're not likely to reach a business or attraction before it's closed ...

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    Apple's been offering iOS users a free app of the week for the longest time – a normally paid app that's made available for free as a temporary promotional offer, before going back to its regular price. Android app stores haven't been strangers to such promotions, and Amazon attempted to do Apple one better, offering a free app of the day. But all this while Google's been standing back and choosing not to offer any kind of similar promotion in its Play Store. Sure, you'll find all manner of sales on Play Store apps, but the idea of a free app of the week/day, one that's normally paid but ...

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    "What phone should I get?" It's a question we think about constantly, whether answering listener mail on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, or thinking about new phones as we review them, wondering what sort of user they make the most sense for. And with as many options out there as there are, it's one that can feel more difficult to answer each day. That's more true on Android than any other platform, but to help you make sense of it all, Google's stepping up with a new online tool, designed to help you find the most appropriate smartphone for your needs. Start out by telling Google what you ...

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    Last week we learned that Google-owned Nest was planning to share some news with us on June 17, and all signs pointed to some kind of new product. Rumors suggested that we'd see something more akin to a refinement of an existing device than something all-new, with a particular emphasis on slimming things down. While we're not sure if we have the whole picture just yet, at least one new Nest device has just leaked, as details emerge about the wireless Nest Cam. Nest bought Dropcam a while back, and the Nest Cam looks to be the first effort to integrate some of that Dropcam tech under the ...

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    The Hangouts app on Android has been badly in need of an overhaul for a while. Google has been working towards a full Material Design overhaul since last September, since it eschewed the drab gray hue of the previous version of the app for a more Material-esque green. Since then, we've seen little improvement in the app. It doesn't meet Google's own Material standards in its current state – and, for context, it was more than a year ago that the Android L developer preview was first launched. Finally, with this new leaked Hangouts 4.0 build (courtesy of Android Police), we're starting ...

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    Android's voice search features are already pretty powerful, and with word of Google Now on Tap arriving at I/O the other week, it sounds like the voice-driven Android experience is only getting better. But while we're still waiting for Now on Tap to be ready for public release, Google's got another big upgrade it's deploying right now, as it brings location awareness to Google Search. With location services enabled on your phone, Google can now answer questions with contextual awareness of where your are at the moment. That means that if you're in a mall and wonder how much longer you ...

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    It was about two months back that Google went official with its plan to make it easier for Android users to find content in the Play Store that's appropriate for the whole family, including the youngest among us. The Designed for Families program was first revealed as a developer initiative, and Google prompted its dev community for submissions. In the weeks since, it's been evaluating them to ensure adherence to program guidelines, and now it's finally time to taste the fruits of that labor, as the Play Store's new Family section goes live. Google highlights tons of family-friendly apps, ...

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    We've been thinking a lot about the connected home lately, especially with the arrival of the first Apple HomeKit-compatible hardware and word that more HomeKit news could be in store for WWDC next week. Google's got its own interests in smart home tech, as it made abundantly clear last year when it spent $3.2 billion acquiring Nest. Now we're wondering what's next for that company as we get word of announcements due in a couple weeks, with rumors of new hardware on the agenda. Nest already has its smart thermostat, fire/CO2 alarm, and now owns Dropcam. Rumors suggest that rather than ...

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    There have been a good amount of reasons to purchase a Nexus 6 as of late. If you're interested in trying out Google's Project Fi, the Mountain View company's new mobile virtual network operator with an unconventional take on pricing, this is the only phone that will support the service at launch. Or if you want to try out the Android M developer preview, this is one of two phone models on the planet that'll let you load up some Android M goodies to try out yourself. If all that's what you're all about, these Nexus 6 discounts should certainly pique your interests. Following yesterday's ...

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    The Android M developer preview has been made available to a handful of nexus devices, and the latest flavor of Android seems to bring some changes to the User Experience. Let's have a look at some of the features of Android M and how they impact usability: Revamped volume controls Google's approach to volume controls in Android Lollipop was panned widely by the masses. It was an attempt to provide more powerful and granular features to the users, but it sacrificed the quick accessibility of the silence toggles. The Lollipop volume scheme also didn't do a good job of explaining the ...

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    Google Maps has already offered users access to detailed public transit information, letting them plan routes that move from train, to bus, to on foot, and back again. And with multiple options to go over at a glance, it's let you choose the route that's right for you. But as anyone who's planned a multi-legged journey can attest to, plans have a nasty habit of going awry, and all too often we find ourselves having to make last-minute adjustments. Google's rolling out some changes to Maps right now to make it easier to do just that. Beyond showing you the info for the route you choose, ...

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    Google's got a new Cardboard design it just announced at I/O last week, promising easier assembly, improved input, and extended support for larger phones. It all sounds quite promising, and if you never bothered to make the (admittedly tiny) investment in Cardboard before, the coming arrival of viewers based on this new layout might just help win you over. But if even that very low cost of admission is too much for you to bear, we just caught wind of an offer that will hook you up a free Cardboard viewer, just for jumping through one (pretty darn weird) hoop. Adult Swim's got a new ...

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    The Motorola-made Nexus 6 is many things: it's easily the best-equipped Nexus smartphone to date, it's the biggest Nexus handset by a long shot, and it's your only option for checking out cutting-edge services like Google's Project Fi. Yet for all the notes the Nexus 6 hits, it's been hard to ignore the way the phone has rejected the budget-friendly pricing of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, instead arriving with a price tag more befitting a flagship-level phone. If the Nexus 6's $650 starting price left you looking for more affordable options, we've got some good news for you this afternoon, as ...

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    Google announced its Project Fi back in late April, the company's inaugural attempt at offering cellular phone service to the public. With customizable plans, some pretty affordable rates, and smart connection management, it all sounded like an MVNO well worth checking out – so long as you had or were willing to buy the required Nexus 6 handset. In the weeks since we've seen invites begin going out, and now we're also hearing about the arrival of starter kits for users who also bought a new Nexus 6 in the process – ones loaded with a few nice freebies. Project Fi users who order their ...

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    Google has been making some major changes over the last couple of months since Sundar Pichai took over of the company's units last fall. Most of these changes have been focused in unification and simplification, given the vast amount of services that Google offers. Privacy has definitely become a concern for many lately, and given how convoluted this was in Google before, the company has just provided a solution. As of today you'll notice that Google has just launched a new account security hub for all users. In a nutshell this service consolidates all your privacy and security settings in ...

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    Yesterday brought us the announcement of Android Pay, Google's new system for integrating mobile payments at a deeper level throughout the company's platform. If you're already a heavy Google Wallet user, it probably sounded pretty good, but some of the details may have given you pause. For instance, Android Pay won't require users to manually start up its app, and instead will go active whenever you unlock your phone. Well, fine, but what if you don't use a lockscreen at all? Will Android Pay still work for you? We're waiting to find out, but now we've got one fewer reason to be ...

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    A few years ago I was trying to find my way around an unfamiliar city with my friend and her husband, and I pulled out my Android phone to help us navigate the tricky terrain. Looking upon my then-new HTC Evo 4G, my friend's husband asked, "those phones are basically just iPhone ripoffs, right?" "No," I replied. "Android is totally different from iOS. In some ways it's better." "Yeah," the guy shot back, "but they're all just trying to be the iPhone, right?" If it sounds like he was trolling me, he was – but he also meant what he said. And while he was kind of a dirtbag (they later ...

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    At the Google I/O keynote earlier today, Google announced an upgrade we've been looking forward to for a few weeks now, sharing word of the revamped Google Photos. From how you save pictures, to how you search through them, there's a lot changing in this new release, and you're not going to have to wait for Android M to get it. Just hours after its public launch, the new Photos is available now, ready for you to download. While you're free to keep using Drive storage to save full-quality images to the cloud (and counting against your storage allotment), the new Photos introduces a ...

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    Google I/O has proven to be the company's most epic event of each and every year. Google is definitely a software company at heart, and this is the show floor for the future of Google's software vision. This has also proven to be a key event for product launches, in some cases hardware related, but where software-related launches never miss a spot. As such, Android M is definitely going to be a key product that we're looking forward to, and the amount of rumors surrounding it is substantial. When it comes to hardware, we have seen a couple of Nexus tablets being launched at this event over ...

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    Google just got done with its I/O 2015 keynote, and among all the news it had to share, we learned of the coming availability of Android M. We'll be discussing those new features and Android M changes in our upcoming Editorial Roundtable, starting at 4pm Eastern. Before we get to that, though, Google has already made the Android M preview available for you early adapters who just can't wait to get a look at everything that was just announced. As promised, the Android M preview supports the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and the Android TV Nexus Player. As full factory images, installing any of ...

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    One lucky person is going to walk away with the new Google Nexus 9 tablet, a Chromecast stick, and a $100 Google Play gift card. It’s the ultimate Google entertainment and productivity prize package. To win, all you need to do is enter. To enter, simply go to The Google Gadget Giveaway contest page at the Pocketnow Deals Store, log in, and click on ‘Enter Now’. That’s all there is to it. Then, share the contest on Twitter for a chance to earn bonus entries. The more your followers enter, the better your chances are of winning. You can’t win if you don’t enter. Get Google gear ...

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    Last year at I/O, Google introduced Cardboard, its low-cost 3D viewer for smartphones. Today it's opening the next chapter in the Google Cardboard story, starting off with the announcement of a new viewer. Fan of phablets? The new Cardboard has your name on it, with support for phones with screens up to six inches in diagonal. Input gets improved with the addition of a new physical button that promises to work with any phone under the sun. Assembly is also streamlined, now taking only three main steps, down from a dozen with the original model. Partners are already working on new viewer ...

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    Ever since the old Froyo days, Google Maps has proven to be one of the most useful tools for Android devices. As such, we’ve seen a ton of momentum in how Google updates and brings new services to its Maps application. We really weren’t expecting to see much announced today at Google I/O, but boy were we wrong. On one hand, Google has just announced that its Transit services will now support more cities, like Mexico City, in addition to other cities within India. Now the coolest announcement is that Google Maps will now bring more functionality when offline. At the moment you can only ...

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    Today's Google I/O news isn't just about new user-focused features, or the changes coming in Android M - this is a developer event, after all. That means plenty of updates about coding, content delivery, and how apps are sold. Google just shared some news on that latter point, announcing some of the rumored changes we heard could be coming to Play Store listings. Developers will be able to play with text and graphics in their app listings, getting feedback from Google on what's working best for attracting users and convincing them to download apps. We'll also see new ways for developers to ...

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    We’ve heard a ton of rumors regarding a new Google Photos app, and it finally gets announced today at Google I/O. If you thought that having these services unlinked from Google+ was cool enough, well as it turns out, the news are much broader than just a platform change. Google is seriously doing a lot in order to make this your only photos service, and let’s talk about how. First of all, the focus of this new service is to: 1. Become a home for all your photos and videos available from any device 2. Help you organize and bring your moments to life 3. Make it easy to share and save ...

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