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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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    The way we interact with computers has changed significantly over the past few years. Just a few years ago, a web browser was just one of the few items in our virtual toolbox, and other apps were nearly essential for everyday use – the Microsoft Office suite, for one. But times are changing, and Google's big bet on the future of the web two years ago seems to be nearly spot-on at this point. As you may have guessed, that big bet was the Chromebook Pixel, a powerful Chrome OS notebook which launched about two years ago with access to little but a web browser, and now the company is back ...

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    Want to get a couple people arguing about mobile device interface design? Raise the topic of windowed apps. To some, windowing represents an inevitable step forward for maturing mobile platforms, embracing the aesthetic of the desktop and empowering users to reach new heights of productivity. Others will view it as a move backwards, one away from a clean one-handed UX and relying too strongly on misguided nostalgia. While we've seen individual efforts from certain OEMs in delivering a modern multi-window UI on their phones, Android's lacked a central framework for such software operation ...

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    Delivering a smartwatch with its own internet connectivity is, to put it mildly, tricky. Besides worrying about excess battery consumption, you've got to convince users to sign up for one more line of cellular service – and if they're already dropping several hundred dollars on an accessory, an ongoing fee just to get it online could stand to be a tough sell. Bluetooth tethering to our phones may be the best compromise we have right now, but Android Wear models may be about to do one better, as we get word that the next major Android Wear system software release could enable dormant WiFi ...

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    Our first real sign of Android 5.1 appeared just over a month ago, as the release apparently started showing up on new Android One handsets being sold in India. But when we would see distribution really go wide? And when would Nexus handsets start getting their updates – you know, the ones we expect these new Android builds to debut on in the first place? Well, a tweet from HTC a few weeks back hinted that Google might be preparing its release for sometime in March, and today Google makes that official, announcing Android 5.1. What's new in Android 5.1? Google's only mentioned a few ...

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    Google's got a new update to Drive for Android out this week, delivering things like a more Lollipop-friendly UI and a neat drag-and-drop file management tool (above). That's well and good, but the more interesting stuff may be taking place behind the scenes, and a new teardown points to work on a couple pretty compelling changes. Drive is a convenient place to store your media, and while Google already gives you tools to access photos, audio, and video from within Drive, that support doesn't go quite as far as you might like it to: as of now, there's no way to interact with a Chromecast ...

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    Google exec Sundar Pichai this week dropped a bombshell by affirming rumors that Google has plans to launch its own mobile virtual network operator service, saying on-stage at Mobile World Congress that the company is working to do so. With the cat now out of the bag, we're still left asking questions – Pichai didn't address everything, of course – and now some of that information may have started trickling in. Should a report from The Wall Street Journal be accurate, we now have a good grasp on the Google MVNO service details, with one of the surprising things being that this ...

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    Last month we learned about Google's plans for a big expansion of Wallet, joining forces with the carriers behind Softcard (née ISIS). And while that's good news for Google, Wallet, and arguably Android mobile payments in general, it hasn't been such a promising turn of events for everyone involved. As a result of this new partnership, Softcard as we know it is shutting down, and while its Android users are welcome to transition over to Google Wallet, there's also been a Windows Phone version of Softcard, and that's also being shuttered. This week we finally learn the date on which the ...

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    Late last summer, before Android L was even formally Android Lollipop, we heard from Google about the bold step it was taking in making full-disk encryption the default for pure Lollipop devices. Such encryption had previously been a user-triggered option, but with phones and tablets that would ship with Android Lollipop, Google intended to require manufacturers to enable the feature. And indeed, short of some some bootloader hacking, you were stuck with mandatory encryption starting with the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. But now new Lollipop-out-of-the-gate devices are emerging, and not all are ...

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    One of the things that makes Android Android is Google Play services. Most users of the platform don't know that, but in reality the services form an integral backend with the newest APIs and services, and it becomes critical to delivering the same feature-rich Android experience across various smartphones. The latest revision to that is out today, dubbed Google Play services 7.0. Let's take a look at what's new. There are new tools to aid our favorite developers make their apps even better – namely, Location Settings Dialog (a mechanism letting developers know whether a given location ...

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    We've spent the last couple days showing you a ton of new devices – and that's not about to stop now. With all this high-end gear bombarding your senses, it's easy to feel a little overwhelmed – and if you're anything like us, you're simultaneously wanting to own it all and also wondering how the hell you're going to be able to afford all this brand new hardware. Just in the nick of time, Google's got some fresh savings coming our way, all in the name of celebrating three years of the Play Store. Just like last year and the year before, it's time for some Google Play anniversary sales. ...

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    The last few weeks have been full of rumors of ambitious plans from Google: ideas we may have heard before, but picking up new layers of support, or looking to re-invent old systems with the intent of breathing new life into them. Google I/O may still be a couple months away, but today at MWC Android head Sundar Pichai offered some early insight into how some of these plans will materialize, confirming rumors about Google entering the MVNO market and talking a little about efforts for Android Pay. Pichai paints Google's MVNO aspirations as something much in line with its Nexus hardware ...

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    The days when most everything online was a .net, .com, or .org site are long over, and today's internet is awash in new TLDs – top-level domains. You've probably seen sites ending in .biz or .info, and the list of valid TLDs only continues to grow. As the organization behind the domain name system approves new TLDs for future use, companies are finding themselves engaged in bidding wars over just who gets to control them. This week, the ICANN has revealed the results of its latest TLD auction, with Google shelling out a metric boatload of money for responsibility over .app sites. While ...

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    Believe it or not, there's more happening this week in mobile than just the arrival of rumors and leaks about upcoming MWC hardware. Granted, there's been a lot of that kind of stuff, but the stray non-MWC news still manages to sneak through the cracks, like it did earlier this week when Google launched the new YouTube Kids app. As it happens, it's not just YouTube's youngest users who have something to look forward to this week, and now we learn about a useful new tool coming to the regular YouTube Android app. Already this year we've seen signs of Google working to give YouTube better ...

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    Look at the companies that have created Nexus-series smartphones to date: HTC, Samsung, LG, and now Motorola. All big names on the international market, and all familiar brands to smartphone shoppers in the West – particularly the US, on Google's home turf. But now a new rumor suggests that Google could be thinking about going in a different direction for the manufacturer it partners with to build this year's Nexus phone (which, since we clearly can't call it the Nexus 7, has its name still up in the air), working with a Chinese OEM. The source doesn't say just who that might be, but it ...

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    Google may head up a major smartphone platform, develop self-driving cars, and even have a fleet internet-connected high-altitude balloons, but at its core this is still a company that sells ads. Whether those are on its search engine, or popping-up while we watch YouTube, ads are the company's bread and butter. Today we learn of the next logical step Google's taking with its ad presence, as it announces the forthcoming arrival of promoted apps within the Play Store itself. You'll already see ads for relevant apps when running searches through Google's website, so it's no big leap to see ...

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    Do you BYOD? And no, we don't mean buying an unsubsidized phone from a third-party retailer and separately activating it on a carrier – we're talking about using your own phone for work, rather than carrying an employer-issued device. Companies have been warming to the practice in recent years as manufacturers bake-in support for new enterprise management and security tools, making it more and more likely that you may find yourself in this BYOD boat. Last year at Google I/O we learned of new work-friendly tools that Google was preparing for Lollipop, and today the full extent of that ...

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    We've been talking a lot lately about Google's interests in mobile payments, from rumors of an unusual Bluetooth-based system, to the boost Wallet is getting thanks to that new Softcard deal, to word of a general focus at I/O this year on Google Wallet. But more than just making an effort to get additional Android users shopping with Wallet, today we hear rumors of a plan to build payment support into new apps, with word of a new Android Pay API that could debut at I/O. Android Pay would offer developers an easy framework for both supporting in-app transactions, as well as delivering ...

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    Earlier this week we got word of a big step forward for Google Wallet, as Google inked a deal with previous mobile payment competitor Softcard that would see Google Wallet land pre-installed on phones from major US carriers. That sounded great for Google, but what about Softcard users? Well, those on Android clearly had the option to switch over to Google Wallet, but that's only part of the Softcard, as the company also provided mobile payment solutions for Windows Phone. And while users abroad have other options for NFC payments on the platform, Softcard had been the only one available in ...

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    We rounded-out last week hearing about an upcoming new YouTube app, one that would custom-tailor the experienced for some of the youngest video-watchers among us. This YouTube Kids app would give parents a safe place to expose children to the service's video content, while also giving them strong controls over just what (and how much of it) kids could access. Today Google makes the app official, and while it's largely what we were expecting, we also learn about a few additional details, including broader availability. While that report from last week believed that YouTube Kids would debut ...

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    Google Wallet sorely needs some reinvigoration. The aging service is seeing itself hugely outpaced by newcomer Apple Pay, and if Wallet has any hope of rising to meet Apple's challenge, it's going to take some fresh new ideas. We've already hear about a couple ways Google could be thinking to get Wallet back on track, including rumors of a Softcard buyout and a new Bluetooth-based payment system that wouldn't rely on NFC. Now a new report claims that Google will be introducing its next Wallet plans at I/O 2015, and it could be doing so with the backing of some major carriers. Google Wallet ...

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    Children can be some of the most enthusiastic consumers of content, always looking for something new, and eager to see it all. But the internet can be a big, scary place, with plenty of dark corners not safe for young eyes, and content discovery tools aren't always tailored to the needs of a younger audience. Rumors have been going back about a year now regarding Google's efforts to make YouTube more accessible for children, and now we hear that a new YouTube Kids app will be debuting next week. The app, which will initially be Android-only, is set to arrive on February 23. Beyond just ...

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    For the better part of a year now, we've been looking forward to a world where Android would let users control phone settings with the sound of their voices. After all, considering how good Google's voice recognition is at performing searches or helping us send text messages, it didn't seem like a very tall order to be able to tell our phones to adjust screen brightness or turn on Bluetooth. Last May we looked at some early progress, where speaking commands about such system settings would bring up links to the appropriate controls, but stop short of actually changing those settings – it ...

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    Google may have won a couple of sad faces a few days ago as it pulled its recently acquired Sparrow mail client from supporting the Mac and iOS, but that doesn't mean the company had negative plans behind it. We've seen the guys at Mountain View push new initiatives like its new Inbox service for the iPhone and Android smartphones, and even though we're not really sure how successful it's been when compared to competing services like Mailbox and Outlook, the company has prepared a new update. Google has silently pushed a new update to its Inbox service on the iOS App Store to version 1.2. ...

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    Android smartphone manufacturers are still struggling to bring all their hardware up to Android 5.0 Lollipop, but Google's not been sitting idly by as they prep those updates. Instead, we've seen it deliver a number of further releases, from 5.0.1 and 5.0.2 to the mysterious 5.1 that's yet to even grace the Nexus lineup. Now we're wondering what might be next as HTC's Mo Versi makes reference to a forthcoming Android maintenance release scheduled for next month. Versi mentions the release in regards to HTC's plans for a GPe One M7 bugfix update, but we're less interested in that particular ...

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    Yes, we know that as geeky as Project Ara is going to be, we won't be able to test it unless we move to Puerto Rico in its initial launch phase. While there's nothing wrong in moving to such a beautiful island, we're sure you're all as skeptical as we are over how the modules of this Google project will look for the end consumer. Toshiba seems to agree that this is a valid concern, and has decided to show us its camera modules. Toshiba has been able to build three initial camera modules for Google's Project Ara, a front-facing 2 megapixel camera, a 5 megapixel primary camera module, and a ...

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