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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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    As if pricing the redesigned second-gen Chromecast digital media player and the all-new audio-only model at a measly $35 a pop wasn’t enough to guarantee Google record sales numbers in the fast-growing market segment, we’ve also frequently seen the two discounted, combined in compelling bundle deals, as well as offered with gratis premium content of various provenance. At the end of the day, if you pulled the trigger at the right time, bought at least two of these miniature streaming devices, and claimed every CBS, Spotify or Play Store credit promo to date, you’ll find Big G and its ...

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    If you're just a friendly neighborhood Nexus owner with a slight curiosity about what Android N might offer you, the Android Beta Program was made for you — you could just download the latest OTA package made available at Google's discretion and enjoy. But if you're a developer that needs to hop between different preview versions and you hate flashing the full image on and reconfiguring your settings and re-uploading your apps and re-dreading your life ... well, there's a way out of that, too. Google has made its over-the-air update packages available for flashing on its Developer site. ...

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    Update: A Google product manager on the Gboard team said that they are working on bringing features from the app over to the Android side. We're not sure in what form the features will come in, though. Our original story is below. If you also feel like most third-party iOS keyboards are always one step behind their Android counterparts, and find the former platform’s built-in app a little lacking in functionality and versatility, we have some pretty big news for you today. Good, potentially game-changing news, to be specific, as recent rumors of a cutting-edge, gesture typing-capable ...

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    Google Translate gets a tiny bit more global and much easier to use. In celebration of its tenth year plus one week, the dev team have updated the app for both iOS and Android, this time adding Word Lens capability to translate Chinese characters you see through your camera's viewfinder. On the Android side, Tap to Translate support has moved beyond Android Marshmallow devices and gone onto all devices above version 4.2. All you need to do is highlight foreign text, copy it and tap on "translate" for an instant read. iOS is also getting Android's Offline Mode in its Google Translate ...

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    It’s often hard to make heads or tails of rumors pertaining to upcoming software and hardware launches by Google, since the search giant is particularly secretive about its plans, not to mention crafty for bogus intel, and always capable of changing product roadmaps at the last minute. But you had to be a fool to think there was no truth to VR development gossip, with Samsung, Oculus, HTC and Sony so very serious about moving the technology forward today, and nearly two years after the initial launch of the Cardboard platform. It can’t be a coincidence the super-basic, super-cheap ...

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    Although it technically moved out of a two-year-long beta test back in the fall of 2013, “hybrid” mobile operator Republic Wireless continued to offer services that felt experimental and unripe for the mainstream segment. Until today, when a critical T-Mobile collaboration is officially announced, alongside network compatibility for seven of the most popular Android smartphones available stateside. Well, more like six, plus the entry-level Galaxy J3 (2016). The seven handhelds are manufactured by four of the top five US industry brands, and will range in price from $180 to $800. The ...

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    While waiting for an exciting next-gen Cardboard headset full of sensors and a way more powerful standalone Google VR viewer, both of which could see daylight at the I/O conference in a week or so, you’re free to experiment with the immersive technology for a crazy low price in more countries than ever. And you’re even officially supported by the search giant now in Canada, UK, France and Germany, a few months after the US Google Store debut of the original Cardboard. Of course, these super-basic, humble devices (if we can call them that in the first place) were initially launched in ...

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    Remember last week, when we recommended nostalgic folks and cash-strapped Android purists they buy a pre-owned original Nexus 5 from Daily Steals in exchange for $140, fully convinced it doesn’t get better than this? It turns out we were off by a mile (or ten), as Woot now sells brand-new, immaculate 32GB N5 units at $150 a pop. It’s hard to believe, but nearly three years in, Google and its many retail partners still didn’t manage to clear all LG Nexus 5 inventory. We don’t reckon there are more than a few dozen copies on sale, though, so time is of the essence, and it’s wise to ...

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    Jeff Koons's sculptures have normally been seen by the public, but Google is giving you the chance to gain a private gallery of his art. All you have to do is by a Jeff Koons Live Case for your Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P. It's become almost common to see a designer collaborate with a smartphone manufacturer to come up with special looks to hardware and accessories these days — you've seen Jonathan Adler's special Moto X Pure Editions and Skrillex's inspired Live Cases. In Koons's case, he has taken an approach he used with his "Gazing Ball" portraits by having dancers perform 28 movements from ...

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    When not busy trying to force Apple’s hand to needlessly undermine its own mobile OS encryption and device security, the US government occasionally gets a half-decent idea of actually acting in the service of the people. Case in point, a joint FTC/FCC examination of the way smartphone and tablet manufacturers, as well as wireless operators stateside, look for, identify and ultimately address vulnerabilities in products designed by them or supported on their networks. Though the two independent government agencies are in this together, the Federal Trade Commission aims to “better ...

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    We were impressed with Jide's take on a multi-windowed desktop Android experience and were happy to see the Remix Mini debut late last year. Unfortunately, it seems as of recent that Google was not. The company has had to pull Google Mobile Services (the element that makes the Google Play Store and, thus, YouTube, Drive, etc. run) from its latest software version. Jide has notified its customers and posted an update on its Remix OS Facebook page. As said in the status post, Remix Mini users can choose to skip out on the OTA update to version 2.0.307 and miss out on future OTAs or ...

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    "It's great that Apple is in the game." That from Jonathan Forster, a Spotify vice president. The Swedish company has credited Apple Music — nearly a year old and with 13 million subscribers — with attracting new ears to streaming and helping the ecosystem grow in general. "Since Apple Music started we've been growing quicker and adding more users than before." But for Spotify itself to thrive it's going to need to not just compete in the virtual sphere, but in real life, too. With 100 million users, 30 million of them paying members, Spotify is the undisputed giant in the industry. ...

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    While we’re likely only a week or so away from the Moto G4 and G4 Plus formal debut in India, parent company Lenovo is already looking forward to at least an additional pair of “major product announcements” scheduled for June 9 in San Francisco. Exactly one month from today, the second annual Lenovo Tech World conference will go down, with “some of the industry’s top leaders” joining the Chinese outfit’s chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqing to talk “the most promising and emerging topics in innovation, including virtual reality, smart connected devices/IoT and harnessing the ...

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    You can ask Google Now to play Prince's "Purple Rain" for you on Google Play Music, but why not ask that app itself? Well, you still can't do that just yet, but you may be able to if some XDA hounds have sniffed out the right target. It stems from this errant microphone icon that appears. In some instances, it partially blocks the song info bar on the playback screen. Thing is, Maxr1998 was able to track the button to backend services that haven't opened up yet. Voice functions will be more useful when you're connected to a Google Cast device in terms of basic playback functions. It's ...

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    Google's artificial intelligence may soon be able to snatch dates away from you at the bar. It's been refining its pickup game by reading up on romance novels: "Damn girl, this is the best French toast I've ever had." and: I wanted to peel that dress off of your body myself and I'm pissed I won't get the chance to now. It was difficult picking out passages from Kelly Elliott's Unconditional Love, but those are just two of the many from the 2,685 books that engineers at Mountain View have forced upon the AI's neural network. Andrew Dai and Oriol Vinyals both headed the project at ...

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    While the Nexus line has always been about providing a top-end workbench device to test out stock Android, there's been some variation as to what kind of actual hardware that's accompanied it. Android One was introduced to get buyers on a budget onto the platform in an ideal environment. In the Indian market, the idea as of recent has been to up the entry level just a bit and keep carrier partners involved in not only stocking the devices, but providing the data freebies that Google promised. It seems that Google wants to shake up the device picture just a bit, according to Mike Hayes who ...

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    With the newer, prettier, more powerful Nexus 5X still sold for $200 on Project Fi, and recently discounted to as little as $230 in international unlocked form, retailers hanging on to inventory leftovers of the OG Nexus 5 have only two possible plays. They can flat-out give up on the 2013-released 5-incher, or practically give it away at ridiculously low prices of $140 or so. That latter figure is almost impossible to turn down, with vanilla Android 6.0 Marshmallow goodies in the mix, LTE support for AT&T, T-Mobile and even Sprint, 32GB internal storage space, and a respectably sharp ...

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    When choosing your next smartphone, some argue that pure Android is the way to go. The question is if following an ideal is really better than everything else? By now, most of the world already knows about Samsung’s new Galaxy. The company does a tremendous job at marketing its flagships, and our reviews prove that this year, marketing isn’t the only good thing about this phone. By contrast Google is at the opposite end of the Marketing food chain, but at least among geeks, the cult following behind a pure Android experience is strong. Today we decided to test what it was like to live ...

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    Android distribution numbers are out for the previous month and it seems like platform stratification has started to unwind just a bit. Out of the 11 APIs recognized, seven lost share while Marshmallow was the only version of the OS to grow in share. Lollipop is still the largest contingent in the space with 35.6 percent of the pie while KitKat, experiencing the largest loss for the month, is holding onto second place with 32.5 percent share. Marshmallow is still behind the 20.1 percent that Jelly Bean had, but it ate up all of the other versions' losses with a near 3 point gain to 7.5 ...

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    As clunky as the user interface is, one of the joys of using LG's software atop Android is the fact that you can adjust the height of your keyboard. Feel like going two-handed? Make it short. One-handed day? Make it tall. You just had to use an LG phone to get this magic out of the box. But you aren't limited anymore as Google Keyboard has made the big change in providing five height options in the settings menu for the keyboard. It's not as convenient as dragging the top edge of the keyboard to whatever height you'd like, but it's a start and it's nice to see it included in a full point ...

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    For the many uses of VR that we've yet to discover, we'd figure that some of them are going to be outrageously stupid. Who'd want to walk around town and into stores buying stuff with their headsets on? Seriously. Well, Samsung does have an idea that makes more sense that not only gets kids involved, but it also keeps busy parents close in touch, too. The R&D department are still working on a full release for the company's Bedtime VR Stories where parents, from near or afar, can join their children through an encompassing, whimsical environment. Both of them follow along the story line ...

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    Whether you're venturing out into a new neighborhood of a familiar city, or trekking to destinations halfway around the globe, smartphones can be indispensable tools for making your journey enjoyable, efficient, and memorable. From travel apps that recommend the best places to stay, to navigation services that connect us with local public transit options, to real-time translation software, there's no shortage of ways our phones can enhance that travel experience. Recently, leaks started talking about a new travel app Google was cooking up, as it recruited early testers. Today new details ...

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    The past year has been one where Google's really started moving security to the forefront of the Android experience. Between the rise of fingerprint scanners on Android devices (and corresponding API support), the publication of high-profile exploits like Stagefright, and the company's move to deliver monthly security updates for its Nexus lineup, Google's been tackling the issue of device and data security from all angles. Those efforts extend to keeping apps safe, and Google's long taken steps to make sure that not only are Play Store apps as trustworthy as can be, but that risks from ...

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    There’s no better way to celebrate a ten-year anniversary of a service as popular and ubiquitous as Google Translate than gloat about the many milestones achieved in the past decade. For instance, did you know over 100 billion words a day are translated through the desktop, Android and iOS app? That’s a lot of vocabulary processed every 24 hours, and in just a couple of years, Google Translate apparently surged from 200 million daily users to “more than 500 million” people served. Probably not all of them every single day, but half a billion is half a billion. Unsurprisingly, the ...

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    Google's acquisition of Motorola meant a lot of changes for the smartphone maker, but the company had some great talent on board that helped it through that period of adjustment. And no sooner had it adapted to life at Google than Motorola found itself being passed on to a new owner, as word of Lenovo's acquisition plans arrived in early 2014. That meant some staffing shake-ups, and a few months later Motorola's Rick Osterloh found himself rising to the role of President and COO. Osterloh stuck around as the Lenovo transition took shape, but last month we got word that he, too, was leaving ...

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