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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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    Though the bigger YouTube news of the day may be the announcement of YouTube Music Key, that's not to say that this latest YouTube iOS update isn't important. It, too, brings music-related changes for the world, with the introduction of a music dashboard and the YouTube Mix playback option. Let's first discuss the music-focused dashboard. It'll give you an overview in the "What to Watch" section of the most popular music videos / songs on the service, as well as iTunes Radio-esque curated playlists called Mixes. Mixes can be based on either a song or an artist, and the feature allows you ...

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    For the longest time now we've been hearing about some big ideas Google has for YouTube, introducing a new subscription component to the service while simultaneously delivering long-overdue features like offline playback and the ability to keep audio from clips playing in the background on our phones. Back over the summer a rich new leak arrived that attempted to detail much of what we could expect, while also teasing the YouTube Music Key name. Today, Google goes ahead and makes it all official, announcing the launch of its Music Key beta. Here's how it works: pay eight dollars a month ...

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    Pry yourself away from all the Android 5.0 update stuff for a moment, and you'll notice quite a bit of additional software news happening today with Google and Android. Some of that involves updates to existing apps – nothing out of the ordinary for one of Google's “update Wednesdays” - but this week the company also sees fit to break ground on a new (or reincarnated old) one, quietly releasing the stand-alone Messenger app. Messenger almost feels like a step backwards from Google's recent push to bring ALL your instant messaging – whether that's straight-up IMs or old text ...

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    It's a big day for Android 5.0 Lollipop, and following Motorola's confirmation that this year's Moto X and Moto G were seeing their Lollipop updates go public, we got word from Sprint that we should be on the lookout for an update to the Nexus 5. As we mentioned in an update to that story, Google has since tweeted that “the rollout has started,” but we were careful to not read too much into what it meant there without getting some further confirmation. Based on a growing number of reports from end users, we can confirm that OTA Lollipop updates are headed out for certain Nexus models. ...

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    Android 5.0 Lollipop is bringing a lot of important changes to smartphones and tablets, but this year has seen wearables also emerge as an important part of the Android ecosystem. What does the new software hold for Google's smartwatch lineup? Yesterday we got a preview of some Material Design changes coming to the Android Wear app for phones, and today this early look continues, with a leak continuing to reveal new features, including some on the watch side of things. Some of those changes to the Android Wear software on smartwatches appear to include the arrival of new accessibility ...

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    Google's not quite the only name in town when it comes to Nexus phone sales, and that's never been more true than it is with the Nexus 6, finding broad carrier support. The big US networks are all gearing up to start selling the Nexus 6 themselves, as as they do so, final pricing details are starting to become available. But as AT&T shares its own Nexus 6 pricing this morning, we're left asking ourselves, “why is this phone so expensive?” AT&T intends to sell the Nexus 6 for $250 on a two-year contract. Outright, the phone will run you $683. Every once in a while we'll see a ...

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    Tired of all the Lollipop news yet? No? Good, because we sure aren't. Amidst the news of Lollipop updates finally beginning to roll out to consumers' phones, we're also being swamped by a whole host of Material Design-influenced app updates from developers everywhere. Today we're looking at an allegedly-upcoming Android Wear app update with Material Design, as well as a Google Play Services update that is necessary for it to work. Android Wear version 1.0.5.1549850 removes a lot of the Holo-esque design cues, removing the solid black background on the app's home page and instead opting for ...

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    Just over a month ago we saw Google deliver one of the more eagerly awaited improvements to the service, doing a massive overhaul to how Voice handled MMS and brought such picture-messaging support to the vast majority of carriers in the US and Canada. Any way you looked at it, it was good news, but even this big step didn't bring us all the way to where some users might hope we'd be, with a few notable carrier holdouts and a link-based MMS workaround that was a little less than ideal. Today, Google helps wrap up those loose ends, announcing further MMS progress. Last time we mentioned ...

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    Sony surprised us all at IFA 2014 this year when it announced its SmartWatch 3. Well, we had heard that the product was gearing up to make its debut, sure enough, but rumors suggested that Sony would pull a Samsung with the SW3 and that its smartwatch would continue to run a proprietary platform, rather than the cross-device Android Wear. That ultimately turned out not to be the case, with the SW3 confirmed as a full-on Wear product. Since then we haven't had much cause to talk about the SmartWatch 3, which has quietly gone up for sale at Verizon in the interim. But now Sony's wearable has ...

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    Google just can't seem to catch a break. After Motorola dropped a bombshell last night by beginning Lollipop soak tests for the 2014 Moto X, even LG has beaten out Google's Nexus line in getting the update to the latest version of Android, as it has just announced the beginning of the LG G3 Lollipop update. The update will begin rolling out this week in Poland, followed shortly by other key markets. Of course, we're expecting a lengthy wait for United States carrier-branded devices to get in on the fun, but still... even with that ultra-thick software skin, LG was able to bounce back with ...

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    Did you get your Nexus 6 pre-order in during that all-too-short window in which they were open yesterday? Or maybe earlier today when Motorola itself had its own pre-orders open (which, to little surprise, have already closed)? Well, even if you missed your shot, Google intends to make some more stock available next week, but in the interim it's got a few new additions to its Play Store offerings, adding a few Nexus 6 accessories and a smartwatch to the products available for sale. Let's start with the Nexus 6 stuff: we've got a pair of cases to check out. First is the Naked Tough Case, a ...

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    Have you tried to order a mobile device lately? It doesn't sound like it should be the most difficult prospect in the world, but recently some high-profile Android models have suffered from extremely frustrating retail offerings, as high demand and low stock availability collided to create near-rage-inducing shopping experiences. We just saw Google bring the Nexus 6 back for pre-orders – and literally seconds after posting the news, they were already all gone. Yesterday HTC had its own limited offer, selling the just-launched Nexus 9 in a crazy half-off deal. Based on the comments that ...

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    This week's been a pretty significant one for Android, as users get their first taste of the public non-dev-preview Android 5.0 Lollipop release in the form of the Nexus 9. We've seen Google update its online codebases with new Lollipop sources, as well as deliver factory images for some of this new 5.0-running hardware. But despite how hard we've been looking, there's been nary a peep of Lollipop updates for existing Nexus devices – models like last year's Nexus 5 and Nexus 7. There's still no official news, but rumors now suggest that Google might have hit a small delay in getting ...

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    It's been two weeks now since Google decided that Gmail alone just wasn't cutting it for the email needs of the modern smartphone user, and introduced Inbox, a supposedly smarter, more streamlined approach to email. The productivity-focused app launched for both Android and iOS, but with one pretty big stipulation (one that had us feeling nostalgic for the early days of Gmail itself): Inbox was invite-only. If that idea alone turned you off, today might be your cue to reconsider things, with Google announcing a limited-time “happy hour” where getting an Inbox invite  becomes a sure ...

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    With the Nexus 9 shipping and Android 5.0 factory images hitting Google's servers, Lollipop and the Material Design look it embraces are on everyone's mind. We've already heard this week about Google releasing updated versions of key apps like Calendar and Gmail to really show off that Material Design aesthetic, and today the company keeps that trend going, sharing word of a new version of Google Maps with some new Material Design influences of its own. That means plenty of bold colors, smart contextual info cards, and a layered interface designed to feel as natural to use as possible. But ...

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