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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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    Rumors have been quite insistent that some sort of new Nexus hardware is right about to be launched. That might be the Nexus 9 this week, or maybe the Nexus 6 a little later on this month, but the idea that one, if not both of them, are just about to debut is becoming increasingly hard to ignore. And when that hardware arrives, it's almost sure to do so alongside the public release of Android L – but not under that name. After all, the “L” was merely a placeholder until we get the official name of this Android release's dessert of choice. Would it be layer cake? Lemon meringue pie? ...

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    Ever since Google officially unveiled Android L this past summer, we've been looking forward to Material Design continuing to spread across the company's software offerings. One of those that's received a lot of attention has been the Play Store, and over the past several months we've had a few opportunities to check out leaks detailing the ways the Play Store was set to evolve with the arrival of this refresh. This week, the changes go live, as Google begins distribution of its Play Store 5.0 release. If you've been following those leaks you've already got a good sense of what to expect: ...

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    Over the course of the past several weeks, the notion of HTC delivering Google's next Nexus tablet has been looking more and more likely, culminating earlier this week in reported confirmation from an HTC executive. But beyond that, we had FCC docs, leaked renders, and rumor after rumor suggesting this guy was coming. While Google has yet to share any launch plans, a couple dates next week have been suggested as particularly strong possibilities, meaning we could be just days away from the model's debut. But for all the answers about this hardware that seem to have been coming our way, one ...

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    It sure looks like Google's got two upcoming Nexus devices in the works, a Motorola-made phone, and an HTC-made tablet. This week, HTC sure seemed to confirm the latter, and rumors have suggested that this Nexus 9 could launch in just about one week, on October 15 or 16. But what about the phone? The presumptive Nexus 6 also seems very much real, having been spotted out in the wild. But when might it arrive? We're coming up on one year from the Nexus 5's launch – could the Nexus 6 also be on the menu for next week's rumored launch announcement? That's a question we find ourselves asking ...

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    We're just hours away from HTC's next big event, but one of the company's most anticipated new products isn't one we expect to see at this “double exposure” gathering: the Nexus 9 tablet. Evidence for the tablet's existence has been arriving at unprecedented level in recent weeks, most recently as a picture of the slate itself leaked. But for all we have managed to see, the tablet has remained an unconfirmed rumor. That may finally be changing, as we hear a report that an HTC exec has supposedly verified the manufacturer's plans for the Nexus 9. HTC's Jack Tong, president of HTC North ...

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    As much as many of you may assume a level of rivalry between Google and Apple, the reality is actually quite the opposite. Google has launched almost as many Google services for Android as it has for iOS, which clearly shows that the partnership that was started with the first-generation iPhone continues to be strong. Today Google launches yet another service for iOS, and ending its Android exclusivity. Google News & Weather has just reached iOS devices and bringing a very similar user interface to what we currently see in Android. The app is pretty much described by its name, ...

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    Regular users of Google Voice won't hesitate to tell you that the service is ten kinds of awesome, letting them juggle multiple devices while only distributing a single phone number to friends, family, and business contacts. If you're using it for calls or text messages, everything tends to work just fine, but when we start bringing pictures into the mix, a lot of users hit a brick wall. Problem is, Voice support for MMS has been extremely limited, and while we saw Sprint pick it up three years ago, other carriers haven't followed in its tracks... until now, that is. This week, Google has ...

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    The rise of smartphones and tablets may have brought powerful computing to more users than ever before, placed a new focus on software usability, and is leading us into an even more-connected future than anything we've known in the past. And while those are all largely positive evolutionary steps, not everything's been so rosy. The step away from windowed software to an everything-fullscreen UI has almost felt like turning back the clock thirty years, to the days of clunky hacks trying to shoehorn multitasking into DOS. But slowly, the idea of a multi-window mobile app environment seems to ...

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    Google's next Nexus phone feels like it's so close we can almost touch it. Leaks of the Nexus 6 have been getting bigger and better in recent weeks, and as we approach the Nexus 5's first birthday, all eyes are on Google to see when it plans to go public with what's looking like it will be the first Nexus phablet. As smartphone fans know, one key step on the road to a handset's release is it getting its FCC certification – that's why so many eyes today are turning to a new set of FCC docs from Motorola. Are they really for the Nexus 6, though, or could there be another explanation. The ...

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    For the past week or so, our Nexus-device attention has been directed at the Motorola-made Nexus 6, with more and more imagery of the unreleased Android leaking online. And while we are very excited to pick up more information on that handset, it's not the only upcoming Nexus model we've been following. Last month also brought us a fair share of rumors concerning an HTC Nexus 9 tablet, which could also be preparing to launch in just a few more weeks. Today we've got a double dose of Nexus 9 news for you, taking a look at what sure seem to be the tablet's FCC paperwork, while also getting a ...

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    If there's one thing it seems really difficult to accuse Google of, it's not giving users enough ways to communicate with each other. We've got Google Mail, Voice, Hangouts (above), and Google+, not to mention self-publishing tools like Blogger. With all these options, it almost seems ridiculous to think about adding new ones, but that very well may be what Google's up to right now, as rumors suggest that it's putting together a new platform for instant messaging. The big difference compared to existing offerings, especially in light of pressure these past few years to get everyone on ...

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    This past year's been a huge one for Cyanogen Inc., seeing not just the formal incorporation of the company, but its involvement in the release of new Android hardware, like the OnePlus One, or its dealings with Oppo (as with the N1, above). Will the next year bring similarly big things to Cyanogen's table? Well, it sure looks like interest in the company is higher than ever, as we get word of a new round of funding and reports of Google interest in a possible acquisition. Cyanogen's said to be going after investors now, seeking an ultimate market valuation up around the one billion dollar ...

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    Leaks concerning the Motorola-made Nexus 6 have seriously been on the upswing over the past week or two, and just yesterday we had the opportunity to get one of our best looks at the handset yet, spotted out getting some real-world testing. So while our general questions about this handset's existence may be fading under the mountain of evidence that continues to arrive, plenty of specifics have remained unclear. One of those important details concerns availability; sure, Google may start selling the Nexus 6 in just a couple more weeks, but once it does, what carriers will you be able to ...

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    Are you the kind of smartphone user who finds yourself juggling a bunch of different devices? If so, we should be friends. Those of you on the Android side of the spectrum (or better yet, checking out the smartphone landscape from a cross-platform vantage point) are no doubt familiar with the way Google Play keeps track of all the hardware you've linked to it – and unless you make a concerted effort to clean out older devices from its list, you've may even have a few dormant models on their that haven't been powered-on in ages. Thanks to a new change coming to the Play Store today, ...

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    The next Nexus phone might be the first made by Motorola, the company that Google purchased, and then sold to Lenovo. The next Nexus phone, so far known by a tentative codename, Shamu, might wear the name of Nexus 6, and that might be because it's the sixth Nexus smartphone, or because it is rumored to have a six-inch(ish) screen. In any case, what you see above, and below, is a Nexus 6 carved out of wood, respecting the 5.9-inch rumored screen measurement, as well as the other bits of information which have leaked in the recent past. Said carved mock-up has been then shot in a Nexus 6 vs ...

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