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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:

  • by | April 4, 2014 10:56 AM

    While it may lack the immediate wow-factor of efforts like Google Glass, the modular Project Ara could prove to be just as, if not more exciting, offering smartphone users the promise of untold levels of control over what hardware goes into the handsets they use. As such, we've been actively following development on project Ara, from its early days as a Phonebloks concept, to Motorola really grabbing the idea and running with it, to Google's taking the reins with its Advanced Technology and Projects group. Just last week we brought you an interview with Phonebloks's Tomas Halberstad, and ...

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  • by | April 3, 2014 11:24 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple's confirmed dates for its World Wide Developer's Conference, and what we expect to see. We then talk about Intel's attempt to bring 64-bit architecture to Android 4.4 KitKat. Samsung follows the rumors as we land a leaked image for the Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom, though with another name. Then we talk about Microsoft's possible launch date for the developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1. We end today's show talking about Google's possible new business in the cellular carrier department, though depending on Google Fiber in a way. All this and ...

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  • by | April 3, 2014 4:56 PM

    Five months back, we saw Google introduce its Opinion Rewards, a survey-based program designed to collect information from Android users and reward them with credit that can be applied towards Google Play Store purchases. Sounds pretty sweet, right? Well, there was one big hitch, severely limiting the appeal: Google Opinion Rewards was only available to Android users in the US. This is a situation we're not at all surprised to see with Google, but that doesn't mean we have to be happy about it. Well, it took long enough, but now Opinion Rewards is finally spreading its footprint, with ...

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  • by | April 3, 2014 3:55 PM

    Is there any aspect of mobile devices that Google doesn't have an interest in? It heads-up the most popular platform around, develops apps for multiple operating systems, offers numerous online services, sells Nexus hardware, and it even owned a smartphone manufacturer for a spell. New reports suggest that Google's considering spreading its mobile ambitions even further, and could be kicking around the idea of offering wireless service itself. The details are a little loose, but the idea seems to be that Google might provide cellular service in areas where it's already in business selling ...

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  • by | April 3, 2014 2:03 AM

    No, we're not seeing a new phone from Motorola, and it's not some sort of ruggedized version of the Moto G we all know. However, there's a bit of a difference in both the naming (with the addition of the "Forte" moniker), and what you get in the package, if you live in Mexico, and you're on Nextel. Expect nothing different from the Moto G Forte than the regular Moto G, but with a back cover; it's actually the Grip Shell, and it comes out of the box, otherwise setting you back around $15. In addition, they're also throwing in 50GB of Google Drive space. While there's no word on the ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 7:53 PM

    The Google app updates we just shared with you – those for Keep, Play Movies, and Newsstand – are already on their way to users' phones. But there's one more update we've heard people talking about today that isn't quite ready for prime time, and its changes aren't yet set in stone, still the stuff of rumors. Although that puts us in a slightly less-than-enviable position for talking about it, it's such a major component to how many Android users get things done on their smartphones that it's worth giving an early look: it seems like Google's been hard at work cooking up a new version ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 7:06 PM

    Windows Phone 8.1 may still be dancing through our thoughts, but there's plenty of other non-Microsoft motion still happening today on the smartphone scene. Wednesdays are when we typically look for Google to release updates for an Android app or two, and the company does not fail to disappoint this week. Let's take a look at what's headed out to Android users today: First up, we've got an update for Google Keep, bringing the note-taking app a slightly tweaked UI; the changes serve to help bring Keep in line with the latest design language Google's been using across its various Android ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 8:36 AM

    It was two months ago when we last looked at the official Android distribution numbers, and, many things have changed since, even if nothing really changed. Back in February, Jelly Bean was in the lead, followed by Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, and then KitKat, and today, the order looks to be the same, though the numbers have changed a bit. 61.4% of devices still run one version or the other of Jelly Bean (4.1.x, 4.2.x, or 4.3), up from 60.7% back in February. Ice Cream Sandwich is down a couple of points, and so is Gingerbread, while KitKat is seeing a significant growth. However, ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 7:19 AM

    Not long ago we we started hearing that Google would be implementing a new boot logo requirement. The document, first reported by Geek.com, is a bit vague and incomplete, but what it does show is a very simple and stylized "powered by Android" message that we've started seeing pop up in various boot sequences over the last few weeks. We still don't know everything about this move, so we'll have to make some assumptions, and they could be flawed. Disclaimers aside, let's look into the situation, the problem, what Google could be doing to address it, and why it's a great idea, but ultimately ...

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  • by | April 1, 2014 11:35 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Samsung's Galaxy Tab4 line-up. Then we talk about Google's future update to the Nexus 5 camera view finder. We then talk about about the probability of a Google Nexus 10 announcement coming soon. Nokia takes the spotlight next as we talk about the Lumia 930, and the possibility that it won't make tomorrow's event. We end today's show by talking about the Apple vs. Samsung trail, which has just begun. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Samsung Galaxy Tab4 lineup goes official: 7.0, 8.0, and 10.1 inches - Google Android camera ...

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  • by | April 1, 2014 5:38 PM

    Back in January, we were tipped off to the existence of a limited time sale Google was having on accessories in the Play Store, offering cases for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 models at 25% off the list price. If you missed the boat that time around, you're in luck, as the same sort of deals are making a return, giving you one more opportunity to snatch them up. We're still looking at 25% discounts, this time with two options available apiece for the Nexus 5 and 2013 Nexus 7. For the Nexus 5, you can score the “bumper” case for a little over $26, or the hinged quick cover for $37. For the Nexus ...

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  • by | April 1, 2014 3:55 PM

    One of the biggest mysteries hanging over hanging over Google's Nexus series of Androids has concerned the fate of the 10-inch option. By now, Google's made it clear that we get a new Nexus smartphone every year, and the way the first two generations of the Nexus 7 look, that's a pattern we could see Google mirror with these smaller tablets. But what about bigger ones? The Nexus 10 launched all the way back in 2012, and after it passed that one-year mark, we really started looking in earnest for a replacement. While we still don't have any firm answer, some recent developments over on the ...

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  • by | April 1, 2014 12:44 PM

    Smartphones are like sharks: if they don't keep moving, they die. Manufacturers are always looking for the next thing to improve, and lately a lot of them have been turning their attention to cameras. That's led to innovative designs, and most recently the new HTC One M8's dual camera arrangement. Hardware is very much key to this evolution, but software plays an extremely important role, as well. Today we hear a little about what could be next for Android camera software, with rumors about a number of changes coming to Google's stock Android camera. Sadly, we don't have any pictures of ...

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  • by | April 1, 2014 12:00 PM

    Last week, we started hearing claims that Google was instituting a new boot logo mandate, requiring Andorid OEMs to feature a “powered by Android” message while their phones powered on. Certainly, we'd seen such messages on recent hardware like the HTC One M8 and Galaxy S5, and the leaked design document specifying how OEMs were to implement the logo sure made it seem that Google was serious about it. We still haven't managed to confirm that this is absolutely something Google is forcing on manufacturers who want to ship their phones loaded with Google apps, but the evidence continues ...

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  • by | March 31, 2014 5:49 PM

    With the Apple vs Samsung trial gaining more and more heat, the next round of court visits is just a couple of days away. We've been hearing of Apple's master plan in billing Samsung $40 for every device shipped, based on all the patent infringement that has been proven, and we know that what Cupertino wants is for Samsung to no longer make money off-of its mobile division. Whether that happens or not is yet to be seen, but we've just learned what Samsung is planning next as a way to fight back. Today we've learned that Samsung is looking for Google's help, and particularly that of Andy ...

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