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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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    OnePlus was the start-up talk of the town last year. A company backed by some veterans from the early times of Android could become that talk of the town for 2015. After a few months of development silence, it looks like Nextbit is back for a bite at the Android smartphone market. You can hit up the work-in-progress site at the source link below. Hints of branding pop up through the site, looking for potential customers who want the "NEXT NOW." Nextbit is also looking for some major staff positions including Product Manager and Software Engineer. In 2014, the company took an $18 ...

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    Has Google finally decided that it simply has enough money? After years of search dominance, to say nothing of heading up the most popular mobile operating system on the planet, is all that money burning a hole in Google's pockets? Because from what we've seen today, the company sure seems more interested in handing out discounts to its users than making a buck itself. OK, that's admittedly crazy-talk, but no sooner do we bring you word of the summertime game sales in the Google Play Store than we hear about a nice little offer for Chromecast users, hooking them up with a free movie ...

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    Whether you're hopping in a car for a road trip, relaxing down at the beach, or roughing it out at a campsite (armed with a backpack full of USB battery packs because – come on – you're not an animal), summer's a fantastic time to take a break from your worries and unwind for a little with some smartphone games. Right now, Google's making it easy for you Android users to pick up some hot titles at deep discounts, as it marks a number of games down in a sale running through Monday. For just one dollar, you can take home titles like Monument Valley, Limbo, or Duck Tales: Remastered, ...

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    Google Photos has soundly arrived as the company's new home for picture storage, as the coming deactivation of Google+ Photos makes all too clear. And even with more users than ever before trying out the service, Google's still very much interested in getting the word out. Today we get a little preview of what sure looks like an upcoming Google Photos promo event, with the arrival of a teaser video inviting users to “pay with a photo.” Before you start getting carried away there, this doesn't look like the launch of some new spin on mobile payments. The teaser vid below (featuring ...

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    This would be the third fourth year where we praise LG's efforts in mobile. Surely the LG G3 wasn't our favorite smartphone last year, but this years LG G4, the company's new G Flex 2, and even some of its legacy devices from two years ago continue to spark joy. If you thought this Korean giant was done for the year, then you clearly don't know much about LG. LG CEO Cho Jun-ho was recently on the company's results conference call, and teased that the company will launch a "super premium phone" in the second half of this year, as if the LG G4 and G Flex 2 weren't already premium enough. It ...

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    Let's face it: 99 percent of vertical videos suck. Once in a blue moon, a portrait-mode aspect ratio is arguably the better choice for the subject matter being filmed, but with the proliferation of widescreen displays in our lives, landscape-orientation video ends up looking better more often than not. But unlike living room TVs or laptop screens, our smartphones have displays that are just asking to be spun around, swapped from horizontal to vertical layouts on a whim. So why has viewing vertical video on a screen that can so easily become vertical itself been such a challenge? It's time ...

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    Google Glass is still moving forward, even after the initial hardware failed to find broad mainstream success, and we've been looking forward to the introduction of a new Glass headset at some point later this year; we've certainly seen FCC evidence that appeared to confirm work on that very project. Now some new rumors have been suggesting a very different direction Google could be pursuing for this new device, one that's focused mainly on business users. Today we pick up some rumored new hardware details about the changes that may be in store for Glass. Reports from earlier this month ...

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    The amount of horror stories with Android 5.0 Lollipop is significant enough to have many waiting eagerly for Android 5.1. Surely this newer version is still no Android M when it comes to benefits, but it kills a ton of bugs that reduce the glory that Lollipop deserves. Sony has had a positive track record with software updates, and the trend continues. Sony has just announced that Android 5.1 has just reached the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z3 family. This means that devices like the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 tablet should receive the update ...

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    Rumors about corporate acquisitions in the smartphone world have a funny way of surprising us. Just look at last year's acquisition of Motorola by Lenovo: it felt like Google had only just bought the company, and the idea of dumping it already sounded almost preposterous – until Google confirmed the news just hours after the first rumors landed. So when fresh rumors starting bouncing around yesterday that Google could be looking to purchase a major stake in LG, our thoughts quickly went from skeptical to imagining how we might just see such a thing happen. Alas, the deal may never come ...

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    If you have opted to share and store your Location History with Google, you know that the Mountain View company will do exactly that: store your every move (well, your smartphone's location). Now, all this data is offered back to you for your viewing and browsing pleasure, in a new feature rolling out gradually to Google Maps: Your Timeline. Google Maps Timeline is, as its name implies, a visual representation of your movements over time. Google emphasizes that the information is visible only to you, and you have the option of deleting certain dates (or ranges), as well as editing the ...

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    Apple had its Q3 2015 earnings call yesterday and apparently the numbers are looking really good for the Cupertino-based company. Record sales are being driven by the iPhone and the Apple Watch, according to the information from the earnings call and the official press release. However, aside from "record third quarter sales of iPhone", we didn't get any specific numbers, in terms of units sold or shipped. Putting that to the side, it looks like the success of the iPhone is mostly due to its reception on both developed and emerging markets, as well as an all-time-high in terms of ...

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    If you thought the drama between Apple and Samsung was over think again. Surely the legal case is already defined, but it seems that the rest of Silicone Valley is not happy with the verdict against Apple. You could say this is a very late response to a case that finished months ago, but better late than never. Google, HP, Facebook among others have recently filed a "friend of the court" briefing as a protest to the Apple vs Samsung case. Apple accuses Samsung of infringing in patents that range from copying the basic design of the iPhone, to other features like multi-touch gestures and ...

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    Android M is racing up the update chain and will be arriving before 2015 ends. Our slew of coverage about the software can be found here. But with the features being leaked and trickled every so often from Google, we're looking forward to the devices that will be updated or introduced with Android M. If you want to keep up with us, you can bookmark this post and check back every Monday evening Eastern Time. We'll keep it going up until the official launch of Android 5.2. Here are the confirmation status terms as we are using them: Native — The OEM will introduce the device with Android ...

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    Right now, Google's offering early access to Android M as a developer preview, and while those releases for Nexus hardware give us the opportunity to go hands-on with the software ahead of its broader launch later this year, they leave us with a few unanswered questions about how Android M will land. The one that gets speculated upon the most may be which dessert item ends up providing the final M-name, but just as big a mystery has been the version numbering Android M will finally take. While nothing's yet official, a compelling theory offers a pretty good guess at just where Android M ...

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    Google I/O back in May marked the beginning of a new era for image management on Android devices, as Google launched the new Google Photos (above). While many users quickly transitioned to the new service (and corresponding app), Google kept the lights on over at the old Google+ version of Photos … at least for the time being. About a month ago we started picking up signs that the beginning of the end was here, with the latest update to the Google+ Photos app warning us that it would soon stop working – but stopping short of offering a hard-out date. Today Google explains just how and ...

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    Android's not just the biggest mobile platform out there; it's also one that's showing some noteworthy growth. Even in the US, where Android faces staunch competition from Apple, the platform's been picking up lots of new users, with its market share rising some three percent over the last quarter. As a result, it should be no surprise that Google's doing quite well for itself, and today the company discloses its latest financial figures, reporting nearly $18 billion in revenues, representing 11 percent growth since last year. Most relevant to our interests are the extent to which mobile ...

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    Well, there's your bombshell: that Huawei Nexus we keep hearing about – the one that everyone's been skeptical about, given the fact that Huawei isn't even very well known in Google's own home country – looks to be real. Prolific leaker Evan Blass took to Twitter today to lend credence to the idea that we'll be seeing this smartphone launch soon, as well as through more Huawei Nexus details into the mix. So here's what we have to work with right now, if Blass's leak is in fact accurate. For one, this Huawei Nexus is on its way; if Google follows its usual Nexus release schedule, expect ...

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    The movie Terminator Genisys is in theaters now, and is warning us away from computers that think for themselves (remember, Genisys is Skynet!). No, Pocketnow didn't turn into a movie reviews website while you weren't looking, but the movie does draw some parallels with the topic, so we'll run with it. Just in case you didn't know (SPOILER ALERT!), in the Terminator stories, Skynet becomes self-aware and all but destroys humanity. The way it does this is through a computer technology called "machine learning", and Google has just deployed it to fight spam in your inbox. Machine learning ...

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    Going back over a year now, we've been hearing about Google's plans for an interesting new service that would allow smartphones to communicate with other devices in their vicinity. Dubbed Nearby, the system would rely on multiple channels that ranged beyond standard things like Bluetooth to include techniques like using your phone's microphone to receive data sent with sound waves. And while some of that tech later emerged in other Google products, and we caught some fresh rumors just the other month, Nearby as a whole had still yet to make its formal debut. Now it's finally time for ...

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    One would think that deleting the Google Photos app from your Android smartphone would be enough to end all of the app's processes... and that makes sense, right? Unfortunately, that's not the case. Many are not realizing as they delete the app that the automatic backup of pictures to Google's servers (if enabled when the app was on the device and in-use) doesn't actually stop. Because of how the app taps into Play services and the Android operating system itself, Google Photos auto-upload will not stop upon deletion of the application. Though we find Google Photos an incredibly ...

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    At Google I/O in late May, Google announced its next-gen mobile payment service, Android Pay. And while Android Pay sounded a hell of a lot like Google Wallet in terms of its functionality, it wasn't long after the initial Android Pay announcement that Google was insisting that Pay wasn't arriving to outright replace Wallet, and that the Wallet app would live on – and even get spruced up with plans for a big overhaul for the software. As we wait to see how that will all play out, though, it's becoming clear that Google intends to put Wallet on the back burner, as the company updates the ...

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    An Android Wear platform update should have been officially introduced on July 28, claims a recent report which also mentions that this alleged date has been now purportedly moved to a so far unknown date in August. However, the same report claims knowledge of some of the features coming to the next Android Wear iteration, including interactive watch faces, as well as Together, a new watch to watch communication method. The report claims that Android Wear watchfaces will gain single tap interaction functionality. Some watchfaces out there already support this (thanks to a workaround), but, ...

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    If you've been itching to get into the wearable space, you might find it hard to find out which devices are worth looking into. Smartwatches release less frequently than smartphones or tablets, and even when a new device launches, it just doesn't see the same type of hype and publicity. Wearables don't just include smartwatches though, and there's a certain VR kit that has every potential to be a home run — assuming it's properly marketed. Find out our top picks for the best wearables in early 2015! [embed width="780" height="439"]http://youtu.be/zEJQ3MeOIK0[/embed]

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    What used to be one of Android's most defining features ("You're going to buy the iPhone?! Man, that doesn't even have, like, widgets on the home screen.") is now usually something we gloss over, though it's difficult to deny the convenience they bring to the platform as a whole. Reminding us of that convenience today is Google, which has issued an update to one of its two emailing applications bringing two new Inbox Android widgets – one that will allow you to set reminders, and another that will let you quickly jump into composing an email message. The two widgets are both 1x1-sized ...

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    You'd think that Google's smartphone would be updated to Google's latest software first on Google's own carrier brand, right? Well, you'd be wrong if that's what you thought – the Project Fi Nexus 6 model has indeed not received the update to Android 5.1.1, with other models of the Nexus 6 across other carriers joining in the party earlier than this one. But the time has come for the Project Fi Nexus 6 to get a little love of its own – it has just been announced that this model will be receiving the Android 5.1.1 update over the next few days. As a quick recap, Android 5.1.1 doesn't ...

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