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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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    Google may have won a couple of sad faces a few days ago as it pulled its recently acquired Sparrow mail client from supporting the Mac and iOS, but that doesn't mean the company had negative plans behind it. We've seen the guys at Mountain View push new initiatives like its new Inbox service for the iPhone and Android smartphones, and even though we're not really sure how successful it's been when compared to competing services like Mailbox and Outlook, the company has prepared a new update. Google has silently pushed a new update to its Inbox service on the iOS App Store to version 1.2. ...

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    Android smartphone manufacturers are still struggling to bring all their hardware up to Android 5.0 Lollipop, but Google's not been sitting idly by as they prep those updates. Instead, we've seen it deliver a number of further releases, from 5.0.1 and 5.0.2 to the mysterious 5.1 that's yet to even grace the Nexus lineup. Now we're wondering what might be next as HTC's Mo Versi makes reference to a forthcoming Android maintenance release scheduled for next month. Versi mentions the release in regards to HTC's plans for a GPe One M7 bugfix update, but we're less interested in that particular ...

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    Yes, we know that as geeky as Project Ara is going to be, we won't be able to test it unless we move to Puerto Rico in its initial launch phase. While there's nothing wrong in moving to such a beautiful island, we're sure you're all as skeptical as we are over how the modules of this Google project will look for the end consumer. Toshiba seems to agree that this is a valid concern, and has decided to show us its camera modules. Toshiba has been able to build three initial camera modules for Google's Project Ara, a front-facing 2 megapixel camera, a 5 megapixel primary camera module, and a ...

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    At the end of last year, Google announced the expansion of the Android One initiative; emerging markets were added, like Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka, and now, the Mountain View-based company announces Android One-based devices for Philippines, the sixth market to join the Android One club, in addition to the aforementioned, India, and Indonesia. Google's main partners in bringing Android One to Philippines are local retailers Cherry Mobile and MyPhone, and the phones will be named Cherry One and MyPhone Uno. Android Lollipop will be powering these two devices out of the box, and, to ...

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    Has Google hit an impasse with Wallet? Apple may have gotten smartphone users talking again about NFC-based payments last year with the launch of Apple Pay on the new iPhones, but Google's failed to do much in recent memory to draw new customers to Wallet. Could user confusion over the tap-and-pay mechanic of it, including uncertainty about both phone and retail POS compatibility, be limiting adoption? Google may have its suspicions about just that, as we get word that it's been investigating a new payment method that works very differently from the Wallet we're used to. Google's ...

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    Google's launch of the Knowledge Graph three years ago has proven to be the back bone of what makes Google Search services so popular. Its ability to place a specific meaning to the words you search, instead of interpreting a string of characters, has allowed Google Search to provide useful and related information at the right of each search that you do. One of the biggest search topics that Google has detected in recent times is people searching for health-related information, and the company has decided to do something about it. In the next few days you'll notice that your ...

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    It's surreal to think that the same company that was roughly 90 days from going bankrupt back in 1997, is now considered the most valuable company in the world. Even more surreal is the fact that Microsoft was one of the companies that helped boost credibility back into Apple as part of Steve Jobs' turn around plan, and that now Apple is worth more than both Microsoft and Google combined. Apple's stock is on a rise after certain records were broken yesterday, and the numbers are just crazy. Apple became the first US company in history to close stock market trading with $700 billion in ...

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    Google I/O is a veritable smorgasbord of news for the Android fan. Last year's conference brought us stuff like the early Android L preview, the launch of Android One, further news of Android Wear, and even the debut of Google Cardboard: not too shabby, all things considered. So of course, we're eager to learn what's on the menu this year. We've probably got a little while to go before rumors really close-in on what we can expect, but at least we've now got a timetable, as Google shares the dates for I/O 2015. Google I/O will take place this year on May 28 and 29, again at San Francisco's ...

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    Are you doing all you can to make sure that your data's secure? From verifying your contact info to setting up two-factor authentication, there are probably lots of things you could be taking advantage of in order to limit your vulnerability, but all the security features in the world won't do you much good if you're not taking advantage of them. Google doesn't want to see you losing your data any more than you do, so it's dangling a bit of a carrot in an effort to encourage you to think about you account's security, offering a boost to your Google Drive allocation as an incentive. By ...

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    With the introduction of Android Lollipop, Google brought its platform a feature called Smart Lock, its own spin on Motorola's Trusted Devices. Smart Lock lets you control when your phone forces you to manually unlock: you can use something like the presence of a paired Bluetooth device or an NFC tag that lets the phone know it's in a trusted environment where no PIN is necessary. Other options for Smart Lock currently include a location-based system where you define safe zones for your phone, and even a face-based mode that attempts to recognize you via your phone's front-facing camera. ...

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    Going back a few days now, we've been looking at growing evidence that Verizon is about to join all the other major carriers in the US and start sales of the Nexus 6. We knew this would be coming eventually, but with so much time having passed since the phone first launch, it's understandable that we'd been growing a little anxious. But now not only does Verizon have a signup page for info on the Nexus 6's pending arrival, but some renders showing the Verizon-branded edition of the smartphone have leaked. This was all great to see, but it didn't offer any specific insight into a release ...

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    Between apps, movies, TV, music, and books, all the money we spend on digital content can quickly add up. Sure, there's plenty of free stuff out there, but for the best selection, you're going to have to shell out some cash from time to time. If you're one of the many people who have picked up a Chromecast to make it easy to stream media to your HDTV, Google's got a new little treat to help hook you up with some of its premium Play Store content, and you're just a couple clicks away from redeeming it. Chromecast users are now being presented with an offer for a free six-dollar Play Store ...

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    You know the joke about how you know someone's a vegan: they're going to tell you? When it comes to smartphones, Verizon's the same way, because before big red lets a phone into its stores, it's going to do all it can to make sure anyone standing within a twenty meter radius can tell that the handset is a Verizon phone. Sure, a few models manage to escape the carrier's logo-stamping department, but then others end up with a Verizon-branded home button. For months now we've been looking forward to the Motorola Nexus being formally welcomed by Verizon, and earlier this week it finally ...

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    Every time we've seen Apple partner with Google on something, the results have proven to be positive. We wish we could say the same about every time Apple has decided to stop using Google for any particular service, but historically, Apple has never succeeded at it. Just as we recently discussed how Apple might be working on its own version of Street View, it seems Cupertino is now out for more. A recent job posting has Apple searching for a project manager that will work on "a search platform supporting hundreds of millions of users" and "play a part in revolutionizing how people use ...

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    Didn't it used to be that Nexus phones got first access to the latest Android releases? After all, while many Android handsets are still waiting for their first tasted of Lollipop at all, Nexus model have seen the release of not just Android 5.0, but also 5.0.1 and now 5.0.2. So when Google finished work on Android 5.1, we assumed we'd first see it land as a couple factory images for Nexus models, followed shortly thereafter by OTA distribution. Right? Well, apparently not, as in the span of a few short hours, evidence for Android 5.1 on an official Google site has given way to ...

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    If there's one big success story behind Google's launch of the Motorola-made Nexus 6 last year, it's the broad carrier support the phone was able to find: beyond Google selling the smartphone itself, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and even US Mobile were offering the Nexus 6 directly to subscribers. And that list should have one more name on it, but it's been a slow one to come around to the ways of its peers: Verizon. To this day, while Verizon is listed among Google's carrier partners for the Nexus 6, its logo is grayed out, and offers no link to buy the phone like is available with all ...

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    Keeping your media in the cloud can be a great convenience: pick up the latest movie on Google Play, and you can watch it as easily on your smartphone as you can on your PC, or even living room TV. At least, it's really easy when you acquire the media through the service that hosts it, but what about stuff you're uploading yourself? This week, we get to check out a couple new tools from big names in cloud-based media, each making it easier to add your own content to their cloud offerings. Even if you're not paying for Google Play Music, there are still a lot of great free features, and ...

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    The days of the Nexus 5 are rapidly drawing to a end. Back in December, we heard that production of the 2013 Nexus flagship had wrapped up, and that once existing stocks of the Android smartphone sold out, that would be all she wrote. Google insisted that it would keep selling the handset for as long as it could, specifically mentioning sales continuing into Q1 2015, but it made no assurances beyond that point. Problem was, even though the listing was still active, Google hasn't been selling the phone for a while now. This week, your chance to buy the Nexus 5 returns (though for who knows ...

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    After Android 5.0 Lollipop debuted with the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 last fall, Google was quick to start making Lollipop updates available for most of the rest of the Nexus family. We saw phones and tablets alike graduate from KitKat to Android 5.0, then 5.0.1, and most recently, a few select models have been graced with Android 5.0.2. And while that was great, not every Nexus device was so quick to join the Lollipop party: despite Google making numerous Lollipop updates available for its WiFi-only tablets, neither the 2012 nor 2013 cell-enabled Nexus 7 had seen similar updates for themselves. ...

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    Android users already know that Google Now can be a hugely powerful tool, reminding you about important appointments, helping you navigate to your next meeting, advising you of upcoming weather alerts, and more. But for all that great stuff Now offered, it also put a lot of pressure on Google to deliver relevant content; one company can only do so much, right (yeah, even Google)? Well, the floodgates are about to open, and today Google announces a big step forward for Now that allows some of your favorite developers to start bringing their content to the service, introducing support for ...

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    Microsoft hasn't found the amount of success it wanted to see in mobile. Windows Phone is still just 3% of the mobile market, and even with its moves in acquiring Nokia's mobile division, the company is still struggling to re-invent itself internally. You could assume that Microsoft's interests in Android are low, given how the company killed the Nokia X project, but it seems these plans have changed. Microsoft is apparently going to invest a minority share of $70 million in Cyanogen, leaving what was once a simple ROM alternative, into a company that's now worth hundreds of millions. No ...

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    The parade of companies announcing the details behind their latest financial performance continues on this evening, following the reports we've already seen out of Apple, Samsung, LG, Microsoft, and more. Now it's Google's turn to let everyone see how it's been doing, as it releases numbers for not just the past quarter, but also 2014 as a whole. Quarterly revenue hit $18.1 billion, up from $16.86 billion during the same period one year prior. Net income was at $4.76 billion, also up from 2013's Q4, which only made Google $3.38 billion. Looking at the full year, Google saw revenue of $66 ...

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    For as good as your cellular provider might be right now, who wouldn't want their service to be a little better? Networks have several ways they can go about improving their coverage, from adopting new wireless standards like LTE, to building more towers in congested areas. But maybe one of the most substantial upgrades a carrier can make is adding support for new frequency bands. T-Mobile's in the middle of doing just that, and owners of certain smartphones will see their devices updated to support this additional band coverage in the months to come. We're talking about a chunk of 700MHz ...

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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    This past fall, Google broadened its Nexus lineup with the launch of the Nexus 6 phablet and Nexus 9 tablet, the first hardware to arrive running Android 5.0 Lollipop. But beyond those mobile devices, we also saw Google introduce the Nexus Player, a set-top box running Android TV, intended to expand on what Chromecast did to bring Android into our living rooms by giving users a one-stop hub for both media and gaming. And while Google was quick to make the Nexus Player available for sale in the Play Store, that's where it stayed – until now. Reports are coming in on multiple fronts of ...

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