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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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    If you own an Android phone, you now have a new way to look for everything inside of it. And you'll be able to do it in style on the LG V20. Google is introducing its locally-based "In Apps" search mode as an easy way to pick out the things of the past you need to bring up right now. All you have to do is scroll over to the new "In Apps" section or put [brackets] around your search terms — without even being connected to the net. You'll be able to put in contacts, conversation topics and media from your prior discussions in your native email, texting and messaging apps. You can also ...

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    Last year's Chromebook Pixel has now come out of stock from the Google Store. The $1,299 ChromeOS laptop didn't get much word from its maker when it dropped from the sales beat. The second Pixel book ends its run at 17 months and just two months after a job posting surfaced for a "Quality Engineer" for the Chromebook Pixel unit. Anyone getting into the job would be expected to help shape "Google's next game-changer", potentially implying a third Chrome Pixel on the way. The Pixel C convertible tablet that's still on sale right now runs on Android. Source: Google Store, OMG! Chrome! Via: ...

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    This year's supposed HTC-made Nexus devices, codenamed "Marlin" and "Sailfish," may not have "Nexus" in their names. Sources to Android Central are instead saying that "Google" will be integral to the branding of the phones. Another integral part to the products is that they will feature special and exclusive software features beyond the set given on Android Nougat. Completely muddled in all of this is what may or may not be included in the first Maintenance Release of Nougat, — likely to be called Android 7.1 — and what will remain exclusive to the "Marlin" and "Sailfish". That ...

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    What's in a number? The sum of all of its parts? What are those parts, then? In a software release, it's the small things like bugfixes, rewriting menu options, rewriting entire menus. It's also the big things like vulnerabilities that need to be patched yesterday. But if you're planning on regular releases, do we really need to plan on giving new names just for sake of giving some idea of iteration? Well, according to Evan Blass, it's all set up for the next nine months. Google plans on putting out once-a-quarter Maintenance Releases for Android Nougat. And they have changes in numbers. ...

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    It seems that the Nexus 5 will remain the smartphone apex of value-for-dollar in Google's standardized Android device lineup. With all of the top-of-the-line specifications and standardized hardware design that have been discussed for both the smaller "Sailfish" and larger "Marlin" devices supposedly to be made by HTC this year, it's really no surprise that the tab has picked up this year. Specificaly, Nexus Blog states from its "internal sources in HTC" that the Google Store will start both devices off at 32GB of storage. The Sailfish will go for $449 while the Marlin is said to start ...

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    There's another Snapdragon 820 device from HTC just beginning to make the rounds on GFXBench. We already think that the Nexus devices will get Android 7.1 before they launch, though. So, what's this thing with Android 6.0.1? Perhaps the Desire 10 Pro? It seems like it. It  has all the typical trimmings: 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a 12-megapixel camera on the back with a 5-megapixel front facer. But is that quad HD screen really at 5.1 inches? The Desire 10 Lifestyle has been rumored to receive a 5.5-inch 720p panel. Maybe the Pro version will be more faithful to the OG 10? One thing ...

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    The beloved, if design-maligned Nexus 5 is not unofficially dead just yet. Within a day of Google dropping the Android Nougat images for certain Nexus devices that aren't the Nexus 5, XDA developers have been figuring out a build for the fan favorite phone. One did so, though it's a rough edit — so rough that Bluetooth and the camera are broken. But the kernel source code is available to download, for you tweakers out there. Since Vulkan API integration is part of Nougat and Qualcomm has stopped supporting the Snapdragon 801 that the Nexus 5 has, there's only hope that other Snapdragon ...

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    LG may get the first word in for putting out the first Android Nougat smartphone on September 6. But that's just word. Not phones in boxes being sent through a postal delivery system. Instead, the HTC-made Nexus devices — rumored to debut on October 4 — will actually ship first. That's the word according to Android Police managing editor David Ruddock. Yes, that guy has a title. LG V20 may be the first phone *in the world* to ship with Nougat. But Nexuses will almost definitely be first widely available. — David Ruddock (@RDR0b11) August 24, 2016 @pedro_segura LG V20 won't ship ...

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    Ever since it started working on Project Fi, Google made it clear it wasn’t looking to muscle wireless service provider veterans out of business. Instead, Big G is collaborating with the likes of Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular stateside, as well as Three internationally, in a bold attempt to unify the world’s wireless networks so you can enjoy higher speeds and better coverage ubiquitously at the lowest possible costs. While a subscription to the ingenious MVNO often comes with added benefits including hefty savings on recent Nexus family installments, it’s perfectly fine by Google ...

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    Google wants a piece of the Amazon-controlled smart speaker action, the latter in turn plans to go after Apple and Spotify in the uber-challenging, jam-packed music streaming arena, while Samsung may also have something akin to the Echo in the pipeline. Bottom line, no tech giant, regardless of its size, financial status and profit margins, is content resting on existing laurels, with product innovation and originality nowhere near as important as a robust presence in as many potential-brimming market segments as possible. So what if a mysterious Samsung Scoop gadget recently sighted at ...

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    Android Nougat is out, but some major features like the Nexus Launcher, Google Assistant and more are expected in a Maintenance Release this fall. Google's inviting developers to continue submitting issue tickets as they find and re-tread bugs so that it can fix them up in time for a supposed developer preview for MR1. Well, turns out that if you do happen to report an issue in the Android Developer Console, you'll be able to filter down reports for a version 7.1. Other sources are claiming that user statistics reports are showing a significant minority of users on Android 7.1. We don't ...

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    As we post, Google is updating its Nexus Files for Developers page with links to the NRD90M builds of Android 7.0 Nougat. Developers and users alike with ADB knowledge can flash them to applicable Nexus devices. The Pixel C, the Nexus Player and the Wi-Fi version of the Nexus 9 are available for download at this hour. You can also continue to attempt a pull-down of the OTA. The countdown for OEM partners to get updates out continues. Source: Android Developers Via: Android Police

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    Android 7.0 Nougat wasn't as flashy as you expected it to be, right? Where was the Nexus Launcher? Where's Allo and Google Assistant and that "not a home button" home button? Where are all the software changes that we're looking forward to on the Marlin Nexus device? Not here just yet. But XDA developer Nate Benis is telling us that all of that stuff you saw from Android Police are from the first Maintenance Release of Android Nougat, scheduled to be pushed out this fall. The initial version Nougat is mostly based off of Developer Preview 5. "[It] does not have any of the 'proprietary ...

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    We've been covering the developer preview builds of Android N in close detail, but today we get our first look at the update which will be pushed out to consumers. A whole list of improvements are coming to Android, addressing usability and ergonomic problems. This update is also focused on bringing stock Android up to speed on a number of features we've come to appreciate from manufacturer skins like Touchwiz and Sense on Samsung and HTC devices. Just about every part of the UI has been addressed, from multi-tasking options, to the notification shade, and encryption to power management. ...

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    With Duo out in the open, we're still closing in on what might come through to Google's new messaging service, Allo. There's a lot of teasing going on during I/O 2016, providing us with an idea of what the features are. But we now have supposed grabs of how these features get into action via Android Police. The search engine inside of the app is a welcome progression from having to search through your Gmail records to find Hangouts conversations. It slinks through your chats with people and bots (such as Google Assistant) and even borrows from Google Photos' search engine to identify ...

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    Today might just be the big day for owners of the two latest (and greatest, until Marlin and Sailfish swim up to shore) Nexus devices, at least according to one of Canada’s three leading mobile network operators. But Australia’s number two wireless carrier doesn’t entirely share Telus’ position or confirm its very specific Android Nougat release date, while the third largest telco down under even more clearly suggests a delay could be in store due to a mysterious “issue found during testing.” Not Vodafone’s own “optimization” process, mind you, as said bug is apparently ...

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    Windows 10 allows for a simple PIN input for user authentication. Google thought it might be a good idea to also allow its Chromebooks to do that, just like its Android phones. Whatever the case, PIN unlock capabilities are now available in the latest developer update under the flag #quick-unlock-pin. According to Chromium evangelist François Beaufort, users will have to reboot, then hit up the Material Design settings to set up a PIN for the lock screen. Developers are still trying working with Android apps on Chromebooks. Source: Google+ Via: Engadget

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    T-Mobile and Sprint are delivering "optimized" unlimited data plans. What does this mean for your phone bill? We've spent some time with Google's Duo video chat. Will this pull people from Facetime? Plus we went hands on with the new Honor 8 at the launch even in San Francisco, and it seems we have yet another premium budget phone to compete against Oneplus, ZTE, and Alcatel. Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 214 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the live video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on August 18th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio ...

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    Still waiting for Android Nougat to happen? That August 5 security patch level update just not there yet? It won't be for another weekend. Canadian carrier Telus, interested in transparency, has updated its Software Update Schedule for devices and has just listed both the Nexus 6P and 5X for an Android Nougat update targeted for August 22. Barring acts of God or something like that, we pretty much have an idea of when Google and its partners will start seeding out Android 7.0. The Nexus 6 and 9, it seems, may have to wait in limbo, though we expect it'll be either close by or the very same ...

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    Mobile industry insiders have been known to make mistakes regarding high-profile unreleased devices, especially those manufactured by companies like LG, Huawei, Motorola or Asus with Google’s supervision and Nexus seal of approval. And pre-launch benchmarks can also occasionally be misleading. But it’s hard to imagine an assortment of the two different classes of reliable sources could so perfectly sync up to misrepresent the oft-leaked HTC-produced Nexus Marlin. This time, it’s AnTuTu that reveals the innards of the 5.5-inch N6P sequel, and they’re the exact same specifications ...

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    Whether it’ll be called Nexus 5P, Nexus… something else, or Google… something, and whether the search giant itself will handle manufacturing or HTC helps out, a follow-up of sorts for last year’s LG Nexus 5X is most likely right around the corner. Possibly codenamed Sailfish, this should measure a refreshingly compact (by 2016 standards) 5 inches in screen diagonal, with 1080p resolution in tow, Snapdragon 820 processing power, 4GB RAM, 12 and 8MP cameras, as well as a considerably more “premium” construction. All in all, a solid evolutionary effort is to be expected, which ...

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    As much as we'd like to say that we are all over Skype, we have to remind ourselves that FaceTime isn't an Android-friendly phenomenon, either. Neither is Google Hangouts an international sensation. So, does Duo bring Mountain View's video chatting services to parity or is it something better? Will you feel and be more secure with end-to-end encryption? Will the Knock Knock feature catch your face (or whatever) when you're not ready? And does this really make video calling on-the-go less painful with switches between LTE and Wi-Fi? Most importantly, will you stick with one phone (and one ...

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    When dealing with a company as secretive as Google, which is also extremely active and involved in so many different segments of the large tech landscape, you’re bound to occasionally come across unfounded speculation and wild rumors that never pan out. Remember reports from last fall calling for in-house Mountain View smartphone chip designs aimed at suppressing Android fragmentation? They smelled fishy off the bat, and went nowhere since then, as did a slightly less sketchy story first reported a couple of months back on a prospective “first-party Google phone” separate from the ...

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    How many communication apps are too many for even a software giant like Google to properly maintain and robustly support? Four? Well, hot on the heels of Allo and Duo’s formal introductions at the I/O 2016 conference back in May, Mountain View assured us Hangouts and Messenger weren’t going anywhere. But that stance gets more nuanced now, as Google’s VP of communication products, Nick Fox, clarifies Hangouts will “increasingly focus” on the “group collaboration enterprise productivity space.” In other words, business users, for whom the service’s deep integration with ...

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    It feels odd to talk about Google Duo like it’s a new thing, both because the video calling service was unveiled way back in May at the I/O developer conference, and considering it looks so simple and basic you have to wonder what on earth took the search giant so long. But it’s the cross-platform app’s simplicity that makes it so appealing, with very few bells and whistles needed to minimize the frustration and complication of too many other video chat services. A single tap can initiate a Google Duo video call on Android and iOS, as sign-up procedures are simplified by the fact no ...

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