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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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    It really feels like the name of the game when it comes to the latest Nexus hardware is “limited availability.” Look no further than HTC's Nexus 9 sale earlier today, which sold out faster than many shoppers had time to react. The Nexus 6 didn't fare much better when its own pre-orders opened last week, with the smartphone hitting “out of inventory” status in just hours. We later heard that the supply problems with the Play Store might be some degree of intentional, with the plan to set aside the bulk of stocks for carrier-fueled sales, but surely the phone must return to Google's ...

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    Slowly but surely, the presence of Android 5.0 Lollipop continues to make inroads. Yesterday we saw Google talking about how Lollipop “begins to roll out today,” and witnessed the early stages of it preparing to make Lollipop source code public. By now, full sources are available (at least for the Nexus 9 and Player), leaving us to look for the next phase in the software's release: the arrival of factory images for Nexus models. We've still got a way's to go, but the first of these has just arrived, all ready for you to flash. The first Android 5.0 factory image is for the WiFi-only ...

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    If you're anything like us when it comes to mobile devices, you end up straddling the line between platforms. Sure, you may be an Android guy when it comes to your personal phone, but maybe you use BlackBerry for work, or you just really prefer the iPad when you're dealing with tablets. In a perfect world, we'd be able to move from platform to platform as easily as we put down one device and pick up another, and while cross-platform cloud services have made things like accessing our documents much more convenient across disparate operating systems, media's been a tougher nut to crack. ...

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    You guys. Seriously. We're very much used to seeing manufacturers in the mobile space drop some major discounts on their old gear; maybe the the next-gen flagship is about to drop, and last year's model suddenly sees a big price cut. No surprises there. But for a company to deliver a price cut as big as half off, and on a product that only just now went up for sale? Un-friggin'-precedented. Which is why we're so excited to share news with you today of HTC's latest deal, selling the 16GB WiFi-only Nexus 9 for just under $200, fifty percent off what Google Play's been asking for the tablet. ...

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    If you can remember it from the torrent of news that was Google I/O 2014, HTC announced that its 2013 and 2014 flagships would be seeing prompt updates to the latest version of Android after the availability of final code in the fall. Well, fall's here (and with it, the day we've all been waiting for), and HTC has finally confirmed to the masses that final Lollipop code is in its hands, and the 90-day timer for the HTC One M8 Lollipop update has officially begun. First up for the update will likely be HTC's Google Play Edition One M8, considering the fact that it runs an unadulterated ...

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    Google’s newest tablet is for “movers and makers,” according to the company’s website. We’ll examine more about what exactly that means in the weeks ahead, but for now, we'll settle for getting to know the shell of the device in our Nexus 9 unboxing. The de-packaging experience itself is best described as minimal. The Nexus 9 comes in a fairly nondescript box with bare-bones branding calling out its Android ancestry, and once you get inside all you’ll find is some very low-key literature and a USB charging cable with wall wart. That wall adapter's design will be ...

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    Today's a big day for Android, and Android 5.0 in particular, for with the Nexus 9 now making its way to the hands of shoppers who placed their pre-orders last month, the final no-dev-preview Android Lollipop release is going public. Google has taken to the official Android blog to talk about the news, but as this is one pretty multi-faceted story (with some big parts that just haven't happened yet), let's take our time and break this down piece-by-piece. It's November 3, and just like we saw Google confirm to devs a couple weeks back, that means that Android 5.0 is all sorts of live. Apps ...

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    HERE Maps has sort of been the salvation for navigation for Windows Phone users, especially offline navigation. The praises of this feature are sang across the internet almost any time the service is mentioned. Many prefer Nokia’s take on mapping over the baked-in Bing Maps on Microsoft’s mobile platform and understandably so. Although Nokia’s mapping services, such as navigation or transit directions, are divided across multiple applications, it’s typically a more reliable and renowned service. HERE Maps is one of the parts of the business Nokia didn’t sell to Microsoft, so ...

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    Yesterday we saw Google begin accepting pre-orders for the Nexus 6 through the Play Store – or, at least, we assume that's what happened, because as soon as we had the chance to check things out, Google was already reporting that all configurations of Nexus 6 hardware were out of inventory, no longer available for pre-order. Just how could Google have such very, very low stocks at its disposal that the pre-orders couldn't even last through half a day? As it turns out, there might be a very good reason why the Nexus 6 has proven so difficult to order through the Play Store, and it could ...

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    When we first caught wind of the news, we nearly didn't believe it: how could Lenovo purchase Motorola? This was a company that Google had only just taken under its wing, and following the strong reception of models like the Moto X and Moto G, we were feeling extremely optimistic about what might be possible from a Google-owned Motorola. But then on one cold day in late January the rumor landed that a deal to sell control of Motorola to Lenovo was in the late stages of negotiation, and just hours later Google made it official: Lenovo was buying Motorola – Motorola Mobility, if we're ...

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    Google Wallet has found itself in the news a bunch lately, but more as a secondary player in stories than the primary focus. Instead, it's been Apple Pay taking the spotlight, and when retailers reacted to the launch of Apple's mobile payment service by shutting off the NFC readers at their POS terminals, Google Wallet ended up suffering collateral damage. It's almost an indignity to Google's service that its use was just as much in violation of agreements between merchants and MCX, yet Wallet had been operational for years without anyone batting an eyelash – and it took the arrival of ...

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    Google teased its new software update, previously known as the Android L Preview, back at the I/O 2014 developer conference back in June. It showed off new features a new and improved recent apps menu, lock screen notifications, and Project Volta, meant to improve battery life. Among the most important changes, however, is the all new design language, called Material Design. This new interface design is meant to make the UI react to the user’s input the same way their analog – or material – counterparts would in the real world. There is depth and a visible hierarchy to the way ...

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    It's been about a month since we last checked in with Project Ara, that Google effort to create a fully modular smartphone built around a set of interchangeable hardware modules. Even in the absence of a lot of updates, this is one phone we've been keeping in our thoughts, especially as we approach the end of the year; after all, we'd previously heard that Ara hardware could go up for sale in very early 2015. Today some new Ara developments manage to give us even more to look forward to, chief among them a video from Phonebloks showing the functional Ara prototype booting into Android. The ...

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    It's October 29, so you know what that means! Throwing together a last-minute costume from old clothing, pipe cleaners, and hot glue? Well sure, but more importantly, today's the day when you get your first chance to snag a new Motorola Nexus 6, as Google gets the phone's pre-orders started. Or, at least, this would be your first chance if they weren't gone already. We're not sure just when it happened, but sometime between when Google opened Nexus 6 pre-orders earlier today and the present moment, the company's completely exhauseted its pre-order stock. White or blue, 32GB or 64GB, no ...

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    One of the latest “must-haves” for a full-featured mobile platform has become the need to offer users a one-stop-shop for their fitness needs. There's Apple's Health in iOS 8 (and all ready to start taking advantage of the Apple Watch once it arrives early next year), but Android hasn't been left without its own fitness hub, and we saw Google Fit debut at I/O this past summer. We had to wait for a few months, but now it's finally time for Fit to hit prime time, and today Google's making the Fit app available for Android users everywhere. Don't think that just because you don't have ...

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