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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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    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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    Lookout Security is relaying some new discussion of a vulnerability in the Linux 3.6 and later kernels. An estimated 80 percent of the Android user base (going all the way to KitKat) or 1.4 billion devices are under the gun of this off-path exploit. In other words, this is not Quadrooter. In a joint presentation at the USENIX Security Symposium, researchers at the Univerity of California, Riverside, and the United States Army Research Labratory were concerned about something called the Global Rate Limit. As the center of the Internet Protocol, TCP isn't really meant to be security-focused. ...

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    Documents have popped up at the FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology for two new HTC devices. We are certain that these are the much rumored Nexus devices. NM8G-2PW2100 is what we're assuming to be the smaller "Sailfish" model while G-2PW4100 will be the "Marlin". The Draft User Manual submissions required for both devices mention the Google Nexus support site. The special "G" notation for the models is something new — something we haven't seen for last year's Nexus devices nor on HTC's Nexus One. Update: Droid Life is reporting that cellular testing documents show off universal ...

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    Something real has seemingly appeared on the Nexus front. It is not like anything we've seen before, unless you count very vague appraisals and a generic slab non-Easter egg in a Google Photos ad that everyone (including us) thought it just might have been similar enough to something else. That said, what else can manufacturers' slab culture run besides... slabs? Android Police has received some visuals on what Google's Sailfish phone might look like and some strings between that device and the larger Marlin device. The Marlin will "share the same basic industrial design and materials" ...

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    Yesterday we heard about a certain HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle; if you missed that, and its rumored specs, make sure to catch up on it. However, HTC looks like is preparing to pull a Motorola, and prepare another version of the HTC Desire 10, dubbed the HTC Desire 10 Pro. There are some details about this particular device in the aforementioned report. What we didn't know until then is just how exactly will the HTC Desire 10 Pro look like. Evan Blass has got us covered, again, and, if the press render above is legit, we're looking at said HTC Desire 10 Pro. Black and Gold accents seem to ...

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    Apple gets smart about BETA testing software, while we're already tracking rumors about next year's iPhone. Google and Samsung respond to security concerns exploited at this year's Def Con. And the LG V20 looks to impress audiophiles with a Quad DAC system! What does that even mean?!?!? Those stories, and we'll tackle your viewer emails! Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 213 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the live video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on August 11 (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version right now. And don't forget to ...

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    Google continues its promotional campaign for its Photos service, but with one big detail that feels quite out of touch. The Instagram clip shows some Google groupies ready posing for the ubiquitous "freeze jump" shot when just as the phone's about to take the photo, an iOS prompt tells us that the phone's storage is full. We pull back from the screen to see a hand flick away the prompt, right past the Google Photos pinwheel logo. "Never run out of storage again with the free #GooglePhotos app for Android and iPhone," says the descriptive post. But you can't tell us that that's an iPhone. ...

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    Engineers at Google are converging on a new OS project called "Fuchsia" and there's speculation on whether this represents the merging of Android and Chrome OS or if its purposes will be directed away from mobile. Google's Git repository lists this new project as a combination between "Pink" and "Purple." The company's Magenta and LK kernels will be used in the project — the latter is the basis for "small systems typically used in embedded applications" while the former targets "modern phones and modern personal computers [...] with arbitrary peripherals doing open ended computation." ...

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    The race to gigabit home internet speeds has been on for years and conventional ISPs have only recently attempted to respond to Google's expansion of its Fiber service by (finally) improving their services. Could the search giant also be looking to shake up the cellular industry as well? Well, with an FCC application to vaguely "operate in and adjacent to" the 3.5GHz band of shared-use spectrum for "experimentation", it definitely could seed a native footprint for its Project Fi service — perhaps with 5G infrastructure from scratch — and not have to piggy back off of three existing ...

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    It was last week that Nexus 6 phones around the world dropped away from the internet for seemingly no good reason whatsoever. It took many complaints, engineer tweaks and questions asked to find out what was going on with the devices on T-Mobile and many other international carriers. A Nexus engineer pointed the data cut-out to activating the GPS antenna. Apparently, a lot of complaints were lodged while users were on the geolocation-intensive games Pokemon GO and Ingress. Darn Niantic. The issue is said to be fixed and owners of poorly-functioning Nexus 6 devices should restart their ...

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    Manufactured by LG, Huawei or HTC? Similar to the HTC 10 in appearance or designed to follow in the footsteps of the LG Nexus 5X? Due out in September or October? Dubbed Nexus 5P or… something else? Those are just a few of the Google Sailfish-related questions we can’t definitively answer at the moment, although educated guesses do come to mind across the board, with specifications meanwhile looking like an entirely different story. A pretty easy to crack enigma, on the heels of revealing online reports based on fairly credible sources, a rock-solid ROM dump, GFX Bench visit, and now, ...

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    Different in so many aspects, Nexus devices and iPhones have their aversion to microSD cards in common, letting digital hoarders heavily rely on cloud storage to keep said addiction in check. Both Android and iOS users can take advantage of the free allotments of services like Google Drive, Dropbox and OneDrive, or pay up for extra space and in some cases unlimited add-ons. Meanwhile, the aptly titled iCloud remains an Apple-exclusive app, with Big G much more comfortable catering to devoted fans as well as lovers of rival mobile platforms. But Google Photos takes its iOS openness to the ...

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    If you were tempted by B&H’s recent Nexus 6P + Garmin Vivofit 3 bundle deal, which by the way is no longer on the table, but only wanted Google and Huawei’s jumbo-sized phone, ideally at a lower price, you’re in luck today. Amazon and Best Buy take a cool $150 off the 5.7-incher’s list tag in 64GB configuration, with a US warranty included, and if you hurry, you may even be able to choose your favorite color. The former e-tailer has the silver flavor in stock, ready to ship as early as tomorrow, while the gold one requires an “extra 1-2 days to process.” BB promises the ...

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    Juan and Jaime went hands on with the new Galaxy Note 7 at Samsung's launch event. What did they like about Samsung's newest phablet? Are there any deal breakers for a phone which costs as much as a decent laptop? Also we've got fresh hot new LG V20 rumors, and we take a look at the release schedule for Android 7 "Nougat" and the next Nexus. Those stories, and we'll tackle your viewer emails! Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 212 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the live video broadcast at 2:00pm Eastern on August 4th (click here for your local time), or check out the ...

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    Looking at a bunch of gibberish? Maybe just at your home screen? Perhaps you don't have the Google Now Launcher, but you want to hit up Google Now. On phones with hardware navigation keys, you can't just pull up Google Now from the home button. Well, if you have Now on Tap, you'll have access to Google Now cards if there's "nothing to show". No search terms, no people, no information to pick up and let you look at. Now, what'd be cool is if even when you have search entries to look at is if the Google Now cards would appear in that case, too. If you're not of mind to go home before you get ...

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    Voice calls, texts, words in general, both spoken and written, appear to be losing steam in modern day-to-day communication. The perfect emoji and a carefully selected GIF can take little effort and convey much more emotion, as well as mystery and ambiguity, than your typical figure of speech. With your emoji game recently upped by SwiftKey’s aptly named Swiftmoji release on Android and iOS, it’s time you also brushed up on your GIF reaction skills today, thanks to Google and its more awkwardly titled Gboard app. Unfortunately for our Android-dedicated readers, Gboard for iOS continues ...

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    Virtual reality is already a big deal, despite Sony’s PlayStation console-supporting headset being a couple of months away from a commercial release, Google abandoning its own plans for immersive hardware of some sort, and Microsoft still working on a dev-centric HoloLens prototype, which is a different, mixed reality thing anyway. It goes without saying therefore VR (and AR) should soon become an even bigger deal, among others thanks to this fall’s Daydream platform debut. But Google needs device-making partners to get that off the ground, and while a few have rushed to pledge ...

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    The nation’s largest wireless communications service carrier and the world’s number one search provider have been engaged in a love-hate relationship for many years now. Heavily favored by Google when the Samsung-made Galaxy Nexus launched back in the day, Verizon messed up the stock Android experience with unnecessary bloat and delivered tardy updates. Nothing was the same afterwards for Nexus devices on Big Red, which arrived late, or lacked CDMA support if purchased outside the operator’s own stores. But this fall, the rapport between the two tech giants could become friendly ...

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    The global smartphone industry might still be under an OS duopoly, as Android keeps widening the gap to iOS without entirely being able to shake off Apple’s mobile platform, but at least one key market sees its strict monopoly situation getting tighter and tighter. It’s not just Windows Phone, BlackBerry OS or “others” that are nowadays irrelevant in India, with a measly 800K iPhones sold nationwide during Q2 2016. That’s drastically down from an already poor box-office score of 1.2 million units the previous year, and it’s truly a drop in a Google-controlled ocean. Big G’s ...

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    Perhaps this thing about Google being more assertive in its design on its Nexus phones has a whole bunch of implications that we may have to dive into come release time. Remember the Night Mode feature that was dropped so long ago? We remember it every night when an urgent notification interrupts our rest and we turn the phone on and BANG! All the light comes in. Especially that strong blue light. Kiss your corneas everyday. Android Police was told by a Android project lead that "the implementation of night mode [was] not up to Google's standards, and that it didn't perform in an ...

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    Why? Something went wrong. No one knows what went wrong, and worse yet, it's international. It started with reports stretching through the past 48 hours of Nexus 6 devices not being able to connect with the "best in the country" T-Mobile data network. Down Detector tracked multiple reports from Nexus 6 owners and customer service reps on all social media and communications fronts have been fielding concerns. @portaltonowhere Great question! No LTE, that is definitely not what we like to hear! Check out this link, https://t.co/N3fFTJ674O,... 1/2 — T-Mobile Help (@TMobileHelp) August 4, ...

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