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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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    One of the big success stories for Android 5.0 Lollipop on Nexus phones is how the Nexus 4 got its official update from Google – especially considering how the previous year's Galaxy Nexus didn't even make it to KitKat. Of course, we were eager to check this out for ourselves, and as soon as the update became available, we were quick to flash it and show you how the new software performed. But while this continued Google support is great, it doesn't come without a price – one that might not matter to everyone, but it's an issue we've been dealing with for awhile: LTE support. Luckily, ...

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    This year the latest Nexus phone is being welcomed with open arms by all the major carriers in the US, joining Google and its own Play Store sales of the Nexus 6. But if you pick up the phone from one of these networks, just what are you in store for? After all, the Nexus line is heralded as as the purest of Android experiences, yet anyone with even a modicum of experience with carriers knows that they'll do everything they can get away with to influence your phone's software. Now with the first carrier-sold Nexus 6 handsets arriving, we're finally getting a full picture of just how these ...

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    In software, very rarely is an operation “free.” Want that menu to have a cute scroll-down animation when you tap it? Sure, but that's going to take up processor time: you can have a system without it that runs slightly faster, or keep the animation and suffer a tiny performance hit. Our desire for attractive, rich software is often compensated for by the arrival of increasingly powerful SoCs, but that still doesn't change the fact that the more we ask our phone to do, the slower the same hardware's going to run. With Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google is making its platform's full-disk ...

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    This year, more major carriers than ever before are interested in the latest Nexus smartphone, with all the big players here in the US either already selling or soon planning to welcome the Nexus 6. And while that's great for the phone's exposure, the way these sales have been happening is a little unusual. While most handsets that sell full-price in the mid-$600 range (like the Nexus 6 does) see on-contract pricing of about $200, the Nexus 6 has been attracting the kind of premium pricing normally seen with more expensive devices: AT&T asked $250 for the phone, while Sprint wanted ...

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    If you're looking to pick up a Nexus 9, Google's only too eager to ship one your way; both the 16GB and 32GB Nexus 9 are currently in stock, in either black or white (sorry, sand fans). At least, that's the situation with the WiFi-only version of the tablet, and while that might cut it when you've got a smartphone to tether to, what if you're craving the fully independent connectivity you only get with an LTE-capable tablet? Google hasn't yet begun sales of the LTE-equipped Nexus 9, noting only that it's “coming soon.” But how soon is “soon?” While Google's still not talking, one ...

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    Getting your hands on Android 5.0 Lollipop right now is kind of a mess. Most applicable Nexus devices have already received it, some NVIDIA Shield products have also gotten some action, and we should see it rolling to the Google Play edition devices very soon as well. We also know that OEMs like HTC have already committed to pushing Android 5.0 to existing flagship smartphones in the next few months, but if you want an early glimpse of what it'll look like, let's all thank the Internet. We have some leaked photos of what seems to be HTC Sense 6 running on top Android 5.0 Lollipop. We say ...

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    It's been about six months now since Google announced its Android One project at Google I/O, an effort to streamline handset development and empower manufacturers to quickly and easily get cheap, versatile hardware into the hands of customers. If you're a smartphone user in the West, you may not be up on all the Android One developments since, but shoppers in India have already had the opportunity to get on board the Android One train for a couple months now. One of the many selling points of Android One has been the level of control Google has over software, with promises of speedy system ...

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    October 29th, 2014 was the day that Google began to take pre-orders for the Nexus 6 in these United States. Depending on your source, the ordering period lasted for anywhere from 45 to 60 seconds. Not long after Google announced that it would be making more stock available every Wednesday, but these allotments have also met with terribly availability. As I've mentioned in the past, I try not to get hardware through "special" means. I want to go through the same process as you, the same time as you, and undergo the same experience that you do. This puts me as close to you, the Pocketnow ...

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    With smartphones having risen to the the level of popularity they now enjoy, and more and more users making their phones a major, if not the primary way they interact with websites, it's hardly a surprise that many sites deliver mobile-optimized versions of their content, designed to better fit on smaller screens and support the sorts of interactions favored by touchscreen input. But not every site has gotten the memo just yet, and it can be frustrating when you're using your phone to pull up a page that seems to be doing all it can to make your life difficult: tiny text, or maybe a ...

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    The evolution of Android over the years has oftentimes been the direct result of nifty features of OEM skins. With the Android 5.0 release, Google produced a Motorola-esque Ambient Display mode, along with other things similar to what we've already seen on other phones. One of the features we'd have liked to seen carried over to stock is one that companies like LG and HTC have had for a while – tap-to-wake. And, if code commits to the Android Open Source Project are correct, then there was Nexus 6 tap-to-wake support once upon a time... except the device didn't launch with it. Perhaps ...

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    The Nexus 9 has its fair share of quirks, as we noted and expounded upon in our full review, but it doesn't stop there. Many users of Google's stock Android tablet have begun reporting issues with the "OK Google" voice recognition features, and their failure to operate under certain circumstances. Is this Nexus 9 OK Google bug serious? Let's examine it. To be clear, not everyone's unit is facing the issue, but here's the gist of it. OK Google functionality works as you'd expect it to on the home screen, but despite toggling any number of settings from "on" to "off" and back again, the ...

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    If you thought Amazon wasn't trying to make you a compulsive buyer, think again. The company is now famous for launching everything from tablets to smartphone flops, all with the idea of giving you more doors that lead to an Amazon store purchase. That said, wearables are the new thing lately, and even though we haven't heard of the company building a wearable, we do know that they now want to use them for a benefit. Amazon has just updated its base application for Android, and in addition to this app supporting Android 5.0 Lollipop, it also brings an interesting kick for Android Wear ...

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    Wearable devices promise to be absolutely huge this holiday season, with more products out on the market than ever before. And while smartwatches might not be for everyone, with price, compatibility issues, and the promise of even snazzier products just months away serving to temper consumer enthusiasm just a tad, wearables of the activity tracker persuasion are that much more affordable and gift-friendly. Google's been doing all it can to make Android a welcome home for such devices, releasing Google Fit late last month and just this week starting distribution of a Play services update ...

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    Last week we took a peek at some of the software Google was working on for Android Wear, checking out a leak that detailed the changes to come. While sharing that with you, we mentioned how the software also required a similarly not-yet-released version of the core Google Play services, version 6.5. Well, today Google's ready to start making the latter available, detailing some of the important API changes on its Android Developers blog. So, what's new? The new Google Fit gets a few tweaks, with this new version of Play services giving apps more fine-grained control over how they define ...

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    It's not yet Wednesday, the day of the week we've learned to be on the lookout for Google to deliver its latest assortment of software updates for its app library, but today the company's getting an early start to its latest round, announcing a new release of Keep that gives the note-taking app a key feature that promises to really enhance the program's usefulness, letting users collaboratively work with shared notes. In the past it was pretty straightforward to create a task list and use Keep to stay on top of your progress towards completion, checking off items as you went. That's fine ...

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    One of the biggest questions of the year, and even last year if you think of it, is the status of Google Glass. It's amazing that Google began to tease a future of Glass since 2012, and now that we're reaching the end of 2014, we still don't have a product that's ready for consumers. If you're still considering taking the plunge to a "Minority Report" future, new reports don't paint a pretty picture. Reuters has just published an extensive study of the status of Google Glass, and according to some sources familiar with the matter, the product might not be launched until 2015, that's if it ...

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    Depending on whom you ask, the degree of control Apple exerts over its app selection is either a blessing or a curse. Apple's policies help keep its iOS App Store one of the high points of smartphone software in general, full of plenty of really polished titles. But there's a dark side to Apple's oversight, and devs don't find themselves free to to release any type of program they choose: things like tethering apps and emulators have long been in Apple's crosshairs. With Android, on the other hand, Google's been far more lenient with the software it lets devs distribute through the Play ...

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    If it weren't for that big Nexus logo down the back, would you be able to recognize a Nexus phone these days? While the Nexus 6 may be an impressive piece of hardware, it's strayed quite a bit from the example set by the Nexus 5 and Nexus 4 before it. That means things like higher pricing across the board, whether off-contract or subsidized, and if the Lollipop rollout we've been seeing get underway is any indication, we may no longer be able to count on Nexus phones being first in line for Android updates in the future, too. But at least you can count on Nexus phones being clean and ...

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    My reservations about the Nexus 9 began shortly before my fingertips graced its ill-fitting, trampoline-like back cover. We'd heard rumors that Google's next stock-Android tablet would arrive as a more direct competitor to Apple's iPad, carrying a larger screen (and a larger price tag) in the process. I found the strategic pivot logical, but when I first laid eyes on the Nexus 9, my very first impression was a deflated "that's it?" And my first hands-on with a buggy pre-release review device didn't exactly help matters. It's been eleven days since that rocky start – eleven days of ...

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    As we're sure many of you are aware, the major design language shift in Android Lollipop has inevitably spurred a mass outbreak of updates. We sure aren't complaining, and the next app to join in on the fun is Chrome, which now finally has its Chrome 39 for Android update out of beta and pushed to the stable channel. Here's what's new. You'll of course only be able to take advantage of the main tweaks if you are running Android 5.0, but you're not entirely out in the cold if not. There's now a colored status bar that can be defined by web developers (we've got it working it with Pocketnow; ...

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    Updated with high-quality download and streaming links, as well as timecodes. We'll see you next week! Android gets sweeter, YouTube gets more musical, and Lumia gets more Microsoft. Those are the headlines this week in tech news and views (backed up by a lot of crazy happenings from Samsung, LG, Sharp and more) and by sheer force of will, we're going to try covering them in 90 minutes or less on the fanciest podcast this side of Tuxedo Alley. Joining us this week to help with that monumental task is Joshua Vergara of Android Authority, a veteran of our live recording session from IFA ...

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    In a couple days, this Lollipop update madness will calm down, and we can start turning our attention back to all the other smartphone and tablet news under the sun, but for the moment, Google's distribution of its latest platform update – and specifically, to Nexus devices – remains a hot topic on the minds of many users. We've already seen progress on a few big Nexus models, like the Nexus 5, Nexus 10, and Nexus 7, but what about the Nexus 4? The two-year-old handset is very much on tap to get Lollipop, but its factory image didn't arrive yesterday alongside its brethren, and we ...

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    Android Lollipop is slowly making its presence felt this week, as updates start hitting existing devices. Maybe you've already downloaded one of the OTAs for your Nexus phone or tablet and have installed it over ADB. Maybe you've been lucky and your device has just directly received its OTA the old fashioned way. But however you got it, you're finally on the very latest version of Android. Right? Well, maybe not so much, because at a dev event in the Netherlands, some Google guys just gave a presentation that included references to Android Lollipop MR1 running on a Nexus 5. What's MR1? ...

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    Yesterday, after a lot of will-they-won't-they confusion, we saw Google go ahead with initial distribution of Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for existing Nexus models. We got word of updates on their way down for the Nexus 5, Nexus 10, and both generations of WiFi Nexus 7, as well as some smaller updates for the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. Shortly thereafter, Google made available factory images for these models, enabling you to flash your device with Lollipop at the expense of losing all your data. For many users, that's just not an option they want to embrace, and the ...

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    Material Design is the new, simplified, and elegant way your Google-powered Android smartphone will display, to improve the overall user experience. Introduced as part of the Android 5.0 Lollipop update (among a ton of other great features), Material Design consists of "tactile surfaces, bold graphic design, fluid motion", as the Mountain View-based company describes it. This new Material Design look is being adopted by more and more Google applications (Maps and the Store already have it, to name a few), and now Google informs us all that Search will be the next one to inherit it, via a ...

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