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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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    Regular users of Google Voice won't hesitate to tell you that the service is ten kinds of awesome, letting them juggle multiple devices while only distributing a single phone number to friends, family, and business contacts. If you're using it for calls or text messages, everything tends to work just fine, but when we start bringing pictures into the mix, a lot of users hit a brick wall. Problem is, Voice support for MMS has been extremely limited, and while we saw Sprint pick it up three years ago, other carriers haven't followed in its tracks... until now, that is. This week, Google has ...

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    The rise of smartphones and tablets may have brought powerful computing to more users than ever before, placed a new focus on software usability, and is leading us into an even more-connected future than anything we've known in the past. And while those are all largely positive evolutionary steps, not everything's been so rosy. The step away from windowed software to an everything-fullscreen UI has almost felt like turning back the clock thirty years, to the days of clunky hacks trying to shoehorn multitasking into DOS. But slowly, the idea of a multi-window mobile app environment seems to ...

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    Google's next Nexus phone feels like it's so close we can almost touch it. Leaks of the Nexus 6 have been getting bigger and better in recent weeks, and as we approach the Nexus 5's first birthday, all eyes are on Google to see when it plans to go public with what's looking like it will be the first Nexus phablet. As smartphone fans know, one key step on the road to a handset's release is it getting its FCC certification – that's why so many eyes today are turning to a new set of FCC docs from Motorola. Are they really for the Nexus 6, though, or could there be another explanation. The ...

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    For the past week or so, our Nexus-device attention has been directed at the Motorola-made Nexus 6, with more and more imagery of the unreleased Android leaking online. And while we are very excited to pick up more information on that handset, it's not the only upcoming Nexus model we've been following. Last month also brought us a fair share of rumors concerning an HTC Nexus 9 tablet, which could also be preparing to launch in just a few more weeks. Today we've got a double dose of Nexus 9 news for you, taking a look at what sure seem to be the tablet's FCC paperwork, while also getting a ...

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    If there's one thing it seems really difficult to accuse Google of, it's not giving users enough ways to communicate with each other. We've got Google Mail, Voice, Hangouts (above), and Google+, not to mention self-publishing tools like Blogger. With all these options, it almost seems ridiculous to think about adding new ones, but that very well may be what Google's up to right now, as rumors suggest that it's putting together a new platform for instant messaging. The big difference compared to existing offerings, especially in light of pressure these past few years to get everyone on ...

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    This past year's been a huge one for Cyanogen Inc., seeing not just the formal incorporation of the company, but its involvement in the release of new Android hardware, like the OnePlus One, or its dealings with Oppo (as with the N1, above). Will the next year bring similarly big things to Cyanogen's table? Well, it sure looks like interest in the company is higher than ever, as we get word of a new round of funding and reports of Google interest in a possible acquisition. Cyanogen's said to be going after investors now, seeking an ultimate market valuation up around the one billion dollar ...

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    Leaks concerning the Motorola-made Nexus 6 have seriously been on the upswing over the past week or two, and just yesterday we had the opportunity to get one of our best looks at the handset yet, spotted out getting some real-world testing. So while our general questions about this handset's existence may be fading under the mountain of evidence that continues to arrive, plenty of specifics have remained unclear. One of those important details concerns availability; sure, Google may start selling the Nexus 6 in just a couple more weeks, but once it does, what carriers will you be able to ...

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    Are you the kind of smartphone user who finds yourself juggling a bunch of different devices? If so, we should be friends. Those of you on the Android side of the spectrum (or better yet, checking out the smartphone landscape from a cross-platform vantage point) are no doubt familiar with the way Google Play keeps track of all the hardware you've linked to it – and unless you make a concerted effort to clean out older devices from its list, you've may even have a few dormant models on their that haven't been powered-on in ages. Thanks to a new change coming to the Play Store today, ...

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    The next Nexus phone might be the first made by Motorola, the company that Google purchased, and then sold to Lenovo. The next Nexus phone, so far known by a tentative codename, Shamu, might wear the name of Nexus 6, and that might be because it's the sixth Nexus smartphone, or because it is rumored to have a six-inch(ish) screen. In any case, what you see above, and below, is a Nexus 6 carved out of wood, respecting the 5.9-inch rumored screen measurement, as well as the other bits of information which have leaked in the recent past. Said carved mock-up has been then shot in a Nexus 6 vs ...

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    Excitement about Google's next Nexus smartphone has been heating up fast, fueled in recent weeks by a string of leaks revealing the Motorola phablet codenamed Shamu – the phone believed to arrive as the Nexus 6. We've seen a render, heard descriptions of the hardware, and even checked out a photo or two. Now the handset appears to be back, spotted out in the wild getting some real-world testing. At least, this certainly looks the part of Shamu: it's got top and bottom speaker cut-outs, is clearly a Motorola model, and is running Android L. Maybe the thing that most has us doubting if ...

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    Over the past couple weeks, we've heard Google reveal a few changes that were set to come to the Play Store. First there was word that it was prompting developers to provide physical mailing addresses, with the intent of displaying them publicly in app listings, right alongside existing contact info like email addresses. Then a few days later we heard about a shift in the way Google would display info about apps offering users the opportunity to make in-app purchases, displaying the full range of IAP prices in the app listing itself. We knew it was gearing up to see both requirements go ...

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    No matter which cut-off date you go by, at this point summer 2014 is indisputably over. That also means that Pocketnow's Summer of Giveaways has drawn to a close, but not before hooking a number of lucky readers up with some brand new smartphones, including a couple with one-of-a-kind custom skins. We'd love to bring some more offers like that back in the future, but for the moment, those week-in, week-out giveaways have drawn to a close. The good news for you is that we've still got other ways you can become a winner, thanks to some of what's going on over at our Pocketnow Deals store. ...

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    The last week has been chock full of leaks attempting to reveal the Motorola phablet under development as codename Shamu, believed by many to be the device that will become Google's next Nexus phone. But even with this hardware showing up in the flesh, a host of questions about the device and how it might launch continued to puzzle us. Last night, some new details about purported plans for the phone emerged in a new leak, giving us quite possibly our best sense of the new Nexus yet. First up, how about that name? Nexus 6 had been the presumptive launch name, but recent rumors suggested ...

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    Depending on whom you ask, Google's Project Ara may be primed to change the way we look as smartphone hardware forever. The modular system seeks to give users unprecedented levels of control over the kind of hardware they want making up their phones, but tons of questions remain as to how practical Ara might really be. We're still a few months away from a retail launch, but for the first time in a while some fresh Ara news has hit our desks, as Phonebloks posts some hardware and software details. For one, we get confirmation that a fully functional Ara prototype will be on display at the ...

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    The public release of Android L is nearly here – at least, we sure think it is – but when it comes to a name for this new version of the OS, all we have is that “L.” Ever since the arrival of Android KitKat we've been wondering what name the L-release would take, but confirmation's been elusive. Long-standing rumors of Lemon Meringue Pie have recently been joined by new contenders, like Android Lion, and over the weekend some possible evidence has arrive in favor of another pair of L-names, Android Lollipop, or maybe Layer Cake. Both theories come to us courtesy of Google's ...

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