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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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    Who says we don't cover pockets at Pocketnow? Google's Advanced Technologies and Products unit — you know, the one that'll make sure Project Ara gets out to consumers next year — is working on another little ditty called "Project Jacquard". It is essentially trying to work with denim crafting company Levi's to make one of its signature Commuter trucker jackets, but with a cuff woven with touch sensors and a Bluetooth-enabled band embedded within. The band connects with your phone and allows you to swipe up or down on calls and notifications and even trigger actions — if third-party ...

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    Rick Osterloh came to Google as its head of hardware and he came at a very pivotal time. We're finally seeing and hearing good news from Google's Advanced Technologies and Products unit about the modular smartphone product that has raised expectations and broken promises for over a year now. One of Project Ara's chiefs said that developer kits for the the smartphone and modules will ship later this year. Consumer editions will debut next year. According to WIRED, about 30 people in the Ara group have a prototype as a daily driver. Cameras, processors and screens actually do snap into the ...

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    Following up on Google's Benson Leung's skepticism of the LG G5 and HTC 10 for likely being non-compliant with specifications for USB Type-C for charging, the engineer has become a little less wary of the G5. A GTrusted test of the device's charging practices when connected to Google's universal 60W USB-C adapter showed that the G5 follows USB Power Delivery protocol at 5V, 3A or 9V, 2A. This means that the phone may also support DisplayPort routing. The LG G5 and HTC 10 claim to support both the USB Power Delivery charging standard — which makes it possible to use DisplayPort — and ...

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    The Wednesday morning keynote that brought us the Google Assistant-based Google Home Echo rival, as well as the first details on the Daydream VR platform, Android Wear’s biggest update yet, Android Instant Apps, and Allo and Duo communication services was just the beginning of the 2016 I/O celebrations. The software developer-focused conference will only wrap up later today, and since the opening keynote, we also heard word of the imminent arrival of Android apps to Chromebooks, Family Library sharing for Play Store purchases, and seamless updates (or lack thereof) for existing Nexus ...

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    Google didn’t really go into as much detail about Android N as we’d have liked during its big I/O 2016 keynote, leaving the dessert name decision (partially) up to us, only hinting at the version number, and vaguely bringing up performance, productivity and security improvements developers can sample and help shape up in the latest OS preview. But one of the arguably coolest new features is unavailable for beta tests just yet, as it concerns the often lengthy and burdensome update process. In short, the goal is to make applying patches, especially small maintenance ones, easier and ...

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    Flashback to June 7, 2010 for a moment. It may take a little thought to do so as it was damn near six years ago. You may not remember what the weather was like, what you wore that day, or even what devices you owned at that moment in your life. If you are a diehard techie I will tell you one thing you will remember from that day and that would be that year’s WWDC. The late and great Steve Jobs walked out on stage and unveiled the iPhone 4 in all of it’s gorgeous glory. The phone was amazingly sexy for its time and would come with one particular feature that is a staple point of the iOS ...

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    We've known that PCs have been flagging down in sales for a long time, but what's also been a growing thought among market analysts is that they are due for a resurgence. Convertibles (or "detachables") were thought to be the largest engine for it, but now we're hearing from IDC that it Chromebooks are up on their way, too. The research firm reported that the market saw 13.6 million shipments in the US PC market in Q1, down 5.8 percent annually. The global market saw a 11.5 percent dip to 60.6 million units. Consumer demand continued to dwindle while enterprise were still putting Windows ...

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    Windowed Android apps are officially coming to Chrome OS with Google announcing that Chromebooks can soon start accessing the million-plus apps on available on the Play Store. The Android apps will supplement Web apps to provide a variety of games and productivity solutions previously unavailable. And, unlike web apps, these apps work without an internet connection. A product manager for Chrome OS said that apps with sensor requirements (think GPS and gyrometers) will be culled from Chromebook Play Store listings. Touchscreen-equipped Chromebooks — beginning with the Pixel 2, the ASUS ...

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    Google expanded its Cardboard VR efforts with the announcement of its Daydream project at I/O yesterday. But while manufacturers are working off of the reference designs for the requisite headset and controller right now, Google itself has gone on to confirm that it's making its own headset and controller. Clay Bavor, chief of VR at the company, made the announcement at an I/O presentation called "VR at Google". It's the second original manufacturing push for Mountain View in recent history, at least when it comes to mobile — it had designed and built the Pixel C tablet last year. ...

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    Google is taking a new view of what its keyboard can be. But you have to get the latest software to take a look at it. If you can get the latest Android N Developer Preview onto your applicable device and also have Google Keyboard version 5.0, there's a whole menu in the settings dedicated to changing the color of the keyboard. Not only can you choose from a few hues, but you can upload your own pictures — taking away one of the biggest tricks up the sleeve for third-party keyboards. Yep, owners of phones with AMOLED displays can enjoy pitch black power savings when they're typing up ...

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    Every company that can afford to build a neural network that can learn deeper than deep is seemingly doing so right now. Microsoft is hiring a software engineer that will work on something called the "Bing Concierge Bot," an AI-based assistant more similar to Facebook M or Google Assistant than Amazon Alexa. The bot would be based over messaging apps like "Skype, Messenger, SMS, WhatsApp, Telegram, etc." and, through human-like conversation, can help users do tasks such as booking dining reservations. Microsoft has been making testing out a whole set of bots for music search, captioning, ...

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    There wasn’t much Google announced during the I/O 2016-opening keynote yesterday in terms of Play Store updates, mostly because the official Android app library has been revised and tweaked several times in the past few months, and the search giant unveiled a bunch of exciting new software products. But Instant Apps, of course, have a lot to do with Google Play, while the long overdue Android equivalent of a very popular iOS feature silently broke cover in the Developer Console help pages. No idea why Family Library wasn’t trumpeted and detailed on the Shoreline Amphitheatre stage in ...

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    The title says it all folks and honestly I find it to be a rather absurd question. That’s right, I called my own headline absurd! Of course the new Google Assistant announced at this year’s Google I/O can go head to head with the rest of the competition and in my opinion can best all of them. It would be easy to dismiss this as a simple upgrade to their ever popular Google Now that has been the lynchpin of the Android experience for some three years now but to do so would be dismissive to today’s announcement. Not only would it be downplaying their announcement but it would be ...

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    What comes after Android 6.0? Logic seems to dictate 7.0, but before 5.0, Google released three major OS iterations with 4.x designations (Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean and KitKat), so you never know. That said, it sure looks like build N will bring enough enhancements to the table to warrant a full-number update. At the very worst, this is set to roll out to the mobile (and VR) loving masses as version 6.5 in the fall, once developers wrap up system optimization and iron out all current kinks. 6.1 is almost certainly out of contention, while 7.0 remains our safest Android N bet, based on ...

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    While I/O’s main goal has always been to inform software developers of Google innovations in various operating systems, apps and platforms, the search giant diversified the scope of San Francisco announcements in recent years, also focusing on hardware. But yesterday’s conference was different, not only by taking place in Mountain View. At the same time, there was nothing new to show off on the Nexus front, and Android Wear’s biggest update yet came without a single revamped smartwatch. The Amazon Echo-rivaling Google Home thus flew solo to the Shoreline Amphitheatre in terms of ...

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    Google I/O's keynote ended a few hours ago, and the amount of changes in the event were just too bold to condense within the Pocketnow Daily. This is a different Google, a company that is now showing off a more cohesive result of over 10 years of innovation. From the announcement of Google Assistant, to Google Home, to the enhancements of Android N, there was a lot of information covered at this event. Products like Google Assistant completely challenge the way digital assistants work today, and it serves now as the backbone for everything else that Google is doing. Let's not bore you with ...

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    You might think that we wouldn't need Hangouts or Messenger with Allo and Duo coming around, right? Well, Google has confirmed that it will have four messaging applications in its roster. Remember that both Hangouts and Messenger can handle SMS texts while both Allo and Duo, said to use your phone number for identification, may also integrate texting as well. Duo, a dedicated calls app, competes with Hangouts in that aspect. Sure, feature completeness varies across the line with Messenger being a barebones app while Allo and Duo representing the deep end of WhatsApp and WeChat with ...

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    "What if you could run any app with one tap?" Just like on the web and just like with installed apps, you may soon be able to get into an Android app ... without installing it! It's what we saw with Android Instant Apps at Google I/O. Android's engineers are working on making sure that you can hit a URL and, if it can connect to an Android app, the Google Play Store can download only the code necessary to show off the content you need. Be it a videos module or a text article module, you can access that part of the app, just like as you would see it in the app, in just a tap. You can even ...

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    It’s time to reimagine what’s possible for wearables with the biggest update yet to Google’s slowly flourishing Android Wear platform. Fittingly dubbed 2.0 (no dessert name or other type of alias?), the new OS aims to help you do a lot more on your wrist when not synched to a smartphone. There are already a few Android smartwatches around that can connect to the web via 3G and even 4G LTE by themselves, but with Android Wear 2.0, you also get “standalone apps”, where your wearable apps have direct network support for “better and richer” independent experiences. Handwriting ...

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    "VR should be mobile, should be approachable, should be for everyone." It's why at Google I/O the company is improving upon everything it had in its earlier Cardboard solution. The Daydream experience on Android N to bring higher framerates, lower latency, better motion quality and processing. Smartphones must have minimum specifications for Daydream. Samsung, HTC, LG, Xiaomi and several other manufacturers already have Daydream-ready specs in current phones or in ones coming soon. Manufacturers working on headsets already have a more comfortable reference design while a new controller ...

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    Encryption is a very thorny, controversial issue these days, mostly due to Apple’s lengthy clash with the FBI, but Google couldn’t just sit on the sidelines and leave the newest iteration of Android (dessert name pending) vulnerable to intruders. Instead, Android N picks up file-based rather than block-level encryption, as well as seamless updates downloaded in the background no longer needing approval and bothering you with pesky prompt messages. Essentially, Big G thinks it knows what’s best for your (Nexus) devices, and will work on pushing security patches faster and smoother ...

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    Well, we saw the christening of Android N and the feature set is being splayed out as this post is going up. One part of that set that's made up the buzz of the OS version is the supposed multitasking features that will make it onto this version of the platform. The multi-tasking button and interface now is limited to seven apps and also gets a "Clear All" button. Finally. You can also quick switch From the outset, the biggest development we've been talking about for N is the Split Screen feature. Lo and behold, it's here and brings the base OS up to Samsung and (formerly) LG's snuff. A ...

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    The big day has finally arrived, and as we suspected, Google has plenty of neat tricks up its sleeve to showcase to the over 7,000 attendees of the 2016 I/O conference, as well as the millions tuning in from home. Duo basically works as the video calling equivalent of the Allo text messaging service, being described in a hilarious demo on the Mountain View stage as a “simple one-to-one calling app for everyone.” By everyone, Google of course means both Android and iOS users, which will get Duo at some point “this summer.” The main draw of the service is the “spontaneity” of a ...

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    Dave Burke, VP of engineering, took the Google I/O stage to talk about Android N. And its real name is up to you. Yep, still nothing here for us to see. But head on to the source link and submit your own name for Google to consider. "No Namey McNameface," Burke said. We just thought you should know. The platform's still out for dev tinkering after the couple month's it's already been out in the open. Source: Google

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    Eric Kay, Director of Engineering, announced a new messaging app called Allo. It focuses on letting you express yourself in a messaging situation while making it secure and smart with the Google Assistant. You connect with your phone contacts and talk with your friends through texts, lots of custom-made stickers and a little something called "WhisperShout". It's a slider feature that can shrink or grow how your message will appear in the conversation — sorta like how you can hold the Like button to blow up a thumbs up in a Facebook Messenger convo. Google Inbox's Smart Reply feature has ...

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