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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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    The Pixel C probably isn't the tablet you think it is. When it was announced a few months back alongside Google's new Nexus phones, it was presented with its optional keyboard connected and positioned not as a tablet, but as a convertible (in fact, that's what the C stands for.) But while the hardware absolutely delivers in this respect, the software is still more smartphone than tablet. Does the Pixel C belong on your desk this holiday season? Scroll on down for our full Google Pixel C review! Video Review · Hardware & Keyboard · Software · Performance Pros/Cons · ...

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    A pessimist would probably be quick to point out so many deals on a three-month-old gadget generally imply weaker-than-anticipated sales. But that’s really Google’s problem. As far as we’re concerned, it’s hard to not get psyched about a tiny, redesigned, faster-than-before digital media player essentially available for free. You read that right, free, as in requiring you to pay $0 for the second-generation Chromecast and various services at the end of the day. Of course, you still need to cough up $35 upfront. But then, 20 bucks will be returned to you in the form of Play Store ...

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    There's a lot we look forward to each time a new major Android release is on its way. Sure, there's the functional side of things – what new features are landing, how Google's working to enhance performance, and what steps are being taken to improve user privacy and device security – that's well and good. But on a much more lighthearted note, Android fans find themselves locked in a guessing match as they attempt to work out just what tasty treat Google intends to use for the new Android's name. After getting a lick of Lollipop and enjoying s'more of Marshmallow, we've got Android N ...

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    Huawei took a big gamble when it chose a “premium” design path for its first ever smartwatch, pricing the super-stylish Android wearable device on-par with the Apple Watch, at $350 and up. But while Black Friday brought some obligatory discounts to the table, there was nothing too drastic to signal the Huawei Watch failed to catch on. Now, rumor has it a couple of variants designed specifically for ladies will land at CES 2016 in January, followed by an all-new, cellular-enabled generation in the summer, which is yet another sign the Huawei Watch is doing well at the box-office… ...

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    When Google kicked off its “Nexus for emerging markets” initiative in the fall of 2014, the aim was to offer timely software updates untainted by hardware manufacturers or carriers on the humblest, cheapest possible devices. But while the search giant insists cash-strapped mobile audiences in 20 countries worldwide received Android Ones with great enthusiasm, sales numbers confirm a bit of variety couldn’t hurt. Already, we’re seeing slightly more powerful gear released under the banner in India, Philippines, Turkey or Nigeria, and Google is reportedly looking to give OEMs extra ...

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    We're testing the Google Pixel C this week and one of the sadder things we had to say about it came in software: Android 6.0 Marshmallow wasn't fit for a tablet. A team from Google committed during a Reddit AmA that split screen multitasking is "in the works," but while they mentioned that in the context of Android "N" improvements, the two instances couldn't be conflated. It may be for good reason as a trusted source into Android Geeks has tipped us off to Android 6.1 Marshmallow for a June arrival. So, no, we don't need another dessert debate going on. ... we say "Nerds," though. See if ...

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    Just where does Google want Android users sending and receiving their text messages? Back in 2013 Google merged its IP-based messaging and SMS as it brought the latter to Hangouts with the launch of KitKat. For a while it looked like that might be the end of it, and Hangouts might be Google's one-stop-shop for users' messaging needs. But then last year we got a hint that change might be on the way, as Google once again released a stand-alone SMS/MMS app: Messenger. Ever since, we've had our pick (or could always go with a third-party option), but why the split to begin with? Was Google ...

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    Google's Nexus phones have always been appealing to a certain class of smartphone buyer, but with this year's Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, is it finally time for Nexus to go mainstream? Affordable pricing is back, the hardware is pretty darn attractive, and with two phones to choose from, offering shoppers a choice of size and style, it's easier than ever to find a Nexus you like. If there's still room on your list for a new smartphone this holiday season, Google's giving you a better reason than ever to pick up one of the new Nexus phones, as it cuts prices and offers an attractive shipping ...

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    The world became a better place in many different ways this year, as the US Supreme Court recognized the legality of same-sex marriage, NASA discovered water on Mars, and the vast majority of people online responded heartwarmingly to Europe’s refugee crisis. Meanwhile, a number of bad things also shaped Google’s 2015 search history, including the Paris terrorist attacks, Volkswagen emissions scandal, and several recurring American mass shooting tragedies. But some things never change, and to the outrage of dedicated Android zealots, Apple’s popularity didn’t wane over the past 12 ...

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    Not another half-baked cross-promotion effort for some headline-hunting technology product or company and the biggest movie event of the year. Isn’t it time the studios dialed down the “Force Awakens” hype, as we’re only a couple of days away from the theatrical launch of the seventh Star Wars installment? After all, if you’re not sold on J.J. Abrams’ vision of the George Lucas-created universe by now, it’s hard to fathom a little browser game called Lightsaber Escape will make you buy a ticket at the last minute. But the thing is this “Chrome Experiment” may actually ...

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    Not counting Walmart Pay, which is unlikely to become a global-scale or even nationwide contender anytime soon, the digital wallet market has three services trying to one-up each other in convenience, security, and above all, prevalence. Both Apple and Samsung’s mobile transactions apps have greatly evolved of late, adding more and more financial institutions to the partner lists, and setting the stage for their expansions beyond America. Meanwhile, Google looks to be struggling with Android Pay’s growth, and the search giant’s incentives for new adopters of the technology seem far ...

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    While Google Now is pretty darn smart already, it usually has to take its time or come across incidental information and churn on it before letting you know in a Now card. With Google Now on Tap, it's putting out what it gets in with a long press of the home button. Now on Tap is still a new feature that isn't as fully-fleshed as its stewed edition — using algorithms to perform tricks live on an expanded array of applications just ain't the same. It's catching up, though, especially with some updates today. For one thing, you can now hit up an airliner's flight status or a shipper's ...

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    What's the fun with being pretty? A lot apparently. So much so, Motorola commissioned a designer to make some "limited edition" designs for the Moto X Pure Edition. Google itself went to Skrillex for a few funky Nexus 6 cases, too. Well, while we can't improve upon the look of an Android Wear device (unless we went to dbrand, of couse), we can very much improve upon what's on their screens. So, Google brought together designers from nine entities and had them make some watchfaces for Wear. Here's the skinny on what you'll get from where: Ten watchfaces from British apparel chain Ted Baker ...

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    The Google Pixel C is a funny little device. Running stock Android Marshmallow, but with a Chromebook’s branding and design, with an expensive accessory a must-buy if you want to get the most of it, it won’t be on everyone’s shopping list this holiday season. And that's before you consider all the rough reviews it's gotten from other publications already. Given that less-than-stellar debut, you might expect our first impression of the Google Pixel C to be equally underwhelming. But 24 hours in, we’re actually quite captivated by this little contradiction of a machine. With its ...

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    What's it going to take to convince you to try your hand at mobile payments? There's no shortage of phones with NFC hardware these days, plenty of retailers are outfitting their POS systems with compatible readers, and more and more banks continue to sign on with the companies behind the various tap-and-pay services. Even with all these stars aligned, mobile payments can still be a hard sell for some users, especially those who find themselves asking, “what's in it for me?” Google's got a simple answer to that question – cash – as it rolls out a new promotion for Android Pay. All ...

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    Slowly but surely, Google's Project Fi MVNO experiment is becoming more and more a force to be reckoned with. While it always offered some pretty competitive rates, and an attractive billing plan that helped users not waste their data, device compatibility has been a sticking point, and earlier this year we saw access expand from the Nexus 6 alone to also include the new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. Now Google's pushing forward with plans to bring Project Fi access to more mobile devices than ever before, as it introduces a new data-only SIM. Here's how it works: if you've already got Project ...

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    The Huawei-made Nexus 6P is a pretty darn attractive smartphone, pairing some powerful hardware, pure Android software, and a price that while it doesn't make for the most affordable Nexus ever, still represents a solid value. Sure the phone lacks luxuries like wireless charging and expandable storage, but we liked what we saw well enough to give the phone a glowing review. If you've been thinking about picking one up for yourself, you could be about to get a new option for how you do so. In the days leading up to the Nexus 6P's launch, we saw leaked renders showing off the phone in four ...

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    An old Nexus Player or a new Google Chromecast? Tricky choice for living room entertainment addicts, as the former remains more powerful, but the latter is practically given away for free until January 2. Not to mention it’s smaller, extremely easy to set up, prettier than its predecessor, and speedier as far as Wi-Fi playback is concerned. Bottom line, the Chromecast 2 felt like a bargain at $35, and if you add complimentary $20 Play Store credit into the equation, it’s a must-buy. Unfortunately, the Chromecast Audio seems to be excluded from the deal, based on Google’s official ...

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    Just how well is Huawei’s rookie Nexus effort doing at the box-office, we may not find out for sure anytime soon. Google can be secretive like that, and its newest hardware-manufacturing partner has other device lineups to gloat about. But seeing as how the N6P list price won’t budge, while the LG-produced Nexus 5X is treated to frequent profile-raising discounts, it feels safe to assume the Snapdragon 810 phablet sells like hotcakes. It also shouldn’t come as a surprise Google and Huawei are considering extending their collaboration, though a final decision is probably still down ...

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    As you may have heard us discussing on this week's Pocketnow Weekly podcast, the new Star Wars designs for the Motorola Droid Turbo 2 on Verizon can come off as a little, well, underwhelming. After all, the color patterns aren't anything you couldn't cook up in Moto Maker on your own, and while they do look damn good, it might have been nice to get some exclusive back pattern that couldn't be found elsewhere. We also noted, though, that Verizon had another Star Wards promotion that felt a lot more legit, with its special Star Wars character design Google Cardboard viewers. When we first ...

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    Update: BB-8 is overr8'd. See you next week! An Android tablet that doesn't quite belong. HTC news on both sides of the good/bad divide. An ugly-as-sin Apple accessory. And a Droid Turbo 2 that looks like Star Wars' own BB-8! Where are you going to find talk like this anywhere else on the internet? If you answered "anywhere I look," you're right indeed ... but you ended up here so welcome to the party. All of the above – plus your listener mail – awaits on episode 178 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 1:30pm Eastern on December 11 (click here for your ...

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    Nexus is Android, Pixel is Chrome OS, right? Well, historically, sure, but with the new Pixel C, Google's decided to cross the streams and give us a non-Nexus tablet running Android. We know the “what” of it well enough, but what about the “why”; why bring Android to a brand that's so strongly associated with another platform? Google hasn't officially talked much about that decision, but a new analysis lays out a convincing timeline that suggests the Pixel C was born as a Chrome device, and that its move to Android-only was essentially a last-minute decision. Back in summer of ...

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    Google Play isn't just a super convenient way for finding Android software and media to enjoy on your device – it can also be a great place to find some deals. Whether it's a big store-wide sale or just one content provider offering users some discounts, new deals are always out there, waiting to be found. The problem for most of us is keeping on top of it all: how do you make sure you don't miss the next big price-cut on the media you're looking for? A new update to Play Movies & TV this week helps out with just that, giving you a heads-up when your favorites go on sale. Play Movies ...

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    When we first heard of Android Pay, we were all ready to whip out a bugle and start playing "Taps" for the fallen Google Wallet. And even though Google Wallet will never again be Android's home for tap-and-pay mobile purchases, it's found a new role to fill when it comes to sending money between users. We've already seen Google hard at work to keep Wallet relevant, beefing up its account support and improving app security, and today we learn of a new feature that promises to help expand the service's usefulness, allowing users to send money to recipients without even needing their email ...

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    Google's fall hardware extravaganza this year brought us way more than just some new Nexus devices. Besides the dual Nexus 5X/6P pair, we also saw the debut of the Pixel C tablet, a new Chromecast with improved WiFi support, and a brand new member of the Chromecast family designed to do for music what its predecessor did for video: the Chromecast Audio. Now Google's pushing a new software update to the Chromecast Audio that not only brings access to higher quality output, but also empowers users to fill their whole homes with music. When it comes to tech promising higher and higher audio ...

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