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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:

  • by | April 2, 2014 8:36 AM

    It was two months ago when we last looked at the official Android distribution numbers, and, many things have changed since, even if nothing really changed. Back in February, Jelly Bean was in the lead, followed by Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, and then KitKat, and today, the order looks to be the same, though the numbers have changed a bit. 61.4% of devices still run one version or the other of Jelly Bean (4.1.x, 4.2.x, or 4.3), up from 60.7% back in February. Ice Cream Sandwich is down a couple of points, and so is Gingerbread, while KitKat is seeing a significant growth. However, ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 7:19 AM

    Not long ago we we started hearing that Google would be implementing a new boot logo requirement. The document, first reported by Geek.com, is a bit vague and incomplete, but what it does show is a very simple and stylized "powered by Android" message that we've started seeing pop up in various boot sequences over the last few weeks. We still don't know everything about this move, so we'll have to make some assumptions, and they could be flawed. Disclaimers aside, let's look into the situation, the problem, what Google could be doing to address it, and why it's a great idea, but ultimately ...

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  • by | April 1, 2014 11:35 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Samsung's Galaxy Tab4 line-up. Then we talk about Google's future update to the Nexus 5 camera view finder. We then talk about about the probability of a Google Nexus 10 announcement coming soon. Nokia takes the spotlight next as we talk about the Lumia 930, and the possibility that it won't make tomorrow's event. We end today's show by talking about the Apple vs. Samsung trail, which has just begun. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Samsung Galaxy Tab4 lineup goes official: 7.0, 8.0, and 10.1 inches - Google Android camera ...

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  • by | April 1, 2014 5:38 PM

    Back in January, we were tipped off to the existence of a limited time sale Google was having on accessories in the Play Store, offering cases for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 models at 25% off the list price. If you missed the boat that time around, you're in luck, as the same sort of deals are making a return, giving you one more opportunity to snatch them up. We're still looking at 25% discounts, this time with two options available apiece for the Nexus 5 and 2013 Nexus 7. For the Nexus 5, you can score the “bumper” case for a little over $26, or the hinged quick cover for $37. For the Nexus ...

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  • by | April 1, 2014 3:55 PM

    One of the biggest mysteries hanging over hanging over Google's Nexus series of Androids has concerned the fate of the 10-inch option. By now, Google's made it clear that we get a new Nexus smartphone every year, and the way the first two generations of the Nexus 7 look, that's a pattern we could see Google mirror with these smaller tablets. But what about bigger ones? The Nexus 10 launched all the way back in 2012, and after it passed that one-year mark, we really started looking in earnest for a replacement. While we still don't have any firm answer, some recent developments over on the ...

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  • by | April 1, 2014 12:44 PM

    Smartphones are like sharks: if they don't keep moving, they die. Manufacturers are always looking for the next thing to improve, and lately a lot of them have been turning their attention to cameras. That's led to innovative designs, and most recently the new HTC One M8's dual camera arrangement. Hardware is very much key to this evolution, but software plays an extremely important role, as well. Today we hear a little about what could be next for Android camera software, with rumors about a number of changes coming to Google's stock Android camera. Sadly, we don't have any pictures of ...

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  • by | April 1, 2014 12:00 PM

    Last week, we started hearing claims that Google was instituting a new boot logo mandate, requiring Andorid OEMs to feature a “powered by Android” message while their phones powered on. Certainly, we'd seen such messages on recent hardware like the HTC One M8 and Galaxy S5, and the leaked design document specifying how OEMs were to implement the logo sure made it seem that Google was serious about it. We still haven't managed to confirm that this is absolutely something Google is forcing on manufacturers who want to ship their phones loaded with Google apps, but the evidence continues ...

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  • by | March 31, 2014 5:49 PM

    With the Apple vs Samsung trial gaining more and more heat, the next round of court visits is just a couple of days away. We've been hearing of Apple's master plan in billing Samsung $40 for every device shipped, based on all the patent infringement that has been proven, and we know that what Cupertino wants is for Samsung to no longer make money off-of its mobile division. Whether that happens or not is yet to be seen, but we've just learned what Samsung is planning next as a way to fight back. Today we've learned that Samsung is looking for Google's help, and particularly that of Andy ...

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  • by | March 29, 2014 3:44 AM

    We've heard about Android 4.4.3 in the past days and weeks, and many have expected it since the Nexus 5 camera bugs, as a fix. Even more recently, evidence of its existence has been uncovered of a device (of course, a Nexus 5), running this specific version of Android (build KTU83). Now, according to a recent report, we're hearing that this will be, as expected, a minor point-update, focusing only on fixing bugs; so, don't expect any major changes or features added. AndroidPolice's source, who also supplied the screenshot above of a Nexus 5 running 4.4.3, claims that the OS refresh will ...

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  • by | March 28, 2014 1:09 PM

    Boundaries between smartphone platforms aren't always hard-and-fast lines. We've got Android apps running on BlackBerry 10, chatter about dual-OS phones (which never seem to get off the ground in the way we might like), and models like the new Nokia X which may be Android at their cores, but sure don't look or feel like it. Perhaps in an effort to clarify what's capital-A Android and what's not, or just to help more firmly connect the Android brand to our smartphone experiences, Google seems to be laying down rules that will require the presence of a “powered by Android” logo displayed ...

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  • by | March 28, 2014 11:42 AM

    What's next for Android? We're three months removed from the release of 4.4.2, and there's already plenty of talk about new updates. Much of that has focused on delivering bugfixes to the Nexus 5 and maybe even Nexus 7, and just last week we saw a reference to a previously unknown KTU65 build for the Nexus 5 (4.4.2 is KOT49H), seeming to reveal Google's testing efforts. Today we've got a little more of that sort of thing, spotting not only two even more recent builds, but finally seeing one of them connected to the name Android 4.4.3. Granted, 4.4.3 was the logical place for Android ...

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  • by | March 25, 2014 7:11 PM

    You've heard the news, you've read the review, you've watched our hands-on videos: have you made up your mind yet about HTC's new One? If you are itching to go ahead and buy yourself the company's latest smartphone, you've got a ton of options, and HTC has really gotten a leg up on Samsung and its Galaxy S5 today by making the new One immediately available. Just how you'll go about purchasing the phone depends on what edition you have in mind, and which carriers you're interested in using for service. Let's take a look at your options: Verizon is the only carrier in the US to offer the new ...

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  • by | March 21, 2014 11:25 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's new strategy to make Gmail more secure through encryption. Nokia follows the news as we get possible launch dates for the Nokia Lumia 630 and the Lumia 930. Apple is next as we get some odd rumors of the company planning to bring iTunes to Android devices. Oppo is next as we have the first 50 megapixel samples of the Find 7, and the results aren't that good. We end today's show talking about the rumors of the iPhone 6 disappointing in its megapixel count. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Gmail gets more secure as Google ...

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  • by | March 21, 2014 7:23 PM

    Google does a great job when it comes to selling some very affordable, competitively performing Android hardware: we've come to expect nothing less from the company's Nexus family. But for all those awesome values on smartphones and tablets, the accessory situation has been a lot less attractive. While it might sound nice to get an officially sanctioned case to go with your new Nexus 5 or Nexus 7, Google's prices are on the steep side of things, and the designs haven't always won us over. But for all their failings, at least you could be comfortable knowing that official cases are going to ...

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  • by | March 21, 2014 3:16 PM

    Google already takes advantage of the connections between all the services it offers to provide its users some convenient, time-saving tools. For instance, when you get a message in Gmail that mentions a time or date, Google automatically detects that text, underlines it, and gives you a quick way to add the event directly to your Google Calendar. From the looks of things, though, Google may be about to take this kind of automated system and really run with it, letting Google Now detect events in conversations you have from sources beyond just Gmail, and then suggest you add them to your ...

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