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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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    Both Android L and iOS 8 have been hot topics of late. Both developer previews have provided us with plenty to look forward to – third-party keyboards and sharing options in iOS, a new design language in Android L, built-in health and fitness features for both, and major improvements all around. Yesterday, we compared the Android L and iOS 8 developer previews, and while we understand these still are not completely finished versions of software, there are some things we'd like to change about each OS. There are things Google could learn from Apple and vice versa. Below, you will find ...

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    Just about two years back, Google acquired the Quickoffice productivity suite, which it ultimately made available for free to its Business Apps customers. Late last summer, that same free availability spread to iOS and Android users everywhere. But then word came down last week that Google was shuttering the project (at least, in the form we knew it), and would be instead integrating Quickoffice features into Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Now, as if right on cue, there's a pretty substantial Docs update headed out that delivers those promised editing tools. The app's UI gets a tweak, ...

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    For the past week, we've been talking about all the new and shiny things in the upcoming Android L update. Yesterday, I installed the developer preview on the company Nexus 5, played with it off and on for a few hours, cross-checked all the new features with the old, wrote a script, and made a comparison video showing off how, at the end of the day, Android L and iOS 8 are actually very much alike. Frankly, I really like the new look of Material Design, the new Recent Apps menu is slick, all animations are buttery smooth, and there's not much to dislike about the new UI. The shade ...

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    Samsung's got a new member of the Galaxy S5 family to show off today, as the manufacturer got around to announcing the GS5 mini. While we've been eagerly looking forward to that news, this hasn't been the only GS5 model on our radar, and we've been catching signs here and there of other variants, like the GS5 Google Play edition. That one in particular has felt like it's been right on the cusp of release for months now, even popping up in a Play Store thumbnail all the way back in April. Some GPe stock issues last month had us hoping that a refresh with some new models (including the GS5) ...

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    Last year, during the 2013 Google I/O conference, we saw Google add to its growing media offerings with the launch of a streaming radio service, Google Play Music All Access. For $10 a month (or $8 for early adopters), users were able to enjoy unlimited streaming. But a year later, Google has new competition to face off against – new entities like Beats have joined the streaming game, and existing players continue to refine their offerings. How can Google put a little spring in the step of All Access? Well, it's looking like the company might finally be doing something about that ...

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    Though there's not much reason to buy the Moto G Google Play edition considering the fact that Motorola's Android skin is incredibly close to stock, the device does indeed receive updates to the latest and greatest version of Android a bit faster than its skinned brethren. The latest of these updates is Android 4.4.4, and though it doesn't bring much atop Android 4.4.3, security fixes are in tow. The Moto G Google Play edition Android 4.4.4 update is now rolling out, so security-paranoid individuals can be at rest now for the most part. In case you need the update now, and nothing can ...

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    One of the coolest features of Android Wear many people don't realize is the fact that developers can build standalone apps for the platform -- meaning, you can perform tasks without relying on a smartphone proxy. One of the apps demoed at Google's I/O 2014 developer conference was Eat24, which allowed the presenter to order a pizza straight from his watch. While that app is still MIA as far as we can tell, two other apps have already become available that we'd like to shine the spotlight on. The first app, a very unoriginal idea, is a minimalistic calculator app that can run directly on ...

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    The Nexus S ended its run of officially-issued Android updates at 4.1.2. The Galaxy Nexus kept things moving up until 4.3. And now with the Android L preview arriving, owners of aging Nexus hardware are wondering what, if any support might still be in the pipeline for their own devices. The first-gen Nexus 7 is coming up on two years old at this point, and the Nexus 4 isn't that far behind. Will they get to taste Android L when it goes public this fall? Just looking at the timing alone, you might be tempted to think not, but evidence is already arriving that suggests these models could ...

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    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything. Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Sunday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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    One of the UI elements in Android L that was given the "Material Design" makeover was the stock keyboard. In case you were jealous of your Android-L-toting-Nexus-owning friends though, you can now have the Android L keyboard app on your device through a simple Play Store app install. The app is a direct port from Android L, with no modifications to be found. You simply install it through the Play Store, go to Settings, click through Language & Input (or Keyboard, depending on the type of Android device you have), and change the color scheme in Advanced Settings to "Material." Bam, you ...

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    When we're talking about audio on smartphones, most of the times our conversation turns to speakers; do they offer stereo output, good frequency response, and are they placed wisely? That comes up so often because the details effect so many tasks, from games, to video playback, and even speakerphone calls. But what if your concern is more about audio processing: taking a signal in, acting upon it, and outputting the result? Some platforms have managed to shine at this task, but Android's often struggled with latency – the delay introduced in this process. That's drastically limited the ...

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    For about the past five months now, rumors have been swirling around this idea that the Nexus series of Android phones and tablets was coming to a close. After initial talk of Google Play editions possibly rising to take their place, rumors of Android Silver popped-up, and it became the presumed replacement for the Nexus program. And while neither Silver nor Nexus came up at the Google I/O keynote, that new business of Android One with its own stock Android experience could easily be seen as further fuel for these rumors. But was all this death-of-Nexus panic premature? Have we been ...

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    If you don't have a Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 2013 to test it out on, you may be itching to see how well it performs. If a hands-on video isn't your thing, and you simply want to take a good look at the next version of Google's mobile OS, look no further than the compilation of Android L screenshots below. One thing many don't realize, is that Android L in its current state really isn't much of a visual overhaul from KitKat. Sure, the Settings app and core UI aspects have been redone, but most apps haven't received the redesign treatment from Google quite yet. The one big notable exception is ...

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    Google said it was coming: yesterday at the I/O keynote Google introduced us to all the new features arriving with its introduction of Android L, and while the formal public release (and updates for existing devices) won't be arriving until the fall, Google told us that a developer preview would be coming out today. A little earlier the Android L SDK went live, and now it's followed up by Android L system images for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7. If you've got a Nexus 5, you're good to go, but the Nexus 7 build is only for the WiFi version of its 2013 refresh. Once downloading your respective ...

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    A few months back Google revealed one of the latest ambitious projects from its Advanced Technology and Project group, the sensor-packed Project Tango. Tango's designed to let a device accurately scan its surroundings and determine its location in 3D space, allowing it to form a complete 3D map of its environment. First Google made available an experimental Tango handset to interested developers, and we just saw it follow that up with a very high-end (not to mention expensive) Tango tablet. But how long is this going to remain a curiosity for devs, and when might it mature into a more ...

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