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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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    Google just can't seem to catch a break. After Motorola dropped a bombshell last night by beginning Lollipop soak tests for the 2014 Moto X, even LG has beaten out Google's Nexus line in getting the update to the latest version of Android, as it has just announced the beginning of the LG G3 Lollipop update. The update will begin rolling out this week in Poland, followed shortly by other key markets. Of course, we're expecting a lengthy wait for United States carrier-branded devices to get in on the fun, but still... even with that ultra-thick software skin, LG was able to bounce back with ...

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    Did you get your Nexus 6 pre-order in during that all-too-short window in which they were open yesterday? Or maybe earlier today when Motorola itself had its own pre-orders open (which, to little surprise, have already closed)? Well, even if you missed your shot, Google intends to make some more stock available next week, but in the interim it's got a few new additions to its Play Store offerings, adding a few Nexus 6 accessories and a smartwatch to the products available for sale. Let's start with the Nexus 6 stuff: we've got a pair of cases to check out. First is the Naked Tough Case, a ...

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    Have you tried to order a mobile device lately? It doesn't sound like it should be the most difficult prospect in the world, but recently some high-profile Android models have suffered from extremely frustrating retail offerings, as high demand and low stock availability collided to create near-rage-inducing shopping experiences. We just saw Google bring the Nexus 6 back for pre-orders – and literally seconds after posting the news, they were already all gone. Yesterday HTC had its own limited offer, selling the just-launched Nexus 9 in a crazy half-off deal. Based on the comments that ...

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    This week's been a pretty significant one for Android, as users get their first taste of the public non-dev-preview Android 5.0 Lollipop release in the form of the Nexus 9. We've seen Google update its online codebases with new Lollipop sources, as well as deliver factory images for some of this new 5.0-running hardware. But despite how hard we've been looking, there's been nary a peep of Lollipop updates for existing Nexus devices – models like last year's Nexus 5 and Nexus 7. There's still no official news, but rumors now suggest that Google might have hit a small delay in getting ...

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    It's been two weeks now since Google decided that Gmail alone just wasn't cutting it for the email needs of the modern smartphone user, and introduced Inbox, a supposedly smarter, more streamlined approach to email. The productivity-focused app launched for both Android and iOS, but with one pretty big stipulation (one that had us feeling nostalgic for the early days of Gmail itself): Inbox was invite-only. If that idea alone turned you off, today might be your cue to reconsider things, with Google announcing a limited-time “happy hour” where getting an Inbox invite  becomes a sure ...

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    With the Nexus 9 shipping and Android 5.0 factory images hitting Google's servers, Lollipop and the Material Design look it embraces are on everyone's mind. We've already heard this week about Google releasing updated versions of key apps like Calendar and Gmail to really show off that Material Design aesthetic, and today the company keeps that trend going, sharing word of a new version of Google Maps with some new Material Design influences of its own. That means plenty of bold colors, smart contextual info cards, and a layered interface designed to feel as natural to use as possible. But ...

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    It really feels like the name of the game when it comes to the latest Nexus hardware is “limited availability.” Look no further than HTC's Nexus 9 sale earlier today, which sold out faster than many shoppers had time to react. The Nexus 6 didn't fare much better when its own pre-orders opened last week, with the smartphone hitting “out of inventory” status in just hours. We later heard that the supply problems with the Play Store might be some degree of intentional, with the plan to set aside the bulk of stocks for carrier-fueled sales, but surely the phone must return to Google's ...

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    Slowly but surely, the presence of Android 5.0 Lollipop continues to make inroads. Yesterday we saw Google talking about how Lollipop “begins to roll out today,” and witnessed the early stages of it preparing to make Lollipop source code public. By now, full sources are available (at least for the Nexus 9 and Player), leaving us to look for the next phase in the software's release: the arrival of factory images for Nexus models. We've still got a way's to go, but the first of these has just arrived, all ready for you to flash. The first Android 5.0 factory image is for the WiFi-only ...

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    If you're anything like us when it comes to mobile devices, you end up straddling the line between platforms. Sure, you may be an Android guy when it comes to your personal phone, but maybe you use BlackBerry for work, or you just really prefer the iPad when you're dealing with tablets. In a perfect world, we'd be able to move from platform to platform as easily as we put down one device and pick up another, and while cross-platform cloud services have made things like accessing our documents much more convenient across disparate operating systems, media's been a tougher nut to crack. ...

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    You guys. Seriously. We're very much used to seeing manufacturers in the mobile space drop some major discounts on their old gear; maybe the the next-gen flagship is about to drop, and last year's model suddenly sees a big price cut. No surprises there. But for a company to deliver a price cut as big as half off, and on a product that only just now went up for sale? Un-friggin'-precedented. Which is why we're so excited to share news with you today of HTC's latest deal, selling the 16GB WiFi-only Nexus 9 for just under $200, fifty percent off what Google Play's been asking for the tablet. ...

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    If you can remember it from the torrent of news that was Google I/O 2014, HTC announced that its 2013 and 2014 flagships would be seeing prompt updates to the latest version of Android after the availability of final code in the fall. Well, fall's here (and with it, the day we've all been waiting for), and HTC has finally confirmed to the masses that final Lollipop code is in its hands, and the 90-day timer for the HTC One M8 Lollipop update has officially begun. First up for the update will likely be HTC's Google Play Edition One M8, considering the fact that it runs an unadulterated ...

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    Google’s newest tablet is for “movers and makers,” according to the company’s website. We’ll examine more about what exactly that means in the weeks ahead, but for now, we'll settle for getting to know the shell of the device in our Nexus 9 unboxing. The de-packaging experience itself is best described as minimal. The Nexus 9 comes in a fairly nondescript box with bare-bones branding calling out its Android ancestry, and once you get inside all you’ll find is some very low-key literature and a USB charging cable with wall wart. That wall adapter's design will be ...

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    Today's a big day for Android, and Android 5.0 in particular, for with the Nexus 9 now making its way to the hands of shoppers who placed their pre-orders last month, the final no-dev-preview Android Lollipop release is going public. Google has taken to the official Android blog to talk about the news, but as this is one pretty multi-faceted story (with some big parts that just haven't happened yet), let's take our time and break this down piece-by-piece. It's November 3, and just like we saw Google confirm to devs a couple weeks back, that means that Android 5.0 is all sorts of live. Apps ...

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    HERE Maps has sort of been the salvation for navigation for Windows Phone users, especially offline navigation. The praises of this feature are sang across the internet almost any time the service is mentioned. Many prefer Nokia’s take on mapping over the baked-in Bing Maps on Microsoft’s mobile platform and understandably so. Although Nokia’s mapping services, such as navigation or transit directions, are divided across multiple applications, it’s typically a more reliable and renowned service. HERE Maps is one of the parts of the business Nokia didn’t sell to Microsoft, so ...

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    Yesterday we saw Google begin accepting pre-orders for the Nexus 6 through the Play Store – or, at least, we assume that's what happened, because as soon as we had the chance to check things out, Google was already reporting that all configurations of Nexus 6 hardware were out of inventory, no longer available for pre-order. Just how could Google have such very, very low stocks at its disposal that the pre-orders couldn't even last through half a day? As it turns out, there might be a very good reason why the Nexus 6 has proven so difficult to order through the Play Store, and it could ...

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