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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 Drive isn't the company's only service getting a tweak today, as it picks up new photo-archiving duties. Google's also sharing word of a pretty significant update for Gmail for Android, gaining some new features that could help out a lot if you use Gmail to juggle multiple email accounts. The big one here is the unified inbox, letting you see all your new emails in one place. Even if that includes both Gmail accounts as well as third-party traditional IMAP/POP accounts, you'll be able to see all those messages at once. This blending of accounts continues with Gmail's support for ...

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    What happened to Google's plans to re-tool Android photo backup, moving away from Google+ and towards Google Drive, as we've been hearing rumored recently? Word was, this change was likely to take place last week, but the weekend arrived without any obvious motion in that direction? Well, the ETA may have been a little off, but today we finally see the news made official, as Google explains just how this shift will work. Google Drive picks up a new Photos section, where you'll now be able to find pics previously saved with Google+ Photos. But Google's not getting rid of Google+ Photos, ...

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    Windows Phone has made leaps and bounds when it comes to app availability, at least compared to the state of the platform just a couple years back. But despite the success Microsoft's found at courting devs, its work is far from over, and there's still a ton of catch-up work to do. The forthcoming arrival of Windows 10 seeks to help close the app gap with its focus on universal apps, giving devs broader access to Windows users across form factors, but will that be enough? A new report claims that Microsoft's been working on a backup plan to bring new software to its smartphones, by giving ...

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    Every version of Android that comes out is followed by a good amount of hot-fixes and small revisions coming in the form of revision updates, and Lollipop is absolutely no exception. The team at Google in Mountain View today has released a new Android 5.1 build, making some bug-fixing changes from the last version while still keeping the codebase very similar (even the jump in version number is very slight). The updated build has hit AOSP and Google's factory image site, so here's more information. The update is tagged Android 5.1.0_r3, indicating that this is the third revision of Android ...

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    When you're looking to give your Android phone or tablet a little custom flare while stopping short of a full ROM replacement, it's hard to go wrong with a new launcher. There are tons of options out there, and we've gone over some of our favorites with you. One of those is Action Launcher, and today we get word of a new update for the software on its way out, delivering a bevy of new features, bugfixes, and general improvements. One of the key new features in this release is support for an open live wallpaper API, including compatibility with Quicktheme color matching. Shortcuts and ...

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    Google's always looking for ways to make your life simpler, pulling data from one place in order to provide you with useful information somewhere else. Last spring we saw evidence of just such a feature in the works for Google Now, scouring your inbox for bills and presenting you with notifications for when they needed to be paid. To hear a new report, Google's still very much interested in helping us cut through some of the headache surrounding bill payment and is planning to introduce a new system later this year to make bill organization and payment a breeze, all from within Gmail. The ...

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    Google has gained a lot of fame for many of its services, but Google+ is definitely not one of them. Some of us still debate the need for another social network, and even with how useful Google+ can be for backing up your photos, not everyone likes the idea. Google seems to have noticed this particular pattern in users, and reports claim that this is the main reason why things might change soon. It seems that some code buried within an update to the Photos app points to a new update to come, which might change the dynamics of how the app works. The rumors are that now you won't be forced ...

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    As much as the folks at Mountain View did their best in making Google Glass something cool to wear, we all know that the end result was far from positive. Many people debated if paying $1500 for a pair of unproven glasses was worth it, and those who did prove their bravery in the initial Explorer program, didn't like to be called "glassholes" at all. Google Glass was a true challenge for public etiquete, but the company has now come on record to confirm that the project is not done. Google's Eric Schmidt was recently interviewed by the Wall Street Journal on the topic, and he was clear ...

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    When the Nexus 9 launched last fall, we generally liked what we saw: performance was good, music sounded lovely through those front-facing stereo speakers, and it was a lot of fun getting to know Lollipop. And of the things we didn't love about the tablet – issues like build quality, or insufficient storage options – many could be lumped into a “it feels like we're paying too much for what we're getting” category. Luckily, that's the sort of thing that's easily resolved via a price cut, and the tablet started its life off with an utterly fantastic one, getting an early half-off ...

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    Do you count yourself among the millions of Chromecast users out there? The Google dongle has emerged as one of the most convenient ways to get online content onto your television, and even with its two-year birthday coming up, it's still running strong. Google's making investments in keeping users happy with their Chromecasts not just by bringing Chromecast support to more and more apps, but also by hooking users up with some free offers. Last month we shared with you news of a free Play Store credit for Chromecast users, and this month Google's back with a similar offer. Last time ...

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    It hasn't even been two weeks yet since Google made Android 5.1 official, so it's little surprise that the new software's been slow to spread to existing hardware. Nexus models have access, sure, but right now a lot of Android users are wondering which other smartphone and tablets will be next to get it. Google Play edition models are likely candidates for that honor, and we've already heard about HTC's intention to get the GPe One M7's Android 5.1 update out sometime next month (even as the regular One M7 is left behind), but what about non-GPe phones? Motorola could be one of the first ...

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    With the release of Android Lollipop Google introduced its Smart Lock feature, a mode that lets users control when their phones and tablets will require PINs or passwords, and when they'll automatically stay unlocked. Right now that can be tied to objects, using the presence of a trusted Bluetooth device or NFC tag to trigger this unlocked mode, tied to a specific area with the help of location services, or even tied to your own body, taking advantage of facial recognition. Now users are reporting that Google's in the process of adding a new option for when to keep your phone unlocked, ...

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    Android is coming to cars near you. Last summer we saw Google share word of Android Auto at I/O, and ever since we've been waiting for it to debut in vehicles on the road. Manufacturers have been preparing for its arrival by building support into their dashboard electronics, and today everything’s finally ready to go live, as select Pioneer head units start talking to Android phones. In order to take advantage of Android Auto right now you'll need one of the aforementioned Pioneer in-dash units, models like the AVIC-8100NEX, AVIC-7100NEX, or AVH-4100NEX. You'll also need an Android ...

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    The launch of the Nexus 6 last fall marked the latest shift in Google's direction for its pure-Android hardware lineup: gone were both the very affordable price tag and relatively compact size, with the Nexus 6 arriving as a six-inch, $650 phablet. It also represented a change in Google's manufacturing partner, as the company switched from LG after using it for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, to Motorola for the Nexus 6. Now we're wondering about what's next for the family, and rumors have already talked about Google possibly hooking up with a Chinese manufacturer for this year's Nexus (which ...

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    It's just a fact of life: eventually we have to say goodbye to even our favorite smartphones and move on to greener pastures. Just how long you're going to hold on to that old hardware depends on a lot of factors, including contract status and your ability to avoid accidentally breaking it. For a lot of us, the writing on the walls that informs us it's finally time to move on comes in the form of software updates – or rather, the lack thereof. Eventually, it just doesn't make sense for a manufacturer to keep supporting old phones with ongoing updates, and that's a point a favorite ...

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    Android's Google app (née Google Search) is already a voice-powered juggernaut. Get things going with a brief “OK Google,” and you're ready to start converting milliliters to ounces, check what time the local grocery store closes tonight, or find out how tall Channing Tatum is. The voice control extends to letting you interact with certain apps, like how you've been able to compose a new text message using your voice alone. Now Google's taking that voice-controlled messaging to the next level, as it gives its app the power to compose spoken-word Hangouts messages. The feature works ...

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    Google's Play Store and Apple's App Store both attempt to do similar things: connecting mobile users to software for their devices. Yet their attitudes on how they approach this task have historically seemed quite different: Apple has its tight control over what does and doesn't meet its standards, while Google's tried to be more hands-off, having fewer restrictions. And despite Google's easy-going nature in that regard, the company's still made serious efforts to ensure that Play Store apps are good stuff, things like its system to scan software for known malware attacks. But now Google's ...

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    Google announced a big improvement to its Now service back at the end of January, with the personal software assistant picking up support for a bunch of cards from third-party apps. While in the past Google Now had been great about pulling data from things like your email and calendar, this new support meant access to previously untouched data troves. It all sounded very promising, with support for cards from even more apps to come. The only downside might be how Google was making this integration happen, and the need to work closely with the Now team to deliver this functionality might ...

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    Even though many of us have waited for Android 5.0 Lollipop to reach our existing devices, there's also a significant amount of people that would rather stick with KitKat while Google fixes the memory leak that's plagued devices with app crashes. We were all expecting Android 5.1 to fix the problem, but it seems Google completely forgot to address the issue with the recent launch to some Nexus devices. The good news is that it seems you won't have to wait for Google to launch Android 5.2 for these issues to be fixed, but then again, that's no guarantee that you won't have to wait. Sources ...

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    Last fall, Google released a surprising new app with the debut of Messenger for Android. At least, it was a very unexpected app to deliver given the effort Google had already taken to revamp how we access text messages on Android and the integration of such functionality into Hangouts. But for whatever reason, Google saw fit to deliver a new SMS- and MMS-only solution. Today we see a new version of Messenger arrive, complete with some new capabilities. We all know that what separates MMS from SMS is its ability to support audio, video, and still images. That latter mode gets expanded ...

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    Google loves bringing new video types to YouTube. Problem is – for a lot of us, anyway – is that they can be a real pain to view. Like YouTube supporting 4K-resolution video is a great way to prepare for the rising availability of 4K-class displays, but for the moment not a lot of us can view it in its native res. And while you can always cross your eyes and get YouTube's 3D video working in a pinch, the number of us with dedicated hardware designed for consuming such content is still pretty low. Today Google is bringing a new class of video to YouTube, and in what's a lovely change of ...

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    Do you trust the internet connections providing data to your smartphone? Is your carrier sharing info with the feds? Is that public WiFi AP harvesting your account data? Is your employer watching what sites you visit when on the company network? By far, the best thing you can do to keep all this information private is to tunnel your data to a trusted remote machine: to use a VPN. Then no matter how data gets to and from your phone, it's all nice and encrypted as it flies through the air, safe from prying eyes. Right now, if you want to take advantage of such a VPN on Android you've got to ...

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    Android 5.1, just formally released by Google this past Monday, brings with it some pretty exciting changes, as we just discussed when looking at the substantial performance benefits imparted to Google's flagship Nexus smartphone, the Nexus 6. “Well that's nice,” you respond, “for those users who actually have Android 5.1 on their phones. I haven't seen it yet? What the heck am I supposed to do, just keep waiting?” Well, yeah, you could just be patient until your phone or tablet pops up its update notification warning, but for the more proactive Nexus users out there, you'll find a ...

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    Google started off the week with its release of Android 5.1. While the latest version of Android tweaked a lot of little things that bugged us about earlier Lollipop builds, introducing new features and changing the way others worked. But more than all that, what owners of certain devices have been noticing is a big boost in performance. Nexus 6 users have been reporting that their phones feel a lot more speedy after upgrading to 5.1, and now we have a better sense as to what's going on, as Google changes the way the phone's multi-core SoC works. The Nexus 6 runs a quad-core Snapdragon ...

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    There's a new connector on the block, and his name is USB Type C. Apple's hooking its new MacBook up with a Type-C port, and Google just announced the refreshed Chromebook Pixel with a Type-C connector of its own. There's a good reason manufacturers are showing so much love for this little guy, as besides carrying high-speed data and enough juice to charge a device, it's also super easy to work with thanks to its reversible orientation – just like Apple's proprietary Lightning connector. Well, all this USB Type-C action is well and good for laptops, but why do they get to have all the ...

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