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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 | March 21, 2014 1:20 PM

    One month ago, we learned about one of Google's latest fantastically ambitious projects, using sensor-equipped smartphones to gather 3D data from the world around them, creating an internal map of their surroundings: Project Tango. It remains to be seen how this kind of tech might find a home in consumer-focused handsets, but for the moment Google is just interested in getting Tango out to developers and letting them see what they could pull off with this new tool at their disposal. After soliciting applications, Google has chosen its participants, and today we get to check out one of ...

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  • by | March 20, 2014 3:13 AM

    There have been a lot of rumors concerning a future possible 8-inch Nexus tablet in the past, and, according to recent reports, it might be closer to the 9-inch form factor, at 8.9-inches in diagonal. Said rumors talk about an end-of-April timeframe, but a recent report mentions volume production for the 9-incher for July/August, for the Nexus 7 (2013) follow-up. "The expectation is [that] this will be a lower volume product, carrying a premium price tag to support the specifications", claims the report, which also mentions "high-performance" specifications. Google's Nexus line-up isn't ...

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  • by | March 19, 2014 8:14 PM

    Google Search isn't the only thing Google's updating today (come on, it is a Wednesday, after all), and we've picked up on one more update hitting Android users today, with a new version of its Android Keyboard going out. The big change (even if Google isn't making a big show out of it, with no official announcement that we've seen) is support for personalized suggestions. When enabled, the keyboard will attempt to learn from monitoring your usage which words you're likely to string together, improving the quality of the suggestions it offers. By tying to other Google apps and services, it ...

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  • by | March 19, 2014 7:03 PM

    Voice control for smartphones continues to evolve, and projects like Android Wear help really spell-out just how ubiquitous voice commands are about to get in the years to come. Today we learn about a small, but still pretty neat change coming to Google Search on your smartphone, letting you pull up you phone's camera app with the sound of your voice. All you have to do is tell Google to “take a picture” or “record a video,” and your phone's camera will fire up in the mode you mentioned, all ready for you to start capturing some memories. Sure, it's not as powerful as something ...

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  • by | March 19, 2014 2:20 PM

    This time last year, both Samsung's and HTC's flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S 4 and One, respectively, were the two phones most of us were eyeing as our next smartphones. The Galaxy S 4 was the least attractive of the pair, but it was packed to the brim with features, for better or worse. The premise of the multiple award-winning HTC One was more soulful and rootsy. As such, while the One had the same specifications, give or take, it had fewer features and seemingly less value, but a markedly better design and build quality. Naturally, this rivalry between Samsung and HTC, paired with ...

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  • by | March 19, 2014 12:18 PM

    For as much as we rely on Google's products and services, it's all too easy to forget that not everyone has the same level of access, and in many cases availability is highly constrained along international borders. Anytime that's about to change, and we learn that Google's making an effort to get its products available in new nations, we're eager to get the details. Earlier this month we heard Google talking about plans for beginning sales of Chromecast in a whole bunch of additional countries, and today we see confirmation of not just that change, but of a number of new areas where the ...

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  • by | March 19, 2014 8:01 AM

    Inbox Zero. It's become something of a myth in the Pocketnow Weekly recording studio ever since we started actively courting listener feedback all those months ago. Skip a listener-mail section here, another one there, and before you know it you've got a mountain of mail it'd take a whole episode to get through. So that's just what we're doing. Just like we did on episode 076, we're devoting an entire podcast to your missives. We'll hear from people concerned about dual-SIM stigma, people worried about the future of Apple, and people writing to remind us that the automated home isn't as ...

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  • by | March 18, 2014 11:31 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple's re-launch of the iPad 4, and the birth of a cheaper iPhone 5c with 8GB of storage. We then talk about the iPhone 6 and the possibility of it getting optical image stabilization in its camera. HTC follows the news as we get possible launch dates for the M8. Google Now later takes the spotlight as we talk about the recent changes for better interaction with others. We end today's show talking about Google's announcement of Android wear, the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Apple brings back the ...

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  • by | March 18, 2014 8:08 PM

    Go stock or go home: the rallying cry of the serious Nexus device enthusiast. Ever since the Nexus One, the Nexus series of Android hardware has presented users with a simple, affordable, and dare we say elegant solution to keeping at the forefront of Android development without getting bogged down by OEM software. While recent rumors have suggested that the Nexus line as we know it may soon be undergoing some big changes, if not disappearing entirely as Google Play edition hardware rises to take its place, for the moment the Nexus brand is still going strong. Today we see Google keep ...

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  • by | March 18, 2014 7:47 PM

    When you think of Google these days, you think of a lot of things: search, Android, Chrome, and even a digital content store, aptly named Google Play. The last thing you would likely ever tie Google directly to is a physical retail location, a brick and mortar store. No less, a report surfaced late last week suggesting Google was about to do just that … again. Currently, Google has Android stores in Australia, which go by the name Androidland. This time, Google is looking for a physical retail location for all things Google in New York City, according to Crain's NY. It's looking at an ...

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  • by | March 18, 2014 5:49 PM

    It's been clear for a while now that big changes are coming to Google Voice. We've complained in the past about how the feature set seemed a bit frozen, like Google had given up on making improvements to the existing service. But if Voice as we knew it was dying, what would it become? Much of the focus has looked to bundling Voice up within Hangouts; we saw phone calls come to Hangouts on iOS, and Google's been talking about its goal towards full integration with Hangouts since last fall. But just when would the other shoe drop; when's stand-alone Voice going to be gone for good? The ...

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  • by | March 18, 2014 1:41 PM

    My preorder of the original Pebble came after a lot of pause and skepticism. I explained in the prelude to my Pebble Steel review that I was a backer of the immensely successful Pebble Kickstarter campaign, but I had my doubts about the company after learning it was essentially round two from the Allerta team, which didn't have the best time releasing its first smartwatch, the inPulse. While promising, inPulse suffered a handful of timely delays and only arrived in the hands of buyers upwards of a year after it was supposed to arrive. Alas, I gave Pebble the benefit of a doubt. I figured ...

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  • by | March 18, 2014 1:24 PM

    This afternoon's announcement of Google's developer preview for Android-powered smartwatches brought a lot of scintillating video to our eye sockets. We had young hip dads checking sports scores while bathing their kids; young hip bicyclists getting directions on the fly; and young hip surfers getting jellyfish warnings (those exist?) at the beach – all using wrist-mounted devices that, like the actors, looked almost too hip to exist. In fact, that's what Stephen Schenck reported when Google's announcement went live: the devices on display in these videos were's actual hardware, but more ...

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  • by | March 18, 2014 12:55 PM

    Early last week, we heard that Google was about to really step up its wearables game, and was planning to introduce a new SDK focused specifically on bringing Android to devices like smartwatches. Word was that we'd be seeing the SDK arrive in about two weeks, but today, just over a week later, we find ourselves caught a bit by surprise, as Google announces its Android Wear project, while making available the developer preview of that SDK. Now keep in mind: this isn't a Google smartwatch (at least, not yet). What we're seeing in these videos should be treated more as generic mock-ups; this ...

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  • by | March 17, 2014 5:20 PM

    A little under two weeks ago, as part of one of Google's regular Wednesday app update binges, we saw a new version of Play Games arrive for Android users. While we learned of changes like improved leaderboards and some UI tweaks, the update seemed relatively minor – really, the only notable feature was to support invitations in multiplayer titles. Today, however, with the Game Developers Conference getting underway in San Francisco, Google shares some additional details of where Play Games is headed, and this news is quite a bit more substantial. We get another mention of those new ...

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