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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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    LG Optimus 3D, HTC EVO 3D: time was, if you wanted to view 3D content on your phone, that meant picking up a special smartphone with an autosteroscopic display. Except, as the lack of subsequent models like those should indicate, people weren't picking them up. But a few years later the situation has changed, and now the hot thing with 3D is pairing your regular-old 2D smartphone display with a set of lenses for an up-close-and-personal 3D experience. That's what Samsung's Gear VR does, but before that there was Google Cardboard, the no-frills DIY option to turn your handset into a mini 3D ...

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    If you're an Android user of Google's Hangouts communication platform, chances are you've felt left out of the fun on some features added to the iOS version of the same app as of late. Well, fret not, because there's a massive Hangouts update dropping today with hordes of features and a much more refine look. First of all, there are 16 new sticker packs available in the app. There are things all the way from penguins to cats, so you can explore for a good while once you have the update up and running. Filters have also been added for video calls, allowing for sepia, vignette, black & ...

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    A few weeks back, a leak surfaced that attempted to reveal the next evolution of Android Wear, previewing some of the changes coming to the OS in the forthcoming Android 5.0 release for smartwatches. Those included some handy accessibility features, as well as the much-needed ability to recall previously-dismissed notifications. It all sounded great, but we didn't have much of an idea for just when we could expect Google to release it. There's still no official word, but a new rumor claims that distribution could begin as soon as tomorrow. So says the team at Phandroid, having heard from a ...

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    The past few months have seen some pretty solid progress towards the dream of a fully modular smartphone, and back in October we got a look at an assembled Project Ara prototype handset booting into Android. The arrival of that news also brought with it word of the next Ara dev conference, set to get underway in mid-January. Among the topics we've been looking forward to for coverage there is the reveal of the next-gen Ara Spiral 2 prototype board, which will form the backbone for future Ara module development. Today we get an early preview, as Google ATAP shares a look at the Spiral 2 ...

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    Back in August, before we even knew that the Nexus 6 would be a Motorola handset, rumors were hotly debating what sort of features we might end up getting. One of these rumors married itself to the idea of an LG-made Nexus 6 based on the G3, and while that obviously didn't happen, the same source mentioned Google in discussions with component suppliers about possible fingerprinting-scanning hardware. As it turns out, that aspect of the rumor may have actually had some legs to it, and now we're being made aware of Lollipop code pointing to just such a Nexus 6 fingerprint scanner. The ...

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    If you've invested in the Apple ecosystem and have an iPhone or an iPad, maybe both, and a Mac to accompany them, chances are that you're blasting your multimedia on an Apple TV. However, if you're the same person but, instead of the Apple ecosystem, you're invested in the Google one, chances are that you already have a Chromecast. Not to mention the incredibly irresistible price tag that makes you buy one even if you're a user of another platform. We've looked at the Chromecast back when it was super hot, and now it's time for the fine folks of India to grab their own HDMI dongle. It will ...

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    The Nexus 6 has been available for several weeks by this point, but it can still be a pain to track down. Google Play Store sales have suffered from extremely sporadic availability, driving shoppers to the carriers, instead. With AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile all carrying the smartphone, that means plenty of alternative choices, although there's been the promise of more to come: Verizon and US Cellular. Verizon continues to remain silent on the matter, but today we finally see US Cellular throw its hat in the ring, beginning sales of both the 32GB and 64GB Nexus 6. What's the big deal ...

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    The Nexus 6 is like no Google smartphone that's come before. Built to prodigious dimensions with the fortified heft that few but Motorola can manage, this newest Nexus debuted to a wave of demand – and discord. With a price tag nearly double that of last year's model and the footprint of a small tablet, the Nexus 6 comes as a significant shock to those who expected more of the same in 2014. The wonderful thing about shock, though, is that it wears off. And once it does, you start to remember that affordability has only occasionally been synonymous with the Nexus brand. You realize ...

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    Yesterday was already packed full of updates to Google's wide array of Android apps, with big names like Gmail, Maps, and Google+ all seeing new versions arrive. And while Google sure has a habit of getting its bulk updates out on Wednesdays, that's hardly an absolute rule; indeed, today the update train continues to roll into the station, and an interesting new release of Google's Play Store is what's catching our eyes this evening. What's new? A fair bit, actually. Play Store 5.1.11 introduces a new My Account screen, giving you an at-a-glance order history and easy access to payment ...

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    Nexus 6 vs Moto X: it's a debate playing itself out in browser tabs, retail stores, and fevered brains across the nation – one made more difficult by their shared ancestry and aesthetics. But difficult debates are Pocketnow's prime province, so naturally we've got some thoughts on the matter. While you don't have to look too closely to see that these Androids are indeed Motos from other mothers, you've got to dig a little deeper to find out just how different they are. From screen size to camera build to software load, right down to the direction of their USB ports, these Motorola ...

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    Overnight, Google flipped the switch on the very latest Android platform release, getting the ball rolling with Android 5.0.1 for the WiFi editions of the latest Nexus tablets. The company was quick to make available the 5.0.1 factory images for these devices, but as anyone who's installed one will be quick to tell you, flashing one of those can be a bit of a pain, forcing you to restore all your apps, data, and settings after the fact. Really, it's OTA updates we're interested in, but as of last night none of the 5.0.1 releases were available in that format. By now, some of the pertinent ...

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    We're no stranger to Google updating its software on Wednesdays, and each week we look forward to news of a few apps picking up a tweak, bugfix, or new feature here and there. While normally that means a handful of apps being tapped for updates, this week's lineup is a bit larger than most, with at least a dozen Android apps seeing updates headed their way today. This isn't necessarily an exhaustive list, but new updates are available today for Blogger, Chrome (as well as Chrome Beta), Gmail, Google+, Maps, Messenger, News & Weather, Play Games, Play Music, Search, and Text-to-Speech. ...

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    Google may not be the best company around when it comes to selling hardware (how many of you are still trying to buy a Nexus 6 through the Play Store?), but it does a pretty solid job when it comes to customer support. Google's rarely a company to be satisfied resting on its laurels, and today releases a new app designed to make accessing support easier than ever, while also offering some tips and tricks for getting the most out of your Android hardware. The app's called Device Assist, and it's compatible with Nexus, Google Play edition, and Android One smartphones and tablets (though no ...

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    We're coming up on three weeks now since the first Android 5.0 Lollipop updates arrived for Nexus-series devices. In the time since, we've seen updates arrive for additional Androids, including a couple Google Play edition models. Not all of them have had the easiest time making the journey to Lollipop, though, most clearly evident in the public struggle HTC's been documenting as it attempts to get Android 5.0 out for the One M7 and One M8 GPe phones. While the exact technical cause of that delay isn't clear, it certainly has us primed to be paying extra attention to GPe update progress. ...

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    Microsoft hasn't really found the success that it aimed for with its Windows Phone platform. The company that once ruled the mobile space almost a decade ago has barely found a spot in third place after years of dramatic changes, and if you measure the difference between its current numbers and the second place (iOS), the future seems grim. If you're wondering how well will the platform perform over the next couple of years, the answer could be good or bad depending on how you see it. IDC has just provided its official numbers after a few little teasers we came across a few days ago. At ...

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    Google Glass hasn't necessarily taken the world by storm, and the reasons go beyond Google's price tag. People still debate if this is a product worth buying, and even worth using at times when the public has a hard time accepting that you permanently use a camera to face them. We've already heard that Google is pushing the launch of Google Glass until 2015, but the changes go beyond just changing the date. Sources familiar to the matter claim that Google is partnering with Intel and ditching the existing Texas Instruments processor that powers Google Glass. We don't hear any specifics as ...

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    December is here, and you know what that means, right? Well, OK, it means a lot of different things, but one of those is the arrival of end-of-year “best” lists. You had better believe we'll be bringing you a few of our own here at Pocketnow, but before we do, Google's getting the ball rolling with a nice big list, chronicling what it considers to be the top Android app picks of the year. Google's “Best Apps of 2014” list highlights seventy-five titles; not all of them necessarily launched this year, but either due to recent updates or continuing quality, they find themselves among ...

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    Nexus 6 vs Nexus 5. If you're a die-hard Android fanboy/girl with a wad of phone-buying bills burning a hole in your pocket and no idea whether to spring for the super-modern or settle for the slightly dated, this is the comparison for you. While the gulf in screen and chassis size is huge here, there's more to this decision than bigness. The Nexus 6 carries a larger battery, higher-resolution camera, more modern processor, more elaborate radio stack ... and a $300 premium over its year-old predecessor. That means it starts at $649 instead of $349, probably its biggest deviation from ...

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    Google wouldn't be the first company that sells its products before its accessories are available, but given the level of demand for the Nexus 6, it is the most notorious. The biggest problem about buying Android smartphones is that the selection is so vast; it can be a challenge to find good accessories for them on launch date. Still, just as Google indulged Nexus 9 owners with the Folio keyboard case that it had teased weeks ago, the same goes for the Nexus 6. Google has just launched the Stand Folio Case that it had announced along with the Nexus 6 more than three weeks ago. If you ...

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    There were strong indications earlier this week that the European Parliament would prefer a situation in which Google's search would be chopped off from other divisions of the company. Today, the EU's legislative has passed a resolution concerning the matter, with 384 legislators in favor, 174 against and 56 abstentions. According to the resolution, “the online search market is of particular importance in ensuring competitive conditions within the digital single market”, and calls on the European Commission “to prevent any abuse in the marketing of interlinked services by operators ...

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    At nine inches on the diagonal, the Nexus 9 isn't far from a full-sized laptop as far as screen size goes, so being productive on the device isn't entirely the pipe dream it sounds like. With a software keyboard, though, that can quickly get tiring, and the best remedy for that issue is to purchase an external keyboard. What better input accessory, then, than Google's own Nexus 9 keyboard folio case, considering it's now available on Google Play? The case can fold into two separate angles, one optimal for typing and the other for using the tablet itself. It connects to the Nexus 9 via ...

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    Apple seems to be drifting farther apart from the original partnership it started with Google on the original iPhone. Surely Google has brought significant competition to Apple on the Android space, but some of these changes have actually been positive for Apple in the long run. We all remember the disastrous move to Apple Maps, but that doesn't change the fact that Google Maps wasn't allowed to launch its own app in the end, and the same can be said about YouTube updates after Apple decided to stop bundling it. Rumors have it that more changes are to come, but these ones might not be as ...

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    Apps, music, movies, emails, documents, chat history, text messages: if you're an Android user who's deeply wrapped up in Google's ecosystem, you've got a hell of a lot of stuff being protected by your Google login credentials. The company offers plenty of ways to help keep your account secure, from things like two-factor authentication to helping you detect suspicious activity. Today we see those activity alerts take on an easy-to-access new form, with the debut of the new online Google Devices and Activity dashboard. Much like you've seen on Google Play, where the service keeps track of ...

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    "We're not first, so we might as well be last and know something." That's a line we ripped off from The Newsroom, and it's also our review philosophy when we don't get a demo device in time for a punctual review. But we (finally) have a Nexus 6 in house, and we're (finally) going to unbox it – and we'll try to turn the delay to our mutual advantage in the process. In case you missed our multiple podcasts discussing the Nexus 6, what we're looking at here is a real monster on the spec sheet, the size chart, and the price list. The $649 Nexus 6 is the largest Nexus smartphone ever ...

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    T-Mobile may be the cool kid on the block, not messing with the Motorola Nexus 6 it sells in its stores, but not every carrier is committed to being so hands-off. As we looked at last week, the AT&T version of the phone has a few carrier-specific anomalies rendering it distinct from the unbranded model, but they're overly onerous. If you can't live with even those, enthusiasts have already worked out how to restore the AT&T Nexus 6 to a near-clean slate, as well as overcome the mandatory encryption (for the Nexus 6 on all carriers) we understand could be slowing down disk ...

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