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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's artificial intelligence may soon be able to snatch dates away from you at the bar. It's been reading up and refining its pickup game by reading up on romance novels: "Damn girl, this is the best French toast I've ever had." and: I wanted to peel that dress off of your body myself and I'm pissed I won't get the chance to now. It was difficult picking out passages from Kelly Elliott's Unconditional Love, but those are just two of the many from the 2,685 books that engineers at Mountain View have forced upon the AI's neural network. Andrew Dai and Oriol Vinyals both headed the ...

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    While the Nexus line has always been about providing a top-end workbench device to test out stock Android, there's been some variation as to what kind of actual hardware that's accompanied it. Android One was introduced to get buyers on a budget onto the platform in an ideal environment. In the Indian market, the idea as of recent has been to up the entry level just a bit and keep carrier partners involved in not only stocking the devices, but providing the data freebies that Google promised. It seems that Google wants to shake up the device picture just a bit, according to Mike Hayes who ...

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    With the newer, prettier, more powerful Nexus 5X still sold for $200 on Project Fi, and recently discounted to as little as $230 in international unlocked form, retailers hanging on to inventory leftovers of the OG Nexus 5 have only two possible plays. They can flat-out give up on the 2013-released 5-incher, or practically give it away at ridiculously low prices of $140 or so. That latter figure is almost impossible to turn down, with vanilla Android 6.0 Marshmallow goodies in the mix, LTE support for AT&T, T-Mobile and even Sprint, 32GB internal storage space, and a respectably sharp ...

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    When choosing your next smartphone, some argue that pure Android is the way to go. The question is if following an ideal is really better than everything else? By now, most of the world already knows about Samsung’s new Galaxy. The company does a tremendous job at marketing its flagships, and our reviews prove that this year, marketing isn’t the only good thing about this phone. By contrast Google is at the opposite end of the Marketing food chain, but at least among geeks, the cult following behind a pure Android experience is strong. Today we decided to test what it was like to live ...

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    Android distribution numbers are out for the previous month and it seems like platform stratification has started to unwind just a bit. Out of the 11 APIs recognized, seven lost share while Marshmallow was the only version of the OS to grow in share. Lollipop is still the largest contingent in the space with 35.6 percent of the pie while KitKat, experiencing the largest loss for the month, is holding onto second place with 32.5 percent share. Marshmallow is still behind the 20.1 percent that Jelly Bean had, but it ate up all of the other versions' losses with a near 3 point gain to 7.5 ...

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    As clunky as the user interface is, one of the joys of using LG's software atop Android is the fact that you can adjust the height of your keyboard. Feel like going two-handed? Make it short. One-handed day? Make it tall. You just had to use an LG phone to get this magic out of the box. But you aren't limited anymore as Google Keyboard has made the big change in providing five height options in the settings menu for the keyboard. It's not as convenient as dragging the top edge of the keyboard to whatever height you'd like, but it's a start and it's nice to see it included in a full point ...

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    For the many uses of VR that we've yet to discover, we'd figure that some of them are going to be outrageously stupid. Who'd want to walk around town and into stores buying stuff with their headsets on? Seriously. Well, Samsung does have an idea that makes more sense that not only gets kids involved, but it also keeps busy parents close in touch, too. The R&D department are still working on a full release for the company's Bedtime VR Stories where parents, from near or afar, can join their children through an encompassing, whimsical environment. Both of them follow along the story line ...

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    Whether you're venturing out into a new neighborhood of a familiar city, or trekking to destinations halfway around the globe, smartphones can be indispensable tools for making your journey enjoyable, efficient, and memorable. From travel apps that recommend the best places to stay, to navigation services that connect us with local public transit options, to real-time translation software, there's no shortage of ways our phones can enhance that travel experience. Recently, leaks started talking about a new travel app Google was cooking up, as it recruited early testers. Today new details ...

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    The past year has been one where Google's really started moving security to the forefront of the Android experience. Between the rise of fingerprint scanners on Android devices (and corresponding API support), the publication of high-profile exploits like Stagefright, and the company's move to deliver monthly security updates for its Nexus lineup, Google's been tackling the issue of device and data security from all angles. Those efforts extend to keeping apps safe, and Google's long taken steps to make sure that not only are Play Store apps as trustworthy as can be, but that risks from ...

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    There’s no better way to celebrate a ten-year anniversary of a service as popular and ubiquitous as Google Translate than gloat about the many milestones achieved in the past decade. For instance, did you know over 100 billion words a day are translated through the desktop, Android and iOS app? That’s a lot of vocabulary processed every 24 hours, and in just a couple of years, Google Translate apparently surged from 200 million daily users to “more than 500 million” people served. Probably not all of them every single day, but half a billion is half a billion. Unsurprisingly, the ...

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    Google's acquisition of Motorola meant a lot of changes for the smartphone maker, but the company had some great talent on board that helped it through that period of adjustment. And no sooner had it adapted to life at Google than Motorola found itself being passed on to a new owner, as word of Lenovo's acquisition plans arrived in early 2014. That meant some staffing shake-ups, and a few months later Motorola's Rick Osterloh found himself rising to the role of President and COO. Osterloh stuck around as the Lenovo transition took shape, but last month we got word that he, too, was leaving ...

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    Mobile software and advertising have a long and sometimes tumultuous history. Ads help compensate developers for their time and effort, and a successful campaign can go a long way towards encouraging those devs to create more of the apps we love. But sometimes we've had enough of ads, and we pay to upgrade to an ad-free experience; sometimes we pay to upgrade and ads (in one form or another) continue to persist. And then there are those times when we've simply had enough, and we don't want to see any ads at all. If you find yourself in that latter mood often enough, Google's got some good ...

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    Update: The podcast will be out at 3pm Eastern on April 29 and at anytime right here! Enjoy. Apple's quarterly earnings have fallen for the first time since 2003. As iPhone sales slow, what are the ramifications for Cupertino? Is Nokia getting into the smartwatch game by buying up Withings? Google is bringing Android app support to Chromebooks, but will we ever see Android and Chrome OS merge? We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and phone ...

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    For Android devices, it's almost a badge of honor getting listed for sale in the Google Store. It's not like Google sells just any hardware, so you've got to be something special to make it into this exclusive club. Beyond Google's own Nexus lineup, that includes some third-party Android TV boxes, but maybe the easiest way to get your hardware in the Google Store is to launch an Android Wear smartwatch. Today we've got big questions about the fate of one of those wearables, as Google appears to have shut down sales of the Moto 360 Sport. As you may recall, the story of the Moto 360 Sport's ...

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    The Nexus nebula, as thick as it is, could use some more muddying. Huawei had done a bang-up job with the Nexus 6P according to critics across the board. There was a little doubt to its future-proofedness, though: it had a Snapdragon 810 and 3GB of RAM. These specs were old news by the end of September last year. Why not really step things up? Well, we don't know why not. And we don't know why a "google Nexus 6P" has popped up again in Geekbench with some weirdo changes. 4GB of RAM? A Snapdragon 820? Android N? The codename "Marlin"? What's happening here? We thought HTC was supposed ...

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    Google's been selling Nexus hardware for years, offering shoppers a chance to take home a “pure” Android experience with some of the best software support in the business. Starting as a phone-only affair, the lineup's since matured with tablet options, as well as multiple handsets selling alongside each other. But in recent years, Google's love affair with Nexus tablets seemed to be waning, and the last such model we got was 2014's Nexus 9. Now the era of that HTC-made tablet is starting to come to a close, as Google puts an end to its Nexus 9 sales. As of today, Google's no longer ...

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    We got 2016 started with some rumors that weren't talking about new flagship phones a couple months away, or summer's hot new models, but instead some high-profile handsets probably landing until closer to fall: Google's next Nexus phones. Coming off a year of two such models, from two different manufacturers, the rumor suggested that Google would come back with another pair of handsets, but this time from one OEM: HTC. In the months since we haven't heard any better theories about Google's 2016 Nexus lineup, and this HTC idea has only picked up steam. Today a new rumor adds its own ...

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    Smartwatches do so many things differently from your standard “dumb” timekeepers that it's difficult to know where to start, but there's undeniably one big thread that runs through the whole experience: personalization. From the watch style you choose, to the apps you load on it, to the watchface you turn to dozens of times throughout the day, smartwatch users have plenty of opportunities to really make their wearables their own. That customization extends to straps, but as anyone who's struggled to swap one out for another can tell you, they're not always so easy to work with. ...

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    Have you made the plunge with YouTube Red? For users willing to pay ten bucks a month, Google will turn on features like background playback, enable access to Red-exclusive content, and maybe most importantly, finally stop running all those ads that had been interrupting your viewing experience. If you're a Red convert, whether you just signed up or have been using the service since its inception, move along – this news isn't for you. But if you're still wading through the ad-sponsored YouTube of yesteryear, we've got some new content to let you know about, as Google brings a new ad ...

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    Google realizes that Gmail addresses aren't for everyone. But even if your digital mail lives on someone else's server, Google would still like little more than for you at least to be accessing it through its Gmail app. That's led to developments like the “Gmailify” service we saw debut earlier this year, where Google worked to implement a number of Gmail-like features for users connecting to external Yahoo or Outlook email accounts. Today Google's got some fresh news about how Gmail's making it easier for users with existing email services to adopt the Gmail app, as the company ...

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    While Google last fall assured its handful of unrelenting Chrome OS believers the desktop platform would not be merged with Android and effectively shut down anytime soon, clear signs of a coalition and consolidation of sorts keep flooding the interwebs. The latest persuasive rumor calls for Google Play spreading its wings to embrace Chromebooks, Chromeboxes, Chromebits and Chromebases before long, letting all these machines “choose from over a million apps and games to install and use.” That’s promotional text already baked into Chrome OS source code, mind you, so we’re dealing ...

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    When you're a company as big as Microsoft or Google, you've got a lot of eyes on you at any given time, ranging from media critics, to government watchdogs, to competing companies. And while that sort of exposure is a mostly inevitable consequence of being a tech giant, it sure can keep a good number of PR and legal employees busy round the clock. Any time that they don't have to spend worrying about these issues is manpower that can be better allocated elsewhere, so to that end Google and Microsoft have found themselves coming to something of an agreement, each pledging to lay off the ...

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    For a smartphone dating all the way back to 2013, the Nexus 5 still holds a special place in the hearts of a good number of Android users, and while it's clearly been surpassed by more powerful Nexus hardware, some recent hot deals on the phone have managed to keep it in our thoughts. But for as much as the Nexus 5 did right, it was never a phone that fared well for users with big data needs: with no microSD expansion (well, not without a separate mod), and only 16GB and 32GB storage options, it might not be long before you found yourself uninstalling old apps to free up space. Google and ...

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    Technology is such an integral part of everyone’s life nowadays that many people believe it’s the CEOs of companies like Apple, Google or Facebook who run the world as opposed to major political leaders. According to Time magazine however, there’s plenty of room on a roster of the 100 most influential individuals around the globe for nation presidents, businessmen, actors, musicians, athletes, doctors, scientists, and even fashion icons. As always, the Time 100 list is as diverse as it is bizarre and controversial this year, including names like Caitlyn Jenner, Pope Francis, Angela ...

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    If your legs are as restless as your mind is or you enjoy discovering the place you live and know it like the back of your hand, you might already be signed up as one of Google's "Local Guides." You meet fellow guides and get sweet swag along the way. One piece of swag on the way for Local Guides leveled 2 or above is an invitation to try out "Google's New App for Travelers." Those taking it up will have to fill out a survey to determine how often they use Gmail or Inbox and disclose plans to travel. Accepted testers will get links to the iOS or Android app next week. Source: Android Central

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