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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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    If you've been hanging around Pocketnow for the past few weeks, you know of our recently rekindled interest in Google's Nexus 6. We brought our AT&T demo device off the back burner last month, kicking off the summer with an After The Buzz re-review of Motorola's oversized phablet, followed by a feature piece on Google's Nexus 6-only Project Fi service. Despite its monstrous dimensions and (arguably) high price tag, the Nexus 6 has a devoted following among Android fans – and with Android 5.1 having smoothed some of Lollipop's launch wrinkles, most of us here at the P-Machine ...

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    Did you know you can use voice searches these days? Well, you're reading Pocketnow, so you're probably not the most accurate representation of the general Android smartphone user, but the issue nonetheless remains (at least, Google would have us think) that many simply don't know that it's possible to forego typing out long search strings and just yell at your phone instead. That's why Google has begun inserting, according to reports from Android Police readers, suggested voice searches into the Google Android application. For some users, the search bar when you go to perform a search ...

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    Amidst its moonshot initiatives like Projects Loon and Ara, it's oftentimes quite simple to forget that Google sanctions projects like Android One as well. Android One, if you need a refresher, is a program that creates affordable (but yet usable) Android smartphones and then distributes them in growing markets where smartphones aren't so popular. The latest Android One smartphone will be hitting the Indian market this month, manufactured by local company Lava. According to a report from the Economic Times, the smartphone will be going official on July 14. The Lava phone will have a price ...

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    Google Glass managed to get plenty of people excited, and for good reason. Far more than smartwatches, the tech seemed practically right out of science fiction, yet here Google was not just developing it, but giving the public a chance to experience it for themselves. While the original Glass momentum may have seriously slowed down (publicly, at least) since its heyday, work on the project has continued, and we've heard that a new generation of Glass hardware is on the agenda for sometime later this year. Today we have what might be our first run-in with some real evidence of that device, ...

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    The arrival of the new Google Photos app gave users quite a few reasons to be excited, not the least of which being promises of unlimited cloud storage. So long as you were OK dealing with a 16MP resolution cap, and letting Google run your pics through its compression algorithms, Photos was supposed to let you store as many images as you could upload. Problem is, word recently started going around of users who found the service dying out on them after uploading large number of pics – issues that appeared to resolve themselves only when users upgraded to paid storage options. Was there a ...

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    A little over a month ago, just after announcing Android M at Google I/O, Google made the first Android M preview images available for Nexus devices. With releases for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, and Nexus 9, developers had the tools they needed to get started working with the new platform release – so long as they had some of this relatively modern Nexus hardware. But what about some of the more senior members of the Nexus family; would they ever get their own taste of Android M? With devices like the Nexus 4 and most recent Nexus 7 pushing two (if not closer to three) years old at this ...

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    Pebble has sort of been the father of all smartwatches. The origin. It was the first of its kind … but certainly not the last. Over the past year, give or take, we’ve watched the rapid growth of a new wearable platform, Google’s Android Wear, and with its rising popularity, the Pebble has begun to feel … dated. But now Pebble has released a new watch, the Pebble Time, and with it came a new interface — what the company is calling Timeline UI. It’s a nice refresh to the tired monochromatism of Pebble past, but Google also recently released an update to Android Wear, version ...

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    Image recognition is tricky, to say the least. That it works at all is a small miracle, and that it works well enough to be featured as a major selling point of services like Google Photos is a tremendous accomplishment. But for as well as it performs in many cases, there are always going to be those where the tech fails, and over the past couple days Google's been doing damage control following the public scrutiny of a misidentification with some seriously racially charged implications. The controversy began on Sunday, when an African-American Google Photos user posted to Twitter about ...

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    Maybe it's because I'm still giddy from the change-high I got from my switch to T-Mobile earlier this year; maybe it's because I recently confessed to liking the Nexus 6 more than I did a few months ago; or maybe it's because I'm trying to save money after a lengthy spending spree ... but for the past 48 hours I've been practically obsessed with the notion of trying out Google's new wireless service, Project Fi. We reported on Project Fi, Google's North American virtual wireless carrier, back in April, and the service has been slowly growing ever since. For now, Project Fi is open ...

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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    While we're waiting patiently for that long-rumored Hangouts 4.0 Android update to land, we get to watch iOS get all the fun a tad bit early. This isn't much of a surprise, really – iOS saw a Hangouts redesign ages ago that still surpasses the sorry state of the Android app as it stands currently – but it is unfortunate for those of us who have been waiting for a long, long time for this to come to Android. If you're using iOS, though, this is a welcome change, bringing Hangouts some new changes bolstering the user experience. The changes center around the app's user interface for the ...

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    The Graphical User Interface comes with the lay of the land. Each phone has its own way of telling you that you've gone into an application or moving between screens. And every phone has the basics dressed up in a different way. Be it the calendar or SMS or the darn calculator, every OEM wants to put their colors and shapes in the way they want. Let's face it: GUIs can look gooey. Of course, if you don't agree with the way your smartphone decided to do up a dialer, you have your choices. This is Android, after all. And from scanning a lot of comments, I can tell that there are a lot of ...

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    Android lag is an issue, if you're asking users of other platforms. While we won't go into this debate, lag is present on all devices, regardless of the platform they're running on. Whether we're talking about software lag or hardware latency, devices we use, even flagship ones, are all trying to keep up to the best of their knowledge with user input. Here's where the Chrome TouchBot comes into play. Built by Finnish company OptoFidelity, the robot is being used by Google to check for "end-to-end latency of Android and Chrome OS devices". The video of the robot in action has been shared ...

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    When it comes to accessibility, convenience, and arguably even fun, cars win out over trains any day of the week. But when these vehicles meet where road crosses track, trains are going to win every single time; when you've got thousands of tons of cargo moving along with such momentum, the only thing a car can hope to do is keep a safe distance. Unfortunately, all too often a car attempts to take on a train at such a crossing, often with deadly results. In order to help keep drivers everywhere a little safer, United States Department of Transportation is working with Google to bring ...

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    If you've recently accepted available updates for some of Google's applications, like YouTube, for instance, you'll see that now, every time you fire up the app, a splash screen will appear, with a huge icon (as seen above), and the Google logo beneath it. The Material Design guidelines allow this: "Branded launch screens are a good way to portray a brand while the app is loading. Take advantage of the loading time to display your logo or other elements that improve brand recognition. Avoid using text on this screen except your logo and, if applicable, a tagline." Using splash screens ...

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    Google is continuing to improve the user experience of its offerings, as a whole. We've seen an update to Play Music -- to support free radio streaming with ads in the US -- and we've also seen how the Google+ Pictures component will stop functioning soon, as we migrate over to the newly introduced (at I/O) Google Photos. The Google app (Search) has also been updated, and, while it doesn't bring anything new and noteworthy, under the hood, the code reveals some great features that will probably land in future versions. Conclusions drawn from APK teardowns aren't always spot-on, so treat ...

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    You don't get to be a company like Google without taking a few risks. For every successful product or service you launch like Gmail, there are going be a few misfires – Nexus Q, anyone? But you don't succeed if you never try, so over the years there are bound to be plenty of ideas that crash and burn along the way. Back in February we brought you news about an unusual-sounding project from Google, in the form of an app and social service called Tablescape, seemingly created solely to empower users to share photographs of tasty food with each other. We've long wondered just where Google ...

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    One of our favorite things about the Galaxy S6 (as well as the Galaxy S6 Edge) is the ability to transform the handset's look with just a few taps as we try on some of the phone's alternate themes. The powerful theming engine Samsung's gifted the phone with gives users the ability to adapt TouchWiz to their tastes, and we've already talked about some of our top choices in posts and on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Additional themes are arriving all the time, and today a particularly attention-grabbing one has landed, giving the GS6 a very stock-Android-inspired Material Design overhaul. ...

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    Many people are using the Photos app that comes with Google+ (and there also are users who can't wait for it to go away), but, apparently, with the latest update to the Google+ app, the Photos counterpart will go away. This message (pictured above) will pop up, at one point, once you get the Google+ 5.8 version from the Play Store: "This Google+ version of Photos will stop working soon. But don't worry! All your photos and videos are already in the new Google Photos — organized, searchable, shareable, and ready for you." Those who were relying on the built-in Google+ Photos section ...

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    When it comes to bringing smartphone interaction to a vehicle, without the risk of a fender bender, CarPlay and Android Auto are the way to go so far. The only problem is that even though these services were launched a year ago, it took for ever for car makers to adopt them, and it would force you to buy a new car if you wanted some love. Lucky for us Pioneer and Kenwood gave us an affordable alternative, and one of the options goes live today. The Kenwood DDX9702S and Kenwood Excelon DDX9902S are both shipping to stores and customers today, and what made them stand apart from Pioneer's ...

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    Google Play has long been a more permissive place for software than Apple's App Store, but even Google has its limits. Just what developers aren't allowed to do gets spelled out in Google's Play policies, banning things like gambling apps or outright malicious software. Occasionally Google revisits these policies, adding new restrictions or clarifying existing limitations in an effort to keep the Play Store a home for diverse software while at the same time prohibiting content that threatens to make Android a less-than-welcome place for all users. This week Google did just that, expanding ...

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    Even though Google owns the most popular smartphone platform in the world, the company has proven that ignoring strong competitors is a bad idea. We've seen the company update most, if not all of its iOS applications to match Android counterparts in almost every way possible. One of the only services that was left behind was Google Calendar, or at least until today. Google has just published an update for Google Calendar on iOS, and the plan is to have it resemble its Android sibling in just about everything. Google Drive integration is a major update, so now iPhone users can integrate ...

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    One of the things that had us most skeptical with the birth of CarPlay and Android Auto last year, was having a car that isn't compatible with your phone, or vice versa. Switching a car isn't something you can do every day, and being forced to pick stick to a platform you don't like just to use it in your car is also ridiculous. GM is one of the companies that has thought of this, and today we learn more of its support plans. Just like we saw Cadillac and Chevrolet a few weeks ago, GM has now expanded its support for both CarPlay and Android Auto to brands like GMC and Buick as well. ...

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    Across mobile platforms, smartwatch makers are eager to embrace the possibilities offered by health-related apps and services. After all, fitness trackers are a huge component of the current wearables market, and smartwatches allow manufacturers to pair a fitness tracker's sensors with advanced software and communications capabilities. That all makes for a prime environment for gathering and analyzing all sorts of personal health data, bringing us the likes of Apple HealthKit and Google Fit. But Google has some even grander ambitions than just helping you lose that winter weight, and the ...

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    The battle between streaming music services is heating up once again, as Apple Music gets ready to go live at the end of the month. While Apple's entry may be getting all of the recent headlines, its competition isn't about to take the arrival of this new threat lying down, and they're looking to do all they can to keep the public's attention. Today Google has a solid chance of doing just that, as it announces a new ad-supported version of Google Play Music. It used to be that the free component of Play Music was its role as a locker for storing your own personal library of tracks, and ...

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