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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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    The interwebs lit up yesterday with the rumors of a non-Nexus Google built phone due to an article from The Telegraph. Now let’s start this off by saying this entire rumor should be taken about as serious as fables of rainbow crapping unicorns. There are so many reasons why, aside from Project Ara, we will probably never see an in-house Google built phone but let’s set those aside for a bit. Instead, let’s take a look at what kind of possibilities and advantages a 100% Google bred phone would afford. So put on your tinfoil hats and let’s take a quick jaunt into the land of ...

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    If you're on Google's cellular amalgamation called Project Fi, you may now have a little more spectrum to work with. A few weeks ago, the company announced that its subscribers would soon have access to the US Cellular network in addition to T-Mobile's and Sprint's. It's now official with updates to the Project Fi site's literature and the Project Fi app. We've got a link to the download below because, you know, it saves you the hassle of a few extra taps if you want it now. And if it isn't there just yet, give it a bit of time. Or just head to APKMirror. Not buggin' ya or anything. ...

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    If you want a Chromebook of the future — you know, something that can run the Google Play Store for sure — but you're strapped for cash, perhaps you should bite your fingers and hold out for a new option from HP. The Chrombook 11 G5 is compact, slim, weighs about two-and-a-half pounds and will have speedy support for Android apps when it launches to consumers in October — though if you're, say, an educator buying bulk, B2B vendors should have them in next month. HP announced that the dual-core Intel Celeron N3060 should cut through tasks just right while stretching the battery to at ...

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    If you happen to be sightseeing remotely on Google Maps, perhaps for a future actual vacation, turn on the satellite imaging and check it the imaging. You might need to turn off the 3D feature. Google said that it now uses images from Landsat 8, an imaging satellite launched by the US Geological Survey and NASA in 2013. Landsat 7, launched in 1999, is still running. It's just been tough work putting a global mosaic together after a hardware bug in 2003 started clawing at images. Combine newer, sharper, more colorful images with Google's Earth Engine APIs to piece together 700 million ...

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    The general wisdom on consumer electronics is that you shouldn't buy the first generation of a product. Bug fixes, refinements, or price drops, it might be safer to wait for a second generation gadget, but honestly, we consumers really don’t seem to start taking a company seriously until we’ve seen them in the market for three product releases. This is a big year for OnePlus. Not only reaching a third smartphone, but also growing up and dumping the invite purchasing system used in the past. Any review of this phone can take one of two courses. We can focus on the performance of this ...

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    Okay, you know how we posted that deal for the 32GB Nexus 5X with a promo code a few days ago? And all the others, too? You don't need a promo code for this one. New such devices are on sale from a highly-rated eBay seller for $239.99. The deepest discount yet for the LG-made phone racks up to about $159 off the Google Store's price or, for those who find appeal in proportions, 40 percent off. And yes, free shipping is included from Miami and goes to pretty much anywhere. Whether you bite the bullet now or wait until this year's Nexus devices or, perhaps Google's own debutante into the ...

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    When Sundar Pichai said to Walt Mossberg that Google was looking for "more thought" in the design of smartphones, the chief executive officer explicitly referred to the Nexus line of smartphones. If The Telegraph's reporting can be trusted, it seems that at the very least Google is going in a different direction. The paper is citing from a "senior source" that the Alphabet subsidiary is manufacturing its own smartphone that will be out before the end of the year. It is negotiating on device carriage agreements with networks. The device will apparently be released separate from the Nexus ...

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    Huawei may be hedging its bets if A-Googlypse happens. The Chinese manufacturer was rumored to be developing its own operating system in case Android becomes untenable to work on. Paired with suggestions that Samsung may be converting its future mobile products to Tizen, it would seem that companies are checking their confidence in Google. Well, Huawei CEO Richard Yu decided to come out on microblogging site Weibo and reaffirm the company's commitment to Android. Yu said that Google has a great, expanding ecosystem that users can benefit from. As long as Google keeps the system's ...

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    What if instead of going straight to the forums whenever something cracks up in your phone you went to the manufacturer's customer support line? Well, it's a half-hour on hold, 10 minutes of telling someone at a call center all your information and then complaining about the problem and then they'll ask you to go to this settings menu and press buttons and ... Yeah. Not cool. Well, a source to Android Police is saying that with a Google Support app, new Nexus smartphone owners can share their screens and point out where the problem spots are. It's likely that we'd be dealing with ...

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    Google pulled an interesting stunt with the early launch of Android N to developers. At the moment the company still doesn't have a pastry name for the OS, and some of us believe that this early teaser is still missing a ton of things that Google is not prepared to show. Some recent leaks show a totally new design to the Android navigation buttons, which in a way are more aligned with the company's Now On Tap services. Instead of hollow drawings, the new buttons are now of a solid white, and the home button has four colors on the borders to mimic Google's colors. The source claims that ...

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    Another deal for the 32GB Nexus 5X to tell you about. Yes, another. How much are you going to save this time? More than last time. $10 more than last time as Dailysteals is offering the LG-made device for some $269.99. Wait, that's the same price as that other eBay deal! Well, hold on — add the promo code "NEXUSEMAIL10" at checkout (yep, this deal went out to that site's newsletter peeps first, apparently) and that price drops to $259.99 — a cool $139 and a penny. What would be your move if you had the liberty of making it? Pounce? Wait and watch? Or just wait and wait for the new ...

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    Biting your nails for the Nexus launch this quarter? We're creeping up on it ever so slowly and yet, leaks have been all about who's making it, who else's making it and how many they're going to make. HTC is said to be in charge of two projects — "Marlin" and "Sailfish" — and it seems that Android Police is 80 percent confident that what it's hearing about the Sailfish device (not to be confused with Jolla's Sailfish OS) is accurate. So what's the payload here? A yet-to-be-known quad-core 64-bit processor clocked at 2GHz paired with 4GB of RAM to power on a five-inch, full HD ...

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    T-Mobile had a heck of week with streaming and special offer issues. Is Google somehow upsetting manufacturing partners? Why are companies threatening to leave Android? We're wrapping up our OnePlus 3 coverage, and you can get a sneak peek of our full review. Lastly, we just can't seem to shake all of these conflicting iPhone 7 rumors. These stories and we'll be tackling your questions and comments. Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 206 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on June 23rd (click here for your local time), or check out the ...

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    The "Nexus" brand, and products from this Google line-up, have come a long way, become consumer devices from initial developer gadgets. Past and current iterations have become more and more popular, being made by LG and Huawei, but rumor has it that we'll be seeing one or two HTC Nexus devices this year. Codenames have been discovered in Chromium code (Marlin and Sailfish), and word on the street is that the Taiwanese company's collaboration with Google will not be limited to only 2016 HTC Nexus devices. A three-year deal has been allegedly inked, but we're still waiting for some sort of ...

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    Google may be too big for its own good. It has an easy time of making friends, but a hard time keeping them. Samsung has its own operating system almost ready to go if and when Android seems too heavy an option to keep pursuing. According to three sources tipping off The Information, it seems that Huawei has its plans, too. Besides developing EMUI 5.0 on top of Android with the talents of designer Abigail Brody, formerly of Apple, it has been working on its own organic software with a team from Scandinavia that includes former Nokia employees. This is all just in case Google decided to ...

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    Surely getting a Google Nexus device is a sure guarantee to getting the latest and greatest version of Android, but ever since the launch of the old Galaxy Nexus back in the day, we know that won't last for ever. Google doesn't really guarantee that all its legacy Nexus devices will receive the latest version for ever, and today we learn just how close you are to being pushed out. Google's support website has now begun listing the dates for end-of-life of its Nexus devices, and the picture is not really pretty. Yes, you'll be entitled to at least three years of security patches, curtesy of ...

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    Every so often in a past life of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast, you might've seen some crazy awkward moments where one of our hosts suddenly dropped out and Google would ask for two-step verification to really make sure that they are who they say they are. Beyond entering your basic credentials, it adds on a secondary, unique factor to your login process. Security comes with inconvenience. Google is cutting down on that inconvenience with a simple prompt. Instead of getting a security key texted to you, your phone will pop up a simple prompt that asks you if you're signing into your ...

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    Google's Nexus 5X continues to be the most affordable way to enjoy to pure Google experience. Surely it's not as powerful or commanding as the Nexus 6P, but it still manages to deliver a solid experience at a flagship level, even if it's priced as more of a mid-ranger. If you're in the market for one, this might be the time to buy. eBay deals have just set the Google Nexus 5X to just $269. Notice, we're talking about the 32GB variant here, making this deal a true steal. This is $130 off the retail price, and if you know how eBay works, you might not want to think twice about making this an ...

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    It seems that Google might have finally caught on to the fact that people search a lot for medical advice. Even if we're all clear that these results should never supersede the need to visit a qualified physician, it doesn't change the fact that curiosity grows strong when you start to feel bad. Those of you avid users of Google Search will soon be in for a treat. Google has just announced that its search services are now rolling out enhanced medical information to benefit the user. This is not just Google being smarter about what results to give you, but actually the company's effort in ...

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    Every so often, you see that X company acquired Y company for hundreds of millions of dollars. Every so often, you'll see that number climb into the billions. Last week we saw LinkedIn get snatched up by Microsoft for some $26.2 billion. Does Microsoft want a social networking platform for blue collar types that badly? We know that there have to be sensical synergies for the deal to happen, but come on! $26.2 billion? What kind of returns are these companies expecting and when do they expect them? Well, we decided to take a look at five major acquisitions in technology with major impacts ...

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    The reason why you might buy a Chromebook is finally here. Well, on one Chromebook. Developers are getting their hands on Chrome version 53, including Google's own François Beaufort. He found and posted up a screenshot of the Google Play Store for the ASUS Chromebook Flip. In the next couple of months, Google will expand Android apps over to the Acer Chromebook R11 and last year's Chromebook Pixel. A full list can be retrieved at our source link below. Source: Google+, Google Via: PCWorld

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    iMessage is not coming to Android. Why? It's part AI war and part good business. The Verge's Walt Mossberg picked up a few points from the hours of presentations at WWDC this week and figured out why it had to make more sense for Apple to port over Apple Music to Android, but not iMessage. One executive told Mossberg that the company has a user base totaling a billion, which should be enough to help better its artificial intelligence engines. We don't particularly see a competition for the best artificial intelligence out there since everyone is building code and algorithms for their own ...

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    We're about to end the second calendar quarter of 2016 and Kantar Worldpanel is putting out numbers for the first quarter. With numbers like these, it takes time to make sure they're right. And we'd wonder how right these figures can't be. Android has gotten some major annual gains in market share across the world. In the US, it's a 5.2 basis point jump to 67.6 percent. The platform's grown by 5.4 points in China to 78.8 percent. In the markets of Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, — labeled the "EU5" — share came to 70.2 percent, up 5.8 points. The biggest increase ...

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    Contrary to what he was looking for, it seems that Dave Burke has lived to see Android Namey McNameface come to life. It comes as part of the Easter egg to Android N Developer Preview 4, which includes the final APIs for N (set number 24) for app developers to begin compiling and publishing or updating their apps. Devs can now also get out alpha/beta/production-grade apps set on API 24 onto Google Play. The images are available right now to flash and the Android Beta Program OTAs should be arriving shortly on all compatible devices, including the Sony Xperia Z3. So many things set and ...

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    The idea of Samsung moving its future smartphone releases from Android to Tizen has been around since it took up the operating system in some of its mobile electronics. And then, the smartwatches started picking up steam. As more of its smart appliances started picking up the open-source operating system, Tizen seemed to be a more tenable operating system for Samsung to capitalize on with its outstanding smartphone market share. Well, one unnamed executive at the company told The Korea Times this week that it will reduce Android's presence on its products in favor of Tizen. The only reason ...

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