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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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    On a day-to-day basis, helping us navigate around the world has got to be one of the most useful tricks our smartphones can pull off, showing us not just how to get from A to B, but also analyzing the best routes available, to say nothing of tapping into public transit options. And being the safe drivers we are, not wanting to distract ourselves by constantly glancing at a screen, voice navigation has been a huge blessing. Or at least, it can be, up until the point it becomes so annoying we're tempted to throw our phone out the window. We may not yet have a fix for the rapid-fire ...

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    Still undecided as to what to gift your significant other on Sunday? Didn’t realize until just now Valentine’s is only two days away? About to have a heart attack looking up jewelry prices and whatnot? Relax, and let Google hook you up with the perfect present. It’s thoughtful, but it doesn’t send too strong of a signal, it’s cheap but it doesn’t necessarily look it, and you can be sure your better half will love it. Who doesn’t love free unlimited music streaming, seasoned with a no-ad YouTube viewing experience, and exclusive content produced by top vloggers? Google Play ...

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    Google isn’t ready to throw in the towel just yet in a seemingly losing social network battle against heavyweight champion Facebook, somewhat surprisingly holding the advantage over Twitter in active user numbers and constantly improving the G Plus UI. To be fair, constant might be a bit of an understatement, as at least on Android, the Google+ app has already gained three updates this year. One major, and a couple smaller ones, though the latest “minor” bump comes with its share of significant functionality enhancements. Most notably, “faster and safer browsing of Web sites”, ...

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    If you thought the newest upper mid-range “pure Google” phone was an interesting proposition at $380 and up, then a very alluring one at $330, and an outright irresistible bargain when dropped an extra 30 bucks, wait until you hear what eBay seller Buydig has to offer today. You guessed it, we’ve just reached another Nexus 5X all-time record low price, in both 16 and 32GB configurations. The entry-level model costs a measly $280 on the auction website in your choice of carbon black or quartz white coats of paint, while the version capable of accommodating twice the data internally ...

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    Whether we're interacting with a new social network, organizing a get-together, or just sending out some old-fashioned emails, there are a lot of good reasons for an app to tap into our ever-growing list of personal contacts. Between info we gather ourselves, and stuff that can be pulled from online sources, our phones have access to a lot of data about our friends, relatives, and co-workers. On Android so far, giving apps access to all this stuff has been a bit of a hodgepodge of API calls, a consequence of the growing body of information that apps can draw from. Going forward, Google's ...

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    Part of using Gmail means being cool with the fact that Google and its algorithms are constantly scanning your mail (in a hopefully not-at-all-creepy kind of way), using that data to tailor ads for you, as well as advanced features like automatically recognizing messages about upcoming events and adding them to your calendar. Today we learn about some new synergy for Google's Android apps as it taps into that Gmail data in order to provide you with extra-relevant app recommendations. Google's latest Play Store update adds a new setting that allows the app to gather data from Gmail ...

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    Adobe Flash helped make the internet what it is today, bringing us streaming video, interactive games, and –yes- some very annoying ads. But the internet's been doing a lot of growing up lately, and between steep processing and memory requirements, to say nothing of security vulnerability after security vulnerability, the sun's been setting on Flash. As everyone looks to HTML5 and other more mature technologies for their Flash replacements, Google's doing its part to help move things along, and this week announced plans to stop accepting advertisements built on Flash. As one of the ...

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    Irony in its purest form: a phone that’s over two years old and was never considered a powerhouse currently runs a newer version of Android than a 2015 flagship, at least outside Korea and Poland. Even more ironic, not to mention damaging for the reputation of semi-recent high-enders, is Marshmallow software doesn’t seem to be the only good thing going for the 2013 LG Nexus 5. The Google-endorsed 5-incher is also more than 70 percent screen, so it’s got relatively slim bezels, it delivers crisp Full HD resolution, and packs 2GB RAM in combination with an ageless Snapdragon 800 ...

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    Consider this the answer to Google's acquisition of Songza. This one's a little more tricky, though, if only in name. Canadian-made iOS music app Groove is now under Microsoft's belt. It's not related to the latter's streaming media service (formerly called Xbox Music and Zune Music) nor the Microsoft Office shared document editing feature. The Groove app crafted custom playlists using machine learning. It was last logged with two million App Store downloads before it was delisted as a result of the acquisition. Those still using Groove will not receive further updates. The startup's ...

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    "We are breeding the cow and they are milking it." The first-ever internet adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin believes the country is being taken advantage of by US tech companies and local lawmakers are only letting them get away with it. German Klimenko wants the madness to end. In a 90-minute interview, Klimenko gave a rhetorical performance rivaled only by John Legere's. The adviser ranted in favor of moving government computers off of the pervasive Windows operating system and placing tariffs on US tech companies' products to give Russian products a chance in competing with ...

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    Last week was a wild ride for users of Samsung's Android browser, first as Samsung opened the door for browser add-ons capable of blocking ads, and then as Google appeared to start culling such software from its Play Store offerings. At least, that's what it looked like at first, but Google's banhammer was being applied a bit inconsistently; was this an across-the-board war on ad blockers, overzealous application of Google's developer policies, or maybe even an error? Well, we're still not sure exactly what triggered all this in the first place, but we've got some resolution to share with ...

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    If you've been sitting on your hands to prevent yourself from snatching a $299 (or $349) Nexus 5X, here's your heads-up. If you recall, the original prices for the Nexus 5X were $379 for the 16GB variant and $429 for 32GB. If you don't recall those prices being the status quo, well, we don't blame you. But there will be a revised price bar set at the end of Friday, February 12. The 16GB phone will be $349 while $399 will be the price for the 32GB model. So, take heed. Get $50 off the #Nexus5X until Fri. Only at the @GoogleStore: https://t.co/zQzfhjHvxJ pic.twitter.com/uxsk2c2DEf — Nexus ...

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    What do you think of when we mention February holidays? Valentine's Day? Well, sure, that's the easy one. What you might not have been aware of is that tomorrow, February 9, is Safer Internet Day, part of a decade-old campaign dedicated to promoting good security practices among internet users. Considering all the personal data we entrust to online services, keeping our information locked down and under our control is more important now than ever, and this week some big names like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Google are all spreading the word about what each of us can do to keep our ...

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    Google and Apple may be butting heads over who's the most valuable company these days, as shifting stock prices push top valuation back and forth between the two tech giants. But no matter which firm is currently in the top spot, there's no denying that the executives behind these companies are leading efforts that bring in billions upon billions for their respective employers. Earlier this month we saw Alphabet post its latest revenue data, with Google bringing in $74.5 billion over all of 2015. Being responsible for that kind of windfall doesn't go unnoticed in Mountain View, and Google ...

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    For a fledgling, immature, and extremely experimental market, the virtual reality universe is about to get a little too crowded for its own good, with options ranging from your rudimentary Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR to the much fancier Oculus Rift and HTC Vive soon. We shouldn’t forget about Microsoft HoloLens either, which is technically an AR (augmented reality) product, while Apple and Google are themselves rumored to be working hard on high-profile virtual reality headsets capable of pairing up with iPhones and Nexus handhelds. That’s right, a Nexus VR could go official ...

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    Doing even the simplest-seeming thing on our smartphones can involve a lot of little moving parts. Information needs to be gathered from input sources, interpreted, passed to the right processes, ferried off to remote cell towers, routed to the right servers – and that's just getting started. Every step along the way is another opportunity for things to go wrong, messages to get dropped, and lag to slow the whole process down. In the spirit of believing that simpler might just be better, Google's rolling out a change to Hangouts on Android that aims to increase call quality by setting up ...

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    While there have been numerous so-called modular smartphones announced in the past six to nine months, the vast majority of which sought crowdfunding for R&D or production, the initiative that started this trend remains our most anticipated one. By a landslide. Now, obviously, Google has all the money needed to turn Project Ara into reality, but it takes time and many, many resources to develop the perfect device that will allow you to easily replace its components as you go along. The good news is at least one Ara prototype, model number A8A01, seems to be in testing, with both GFX ...

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    It may seem like Microsoft is fighting a losing battle in web search, but sometimes, even ranking second can be good enough for a tech giant of Redmond’s caliber, as long as that means servicing more than 20 percent of US e-queries. On Android devices, you have to figure it’s much harder for Bing to steal a couple of percentage points away from Google, though the app’s latest major update should definitely help. The key is to keep an open mind, and at least give the perennial underdog a chance, as the potential is clearly there for Bing to surprise you. Previously rolled out to iOS ...

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    How long have we been waiting for Android Wear watches to start sounding off? Models like last year's Huawei Watch were clearly packing integrated speakers, and it looked like it was just a matter of time before we'd see the software fall into place that would finally take advantage of them. But despite some indications that such updates were on the way, official speaker support has so far been elusive. Well, today's the day we've been looking forward to, as Google announces new hands-free features for Android Wear, including speaker support. Right now, the only two Android Wear models ...

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    While there’s no disputing the benefits of a completely ad-free YouTube watching experience, no third-party apps or browser extensions needed, Google felt a little greedy and unreasonable to charge $10 a month just for that. But YouTube Red isn’t all about canceling video interruptions, as it also includes a Play Music subscription at no additional costs, easy offline saving capabilities, and background play support for mobile device multitasking. Plus, early service adopters will get to exclusively enjoy a trio of original movies produced by top YouTube content creators, as well as a ...

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    You’d have to be pretty careless to buy a new, improved Google Chromecast or Chromecast Audio at full retail, with no freebies or bundled-in digital content, as it seems deals are coming in left and right, leaving you no time to ponder Apple or Amazon-made rivaling devices. Granted, Valentine’s Day is no Christmas, so the best the search giant can do until February 24 is offer you gratis $10 Google Play credit with Chromecast 2 and Audio purchases. The two digital media players cost $35 stateside a pop, so if you’re thinking of getting them both, at the end of the day, you’ll only ...

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    Based on Google’s more than healthy recent financial report, and generally gloomy iPhone sales predictions for at least the current quarter, we wouldn’t have been shocked to see Alphabet exceeding Apple’s market capitalization through summer or even fall. But the simultaneous iPhone 5se/Apple Watch S/iPad Air 3 announcement is drawing near, and Wall Street clearly trusts the three new iDevices will strike gold at the box-office, covering for the waning mainstream appeal of the first-gen “iWatch”, as well as the overly familiar iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Either that, or traders simply ...

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    For every device comes its time to go. For these two Android Wear smartwatches, they've had their time around. The original Moto 360 from Motorola is now nearly 18 months old while the Sony Smartwatch 3 is about a month younger. The Google Store has determined that it's about time that the two were discontinued from sale on its virtual shelves. The ever-popular Moto 360 went through sales that took the price down from $250 to $100. The Smartwatch 3 received nowhere near the attention as Motorola's creation did, but given how far it has gone as Sony's overall mobile sales have fallen, it's ...

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    Are you using Hangouts for text and media messages? You may have to head over to another app soon. And Google has an idea about which app you should use. After ditching its Messaging app two years ago in favor of said SMS integration with internet-based Hangouts, it looks like Mountain View is beginning to disintegrate SMS from the app. The app has been updated to version 7 on the Google Play Store. It brings up a first-boot prompt recommending that users "check out Google's new SMS app," Messenger. Similar prompt boxes launched when Hangouts first took in SMS and then when it ...

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    It's easy to find yourself overwhelmed by ads on your smartphone, whether in apps or just on the mobile web. So it's little surprise that when a company announces a new way to give users control over just how they're exposed to those ads, we're quick to take advantage of it. That's just what happened a few days back as Samsung opened up its Android browser's API to work with ad-blocking software, and devs were in a rush to deliver solutions ready to start nipping all those ads in the bud. Unfortunately for fans of this development, Google's wasted no time in shutting the operation down, ...

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