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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:

  • by | April 24, 2014 5:09 PM

    As Android smartphone users are only all too aware, Google+ is a major component of Google's mobile strategy; fire-up a recent Android device for the first time, and if you're not already a Google+ user, expect to be prompted time and time again to register as such. From chat to photo filters, Google+ is slowly making its presence felt across every corner of the Android experience. The Google+ project has been headed-up thus far by Senior Vice President Vic Gundotra (above, center), but in a surprise announcement this afternoon, Gundotra has revealed that he's not just relinquishing the ...

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  • by | April 24, 2014 4:40 PM

    Google's in the midst of preparing for a wide-reaching overhaul of its Android apps, and a number of disparate leaks have revealed the same sort of UI changes: flat design, circular icons, and bold color. We shared with you the latest development along these lines earlier this week, after it was discovered that Google itself shared a screengrab from such an updated version of its Android dialer app. Today we're back to take a second look, with a new screenshot appearing to reveal even more of the dialer's new makeover. There might not be any of those circular icons here, but the design is ...

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  • by | April 23, 2014 11:05 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's roll in the Apple vs. Samsung trial, at least monetarily in favor of Samsung. Samsung follows as we get the first leaked photos of the Galaxy K. Then we talk about the Samsung Galaxy S5, and the user complaints on the camera software. Apple follows the news as we talk about how the iWatch could replace the iPod, and how Nike+ could be elemental to the iWatch. We end today's show talking about the OnePlus One launch, and our thoughts on the phone. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Google will pay for some of Samsung’s ...

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  • by | April 23, 2014 12:04 PM

    We recently heard that Samsung would ask Google for some help in sending some of its founding Android engineers to take part in the Apple vs. Samsung trial, to which Google agreed. It's only fair that Google participated in helping Samsung fix these issues since some of these patent claims have mainly to do with Android, and not necessarily TouchWiz. What we didn't know is that Google had also decided to do more than just participate in the trial with its employees. It's pretty much confirmed that Google will be paying for some of Samsung's damages in case Apple wins the patent trial that ...

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  • by | April 22, 2014 3:35 PM

    When we think “Google Play Store Devices,” the first thing that pops into our head is the Nexus series. But Google's been slowly adding hardware to its selection over the years, and now you'll also find Google Play edition Androids, the Chromecast, an assortment of Chrome OS laptops, and a bunch of accessories. Today Google opens up a new chapter in hardware sales, offering the Nest Learning Thermostat. As you may recall, Google announced back in January that it was acquiring Nest. While it wasn't obvious at the time what all this would mean for Google's long term home automation ...

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  • by | April 21, 2014 11:32 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about now the Microsoft and Nokia acquisition will become Microsoft Mobile next week. Google follows the news as its new Hangouts update now brings some cool SMS integration. Motorola is next as we get rumors of a Moto E, Moto G LTE and even a Moto G Ferrari edition coming soon. HTC and Google follow as we get some additional rumors of an HTC Nexus 8 in the works once again. We end today's show talking about Apple and its probable mobile payments system in the works. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Microsoft completes Nokia Devices and ...

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  • by | April 21, 2014 8:00 PM

    If you've been paying attention to Android leaks so far this month, you've probably caught on to a trend that seems to be developing. Starting with some leaked Gmail screenshots the first week of April, we've been seeing this new look for a number of Google's own Android laps, highlighted by bold, solid colors, a flat UI, and a new focus on round icons. Example after example surfaced, and last week we checked out the most recent to land, a refreshed Google+ app. So far, though, all of this has been coming our way at least one stepped removed from Google – so while the overall design was ...

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  • by | April 21, 2014 5:48 PM

    Back in February, we caught wind of a very odd rumor about the future of Google's Nexus family of Android hardware, suggesting that HTC would make a spectacular return to the tablet space by building a new Nexus tablet. While it would be very nice to see HTC revisit tablets and maybe even find that success that eluded it first time around, the whole theory was just a little bizarre; could something like this really happen? Well, that's what “supply chain sources” are saying over in Asia, as a new report doubles-down on this HTC Nexus theory. As the story goes, ASUS might not be feeling ...

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  • by | April 21, 2014 3:31 PM

    Last year certainly helped change and shape the future of the wireless industry – more so than years past. Android, for one, transgressed beyond the false pretense that specifications are the be-all and end-all of great smartphones. Before, it was always about bigger, better, more impressive specifications – optimization be damned. OEMs were more worried about packing smartphones with 1080p screens, high-res cameras, faster CPUs with more cores, etc. All the while, prices of most the viable smartphones remained the same. Nearly all the affordable smartphones of yore offered a terrible ...

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  • by | April 21, 2014 3:26 PM

    We often look forward to Wednesdays for Google releasing updates to its library of Android apps, but it seems that this week we're off to an early start. That Android 4.4.3 update may continue to be elusive, but Google's been spotted sending out a new version of Hangouts to Android users, and while there's no official list of new features just yet, hands-on experiences with the updated app have clued us in as to what to expect. First off, it's probably worth noting what's NOT here: the long-rumored integration between Google Voice and Hangouts has still yet to occur. That said, what we do ...

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  • by | April 21, 2014 12:35 PM

    Last week, it finally looked like we were going to see Google release Android 4.4.3. We'd been following work on the update as evidence of its existence popped up here and there, but last Monday really upped the stakes as Sprint advised its subscribers that a Nexus 5 update was incoming – and one that sure seemed to be Android 4.4.3. We waited to see Google confirm the news with its announcement of the update, but that never came. By Friday, even Sprint had reversed course and removed all mention of the update from its server. What gives? Well, Android 4.4.3's release may have hit a ...

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  • by | April 18, 2014 11:59 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's at-home Glass trial program, and how this might push the platform. Apple follows the news as the company is reportedly working with Shazam to add more iOS 8 functionality. HTC is next as it seems the company is planning to bring optical zoom to smartphones in the future. HTC also makes headlines because the company apparently hired a Samsung marketing guru to push the One line-up. We end today's show talking about Google's probable plans to bring us a more affordable Nexus smartphone. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ...

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  • by | April 18, 2014 1:04 PM

    We started the week off with Sprint posting an update to its Nexus 5 software version page, advising users that a new release was incoming. While the initial build number of KTU48F it gave was confusing, that turned out to be a typo, later corrected to KTU84F. We had already associated recent builds like this with Android 4.4.3, and the carrier sure seemed to be confirming that a release was imminent. But then Tuesday came with no update... as did Wednesday and Thursday. With the week winding down, is KTU84F still on the horizon? Not according to Sprint, which has reverted its Nexus 5 ...

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  • by | April 18, 2014 11:58 AM

    Google's Nexus series has brought us some fantastic values for Android hardware. The devices are generally quite top-shelf while coming in hundreds of dollars less than their competition. But recently, there's been a new surge of interest in smartphones that are even more affordable than the $300-$400 you might pay for Nexus phone, with models like the Moto G and Lumia 520 (not to mention the new 630) proving that shoppers also want slightly lower-end hardware if that means saving even more money. Now a new rumor out of Asia suggests that Google could be thinking about introducing a ...

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  • by | April 17, 2014 5:43 PM

    When it comes to user authentication, smartphones play an interesting dual role. Sometimes they're the devices being unlocked by their proximity to other objects, like how Motorola lets you use its Skip accessory to activate Touchless Control on the Moto X. Sometimes that's turned on its head, and the phones are the ones acting as the authentication tokens, like with the efforts we've seen to use NFC on our phones to control door locks. Today we're headed down that latter path, as Google seems to be cooking up a system for Chrome OS that will use your smartphone to unlock your computer. ...

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