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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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    At this point, it doesn't take much convincing to argue that Google's going to bring us two Nexus phones this year, and multiple sources have circled around this idea of one smaller LG model, and one larger Huawei-made Nexus phablet. Based on the latest rumors going around, we may even see these two go official before the month's out, and Google could be planning an early (at least compared to recent years) launch event on September 29. But taking all that granted, there's still one big question hanging over the release of these phones: what will they be called? The press may have taken to ...

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    Last year, Google launched its Nexus 6 smartphone in mid-October; the year before, the Nexus 5 debuted on Halloween. But it sure sounds like Google is planning something a little different for this year's launch, and beyond introducing a pair of Nexus smartphones, we've also heard that the announcement of the phones themselves could come a bit ahead of schedule. At least, a rumor landing last week suggested that the LG's new Nexus phone could go up for sale as soon as September 29. Today we're hearing that same date again – and this time, explicitly about both LG and Huawei Nexus phones ...

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    Google sure looks like it might break from tradition this year and deliver a pair of Nexus phones, and rumors have pretty soundly settled on LG and Huawei as the companies likely to bring us these devices. We've already heard quite a bit about both phones, with multiple leaks getting into details like hardware specs. One of the bigger questions we've had concerns just how premium Google wants these phones to be, and they might be top-tier across the board, or make a few sacrifices to keep prices down (and maybe performance in check). Last week we checked out one theory about LG's ...

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    They say there’s no smoke without fire and, while we can’t really authenticate any of the profuse Nexus-centric rumors and leaks of late, it seems certain two stock Android-running Google phones will soon break cover. How soon? Within a few weeks as far as the smaller, lower-end LG-made 5-incher is concerned, according to fresh intel collected by a Korean publication. Apparently, the Nexus 5 (2015) could actually start selling on September 29, which suggests a formal announcement may take place earlier in the month. That makes perfect sense, given Android 6.0 Marshmallow is also ...

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    Samsung is clearly not playing games with its Samsung Pay services. The company has already launched the service in its home land, and even with a couple of hurdles, we've also received details on its U.S. launch. We're still a month away from that date, but it seems Samsung wants to start now. If you have already upgraded to a Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, or Galaxy Note 5 on either AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or US Cellular, you're entitled to beta test Samsung pay as of today. The service is currently only compatible with cards from Bank of America, Mastercard, US Bank, and ...

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    Head on over to the online Google Store, and you'll find devices like the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Chromecast, and Nexus Player, all up for sale. While that makes the site the go-to stop for Google's own hardware, there are a few third-party devices that still manage to score this kind of exposure: things like the Razer Forge Android TV bundle. Now we're seeing another manufacturer of Android TV hardware get its device added to the highly selective list of Google Store merchandise, as NVIDIA brings its Shield set-top box to the site. The Tegra X1-powered Shield box first launched back in early ...

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    We all know that Apple owns an insane amount of patents, and in most of these cases, these patents cover things that would be insane to patent because of their simplicity. That said, these patents have helped Cupertino win trials against Samsung in the US, and against the Google-owned Motorola in Europe. This second patent case was subject to an Appeal by Motorola tough, and it seems Apple has just lost it. The patent EP1964022 that was granted to Apple back in 2010 focused on the "swipe to unlock" gesture that is now common on all smartphones, and that gave Cupertino teeth to sue and ...

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    Fishy as can be, recent rumors concerning the two upcoming new Google Nexus smartphones at the very least give credence to the existence of an LG-made N5 (2015) and upgraded N6 designed by Huawei. Larger and, in all probability, more technically advanced, the Huawei Nexus has spent more time in the spotlight during the last few weeks. But its smaller brother will no doubt try to recover some of that lost ground, starting with a pretty thorough specification exposé today. As always, you’re advised to keep the proverbial salt shaker nearby, especially since the “leak’s” source is a ...

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    Verizon's always been one of the more insular carriers in the US, and between its CDMA roots, its penchant for exclusive devices, and being just so damn large that it doesn't have to go out of its way to lure new customers, it's been one network that just didn't particularly play well with others. Slowly, though, the tide's been turning, both as the network embraces LTE connectivity and starts revising its service offerings to more closely mirror its competition. Verizon's latest move to give users more freedom seeks to correct some of those shortcomings, as we get word that the carrier is ...

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    Google has been working hard on making users love and rely on its Maps navigation services. Surely it isn’t the only service in the world, but I’m sure that many will agree that Google’s offering is one of the most complete services out there. Mountain View continues to improve these services, and today we learn of new plans. Today we hear of a new patent that Google has filed which will allow the company to use your car’s GPS Navigation system, among other sensors to detect damaged portions of the road through the vibrations that your vehicle is exposed to. This information will ...

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    One of the biggest questions left on the table at this year's Google I/O was the future of Android Wear. We expected Google to at least make some updates to the platform given its lukewarm reception, but instead the folks at Mountain View decided to remain quiet. At a time when the Apple Watch is controlling 76% of the Market, and Samsung another 7.6% with its Tizen offerings, it's about time that Google does something about it. Today we hear that Google and its partners are preparing something big for IFA when it comes to Android Wear. We hear that ASUS, Huawei, LG and Motorola are all ...

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    The questionable purported leaks concerning future members of the Nexus family keep on coming, with the latest story centered on the stock Android-running tablet that tipsters said wasn’t in the pipeline for this year. A screenshot of a supposed Geekbench 3 test clearly lists the Nexus 8 name under both “Model” and “Model ID.” Almost too clearly, which makes the rumor that much harder to rely on. Besides, the public benchmark database contains absolutely no mention of an unannounced Google Nexus 8. Assuming the image is legit, the N8 would pack a mysterious octa-core processor ...

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    After months and months of remaining low key, Google ATAP's Project Ara modular smartphone effort popped back on our radar a little earlier this month, as we got word that plans for the initial public trial in Puerto Rico weren't going to happen as planned. While that was bad news, the team behind Ara quickly gave us new cause to be hopeful, talking about some interesting hardware changes it would make going forward, as well as announcing its intention to finally get those trials started next year (and maybe even in the continental US, to boot). We'll likely be getting a lot more Ara news ...

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    For those of you wondering just how successful Google Wallet has been, well, the fact that there's another service called Android Pay should say enough. Google announced Android Pay at its Google I/O conference as a new alternative to fix the old and compete with Apple. At this point the only thing missing is a launch date, and we seem to get a light on the subject. Employees at McDonalds claim to have already received a memo claiming that Android Pay will launch on August 26, just a few days away. Sadly the leaked memo goes as far as to claim that Samsung Pay should already be official, ...

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    If Google indeed plans to keep its next two Nexus smartphones on the sidelines until October, there may not be much left to announce by then. Already, we (think we) know a great deal about the stock Android Marshmallow-powered LG and Huawei phones, with the former manhandled and rendered last week, and the latter following suit now. This isn’t the first time we’re getting convincing hints as to the external appearance of the alleged Nexus 6 sequel, but the photos floating around the interwebs today show something we haven’t seen before: an actual N6 2015 prototype, in all ...

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    The rumor mill has been clamoring with stories regarding a couple of new entries in the Nexus franchise this fall, and most tipsters seem convinced LG and Huawei will join forces with Google before long. The former manufacturer may return to finally upgrade the two-year-old Nexus 5, and we’ve just got the scoop on another big improvement. Besides adding a fingerprint scanner to the mix, no doubt upping the processing power and RAM ante, and likely revising the rear-facing camera, the second-gen Nexus 5 should also noticeably augment selfie performance. The mediocre 1.3 MP front sensor of ...

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    Even though one of the major issues with Android phones is bloatware, we have seen this problem wither down over the years. Not all manufacturers or carriers have proven to be the best at this, but we have seen some progress on the topic by some. Google is the most interested in making Android as appealing as possible, and today we see it working towards that regards. As of today Google has decided to remove some of its mandatory applications from the Google Play services requirements. As you know, even though Android is free, for OEMs to be allowed to install the Google Play Store and its ...

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    The modular Project Ara effort intends to do smartphones a whole lot differently than anyone else out there, allowing users to configure bespoke hardware constructed from the individual components of their choice: from camera, to battery, to even the phone's display, users would enjoy an unprecedented level of selection in giving a handset the features they wanted. All these individual Ara components were to be held in place via an interesting magnet-based system, holding them firmly secure. But would that really be enough to stand up to the bumps and shakes of real-world usage? Yesterday ...

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    The past couple weeks have proven to be surprisingly busy ones for wearable tech, and that's especially true over in the Android Wear camp. The biggest news there may be about the growing body of evidence surrounding Motorola's plans for a new Moto 360, but we've also heard about new hardware from other manufacturers, including the first Android Wear model from Fossil, and a possible high-res option from LG. While we're still waiting for all those devices to land, Google's already looking to distribute its next system-level update for Android Wear, today announcing a new release that ...

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    Rather than leaving us guessing right up until the last minute, earlier this week we saw Google take the mystery out of its Android M name, confirming the release as Android 6.0 Marshmallow. At the same time, it made with the release of a new SDK, as well as the third (and final) preview ROMs for Nexus-series hardware. Of course, sometimes even “final” releases end up needing a tweak or two, and now Google's got some updated factory images for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player. While the software that Google made available back on Monday took the form of build MPA44G, the ...

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    Enter The Double Nexus Giveaway II at the Pocketnow Deals Store for your chance to win a smartphone and tablet prize package with a combined retail value of $978. One lucky entrant of The Double Nexus Giveaway II will be awarded with a new Google Nexus 9 tablet as well as the popular Nexus 6 smartphone. It’s the ultimate productivity and communications prize package, equipped with the latest version of the Android mobile operating system that can run all the best apps. For your opportunity to win, go to The Double Nexus Giveaway II contest page at the Pocketnow Deals Store. Then, log in ...

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    Last week we got a long overdue update on Google ATAP's progress with Project Ara, first learning about changes to the planned commercial pilot program. This week new details started arriving, like how we'd be waiting until at least next year to see that program get underway, and how Ara was considering new test markets across the US. We started to get a better picture for what was happening, but still didn't know much about the “why” of it; what had caused Google's plans to change to the extent that they have? Yesterday the group behind the effort mentioned some module regrouping ...

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    When it comes to the 2015 Nexus, nothing's certain. The internet claims there might be a 2015 Nexus phone made by LG, and there might be one made by Huawei as well, though this latter bit is getting thinner and thinner by the second. An initial, unofficial render, tried to depict the upcoming 2015 Nexus made by LG, and, later, a hands-0n image sort of confirmed the looks of it. ...and then this Huawei 2015 Nexus render came along, and turned everything upside down. Maybe there will indeed be two Nexus 5 phones this year, and the rumor mill claims the one with the smaller screen will be ...

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    It's only been a few weeks now since Motorola introduced the latest generation of its Moto G family, offering shoppers an affordable, minimally skinned Android experience. Despite the conservative hardware, we came away from our review feeling quite fond of the new Moto G, and no doubt a few of you have picked the phone up for yourself. Unfortunately, despite everything the phone has going for it, it's not without a few hiccups, and this week we're finally seeing acknowledgement of one that's been plaguing the handset since its debut, as Google admits the new Moto G just isn't working with ...

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    Google was pretty stoked about its plans for the Internet of Things at its Google I/O conference a few weeks ago. The company's acquisition of Nest is proof that it is very interested in selling digital home products, and I/O served to show off Weave and Project Brillo, the company's protocol to get products to talk to each other. Today we see where all of this is headed with a new product. Google has just announced OnHub, a $200 Wi-Fi router that claims to be simple to use above everything. Setting up routers can be a pain, and sharing passwords can be another exercise in frustration, let ...

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