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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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    We're going to tackle ALL of your questions about the Moto Z, the Moto Z Force, and Moto Mods! Plus, we'll chat about mobile use in the military, Google's potential VR strategy, and what responsibility do companies have to provide access to encrypted devices? Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 210 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the live video broadcast at 2:00pm Eastern on July 21st (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version later this week. And don't forget to shoot your listener mail to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com for a shot at ...

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    Before you go there, let us clarify we’re not referring to the actual Google/HTC-co-manufactured device as a disappointment. It’s too early for anything remotely resembling such assessments, and we have too little factual information to go on. We mean that this being the “first real image”, allegedly, we were expecting to see more than just the About Screen. Maybe a little bit of the device itself? Here’s hoping for the next round of leaks. To be honest, we probably wouldn’t have tackled the latest Marlin “leak” to begin with if the publication that just allegedly ...

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    Just how big of a deal Android 7.0 Nougat really is? At first glance, and strictly speaking from the standpoint of visible UI changes, add-ons and palpable new features, this OS update feels incremental rather than a major makeover. But the build number suggests otherwise, and as great as Marshmallow might be widely considered, there are still things that need optimization and enhancement work, both at the platform’s surface and under the hood. Beta versions and pre-release previews can always be relied upon to gradually uncover stuff to get excited about, as is the case for new “App ...

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    Missed the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pay just $404 on Amazon Prime Day for a brand-new 64GB Nexus 6P? Believe it or not, Best Buy can now hook you up with a deal that’s even sweeter… in a way. Granted, this is the 32GB variant of the Google and Huawei-co-manufactured 5.7-incher you’re looking at, and since there’s no external microSD storage expansion option, you’ll need to keep your digital hoarding in check. Also, the all-time low price of $319 is only good on the aluminium flavor, with the graphite setting you back an extra 55 bucks, and the matte gold a grand total of ...

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    More Googlers have come to the press under a shroud of secrecy to let the public know that the company does have a strategy in VR besides the Android-based Daydream platform. This follows Re/code's reporting from its sources that one such project at Alphabet's X research labs had been canceled in favor of Daydream development. From Engadget's sources at Google, it seems that upper management has been placing employees onto the project, telling them that Daydream isn't really the company's far vision for VR and AR. The headset will be self-run and focused on providing augmented reality ...

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    Even though we already know that the final name for Android N is actually Android 7.0 Nougat, the developer preview is still considered just Android N. We've seen Google boldly take Android to where it hasn't come before with this update, providing useful features like multi-window support as a stock feature, among other improvements. If you're currently rocking the developer preview of the mobile operating system, you might want to hit that update button. Google has just launched the Developer Preview number 5 for Android N. The change log doesn't really specify what changes, but we do ...

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    Rumors have been blowing up the perception of Google's ambitions to manufacture its own products. Sure, it's made its own Chromecasts, it's going to make its own Google Home smart assistant, but what about that Pixel C tablet? How about a phone? Two Android Wear Watches? It seemed like the giant was about to encroach upon the tiny partner manufacturers it relied on to deliver a standard Google software experience. The company announced at its I/O conference in May a virtual reality platform called Daydream, a more advanced version of Cardboard. It also said that it would be making its own ...

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    Long distance communication fees are the last thing on your mind when it comes to checking up on loved ones following the disturbingly frequent terror attacks of late leaving countries as diverse as Turkey, Iraq, Syria and France paralyzed with fear. But for their part, US wireless service providers can do little else to help in such heartbreaking circumstances than ensure you won’t pay through the nose if you know someone in an afflicted area, and have to contact them ASAP. Once again, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint temporarily bury the hatchet, pausing the marketing BS and ...

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    If you've been following our Nexus 5X sales coverage, you're probably wondering why we've even bothered to keep on talking about a phone that will see its successor overshadow it in a couple of months. Simply put, it's been interesting to see the step-by-step depreciation of a phone happen at the pace it has. Even as the Google Store still lists the 32GB version of the 5X at $399 and even as you can get one for $249 with a Project Fi subscription, the natural slinking down of the device's price tag has taken us to $234.99. That's where a Newegg flash sale has it through Sunday, July 17. ...

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    The trial balloon has popped and more Chromebooks are joining in on the Android action. Weeks after the ASUS Chromebook Flip got developer access to the Google Play Store, both the Chromebook Pixel 2 and the Acer Chromebook R11 have come onto major updates in the developer channel of Chrome 53. All you have to do is get to the About Chrome OS box in your settings, switch to the "Developer - unstable" channel and then pick up any updates as they come in. Once that's done, you can now enable "Android apps" in your settings. Via: Droid Life

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    Pokémon Go is already huge and it's getting huger! LG is whittling back expectations for the G5, but can a V20 pull the company out of its doldrums. Plus this week our viewers take the wheel. Ask us anything (tech related), and we're going to answer it! Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 209 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on July 14th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version right here. And don't forget to shoot your listener mail to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com for a shot at getting your ...

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    Google isn’t messing around when it comes to digital wallet penetration, rolling Android Pay out in fewer countries than both Samsung and Apple Pay, but proving it doesn’t know the meaning of the words “limited launch.” In the land down under, the two competing mobile payment solutions may have arrived earlier than the one that works on the most smartphone models out and about, only Android Pay has a good few dozen banking partners off the bat. Specifically, 28 of them, including American Express, ANZ, Bank Australia, Bank of Sydney, Macquarie Bank, Mystate, and the People’s ...

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    Another piece of Google Voice has bit the dust, thanks to an update in Hangouts. If and when you get version 11 of Hangouts, you'll see that SMS and Hangouts-based conversations have been split. You'll have to talk to John Doe in separate threads for the different technologies. Why the change? Google said that the merged conversation feature "caused user confusion and had low usage." You can still read all of your SMS and send messages via Hangouts if you're still on Voice. Google's still pushing users to its new Messenger app for SMS conversations. Source: Google Via: Digital Trends

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    The largest wireless service provider up north assumes Captain Obvious duties today, listing the HTC/Google Nexus 9 among its devices slated for important software updates in the near future. This would of course be considered a huge deal by hardcore Android purists… if only Rogers Canada dared to zero in on a precise 7.0 Nougat deadline. Instead, we’re merely offered a decidedly vague and meaningless “coming soon” timeframe under “expected availability”, which was logical to anticipate ever since spring. It’s become a tradition for Big G to roll out new OS iterations to ...

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    Google's moving beyond the music sphere and, perhaps, outdoing Apple in letting you share all sorts of media with your family and friends. The Google Play Family Library plan will let up to six people use a single Google Play Store account and have access to apps, books, music and videos bought on the account. Account holders will need to keep a credit card on the Family Library account for purchases. The account holder can hide certain entities from others. Every purchase made on the account will come with an emailed receipt. You can sign up for the plan sometime this month. Rumors ...

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    Time for another check on how Android is being kept up these days and for Marshmallow, it's a better month of gains. Its share of the version distribution pie has jumped up by three percentage points, the most it has increased in its lifespan. The following numbers were collected from Google Play Store logins in the seven days up through July 11. [table] Version,Codename,API,July (%),Change from June (%) 2.2,Froyo,8,0.1,0 2.3.3-2.3.7,Gingerbread,10,1.9,-0.1 4.0.3-4.0.4,Ice Cream Sandwich,15,1.7,-0.2 4.1.x,Jelly Bean,16,6.4,-0.4 4.2.x,Jelly Bean,17,8.8,-0.6 4.3,Jelly Bean,18,2.6,-0.1 ...

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    Pokémon GO players on iOS have been worried about what they've had to give up too much information about themselves through their Google accounts. Some have noticed that the permission prompt seen at login has been asking for full access to one's Google account. But the game's maker, Niantic Labs, has put out a statement to the contrary. It reads in part: [...] Pokémon GO only accesses basic Google profile information (specifically, your User ID and email address) and no other Google account information is or has been accessed or collected. Once we became aware of this error, we began ...

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    Project Fi is at it again. And we're not just talking about the Nexus 5X like we usually do. That phone, as offered Google's MVNO service, has been discounted once again by $150 to $199 for the base model. But Project Fi is also taking $150 off the Nexus 6P, now starting at $349 with activation. The sale goes on for about a week starting at 1pm Eastern today. But the biggest deal in this story doesn't just hit home, it hits worldwide, too. Project Fi now has the Three network as its partner, bringing data at rates 10 to 20 times faster than before to 12 more countries at the same global ...

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    If you haven’t signed up for an Amazon Prime subscription yet, today’s the day to earn instant exclusive access to Netflix-rivaling video streaming, all the ad-free music you can listen to, unlimited photo storage, Kindle ebooks, and most importantly, an assortment of impressive tech deals no one else is allowed to get in on. That’s right, Prime Day is finally here, and if you thought early $50 discounts on the Moto G4 and G4 Plus were sweet, wait until you hear about the 24-hour-limited Huawei Honor 5X and Nexus 6P markdowns. The Honor 5X, already one of the world’s most appealing ...

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    Even though Google hasn't found the amount of consumer adoption that rivals have seen with their smartwatch offerings, it doesn't mean that there isn't a tremendous future in Android Wear. This is not only the most diverse platform, but also the one that has evolved the quickest when compared to others. We've seen a few recent rumors that claim that Google is even willing to build its own smartwatches to compete, and today we learn about them. Today we find some very interesting renders of Google's possible Android Wear smartwatches, codenamed Angelfish and Swordfish. The renders are ...

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    Want to know what's hot? The sun. Fire. Takes. Hot takes. What else seems to be hot for the Chinese developers behind benchmarking app AnTuTu are smartphones and plenty of them. So, the team over there has decided to compile a list of the ten most popular smartphones benchmarked on its app in the first half of the year. Here's the big view for some major geographies: [table] Popularity,Global,China,Korea,US 1,Samsung Galaxy Note 5,Redmi Note 3,Galaxy Note 5,Galaxy Note 5 2,Galaxy S6,Galaxy S7,LG G3 Pro,Galaxy Note 4 3,Galaxy S6 edge,LeEco 2,Galaxy S6,Nexus 6P 4,Galaxy S7,Xiaomi 4C,LG ...

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    In the midst of its possible sale/not-sale to Apple, hi-fi music streaming service Tidal is chugging on with its own app development. In its latest update, it has made official support for Chromecast, meaning that you can plug your Chromecast Audio or compatible Google Cast device. Finally, you can put your house party onto them FLACs and WAVs! The update is available for Tidal's iOS and Android apps. Download: Play Store, App Store Via: The Verge

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    We've been teasing our new series for the last couple weeks, and now it's time for a showdown! Welcome to the Pocketnow Challenge, where we test real world smartphone usage by pitting two Pocketnow editors against each other. Our first major challenge is a photography battle between long time editor and professional photographer Adam Lein, facing off against the newest video producer on the site Juan Carlos Bagnell. To celebrate the Fourth of July, these two photogs are battling to see who can deliver the best photo of celebratory fireworks. It's a classic showdown. Senior editor, ...

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    Is Google working on a Nexus smartwatch? Brexit is already causing tech prices to climb in the UK! Can Apple maintain high profit margins in an increasingly competitive industry? These stories, plus we'll be tackling your questions and comments, and get ready to vote for your favorite Pocketnow photog! Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 208 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on July 7th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version right here. And don't forget to shoot your listener mail to podcast [AT] ...

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    If you're not ready for this year's Nexus smartphones from HTC, then thank goodness we'll all be prepared for some Android Wear watches from Google this year. Yep, like its Pixel C tablet and a rumored first-party smartphone, it may also be going for not one, but two smartwatches. David Ruddock of Android Police has yet again received information from sources detailing a more conservative and reserved smartwatch, the other packing in LTE, GPS and a heart rate monitor. "Swordfish" is the smaller of the two. Ruddock describes the appearance of the watch as similar to the Pebble Time Round, ...

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