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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 16, 2014 5:07 PM

    For the past couple weeks, leaks have been revealing Google's work to spruce up the design behind several of its Android apps. First we saw a new Gmail, then Calendar, and finally a home screen that sported new icon designs. Whether or not any of this is tied to those Project Hera rumors is anyone's guess, but evidence of the overhaul continues today, as we get to check out some leaked screenshots of the Android Google+ app. Those circular icons are back in a big way (just like the circular g+ icon from that home screen leak), and we see the recurring design choice of using bold stripes of ...

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  • by | April 16, 2014 3:19 PM

    In recent years, smartphone camera quality has been becoming more and more important for users, and there's always someone out there raising the bar, or introducing the next big feature everyone wants to copy. Lately, artistic defocusing – the bokeh effect – has been all the rage, and HTC absolutely ran with the idea with the Duo Camera on its One M8. While true bokeh requires careful control over lenses and aperture, smartphones are doing their darnedest to fake it in post processing, and the latest to take a swing at the effect is Google's stock Android camera, making its Play Store ...

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  • by | April 16, 2014 2:46 AM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about how Google is working on making it easier to attach photos on Gmail, through Google+. LG follows the news as some leaked renders of a Japanese phone point to what to expect for the LG G3. We then talk about Apple's CarPlay, and how Pioneer will support it very soon. We then talk about the first leaked photos of the display of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. We end today's show talking about the Amazon smartphone, which was leaked recently with its four cameras. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Google makes it easier to email photos snapped ...

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  • by | April 16, 2014 1:30 AM

    A smartphone kill switch, as described by CTIA's Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment, is "a baseline anti-theft tool" which will come, at no additional cost to the customer, pre-installed, or downloadable, on the first phones produced after July 2015, by the manufacturers adhering to the document. Network operators, manufacturers, and OS builders that adhered so far include Apple, AT&T, Google, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless. This so called kill switch will likely grace your next phone -- if manufactured ...

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  • by | April 15, 2014 8:08 PM

    News about Google's Project Ara, the effort to transform smartphones from these pre-configured all-or-nothing options we have now to something much more modular, akin to a build-it-yourself PC, has been absolutely exploding in recent weeks. Just a few days back we were checking out the release of the Ara Module Developers Kit, and this week brings the arrival of the first Ara dev conference, which kicked off earlier today. There, Google shared some of its vision for what's up next for Ara, including when we can expect this hardware to actually go up for sale. Google's ETA for when users ...

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  • by | April 15, 2014 5:10 PM

    As Android users are only too aware, Google's been pushing Google+ pretty hard. If you've decided to go ahead and embrace the service and all it offers, that means you've probably got Auto Backup enabled, loading all the pics you shoot with your Android phone's camera to the cloud. Already, that's meant opening yourself up to a bunch of cool features, like Auto Awesome and Auto Enhance, but today we learn of one more, with the debut of a new ability for Gmail. This is the web version of Gmail we're talking about here, and not the Android app, but seeing as how you use your phone to load ...

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  • by | April 15, 2014 1:40 PM

    Heartbleed may be dominating the headlines when it comes to security topics lately, and while that one does pose some specific risks for smartphone users, it's far from alone among all the vulnerabilities out there. Today we hear about Google's efforts to address one that's new to us, an oversight in how Android manages permissions that could set the stage for malicious software to orchestrate a phishing attack. The problem stems from a pair of unprotected permissions tied to the Android launcher's configuration settings. Since they're classified at the low-risk “normal” permission ...

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  • by | April 14, 2014 7:57 PM

    Last week, we heard a rumor that Google was about to take Google Glass down from the lofty realms of exclusivity and make the wearable broadly available for one day and one day only, putting it up for sale to anyone in the US still interested in being a tester before the full-on retail launch. Shortly after we shared that rumor with you, Google stepped up to confirm the news, and now we're just hours away from these Glass sales going live. Here's what's happening: starting tomorrow morning at 9am Eastern (6am Pacific), Google is opening up the Glass Explorer Program. In order to ...

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  • by | April 14, 2014 7:20 PM

    Recent leaks have suggested that Google's currently involved with an effort to spruce up the look of Android. Some of the changes we've heard mentioned sound pretty vast in scope, like that so-called Project Hera, while others came off as more run-of-the-mill app updates. While we still don't know the full extent of what Google's working on, a new leak suggests that part of it will involve new icons, with Google working to address the disconnect between how web-based services and Android apps are represented. The leaked screenshot above reveals many such icon changes, with the overall ...

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  • by | April 14, 2014 11:56 AM

    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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  • by | April 14, 2014 11:42 AM

    Google's been working on a new release of Android: no surprise there. We've spotted evidence pointing to development of Android 4.4.3, with versions in testing on both the Nexus 7 and Nexus 5. We've even had a decent sense of what to expect from the update, with rumors suggesting that this was primarily a bugfix update, without a focus on new features. The only big question was when we might see this new Android actually released, as despite all the signs of Google's testing, we really didn't have any proper sense of an ETA. Well, this might as well be platform-update-Monday, as in ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 11:50 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Samsung Galaxy S5 in stores, aside from the Samsung Gear line-up. HTC is next as the company takes a stab at the Galaxy S5 by comparing it to the HTC One M8, at least secretly. Microsoft is next as we get more rumors of a Surface Mini to be launched soon. LG follows as we get more reports of a 2K display coming on the LG G3. We end today's show talking about the launch of Google Glass to the public, at least temporarily. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Galaxy S5 availability draws big crowds (in some places) - HTC leak makes ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 3:30 PM

    When an avalanche of reviews is rumbling its way down your mountain, it's rarely easy to assemble a podcast team – but as we frequently remind you, the Pocketnow Weekly has never missed a week, and we'll be damned if it'll do so now. So despite the forthcoming reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S 5, Gear Fit, Gear 2, Oppo Find 7a, Nokia X, and the just-completed reviews of the ZENS Qi line, BlackBerry 10.2.1, and the Verizon HTC One M8, we're banding together behind microphones in three separate cities on two continents to bring you the news and editorials of a very busy week in mobile. ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 3:29 PM

    Google Glass has been available to participants in Google's Glass Explorer program for over a year by now. Participants willing to be Google's real world Guinea pigs and fork over $1500 for the headset have been able to get an early start on enjoying this next big wave of wearable technology, but the path to getting your hands on Glass hasn't been entirely straightforward. With broad commercial sales not yet open, buying Glass first meant being chosen specifically by Google, though later we saw availability open up a little. While we're still waiting for that day when Glass might be ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 1:30 PM

    Back at the tail end of February we heard about an improvement Google was working on to the way Android helps protect users against malicious software, building off the existing Verify Apps framework that evaluated apps at the time of installation to introduce a system that continually monitored apps to check for ne'er-do-wells, even after the software was already loaded on your phone. Today Google confirms that report and announces the introduction of this newly enhanced scanning service. While this is largely a better-safe-than-sorry measure, and most users who get their apps from ...

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