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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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    Last week saw Google take the chopping block to its selection of Play edition devices for sale, pulling the HTC One, Sony Z Ultra, and the LG G Pad 8.3 from its listings. While that may be a sign that new, more modern GPe hardware is on its way, it was still a little shocking to see some of those models retired after just over half a year. If you're wishing you jumped at the chance to buy one when they were available, we've got just the deal for you, as retailer Expansys puts these former (and one still current) GPe models on sale, offering some decent savings in the process. Expansys has ...

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    How many times have you looked at an app and thought, “I could have come up with that?” Or how often have you found yourself frustrated with an inability to track down an app you really need, but no one seems to have released anything along those lines yet? Still, going from a curiosity in app development to actually producing anything sounds like a daunting proposition, and one with a steep learning curve. Is there any way to ease yourself into the world of mobile software? We've already seen efforts like the Windows Phone app studio aimed at lowering the bar for what it takes to get ...

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    Even though the race between Google and Microsoft over which company has the most popular search engine was defined years ago, each company is free to do what it wants with its mobile operating systems. Windows Phones have never allowed you to switch Bing as the default action when you press the physical search button, but Windows Phones manufactured by Nokia and other OEMs did allow you to switch your search results on Internet Explorer. Sadly that seems to be an option that's about to change, at least for some Lumia handsets. It seems that some of the newer Lumia smartphones like the ...

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    Most of the time, when Google releases new software for a Nexus device, it's in the form of a full Android release: going from 4.4.3 to 4.4.4, or somesuch. But that's not always the case. Back in February, for instance, right around the time Google was bringing the 2013 Nexus 7 to Verizon, it released an incremental Android 4.4.2 Release 2 (R2) update which (among other things) delivered targeted fixes for operation on Verizon's network. This week we see a similar story unfolding, as we get word of the distribution of Android 4.4.4 R2 for the Nexus 5 in certain areas. This update is only ...

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    Smartphones are wildly powerful devices. They have processing power and memory that rivals PCs of just a few years past, and while their screens may be tiny, they often have the resolution to measure up pixel-for-pixel with full-sized monitors. Yet despite all theses resources, phones often end up coming in seriously behind PCs in one key area: web browsing. There are plenty of reasons for why this continues to be, and one big one is incompatibility with Adobe Flash. Putting all arguments about technical limitations versus intentional handicapping aside, the fact of the matter is that a ...

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    Google's Project Ara is such a drastic departure from the hardware designs that make up mainstream smartphones that it's pretty impressive to see just how swiftly progress is moving forward on the effort. From the earliest announcement back in the fall of last year, we've moved on to developer conferences and the release of the Ara Module Developers Kit. Now it's nearly time for Ara's next phase to begin, as Google prepares to distribute the dev boards that will let hardware makers continue with work towards creating the modules that will go into Ara devices. A few weeks back Google ...

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    Google I/O brought us a new look for Android: Material Design. The new direction Google described for its platform took the current trend towards simple layouts punctuated with bold color to its logical conclusion, delivering a look that isn't just clean and highly approachable, but also makes it easier for devs to scale content between device sizes and form factors. At I/O, Google shared some of the ways Material Design would be changing the look of Android, and now a leak offers us a more in-depth glimpse into one in particular, previewing the changes coming to the Play Store. Right ...

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    One of the things Google has been really good about is bringing apps over to iOS. Every major app, including Maps, Hangouts, and the Search app (with Now) has made its way over to iOS -- and now, the latest new Google iOS apps are AdWords Express and YouTube Creator Studio. Both apps aren't exactly targeted at the average user, especially the former, AdWords Express. AdWords users can check clicks on an ad campaign along with additional details to gauge effectiveness on the fly. The app also supports serving notifications, so those of you who constantly need to stay on top of your ads can ...

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    As much as we've praised Google for Android L's design and fluidity, there are certain parts of the developer build that aren't perfect, and we're not talking about bugs. Android L continues to be "open source," but Google is adding tighter controls to the visual appeal of the user interface. One of these aspects is the fact that you still can't customize the buttons of the "quick settings" menu, though hopefully that might change before the final launch. A user recently posted a request on Android's issue tracker for Google to consider your ability to modify the buttons that appear on ...

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    Cloud storage has already made securing the data on your smartphone or tablet hugely more convenient than manual device backups; instead of tethering your phone to a computer and copying its contents every so often, your files can just safely live out in the aether. That works fine for individual documents, but what about something a little more comprehensive? A full backup of your device's data, stored remotely, ready for you to restore its contents (all at once or piecemeal) or even transfer them to a new device at your command? Google may be working on enhancing its current backup ...

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    Google's Chromecast continues to surprise us with the amount of things you can do for the $35 you invest in one. In addition to being able to transfer your consumed content from your Android and iOS devices to your TV, Google continues to evolve the concept with each software update it receives. Just weeks after Google announced that you will be able to mirror your display to your existing Chromecast back at Google I/O, the functionality has been pushed to devices today. This new feature is being dubbed "Cast Screen," and can be found in the navigation drawer of the Chromecast application. ...

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    If smartwatches really want to catch the public's eye, they need to prove to us that they're genuinely useful pieces of hardware worth adding to our lives: giving us something we didn't have before. For some smartphone users, the convenience of wrist-borne notifications may very well be enough, while others of us are waiting to see what additional capabilities arrive. With Android Wear smartwatches now live, developers are already delivering updates for apps that bring new Wear components. Google's getting in on that action itself, and today releases a new Camera app that lets Wear devices ...

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    Only days after the unboxing of Android Wear devices across the United States, it seems Google is hard at work in making these products as reliable as possible. The company pushed a software update to these devices a few days ago, and if you thought those minor bug fixes were all these devices needed, that's far from accurate. The company has just pushed yet another software update today dubbed KMV78X, and given the lack of details of what this update includes, speculation has begun. One of the biggest disappointments is that this software update apparently doesn't fix the paid apps bug ...

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    What's next for Google's tablet aspirations? We're nearly a year removed from the launch of the second-gen Nexus 7, and it's still uncertain where Google intends to go from here. Rumors have long talked about the possibilities of a Nexus 8 or Nexus 9, and while a fair amount of circumstantial evidence has accompanied those theories, it's been notoriously difficult to talk with much certainty about the next Nexus tablet. That's what makes this latest find all the more interesting, as it seems to state with crystal clarity that a Nexus 8 in in the cards – but should we be a bit critical of ...

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    The feeling of change coming to Google's lineup of Play edition devices has been almost palpable these past couple months. There was that brief hint of a GPe Galaxy S5 back in April, and then last month we noticed half of the six devices making up the series going out of stock, no longer up for purchase. Were new models just about to arrive? Was Google ready to kill-off Play editions entirely in favor of Android Silver or some other new effort? We're still not sure just where this is all headed, but this evening we've witnessed a pretty big shift occurring, as those three out-of-stock ...

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