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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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    Google has been hard at work in making its tools more useful to the world around them. Google Searches are a common way for anyone to find the information they need from the internet. Obviously in the case of journalists, this information must be trust worthy, and today a new tool has been launched with that focus. Google News Lab is a new tool designed to help journalists get their job done. Instead of having them search for information all around, News Lab will combine information from different Google sources like YouTube, Google Maps, and others, with the idea of helping journalists ...

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    One of the best parts of owning a smartwatch is being able to really make the wearable your own. While a regular watch may not offer much in the way of customizability besides picking out a new band, smartwatches open new doors for expression, not the least of which being your choice of watchface. Hundreds of such options are available for Android Wear devices, and beyond Google occasionally taking the time to highlight some of its favorites, we've also shared some of our own top picks with you. This week, Google's back with some more selections, showcasing seventeen stand-out watchfaces. ...

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    Sure, you may consider yourself a big Android user: you've got an Android smartphone, probably a tablet, and maybe even an Android Wear smartwatch. And that's all well and good for mobile tech, but what about at home? Sure, the low cost of entry has made Chromecast pretty affordable to pick up, but in some ways that's just a half measure – what about Android TV? If your media center isn't quite as Android-ified as it could be, now's looking like a pretty good time to make up for it, as Amazon slashes its asking price for the Nexus Player. We saw Google's set-top box debut last fall, ...

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    Even though Android is famous for offering the best app ecosystem in the world, it's hard to ignore that this isn't Google's core business. This company has always based its businesses on cloud-based solutions like Google Sheets for example, as an online way to compete with Microsoft Excel. We also see this with Google's new Photos app as well, but a new report claims that there is a bigger picture. Even though the report doesn't confirm what the name of this project is, it seems that Google is secretly working on a new plan to make apps something users stream to devices, and not something ...

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    Android skins have been one of the most polarized topics to ever reach the platform since its infancy. There was a time when Android was so ugly that it made sense for companies to provided their added touch in the user interface, but that's far from today's reality. Google's Material Design has proven to be one of its most popular assets so far, and if you're interested in getting more of it, now is the time. Google has decided to make its Clock application an application that everyone can download. This app is as barebones as it gets when it comes to the home screen widget, but ...

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    Last week, we told you about Google's new smartphone chooser, an online tool designed to help you pick the right Android phone for your particular needs. I was immediately taken with the idea, envisioning a web app that leveraged Google's awesome knowledge base to ask you a series of questions that would gradually whittle down the vast pool of available Android devices until Your Perfect Smartphone appeared on the screen. Yeah, my expectations might have been a little extreme ... but then again, this is Google we're talking about. So I pointed my browser to Android – Which ...

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    A little knowledge is a powerful thing, and here in the States, restaurants have been getting a lot more transparent about what they're feeding us in recent years. While you once may have acted only on the intuition that your Double Whopper probably didn't make for the most diet-friendly lunch, these days it's comparatively easy to get some nice hard numbers about calorie count, fat content, and sodium levels. Now Google's helping to make this information even more available, as it teaches its search tools to provide users with nutrition data from lots of popular chains. Pull out your ...

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    Google's intentions for this year's lineup of Nexus devices are anything but clear at the moment, and the company has deviated from past habits so many times in recent years, that's its tough to even form some general expectations of how many models we might be talking about, or what shapes/sizes they might take. At least one rumor has suggested that LG could return as a manufacturer, building one of two possible Nexus handsets. Now some new rumors out of South Korea discuss what the company could be planning for this phone. The big takeaway from this report is that this LG Nexus phone may ...

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    Calling all devs! Fancy yourself an Android expert? Or just a curious amateur who has a knack for tracking down potentially nasty security vulnerabilities? Google wants your help. The company is expanding its Vulnerability Reward Program to cover Android, inviting devs to track down security holes and offering to pay them cold, hard cash for their efforts. Depending on the severity of the bugs devs uncover, as well as the efforts they take to document and fix the issue (if they so choose), Google's reward structure is set up to offer them as much as $8000 for their work. But even a simple ...

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    It was last month when the Android 5.1.1 update began rolling out to Nexus 6 devices across the globe, though those who purchased their units from AT&T were out of luck at the time. Sure, it was a minor update over the build of Android 5.1 the phone was already running on AT&T, but it represented an important bug-fixer nonetheless – for good reason, users wanted to have it. Those people are in luck today, as the Nexus 6 Android 5.1.1 update is finally rolling out to users of the AT&T variant of the device. The OTA comes in at a fairly small (at least in the land of ...

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    Maybe you're headed to that one store on the other side of town that carries the soda you crave, or planning to pop out for a late-night bite at a restaurant down the road – in either case, Google Maps is well equipped to point you in the right direction. But even if the app can get you there, there's little worse than arriving at your destination only to find out that it's closed. Luckily, the latest update to Google Maps for Android is set up to help prevent that from happening, gaining the ability to warn you when you're not likely to reach a business or attraction before it's closed ...

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    Apple's been offering iOS users a free app of the week for the longest time – a normally paid app that's made available for free as a temporary promotional offer, before going back to its regular price. Android app stores haven't been strangers to such promotions, and Amazon attempted to do Apple one better, offering a free app of the day. But all this while Google's been standing back and choosing not to offer any kind of similar promotion in its Play Store. Sure, you'll find all manner of sales on Play Store apps, but the idea of a free app of the week/day, one that's normally paid but ...

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    "What phone should I get?" It's a question we think about constantly, whether answering listener mail on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, or thinking about new phones as we review them, wondering what sort of user they make the most sense for. And with as many options out there as there are, it's one that can feel more difficult to answer each day. That's more true on Android than any other platform, but to help you make sense of it all, Google's stepping up with a new online tool, designed to help you find the most appropriate smartphone for your needs. Start out by telling Google what you ...

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    Last week we learned that Google-owned Nest was planning to share some news with us on June 17, and all signs pointed to some kind of new product. Rumors suggested that we'd see something more akin to a refinement of an existing device than something all-new, with a particular emphasis on slimming things down. While we're not sure if we have the whole picture just yet, at least one new Nest device has just leaked, as details emerge about the wireless Nest Cam. Nest bought Dropcam a while back, and the Nest Cam looks to be the first effort to integrate some of that Dropcam tech under the ...

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    The Hangouts app on Android has been badly in need of an overhaul for a while. Google has been working towards a full Material Design overhaul since last September, since it eschewed the drab gray hue of the previous version of the app for a more Material-esque green. Since then, we've seen little improvement in the app. It doesn't meet Google's own Material standards in its current state – and, for context, it was more than a year ago that the Android L developer preview was first launched. Finally, with this new leaked Hangouts 4.0 build (courtesy of Android Police), we're starting ...

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    Android's voice search features are already pretty powerful, and with word of Google Now on Tap arriving at I/O the other week, it sounds like the voice-driven Android experience is only getting better. But while we're still waiting for Now on Tap to be ready for public release, Google's got another big upgrade it's deploying right now, as it brings location awareness to Google Search. With location services enabled on your phone, Google can now answer questions with contextual awareness of where your are at the moment. That means that if you're in a mall and wonder how much longer you ...

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    It was about two months back that Google went official with its plan to make it easier for Android users to find content in the Play Store that's appropriate for the whole family, including the youngest among us. The Designed for Families program was first revealed as a developer initiative, and Google prompted its dev community for submissions. In the weeks since, it's been evaluating them to ensure adherence to program guidelines, and now it's finally time to taste the fruits of that labor, as the Play Store's new Family section goes live. Google highlights tons of family-friendly apps, ...

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    We've been thinking a lot about the connected home lately, especially with the arrival of the first Apple HomeKit-compatible hardware and word that more HomeKit news could be in store for WWDC next week. Google's got its own interests in smart home tech, as it made abundantly clear last year when it spent $3.2 billion acquiring Nest. Now we're wondering what's next for that company as we get word of announcements due in a couple weeks, with rumors of new hardware on the agenda. Nest already has its smart thermostat, fire/CO2 alarm, and now owns Dropcam. Rumors suggest that rather than ...

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    There have been a good amount of reasons to purchase a Nexus 6 as of late. If you're interested in trying out Google's Project Fi, the Mountain View company's new mobile virtual network operator with an unconventional take on pricing, this is the only phone that will support the service at launch. Or if you want to try out the Android M developer preview, this is one of two phone models on the planet that'll let you load up some Android M goodies to try out yourself. If all that's what you're all about, these Nexus 6 discounts should certainly pique your interests. Following yesterday's ...

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    The Android M developer preview has been made available to a handful of nexus devices, and the latest flavor of Android seems to bring some changes to the User Experience. Let's have a look at some of the features of Android M and how they impact usability: Revamped volume controls Google's approach to volume controls in Android Lollipop was panned widely by the masses. It was an attempt to provide more powerful and granular features to the users, but it sacrificed the quick accessibility of the silence toggles. The Lollipop volume scheme also didn't do a good job of explaining the ...

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    Google Maps has already offered users access to detailed public transit information, letting them plan routes that move from train, to bus, to on foot, and back again. And with multiple options to go over at a glance, it's let you choose the route that's right for you. But as anyone who's planned a multi-legged journey can attest to, plans have a nasty habit of going awry, and all too often we find ourselves having to make last-minute adjustments. Google's rolling out some changes to Maps right now to make it easier to do just that. Beyond showing you the info for the route you choose, ...

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    Google's got a new Cardboard design it just announced at I/O last week, promising easier assembly, improved input, and extended support for larger phones. It all sounds quite promising, and if you never bothered to make the (admittedly tiny) investment in Cardboard before, the coming arrival of viewers based on this new layout might just help win you over. But if even that very low cost of admission is too much for you to bear, we just caught wind of an offer that will hook you up a free Cardboard viewer, just for jumping through one (pretty darn weird) hoop. Adult Swim's got a new ...

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    The Motorola-made Nexus 6 is many things: it's easily the best-equipped Nexus smartphone to date, it's the biggest Nexus handset by a long shot, and it's your only option for checking out cutting-edge services like Google's Project Fi. Yet for all the notes the Nexus 6 hits, it's been hard to ignore the way the phone has rejected the budget-friendly pricing of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, instead arriving with a price tag more befitting a flagship-level phone. If the Nexus 6's $650 starting price left you looking for more affordable options, we've got some good news for you this afternoon, as ...

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    Google announced its Project Fi back in late April, the company's inaugural attempt at offering cellular phone service to the public. With customizable plans, some pretty affordable rates, and smart connection management, it all sounded like an MVNO well worth checking out – so long as you had or were willing to buy the required Nexus 6 handset. In the weeks since we've seen invites begin going out, and now we're also hearing about the arrival of starter kits for users who also bought a new Nexus 6 in the process – ones loaded with a few nice freebies. Project Fi users who order their ...

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    Google has been making some major changes over the last couple of months since Sundar Pichai took over of the company's units last fall. Most of these changes have been focused in unification and simplification, given the vast amount of services that Google offers. Privacy has definitely become a concern for many lately, and given how convoluted this was in Google before, the company has just provided a solution. As of today you'll notice that Google has just launched a new account security hub for all users. In a nutshell this service consolidates all your privacy and security settings in ...

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