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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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    There's little denying that large smartphones are more popular today than ever before, and even the iPhone, once the poster-boy of compact smartphones, has relented and made itself available in a phablet size option. Last year, Google's Nexus phone similarly saw itself hit a growth spurt, growing from five to nearly six inches. Would we ever see the return of a smaller Nexus handset, or are phablet sizes here to stay? Last week a rumor suggested that this year's Nexus, while shrinking down a smidge, could arrive as a 5.7-incher. But there may just be hope for another five-inch Nexus yet, ...

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    With the Nexus 6, Google made the controversial decision to step away from the affordable phone-sized models of the previous couple years and instead go with the six-inch flagship-priced phablet we got. Will this year's Nexus model be a return to old habits, or will we see another handset that's very much cast in the mold of the Nexus 6? A new rumor suggests that Google's staying the course with phablets, and we're looking at another jumbo-sized Nexus. We've previously talked about the idea of Google turning to a Chinese OEM to build the new Nexus, and this report reiterates the claim that ...

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    As it stand right now, app permission control in Android is frustratingly monolithic. When installing some new software, users are presented with a breakdown of permissions the app's requesting, and all they can do is agree to allow all of them, or none at all. Back when Android 4.3 first landed, we were teased with the promise of far more granular control over permissions, able to selectively enable and disable access as we pleased (above). Unfortunately, that hidden tool didn't last for long, and Google was quick to force users back into its all-or-nothing routine. Now there's once again ...

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    Android 5.1 went official just about two months ago now. Within days of the announcement, not only were 5.1 factory images available for many Nexus devices, but OTA updates had been tracked down for convenient sideloading. It was all pretty great – unless you had a Nexus 9. Despite being among the newest of Google's Nexus models, it saw its predecessors pass right by it in line for 5.1 updates. In the weeks since, Google's teased us with a new 5.0.2 update for the Nexus 9, but still no Android 5.1. Today that finally looks like it's about to change, as Google announces the start of Nexus ...

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    So far today, the newly revealed Google I/O 2015 schedule has offered us several tantalizing previews of what to expect from the upcoming dev conference, including a possible new ATAP wearable and maybe even the big Android M announcement. As attendees and enthusiasts pore further through the session listings, we're learning about a few other noteworthy features and services that will be on the menu, including some new hands-free and proximity-based abilities. One session promises to introduce devs to Voice Access, which will grant users the ability to enjoy “access to their Android ...

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    Even though Apple has verbally been reluctant to compete with companies it can partner with for specific services, the story of Apple and Google is a different one. Apple didn't want to compete with Google Maps, up until it launched and failed with Apple Maps. The same can be said about Apple and search engines, but today things change drastically. Apple has just announced Applebot, its new crawler to help provide search results for Siri and Spotlight. In the past Apple would rely on either Google or Bing to provide Siri with search results, but it seems this will no longer be the case. We ...

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    Last summer at the Google I/O developer conference, Google turned the spotlight on its latest major Android revision. And while it would still be several months before the Android Lollipop name was official, the company gave us an early preview of what to expect as it formally announced Android L and started making available some Nexus factory images for testing. This year's Google I/O will be here in just a few weeks, and as we mentioned a littler earlier today, Google just made the full schedule available. In doing so, it may have just let the cat out of the bag about its plans to reveal ...

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    We're just about three weeks away from the start of this year's Google I/O conference, and today Google finally went public with the full event schedule. While there's going to be a lot of exciting stuff to see, and news to be announced, one entry on the calendar that's catching some early attention is a Google ATAP (the Advanced Technology and Projects group) session on Friday, May 29. Among talk of Project Ara and 3D films, Google mentions that it also plans to show off some mysterious new wearables. The session description promises “wearables that we hope will blow your socks off,” ...

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    Two weeks back Google launched Project Fi, its MVNO offering that delivers cellular service with the help of Sprint and T-Mobile's networks. With flexible pricing and the promise to make it easier than ever for people to keep in touch with you as you move across devices, it all sounded pretty compelling, and users were quick to register their interest. Today Google's responding to some of those registrations by sending out the first wave of Project Fi invites, and as users go about signing up for the service, we're learning a little bit more about how it all works – and specifically, ...

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    As a large chunk of Nexus 9 owners know at this point, the waiting has been long and hard for an official over-the-air update to the latest version of Android, 5.1 Lollipop. For a Nexus device, it's natural to be yearning for updates as soon as possible, but that simply doesn't look to be happening with this device. In a move that is sure to leave some owners groaning, Google has today started rolling out a Nexus 9 Android 5.0.2 update. The update is only a small bump up from the 5.0.1 build – it's build number LRX22L, too, if you were wondering. It's likely a combination of various ...

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    You ever have a friend tell you about a great deal they found online, but when you go to check the listing for yourself, you see a different price? Retailers have been experimenting with dynamic pricing for years, where instead of offering the same products at the same prices for everyone, they'll vary things based on your location, purchase history, or other metrics – even your choice of OS or browser. We're not talking different prices for shoppers in different countries, either – someone just down the road from you could see a different Amazon price for a Blu-ray disc than you do. ...

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    If the last time we looked at the state of Android (and its operating system versions), Lollipop was just popping up on the radar (1.6 percent), things are starting to look better and batter for the latest iteration of the platform. Android 5.0 Lollipop distribution is going faster and faster, most likely due to the arrival of the latest flagships to the market (as well as OEMs updating some of their phones to the latest versions of the Google mobile OS). Almost double digits: 9.7% percent combined, or 9 percent and 0.7 percent for Lollipop version 5.0 and 5.1, respectively. KitKat is ...

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    Despite having 3GB of RAM, which should be enough, some Samsung Galaxy S6 memory issues have popped up over the past week. Based on reports from users, Samsung's latest flagship (and its Edge variant) are apparently affected by some memory problems, initially described by reports as a very aggressive memory management on Samsung's end. Following those user complaints, Samsung has acknowledged a serious Galaxy S6 memory issue, according to Forbes, who refers to Samsung UK Facebook (activity which we could no longer locate). The problem, according to Forbes, is that applications which are ...

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    Overnight we shared with you some of the latest news on Android updates for Nexus series devices, with a bunch of Android 5.1.1 factory images landing for Nexus tablets. That's well and good for the affected models, but some Nexus tablets have been getting a lot more Android update attention than others. While devices like the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 are seeing all this 5.1-attention, the Nexus 9 has been stuck on Android 5.0.1 – and it's the only such currently supported model to be so far behind, with even the Nexus 4 having a 5.1 build. That may finally be ready to change, as Google's ...

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    A couple of days ago we've seen a certain T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S6 being allegedly updated to Android 5.1.1, and, if true, this could be an excellent thing for the manufacturer, carrier, and owners (if true), as not even Nexus devices have received the new version of the OS. That thing chances now, as Google has made the Android 5.1.1 factory images available for the Wi-Fi-only versions of the 2012 and 2013 Nexus 7, as well as the Nexus 10. The build is LMY47V, and, aside from the fact that it should fix a memory leak plaguing Nexus devices (and not only), not much is known about ...

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    Google has been hard at work in extending the services that Google Now and Google Search can handle. Just a few days ago we saw how Google Now cards are being updated to support up to 70 different apps in order to provide users with timely suggestions when Google assumes it useful to you. The project doesn't end there though, and today we find another piece of the puzzle being updated. Google has silently updated its Android Developers Google+ page with the news that the "Ok Google" command will now support third party apps as well. You can say things like "Ok Google, listen to NPR," and ...

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    While Google still hasn't delivered a long-overdue update to its primary messaging service, Hangouts, it is keeping its SMS application, Messenger, very much ahead of the curve. Aside from having a more modern design, the app is receiving prompt updates to add important (and well-implemented) features. The latest Google Messenger app updated adds a quick reply feature, which should make it quick and easy to carry on text message communications without a second thought. The feature works as demonstrated above and below. When you receive a new text message, you receive a notification as per ...

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    Though you may not quite be able to use the new Google wireless MVNO service, at least we're a bit closer to that date now, with the launch of the Project Fi Android app to the Google Play Store. So even though nobody has an invitation right now, if you're eager to get yours and try out Project Fi, now may be a good time to download the app. What's curious is that this application is available for download on all Android phones, not just the Nexus 6. This is surprising, because Fi (at launch) has a limitation to just the Motorola-made stock Android smartphone; no other smartphones can ...

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    There's much debate over the viability of Android Wear, and especially when its 2014 sales were overshadowed by one day of Apple Watch sales. Still, the idea of a premium Android Wear offering might be a good approach, and the partnership between Tag Heuer, Google and Intel made a lot of noise a few weeks ago. At a time when a premium Apple Watch costs more than your average Toyota, competition is very much needed. Sources claim that Tag Heuer's Android Wear smartwatch, powered by an Intel Chip, will launch in October or November, and retail for $1400. The price might seem steep for you, ...

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    Let's lay some groundwork before we jump in. There are more smartphones powered by Android in the world today than there are powered by iOS. Google beat Apple to the game by releasing Android Wear an entire season before the Apple Watch hit the market. Watches powered by Android Wear come in numerous shapes and sizes - including round. Apple Watch hit the shelves, and immediately eclipsed Android Wear - or so the headlines would like you to believe. The Apple Watch has a whole bunch of features that Android Wear doesn't have, and it's got a lot of people declaring victory. Hold 'yer ...

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    If you're anything like us, you juggle a lot of mobile devices – probably quite a few more than your average user. And while walking around armed to the teeth with the latest mobile hardware can be a lot of fun, not everything behaves quite so nicely when you're pushing the boundaries of typical use cases. That's been an issue with smartwatches, especially if you own more than one model. Thankfully, it's also something that's been on Google's radar to address, and today we learn about the new Google Play Services 7.3, delivering among other improvements support for multiple Android Wear ...

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    Back in January we learned about a big expansion in the works for Google Now, as Google invited new app partners to integrate their content with the company's service. We heard more about such efforts last month, as Google talked about plans to release a Now API to further streamline how app content could connect with Now. This week Google's showing off where all this has led, announcing Now integration with dozens and dozens of apps – some seventy, total. The sorts of information these apps provide run the gamut from news, to entertainment, to fitness, and even dining – really, all ...

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    Google Glass was a grand experiment, but the combination of a wary public and sky-high price tag ended up standing in the way of the wearable becoming the next big thing. But while those initial efforts may have petered out, there's been the promise of bigger, better things from round two – and indeed, we started off this year hearing reports that the Glass project had found new management and would be producing a new Glass headset for release sometime later this year. That idea's since been supported by additional statements from Google, talking in particular about finding ways to make ...

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    It's not a secret that a majority of Google's earnings comes from advertising, but there is a small subset of income that comes from the company's other (more device-related ventures), such as the Play Store and Nexus device program. For perspective, that subset is even clumped into its own "other revenues" category on Google's earnings reports; it makes up a small amount of what Google actually makes. Although, it isn't an unsubstantial bit – this Google Nexus revenue decline does indeed concern us despite its tiny placement on the earnings report released by Google for Q1. Google had ...

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    Google's intention to launch its own MVNO and start selling cellular service directly to users has been confirmed for weeks now, leaving us to wonder about the specifics, including when this all might go live. We just heard a rumor claiming that Google was nearly ready to go, and would be formally launching the service todayi. Just as predicted, Google has officially announced Project Fi. Fi intelligently evaluates available network connections to find the best option for your phone at the moment, whether's that LTE, 3G, or a local WiFi network. Transitions between cellular and WiFi should ...

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