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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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    While we’re probably mere days away from Apple flaunting new record numbers for early adoption of a major iOS makeover, 7.0 Nougat is yet to break the 0.1 percent barrier in worldwide Android distribution. That’s because Google hasn’t done a great job spreading the N love for even well-qualified Nexus devices, leaving the 6P hanging until late last week, and still barely offering 6.0.1 Marshmallow factory images as far as the original N6 and LTE-enabled N9 are concerned. If it’s any consolation (most likely not), the search giant wants you to know the Motorola-made 2014 phablet and ...

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    Google's always gotta be cookin' up some new features for something they've already released. And every so often, the company realizes that a little public input can help improve those features' usability and even popularity. And so, the Chromecast team is deciding to harness the public preview to its advantage and start up a Preview Program. No, it's not a beta — the features being floated are considered release-grade, but you get to see and test drive them, then tell Google about your experiences and ideas. So, how do you sign up? Enter into the Google Cast app for Android or iOS and ...

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    It's the second week of the month, which means that Google is either a little late publishing its Android platform version distribution numbers or we all haven't been paying attention. But September's pie, taken from seven days of tracking Google Play Store access ending September 5, shows no sign of Nougat. Who'd think that a two-week-old OS version with very little availability would not make it to this chart? [table] Version,Codename,API,Distribution,Change from last month 2.2,Froyo,8,0.1%,N/A 2.3.3-2.3.7,Gingerbread,10,1.5%,-0.2% 4.0.3-4.0.3,Ice Cream Sandwich,15,1.4%,-0.2% ...

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    ‘Tis the season of Amazon hardware launches, which are nowhere near as flashy as iPhone, iPad, high-end Galaxy Note, LG handheld announcements or even Google Nexus/Pixel introductions. Just last week, an “all-new” Fire HD 8 tablet with Alexa support for voice commands essentially broke cover sans any pre-release buildup, and the same could be initially said of a refreshed, lower-cost variant of the Echo Dot smart speaker yesterday. Only minutes after Amazon tweeted the “big” product reveal, the 140-character announcement was deleted, and the e-tailer’s Echo Dot page yet again ...

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    It seems that the oddity that was the Nexus Launcher is no more. Or, as leaker @LlabTooFeR would say "Don't know anything about Nexus Launcher... There is only Pixel launcher..." The original launcher, thought to take better advantage of Google Assistant features and to differentiate the upcoming so-called Pixel (neé Nexus) phones, had its .apk leak last month. Google's new Pixel Launcher. pic.twitter.com/g974gVOKzT — LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) September 12, 2016 In the app information section, the Nexus Launcher's app version prefix code referred to Android Nougat Maintenance Release 1, ...

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    It's been smooth sailing for Project Fi since its launch. That said, the waters that Google's little MVNO effort has cruised through have been in narrow canals with a population of a few Nexus devices and a one-size-fits-one plan — only one line for every account at one flat rate. Well, Android Police has dug into the latest APK for the app (version K.2.7.13) and has found strings referring to an account "owner" that "[c]an adjust everything" and everything used on the account is "[p]aid by" said owner. Data allowances, warnings and shutdowns can be set for each line and edited ...

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    As hard as Google might be trying to keep a lid on classified information spillage concerning the first generation of Nexus-replacing Pixel phones (particularly real-life visual leaks), this is 2016, and there’s only so much you can do to hide premium Androids from prying eyes. Another reputable tipster who knows a guy who knows another guy with a connection in the right place delivers a fresh round of “factory renders” today, as well as a 360-degree video, starring the smaller of two upcoming Pixel handhelds, aka HTC-manufactured “Sailfish.” No use calling it a Nexus anymore, ...

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    Whatever mysterious issue Huawei had to resolve at the eleventh twelfth hour, it’s probably fixed (about darn time), with the Nexus 6P now added to the still unusually short list of Google-backed devices able to officially and widely score Nougat goodies. All you need to do is visit the search giant’s developer webpages, locate your respective factory or OTA Android 7.0 image, then download and install it following a simple set of instructions. Unless you were enrolled in the build N’s beta program, in which case you’re likely all set by now. Both binary image files are labeled ...

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    Uber pads its share of the global ride-hailing pie. Its positioning is very apparent as its service has been the go-to for Google Maps users looking for a way over "there". Sure, Maps added on six regional services back in March, but that UberX has always been tops on the ride service list. Not necessarily anymore. Lyft and Gett are now on the roster in the US. Lyft plays second fiddle to Uber at home while Gett, an Israeli company with services in over 60 cities across the globe including New York — the only location where Google will show Gett listings. Lyft options will be seen ...

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    While it’s definitely no big surprise to see the latest Android flavor kept exclusive to Nexus devices several weeks after its public, out-of-beta debut, as third-party OEMs need extra optimization, i.e. bloatification, time, it’s completely unacceptable that the 6P is still stuck on Marshmallow. Yes, that 6P. The one and only fall 2015-released Google/Huawei-co-branded Nexus 6P. The worldwide over-the-air rollout was supposed to begin on or around August 25, following publication of a manually downloading 7.0 factory image on Big G’s servers. None of that happened yet, and with ...

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    Okay, so Huawei is doing the Nexus again. We've been told that before and have been loathe to believe it given that the rumor pile stuck HTC with the two-phone Pixel job. But Huawei still had a trademark on the "7P," so, even if there was no fire, the smoke's still up. And with Evan Blass passing along the idea of a Google-branded tablet in 2016, we might as well start talking specs, if only to get an idea of what we're dealing with. Huawei Blog out of Germany has compiled some figures from its sources in China and the very blurry, very doubtful picture we have so far seems plain and ...

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    Still salty about Google’s rumored decision to axe the Nexus brand, and unveil Pixel-labeled N6P and 5X successors of sorts nearly one full month after today’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus announcement? With Galaxy Note 7 explosion scandals far from over, the LG V20 unlikely to start shipping very soon, and the Marlin and Sailfish now expected to pull off stellar turnaround times, it looks like there’s nothing to worry, as everything may go Big G’s way at the end of the day. While we previously heard whispers of relatively swift launches, Ausdroid finally goes into detail, at least as far ...

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    We still have no idea what the holdup was all about, but after Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, Chase, aka JPMorgan Chase, starting today allows its customers to also store eligible Visa cards and use them for secure on-the-go transactions with Android Pay. Google, in turn, beefs up its already hefty roster of US banking partners, including hundreds of major and minor financial institutions nationwide, Bank of America, Citi and Wells Fargo previously headlining the list. It’s really a win-win situation, which brings us back to what exactly took them so long. We don’t have an answer, and it ...

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    The Nexus brand is (probably) dead, long live Google Pixel phones, and most likely, tablets too, despite C’s very experimental nature and mainstream commercial misfortune. But the HTC-manufactured Pixel and Pixel XL, codenamed Sailfish and Marlin on the inside, are expected to start off at a major disadvantage compared to their Nexus predecessors. Not only will they be released a little late to strike box-office gold during the always prosperous holiday season, also foregoing the typical buzz and media attention of debuting alongside new Android flavors. Nougat is already out and about ...

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    Android tablets, both low-cost and “premium”, don’t seem to be going anywhere, and it’s been that way for several years now. It’s perhaps no coincidence Google also inexplicably stopped manufacturing 7-inch Nexuses back in 2013, focusing on larger, far less popular form factors. The 2014-released HTC-produced N9 was practically forgotten before 2013’s second-gen Asus Nexus 7, which we still remember fondly of to this day, while the all-Google-developed-and-marketed Pixel C from last year could never properly take off. The signs pointed to an inevitable end of vanilla ...

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    We have walked 500 miles and we would walk 500 more to be the men that walked a thousand miles to podcast off the floor of apartment rental. That's all out of necessity for us to not only cover days and days of devices launched before and at the International Funkausstellung Berlin 2016, but in order for us to podcast. And this late audio file is the result of our fruits. Juan Carlos Bagnell and Jaime Rivera team up to talk about the pop and burn of the Galaxy Note 7, Google dropping Project Ara, the Star VR from Acer, Huawei's Nova before it, Sony's now-usual disappointments and a whole ...

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    One HTC-made "Nexus" device, codenamed "Marlin" and perhaps to be brought to market as the "Pixel XL," may use an entirely new mobile camera sensor from Sony. @LlabTooFeR, the source of several previous leaks on HTC, has tweeted out some supposed camera information for the Pixel XL. HTC Nexus (M1) = Marlin = Pixel XL will be featured with Sony IMX378 (12mp) main camera and IMX179 (8mp) front camera. — LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) September 2, 2016 Sony has not put out any information about the IMX378, but we do know that the IMX179 is a 1/3.2-inch sensor with an effective resolution of 8 ...

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    While Google has never adhered to the excessively leaky code of conduct of most other top-tier mobile software and hardware designers, the search giant probably outdid itself with the secrecy and confusion surrounding this year’s Android iteration name, proprietary VR release(s), and Nexus upgrades. Wait, what Nexus upgrades? It’s time to bury the purist-beloved brand, it seems, and embrace the Pixel label, which Google may want to more closely tie to its own name rather than those of third-party OEMs. The Pixel and Pixel XL phones, formerly known as Sailfish and Marlin, are still ...

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    The Nexus brand seems to be in a moribund state as of right now. There's been word that we won't get to know the devices of HTC's craft running Google's vision of Android as "Nexuses." Now comes word from one reliable source to Android Police and another separate source that the device codenamed "Sailfish," with a 5-inch screen, will be marketed as the "Pixel". The 5.5-inch "Marlin" device will be the Pixel XL. Google has slapped the "Pixel" brand on premium, larger devices of its own design or even own build, such as Chromebooks and an Android tablet. A particularly iffy development in ...

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    The four-year-old modular smartphone project that began with Motorola's skunkworks has ended under Google's control, according to sources to the Reuters news agency. Google may elect to license the technology to manufacturers, but that's only a possibility at this point. The word inside Mountain View? Consolidation. It has been apparent that Google has been exerting more control over areas it has had demonstrated success or publicity on — CEO Sundar Pichai made this regime clear when talking about the Pixel (neé Nexus) smartphones — and would like to "unify [the company's] various ...

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    If you own an Android phone, you now have a new way to look for everything inside of it. And you'll be able to do it in style on the LG V20. Google is introducing its locally-based "In Apps" search mode as an easy way to pick out the things of the past you need to bring up right now. All you have to do is scroll over to the new "In Apps" section or put [brackets] around your search terms — without even being connected to the net. You'll be able to put in contacts, conversation topics and media from your prior discussions in your native email, texting and messaging apps. You can also ...

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    Last year's Chromebook Pixel has now come out of stock from the Google Store. The $1,299 ChromeOS laptop didn't get much word from its maker when it dropped from the sales beat. The second Pixel book ends its run at 17 months and just two months after a job posting surfaced for a "Quality Engineer" for the Chromebook Pixel unit. Anyone getting into the job would be expected to help shape "Google's next game-changer", potentially implying a third Chrome Pixel on the way. The Pixel C convertible tablet that's still on sale right now runs on Android. Source: Google Store, OMG! Chrome! Via: ...

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    This year's supposed HTC-made Nexus devices, codenamed "Marlin" and "Sailfish," may not have "Nexus" in their names. Sources to Android Central are instead saying that "Google" will be integral to the branding of the phones. Another integral part to the products is that they will feature special and exclusive software features beyond the set given on Android Nougat. Completely muddled in all of this is what may or may not be included in the first Maintenance Release of Nougat, — likely to be called Android 7.1 — and what will remain exclusive to the "Marlin" and "Sailfish". That ...

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    What's in a number? The sum of all of its parts? What are those parts, then? In a software release, it's the small things like bugfixes, rewriting menu options, rewriting entire menus. It's also the big things like vulnerabilities that need to be patched yesterday. But if you're planning on regular releases, do we really need to plan on giving new names just for sake of giving some idea of iteration? Well, according to Evan Blass, it's all set up for the next nine months. Google plans on putting out once-a-quarter Maintenance Releases for Android Nougat. And they have changes in numbers. ...

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    It seems that the Nexus 5 will remain the smartphone apex of value-for-dollar in Google's standardized Android device lineup. With all of the top-of-the-line specifications and standardized hardware design that have been discussed for both the smaller "Sailfish" and larger "Marlin" devices supposedly to be made by HTC this year, it's really no surprise that the tab has picked up this year. Specificaly, Nexus Blog states from its "internal sources in HTC" that the Google Store will start both devices off at 32GB of storage. The Sailfish will go for $449 while the Marlin is said to start ...

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