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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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    At the Google I/O keynote earlier today, Google announced an upgrade we've been looking forward to for a few weeks now, sharing word of the revamped Google Photos. From how you save pictures, to how you search through them, there's a lot changing in this new release, and you're not going to have to wait for Android M to get it. Just hours after its public launch, the new Photos is available now, ready for you to download. While you're free to keep using Drive storage to save full-quality images to the cloud (and counting against your storage allotment), the new Photos introduces a ...

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    Google I/O has proven to be the company's most epic event of each and every year. Google is definitely a software company at heart, and this is the show floor for the future of Google's software vision. This has also proven to be a key event for product launches, in some cases hardware related, but where software-related launches never miss a spot. As such, Android M is definitely going to be a key product that we're looking forward to, and the amount of rumors surrounding it is substantial. When it comes to hardware, we have seen a couple of Nexus tablets being launched at this event over ...

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    Google just got done with its I/O 2015 keynote, and among all the news it had to share, we learned of the coming availability of Android M. We'll be discussing those new features and Android M changes in our upcoming Editorial Roundtable, starting at 4pm Eastern. Before we get to that, though, Google has already made the Android M preview available for you early adapters who just can't wait to get a look at everything that was just announced. As promised, the Android M preview supports the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and the Android TV Nexus Player. As full factory images, installing any of ...

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    One lucky person is going to walk away with the new Google Nexus 9 tablet, a Chromecast stick, and a $100 Google Play gift card. It’s the ultimate Google entertainment and productivity prize package. To win, all you need to do is enter. To enter, simply go to The Google Gadget Giveaway contest page at the Pocketnow Deals Store, log in, and click on ‘Enter Now’. That’s all there is to it. Then, share the contest on Twitter for a chance to earn bonus entries. The more your followers enter, the better your chances are of winning. You can’t win if you don’t enter. Get Google gear ...

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    Last year at I/O, Google introduced Cardboard, its low-cost 3D viewer for smartphones. Today it's opening the next chapter in the Google Cardboard story, starting off with the announcement of a new viewer. Fan of phablets? The new Cardboard has your name on it, with support for phones with screens up to six inches in diagonal. Input gets improved with the addition of a new physical button that promises to work with any phone under the sun. Assembly is also streamlined, now taking only three main steps, down from a dozen with the original model. Partners are already working on new viewer ...

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    Ever since the old Froyo days, Google Maps has proven to be one of the most useful tools for Android devices. As such, we’ve seen a ton of momentum in how Google updates and brings new services to its Maps application. We really weren’t expecting to see much announced today at Google I/O, but boy were we wrong. On one hand, Google has just announced that its Transit services will now support more cities, like Mexico City, in addition to other cities within India. Now the coolest announcement is that Google Maps will now bring more functionality when offline. At the moment you can only ...

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    Today's Google I/O news isn't just about new user-focused features, or the changes coming in Android M - this is a developer event, after all. That means plenty of updates about coding, content delivery, and how apps are sold. Google just shared some news on that latter point, announcing some of the rumored changes we heard could be coming to Play Store listings. Developers will be able to play with text and graphics in their app listings, getting feedback from Google on what's working best for attracting users and convincing them to download apps. We'll also see new ways for developers to ...

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    We’ve heard a ton of rumors regarding a new Google Photos app, and it finally gets announced today at Google I/O. If you thought that having these services unlinked from Google+ was cool enough, well as it turns out, the news are much broader than just a platform change. Google is seriously doing a lot in order to make this your only photos service, and let’s talk about how. First of all, the focus of this new service is to: 1. Become a home for all your photos and videos available from any device 2. Help you organize and bring your moments to life 3. Make it easy to share and save ...

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    Google Now is already an impressively powerful tool, drawing data from multiple sources in order to give you the info you need, sometimes before you even realize you need it. But Google's not content to leave a good thing alone, and at I/O this afternoon it's announcing its plans for making Now smarter, easier to communicate with, and just generally more useful in our lives. One key way Google is improving Now is by greatly enhancing its contextual awareness. With natural language processing, Now will become better able to respond to things like pronouns, recognizing the subject at hand ...

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    It’s been two years since Google announced its intent to power the Internet of Things, or in other words, to make as many products in your home, smart products. Back then the prototype concept sounded cool and all, but we didn’t really see any of this reach the market. Today we get to see the fruit of Google’s acquisition of Nest with two new announcements in Google I/O. Project Brillo is Google’s new operating system to power “The Internet of Things.” This new OS is based on Android, but is much smaller, less powerful, and more efficient. Obviously a light bulb requires less ...

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    Google I/O is underway, with the day-one keynote streaming now. After getting us started with some of the usual platform stats, Google's not wasting any time getting into the new stuff, and is jumping right in to the Android M developer preview, promising to share six key areas where we'll find improvements over existing releases. First up: app permissions (just as rumored). The new approach is multi-tiered, simplifying permission types while moving the approval process away from installation, and instead having apps ask you the first time you go to use these features. You'll also be able ...

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    Well, the time is finally (almost) upon us. Google will soon be ready to take the stage at its annual developers' conference in San Francisco, California – more precisely, Moscone West will be filling with attendees in the coming hours, and the keynote where all the major announcements are set to go down is soon beginning. Speaking of that Google I/O keynote, you're probably here to watch that, right? Of course you are – we've got you covered with an embedded streaming widget below. What's on the agenda? Well, Joe Levi did a fine job breaking down the finer points, but the main ...

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    For a minute there we thought that the Spotlight Stories that were exclusive to recent Motorola smartphones, remained that way because it was a Motorola thing. As it turns out, these augmented reality games were created by Motorola's ATAP division, which was kept by Google after the Lenovo acquired Moto. You can learn more about Michael Fisher's love for these services in his recent After The Buzz of the Moto X 2014, and if you like what you see, here's how to get it. Google has just launched Spotlight Stories as a separate app that's accessible to all Android devices. All three original ...

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    Google is not only the most popular search engine in the world, but also the one that's fastest at innovating with new features for users. A really cool service that Android users had exclusively was to get app suggestions whenever they searched for something. For example, getting suggestions to download Yelp whenever users searched for restaurant information. We say, "had exclusively" because the service just expanded, or at least it sort of did. Google has just announced that it'll now give iOS users app suggestions for search queries as well. The only catch is that the service will ...

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    Google I/O 2015 is getting started in just a couple days, and while that's almost sure to bring us word of new software and services, could it mean some new hardware, too? After all, last year brought us the start of Android Wear sales, including the initial announcement of the Samsung Gear Live. It also marked the debut of the Android TV, which would usher in a new breed of devices. We're thinking about all that today as we catch word of a couple new sales, targeting both Android Wear and Android TV devices. Motorola's been offering Moto 360 sale after Moto 360 sale lately, and now its ...

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    Even though Android Auto was announced a good deal of months ago, it seems it took Google longer than expected to find a launch partner. That being said, Google isn't the only one struggling, as we have yet to see a CarPlay compatible vehicle as well. It's hard to predict if the cause of these delays is based in negotiations between companies, but today we finally see the light. Hyundai has just made it official that it will be the first automaker to launch the service on its 2015 vehicles, and the new 2015 Hyundai Sonata will be the first model to include it. Owners of existing models ...

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    Even though opinions for live streaming services like Periscope and Meerkat are still mixed, there is a significant market out there that actually likes this idea. The only problem users faced is that using services like Periscope required you to have an iPhone, something truly odd given Android's popularity. That said, we knew that once Meerkat left beta, it would only be a matter of time for Periscope to launch on Android, and that just happened today. Twitter, which currently owns Periscope, has just made it official that you can start live streaming your content from an Android device. ...

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    Is Google announcing Android M at I/O later this week? It's sure tempting to say “probably,” and we have plenty of reasons to suspect why Google would, but for the moment, nothing's set in stone. The same goes for the expectation that the commercial release of Android M will follow later this fall. Well, wonder no more if Google is sticking with past habits and bringing the next major Android release out before the end of the year, as Vice President of Engineering for Android Hiroshi Lockheimer has just confirmed as much. In a new interview, Lockheimer describes the “sort of a yearly ...

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    The Nexus family may still be Google's home for stock Android experiences, but the lineup's been seriously changing in recent years. Sizes have changed, pricing's been all over the place, and the latest rumors have suggested that this year could be another one full of new ways of doing business, as we get not one, but two new Nexus phones. Yesterday we checked out a report claiming that not only could we be looking forward to a pair of Nexus phones, but that we might not see a new tablet at all. At the time, the source provided some new info on that phone hardware, including a pair of ...

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    Ahead of the Google I/O keynote later this week, information has been flooding our news desks about what features Android M may bring to the table. Keeping that momentum going today is a report from Android Police detailing a few things, mainly the timeframe of the release's launch and what the release will be focusing on doing this year. According to the site's sources, Google has plans to release a developer preview of Android M, just as with Android L last year; this would likely happen immediately or soon after the end of the I/O keynote. The final release will allegedly occur in ...

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    Google has done its best to become a social company, and well, the fact that Google+ is still struggling to take off is a clear indicator of where the search giant stands. After the departure of Vic Gundotra, we heard significant rumors regarding Google's plan to detach its Google Photos service from Google+ completely, and we'll admit it's an idea that we highly praised. At this point we're still waiting to see what all the drama is about, but today we land some leaks that show us progress. Leaked screenshots of the new Google Photos app show us just how serious Google is about making ...

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    A couple weeks back, we heard a promising rumor for Nexus fans who maybe didn't love the direction Google went with the phablet-sized Nexus 6, suggesting that this year Google might give us a pair of Nexus phones, and that one of them could be a 5.2-incher by LG – still bigger than both the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, but a world removed from the Nexus 6's six-inch screen. Word was that we might get both this LG model and a 5.7-inch Huawei-manufactured phablet, itself the subject of earlier rumors. Now some information on both those handsets has leaked, along with the theory that these could be ...

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    Reselling your used smartphone is as common in some markets, as it is for you to bestow your old device to a family member in others. What usually happens before your device trades owners, is a factory reset in order to ensure that all your data is wiped from the device you're about to get rid of. Now, what happens when that data is not effectively deleted from the device, and falls into somebody else's hands? The University of Cambridge recently tested as many as 21 different Android devices running versions 2.3 and up to 4.3, and noticed that after wiping these with a factory reset, ...

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    With Google I/O 2015 starting in just a few days, chances are good that we're about to get some official information about the next version of Google's mobile operating system, so far described just as Android M. Today we have a couple interesting Android M rumors to share with you, including a possible internal codename, and the chance that Google could use the update's release to formalize its update policies for Nexus devices. First up: that codename. Numerous comments made to AOSP source materials have been referencing the “mnc-dev” branch, and word is that “mnc” stands for ...

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    Google very well may be planning to introduce Android M at Google I/O in just another week. At least, Android L debuted at I/O last year, and the I/O 2015 schedule briefly made reference to Android M before a hasty Google revision. We've already talked a little about the new features we'd most like to see arrive with this next major version of Android, but what's still a pipe dream, and what could actually happen? One change that's picking up some new support is the plan to give Android built-in support for fingerprint scanning hardware. You can already find a number of noteworthy Androids ...

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