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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 and LG must be feeling the heat of China-based smartphone manufacturers like Huawei, Xiaomi and Meizu, which are currently engaged in a crazy low-cost Android battle that threatens to take over the Western mobile landscape soon enough. As such, the already affordable Nexus 5X gradually dropped its starting price in recent months, and although Google Store, Best Buy and B&H promotions expired in the meantime, you can still get the stock Marshmallow-powered 5.2-incher on the cheap if you know where to look. Check that, you can purchase the 16GB configuration at its lowest price ...

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    The virtual reality revolution begins now. Well, as long as you’ve been quick to pre-order the consumer variant of the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive headset, and lucky enough to actually receive them among the very first in the world. Hot on the heels of its arch-rival, the HTC and Valve co-developed Vive started “arriving at homes around the world” yesterday, with orders placed at the time of this writing estimated to be fulfilled “around May.” Hailed by reviewers as “truly immersive”, game-changing and mesmerizing, the VR contraption is by no means affordable, costing $800 ...

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    Is it sexist to design and market gadgets specifically for women? Is it sexist not to? There’s no winning with something like that, though more and more smartwatch manufacturers seem to be casting political correctness aside, applying a form of positive discrimination in their attempts to get ladies interested in wearable technology. Motorola has a second-gen Moto 360 “style” for women, the Samsung Gear S2 is available in 18k rose gold and platinum plated variants that don’t really appeal to the everyday tech-loving male, while the two Huawei Watch for Women flavors unveiled back ...

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    Nexus owners, get ready to patch things up once again as another monthly OTA is heading out right now. The image is also available from Google. The April 02, 2016 update covers issues related to remote code execution through Android's handling of media files including exposure through the Stagefright directory. It also targets a major privilege elevation exploit right within the kernel that several apps in the marketplace can take advantage of. Through it, they can wrench full control over your device. As always, it will take time for non-Nexus devices to get an edited package out from ...

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    How smart is your car? If you're still running around in some old clunker, probably not very, but as drivers move to newer vehicles, more and more are being exposed to dashes loaded with connectivity options – and especially those that link up with our smartphones. Over the past year or so, we've been tracking been tracking a growing number of vehicles with either Android Auto or CarPlay support (and often both), but getting set up with one of these systems isn't just a question about choosing the right car; there are also geographical restrictions to consider. Today, though, Google just ...

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    How do you organize (or not) your apps? Does each download get treated with great care, as you thoughtfully group it according to developer, genre, or maybe just how you use it – keeping work apps separate from leisure apps? Or are you content to just let each land in your app drawer, knowing you can sort through and find one later when you need it? Both valid answers, but if you find yourself leaning more towards the latter approach, things can get a little more complicated. App icons, for instance, start becoming a lot more important; looking through a list of titles is one thing, but ...

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    What did you think of today's crop of April Fools' Day pranks? Successes? Mixed bag? Looking at online reactions, some have clearly resonated better than others, but one that's pretty unambiguously coming up in the “miss” column is Google's Gmail Mic Drop stunt. Users were able to reply to messages with a mic-drop animation while also effectively closing themselves off to the thread – and it might have been a cute joke, had it not been so easy to trigger accidentally. As we noted earlier, shortly after activating the feature Google pulled the plug on it, apologizing for causing ...

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    While we can probably all agree Google’s first early 2016 April Fools’ Day prank uncharacteristically bombed, a slew of much better gags and hilarious introduction videos for fake products were always expected to debut today. The hoaxes and “crazy features” ultimately went “official” a good number of hours ago, when it was still March 31, ranging as usual from gut-busting to self-deprecating to outright bizarre and… stuff we’d actually like to see happen. Hands down the best, most elaborate and funniest clip (embedded below) takes the wraps off the Cardboard Plastic. No, ...

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    As painful as it must be to admit, there’s nothing Microsoft can do in the foreseeable future to threaten the Android/iOS mobile duopoly. Instead of vainly trying to fight the two platforms therefore, Redmond is courting fans of the competition with more and more software products meant to bring the best Windows gear closer to the world’s most popular phones. Yes, we’re talking PC – handheld interaction and compatibility, and not only as far as W10 and W10M devices are concerned. That “Anniversary Update” in the summer is practically guaranteed to provide a reimagined Action ...

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    Would Alphabet put down what Google picked up? Or will things change to a major degree? Either Amazon has become the Internet of Things hub or Nest is stuck in a tide pool where a slow rise just isn't enough. In 2014, Google had purchased the smart thermostat-maker for $3.2 billion. The terms of purchase allowed key employees to retain their positions and set a three-year operating budget for the unit — Re/code has sources saying it was in the neighborhood of $1.5 billion. But as Nest is in the middle of that third year, it may run out of money to continue business as usual unless ...

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    There are plenty of ways to conduct transactions with Google's help: you can place orders online, tap-and-pay with Android Wallet, or send money to your friends with Google Wallet. But for the past few years now there's been another way to loop Google into the way you make purchases, with the physical Google Wallet card. Designed as a way to let users draw from their Google Wallet balances while shopping at retailers that might not support tap-and-pay tech, the card always felt like a bit of a bandage: a stopgap solution to fit Google's square peg into the round hole of brick-and-mortar ...

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    When will device manufacturers and mobile operators learn there are only two ways to go in terms of the operating system a phone has to use to become commercially successful? It’s either iOS, which of course isn’t an option for anyone but Apple, or Android. Down the line, Windows could be a decent alternative too… if Microsoft ever decides to take the platform seriously. Meanwhile, Samsung tried and tried and tried to get Tizen off the ground, BlackBerry should probably throw in the towel as far as its proprietary OS is concerned, and Sailfish and Firefox OS never stood a chance. ...

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    The FBI may be done asking Apple to crack into an iPhone 5c from San Bernardino for it. Apple wants the agency to give up getting its engineers to decrypt an iPhone in Brooklyn. But it's not just the FBI that has asked help with accessing data from case-critical iPhones. And it's not just iPhones that law enforcement agencies have wanted to get into. The American Civil Liberties Union has uncovered 63 cases in which various agencies under the Department of Justice have compelled Apple or Google to assist in breaking the encryption of mobile devices through a 1789 statute called the All ...

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    The voice assistants on our smartphones wouldn't be possible without advanced speech-synthesis tech, allowing the software behind these systems to turn responses into natural-sounding spoken replies. And while today's Cortanas, Siris, and all their peers do an admirable job, there's always the desire to add a little more of a human-sounding element to the process, keeping them from sounding like robots. Google's been working on just those kind of improvements, and in a new video shows us how it's bringing a new and improved voice to Google Now and its voice-driven search. We get to see ...

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    How sweet is that new USB Type-C standard? Extremely, ensuring all charging and data transfer ports and accessories are created equal (we’re looking at you, Apple), and eliminating the possibility of plugging a compatible device in the wrong way. When combined with 3.1 technology, it’s even greater, letting you swap digital content between supporting gadgets at mind-blowing speeds. Unfortunately, the two don’t go hand in hand on mainstream phones yet, and USB-C can often do more harm than good if you’re not very careful about the cables and adapters you buy. On the bright side, a ...

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    If you're taking calls exclusively on your mobile phone these days, why would you deign to have a home phone again? You cut that cable, might as well cut another. Well, we can't exactly think of a good reason, but for only $10 a month, the Google Fiber program will get you some service. With Fiber Phone, you can screen calls, setup do-not-disturb periods and engage the spam filter on your new home phone (not included). The VoIP service can also forward calls to your mobile phone and transcribe voicemails into texts or emails just for you. If you're in one of the Fiber markets, you'll ...

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    How many times have you played with a photo over and over trying to get it to look just right? Maybe if you crop this edge in just a little tighter? Or if you boost the contrast here while also desaturating colors? It can take so much work optimizing your edits that it almost feels like a shame when you finally commit to them; what if you want to change something further? Thankfully, Google Photos is making the image-editing process a lot more forgiving, as the app's latest update introduces fully reversible, non-destructive edits that can be undone whenever you like. Last summer, Google ...

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    The world’s most popular Android device manufacturer might still not be in a position to threaten Google’s mobile OS domination with its in-house Tizen platform, but when it comes to smartphone web browsers, Samsung looks ready to give the search giant a healthy run for its money. What could the aptly titled Samsung Internet app possibly do that Chrome can’t? For one thing, work in conjunction with third-party ad blockers to, well, block online commercials. Big G opposed this effort a while ago by pulling Adblock Fast from the Play Store, but quickly reversed course as public outrage ...

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    While far from perfect in standard tablet mode, and terribly overpriced when paired to a beautiful, induction charging-capable keyboard, the Google Pixel C somehow managed to develop a cult following of sorts in the months succeeding its commercial launch. Android tinkerers in particular and people willing to pose as software devs saw their interest in the nichey 10.2-incher greatly enhanced by a recent offer, which slashed 25 percent off the convertible’s MSRP in exchange for an email address. The promo remains contingent on supplies, so it may expire way before July 15, especially now ...

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    He's rich. He's poor. He needs to finish The Life of Pablo. He needs your help. He needs any help. He's Kanye mother-effing West, alright? West once said that his latest album would never touch Apple Music. It would be exclusive to the fidelity-focused (now failing) Tidal streaming service. My album will never never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale... You can only get it on Tidal. — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 15, 2016 It's still the case that The Life of Pablo is still off that territory — it was pulled down for a short time. While it's back up on Tidal, West is ...

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    Over the years, we've witnessed big changes come to Google's mobile payment infrastructure: Google Wallet has seen its role in tap-and-pay transactions surrendered to Android Pay, largely falling back to second-tier status as a person-to-person payment system. But while you could no longer use your phone at POS terminal to pay for a purchase with Google Wallet, support remained for the physical Google Wallet credit card, introduced back in late 2013 to help facilitate payments at retailers whose systems didn't support NFC. Now it looks like the end of the road's within sight for the Google ...

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    In the market for a particular Android app or game that feels a little rich for your blood? Always on the lookout for discounted premium content to keep you entertained or productive while on your phone or tablet? Today might be your lucky day. Unfortunately, that “might” is much stronger than usual, as Google’s latest Play Store sale seems weirdly restricted to some users in a handful of European countries. Namely, the UK, France, Germany and Russia. No love for Americans, and though it’s billed as an Easter promotion, it bizarrely shuns many overwhelmingly Catholic territories, ...

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    It’s been a solid three weeks since the first “global” reports of Android 6.0 promotions on the Xperia Z5 family came in, and given there was no news of widespread issues during this time, we figured the software goodies had reached the majority of the three phones’ owners worldwide. Unfortunately, some big red flags are now raised on Sony’s support forum and other discussion portals, with user complaints on stability prompting the Japanese OEM to halt the update in at least one major Western market. Namely, Canada, where the company tweeted over the weekend that it had ...

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    It's so easy for mobile development to fall into a rut: how many apps out there all seem like they're just variations on the same thing, few offering much unique that helps them stand out from the crowd? Maybe you update your app every once in a while to deliver support for whatever new features the platform picks up with its latest release, but so does everybody else. In an effort to help push devs to to reach beyond “good enough” and create software that really innovates, inspires, and highlights the best of what Android can do, Google's announcing its new Android Experiments I/O ...

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    Forget wearable technology and virtual reality. The industry’s “next big thing” could be a service much simpler to implement and market, which has been around for years in some form or other, and is only now taken seriously by behemoths Twitter, Facebook and Google. We’re talking live video streaming, particularly mobile apps capable of broadcasting “original content” in real time for friends and fans, with Twitter getting an important head start on its social networking arch-rival last year, and FB slowly recovering lost ground. Since Facebook Live Video is still new, ...

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