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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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    It’s no longer just the UK government that wants backdoors implemented into all of today’s smartphones for “safety” and terrorism-opposing reasons, as soon enough, New Yorkers may not be able to buy or lease fully encrypted handhelds in the fourth-most populous American state anymore. If a piece of legislation currently in debate at the NY state assembly is ultimately passed, “any smartphone that is manufactured on or after January First, Two Thousand Sixteen, and sold or leased in New York, shall be capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating ...

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    One of the great things about being an Android user is having your pick of launcher, and you'd better believe that we've tried a lot of them. If you like rocking that pure-Android Nexus look, you may have equipped your phone with Google's own Google Now Launcher. While it's a pretty clean, useful tool, its UI has still shown a few rough edges here and there (and some of us are still getting used to that new vertical re-orientation for the app drawer following September's change-up). Thankfully, Google's willing to fix what hasn't been quite perfect, and in a new update headed out this ...

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    Google Cardboard already lets users dive into rich virtual worlds with just their existing smartphone and a cheap (if not outright free) viewer, seriously lowering the cost of entry for a stunning VR experience. But while Cardboard's done a lot to transport our eyes to far away locales or 3D-rendered fantasy landscapes, it's been missing a few pieces when it comes to giving our ears that same sort of immersive treatment. That's all changing today, as Google shares word of new spatial audio support for the Cardboard SDK. As Google points out, Cardboard apps were certainly capable before of ...

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    The world’s most popular web mapping and navigation service for everything that doesn’t run iOS reached a new functionality peak back in November, when it started receiving its highly anticipated offline voyage features, but believe it or not, there’s still room for improvement. Major improvement, even, as Google Maps v9.19 for Android adopts a handy Driving Mode which will try to guess where you’re going next. Based on your location history, travel habits, web searches and more, the update aims to make your life easier, shrinking the number of queries and commands required to get ...

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    The discontinued Motorola-made Nexus 6 is available at a reduced price on Amazon, possibly in a last attempt to clear inventory, Google just dropped the Nexus 5X to a starting tag of $350 on a permanent basis, so it’s only natural the Huawei-produced Nexus 6P follows suit. Unfortunately for hardcore Android purists, the N6P is likely still greatly popular at its normal retail cost, so Big G doesn’t see the need to take anything off the MSRP yet. Instead, you’ll net $50 savings on any Huawei Watch configuration purchased from the search giant with the acquisition of any Nexus 6P ...

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    We're living in an absolutely fantastic time for anyone who's been following the development of VR tech over the past few decades, as worthwhile consumer solutions finally become available. Beyond all the great high-end stuff we're seeing with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, it's easier than ever to pick up a cheap Google Cardboard viewer and use your existing smartphone to get in on the action – and with so many free viewer giveaways, odds are good that if you've been interested, you've had a chance to check Cardboard out in action by now. But is that where Google's going to draw the line ...

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    Smartphone sales come and go. Stay on top of things by following the latest alerts and keeping your eye out for a good deal, and you might just save a bundle on that new phone you've been lusting after – but all that deal-watching can be a lot of work. So while we absolutely love to bring you news of the hottest current deals, there's something extra nice about being to tell you about a permanent price cut: no limited-time offer, no special restrictions to consider – just a new, lower price, from here on out. The Nexus 5X may be just over three months old at this point, but Google's ...

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    The new year is off to a big start for mobile tech fans, with one of the industry's major trade shows already under our belt, seeing CES wrap up last week. The early year expo season will continue with MWC in another few weeks, and then we start settling in to the second phase of annual industry events, this time with the focus on the companies behind the biggest mobile platforms: Microsoft Build, Google I/O, and Apple's WWDC. We're getting our calendars in order as the dates for one of those affairs drops, with Google CEO Sundar Pichai announcing the timetable for Google I/O. Google I/O ...

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    The original Nexus 6 is not that old, and it’s certainly not obsolete as far as both its software and hardware are concerned, but in order to make room for the new, Huawei-manufactured Nexus 6P, Google decided to halt direct sales more than a month ago. Of course, that doesn’t mean the stock Marshmallow-running phablet is dead and buried already, with a number of third-party retailers still selling it either unlocked or strictly for single carrier use. The question is how much longer will Amazon or Best Buy be able to keep it up when Big G and Motorola have obviously stopped producing ...

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    The OG Google Nexus 10, manufactured by Samsung to take on the last non-Air 9.7-inch iPad back in 2012, is officially past its software expiration date, but that doesn’t mean it’s not technically capable of running the newest Android iteration. Unfortunately, you’ll need to wait a couple more months before the independent CyanogenMod developer team can altogether stabilize Marshmallows on the surprisingly well-kept 10-inch tablet. For the time being, there are only two CM13 nightly builds available to download, each tipping the scales at roughly 250MB, and likely presenting bugs ...

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    Can the world’s third largest smartphone manufacturer bid for #2 in the foreseeable future? Probably not, considering Samsung and Apple’s substantial edge over Huawei, but what the latter OEM is very clearly capable of is further boost its yearly shipments. Thanks primarily to a strong domestic showing in both the low-cost and high-end segments, as well as growing brand recognition on the Western hemisphere, Huawei reportedly posted record 108 million sales between January and December 2015. For 2016, the goal is to hit 120 mil, which may sound ambitious, but from a historical ...

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    Why must all good things come to an end? More importantly, why must they end before we get to truly appreciate them? Case in point, the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It feels like it only started yesterday. Because, well, it technically did. But as always, the vast majority of high-profile exhibitors hurried to take the wraps off their shiny new gadgets in the days leading up to the expo’s formal kick-off. And now here we are, still roughly 24 hours away from the official conclusion of CES 2016, already knowing the party’s over. Nonetheless, Day 4 (technically, Day 2) of ...

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    Google's reality-scanning Project Tango experiment was huge technological achievement right from the get-go, showing us what was possible when we combined the latest mobile hardware with 3D-mapping cameras. The Tango developer tablet's sensors would assemble a 3D map of the room around you as quick and easily as regular phone can snap a 2D pic – and while it was all incredibly cool, it was still very much a work in progress, not quite ready for its commercial debut. Back in 2014, we learned from Google that there was a 2015 target for the launch of such a polished, ...

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    If Google wants to be the a media medium to be reckoned with, it's going to need more support. From Play to Android TV and Chromecast, the Google label might be high-profile for the under 35s and high-IQ for those uninformed and uninterested. But if you can build it into ordinary products, then they may just as well come. Google's announced that Sony, Sharp and Philips are now kicking out Android TVs with Arcelik, Vestel, RCA, Hisense, TCL and Bang & Olufsen television sets to come within the year. Linknet is offering Android TV in Indonesia. Bang & Olufsen Play, Harman Kardon, ...

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    A new year means an opportunity for a new start, and what better way to prepare yourself for what lies ahead than a fresh makeover? Maybe for you that means new clothes, or losing that holiday-season weight, but for Huawei it means bringing some new looks to last year's hardware, and it's doing just that with both the Nexus 6P and its Huawei Watch wearable. A couple weeks back we mentioned some rumors that the gold Nexus 6P, heretofore only available as an incredibly limited edition in Japan, could soon spread to other markets - and in particular, the US. Originally announced alongside its ...

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    What would we do without rumors, guesswork, conjecture, gossip, and speculation? I’ll be the first to admit my work would be a lot trickier if I were to report merely hard facts, the occasional product launch, earnings call, and tedious press statements from companies. How about you? Can you imagine just seeing the Galaxy S7 debut sans any background information, checking its reviews, then switching off the interwebs rumor bonanza until the “next big thing” goes official? Who would ever want to live in a world like that? Instead, we’re going to find ourselves debating every little ...

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    Oh, sure, everyone's got their personal pick for best smartphone of 2015. Maybe it's for this reason, that reason, all the reasons. As demonstrated with our daily driver editorial last month, however, we all have our personal desires and requirements. To say that we should put down one another's wants and needs would be rude at best. But when we take ourselves out of the equation ... whew. Forums and comment sections become prothletising auction blocks. "Haaaave ...

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    Here at Pocketnow, we've got our nose to the mobile-tech-news grindstone day-in and day-out, scouring sources the world over in the hopes of bringing you the hottest, most interesting news from not just the biggest names in the industry, but also the fresh faces working their hardest to be the next big thing. With the year rounding to a close, it would be easy to look back and point to some of the biggest stories to cross our path – the launches of the most popular phones, the arrival of long-awaited software updates, and the like – but that's a little dry. After all, if you're half ...

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    There's a new Google Glass coming, though for the past year or so, the exact path that hardware will take has been anything but certain. We heard that Google could be working on a new version of Glass with a business-focused design, one that might feature a larger prism for its visual output and a re-engineered folding construction. That was all talk, though – what about hard evidence? One of our best finds yet came back in early July, with a Google FCC filing that sure read like it was describing a new Glass. At the end of the day, however, all we had was an educated guess. Well, that ...

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    Wow. Such yuneeq. Very metale. Fone. I'm basically just using this as an excuse to attack every manufacturer going with the same and the same and the same after so many years of sticking with these aluminium chassis or even slapping a couple panes of Gorilla Glass onto them. It's what we praise as "beautiful fit-and-finish" with great "feel in hand." Every. Single. Time. And we're not just talking about the iPhone and HTC, here; even when the build poses a risk to its own integrity — OnePlus X, you're a real special case — we will love it until every corner of the slab shatters in ...

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    Update: The podcast is available thru the player and Direct Download link below and on your podcast feeds from December 25 at 3:00pm Eastern. Have a very splendid holiday and we'll be back next week! You may have mentally checked out for the holidays, shoving a pile of "to-do" paperwork back into a shadowy corner, or said "so long" to exams and headed home from school on winter break, but the mobile electronic world keeps right on moving, and even with big launches right around the corner as the early-2016 expo season looms, there's been a heck of lot happening - and we're looking forward ...

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    How many different sensors are packed into your smartphone? It can detect acceleration, magnetic heading, gravity, and sometimes even atmospheric pressure. With so many sensors at our disposal, there are no shortage of apps looking to turn all that raw data into useful info – sometimes in ways the manufacturer may not have even anticipated, like co-opting 3D Touch to turn your smartphone into a makeshift scale. This week we learn of a new trick Google's search app has picked up, one that lets you use your phone as a bubble (spirit) level, without the need for any external app. All you've ...

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    Beside a very small sample of enthusiastic software tinkerers and risk takers, we don’t imagine anyone installed the first couple of CyanogenMod 13 nightly batches, given they brought buggy Android 6.0 to devices that should ultimately score official, stable updates OTA from manufacturers. The Samsung Galaxy S3, as well as all those low-end LG phones are a whole different story, looking doomed to run Lollipop or even ancient KitKat as far as users who play by the rules are concerned. For these types of gadgets, custom Marshmallow ROMs that have the potential to function about as smoothly ...

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    Piece by piece, over the course of the day we've been getting to know Google Play's holiday deals. First we spotted that sale on whole albums, and later saw Google's generosity extend to a 75-percent-off sale on movie rentals. If you've been following these offers, you had to be thinking what we were: “Those are cool and all, but Google Play sells a lot of other stuff, too; where are the sales on apps?” All good things come to those who wait, and it looks like our patience has paid off, as Google goes public with the rest of its Play Store deals. How about those apps? We love a good ...

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    Google may be the company behind the most popular mobile operating on the planet, but it's not doing so hot when it comes to messaging software. Despite the presence of Google's own apps like Hangouts, users have instead flocked to third-party solutions. Now a new report claims that Google could be about to try something pretty unusual for its next-gen messaging system, inviting users to interact with variety of AI-powered chatbots. If that sounds a little weird to your ears – don't worry; you're not alone. From what The Wall Street Journal describes, this new messaging system sounds ...

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