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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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    The expression that “the children are our future” is fantastically trite by this point, but it nevertheless rings true. Maybe most importantly to mobile companies, today's children are growing up into tomorrow's consumers, and exposing them to devices and services now can help shape their future purchasing decisions. Maybe that's one of the reasons why Google's been showing so much interest in youth-focused offerings lately, like the recent YouTube Kids app. Today we learn about another effort along those lines, as Google announces the Designed for Families initiative for Google Play. ...

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    Google's working on plans to offer cellular service directly to users, operating as an MVNO: the company has confirmed that much, leaving us to wonder about the details. And while Google I/O may soon bring new info about the company's ambitions, today we get some early insight into how this all might work, with the discovery of a Nexus 6 firmware image containing an apparent account management app for this MVNO. The app goes by the name Tycho and also makes reference to the Project Nova codename for the MVNO service itself we've heard before, as well as suggests a new internal codename for ...

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    Is Motorola burning thought old Moto 360 stock in preparation for a new model? Late last week we drew your attention to a rare Moto 360 price cut, with a couple big retailers offering some sizable discounts on the Android Wear smartwatch. But for as attractive as that $180 price was, it turns out that an even better deal was just days away. Now Google itself is following in Amazon and Best Buy's wake as it cuts the Moto 360's sticker price even further, bringing the wearable down to a scant $165. Compared to the $250 base price the watch went for just a week ago, that's a tremendous deal, ...

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    Voice commands already let us do so much with our phones, from running searches, to composing text messages, to even turning on and off our home lights. But for as much as we can do, we're really only just scratching the surface, and we're sure to see voice-control functionality expand into new and unexpected areas in the years to come. Right now, the next to arrive is voice-based phone unlocking, as Google starts going live with Trusted Voice. Evidence had already surfaced in Google Play Services pointing to the forthcoming arrival of Trusted Voice, a new component to Smart Lock that ...

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    The most advanced mobile hardware in the world, easy-to-use, feature-packed, and compatible with all the top-shelf software you could hope for, isn't going to do any of us any good if it runs down its batteries too quickly. As the wearable market matures, and we squeeze powerful hardware into smaller and smaller form factors, having enough battery capacity to meet demand becomes a rowing problem. Plenty of companies are working hard to advance current battery technologies, and one of the latest firms to get involved is none other than Google. Google's battery efforts started out as it ...

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    Today's wearables market offer mobile technology junkies more options than ever before when it comes to smartwatches, but despite all the different devices out there, your options are still going to be limited by your choice of smartphone. If you want to use certain Gear models, that means needing to own a Samsung handset, or if you intend to pick up the new Apple Watch, you're going to need an iPhone. Android Wear's been open to the Android platform at large, but can it do even better than that? We've been hearing talk for a while about the idea of possibly bringing Wear support to iOS ...

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    Android is definitely the most popular mobile operating system in the world, and the market share difference it owns is almost double that of its nearest competitor. It's clear that Google has done an amazing job at expanding Android to as many markets and as many form factors as possible. The only problem is that Android is also the most fragment operating system in the world when it comes to software updates, and today we get some official figures. Google's monthly version number check-in has arrived, and if you were expected to Lollipop to make some major headlines, the figure is far ...

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    With April 10 just a couple days away, when Apple Watch pre-orders will open as the smartwatch comes to Apple retail stores for demos, this is undeniably Apple's week when it comes to wearables. And while there may be no changing that fact, just because Apple has the spotlight is no reason for the other players to give up altogether, and Google is sure doing its darnedest to remind us that Android Wear is still a viable option – especially if you're not willing to jump platform lines just for the sake of a wearable. To that end, it's promoting some of Android Wear's customization ...

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    If you have kids like I do, you probably celebrated the launch of YouTube Kids a few weeks ago, as it is definitely difficult to control what children can find on YouTube. The problem is when you find channels like McDonalds in the feed, which are clearly there to sell you products, and not with the sole purpose of providing children with educational content. This particular problem has raised a lot of fire around the concept of YouTube Kids, and today we learn that there are organizations ready to retaliate against Google. A handful of child advocacy groups are ready to file a complaint ...

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    It's been a little over a month now since Google's Sundar Pichai confirmed rumors that the company is getting into the cellular service game, starting business as an MVNO and selling access to mobile networks. And while Pichai's comments helped crystallize that this is a project that's very much happening, the details have continued to remain a mystery. It may still be some time before we have the compete picture of just what Google intends to offer, to whom, and for how much, but this week a new report attempts to shine some light on one aspect of those plans, claiming that Google's ...

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    Google Wallet may still struggle for widespread acceptance; it got off to a bumpy start with limited support from manufacturers and carriers, and it's never had quit the same kind of PR support that Apple Pay benefits from. And despite how it still hasn't risen to broad prominence, it continues to be a very useful tool for Android users who take the time to learn when and how to use it. For those of us who regularly take advantage of its mobile payment capabilities, the app's transaction history mode becomes a convenient way to check back in on when we spent what, where. Or at least, it ...

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    It was just a little earlier this afternoon when we were thinking about the state of Android Lollipop releases, and how the availability of Android 5.1 was pushing OEMs like Motorola to reconsider their release plans for earlier Lollipop updates in favor of those using Google's latest version. And while Motorola looks committed to Android 5.1, we may already be on the cusp of the next Android update, as early evidence arrives for a forthcoming Android 5.1.1 release. The 5.1.1 mention shows up in the Android SDK manager, so while we haven't seen any direct evidence of 5.1.1-running phones ...

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    There are plenty of way to add some new functionality to your HDMI-equipped TV set, and dongles like Chromecast or Amazon's Fire TV Stick have made bringing streaming media to your living room a breeze. But sometimes you crave a little more power than access to Netflix and YouTube, and for that you can turn to some beefier dongles that give your TV the power of something closer to a full-fledged PC. Today Google shares news of just such an upcoming product, along with a few new Chromebooks. The Chromebit is set to formally launch this summer, manufactured by frequent Google collaborator ...

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    If that Samsung Galaxy Blade Edge business or the Pac-Man option for Google Maps hasn't clued you in just yet: we've already embarked on the prank-filled journey into April Fool's Day. Those two might have gone live a little early, but now this next one is actually right on schedule, at least considering where it comes from. Over in Japan, it's already the early hours of the morning of April 1, so Google Japan is wasting no time in sharing its own AFD entry, wrapping a cuddly plush body around the ever-so-useful voice-driven search tools of Google Now: Google Panda. Google's not just doing ...

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    It's just about that time of year again, when otherwise quite respectable companies try and pull one over on us with news of all sorts of fake products and services. April Fools' Day may not technically fall until tomorrow, but we're already starting to see some of the first of its pranks arrive, and Samsung's getting us going with its announcement of the Galaxy Blade Edge smartknife. It slices, it dices, it makes thousands of... apps? Capitalizing on the Edge brand it introduced for its wrap-around displays, Samsung's dreamed up a cleaver married to a smartphone screen, packed into a ...

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    Google Drive isn't the company's only service getting a tweak today, as it picks up new photo-archiving duties. Google's also sharing word of a pretty significant update for Gmail for Android, gaining some new features that could help out a lot if you use Gmail to juggle multiple email accounts. The big one here is the unified inbox, letting you see all your new emails in one place. Even if that includes both Gmail accounts as well as third-party traditional IMAP/POP accounts, you'll be able to see all those messages at once. This blending of accounts continues with Gmail's support for ...

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    What happened to Google's plans to re-tool Android photo backup, moving away from Google+ and towards Google Drive, as we've been hearing rumored recently? Word was, this change was likely to take place last week, but the weekend arrived without any obvious motion in that direction? Well, the ETA may have been a little off, but today we finally see the news made official, as Google explains just how this shift will work. Google Drive picks up a new Photos section, where you'll now be able to find pics previously saved with Google+ Photos. But Google's not getting rid of Google+ Photos, ...

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    Windows Phone has made leaps and bounds when it comes to app availability, at least compared to the state of the platform just a couple years back. But despite the success Microsoft's found at courting devs, its work is far from over, and there's still a ton of catch-up work to do. The forthcoming arrival of Windows 10 seeks to help close the app gap with its focus on universal apps, giving devs broader access to Windows users across form factors, but will that be enough? A new report claims that Microsoft's been working on a backup plan to bring new software to its smartphones, by giving ...

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    Every version of Android that comes out is followed by a good amount of hot-fixes and small revisions coming in the form of revision updates, and Lollipop is absolutely no exception. The team at Google in Mountain View today has released a new Android 5.1 build, making some bug-fixing changes from the last version while still keeping the codebase very similar (even the jump in version number is very slight). The updated build has hit AOSP and Google's factory image site, so here's more information. The update is tagged Android 5.1.0_r3, indicating that this is the third revision of Android ...

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    When you're looking to give your Android phone or tablet a little custom flare while stopping short of a full ROM replacement, it's hard to go wrong with a new launcher. There are tons of options out there, and we've gone over some of our favorites with you. One of those is Action Launcher, and today we get word of a new update for the software on its way out, delivering a bevy of new features, bugfixes, and general improvements. One of the key new features in this release is support for an open live wallpaper API, including compatibility with Quicktheme color matching. Shortcuts and ...

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    Google's always looking for ways to make your life simpler, pulling data from one place in order to provide you with useful information somewhere else. Last spring we saw evidence of just such a feature in the works for Google Now, scouring your inbox for bills and presenting you with notifications for when they needed to be paid. To hear a new report, Google's still very much interested in helping us cut through some of the headache surrounding bill payment and is planning to introduce a new system later this year to make bill organization and payment a breeze, all from within Gmail. The ...

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    Google has gained a lot of fame for many of its services, but Google+ is definitely not one of them. Some of us still debate the need for another social network, and even with how useful Google+ can be for backing up your photos, not everyone likes the idea. Google seems to have noticed this particular pattern in users, and reports claim that this is the main reason why things might change soon. It seems that some code buried within an update to the Photos app points to a new update to come, which might change the dynamics of how the app works. The rumors are that now you won't be forced ...

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    As much as the folks at Mountain View did their best in making Google Glass something cool to wear, we all know that the end result was far from positive. Many people debated if paying $1500 for a pair of unproven glasses was worth it, and those who did prove their bravery in the initial Explorer program, didn't like to be called "glassholes" at all. Google Glass was a true challenge for public etiquete, but the company has now come on record to confirm that the project is not done. Google's Eric Schmidt was recently interviewed by the Wall Street Journal on the topic, and he was clear ...

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    When the Nexus 9 launched last fall, we generally liked what we saw: performance was good, music sounded lovely through those front-facing stereo speakers, and it was a lot of fun getting to know Lollipop. And of the things we didn't love about the tablet – issues like build quality, or insufficient storage options – many could be lumped into a “it feels like we're paying too much for what we're getting” category. Luckily, that's the sort of thing that's easily resolved via a price cut, and the tablet started its life off with an utterly fantastic one, getting an early half-off ...

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    Do you count yourself among the millions of Chromecast users out there? The Google dongle has emerged as one of the most convenient ways to get online content onto your television, and even with its two-year birthday coming up, it's still running strong. Google's making investments in keeping users happy with their Chromecasts not just by bringing Chromecast support to more and more apps, but also by hooking users up with some free offers. Last month we shared with you news of a free Play Store credit for Chromecast users, and this month Google's back with a similar offer. Last time ...

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