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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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    Though there's not much reason to buy the Moto G Google Play edition considering the fact that Motorola's Android skin is incredibly close to stock, the device does indeed receive updates to the latest and greatest version of Android a bit faster than its skinned brethren. The latest of these updates is Android 4.4.4, and though it doesn't bring much atop Android 4.4.3, security fixes are in tow. The Moto G Google Play edition Android 4.4.4 update is now rolling out, so security-paranoid individuals can be at rest now for the most part. In case you need the update now, and nothing can ...

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    One of the coolest features of Android Wear many people don't realize is the fact that developers can build standalone apps for the platform -- meaning, you can perform tasks without relying on a smartphone proxy. One of the apps demoed at Google's I/O 2014 developer conference was Eat24, which allowed the presenter to order a pizza straight from his watch. While that app is still MIA as far as we can tell, two other apps have already become available that we'd like to shine the spotlight on. The first app, a very unoriginal idea, is a minimalistic calculator app that can run directly on ...

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    The Nexus S ended its run of officially-issued Android updates at 4.1.2. The Galaxy Nexus kept things moving up until 4.3. And now with the Android L preview arriving, owners of aging Nexus hardware are wondering what, if any support might still be in the pipeline for their own devices. The first-gen Nexus 7 is coming up on two years old at this point, and the Nexus 4 isn't that far behind. Will they get to taste Android L when it goes public this fall? Just looking at the timing alone, you might be tempted to think not, but evidence is already arriving that suggests these models could ...

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    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything. Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Sunday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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    One of the UI elements in Android L that was given the "Material Design" makeover was the stock keyboard. In case you were jealous of your Android-L-toting-Nexus-owning friends though, you can now have the Android L keyboard app on your device through a simple Play Store app install. The app is a direct port from Android L, with no modifications to be found. You simply install it through the Play Store, go to Settings, click through Language & Input (or Keyboard, depending on the type of Android device you have), and change the color scheme in Advanced Settings to "Material." Bam, you ...

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    When we're talking about audio on smartphones, most of the times our conversation turns to speakers; do they offer stereo output, good frequency response, and are they placed wisely? That comes up so often because the details effect so many tasks, from games, to video playback, and even speakerphone calls. But what if your concern is more about audio processing: taking a signal in, acting upon it, and outputting the result? Some platforms have managed to shine at this task, but Android's often struggled with latency – the delay introduced in this process. That's drastically limited the ...

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    For about the past five months now, rumors have been swirling around this idea that the Nexus series of Android phones and tablets was coming to a close. After initial talk of Google Play editions possibly rising to take their place, rumors of Android Silver popped-up, and it became the presumed replacement for the Nexus program. And while neither Silver nor Nexus came up at the Google I/O keynote, that new business of Android One with its own stock Android experience could easily be seen as further fuel for these rumors. But was all this death-of-Nexus panic premature? Have we been ...

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    If you don't have a Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 2013 to test it out on, you may be itching to see how well it performs. If a hands-on video isn't your thing, and you simply want to take a good look at the next version of Google's mobile OS, look no further than the compilation of Android L screenshots below. One thing many don't realize, is that Android L in its current state really isn't much of a visual overhaul from KitKat. Sure, the Settings app and core UI aspects have been redone, but most apps haven't received the redesign treatment from Google quite yet. The one big notable exception is ...

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    Google said it was coming: yesterday at the I/O keynote Google introduced us to all the new features arriving with its introduction of Android L, and while the formal public release (and updates for existing devices) won't be arriving until the fall, Google told us that a developer preview would be coming out today. A little earlier the Android L SDK went live, and now it's followed up by Android L system images for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7. If you've got a Nexus 5, you're good to go, but the Nexus 7 build is only for the WiFi version of its 2013 refresh. Once downloading your respective ...

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    A few months back Google revealed one of the latest ambitious projects from its Advanced Technology and Project group, the sensor-packed Project Tango. Tango's designed to let a device accurately scan its surroundings and determine its location in 3D space, allowing it to form a complete 3D map of its environment. First Google made available an experimental Tango handset to interested developers, and we just saw it follow that up with a very high-end (not to mention expensive) Tango tablet. But how long is this going to remain a curiosity for devs, and when might it mature into a more ...

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    On stage in San Francisco at the opening Google I/O 2014 keynote, Google unveiled and showed off a host of new features and services: Android Wear, Android Auto, Android TV, and Android L, the newest, yet-to-be-named version of its mobile platform. During the keynote, the search giant made a few things very clear. One, it wants a consistent experience across all its products and services, so it announced a new design language, which it calls Material Design. Two, Android is quickly becoming the staple and primary vehicle for all things Google. Wait, hasn't Android been that for Google for ...

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    Back in the chilly days of January, we were thinking quite a bit about Nexus 5 color options. The Android smartphone was already available in black and white, and it was looking like some new colors were just about to arrive. There was one “leak” pointing to a rainbow of different shades, but critics were quick to call it a fake. But shortly thereafter we checked out a pic of the Nexus 5 in red, and sure enough, just about a week later, that red option was official. But alongside that red pic, a source claimed that a yellow Nexus 5 would also be launching – an option we've yet to ...

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    Are you happy with the hardware we saw emerge from Google I/O? Granted, it's a very different event than anything along the lines of an MWC or a CES, but we still often look forward to seeing one or two devices with close Google ties emerge from the conference. And while in the past those have included things like Nexus tablets, this year the rumored spread failed to emerge: no Nexus 8, nor even a Nexus 9 (or was there?). But were those rumors even close to the truth to begin with? Was it actually the Tango tablet sources were referring to? Supposedly not, and even with the Nexus 8 absent ...

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    A recent massive leak suggested that Google and HTC were at work on a beastly followup tablet to last year's Nexus 7, and that set the wheels in motion for what will likely be a near-endless stream of leaks from now until the announcement of the alleged device. We're now learning that in a promotional image for Android L featured by Google, the company may have just shown off an HTC Nexus 9 render. Let's take a look. There are a few things that tell us that this is not the Nexus 7 of yesteryear. First and foremost, it's the front-facing speakers (only one pictured here). This is ...

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    Google I/O 2014 is happening right this moment, and even though we had a ton of expectations for this event, it's hard to say that Google disappointed anyone. Surely there was little hardware announced, but we can't say that what we did get, which is the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live, weren't all great offerings anyway. We also got a lot of great enhancements for the future of Android, and that's really want we focused on our next video. Android L is the future of Android. Yes, we still don't know if it's Android 4.5 or Android 5.0, nor if it'll have a pastry name either. What we do ...

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