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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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    If you've recently accepted available updates for some of Google's applications, like YouTube, for instance, you'll see that now, every time you fire up the app, a splash screen will appear, with a huge icon (as seen above), and the Google logo beneath it. The Material Design guidelines allow this: "Branded launch screens are a good way to portray a brand while the app is loading. Take advantage of the loading time to display your logo or other elements that improve brand recognition. Avoid using text on this screen except your logo and, if applicable, a tagline." Using splash screens ...

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    Google is continuing to improve the user experience of its offerings, as a whole. We've seen an update to Play Music -- to support free radio streaming with ads in the US -- and we've also seen how the Google+ Pictures component will stop functioning soon, as we migrate over to the newly introduced (at I/O) Google Photos. The Google app (Search) has also been updated, and, while it doesn't bring anything new and noteworthy, under the hood, the code reveals some great features that will probably land in future versions. Conclusions drawn from APK teardowns aren't always spot-on, so treat ...

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    You don't get to be a company like Google without taking a few risks. For every successful product or service you launch like Gmail, there are going be a few misfires – Nexus Q, anyone? But you don't succeed if you never try, so over the years there are bound to be plenty of ideas that crash and burn along the way. Back in February we brought you news about an unusual-sounding project from Google, in the form of an app and social service called Tablescape, seemingly created solely to empower users to share photographs of tasty food with each other. We've long wondered just where Google ...

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    One of our favorite things about the Galaxy S6 (as well as the Galaxy S6 Edge) is the ability to transform the handset's look with just a few taps as we try on some of the phone's alternate themes. The powerful theming engine Samsung's gifted the phone with gives users the ability to adapt TouchWiz to their tastes, and we've already talked about some of our top choices in posts and on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Additional themes are arriving all the time, and today a particularly attention-grabbing one has landed, giving the GS6 a very stock-Android-inspired Material Design overhaul. ...

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    Many people are using the Photos app that comes with Google+ (and there also are users who can't wait for it to go away), but, apparently, with the latest update to the Google+ app, the Photos counterpart will go away. This message (pictured above) will pop up, at one point, once you get the Google+ 5.8 version from the Play Store: "This Google+ version of Photos will stop working soon. But don't worry! All your photos and videos are already in the new Google Photos — organized, searchable, shareable, and ready for you." Those who were relying on the built-in Google+ Photos section ...

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    When it comes to bringing smartphone interaction to a vehicle, without the risk of a fender bender, CarPlay and Android Auto are the way to go so far. The only problem is that even though these services were launched a year ago, it took for ever for car makers to adopt them, and it would force you to buy a new car if you wanted some love. Lucky for us Pioneer and Kenwood gave us an affordable alternative, and one of the options goes live today. The Kenwood DDX9702S and Kenwood Excelon DDX9902S are both shipping to stores and customers today, and what made them stand apart from Pioneer's ...

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    Google Play has long been a more permissive place for software than Apple's App Store, but even Google has its limits. Just what developers aren't allowed to do gets spelled out in Google's Play policies, banning things like gambling apps or outright malicious software. Occasionally Google revisits these policies, adding new restrictions or clarifying existing limitations in an effort to keep the Play Store a home for diverse software while at the same time prohibiting content that threatens to make Android a less-than-welcome place for all users. This week Google did just that, expanding ...

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    Even though Google owns the most popular smartphone platform in the world, the company has proven that ignoring strong competitors is a bad idea. We've seen the company update most, if not all of its iOS applications to match Android counterparts in almost every way possible. One of the only services that was left behind was Google Calendar, or at least until today. Google has just published an update for Google Calendar on iOS, and the plan is to have it resemble its Android sibling in just about everything. Google Drive integration is a major update, so now iPhone users can integrate ...

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    One of the things that had us most skeptical with the birth of CarPlay and Android Auto last year, was having a car that isn't compatible with your phone, or vice versa. Switching a car isn't something you can do every day, and being forced to pick stick to a platform you don't like just to use it in your car is also ridiculous. GM is one of the companies that has thought of this, and today we learn more of its support plans. Just like we saw Cadillac and Chevrolet a few weeks ago, GM has now expanded its support for both CarPlay and Android Auto to brands like GMC and Buick as well. ...

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    Across mobile platforms, smartwatch makers are eager to embrace the possibilities offered by health-related apps and services. After all, fitness trackers are a huge component of the current wearables market, and smartwatches allow manufacturers to pair a fitness tracker's sensors with advanced software and communications capabilities. That all makes for a prime environment for gathering and analyzing all sorts of personal health data, bringing us the likes of Apple HealthKit and Google Fit. But Google has some even grander ambitions than just helping you lose that winter weight, and the ...

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    The battle between streaming music services is heating up once again, as Apple Music gets ready to go live at the end of the month. While Apple's entry may be getting all of the recent headlines, its competition isn't about to take the arrival of this new threat lying down, and they're looking to do all they can to keep the public's attention. Today Google has a solid chance of doing just that, as it announces a new ad-supported version of Google Play Music. It used to be that the free component of Play Music was its role as a locker for storing your own personal library of tracks, and ...

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    Google has been hard at work in making its tools more useful to the world around them. Google Searches are a common way for anyone to find the information they need from the internet. Obviously in the case of journalists, this information must be trust worthy, and today a new tool has been launched with that focus. Google News Lab is a new tool designed to help journalists get their job done. Instead of having them search for information all around, News Lab will combine information from different Google sources like YouTube, Google Maps, and others, with the idea of helping journalists ...

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    One of the best parts of owning a smartwatch is being able to really make the wearable your own. While a regular watch may not offer much in the way of customizability besides picking out a new band, smartwatches open new doors for expression, not the least of which being your choice of watchface. Hundreds of such options are available for Android Wear devices, and beyond Google occasionally taking the time to highlight some of its favorites, we've also shared some of our own top picks with you. This week, Google's back with some more selections, showcasing seventeen stand-out watchfaces. ...

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    Sure, you may consider yourself a big Android user: you've got an Android smartphone, probably a tablet, and maybe even an Android Wear smartwatch. And that's all well and good for mobile tech, but what about at home? Sure, the low cost of entry has made Chromecast pretty affordable to pick up, but in some ways that's just a half measure – what about Android TV? If your media center isn't quite as Android-ified as it could be, now's looking like a pretty good time to make up for it, as Amazon slashes its asking price for the Nexus Player. We saw Google's set-top box debut last fall, ...

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    Even though Android is famous for offering the best app ecosystem in the world, it's hard to ignore that this isn't Google's core business. This company has always based its businesses on cloud-based solutions like Google Sheets for example, as an online way to compete with Microsoft Excel. We also see this with Google's new Photos app as well, but a new report claims that there is a bigger picture. Even though the report doesn't confirm what the name of this project is, it seems that Google is secretly working on a new plan to make apps something users stream to devices, and not something ...

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    Android skins have been one of the most polarized topics to ever reach the platform since its infancy. There was a time when Android was so ugly that it made sense for companies to provided their added touch in the user interface, but that's far from today's reality. Google's Material Design has proven to be one of its most popular assets so far, and if you're interested in getting more of it, now is the time. Google has decided to make its Clock application an application that everyone can download. This app is as barebones as it gets when it comes to the home screen widget, but ...

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    Last week, we told you about Google's new smartphone chooser, an online tool designed to help you pick the right Android phone for your particular needs. I was immediately taken with the idea, envisioning a web app that leveraged Google's awesome knowledge base to ask you a series of questions that would gradually whittle down the vast pool of available Android devices until Your Perfect Smartphone appeared on the screen. Yeah, my expectations might have been a little extreme ... but then again, this is Google we're talking about. So I pointed my browser to Android – Which ...

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    A little knowledge is a powerful thing, and here in the States, restaurants have been getting a lot more transparent about what they're feeding us in recent years. While you once may have acted only on the intuition that your Double Whopper probably didn't make for the most diet-friendly lunch, these days it's comparatively easy to get some nice hard numbers about calorie count, fat content, and sodium levels. Now Google's helping to make this information even more available, as it teaches its search tools to provide users with nutrition data from lots of popular chains. Pull out your ...

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    Google's intentions for this year's lineup of Nexus devices are anything but clear at the moment, and the company has deviated from past habits so many times in recent years, that's its tough to even form some general expectations of how many models we might be talking about, or what shapes/sizes they might take. At least one rumor has suggested that LG could return as a manufacturer, building one of two possible Nexus handsets. Now some new rumors out of South Korea discuss what the company could be planning for this phone. The big takeaway from this report is that this LG Nexus phone may ...

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    Calling all devs! Fancy yourself an Android expert? Or just a curious amateur who has a knack for tracking down potentially nasty security vulnerabilities? Google wants your help. The company is expanding its Vulnerability Reward Program to cover Android, inviting devs to track down security holes and offering to pay them cold, hard cash for their efforts. Depending on the severity of the bugs devs uncover, as well as the efforts they take to document and fix the issue (if they so choose), Google's reward structure is set up to offer them as much as $8000 for their work. But even a simple ...

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    It was last month when the Android 5.1.1 update began rolling out to Nexus 6 devices across the globe, though those who purchased their units from AT&T were out of luck at the time. Sure, it was a minor update over the build of Android 5.1 the phone was already running on AT&T, but it represented an important bug-fixer nonetheless – for good reason, users wanted to have it. Those people are in luck today, as the Nexus 6 Android 5.1.1 update is finally rolling out to users of the AT&T variant of the device. The OTA comes in at a fairly small (at least in the land of ...

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    Maybe you're headed to that one store on the other side of town that carries the soda you crave, or planning to pop out for a late-night bite at a restaurant down the road – in either case, Google Maps is well equipped to point you in the right direction. But even if the app can get you there, there's little worse than arriving at your destination only to find out that it's closed. Luckily, the latest update to Google Maps for Android is set up to help prevent that from happening, gaining the ability to warn you when you're not likely to reach a business or attraction before it's closed ...

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    Apple's been offering iOS users a free app of the week for the longest time – a normally paid app that's made available for free as a temporary promotional offer, before going back to its regular price. Android app stores haven't been strangers to such promotions, and Amazon attempted to do Apple one better, offering a free app of the day. But all this while Google's been standing back and choosing not to offer any kind of similar promotion in its Play Store. Sure, you'll find all manner of sales on Play Store apps, but the idea of a free app of the week/day, one that's normally paid but ...

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    "What phone should I get?" It's a question we think about constantly, whether answering listener mail on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, or thinking about new phones as we review them, wondering what sort of user they make the most sense for. And with as many options out there as there are, it's one that can feel more difficult to answer each day. That's more true on Android than any other platform, but to help you make sense of it all, Google's stepping up with a new online tool, designed to help you find the most appropriate smartphone for your needs. Start out by telling Google what you ...

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    Last week we learned that Google-owned Nest was planning to share some news with us on June 17, and all signs pointed to some kind of new product. Rumors suggested that we'd see something more akin to a refinement of an existing device than something all-new, with a particular emphasis on slimming things down. While we're not sure if we have the whole picture just yet, at least one new Nest device has just leaked, as details emerge about the wireless Nest Cam. Nest bought Dropcam a while back, and the Nest Cam looks to be the first effort to integrate some of that Dropcam tech under the ...

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