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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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    What will be the final designation Google gives to its next major Android release? Following Jelly Bean and KitKat, it's time for an L-named treat, but just which? Back at Google I/O, Google managed to side-step the issue with this “Android L” business, but that's just a placeholder. With the big public release of Android L due for this fall, along with expectations for new Nexus hardware, when are we going to lean this software's final name? We've got a couple news developments along those lines to check out as we start the week. First up, there's what happened over the weekend – or ...

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    Oh, crap. You thought you had a solid grip on your phone as you pulled it out of your pocket, just as you have thousands of times before, but this time your fingers wavered, your hold gave way, and your shiny Nexus 5 found itself careening down to the ground for an up-close and personal introduction to your hard tile floor. Now you've either got a very expensive paperweight or a spiderweb of broken glass between you and the display. Well, lovely. Some smartphone manufacturers have recently started easing up on their warranty coverage restrictions, replacing handsets for free even when the ...

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    Four months ago, we saw history being made as Play Store metrics revealed the first Android software package to be downloaded over one billion times: Google's Gmail app. While that was still a pretty notable milestone, Gmail being a Google app sort of took the air out of the news – of course a Google app, and such a core one to the Google ecosystem, would be at the front of the downloads race. But as we noted at the time, we were quite interested in seeing who would be next to follow Google across that billion-download line. This week, we've finally spotted a non-Google app pull in one ...

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    It's no surprise that IFA 2014 is shaping up to be the nexus of the smartwatch universe – for the next few days, at least. We've got new models on the horizon from multiple manufacturers all ready to be featured at the expo itself, not to mention Motorola's expected news about 360 sales, nor Apple's possible introduction of its own iWatch just a few days later. And while that group of devices will span manufacturers, physical sizes, and software platforms, Android Wear models look like they'll be making up the lion's share. A couple Google execs just sat down with CNET to discuss what's ...

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    After a bit of a lull in Android One news following the project's formal announcement back at Google I/O a couple months back, rumors picked up again last week, delivering a little good news alongside some bad news. On the one hand, it sounded like India might be getting its first Android One hardware over a month ahead of schedule, but then we also heard that the phones might come in a bit north (or maybe even more than a “bit”) of that $100 target price. Confirmation may just be another couple weeks away, as we get word this morning of an upcoming Google event in India. Two weeks ...

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    There have been a ton of rumors surrounding a Google Nexus 9 made by HTC. Sadly, aside from a couple of model numbers here and there, the amount of detail regarding what will power this HTC-made tablet have been quite scarce. We've speculated a lot on what we should expect from this design given HTC's track record, but today we finally get details on some internals. Reports claim that the Google Nexus 9 will be powered by a 2.5GHz dual-core NVIDIA's Tegra K1 Denver processor. What makes this processor famous, in addition to its 64-bit ARMv8 architecture, is the fact that it's fully pin ...

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    Earlier this week, rumors about Google's follow-up to the Nexus 5 took a turn. We had already been talking about the idea of Motorola manufacturing this hardware, and after rumors bounced around the theory that we could be looking at a 5.9-inch phablet-sized handset, they settled back at a slightly more mainstream 5.2-inch screen size. But all of a sudden, it looked like we might not be getting the Nexus 6 we assumed would we be on the menu, and instead the phone would arrive as the Nexus X – a name we'd been tossing around a year prior in the lead-up to the release of the Moto X. Today ...

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    Google set its sights on developing markets this year, announcing Android One during its Google I/O keynote this past June. Android One would provide resources for manufacturers to quickly and easily put together handsets running stock Android, while simultaneously giving users access to speedy software updates. With phones priced at $100 or less, the program promised to really step-up the quality we find at the bottom of the budget hardware barrel. Last we heard, the first Android One models might debut in India sometime in late October. Now new rumors suggest that Android One could ...

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    The Moto X+1 should be among us in the next couple of weeks. There is a lot of pressure for this phone to live up to the market acceptance that the Moto X never reached with its unique features. Even if Motorola would decide to only fix a couple of quirks, the Moto X is still ahead of its time, and reports claim that the Moto X+1 will push the bar even further. One of the biggest complaints we had with the Moto X was its camera, and trusted sources claim that Motorola has found a way to fit optical zoom into the camera of the Moto X+1. We're not exactly sure how the company will pull this ...

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    One of the things that was weird about Google's announcement of Android L was that we didn't get a tasty codename. All versions of Android thus far have had a dessert attached to their names, with the latest one being KitKat, so we were surprised to hear that the next version would simply be called "L," though many theorized that this was simply for the developer preview and that the final version would bear a tasty name as usual. Now support for that theory is flooding in, as multiple references to "LMP" in AOSP, the Android L SDK, and a WiFi certification document lead us to believe the ...

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    Rumors have been flying that Motorola has been chosen to make the next Nexus iteration, and most (if not all) called the phone the Nexus 6 – it's the sixth Nexus phone to be made, and it's also rumored to have a 5.9-inch screen size. Today we're seeing a report that looks to partially shoot down these earlier rumors, as the Motorola Nexus X name leaks for the first time. According to unacknowledged sources of PhoneArena, the phone will be named Motorola Nexus X (as we said earlier), and it will allegedly have the Motorola model number XT1100. This leads us to think the earlier report ...

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    We're looking forward to a ton of hardware launches about to get underway, not just at IFA itself in early September, but also at other events taking place in the same general timeframe: Motorola's Chicago event, or maybe even that rumored Apple event a few days later. But then there are also new devices we're expecting that aren't yet attached to any particular launch event – stuff like the new Nexus phone and tablet. Heck, knowing Google there might not be any big to-do at all, and it could simply reveal the hardware in a blog post. But however that happens, we're starting to close in ...

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    How many Android models can you think of that launched this month? What about since the start of summer? This year? And if you start looking past devices from just the big OEMs, also considering those from off-brands many of us have never heard of, just how large can that number get? OpenSignal's latest report on the state of the Android market looks at just how many unique models are currently in use, and the figure's large enough to shock even us. Looking at nearly 700k devices in operation over the course of the past year, OpenSignal saw close to 19,000 distinct models. Sure, a lot of ...

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    Secret is one of those apps that can drive a tad of controversy. It's designed for office gossip, and hey, getting your complaints out of your system without others really knowing who you are. Sadly it has also led to bullying in certain cases as well, as there is no safer place to keep your office secrets, than in your own mind. There is also a similar app called Cryptic for Windows Phone, and news are that there is a country that wants them banned. A Brazilian Judge is already fed up with all the reports of bullying cases, and the fact that these services haven't been able to put these ...

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    What's next for Google Glass? We just heard about a minor hardware upgrade earlier this summer, but we're talking big moves: when's Google going to come out with a commercially viable sub-$1000 Glass that shoppers can pick up from retail stores? The question's been hanging over our head for literally years at this point, and Google doesn't seem to be in a big hurry to answer it. But putting aside that sales question for just a moment, what about the Glass hardware itself? A little more internal tinkering aside, are we looking at the final design? Maybe for this wave of hardware, perhaps, ...

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