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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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    Over the past couple weeks, we've heard Google reveal a few changes that were set to come to the Play Store. First there was word that it was prompting developers to provide physical mailing addresses, with the intent of displaying them publicly in app listings, right alongside existing contact info like email addresses. Then a few days later we heard about a shift in the way Google would display info about apps offering users the opportunity to make in-app purchases, displaying the full range of IAP prices in the app listing itself. We knew it was gearing up to see both requirements go ...

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    No matter which cut-off date you go by, at this point summer 2014 is indisputably over. That also means that Pocketnow's Summer of Giveaways has drawn to a close, but not before hooking a number of lucky readers up with some brand new smartphones, including a couple with one-of-a-kind custom skins. We'd love to bring some more offers like that back in the future, but for the moment, those week-in, week-out giveaways have drawn to a close. The good news for you is that we've still got other ways you can become a winner, thanks to some of what's going on over at our Pocketnow Deals store. ...

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    The last week has been chock full of leaks attempting to reveal the Motorola phablet under development as codename Shamu, believed by many to be the device that will become Google's next Nexus phone. But even with this hardware showing up in the flesh, a host of questions about the device and how it might launch continued to puzzle us. Last night, some new details about purported plans for the phone emerged in a new leak, giving us quite possibly our best sense of the new Nexus yet. First up, how about that name? Nexus 6 had been the presumptive launch name, but recent rumors suggested ...

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    Depending on whom you ask, Google's Project Ara may be primed to change the way we look as smartphone hardware forever. The modular system seeks to give users unprecedented levels of control over the kind of hardware they want making up their phones, but tons of questions remain as to how practical Ara might really be. We're still a few months away from a retail launch, but for the first time in a while some fresh Ara news has hit our desks, as Phonebloks posts some hardware and software details. For one, we get confirmation that a fully functional Ara prototype will be on display at the ...

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    The public release of Android L is nearly here – at least, we sure think it is – but when it comes to a name for this new version of the OS, all we have is that “L.” Ever since the arrival of Android KitKat we've been wondering what name the L-release would take, but confirmation's been elusive. Long-standing rumors of Lemon Meringue Pie have recently been joined by new contenders, like Android Lion, and over the weekend some possible evidence has arrive in favor of another pair of L-names, Android Lollipop, or maybe Layer Cake. Both theories come to us courtesy of Google's ...

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    This week is proving to be a bit of a gold mine when it comes to us getting an idea of what the Motorola “Shamu” phone we've been talking about for a while – the model expected to be the next Google Nexus phone – will look like when it finally arrives. We quickly moved from a render to an actual photograph, though that pic was only of the phone's rear. Today we add a new image to that collection, and this time one that may just reveal Shamu's front side. The original image, as you see on the left is super-dark, with the handset's screen washing-out the exposure. On its own, it ...

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    Back in February, a document released as part of the latest wave of lawsuits between various mobile companies gave us a look into the relationship between Google and licensed manufacturer partners. These are the OEMs who ship their phones with Google's services and apps installed out of the box – so, pretty much all the major players (Amazon notwithstanding). The company's Mobile Application Distribution Agreement delineated all the particular ways Google's software had to be presented, including not just a list default apps, but specific ways they needed to be placed. Now a new report's ...

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    It's that time of the year again. Nexus season is upon us, and in full force too – after reports that the Nexus program would be coming to an end in favor of Android Silver, and then reports confusing us further by calling the other reports false, we're finally seeing somewhat-concrete evidence affirming the existence of a new Nexus. We saw a rather large leak from 9to5Google last night detailing Shamu allegedly, and now we have a follow-up report at hand: a Motorola Shamu image, in which the alleged Nexus is positioned next to the LG G3. Pictured is a massive Moto X-looking phone, ...

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    Nexus hardware rumors have picked up as of late, after scares from late last year and earlier this year that the line of Google-made smartphones and tablets had seen its fate sealed. Along with the constant flow of rumors concerning the HTC Nexus 9, we've been hearing steady whispers of a Motorola Nexus phone as well. Today, a report from 9to5Google (along with a follow-up piece from Android Police) looks to corroborate what we've previously heard, as well as bring some new information into the mix. One of the first things we heard about the "Shamu" was the display size, which was ...

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    This year's iOS update is one of the best yet. But as with most things, there are two sides to the story. While iOS 8 brings many long-requested features to Apple's mobile OS, it also brings something most users aren't used to seeing on the platform – honest to goodness bugs and glitches. In droves. Let's take a step back for a second. This update, iOS 8, is long overdue and quite nice. It brings many great things. In particular, Apple added third-party APIs, which it calls Extensibility, to allow more third-party developer and user control over the operating system and, ultimately, the ...

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    The public release of Android L is probably just a few weeks away, but for the moment, interested enthusiasts can check out preview builds for certain Nexus devices: the Nexus 5 and 2013 Nexus 7. We've wondered in the past if older Nexus models might eventually see Android L updates of their own, and while we still don't have a definitive answer, new evidence suggests that L is at least being tested on the Nexus 4. The evidence comes to us by means of comments made by Android devs in the Chromium bug tracker, such as one mentioning “my N4 on Android L.” Now, that's far removed from ...

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    In-app purchases, depending on who you ask, are either a fantastic way for developers to monetize their work, or a sleazy way to ruin software purchases as we know them. Critics fall into a number of boats, from those who would simply prefer to pay for an app once and be done with it, to parents whose children have ran up obscene bills through buying unauthorized extras. Especially in the case of that latter example, with lawsuits popping up all over the place and the FTC giving app store practices a very close look, companies like Google are taking steps to reform how in-app purchases ...

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    Rumors about an HTC-made Nexus 9 have been kicking around for months now, but it's only been over the course of the past two or so when those rumors really started to come together and feel like they were describing a product that truly was going to launch. More recently, that momentum's been helped out by the discovery of a growing body evidence pointing (at the very least) to HTC's work on a new tablet. Today, The Wall Street Journal weighs-in on the rumors, as its sources describe why Google is supposedly going with HTC, rather than a more established tablet-maker like Samsung. While a ...

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    Smartphone users are continuing to make clear that device security is a big concern, and companies are responding. Earlier this week, we saw Apple share some of its latest privacy-focused developments, including news that iOS 8 would be using strong encryption that would prevent Apple itself from being able to read data on your handset, even at the request of law enforcement. Now Google is sharing similar news of its own, as it reveals that Android L will provide full-device encryption by default. While Android had offered such protection as an option in the past, Android L will make the ...

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    It's always at a customer's best interest for any software store to require developers to provide a point of contact. If anything goes wrong with an application or a service, or if a customer has any questions about the service, there is no one better to contact than the developer. Usually an email address or a customer service desk would suffice for something like this, but it seems Google wants to take things a step further. The Google Play Store has just updated certain policies for developers, and among them, one that starts being enforced as of September 30 is that developers must ...

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