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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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    We got 2016 started with some rumors that weren't talking about new flagship phones a couple months away, or summer's hot new models, but instead some high-profile handsets probably landing until closer to fall: Google's next Nexus phones. Coming off a year of two such models, from two different manufacturers, the rumor suggested that Google would come back with another pair of handsets, but this time from one OEM: HTC. In the months since we haven't heard any better theories about Google's 2016 Nexus lineup, and this HTC idea has only picked up steam. Today a new rumor adds its own ...

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    Smartwatches do so many things differently from your standard “dumb” timekeepers that it's difficult to know where to start, but there's undeniably one big thread that runs through the whole experience: personalization. From the watch style you choose, to the apps you load on it, to the watchface you turn to dozens of times throughout the day, smartwatch users have plenty of opportunities to really make their wearables their own. That customization extends to straps, but as anyone who's struggled to swap one out for another can tell you, they're not always so easy to work with. ...

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    Have you made the plunge with YouTube Red? For users willing to pay ten bucks a month, Google will turn on features like background playback, enable access to Red-exclusive content, and maybe most importantly, finally stop running all those ads that had been interrupting your viewing experience. If you're a Red convert, whether you just signed up or have been using the service since its inception, move along – this news isn't for you. But if you're still wading through the ad-sponsored YouTube of yesteryear, we've got some new content to let you know about, as Google brings a new ad ...

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    Google realizes that Gmail addresses aren't for everyone. But even if your digital mail lives on someone else's server, Google would still like little more than for you at least to be accessing it through its Gmail app. That's led to developments like the “Gmailify” service we saw debut earlier this year, where Google worked to implement a number of Gmail-like features for users connecting to external Yahoo or Outlook email accounts. Today Google's got some fresh news about how Gmail's making it easier for users with existing email services to adopt the Gmail app, as the company ...

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    While Google last fall assured its handful of unrelenting Chrome OS believers the desktop platform would not be merged with Android and effectively shut down anytime soon, clear signs of a coalition and consolidation of sorts keep flooding the interwebs. The latest persuasive rumor calls for Google Play spreading its wings to embrace Chromebooks, Chromeboxes, Chromebits and Chromebases before long, letting all these machines “choose from over a million apps and games to install and use.” That’s promotional text already baked into Chrome OS source code, mind you, so we’re dealing ...

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    When you're a company as big as Microsoft or Google, you've got a lot of eyes on you at any given time, ranging from media critics, to government watchdogs, to competing companies. And while that sort of exposure is a mostly inevitable consequence of being a tech giant, it sure can keep a good number of PR and legal employees busy round the clock. Any time that they don't have to spend worrying about these issues is manpower that can be better allocated elsewhere, so to that end Google and Microsoft have found themselves coming to something of an agreement, each pledging to lay off the ...

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    For a smartphone dating all the way back to 2013, the Nexus 5 still holds a special place in the hearts of a good number of Android users, and while it's clearly been surpassed by more powerful Nexus hardware, some recent hot deals on the phone have managed to keep it in our thoughts. But for as much as the Nexus 5 did right, it was never a phone that fared well for users with big data needs: with no microSD expansion (well, not without a separate mod), and only 16GB and 32GB storage options, it might not be long before you found yourself uninstalling old apps to free up space. Google and ...

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    Technology is such an integral part of everyone’s life nowadays that many people believe it’s the CEOs of companies like Apple, Google or Facebook who run the world as opposed to major political leaders. According to Time magazine however, there’s plenty of room on a roster of the 100 most influential individuals around the globe for nation presidents, businessmen, actors, musicians, athletes, doctors, scientists, and even fashion icons. As always, the Time 100 list is as diverse as it is bizarre and controversial this year, including names like Caitlyn Jenner, Pope Francis, Angela ...

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    If your legs are as restless as your mind is or you enjoy discovering the place you live and know it like the back of your hand, you might already be signed up as one of Google's "Local Guides." You meet fellow guides and get sweet swag along the way. One piece of swag on the way for Local Guides leveled 2 or above is an invitation to try out "Google's New App for Travelers." Those taking it up will have to fill out a survey to determine how often they use Gmail or Inbox and disclose plans to travel. Accepted testers will get links to the iOS or Android app next week. Source: Android Central

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    It’s probably only a matter of time until the EU goes after Google for anti-competitive practices regarding the search giant’s translation service in addition to the way actual search, web browsing and shopping apps are built into stock Android. But Microsoft is doing a pretty good job nurturing its own Translator for Windows Phone, iOS and Android, so Google Translate may not hold a monopoly much longer, even on the world’s most popular mobile platform. Two of the recent major iOS updates for Microsoft Translator are essentially brought together on Android now, with the app finally ...

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    Last fall, Google revealed its grand scheme for getting the content we want to consumer on our phones to those handsets as quick as humanly possible, announcing Accelerated Mobile Pages. AMP represents a streamlined take on content distribution, reducing layout overhead in order to make accessing mobile web traffic as speedy as pulling up locally stored media. Back in February, Google took steps to further get the word out about AMP by highlighting pages featuring the tech in mobile search results, and now we're leaning about a logical next step in its love affair with all things AMP, as ...

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    Google and Apple are doubling up on each other, at least according to App Annie. The app data intelligence firm has released data for app downloads and revenue it compiled over the past quarter and it shows some trends continuing on from when we last picked them up.   The good news overall? Both downloads and revenues are on the rise for both platforms, but the Play Store still leads in downloads by 100 percent while the App Store gets 90 percent more revenue. India had the best annual download improvement for Google while on the Apple side, it was China. Meantime, Chinese ...

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    It's not like podcast fans on Android haven't had plenty of options for finding and listening to the programming of their choice, but earlier this week Google stepped up to really help streamline things, fulfilling last year's promise of bringing full podcast support to Google Play Music. As both podcast fans and producers, we were seriously happy to see this move finally happen, but it turns out that Play Music integration was only one component to Google's new love affair with all things podcast. Today the company shares another way it's making it easier for listeners to connect with the ...

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    While Apple reaps the largest profit margins of the mobile industry on devices powered by a closed platform, it’s no big secret the overwhelming majority of global smartphone users favor an open-source ecosystem. But the European Union has embarked on an important quest several years ago, aiming to analyze the degree at which Google is in reality “open” to Android alteration. After alleging the search giant abuses its power to force hardware manufacturers to endorse various secondary services over software products developed by competitors, the EU has just drafted a “Statement of ...

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    For many Android users, 2015 will go down in history as a sad year for the platform’s vulnerability protection, due mostly to a collection of mischievous software bugs known as Stagefright. But that’s all behind us now, and at least according to Google’s second Android security annual report, the remote code execution and privilege escalation troubles may have made the ecosystem stronger than before. Of course, there’s no mention of Stagefright in this latest “overview of new security protections introduced in 2015”, but it can’t be a coincidence the probability of an ...

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    It's been a while since we've talked about Force Touch, right? We've gone and genericized Apple's "3D Touch" to the point where we've forgotten it's been around for a while. But let's not lose sight of the features package 3D Touch brings us — added functionality. The second iteration of the Developer Preview has code to support something called "Launcher Shortcuts" and the folks at Phandroid, in association with Nova Launcher's developer, have gotten together a working demo of how an app might take advantage of it. Since the Android ecosystem has yet to develop an app with the new ...

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    Is it time for the tablet wars? In Australia, quite possibly. We've seen the PC marketplace at full capacity and at low interest for a few years — and we've been covering the reasons why that's the case. As PC-makers try and consolidate (and fail to do so), we may a resurgence in the plateaued tablet market. Specifically, we're talking about convertible tablets. Research and analysis company Telsyte decided to put its eyes to the land down under and found that Windows and iOS took away market share from Android in a shrinking overall market. In fact, the market's in its second year of ...

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    It's been a while since we've talked about Google's stock camera app that has been relegated to the realms of Nexus. Those of you on the Android Beta Program have been able to peek into some new features as carried in the app through the Android N Developer Preview. Now, Google has pushed those changes into the Play Store app. The major feature changes include being able to shoot stills while recording video and moving the slow-motion video feature to the pull-out menu. Nexus phones running Android Marshmallow can update the app at the Play Store. If your non-Nexus phone's on Android 6.0 ...

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    There’s an app for that. A witty, catchy marketing slogan first used by Apple way back in 2009, a fact of life nowadays as true and unquestionable as the color of the sky. If you can’t find an Android or iOS app for any task, chore or undertaking, you must be doing something wrong, probably not knowing where to look. Just take a moment and ponder these figures – 30,000 titles available in Google’s Play Store just six years ago, roughly 2 million by the latest count. 1 billion downloads in total through August 2010, around 11.1 billion in the past quarter alone. Granted, the number ...

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    It's impossible to look at this year's big smartphone launches and pretend that spherical all-the-way-around “360-degree” video isn't a hot feature on the minds of some big hardware teams: both the LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 debuted alongside their own handheld devices tailor-made for the purposes of capturing such immersive content, all ready to be enjoyed with your VR viewer of choice (though a regular phone will work just fine in a pinch). With the hardware landing, all we needed was some good software support, and a couple months back we heard that YouTube was getting ready for ...

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    Back in October, just weeks after the latest Nexus phones debuted, Google had another big announcement to make, as it revealed that podcasts (like our own Pocketnow Weekly) would soon be getting an official home within Google Play Music. Well, maybe “soon” wasn't the right word, because while Google announced the coming feature, and invited content creators to apply to have their own podcasts included, it didn't offer a start date any more specific than sometime in the months to come. Half a year later, we finally started to get some signs that this support was nearly ready to go live, ...

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    Forget “natural-looking” emoji, floating windows, the return of night mode, and app priority importance. Virtual reality might not only be the next big thing for tech in general, but also the Android “ecosystem” in particular. Thus far, Google has looked surprisingly shy and hesitant to properly jump on the VR bandwagon, developing the meek Cardboard platform and not much else. Before long though, a version of Android dedicated entirely to powering virtual-reality applications could debut, hopefully in pre-release beta form first. Android N probably isn’t it, with ...

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    Although the newest stock Android phones from Google are likely plenty appealing at their normal prices, LG and Huawei don’t want to settle for average sales numbers, constantly reducing their profit margins to get the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P in as many pockets as possible. While Project Fi subscriptions still come with hands down the lowest N5X tag, the 5.2-incher can also be purchased at a discount unlocked, straight from Big G, as well as B&H Photo Video. The latter retailer charges just $300 for a 32GB Nexus 5X configuration after $50 instant savings and another $50 once you apply ...

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    There's an interesting thread on the /r/Android subreddit that has people talking about what a new HTC Nexus phone might actually look like. If you like the HTC 10 now and wouldn't mind seeing it again, this mock-up — based entirely on that phone — should suit your bill perfectly. Edits to the front panel include a near-zero bezel between the edge and a humongous screen while an extra speaker replaces the capacitive keys and fingerprint sensor mounted at bottom. The sensor is reformed into a circle and replaced below the camera sensor at back, just like how the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P ...

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    "After an earlier run at settling this case failed, the court observed that some cases just need to be tried. This case apparently needs to be tried twice." That's what a US District Court judge in San Francisco said after settlement talks broke down between Oracle, the company that owns the Java API, and Google, which used JavaScript in building its Android operating system. The first trial, dating back to 2012, ended in a mistrial as a hung jury couldn't decide whether Google's fair use argument was valid. Oracle is looking for billions in royalties it thinks it was deprived of. Chief ...

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