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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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    For the past week or so, our Nexus-device attention has been directed at the Motorola-made Nexus 6, with more and more imagery of the unreleased Android leaking online. And while we are very excited to pick up more information on that handset, it's not the only upcoming Nexus model we've been following. Last month also brought us a fair share of rumors concerning an HTC Nexus 9 tablet, which could also be preparing to launch in just a few more weeks. Today we've got a double dose of Nexus 9 news for you, taking a look at what sure seem to be the tablet's FCC paperwork, while also getting a ...

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    If there's one thing it seems really difficult to accuse Google of, it's not giving users enough ways to communicate with each other. We've got Google Mail, Voice, Hangouts (above), and Google+, not to mention self-publishing tools like Blogger. With all these options, it almost seems ridiculous to think about adding new ones, but that very well may be what Google's up to right now, as rumors suggest that it's putting together a new platform for instant messaging. The big difference compared to existing offerings, especially in light of pressure these past few years to get everyone on ...

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    This past year's been a huge one for Cyanogen Inc., seeing not just the formal incorporation of the company, but its involvement in the release of new Android hardware, like the OnePlus One, or its dealings with Oppo (as with the N1, above). Will the next year bring similarly big things to Cyanogen's table? Well, it sure looks like interest in the company is higher than ever, as we get word of a new round of funding and reports of Google interest in a possible acquisition. Cyanogen's said to be going after investors now, seeking an ultimate market valuation up around the one billion dollar ...

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    Leaks concerning the Motorola-made Nexus 6 have seriously been on the upswing over the past week or two, and just yesterday we had the opportunity to get one of our best looks at the handset yet, spotted out getting some real-world testing. So while our general questions about this handset's existence may be fading under the mountain of evidence that continues to arrive, plenty of specifics have remained unclear. One of those important details concerns availability; sure, Google may start selling the Nexus 6 in just a couple more weeks, but once it does, what carriers will you be able to ...

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    Are you the kind of smartphone user who finds yourself juggling a bunch of different devices? If so, we should be friends. Those of you on the Android side of the spectrum (or better yet, checking out the smartphone landscape from a cross-platform vantage point) are no doubt familiar with the way Google Play keeps track of all the hardware you've linked to it – and unless you make a concerted effort to clean out older devices from its list, you've may even have a few dormant models on their that haven't been powered-on in ages. Thanks to a new change coming to the Play Store today, ...

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    The next Nexus phone might be the first made by Motorola, the company that Google purchased, and then sold to Lenovo. The next Nexus phone, so far known by a tentative codename, Shamu, might wear the name of Nexus 6, and that might be because it's the sixth Nexus smartphone, or because it is rumored to have a six-inch(ish) screen. In any case, what you see above, and below, is a Nexus 6 carved out of wood, respecting the 5.9-inch rumored screen measurement, as well as the other bits of information which have leaked in the recent past. Said carved mock-up has been then shot in a Nexus 6 vs ...

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    Excitement about Google's next Nexus smartphone has been heating up fast, fueled in recent weeks by a string of leaks revealing the Motorola phablet codenamed Shamu – the phone believed to arrive as the Nexus 6. We've seen a render, heard descriptions of the hardware, and even checked out a photo or two. Now the handset appears to be back, spotted out in the wild getting some real-world testing. At least, this certainly looks the part of Shamu: it's got top and bottom speaker cut-outs, is clearly a Motorola model, and is running Android L. Maybe the thing that most has us doubting if ...

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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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