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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’re only three days away from Lenovo Tech World, an exciting press event in San Francisco where the continuously reshuffling device manufacturer intends to tackle “the most promising and emerging topics in innovation, including virtual reality, IoT and harnessing the power of the cloud to transform people’s lives.” Sounds vague, experimental and potentially boring as hell, and besides, Lenovo recently unveiled the Motorola Moto G4, G4 Plus and G4 Play in India, so it’s unlikely there’s already something different and similarly exciting in the pipeline. Or is it? Well, we ...

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    With Chrome OS taking on windowed Android apps via the Google Play Store in mere weeks, you may be looking at some Chromebooks if only for the vague interest in how that would all work. Well, you have a couple of extra choices from Acer to consider at the Google Store. The Taiwanese manufacturer has put up its new Chromebook 11 and Chromebook 14 on offer. The 11.6-inch model comes with a 1366 x 768 anti-glare LCD, a dual-core Intel Celeron N2840 (2.16GHz), 2GB of RAM and a 16GB SSD. It has a USB 3.0 and a USB 2.0 port along with HDMI and SD card slots. The 2.43 lb aluminium-built device is ...

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    The last markdowns are in place for the Nexus Player at many retail stores. ASUS isn't making a device anymore that used to be sold at the Google Store. Now what? Apparently, it's due for a software update. Liliputing first reported its findings of another application at the FCC for a device looking like another Nexus Player. But don't get your hopes up. The thing is that this application retains the same FCC ID code as the original product that was approved on October 19, 2014. Why would ASUS submit a new FCC application for an old product? Well, the FCC currently requires that if a ...

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    Last week, we saw a Bloomberg report claiming that Google was making a list, checking it twice and finding out which OEMs were naughty and nice. In other words, Google was ranking Android OEMs based on how fast they pushed out updates to consumers. The list is internal – probably as a mental note for who Google should start poking if they lag behind. But the same report suggests that Google may start publishing this list to the public so we all can know who is hot and who is not when it comes to updates. Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it and with Google already ...

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    Huawei is making a Nexus phone this year that will, in almost all certainty, best its Nexus 6P in the numbers that matter. But the number that matters right now is this one: $80. Best Buy, B&H and Newegg all have sales on the Nexus 6P for you to consider. The 32GB and 64GB at all outlets are getting $80 discounts down to just below $420 and $470 respectively. Best Buy and B&H is also taking $80 off the 128GB version down to $570 while Newegg has a $50 discount, putting it at $599. B&H is bundling $50 store credit and two screen protectors for the phone. Newegg is also offering ...

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    Rumor has it that HTC will be making some Nexus phones for Google in the near future. Huawei has it that the company is also make a Nexus phone for this year. The company launched its P9 series of phones in South Africa today. Like the US, China has had strong investment interests in the entire continent for a while now — but consumer tech companies like Huawei have been slow to bring fresh business over. GearBurn talked with the head of Huawei's South African unit, Charlene Munilall, about why it was the case that the country didn't see much headway for the Nexus 6P. She said, as have ...

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    When Google first launched the Nexus, it was a phone platform designed to set a threshold for what an Android phone should resemble. While focused on developers, there was a novelty for consumers in owning a phone supported directly by Google. As one could receive top tier processors at market disrupting prices, the Nexus quickly developed a passionate fan base among the Android savvy. However, today it's a lot more common to find manufacturers playing with lower price points and including powerful internals. This space has become increasingly competitive, as companies look for ways to ...

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    While Google confirmed at the I/O developer conference last month that fall 2016 is the ETA of its “high quality mobile virtual reality” Daydream platform, the search giant didn’t say when actual supporting phones manufactured by partners Samsung, HTC, Huawei, LG, ZTE, Asus, Alcatel, and Xiaomi would land. And mind you, current-gen Android flagships, including the Galaxy S7, LG G5, HTC 10 and even Google’s own Nexus 6P, are pretty much guaranteed to not work with the final, consumer variant of Daydream. But the recently unveiled ZTE Axon 7 will, according to its producing company, ...

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    You may have a new, bigger screen that you might take advantage of to enjoy original content from YouTube Red soon. We've been picking up reports that subscribers have been clicking into emails offering up a free Chromecast to redeem. There's some irony in that while a YouTube Red subscription tacks on access to the Google Play Music library as a bonus, a Google Play Music subscription that has YouTube Red as a bonus hasn't gotten a free Chromecast. All of this has been anecdotal, by the way. Maybe we'll see a similar deal with Chromecast Audio come up soon. After all, Chromecast ...

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    You'll soon be able to buy a OnePlus 3 without an invite! Is this the flagship killer you've been waiting for? We finally have confirmation on USA pricing for the Xperia X. Will Sony start supporting North America more consistently? Qualcomm delivers an official statement regarding the TrustZone exploit, but will consumers be able to protect their information if manufacturers have to send updates? These stories and we'll be tackling your questions and comments. Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 203 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on June ...

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    Google knows what it wants when it comes to Android hardware. It always could make those machines on its own, but it doesn't as a favor to the manufacturers that it would be cannibalizing. Instead, those OEMs help Google execute its reference designs. But something changed when Mountain View decided to make the Pixel C. The company put in direct orders to the factories. It made its own hardware. And it may be looking to make more. At Re/code's Code Conference, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told Walt Mossberg that the company's Nexus platform is getting "more effort" poured in. "You'll see us ...

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    So, you're bumping up against your storage ceiling and want to install, say, a ridehailing app that you haven't used before for a free ride (because let's face it: you're also flat broke right at the moment). The Google Play Store's telling you, though, that you simply can't pack in another APK onto your poor, crammed device. Brothers and sisters of the 16GB clan, we feel ya. Well, the Play Store has a new wizard when you it detects you need some space. It gives you a list of apps you've left cobwebbed or don't use often and how much space they take. You can check them off the list and hit ...

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    The Amazon Echo uses its Alexa assistant software to help it talk to a whole bunch of things. From the interconnected lights to the interconnected thermostat in your home to the Amazon warehouses, it needs some language to talk about turning them on and off and it needs some range to reach those things. Similarly positioned Google Home will supposedly need the same, too. So, how will Google Assistant communicate with the whole house and web? The Information is reporting that the assistant hub will actually be comprised of a speaker, microphone, LEDs and the guts of a Chromecast. Hey, ...

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    If you're freaked out by the number of ways your activities can be tracked by our almighty digital overlords (and any despot hacker), you may have to start screaming with the addition of another method to Google Maps on Android. Actually, it's just a port-over from the web version of Maps. That feature and a few others have been picked up in an XDA code inspection of the app's version 9.26.1 APK. Keep in mind that these code strings can be changed or removed before any chance of activation. For one, you could soon be sharing when you're going to get "there" with all the people you need ...

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    If YouTube didn't show how deep Google's cloud bank has grown to be, bring on last year's I/O. The event brought on the free storage of lightly-processed images under 16 megapixels in resolution. Original quality photo uploads still count against users' Drive storage, but there's a hint coming through from the code compilation of the Google Photos app, version 1.21. // // // // Specifically, it's this string in the Android app that's getting all the attention: <string name="photos_onboarding_nexus_back_up_your_photos">With Nexus, back up all you want!</string> <string ...

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    Quick. Fast. Instant. But unlike noodles, news articles shouldn't take two minutes to load. That's why companies like Facebook and Google have been offering up speedy-loading optimizations to content providers — with a share of the click revenue, of course. Google has been keeping its Accelerated Mobile Pages to Android users, but not anymore — version 15.1 of its iOS search app now has it. Users just need to look out for that lightning bolt next certain "top stories" to get informed instantly. Google Now cards also serve up sports highlight videos, too. Restaurant entries get a ...

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    Samsung might skip the naming of its next phablet, jumping to the Note 7. Pebble smashes Kickstarter goals. Should companies be allowed to use Kickstarter as a "pre-sale" platform? We get a better look at the OnePlus 3, and our own Jaime Rivera went to China to check out the ZTE Axon 7! Of course we'll also be tackling your questions and comments. Make sure you're charged and ready! It's time for episode 202 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on May 27th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version starting this weekend. ...

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    Let's cap this comparison on price. We're still months away from new iPhones and Nexii, but what about folks who just need to buy a phone today? We're looking at the mid-pack offerings from Google and Apple, and we're staying just under a $400 limit. We're pitting the Nexus 5X against the iPhone SE, and these two compete fairly well on paper. Both have solid cameras. Both phones have fingerprint sensors. Both devices should receive timely updates from their respective manufacturers. Yet, these two are also VERY different animals in terms of screen size, screen resolution, and overall build ...

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    You probably didn’t pay much attention to ZTE’s secondary announcement of a basic VR headset with Daydream support alongside the exquisite-looking new Axon 7 phone yesterday, but it turns out that might well have been the absolute highlight of the company’s Beijing event. It’s a pretty big deal that the ZTE Axon 7 and its head-strapped partner will be fully compatible with Daydream virtual reality experiences, presumably once the former gets updated to Android N, because according to Clay Bavor, “there will most likely not be any retroactively Daydream-ready phones.” That’s ...

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    As part of its Axon 7 launch, ZTE also decided to throw along its new ZTE VR headset. Like most other basic headsets — ahem, Gear VR — you just plug your Axon 7 into the headset and you get up and running. The ZTE VR headset has a nine-axis gyroscope for a refined viewing experience. It also has a few buttons, a capacitive touch pad and all of this is supposedly Daydream-compatible, too. Perhaps as manufacturers are able to create a UI skin on top of Android, those same manufacturers are able to create their own experiences on top of Daydream. But that's just speculation on our part. ...

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    Google Play Music is probably not the world’s most popular online audio streaming service, and somehow, it doesn’t feel like a solid contender for second or third place either. But when it comes to bundle deals and free trials of its premium All Access subscription tier, the Android, iOS and Windows-compatible app often towers comfortably above both Spotify and Apple Music. Case in point, a new limited-time offer letting you enjoy the service’s full library of tracks and albums, as well as ad-free YouTube with offline viewing, at only 99 cents covering 90 whole days. It’s also ...

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    No matter how a bunch of lazy, complacent, greedy, user satisfaction-ignoring device manufacturers and wireless carriers will try to spin the Android numbers tale to make it seem like fragmentation isn’t such a big deal anymore, the cold, hard facts suggest otherwise. Marshmallow is growing at a slower pace than lethargic Lollipop, and with just 7.5 percent market share as of the beginning of May, OS version 6.0 still lags way behind 5.1, 5.0, 4.4, and even the November 2012-released 4.2 Jelly Bean. Together, builds 5.0 and 5.1 Lollipop barely surpassed 4.4 KitKat back in March, a full ...

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    The old guard is going away. The Nexus Player just left the Google Store and the Nexus 9 left not long before that. Now we know that HTC is completely done with its own-made tablet as well. The company has said to CNET that it has ended its manufacturing run of the Nexus 9 and has a limited number available at its site. Indeed, all but the white 16GB version are still there on HTC's site as of this post. After several Hot Deal Tuesdays that had the slab discounted by hundreds of dollars, you'll still have to pay full price for these products. Will this clear the way for HTC to possibly ...

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    It's not as good as free, but if you're new to the whole anti-advertising sentiment of content consumption and want to get started into it, you can do so for just 99 cents. It's the price for three months of YouTube Red, YouTube's new service that not only removes ads from the viewing experience, but gives you access to exclusive original episodic content from viral video stars. Other features like the ability to keep videos running in the background, a Google Play Music subscription and video downloads are also bundled in. After the three-month trial, it reverts to the regular fee scheme ...

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    The Nexus Player is done. It's been done at many retailers for the past few months, but it's especially done now as the Google Store has stopped selling it. In fact, the product page doesn't exist anymore — the link that would take you there redirects to the Google Store's TV & Audio section. Ironically, the Nexus Player remains on the header image for the page as of this post. The Nexus Player was Google's first start into its Android TV system that allowed content to be played on a larger screen without relying heavily on an Android phone's resources. A few TV and set-top box ...

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