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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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    Are you happy with the hardware we saw emerge from Google I/O? Granted, it's a very different event than anything along the lines of an MWC or a CES, but we still often look forward to seeing one or two devices with close Google ties emerge from the conference. And while in the past those have included things like Nexus tablets, this year the rumored spread failed to emerge: no Nexus 8, nor even a Nexus 9 (or was there?). But were those rumors even close to the truth to begin with? Was it actually the Tango tablet sources were referring to? Supposedly not, and even with the Nexus 8 absent ...

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    A recent massive leak suggested that Google and HTC were at work on a beastly followup tablet to last year's Nexus 7, and that set the wheels in motion for what will likely be a near-endless stream of leaks from now until the announcement of the alleged device. We're now learning that in a promotional image for Android L featured by Google, the company may have just shown off an HTC Nexus 9 render. Let's take a look. There are a few things that tell us that this is not the Nexus 7 of yesteryear. First and foremost, it's the front-facing speakers (only one pictured here). This is ...

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    Google I/O 2014 is happening right this moment, and even though we had a ton of expectations for this event, it's hard to say that Google disappointed anyone. Surely there was little hardware announced, but we can't say that what we did get, which is the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live, weren't all great offerings anyway. We also got a lot of great enhancements for the future of Android, and that's really want we focused on our next video. Android L is the future of Android. Yes, we still don't know if it's Android 4.5 or Android 5.0, nor if it'll have a pastry name either. What we do ...

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    Feeling a little overwhelmed by today's flood of Android news out of Google I/O 2014? You've got our sympathies, as even without the rumored big-ticket announcement of a new Nexus tablet, there was still a heck of a lot to take in. We've been bringing you coverage of all the important developments all day long, but just in case you missed a few bits, we're recapping everything you need to know: Android One is Google's new effort to make it easier for OEMs to produce Android handsets, and is especially aimed at those making phones for developing markets. Google takes a lot of the ...

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    Nestled somewhere between the details on the Android L developer preview and all the great stuff to look forward to from Android Wear, Google announced the latest changes to Google Play Services at I/O this afternoon. The new update, version 5.0, is already headed out to users now, so let's take a quick look at the features that arrive with it. Those improvements to Play Games we just told you about, including Quests and that much-needed cloud save overhaul arrive as part of this update. With Android Wear smartwatches just now going up for sale, Play Services 5.0 delivers more of the ...

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    In the last month, both Apple and Google have unveiled their upcoming versions of their respective mobile platforms, iOS 8 and Android "L" as it shall be called for now. It's in our nature to want to compare the two opposing operating systems and divide out which OS had which features first, but that's a fruitless battle that is never-ending. Both updates come with some very important features in tow which help performance, future-proofing, appearance, fluidity, and usability. Below, you will find a comparison of the two updates – what each will bring, how they look, and more.   ...

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    Google's “OK Google” hotword detection makes using Search a breeze, giving you a hands-free way to initiate things. Its biggest limitation, though, has been just how narrow the scope of where you can use it really is: only from the home screen or within the Search app itself. Two months back (to the day, in fact) we first heard the rumors that “OK Google Everywhere” would be coming to Search in the future, expanding that hotword detection to work from within pretty much any app on your phone. Today, amidst all the I/O goings-on, a new Search update has begun rolling out that ...

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    Google I/O didn't bring us the big Glass retail news that some of us have been hoping for, but it still managed to address wearables in its own way – mostly through all the Android Wear news we got to hear. “But I'm more interested in head-mounted displays,” you insist. Well, even if the absence of Glass news, Google still has some progress to share along that line, introducing Google Cardboard. Cardboard is basically a DIY virtual reality headset that uses your smartphone for its display – so really, all it needs to do is isolate the light path from each half of your phone's ...

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    Gaming has never been Android's claim to fame (despite a wide variety of quality titles), but today's Google I/O very much saw the company giving gaming some needed attention. As part of the next release of Google Play Services, we'll be seeing some new features come to Play Games. First up is the arrival of the new Game Profiles, which will show what you've been playing lately and keep track of your achievements, all placed out there publicly for your friends to see. Play Games already support saving games to the cloud (even if not enough titles take advantage of it), and it's building on ...

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    The LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live are both set to begin sales (or pre-sales) later today, so if you're interested in purchasing an Android Wear watch that's not the Moto 360, you're probably debating between the two. To make the question of LG G Watch vs Samsung Gear live a bit easier, we've put together a table to let you quickly compare the specs of the two smartwatches. On paper, there's not much different between the two. There are differences in four key areas, which is what you should bring into consideration when debating which one to buy. The first is the screen. The G Watch's ...

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    Just a few weeks ago, if you told us Samsung was going to launch an Android Wear-powered smartwatch at Google I/O, we'd have thought you're crazy. But a report earlier this week suggested otherwise, and it turns out said report was correct. Samsung launched its Gear Live today at I/O, and it'll be available for order later today, so you're probably wondering -- what are the Samsung Gear Live specs? We've gone ahead and brought the specs for the Gear Live all into one place, and it's actually not too terrible a product. It's similar to a midrange phone just as the G Watch, but it does ...

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    Google I/O 2014's keynote is now in the books, but the news still keeps flowing in. Now we're hearing of AT&T's intentions to carry the LG G Watch on its network." But wait, the LG G Watch doesn't have cellular radios!" Of course it doesn't -- let's go over the details. AT&T is bringing the G Watch in as a purchasable accessory, and you'll probably be able to pick one up either in stores or on the carrier's website. The LG G Watch can connect to any smartphone touting Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) or better, so many will be able to get in on the fun should they choose to. It's all about ...

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    Google has just announced the Google Fit platform preview as a centralized platform to bring in fitness information from a variety of sensors and apps. Similar to what Apple launched at WWDC, Google also has partners such as Nike, Adidas, HTC, and Motorola. There are even more partners, but we won't bore you with the full list here. We aren't sure if Google Fit will end up becoming a standalone app from Google, but seeing as that it pulls in data from a variety of different apps and services, we're thinking that's not the case. You'll likely be able to use the fitness app of your choice ...

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    Update: We'll begin shortly. Video embedded at the bottom. Google I/O one of the company’s most important events every year. It's that time for developers to meet, and for Google to meet them and us with its latest and greatest evolution in products and software. This event has historically been used to showcase the future of Android in both hardware and software, and even though our hardware expectations are still grim, anything can happen in the next couple of ours. Even though we've seen products like the Google Nexus 7 and even the Chrome Cast announced years ago, we're hoping that ...

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    Google just announced Android L, and we're now learning of a new feature of it to help separate work from play. Android L will allow for data separation and security between professional and personal applications on your device, meaning you can use one phone for both work and your outside life. Samsung is working with Google to bring some of the Knox features over to Android, which many Samsung Galaxy users understand as a terrible thing. This does mean celebration for corporations, though, that data will be protected by Android itself and more security will be easier for IT people to ...

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