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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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    On our podcast this week, we talked about how we've seen the doldrums of the smartwatch lately. Pebble is about to cut loose a quarter of its employees. Discounts are flying for the Gear S2. But we're still expected to believe that these things will be a thing. And so, the Google Store has decided to make some additions to its Android Wear ranks with the CASIO Smart Outdoor Watch getting its own product page. There's no orders, pre-orders or anything going on, not even a monitoring service you could subscribe to, just a product page. Supposedly, this thing will be on sale tomorrow, so ...

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    How many Google devices do you have in your home? We're not talking about Android smartphones or tablets, either - primarily mobile devices. We mean things like a Chromecast, Android TV box, or maybe an OnHub router. Whatever the current number, do you have room for one more? We might have to start thinking about that question, as a new report claims that Google's looking to create a physical embodiment of its voice-powered search and and personal assistant services, building a piece of hardware that would compete directly with Amazon's Echo. After all, the Amazon Echo has proven to be a ...

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    Our iPad Pro review from late November showed off the Split View, Slide Over and Picture-in-Picture multitasking features that came with an updated iOS. Of course, a lot of time on iTunes was due, but just on half of the screen (or less!). But no time on YouTube was really possible as such — folks at Google didn't make it compatible with the new iOS features until it pushed an update just today. No longer relegated to the full screen, clips from YouTube can now share the area with another app or appear as a bookmark-esque pulldown. The sore thumb still hurting? No Picture-in-Picture. ...

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    A well-done April Fool's gag is somewhat of an art form. You can go over-the-top and present something patently ridiculous in a formal, believable way. Or maybe you come up with a legitimately great idea that's just silly enough to work for April Fool's – and if you're lucky enough, it might even become a reality (Tauntaun sleeping bag, anyone?). Every April 1, we look forward to seeing what tech companies can think up to keep us entertained, and each year there's bound to be a few gems. Google's delivered some great ones in the past, but this year it looks like an early prank might have ...

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    Exclusively available stateside since September 2015, Google’s newest proprietary digital wallet solution has so far played second (third?) fiddle to both Apple Pay and Samsung Pay in terms of global expansion efforts and advertising noise. But a report from Crone Consulting surprisingly found a few weeks ago that Android Pay matched the subscriber numbers of its Samsung-developed rival, still holding to a (theoretical) chance to catch up to Cupertino’s mobile payment service before long. Unfortunately, Android users on 4.4 and up outside the US remain an untapped resource for Big ...

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    The iOS audience is a lucrative bunch. It's why Google, with its web search business, has been aggressively going after it by offering its suite of apps for free to iPhone. So, as Apple opens up more of its App Store to third-party replacements for UI elements, why wouldn't Google take advantage of it? That's what The Verge is reporting Google may plan on doing, based on its sources. Google's keyboard for iOS — in the works for months — will hold a special Google button for web search as well as buttons to find GIFs and pictures (Google Keyboard on Android does not currently have ...

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    This month has already seen Google hard at work to make Photos as rich an experience as it can be, with the company delivering a new look for its Android app, some new features to the Photos web interface, and an updated iOS release with support for Split View and Live Photos. As if all that wasn't enough, today Google announces the latest enhancement to Photos, giving the service the ability to intelligently create albums based around events or trips. Google Photos will start looking through your recent photos and videos to recognize when you took a trip or attended an event, and will ...

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    Google's original Chromecast was a bit of a revelation for many users, letting them bring online content to their big-screen TVs with the ease of a plug-and-play solution – and for such a low price, too. And even though there's been no shortage of competition in the media-streaming space, Google's option remains hard to beat. But it's been a long time since the Chromecast first landed, and over the years we've seen the arrival of new Chromecast hardware, including devices like Chromecast Audio. All this hardware, including units from other manufacturers that support the same streaming ...

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    Nostalgic about the ingenious but highly controversial and ultimately discontinued Google Glass optical head-mounted display? Literally can’t wait to see what the new Project Aura spawns in the way of a consumer-targeted sequel? Chances are an intermediate Enterprise spin-off is also in the works and nearing pre-release completion, though no one knows if it’s ever meant to actually go on sale. As luck would have it, a US-based pawn shop somehow entered in possession of what looks like a very advanced prototype of this thing, and for the right price, azpawnbroker is willing to make you ...

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    The past couple of weeks have brought many software changes to Nexus devices, starting with the now traditional monthly security patches, then a long overdue bundle of stability and performance improvements designed specifically for the 5X and 6P. Unfortunately, something apparently messed up the two’s fingerprint scanners as well, and a system vulnerability rated as critical prompted Google to pull an unprecedented move. Repairing the flaw couldn’t wait until next month, so “supplemental Nexus updates are being created and will be released within a few days.” Just to be clear, ...

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    Another update to Google Maps — our favorite workbench for very cute or very useful editions — and this time around, it hits home. And work. And other places. As long as you have your home and work addresses saved onto the Android app, you can now put some fanciful icons that show off the castle you call your abode. Or a woodshed. Or an adobe settlement. A shoe? Are you an old lady from a Mother Goose poem? Maybe you work at a windmill or a schoolhouse. The art's all up to you to choose. [gallery ids="467482,467483,467484"] Google is also promoting that you can edit icons for saved ...

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    Last summer, Google expanded its hardware offerings in a new direction, introducing its $200 OnHub router. To a lot of us, that probably sounds like quite a bit of money to spend on this kind of hardware, but Google made its case for OnHub by explaining how smart the router's software was about giving us the best wireless experience possible – an experience that would only be further enhanced through future software updates. Today we're learning about the latest OnHub update to arrive, one that gives you better reports about your network's speed while also optimizing connections to ...

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    Being a Nexus user affords you some substantial perks, including regular access to the latest Android security fixes. And while we usually expect such fixes to, well, fix things, this month's new batch has reportedly been causing owners of the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P some headaches, as a growing group of users complain about fingerprint-scanner failures. The gist of this issue is that on both the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, some users are having problems getting their phones to scan their fingerprints. This isn't simply an issue of failing to recognize authorized scans – the behavior seems to ...

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    It’s been more than two years since Google unexpectedly announced it would sell Motorola Mobility to Lenovo, and almost a year and a half since the $2.9 billion transaction was actually completed. That sounds like plenty of time for the new conglomerate to gain an identity of its own and finish operating whatever changes management saw fit to make the business work. The problem is Lenovo never looked focused and certain of the direction it intended to take the Moto brand in. At first, it seemed the two product families would stay separate, targeting different regions, some of which ...

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    Well, Google promised and Google delivers, though with a caveat. Those who signed up their Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi or LTE) or Nexus Player for the Android Beta Program are getting their first over-the-air update for the Android N Developer Preview. The build number has been updated from NCP56P to NCP56W for the phones, NCP56X for the tablet and NCP56R for the Player. The Nexus smartphones' update package is only 27.3MB. On our end, we have not seen the update come to one of our Nexus 9 units just yet, so the process is ongoing. You can also flash the new image if you so ...

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    Every year brings with it its own smartphone controversies, and we wrapped up 2015 with a pretty big one, as T-Mobile introduced its love-it-or-hate-it Binge On service for streaming video. On the surface, it sounded alright: T-Mobile would let users stream content from a number of popular providers without that data counting against their plan allotment. All those users had to put up with for that privilege was slightly downgraded video quality. But then we started looking closer, and there were all these issues: why were users being enrolled automatically, rather than Binge On being ...

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    If you perhaps wondered why US law enforcement insists so many iPhones seized in serious crime investigations be unlocked by Apple, with little to no mention of similar requests for Android handhelds, it turns out it’s not because iGear is more popular among criminals. Granted, government-funded institutions like the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health tend to distribute iPhones as work equipment to their employees, which indirectly led to the huge controversy regarding the Syed Farooq-owned 5c. Yes, the FBI’s access to data stored on the infamous device could have been ...

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    There aren’t many tech companies that can charge people $900 for attending a developer-focused conference, and attract so much interest in their software products a raffle is needed to randomly select participants from the hordes of applicants. But Google I/O ticket demand has once again exceeded the capacity of the event’s venue, moved from the traditional San Francisco Moscone Center to the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, so even if you entered the lottery in time, and were lucky enough to be chosen, you only have 24 hours to act. 24 hours starting the minute you received ...

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    And the quest for the tastiest treat that starts with an N and best represents Google’s vision for the future of the world’s most popular mobile OS continues. Everybody seems to lean Nutella, but that’s a brand name rather than a generic dessert, and there’s no way to be sure Big G wants to go down that road again, partnering with Ferrero after Nestle. Meanwhile, a multiple choice survey question suggests non-sweet snacks are for the first time considered, basically widening the field of suspects to infinity and beyond. Well, not exactly, but with nachos, nori, noodles and… ...

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    Modern smartphones sure manage to stand their own against traditional computers, armed as they are with incredibly powerful hardware, as well as buckets of software, but there's at least one area where the old-fashioned PC has continued to outdo them: multitasking. Even with increasingly deep pools of RAM making it easier to have more software in memory at once, tasks that require users to interact with multiple apps in quick succession can prove to be exercises in frustration – and a good chunk of that issue stems from the absence of good multi-window options. With the new Android N ...

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    Google Maps may have really come into its own when it began offering drivers turn-by-turn navigation seven years ago, but it's come a long way since then, and its feature set has really expanded to address the needs of users who still need to get around, but don't necessarily have access to their own vehicle. From public transit info, we've seen such support expand to include ride sharing with Uber. Now Google's taking that one step further, giving its app a dedicated tab for ride-sharing and adding support for service providers in a handful of additional nations. Google Maps users in ...

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    The biggest, most profitable corporation in the world cannot be stopped from printing money by the FBI, the US Department of Justice, future American president Donald Trump or the developers of the number one search engine. Google, or rather Alphabet, will occasionally exceed Cupertino in NASDAQ market capitalization, but when it comes right down to it, it doesn’t have the financial muscle to retain the crown for more than a few days. Not even close, according to independent valuation consultancy company Brand Finance, which assesses Big G’s brand at “only” $94 billion, compared to ...

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    While Apple’s legal battles with the FBI, San Bernardino County, NYPD and US Department of Justice remain at a standstill, the tech giant’s many declared allies might be looking to take further action against potential government snooping on people’s private data and e-conversations. The world’s most popular messaging application in particular will reportedly add voice call encryption before long to a set of security features that already includes end-to-end text protection. WhatsApp would thus become essentially impenetrable from the ground up, and unless crystal clear laws are ...

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    Google loves it some Android apps, and why wouldn't it? App downloads help fuel developer interest, which in turns encourages them to make new apps, making Android a more attractive platform in the process. And when users go and pay for apps, Google's getting a healthy cut of that money. So it's little surprise that over the past few months we've seen the company introduce some interesting ideas to connect users with apps in ways we hadn't seen before, like letting them install new apps right from Google search results, or letting them stream select titles before committing to a ...

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    How heartbroken were you to see the $300 Google Nexus 5X deal killed off back in early February? No matter now, as it’s been renewed by B&H PhotoVideo, plus the device-producing search giant and Best Buy. Meanwhile, the larger, more powerful and equally smooth Nexus 6P was first discounted to $450 at B&H on Friday, with Google and Best Buy quickly following suit. Only the latter retailer can do an even better deal, charging $425 for the 32GB stock Android-running phablet, and throwing in a free Speck CandyShell grip case. As far as B&H goes, the bundled $50 gift card is still ...

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