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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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    Google's interests continue to grow year after year: from search, to phones, to self-driving cars, to fiber optic internet. On the phone side, Google already runs development of its operating system, sells its own brand of Android hardware, and publishes its own apps – really, all that's left for it to become a one-stop-smartphone-stop is delivering the wireless connectivity phones need to get online. We've heard rumors about the company expanding into the carrier space for some time now, with the most recent round surfacing last spring amidst claims that Google might launch an MVNO that ...

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    Even with the supremacy of Microsoft Office in the productivity space, and considering Microsoft's new push to bring more desktop-like features to its mobile platforms, it's clear that there is a big platform war going on. Google's launch of Docs, Sheets and Slides as separate apps that segregate from Google Drive was a clear response to Microsoft's launch of Office for mobile on iOS and Android. If you thought Microsoft was the only company with major software announcements today, think again as Google has done the same. Google has just launched a major update for its Docs, Sheets and ...

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    Google has been working hard on bringing Material Design updates to its mobile applications, and these changes aren't really focused on its in-house platform. In addition to the Android updates, we've seen Google bring these same changes iOS, and we also see rumors of more to come. A new major change has arrived to one of Google's iOS apps today, and this time it's major. iOS users may stick to Safari for many things, but Google Chrome has also proven do a great job on iOS. Today's app update is for Google Chrome, and in addition to bringing its famous Material Design elements, we also see ...

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    Sometimes you want your photo or video to accurately reflect the real world – device makers keep upping the ante when it comes to camera hardware and software in efforts to make their models capable of the cleanest capturing possible. But sometimes you want to play around with the way things look, and for that we have filters. Apps like Instagram have brought use of such filters into the mainstream, and beyond photos, we've also seen them applied to videos. Over the weekend a new YouTube update surfaced, and while the feature isn't there quite yet, some teardown work reveals development ...

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    Google's latest Android release is 5.0.2, though that might come as a surprise to even many Nexus users, as the company's been a little slow in getting updates out to its own flock of pure-Android hardware. First the 2012 WiFi Nexus 7 saw a factory image land back in December, and just last week a couple new images arrived for the 2013 WiFi Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10. If you've got a locked bootloader and aren't too wild about backing up your data just to flash a factory image, you may have been holding off on updating. In which case, we've got good news for you, as OTA packages for a couple ...

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    Google's launch of its native Google Calendar application made a lot of sense for most Android users that rely on Google services. The intensive skinning of Android led many OEMs to launch proprietary calendar services that weren't on par with the pace at which Google was bringing newer and smarter services to Google Calendar. You'd think that only Android users would benefit from this, but that reality is about to extend. Leaked screen shots show us that the Google Calendar is almost ready for a launch on iOS. The design replicates almost every single detail of how we see the Google ...

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    Remember when the big battle in mobile payments was Google versus the carriers? Or more precisely, Google Wallet versus Isis? With AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon all on the Isis team, and some taking technical measures to retard the spread of Wallet, it looked like we were ready for a showdown. But then Google freed Wallet from the constraints of secure hardware elements, Isis turned into Softcard, and Apple Pay landed to new controversy. And really, except for news of Isis/Softcard's Windows Phone compatibility, it felt like momentum for that whole project had seriously stalled. Well, ...

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    Four weeks back, Google got the ball rolling on Android 5.0.2, dropping a factory image for the first-gen Nexus 7. Despite concerns that it might be a minor, forgettable, maybe even hardware-specific update, a closer look at the code did manage to reveal some important changes, maybe most importantly a fix to make sure that flash file system cleanup occurred as intended. While 5.0.2 is proving to be slow to spread to other models, today we see some of the first signs of progress, as Google releases factory images for a couple additional Android tablets. Today Google adds Android 5.0.2 ...

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    What's next for Google Glass? It was supposed to be the next big thing, it arrived in limited form... and then it seemed to lose a lot of its momentum. Was interest in the project being killed by the rise of smartwatches, delivering on the wearable dream while doing so through a much more approachable form factor? In the latter months of the 2014, it sounded like there could still be a future for Glass this year, even despite uncertain interest from the public – one of the few specific things we heard concerned a partnership with Intel. Now a new report asserts that Glass will indeed ...

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    We may be seeing a lull in device launches for the next several weeks, leading up to the madhouse that is sure to be MWC, but there's still plenty of mobile news to keep us busy, In addition to all the rumors and leaks that are sure to give us plenty to talk about, software releases keep right on coming, and this week Google's got new editions of Maps out for both Android and iOS users, packed with a few useful new features. Let's start with the official changelog, and at the top of the list there is the ability to filter restaurant searches based on the type of cuisine you're looking for; ...

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    The last few weeks have seen a flurry of newly invigorated Project Ara activity, the Google ATAP effort to create a modular smartphone hardware platform. We heard about the new Spiral 2 system design, the sort of SoC options that would ultimately arrive, and Google's plans for the next Ara dev conferences. Those get started today, and the first of these conferences is off to a big start, as Google lays out its plans for the continuing evolution of Ara and the first push to get the phone out into the wild for a market pilot program. The good news: Ara is arriving, and Google intends to get ...

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    As smartphones, the software that run on them, and the services they access mature, these tiny yet extremely powerful computers continue to pull off feats that maybe even only fifteen years ago sounded like something out of science fiction. We can carry on natural conversations with virtual assistants, send notifications to our wrists, and view video in higher resolution than even our living room TVs are capable of displaying. One of these straight-out-of-sci-fi features to become reality has been the universal translator, tasking our phones to bridge communications between people speaking ...

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    We're coming up on just about three months now since Google first announced the HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet. Larger and more expensive than the Nexus 7 models that came before it, the Nexus 9 rejected the widescreen aspect ratio that had dominated the Android tablet scene (particularly on the Nexus side of things) in favor of an iPad-like 4:3 layout. At the time of that launch, Google talked about all the various Nexus 9 configurations it would be selling, and in the weeks since we've seen many of these options arrive – the biggest move there has been the start of sales of the ...

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    For PC users, this week marks an important date, as Microsoft's mainstream support for Windows 7 ends. Even with no new features being delivered, security updates for the platform will continue for the next five years – not too shabby, especially for a platform that's already as old as it is. Can smartphone users expect the same kind of support for their mobile operating systems? Not with Google, apparently, as security researchers clash with the company behind Android over willingness to address security holes in widespread, but aging software. The issue at hand is the old Android ...

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    With the launch of Chromecast back in 2013, Google gave Android users a super-convenient way to get content from their phones and tablets onto big-screen televisions, all with the help of an affordable little dongle. In the months since, Chromecast adoption has skyrocketed, and the tool has become a key component of many home entertainment setups. That's well and good for video content, but what if you're looking for something a little more audio-focused: a corresponding system that takes the music you listen to on your phone and makes it available on full-sized speakers in your home or ...

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    Who would've thought that increasing the size of the iPhone would amount to so much in 2014? Apple broke all of its sales records during the first few days since the launch of the iPhone 6, and these numbers also broke records in the company's bottom line. If you're wondering how well Apple did this holiday season, the answer is still a shocker. Flurry conducted some very interesting analytics this holiday season, and this consisted in measuring the worldwide mobile device activations during December 19 to the 25th. These are the most common dates when people could've opened gifts for ...

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    Android devices get some flack for the extent to which they like to throw memory at a problem: Windows Phone or iOS handsets might encourage devs to code within smaller memory constraints, while Android sometimes seems to just add more RAM (we're up to 4GB at the moment) in response to any issues. But despite that reputation, there are some good reasons why Android uses as much memory as it does – most of the time, anyway. As some users upgrading to Android 5.0 Lollipop have noticed, however, not all of their RAM has been going to good use, and bug reports were quick to arise of ...

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    As usual, at the end of every year, we’re looking back at what happened over the course of twelve exciting months — that got us a lot of extraordinary products and services. We not only do this because it’s fun and important to recap some crucial events, but also because we usually also look at the future, trying to anticipate what the next year will bring us; and, in order to realistically try to predict things from the future, we need to know what happened in the past. Just yesterday, we looked at what we think were the best and worst apps of 2014, and today we're continuing our ...

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    No matter how well-thought-out your wish list, no matter how many hints you dropped, it can happen to anyone: you didn't get what you wanted for the holidays. And while you could sit and stew about that for another year, we've got a better idea. Why not take some of that cash you found tucked within cards and put it to good use, going out and buying that phone, tablet, or smartwatch you'd been hoping for all along? If that means tracking down a Nexus 6, you're in luck, as Motorola's got a limited stock available now on its website. The good news is that most Nexus 6 configurations are ...

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    There are a fantastic number of Android apps out there. And if you're a developer, you're going to want to do everything you can to draw attention to your creation. For some, the temptation can be high to try and game the system by pulling in as many users performing Play Store searches as possible, often by using language that's only of indirect connection to the app – a derided practice known as keyword spamming. In the latest effort to combat this practice, Google is advising devs not to feature user testimonials as part of app descriptions. Well, why not? After all, aren't reviews an ...

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    Google's launch of Android One had the purpose of serving emerging markets with a fluid Android experience on entry-level hardware, and at the same time relieving OEMs of the need to worry about the software experience. At the moment, the Android One initiative was only available in India as its launch country, and we've heard of different OEMs like Micromax, Spice and Karbonn jumping on board. If you're wondering when Android One smartphones will reach your country, more news emerge today. Google has just made it official that Android One is expanding its reach to Bangladesh, Nepal and ...

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    Google rounded-out last week by making its latest system software available for the 2012 Nexus 7. The tablet was in need of an update, having seen the Nexus 9, Nexus 10, and 2013 Nexus 7 all get their Android 5.0.1 updates while it was still on 5.0. But that's not what it got at all, and instead we saw Google drop the tablet's factory image for Android 5.0.2. With no formal announcement, we were left in the dark as to just what the presence of 5.0.2 meant, and how it might differ from 5.0.1. Now we're starting to put the pieces together, as a series of AOSP commits reveal what happened ...

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    We're just about one month away from the next Project Ara dev conference, where Google is sure to have plenty to announce about its work towards the first commercially focused, highly modular smartphone hardware platform. We got a little taste earlier this month as imagery of the next-gen Ara prototype board was published, and this week Google's got some more Ara details to share, as it reveals what sort of processor options are in the works for Ara. You might remember old talk about Toshiba chips for Ara, but that's not the phone's main SoC: instead, Toshiba has crafted the silicon making ...

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    We were only just starting to see Android 5.0.1 hit the last stragglers of the Nexus family: this past Monday, the Nexus 5 finally saw its OTA incoming. And with that, all the Nexus phones that would be getting the update had access to it, following earlier availability for many Nexus tablets. But the weeks that follow the release of a major Android update like Lollipop are ones that are inevitability chaotic, full of devs scrambling to correct little issues that made it through the cracks or deliver features that weren't quite fully-baked at launch time – this is what leads to things ...

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    Remember last year, when we prefaced our nonsensical Nexus 5 vs Note 3 comparison video with the declaration that we were only doing it because so many of you had asked us to? Google saved us the trouble this year, by building its new Nexus to large-enough proportions that you could almost mistake it for this year's Galaxy Note 4. (If you were far enough away, that is. And if your eyesight wasn't too good.) Point is: unlike the Nexus 5, the Nexus 6 is a large-format smartphone. And unlike the Nexus 5, the Nexus 6 packs the absolute latest in technology without also taking a dive on the ...

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