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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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    Update: The podcast is available thru the player and Direct Download link below and on your podcast feeds from December 25 at 3:00pm Eastern. Have a very splendid holiday and we'll be back next week! You may have mentally checked out for the holidays, shoving a pile of "to-do" paperwork back into a shadowy corner, or said "so long" to exams and headed home from school on winter break, but the mobile electronic world keeps right on moving, and even with big launches right around the corner as the early-2016 expo season looms, there's been a heck of lot happening - and we're looking forward ...

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    How many different sensors are packed into your smartphone? It can detect acceleration, magnetic heading, gravity, and sometimes even atmospheric pressure. With so many sensors at our disposal, there are no shortage of apps looking to turn all that raw data into useful info – sometimes in ways the manufacturer may not have even anticipated, like co-opting 3D Touch to turn your smartphone into a makeshift scale. This week we learn of a new trick Google's search app has picked up, one that lets you use your phone as a bubble (spirit) level, without the need for any external app. All you've ...

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    Beside a very small sample of enthusiastic software tinkerers and risk takers, we don’t imagine anyone installed the first couple of CyanogenMod 13 nightly batches, given they brought buggy Android 6.0 to devices that should ultimately score official, stable updates OTA from manufacturers. The Samsung Galaxy S3, as well as all those low-end LG phones are a whole different story, looking doomed to run Lollipop or even ancient KitKat as far as users who play by the rules are concerned. For these types of gadgets, custom Marshmallow ROMs that have the potential to function about as smoothly ...

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    Piece by piece, over the course of the day we've been getting to know Google Play's holiday deals. First we spotted that sale on whole albums, and later saw Google's generosity extend to a 75-percent-off sale on movie rentals. If you've been following these offers, you had to be thinking what we were: “Those are cool and all, but Google Play sells a lot of other stuff, too; where are the sales on apps?” All good things come to those who wait, and it looks like our patience has paid off, as Google goes public with the rest of its Play Store deals. How about those apps? We love a good ...

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    Google may be the company behind the most popular mobile operating on the planet, but it's not doing so hot when it comes to messaging software. Despite the presence of Google's own apps like Hangouts, users have instead flocked to third-party solutions. Now a new report claims that Google could be about to try something pretty unusual for its next-gen messaging system, inviting users to interact with variety of AI-powered chatbots. If that sounds a little weird to your ears – don't worry; you're not alone. From what The Wall Street Journal describes, this new messaging system sounds ...

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    Off from work for a few days for the holidays? School's out until the new year? Whatever will you do to keep yourself entertained? Sure, that Hoaders marathon isn't going to watch itself, but maybe you're interested in something just a tad more engaging (and dare we say, fulfilling) from your media consumption. If you're looking to outfit your phone, tablet, or home entertainment system with a few new titles, Google's got you covered, and earlier today we told you about a nice offer going on in the Play Store that aimed to save you 50 percent off the purchase of a new album. It turns out ...

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    We're always looking at three main ways to authenticate users when it comes to security: things they know, things they have, and things they are. In practice, that breaks down to passwords, objects like keys or devices, and biometrics, respectively. As we try to figure out the ideal balance between security, convenience, and flexibility, we're frequently juggling the interaction between those tree types of authentication – and often combining two or more. Now Android users may soon have a new way to help them easily access their Google accounts across devices, as the company appears to ...

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    A new day, a new reason to get into the holiday spirit, courtesy of Android’s always giving creators. Yes, Google has yet another deal to spoil its mobile fans with, following several incentives to buy the second-gen Chromecast, Nexus 5X, 6P and Huawei Watch discounts, as well as a little something, something taken off even your most trivial Play Store purchases. But don’t be in a rush to use your PayPal rebate on Adele’s sizzling hot “25” e-record, as the “ALBUM2015” coupon code lets you shave a much more significant 50 percent off the album’s normal price. You’ll ...

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    Google’s newest stock Android-running phablet is likely outselling the smaller, lower-end, plastic-made Nexus 5X, but that hasn’t stopped the search giant from taking $50 off both devices for Christmas, also throwing in free overnight shipping until December 22. Even better, the Nexus 6P can now be purchased stateside through Best Buy as well, following a far too lengthy period of Google and Huawei exclusivity. And believe it or not, the Marshmallow-powered 5.7-incher is marked down at Best Buy right off the bat. Unfortunately, we’re only talking the 64GB “aluminum” (read silver) ...

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    It’s pretty obvious Google decided to put greater emphasis on Christmas savings than Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals this year, very recently taking $50 off the Nexus 5X and 6P, as well as throwing in $20 Play Store credit with second-gen Chromecast purchases, and further bundling in some sweet free premium content. The latest special offer technically comes from PayPal, not the search giant, though Big G must have also given its blessing for your $3 discounts. Granted, 3 bucks isn’t a lot of money, but if you’ve been keeping an eye on apps, games, movies, books or magazine ...

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    Update: Who doesn't like some high-energy Peter Frampton and a touch of EXID to start a podcast, right? See you Wednesday! Some weeks, even listening to K-pop while prepping the rundown can't make the work go fast enough. As 2015 races to a close we've still got tons of work to do outside podcast-land, like finishing up our Pixel C and Lumia 950XL reviews and leaving the office in time to go see The Force Awakens. So you'll forgive us if we're a little pressed for time today. But not to worry: we're still gonna cover all the critical stuff from the world of mobile technology, like ...

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    The Pixel C probably isn't the tablet you think it is. When it was announced a few months back alongside Google's new Nexus phones, it was presented with its optional keyboard connected and positioned not as a tablet, but as a convertible (in fact, that's what the C stands for.) But while the hardware absolutely delivers in this respect, the software is still more smartphone than tablet. Does the Pixel C belong on your desk this holiday season? Scroll on down for our full Google Pixel C review! Video Review · Hardware & Keyboard · Software · Performance Pros/Cons · ...

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    A pessimist would probably be quick to point out so many deals on a three-month-old gadget generally imply weaker-than-anticipated sales. But that’s really Google’s problem. As far as we’re concerned, it’s hard to not get psyched about a tiny, redesigned, faster-than-before digital media player essentially available for free. You read that right, free, as in requiring you to pay $0 for the second-generation Chromecast and various services at the end of the day. Of course, you still need to cough up $35 upfront. But then, 20 bucks will be returned to you in the form of Play Store ...

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    There's a lot we look forward to each time a new major Android release is on its way. Sure, there's the functional side of things – what new features are landing, how Google's working to enhance performance, and what steps are being taken to improve user privacy and device security – that's well and good. But on a much more lighthearted note, Android fans find themselves locked in a guessing match as they attempt to work out just what tasty treat Google intends to use for the new Android's name. After getting a lick of Lollipop and enjoying s'more of Marshmallow, we've got Android N ...

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    Huawei took a big gamble when it chose a “premium” design path for its first ever smartwatch, pricing the super-stylish Android wearable device on-par with the Apple Watch, at $350 and up. But while Black Friday brought some obligatory discounts to the table, there was nothing too drastic to signal the Huawei Watch failed to catch on. Now, rumor has it a couple of variants designed specifically for ladies will land at CES 2016 in January, followed by an all-new, cellular-enabled generation in the summer, which is yet another sign the Huawei Watch is doing well at the box-office… ...

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    When Google kicked off its “Nexus for emerging markets” initiative in the fall of 2014, the aim was to offer timely software updates untainted by hardware manufacturers or carriers on the humblest, cheapest possible devices. But while the search giant insists cash-strapped mobile audiences in 20 countries worldwide received Android Ones with great enthusiasm, sales numbers confirm a bit of variety couldn’t hurt. Already, we’re seeing slightly more powerful gear released under the banner in India, Philippines, Turkey or Nigeria, and Google is reportedly looking to give OEMs extra ...

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    We're testing the Google Pixel C this week and one of the sadder things we had to say about it came in software: Android 6.0 Marshmallow wasn't fit for a tablet. A team from Google committed during a Reddit AmA that split screen multitasking is "in the works," but while they mentioned that in the context of Android "N" improvements, the two instances couldn't be conflated. It may be for good reason as a trusted source into Android Geeks has tipped us off to Android 6.1 Marshmallow for a June arrival. So, no, we don't need another dessert debate going on. ... we say "Nerds," though. See if ...

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    Just where does Google want Android users sending and receiving their text messages? Back in 2013 Google merged its IP-based messaging and SMS as it brought the latter to Hangouts with the launch of KitKat. For a while it looked like that might be the end of it, and Hangouts might be Google's one-stop-shop for users' messaging needs. But then last year we got a hint that change might be on the way, as Google once again released a stand-alone SMS/MMS app: Messenger. Ever since, we've had our pick (or could always go with a third-party option), but why the split to begin with? Was Google ...

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    Google's Nexus phones have always been appealing to a certain class of smartphone buyer, but with this year's Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, is it finally time for Nexus to go mainstream? Affordable pricing is back, the hardware is pretty darn attractive, and with two phones to choose from, offering shoppers a choice of size and style, it's easier than ever to find a Nexus you like. If there's still room on your list for a new smartphone this holiday season, Google's giving you a better reason than ever to pick up one of the new Nexus phones, as it cuts prices and offers an attractive shipping ...

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    The world became a better place in many different ways this year, as the US Supreme Court recognized the legality of same-sex marriage, NASA discovered water on Mars, and the vast majority of people online responded heartwarmingly to Europe’s refugee crisis. Meanwhile, a number of bad things also shaped Google’s 2015 search history, including the Paris terrorist attacks, Volkswagen emissions scandal, and several recurring American mass shooting tragedies. But some things never change, and to the outrage of dedicated Android zealots, Apple’s popularity didn’t wane over the past 12 ...

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    Not another half-baked cross-promotion effort for some headline-hunting technology product or company and the biggest movie event of the year. Isn’t it time the studios dialed down the “Force Awakens” hype, as we’re only a couple of days away from the theatrical launch of the seventh Star Wars installment? After all, if you’re not sold on J.J. Abrams’ vision of the George Lucas-created universe by now, it’s hard to fathom a little browser game called Lightsaber Escape will make you buy a ticket at the last minute. But the thing is this “Chrome Experiment” may actually ...

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    Not counting Walmart Pay, which is unlikely to become a global-scale or even nationwide contender anytime soon, the digital wallet market has three services trying to one-up each other in convenience, security, and above all, prevalence. Both Apple and Samsung’s mobile transactions apps have greatly evolved of late, adding more and more financial institutions to the partner lists, and setting the stage for their expansions beyond America. Meanwhile, Google looks to be struggling with Android Pay’s growth, and the search giant’s incentives for new adopters of the technology seem far ...

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    While Google Now is pretty darn smart already, it usually has to take its time or come across incidental information and churn on it before letting you know in a Now card. With Google Now on Tap, it's putting out what it gets in with a long press of the home button. Now on Tap is still a new feature that isn't as fully-fleshed as its stewed edition — using algorithms to perform tricks live on an expanded array of applications just ain't the same. It's catching up, though, especially with some updates today. For one thing, you can now hit up an airliner's flight status or a shipper's ...

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    What's the fun with being pretty? A lot apparently. So much so, Motorola commissioned a designer to make some "limited edition" designs for the Moto X Pure Edition. Google itself went to Skrillex for a few funky Nexus 6 cases, too. Well, while we can't improve upon the look of an Android Wear device (unless we went to dbrand, of couse), we can very much improve upon what's on their screens. So, Google brought together designers from nine entities and had them make some watchfaces for Wear. Here's the skinny on what you'll get from where: Ten watchfaces from British apparel chain Ted Baker ...

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    The Google Pixel C is a funny little device. Running stock Android Marshmallow, but with a Chromebook’s branding and design, with an expensive accessory a must-buy if you want to get the most of it, it won’t be on everyone’s shopping list this holiday season. And that's before you consider all the rough reviews it's gotten from other publications already. Given that less-than-stellar debut, you might expect our first impression of the Google Pixel C to be equally underwhelming. But 24 hours in, we’re actually quite captivated by this little contradiction of a machine. With its ...

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