From its humble beginnings as a start-up search engine, Google is now a superpower taking on Apple’s iPhone and iOS with its excellent Android smartphone/tablet OS and its own 3G mobile phones (branded Nexus), designed in partnership with mobile manufacturers such as Samsung.
Google acquired Motorola in 2011, further cementing its reputation as a mobile heavyweight. Most smartphones and tablets feature Google’s Android OS, the latest version being Ice Cream Sandwich, designed for use of both phones and tablet devices – the previous Gingerbread and Honeycomb versions of Android were made for mobile phones and tablets respectively. See our phone news, insider news, video news and phone reviews for the full low-down.
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