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Google’s phones and other gadgets have had a bumpy ride

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In this Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, file photo, a woman holds up the Google Pixel 2 phone, left, next to the Pixel 2 XL phone at a Google event at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco. Google prides itself on the intelligence of its search engine and other services, but it’s discovering that even companies brimming with brainpower face a tough learning curve when venturing into new markets. The hard lessons are coming in hardware as Google rolls out a new wave of Pixel smartphones and speakers that have suffered some early problems. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google, which prides itself on developing simple, intuitive software that seems to know what you want almost before you do, is finding itself in a very different world when it comes to its own phones and other gadgets.