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Google Celebrates Their 13th Birthday!

Google is now officially a teenager, when I look back to when I turned 13 thoughts of maturity comes to mind. Becoming a freshman in High School was a HUGE step. I thought I had achieved so much; graduated from Middle School, set a record for the most goals scored in soccer at my middle school,  I felt as if I accomplished a lot by the time I was 13. Too bad it doesn’t even come close to Google’s major achievements in which they’ve accomplished in the past 13 years. Google was officially incorporated in 1998, and now in 13 years it is the most widely used search engine amongst numerous other achievements. So on Google’s big day, I figured, why not take a look back at some of its great achievements.

Google's First Homepage

1998 – Larry Page and Sergey Brin buy the domain name www.google.com and incorporate Google, Inc.

1999 – Google opens their first office in Palo Alto, California with just 8 employees, and receive $25 Million from venture capitalists.

2000 – Google ads text ads to their results page which generated revenue but yet kept their page load time fairly minimal due to text-only ads.

2001 – Google expands its search engine into 26 different languages and regions.

2002 – Google overhauls Google Adwords and creates the cost structure on a Cost-per-click structure, also implements Google Labs, a place in which users can test Google’s beta projects.

2003 – Google adds Google AdSense to their line-up of apps, which enables advertisers small and large to strategically place their ads on content pages related to their topics.

2004 – Google filed for an IPO, and raised $1.67 Billion dollars in the process growing their market capitalization to $23 Billion, ultimately leading to Larry Page and Sergey Brin being some of the youngest Billionaires in the US, and the World.

2004 – Gmail was released.

2005 – Google Maps was created and even came out with a mobile version of Google.com.

2006 – Google came out with 20 new products from Gchat to Google Docs and Spreadsheets.

2007 – Google created Android, the first open source platform for mobile devices.

2008 – Google’s index of unique URLs reached 1 trillion URLs.

2009 – Picasa is released for Mac’s as a photo editor.

2010 – Acquired a 20% stake in two wind farms in North Dakota to try and help find alternative energy.

2011 – Introduction of a new social media platform, Google +, also added +1’s throughout the internet to help develop better search engine results.

2011 – Acquired Motorola Mobility in efforts to further develop a better mobile phone platform and mobile phone hardware.

For a full timeline of Google’s achievements, check out their website here. Google has had the ability to continuously grow at such a fast pace, if this is what they accomplished in the first 13 years of being a company; I can only imagine what Google will accomplish next! What do you think is next on Google’s list of achievements?

Categories: News

Google Purchases Motorola Mobility

On August 12, Google purchased Motorola Mobility, Motorola’s mobile division, for approximately $12.5 billion, or $40 per share, in cash. That’s about one-third of Google’s entire cash reserve. While the move may sound risky, the company expects a big payoff from its investment.  Motorola Mobility, a well-established, long-standing brand in mobile devices, can provide Google with knowledge regarding manufacturing hardware—a market that Google has yet to tap into. With the acquisition, Google will gain access to Motorola’s design and engineering processes. Additionally, Motorola Mobility holds approximately 14,600 granted patents, according to the company’s site, which also made it an attractive purchase for Google.

The acquisition is good news for Google stockholders, employees, customers and partners; which could be bad news for the competition.

The acquisition means major changes for Android, a dedicated partner of Motorola Mobility prior to the acquisition.  According to a Google press release, Google plans to “supercharge” the Android ecosystem. Although Motorola Mobility will continue to be a licensee of Android, and Google will operate Motorola Mobility as a separate entity, the structural changes will not only strengthen Android smartphones and devices, but is projected to change the smartphone environment, by significantly enhancing competition between mobile computing providers.

According to the Google press release, the acquisition will enable the company to defend Android and its partners from non-competitive threats from other companies, such as Microsoft and Apple. Prior to the acquisition, Motorola Mobility had hinted that the company may attempt to collect royalties on Android sales as a security measure. However, collecting royalties on sales could hurt the Android’s credibility and significantly raise retail prices. Google has also been threatened with litigation from mobile companies, including Apple, regarding IP, and smartphones and tablet design. Since the acquisition, Motorola will no longer need to consider collecting royalties on sales and Google can respond with counter suits to companies that accuse Google of any IP threats, since the company has gained access to the Motorola Mobility patents.

In addition to increased security, Google plans to make changes to the Android OS to enhance the smartphone’s user experience. Google will be able to tailor the hardware of the smartphone to its Android OS software, which should result in a phone with qualities that are superior to others on the market, including extended battery life, less bugs and greater performance and reliability, making Google a top contender with Apple, the first company to integrate their own software and custom hardware.

The difference between Google and Apple is that Google will not be the only manufacturer of devices utilizing the Android OS, as Apple is the sole manufacturer of the devices with Apple’s priority operating system. Other Android partners include Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG, HTC, Acer and Lenovo. According to the Google press release, Google will maintain the original vision of the Android OS, maintaining the open platform that will enable other makers to continue to build devices on.

The transaction was unanimously approved by both boards, and is expected to close by the end of 2011 or early 2012.

Categories: News

Also From Google: Updated Android OS – Can It Compete with Apple?

Google TV wasn’t the only big thing announced at Google’s I/O keynote. In addition to their new web TV, Google presented version 2.2 of their Android OS, codenamed Froyo.  Although there is an existing version of the Android OS, this update is so big because Google is bringing HTML5 and Flash to the plate. With Apple knocking themselves completely off the roster, this could be a huge win for Google.

The absence of Flash on the iPad has been a major complaint since the device’s release in early April. But, Flash isn’t the only thing Froyo has on Apple.

To start, this Android OS will have the ability to run web apps as well as native apps. It will also be much easier to transfer desktop apps directly to the mobile device. Froyo has a “Send-To-Android” feature that enables links, maps, etc to be sent directly to your phone rather than via text or email, completely eliminating the need to launch a relevant application. Google also improved their voice commands to actually search for the number of the business you are searching for.

Another major upgrade to the Android OS is the addition of wireless tethering and hotspot functionality. This allows the user to grab an Internet connection from their Android mobile device right to their laptop. TechCrunch reports that Google is giving wireless carriers the ability to control how much tethering will cost, or if they want to disable the option entirely on certain models.

What seems to be the most impressive part of Froyo’s debut was the live comparison of the updated Android OS against the old version as well as the iPad. You can see it for yourself in the video below. The updated Froyo OS is all the way to the left, moving much faster than the old OS to its right, and the iPad to its far right.

With so many exciting and useful updates that appear especially useful for the businessperson on the go, version 2.2 of the Android OS may win a lot of hearts that it didn’t have before. What do you think? Will Google be able to rise and conquer or will Apple hold its ground?

Categories: News

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