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Is it ironic that I fed “google” into the google search bar for this article ?

So what is the big frenzy about google that everyone is talking about today? The multi-millionaire company, the largest and the most versatile firm on the phase of this earth has been passed on. Their daddies apparently have other plans. Yes, Sergie Brin and Larry Page have resigned as the CEO and this prestigious post of literally owning the entire mushroom of Google has been handed over to  Sundar Pichai from our own very India. He took the post on August 10, 2015, reaching the highest peak of his career.

So how did google make it this far? Here are Google’s most significant milestones…

1998 – Stanford University is where it all began. Larry Page and Sergie Brin met each other and  grew up to become two of  the most famous personalities to contribute to the technological field. They discovered their common interest in owning and selling the personal information to millions of people. They realized the need for a platform where people could easily share information without any sort of hassle. And hence Google Inc. was born into this world.

2000 – Google soon became the largest search engine. It became the most preferred search engine over all others like yahoo and msn which was the next trending search engines rivaling with google. To increase their users even further, Google took a smart move by introducing the Google Toolbar. This indirectly made people choose google over other search engines due to the various advantages that the toolbar offered-

  • Your bookmarks became more easily accessible.
  • The automatic spellcheck
  • Assigning page ranks of any webpage and many more.

This increased the number of users considerably.

2001– Google Images was born. The president of google, Eric Schmidt, stated that Google Images search was created because of the desire to view Jennifer Lopez in her exotic green Varsace dress. This feature enabled a faster search for images and the number of results available was very astonishing. Google could look up almost all webpages connected to the server and pull out all the related images displaying them together. In 2001, 250 million images were indexed. In 2005, this grew to 1 billion. By 2010, the index reached a stunning 10 billion images.

2003 – Google acquires Blogger. Blogger is a blog-publishing service that allows multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. The Google toolbar included a feature called “BlogThis!” which allows toolbar users with Blogger accounts to post links directly to their blogs hence giving them more access to it. Blogger supports Google’s AdSense service as a way of generating revenue from running a blog. Blogger can be integrated with Google+ and similarly Google+ comments can be integrated with blogger comments.

2004

  1. Gmail was introduced – Gmailis a free, advertising supported email service provided by  It helped transferring data at a much easier pace and made it very user friendly. Gmail initially started as an invitation-only beta release on April 1, 200 but became available to the mass audience on February 7, 2007, though still in beta status at that point. As of June 2012, it was the most widely used web-based email provider with over 425 million active users worldwide.
  2. Acquired Picassa – Picasa is an image organiser and image viewer for organizing and editing  On the other hand it also allows you to share the photos on websites. It was originally created by a company named Lifescape in 2002 after which Google took over. In July 2004, Google acquired Picasa from Lifescape and began offering it as freeware.

2005

  1. Google Earth – Google Earthis a virtual globe  and map  that was originally called EarthViewer 3D which was created by Keyhole.Inc. It maps the Earth by superimposing images obtained from satellites, aerial photography and geographical information system (GIS) onto a 3D  Google Earth displays satellite images of varying resolution of the Earth’s surface, allowing users to see things like cities and houses looking perpendicularly down or at an angle.
  2. Google Maps – Google Mapsis a web mapping service developed by Google. It offers satellite imagery, street maps, 360° panoramic views of streets, and route planning for traveling by foot, car, bicycle or public transportation. The new redesigned version of the desktop application was released in 2013. In August 2013, it became the world’s most popular app for smartphones, with over 54% of global smartphone owners using it at least once.
  3. Acquired Android – The biggest milestone for google – Android. Android is a mobile operating system (OS) on the lines of Linux Kernel  Android is designed for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers , with special user interfaces. Android is technically popular with technological companies which require a ready-made and low-cost operating system for high-tech

2006 Acquired Youtube. YouTube is a video sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California, United States. The service was created by three former PayPal employees in February 2005. In November 2006, it was bought by Google for US$1.65 billion. This pushed Google up the ladder by ten folds as Youtube was being the fastest growing software.

2008 – Google chrome was launched – Google Chrome is a Freeware web Browser. The launch of this web browser changed the phase of web usage. It suppressed all other web browsers as it inclined up the graph at a constant pace. As of August 2015, statistics estimated that Google Chrome has a 56% worldwide usage share of web browsers as a desktop browser. A notable component that is not open source is their version of the built-in Adobe Flash Player, called Pepper Flash Player.

 

2010 Google Nexus Smart Phone launched –  The Nexus One was manufactured by HTC and released in January 2010 as the first Nexus phone by google.it was released with the integration of Android 2.1 Éclair and got updated in May 2010 to be the first phone to work with Android 2.2 Froyo. It was further updated to Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

2012

  1. Google Play Store released – Google Play was originally called theAndroid Market. It is the official app store for the Android operating system, enabling users to browse and download applications that have been developed with the Android SDK and published through Google. Google Play also plays a role of a digital media store, offering music, magazines, books, movies, and lots more. The Google Play store has reached over 1.43 million apps published and over 50 billion downloads.
  2. Google Glass – It is a wearable technology  which consists of an optical head-mounted display panel . It was developed by Google X with the mission of executing a mass-market omnipresent computer.

2013Google Ballons – Called Project Loon it is a research and development project under the development stage and yet executed in certain areas by Google X with the aim of providing Internet access to rural and remote areas. It uses high altitude balloons floating in the stratosphere at an altitude of about 32 km creating an aerial wireless network with up to 3G-like speeds.It was named Project Loon, as google itself found the very idea of providing internet access to the remaining 5 billion population “crazy”.

2015 – Sundar Pichai takes over with better strategies and a whole story to narrate. Google has in store a whole lot exciting releases for the upcoming year.

Stay tuned to know more.

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Written by Nisha Krishnan

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