Google Turns 18: Here are 18 fascinating facts about the company
Google.com - September 15, 1997
Started in January 1996 as a research project by two PhD students, Larry Page and SergeyBrin, Google today is a $66-billion worth organization with over 47,756 employees across the globe. It has become ubiquitous with its services touching every aspect of today’s digital life and much more beyond the realism of humanity.
Here we give you 18 instances in Google’s timeline.
Sergey Brin changed the identity of the search engine-BackRub they were running from Stanford University and registered the domain as Google.com.
Google Adsense - October 23, 2000
Google AdSense was launched with 350 customers.
The service has evolved into Google's main source of revenue and is currently used by small and large enterprises around the globe.
Google Images - July 2001
Google Images initially offering access to 250 million images was launched. Today, it offers the most comprehensive image search on the Web and records more than one billion views a day.
Google News - September 2002
Google News launched with 4,000 news sources. Today, Google News includes 50,000+ news sources, with 70 regional language editions.
Google Orkut - January 2004
Google launches Orkut in 2004, which become the most popular social network around the globe but lost its popularity to Facebook and other social networking sites. Google shut it down on September 30, 2014.
Gmail - April 2004
It is almost impossible for an Internet user to not have a Gmail account, which again makes the service the most widely used Email service around the globe; it has more than 425 million users at present. Gmail was launched as an invitation-only beta release on April 1, 2004 and became available to the general public on February 7, 2007.
Google in India - October 2004
Google started its India office with five people in 2004 at Bangalore and Hyderabad. And now it has more than 2,000 staff across Mumbai, Gurgaon, Hyderabad and Bangalore.
Google Maps - February 2005
Google Maps went live and just two months later, Google added satellite views and directions to the product. Google Maps is now the most widely used navigation service around the globe.
YouTube - April 2005
Google bought YouTube in October 2006 for $1.65 billion in stock. Today, 100+ hours of video are uploaded every minute and people watch 6 billion hours of video per month.
Google Analytics - November 2005
Google launched Analytics in 2005 when it acquired Urchin Software Corp. The Web Analytics service tracks and reports website traffic and is now the most widely used web analytics service on the Internet.
Android OS - November 2007
Google Android- the first open platform for mobile devices was announced, and next year on September 2008, the first Android smartphone- G1 was introduced
Google chrome - September 2008
Google gave Chrome to world. The browser instantly become a hit and today, boasts more than 750 million users worldwide.
Project Loon - June 2010
Google X was founded in mid 2010, which is company’s division dedicated to research and development of projects that are futuristic and serves the world needs. The projects under Google X consists of self-driving cars, Project Wing (includes drones), Project Glass (augmented reality), Project Loon (internet connectivity), etc.
Google Drive - April 2012
Google stepped into cloud storage and launched Google Drive, enabling you to create, share, collaborate your files—including videos, photos, Google Docs and PDFs all in one place.
Google Now - June 2012
Google announced Google Now, which collects information from all Google channels you are using and brings you the required information, like today’s weather, traffic updates, local news, meetings, etc.
Android Wear - March 2014
Google announced Android Wear - its operating system for smartwatches and other wearable devices. The mobile OS integrates Google Now and let users download applications from the Google PlayStore. Google has recently announced the second version of the wearable platform.
Android Auto - March 2014
March 2015: Google launched Android Auto, which is a smartphone projection standard developed to allow mobiledevices running the Android 5.0 and later to be operated in automobiles through the dashboards head unit. The service lets driver control navigation, music playback, SMS, telephony, and Websearch from the dashboard itself.
Google is now Alphabet - August 2015
Alphabet has to be the most intriguing change of events at Google since its origin. The decision to form Alphabet over Google is seen by most as a business and investor-oriented move which keeps Google away from the serious side of business, letting them focus on improving other nuances of life in every possible aspect.
On the same day, India-born Sundar Pichai was named CEO of Google by the company's founders Larry Page and Sergei Brin.