Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) is an American multinational Internet and software corporation specialized in Internet search, cloud computing, and advertising technologies. It hosts and develops a number of Internet-based services and products. The company was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while the two were attending Stanford University as Ph.D. candidates.
Google was first incorporated as a privately held company on September 4, 1998, and its initial public offering followed on August 19, 2004. At that time Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt agreed to work together at Google for 20 years, until the year 2024. The company's mission statement from the outset was "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful", and the company's unofficial slogan – coined by Google engineer Amit Patel and supported by Paul Buchheit – is "Don't be evil". In 2006, the company moved to its current headquarters in Mountain View, California.
Google's rapid growth since its incorporation has triggered a chain of products, acquisitions, and partnerships beyond the company's core web search engine. The company offers online productivity software, such as the Gmail email service, the Google Google Docs, Sheets and Slides office suite, and the Google+ social networking service. Google's products extend to the desktop as well, with applications such as the Google Chrome web browser, the Google Photos photo organizing and editing software, and Google Talk instant messaging. Google leads the development of the Android mobile operating system, as well as the Google Chrome OS browser-only operating system, found on specialized laptops called Chromebooks.
is a mobile operating system
(OS) based on the Linux kernel
and currently developed by Google
. With a user interface
based on direct manipulation
, Android is designed primarily for touchscreen
mobile devices such as smartphones
and tablet computers
, with specialized user interfaces for televisions (Android TV
), cars (Android Auto
), and wrist watches (Android Wear
). The OS uses touch inputs that loosely correspond to real-world actions, like swiping, tapping, pinching, and reverse pinching to manipulate on-screen objects, and a virtual keyboard
. Despite being primarily designed for touchscreen input, it also has been used in game consoles
, digital cameras
, regular PCs (e.g. the HP Slate 21) and other electronics. Android is the most widely used mobile OS
and, as of 2013 , the highest selling OS overall.
Google's first logo
, from 1998
- ...that Google's first logo was created by Sergey Brin using GIMP, a free graphics program?
- ...that Google's first patent was filed in 1999, and was title "Watermarking system and methodology for digital multimedia content"?
- ...that Google is listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the ticker symbol GOOG?
- ...that Google's 2002 April Fools' prank was revealing the technology behind its PageRank algorithm, PigeonRank?
- ...that Google's largest acquisition was that of Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion?