Google was formed by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while studying at Stanford University. It was one of the first companies to radically extend 40 year old text retrieval technology to be used over the whole internet. Google was a latecomer in the internet revolution in 1998, going public 6 years later, doing well even though public markets were struggling in the wake of the dotcom bust.
Today Google dominates internet search globally (except in China) and its revenues come largely from paid search services and from its Adsense advertising hosted on other web sites. Google has set about adding many different types of internet traffic, all monetized through advertising, such as web mail (Gmail), VoIP client (GoogleTalk), YouTube (which it acquired) and its own browser (Chrome). It is already dominant in search on handsets and in seeking to extend this in 2005 it decided to create a mobile operating system derived from Linux called Android, for smartphones and tablets. Today more smartphones are being sold using Android than any other operating system, having recently overtaken Nokia’s Symbian, and Apple’s iOS.
Fragmentation has always been Android's greatest bugbear, and it remains an issue, confessed Google engineers at this week's I/O conference. However, Android's engineering director Dave Burke pledged ...
- 10% of Android handsets now running Jelly Bean
- Android contract seeks to reduce fragmentation
- Android must stay open for five years, says China
13 May, 2013
With Sony, Microsoft and Amazon working on mobile games platforms, Google+ is key weapon to boost search player's brand
9 April, 2013
Microsoft, Nokia, Oracle, others raise complaint that Android is a Trojan horse for Google Apps
8 April, 2013
Google responds to Facebook Home by beefing up its messaging strategy
28 March, 2013
Results may not be as accurate but still helpful to tourists without a data connection
26 March, 2013
Trial uses gaps in TV spectrum to bring wireless broadband to schools, aiming to push regulatory change
22 March, 2013
Google chairman denies two key reports, that the two OSs are converging and that Google Now has been barred from iOS App Store
- Vodafone suffers first ever annual revenue decline - 21 May, 2013
- Aruba buys Meridian for indoor venue smarts - 20 May, 2013
- Google promises to address fragmentation - 17 May, 2013
- Wireless lifts Cisco's solid third quarter - 16 May, 2013