Google LLC is a US technology multinational company that specializes in Internet-related services and products, including online advertising technologies, search engines, cloud computing, software
Google was founded in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin when they were Ph.D. students from Stanford University in California. Together they hold about 14 percent of their shares and control 56 percent of the shareholders’ voting power through the supervision of shares. They incorporated Google as a private company on September 4, 1998. An initial public offering (IPO) was made on August 19, 2004, and Google moved to its headquarters in Mountain View, California, nicknamed Googleplex. In August 2015, Google announced plans to reorganize its diverse interests as a conglomerate called Alphabet Inc. Google is the leading subsidiary of Alphabet and will continue to be the umbrella company for Alphabet’s Internet interests. Sundar Pichai was named CEO of Google, replacing Larry Page, who became the CEO of Alphabet.
The rapid growth of the company since its incorporation has unleashed a chain of products, acquisitions and partnerships beyond the main search engine of Google (Google Search). It offers services designed for work and productivity (Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides), email (Gmail / Inbox), programming and time management (Google Calendar), storage in the cloud (Google Drive), networks social (Google+), snapshots. messages and video chat (Google Allo, Duo, Hangouts), language translation (Google Translate), mapping and navigation (Google Maps, Waze, Google Earth, Street View), video sharing (YouTube), note taking ( Google Keep), and organization and editing of photos (Google Photos). The company leads the development of the Android mobile operating system, the Google Chrome web browser and Chrome OS, a lightweight operating system based on the Chrome browser. Google has moved more and more into hardware; from 2010 to 2015, it partnered with leading electronics manufacturers in the production of its Nexus devices, and launched several hardware products in October 2016, including the Google Pixel smartphone, the Google Home smart speaker, the wireless router of Google’s wireless mesh and the Google Daydream virtual. reality headphones. Google has also experimented with becoming an Internet operator (Google Fiber, Project Fi and Google Station).
Google.com is the most visited website in the world. Several other Google services are also listed on the 100 most visited websites, including YouTube and Blogger. Google is the most valuable brand in the world as of 2017, but it has received important criticisms that involve issues such as privacy issues, tax evasion, antitrust, censorship and search neutrality. Google’s mission statement is “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful,” and its unofficial slogan was “Do not be evil” until the phrase was removed from the company’s code of conduct in May 2018 .