What is Google?

What is Google?

Google?

What is Google in reality? is it a search engine or a company with so many products to make life easier for everyone?

Well, Google at first is a search engine then comes Google products that make it a giant tech company providing hundreds of software-based and hardware-based solutions to its global userbase. Most of its services are free and loved by consumers.

Here we are talking about Google from A to Z and detailing everything you can ask about this company.

What Is Google?

As you and we all know, Google is a web search engine and then it is a giant tech company that has its wings on online advertising, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, e-commerce, smart devices, software development, and even the quantum computing world.

Google is now a part of its parent company called “Alphabet” and is known as the #1 web search engine in the entire world. 

How Did Google Start?

Google began as a research project by Larry Page while he was enrolled in Stanford’s computer science graduate program in 1985 where he met Sergey Brin and found Google as its first name “BackRub”. They started testing more things and focused on linking the World Wide Web to a website where people can easily find relative websites.

Why Google Is So Popular? 

Google is popular, no doubt. It is so popular just because of its unbeatable services. People use Google to search for something they are looking for, they get the exact results from the World Wide Web (data of more than 50 billion websites in Google Index). This happens on Google’s algorithm-enabled servers that provide the best results possible to each and every query by each and every user. All of this for free, that’s why Google is so popular. 

What Services Does Google Offer?

Google offers many services and currently they feature these listed services as their best on the official website:

  1. Android Auto
  2. Android OS
  3. Android TV
  4. Blogger
  5. Calendar
  6. Cardboard
  7. Chrome
  8. Chrome Enterprise
  9. Chromebook
  10. Chromecast
  11. Connected Home
  12. Contacts
  13. Digital Wellbeing
  14. Docs
  15. Drive
  16. Earth
  17. Exposure Notifications
  18. Finance
  19. Forms
  20. Gboard
  21. Gmail
  22. Google Alerts
  23. Google Arts & Culture
  24. Google Assistant
  25. Google Authenticator
  26. Google Books
  27. Google Chat
  28. Google Classroom
  29. Google Duo
  30. Google Expeditions
  31. Google Family Link
  32. Google Fi
  33. Google Files
  34. Google Find My Device
  35. Google Fit
  36. Google Flights
  37. Google Fonts
  38. Google Groups
  39. Google Health Studies
  40. Google Home App
  41. Google Input Tools
  42. Google Lens
  43. Google Meet
  44. Google One
  45. Google Pay
  46. Google Photos
  47. Google Play
  48. Google Play Books
  49. Google Play Games
  50. Google Play Pass
  51. Google Play Protect
  52. Google Podcasts
  53. Google Shopping
  54. Google Street View
  55. Google TV
  56. Google Translate
  57. Google Tasks
  58. Google Workspace
  59. Google Watch
  60. Hangouts
  61. Keep
  62. Maps
  63. Messages
  64. News
  65. PhotoScan
  66. Pixel
  67. Pixel Buds
  68. Pixelbook
  69. Scholar
  70. Search
  71. Sheets
  72. Sites
  73. Slides
  74. Snapseed
  75. Stadia
  76. Tilt Brush
  77. Translate
  78. Travel
  79. Voice
  80. Waze
  81. Wear OS by Google
  82. YouTube
  83. YouTube Kids
  84. YouTube Music
  85. YouTube TV
  86. YouTube VR

The list goes on and we will keep it fresh by adding new services by Google and removing services that are now debunked by Google such as Google+, Orkut, and more.

Why Should I Use Google?

Google uses more than 200 factors to rate a web page and show it in the search engine result pages. This makes Google a better search engine and that’s why you should use Google as it provides you the best possible matching results for each of your queries.

What Are Some of the Risks Associated with Using Google?

Talking about the risks of using Google services is nothing but a nightmare. As every report suggest that Google is not a trusted website to visit and its services (mostly free) comes with too many trackers to track the activities of users for sharing with advertisers that eventually help other companies to show targeted ads for selling their product and services through Google Ads and other third-party networks. Google is providing most of its services like Google Search, YouTube, Gmail, and more for free, and they need to store users’ data to make money on their free services. Risk are:

  • Your personal data will be shared with a third-party
  • Your previous search queries are not encrypted
  • Your location data is being shared
  • Your photos in Google Photos are not safe

However, you can enable and disable these trackers and risks from your Google account settings. So, beware and don’t reject Google for these risks, you can always opt out by going to Google Account Settings and disabling these trackers.

What Are Some of the Most Popular Google Tools?

Google has more than 270 products including the best ones ranging from Search Engine, YouTube, Gmail, Blogger, Adsense, Google Ads, Google Classroom, Google My Business, Google Analytics, Google Trends, and Google Meet. Also, if you are using a smart device or work online, you may find Google everywhere.

What Is the Future of Google?

The future of Google is clear as google is already upgrading itself by introducing new features to its core and adding new algorithmic changes to make sure the search results are better than any other search engine on the internet. The future of Google lies in the introduction of new features and products and Google is not coming slow on that. They have already launched apps and features to see a bright future, some of them are listed below:
  • Google Assistant: Your personal voice assistant to help you use your smart devices by speaking
  • Google Voice Search: You don’t have to type, just say it and Google will perform the search for you
  • Google Discover: No typing, no speaking, nothing, just open Google Chrome and you will see the discover tap with articles that are relative to you
  • Google Lens: Just capture it with your camera and Google will do the magic, no matter it is a QR code, an image, or anything else, Google can find the answer for you
  • Google One: Everything of Google is at your fingertips, just everything you may need, weather, updates, and more.

That's how fast Google is leaping into the future and is ready to dive into web 3.0 with a diverse range of features and apps.

What Do People Use Google for the Most?

Google is the global leader in the search engine market and that’s what Google used the most. As of April 2022, Google is on top with a 92.09% share in the global search engine market. This tells that Google is being used as the #1 search engine worldwide.

How Has Google Changed Over the Years? (Google History)

The history of Google is all about “From the garage to the Googleplex” as their official website says.

Google’s story begins with Larry Page as the founder back in 1995 when he and Google co-founder Sergey Brin coded the first pages and added them to Stanford's domain name as Google.Standford.edu and z.stanford.edu.

When they met for the first them, they disagreed on everything. But, eventually started working on the project from their dorm rooms and developed the first search engine in the world called Backrub which was all about links and determining the power of web pages according to linking habits.

Just after coding the initial Google, they renamed Backrub to Google and started a mission “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”

Soon they realized the potential and incorporated the company in 1998 when investors got interested in the company and they get the first funding round as a $100,000 check from Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim. Here’s when Google Inc. upgraded the office from dorms to a garage. That garage was owned by Susan Wojcicki (currently CEO of YouTube).

This same year, the company expanded rapidly and Larry started hiring more talent, making the company stand higher and moving it to “The Googleplex” in Mountain View, California.

After that, Google acquired YouTube, Android, Blogger, and many other companies to make itself the giant tech company that we can see today.

From that day to today, Google is focusing on organizing the world's information and making it easily accessible to everyone.

What Are Some of the Controversies Surrounding Google?

There are a number of controversies surrounding Google, some of them are listed below:

Google avoids Tax by moving profits to other countries where the tax rate is low or likely at zero

  • Google recommends its own services in Google search which is called “monopoly” and for these practices, European Union issued a fine of €2.42 billion to Alphabet (google’s parent company)
  • A lot of antitrust issues
  • Google’s results can be manipulated and that’s about PageRank, Google is now hiding these ranking features to cope with the manipulations
  • Copyright issues are there for Google Print, Books, and Library
  • YouTube fair use is not really about fair use
  • Privacy concerns are there as Google is all about collecting data and showing ads in return for giving you a better search engine
  • Criticism of Google allowing US Army to spy on people through Google Earth

There are so many other controversies about Google that we will add to this list very soon.

How Does Google Make Money? 

When you use Google to search for something, you see results with ads. Ads are on the top of the results and sometimes at the bottom of the SERPs too. That's how Google makes money with its search engine.

Google also makes money with its free publisher's network called "Adsense". A popular means of monetizing websites and apps for many big and small companies.

Google generates almost 90% of its income through advertising.

On the other hand, Google makes money from advertising on YouTube, licensing software for Android Operating System, selling Cloud services, and even domain names.

What Makes Google Unique

Google is not just a web search engine, it is a way of living life. When you use Google, you are automatically using most of its other platforms such as Gmail, YouTube, Photos, News, Shopping, and much more.

This makes Google unique as it is a powerful tech company that is powered by hundreds of relevant products that supports each other in one or another way.

What Is Google Explained?

The definition of Google as explained by Google translate is:

Search for information about (someone or something) on the internet using the search engine Google.

Here we are talking about Google (search engine) and not other products of Google as a company.

What Is Google Full Form?

There are many ways to explain what is the full form of Google. Here are a few good examples for full form of Google:

  1. GOOGLE: Giving Opinions & Options Generously Linked Everywhere
  2. GOOGLE: Global Organization of Oriented Group Language of Earth
  3. GOOGLE: Go Online or Go Look Everywhere
  4. GOOGLE: God’s Own Official Guide to Locating Everything
  5. GOOGLE: Global Online Options and Greatly Linked Education
  6. GOOGLE: Gracious Opinions of God’s Living Entities

However, Google means large storage for everything and is driven by Googol.

To your surprise, Google officially does not have a full form explained anywhere on their official platforms.

What Is Google Known For?

Google is an American tech giant known as the world’s best search engine. As the company focuses on the users and makes money with advertising, it is known as the first way of surfing the internet. Google users use Google.com to find the world’s information from various websites, apps, images, videos, and apps. It provides more data about flights, and businesses, and answers every question a user can ask in the Google search bar. That’s what Google is all about and is known for.

Why Is Google Called Google?

Many people think that google is a spelling mistake and it is driven from a Chinese word. However, Google is a misspelling of a mathematical term “Googol” which means a large number that is 1 followed by 100 zeros. Just like this:

10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

The name "Google" was termed by its founder Larry Page and was registered as Google.com which is still the same.

Who found Google?

Larry Page and Sergey Brin found Google as co-founders on September 4, 1998 (officially) as Larry Page first started testing things in 1995 with Google's first name "Backrub". It was an idea of Larry Page when he was at Standford University in California for pursuing PhD.

Who is the CEO of Google

Google’s current CEO is Sundar Pichai, his real name is Pichai Sundararajan, is an Indian-American business executive. He is also the CEO of Alphabet (Google’s parent company). He is the CEO of Google since October 2, 2015, onwards.

How Big is Google?

Google is currently the #1 web search engine in the entire world. As Google doesn’t reveal real data, it is estimated that Google fulfills 63,000 searches per second which count as more than 2 trillion searches every year.

With over 4.3 billion with over 3.4 billion users in the US alone. Every Google user performs at least 3/4 of Google searches every day that helping Google to capture 92.24% of the global market share of web search engines.

Alphabet Inc. is Google’s parent company that is generating revenue of 257.6 billion USD (as of 2021) and there are 163,906 employees (as of 2022) who are working from home and from offices of Google around the globe.

Google owns approximately 232 companies worth more than 20 billion USD.

Google also owns patents for in-ocean data center cooling tech and wave-powered ship-based data center. Its own data centers are 250 feet long, 72 feet wide, and 16 feet deep that making the tech giant conquer the world by providing the best search experience and better cloud services.

Officially, Google says that their Search Index contains hundreds of billions of web pages that they show to different search queries using algorithms that pick the best results in under a half or 1 second. The data stored is more than 100,000,000 gigabytes in size.

That was all about what is Google.



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