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Story of Google

Google’s Start Up

Google’s journey started by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1996-97 in Stanford University while they were students. Andy Bechtolsheim, the co founder of Sun microsystems who later became an investor, funded $100,000 in 1998 as Google’s first start-up venture capital. And in 1999, they received $25 million as venture capital which bolstered their growth and fame further. Google search is the top search engine with supported backend of over 80,000 to 100,000 servers and also with over fifty percent market share and it is one of the top three most visited websites which is localized over One hundred and fifty countries with one hundred and seventeen languages option.

Incredible Expansion

Google went with public in 2004 which was initially in USA and raised $1.67 Billion. Google frequently update them with new modernized innovative stuffs that lured people in and around the world and recorded over 100million searches being conducted daily by 2000. It started advertising programs in 2002-03 using AdSense and AdWords. The amazing intensification of Google made NASA and AOL to be partnered with it in 2005. The stocks was added to S&P with 500 index in 2006. The future of search engines depends on the reliability of data that was being searched by the user which is the basic foundation of Google search. By march 5, 2011 Google processes 1,000,000,000 queries per day.

Major Acquisitions 

The major acquisitions of Google are Blogger from pyra labs in 2003 for blogging, Picasa for photo sharing and management and Keyhole for Google maps and Google Earth in 2004, Android Inc., a Linux based OS developer in 2005, YouTube in 2006 for online video streaming, Feed burner for RSS feeds in 2006 and Double Click for online advertising in 2007. The same year Google purchased GrandCentral which would be changed over to Google Voice which is still in Beta. On 2009, On2 Technologies, the video software maker company, was conquered by Google. Google also acquired Aardvark, a social network search engine, Agnilux for hardware start-up and also had an announcement on 2011, August 15,that Google would acquire Motorola Mobility which makes them even stronger through manufacturing Google Brand mobile Phones with Android OS.

Google is the permutation of all above stuffs which feeds the hunger of Google users.

Google in progress with a great rebellion in the world of phones and tablets through its OS. In addition to Search tool, Google also provides other services like Google News, Google Instant search from September 8, 2010, Google maps, Google Earth,Google News, Google Suggest from September 8, 2010, Google Docs, Picasa, Panaromio, YouTube, Google Blog, Google Translate, etc., Google is now changing its design and user interface for its every product like Gmail and others to lure its customer towards its new born social network called Google Plus which recently allows its user to create pages for brands too.

It’s Just a beginning 

Owing to Users’ interest in google and increasing usage of Google including Search, the term Google is added in Dictionary as verb. The journey of Google is attention-grabbing which has only ups and impressing millions of users from its start till now . Its just a beginning of the race and They ongoing with their nourishing innovation to be first in the race in the future too.

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Phones that double as projectors

How about using your mobile phone to beam an image or a presentation? There are phones that can be used as mini projectors.

This is an emerging technology and is catching on fast. However, big companies are yet to invest in this segment, save for Samsung.

There are many options from small handset companies such as Maxx, GFive and Intex. They may offer cheaper alternatives but they are not built very well. Here are some of the good options in this segment.

Samsung Galaxy Beam

Samsung should perhaps change its tagline to “We have a phone for everything”. At Rs 27,000 the phone packs in a lot. It is a fully functional smartphone running on Android 2.1, and its 12.1 mm frame can pack a lamp with 15 lumens. It is ideal for a quick business presentation.

Obviously with a projector packed into the device, the battery life does take a beating, but the specs say the phone can run 14 hours on 2G network and about 7 hours on 3G network. With the projector, it’s safe to assume the phone can run up to about 3 hours on a full charge.

The phone comes with a tripod and you would probably have to use office supplies to make a stand or keep it at the edge of the table, but it does come with an impromptu portable screen maker.

The telescopic rod extends out and has a small clip where one can place a sheet of paper and the base can support it during presentations. The sheet can be placed in landscape mode or portrait mode depending on your presentation.

The projector also tops up as a torch; and the intensity can be changed using the volume buttons and so too the colours. (Try beating Nokia 1100.)

Micromax X40

Micromax competes in this segment as always with a low-cost alternative. The X40 is a dual SIM phone and the projector’s lamp is rated at 20 lumens. It is good value for money though the construction could be a bit more elegant.

The phone also comes with a tripod, so that should make presentations a bit more easy. The projector lens is also analog and the image can be focussed using a dial near the lens.

However, there are some glaring problems with the projector. The image is beamed at 90 degrees and anti-clockwise, and there is no default program to correct this and one would have to tilt their heads to navigate to the file.

The image corrects itself once the video being played goes into full screen. It also runs on a rather old Java-based OS. Better luck next time Micromax.

Spice M9000 Popkorn

The problems that plague Micromax are present in Spice as well; and a lot more too. It can play videos in 3GP format and the projector is not that great. The image projected is a pain in the neck (literally) and projects is projected at 90 degrees and anti-clockwise.

The build feels cheap and plastic. There are vents in the side to keep the projector cool. The phone includes a tripod, which is even more cumbersome than the one Micromax has, and includes an external speaker; no marks again for the quality of the speakers.

There were alarming reviews about the battery life. The phone’s price varies from Rs 6,700 to Rs 5,700; keep an eye out for bargains.

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Google to sell prototype of futuristic glasses

SAN FRANCISCO: Google is making prototypes of its futuristic, Internet-connected glasses available for some computer programmers to try out.

The company is selling it for $1,500 to people attending its annual conference in San Francisco for software developers. It will ship early next year and won’t be available for sale outside the conference.

“This is new technology and we really want you to shape it,” Google co-founder Sergey Brin said Wednesday. “We want to get it out into the hands of passionate people as soon as possible.”

With the glasses, directions to your destination can appear literally before your eyes. You can talk to friends over video chat, take a photo or even buy a few things online as you walk around.

In development for a couple of years, the project is the brainchild of Google X, the online search-leader’s secret facility that spawned the self-driving car and could one day let people ride elevators into space.

Google demonstrated the device, known as Project Glass, by having parachutists jump out of a plane above San Francisco. The audience got live video feeds from their glasses as they descended to land on the roof of the Moscone Center, the location of the conference.

Google had given a glimpse of the technology in a video posted earlier this year.

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Google releases tablet app for social network

SAN FRANCISCO: Google’s Plus social network will have its own app for tablet computers.

A version for Android devices is available Wednesday, while one for Apple’s iPad is coming “very soon.” The app will help you send invites to friends for events such as birthday parties. It will also make it easier for you to share and organize photos on Google Plus.

Google considers Google Plus crucial to challenging Facebook Inc.

Launched nearly a year ago, Google Plus now has 250 million registered users. That’s far smaller than Facebook’s more than 900 million _ and that counts only those who use the service in a given month. But at nearly the one-year mark, Facebook had just a million.

Google also says more people use Google Plus from mobile devices than traditional computers

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Google ramps up competition in hot tablet market

WASHINGTON: The Google Nexus 7 heightens competition in the red-hot market for tablet computers, which is dominated by the Apple iPad but has a number of other players.

An ABI Research survey showed overall global sales of media tablets amounted to 18.2 million in the first three months of the year, up 185 percent from a year earlier, but down 33 percent from the fourth quarter gift-giving season.

Here are some of the major entries in the tablet industry, with prices for US consumers:

APPLE IPAD

Apple held 65 percent of the market in the first quarter with 11.8 million iPad shipments, boosted by the launch of a third-generation model and price reductions on the iPad 2, according to ABI.

The newest version launched in March sold three million over the course of its first weekend on the market. It features a screen of 9.7 inches (24.6 centimeters) and still and video cameras.

The new iPad sells for $499 and up depending on memory size and whether a buyer chooses Wi-Fi or 3G connectivity. The iPad is also backed by Apple’s online entertainment store iTunes and more than 500,000 free and paid applications in the App Store.

GOOGLE NEXUS 7

The newest entrant to the field, Nexus 7 is smaller than the iPad at seven inches, and much cheaper at $199. It roughly matches the price and dimensions of Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Nexus weighs 340 grams (12 ounces), runs the latest version of the Google Android operating system, and links to Google Play, the tech giant’s answer to iTunes and Amazon for books, films and other content. It is to be available starting in mid-July.

MICROSOFT SURFACE

Microsoft said this month it would launch a new Windows-powered tablet with a cover that, when opened, acts as a keypad that switches into “desktop” mode. Pricing was not announced, but some reports say it could be more expensive than the iPad, starting at $599.

It boasts a 10.6-inch (26.9 centimeter) high-definition screen and will be available with 32 or 64 gigabytes of memory. A model powered by Windows 8 Pro weighs 903 grams (two pounds) and will be available with 64 or 128 gigabytes of memory.

Surface appears to straddle the tablet and the “ultrabook” PC market, and will have access to some 100,000 apps for Windows users.

SAMSUNG GALAXY

Samsung has overtaken Amazon as the number two tablet seller, and up to now the largest maker of Android-powered devices. The South Korean firm shipped 1.1 million tablets, or six percent of the global market, overtaking Amazon, which saw an 80 percent quarter-over-quarter drop in sales of the Kindle Fire, according to ABI. The 10-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab sells for $400, but this week a judge ordered sales halted, saying it infringes on patented designs of the iPad. Samsung also sells a smaller tablet at $249, similar in size to Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire.

AMAZON KINDLE FIRE

The Kindle Fire introduced last year grabbed a significant chunk of the market, helped by its $199 price tag at the start of the holiday season. Amazon does not release Kindle sales figures, but research firms say the Fire has lost steam since its launch. IDC reported Kindle Fire had just four percent of the market in early 2012, compared with 16.8 percent in the fourth quarter.

Kindle Fire features a seven-inch (17.78-cm) screen and has a modified version of Google’s Android software. It does not have a camera or 3G connectivity, only Wi-Fi. It comes with a pre-installed shopping application as Amazon seeks to drive Kindle Fire buyers to its online store, which features books, music, movies, TV shows and games.

OTHERS

The BlackBerry PlayBook from Canada’s Research In Motion made its debut last year to desultory reviews and sales have been sluggish. Priced initially between $499 and $699, RIM has been cutting the price since then in a bid to spur demand.

The Nook tablet from bookseller Barnes & Noble at $249 offers an alternative to Kindle Fire, serving as an e-reader with access to the store’s e-books and other content, and a modified Android system for Web access.

PC makers including Lenovo and Asus have also been selling tablets. Other vendors including Dell, Hewlett-Packard and LG are currently retooling tablet portfolios for mid-year launches, using Android or the Windows 8 platform.

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Google unveils Nexus 7 tablet computer

SAN FRANCISCO: Google is unveiling a small tablet computer bearing its brand.

Called the Nexus Seven, the tablet will have a screen that measures 7 inches (17.5-centimeters) diagonally, smaller than the nearly 10 inches (25 centimeters) on Apple Inc.’s popular iPad.

That means it’s more likely to challenge Amazon.com Inc.’s Kindle Fire, which is also 7 inches.

The Nexus Seven will also be light, at about 0.75 pound (0.34 kilogram), compared with the Kindle Fire’s 0.9 pound (0.41 kilogram).

The iPad weighs 1.44 pounds (0.65 kilograms).

The device will ship in mid-July starting at $199, the same price as the Kindle Fire.

By contrast, iPads start at $499. Customers can start ordering it through Google on Wednesday, initially in the U.S., Canada and Australia.

The Nexus Seven will run the next version of Google Inc.’s Android operating system, called Jelly Bean.

The tablet is also designed specifically for Google Play, the company’s online store for movies, music, games, books and apps.

Google said Wednesday that Google Play will now offer movies for sale, rather than only rentals.

Google also announced a home entertainment device called Nexus Q. It sends content from your personal collection or YouTube to your existing TV and speaker systems. You control it through a separate Android phone or tablet.

The Nexus Q, which Google is calling the world’s first “social streaming device,” will available in July in the U.S. initially and sell for $299.

Google made the announcements during a keynote to open its annual conference in San Francisco for computer programmers.

A Google expansion into the tablet market brings another imposing entrant into what is already a battle of tech heavyweights.

Last week, Microsoft Corp. announced its own tablet, Surface. Expected to go on sale this fall, Surface will run on a revamped version of Windows and compete directly with the iPad.

Although the tablet carries the Google brand, the machine will be made by AsusTek Computer Inc.

Google also recently expanded into the device-making business with its $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility, but the company has stressed that it intends to continue to rely on Asus and other manufacturers that have embraced Android.

There are already other Android-powered tablets on the market, but none have proven nearly as popular as the iPad or Kindle Fire.

That has raised worries at Google as more people rely on tablets to surf the Internet.

If Apple and Amazon establish themselves as the dominant tablet makers, they could set up their operating systems in ways that de-emphasize Google’s Internet search engine and other services.

Apple develops its own system, while Amazon modifies Android for use in Kindles.

Apple already has announced that the next version of the iPad operating system will abandon Google’s digital maps as the built-in navigation system. That shift could cause neighborhood merchants to spend less money advertising on Google.

Earlier Wednesday, Google unveiled a new search tool to help you get the right information at the right time on your mobile device. Called Google Now, the tool will be part of Jelly Bean, which will be available in mid-July. Some devices, including the Galaxy Nexus, will get the upgrade automatically over the air.

With Google Now, if you say “traffic,” for example, it will look at your usual commute to work and show you alternative routes if there’s a lot of traffic. It will tell you the scores of your favorite sports teams automatically, and it will keep you up to date on flight statuses if you are flying somewhere. You’ll have to activate Google Now to start using it.

Google Inc. said the Google Now feature will get smarter as you use it more.

The feature bears resemblance to the Siri virtual assistant on Apple’s iPhone.

Jelly Bean will also come with the ability to share photos by tapping two phones together, using an emerging wireless technology called near-field communications.

Google said there are a million new Android devices activated daily, up from 400,000 a year ago. Google says there’s particularly fast growth in emerging markets such as Brazil and India. Android is now the chief rival to the mobile software running Apple’s iPhone and iPad.

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