Google LLC is an American multinational technology corporation specializing in Internet-related services and products, including online advertisement, search engine, cloud computing, software, and hardware technologies. Alongside Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft, it is considered one of the Major Four technology firms.
Google was created by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in September
1998, while studying at Stanford University in California as PhD students. They own about 14 percent of their shares together and control 56 percent of the voting power of the stockholder by means of supervoting stock.
They founded Google as a privately owned corporation in California on September 4, 1998. Google was then reincorporated in Delaware on 22 October 2002. On 19 August 2004, an initial public offering (IPO) took place and Google moved to its headquarters in Mountain View, California, dubbed the Googleplex. In August 2015, Google announced CEO, to replace Larry Page who was Alphabet's CEO.
Google announced plans to reorganize its diverse interests as the Alphabet Inc. conglomerate. Google is the leading affiliate of Alphabet, which will continue to be the umbrella corporation for Internet interests of Alphabet. Sundar Pichai was named as Google's CEO, replacing Larry Page who was Alphabet's CEO.
The rapid growth of the company since incorporation has sparked a
product chain, acquisitions and alliances beyond Google's core search engine (Google Search). It provides job- and productivity-driven tools (Google Documents, Google Sheets and Google Slides), email (Gmail), scheduling and time management (Google Calendar), cloud storage (Google Drive), instant messaging and video chat (Duo, Hangouts), language translation (Google Translate), mapping and navigation (Google Maps, Waze, Google Earth, Street View), video sharing (YouTube), note-taking (Google Translate) .The business is leading the development of the Android smartphone operating system, the .
Google Chrome web browser, and the Chrome OS, a Chrome browser-based, lightweight operating system. From 2010 to 2015, Google collaborated with major electronics manufacturers to develop its Nexus devices, launching several hardware products in October 2016, including the Google Pixel mobile, Google Home smart speaker, Google Wifi wireless router, and Google Daydream virtual reality headset. Google has also attempted to become an Internet
carrier (Google Fiber, Google Fi, Google Station, etc.). Google.com is the world's most popular website. Several other Google services also rate among the top 100 websites most visited, including YouTube and Blogger.
Google has been the world's most popular company since 2017, but has faced considerable criticism on topics such as privacy problems, tax avoidance, competition, censorship and search neutrality.
The goal of Google is to "organize knowledge around the world and make it widely available and useful."Around May 2018, the inofficial motto of the company "Don't be bad" was dropped from thecompany's code of conduct but restored by July 31, 2018.