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Organizing the world's information and making it universally accessible and useful.

Founded: Sep 1998

Mountain View, United States

NASDAQ:GOOG

Search  Email  Maps  Advertising  Android 

Google began in 1998 as a search engine provider, a field in which it quickly became dominant. Since then, it has branched out to offer some of the most recognized online products, such as YouTube, Gmail, and Google Maps. 

Nearly all of its services are free and funded primarily through Google’s successful AdWords and AdSense advertising platforms. In the mobile arena it is known for the popular Android operating system, its Nexus line of phones and tablets, and its recent acquisition of Motorola Mobility. It has also been making a splash with its cloud-based Chrome OS for laptops, and is known for pushing more experimental products such as its Google Glass wearable computer, as well as ‘moonshots’ like self-driving cars and the balloon-based Internet infrastructure, Project Loon.