How old is Google? History of the world's most popular search engine.

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According to tech company EarthWeb, Google processes about 8.5 billion searches per day. With Statista’s estimate of 1.88 billion total websites on the internet as of August 2021, the scope of Google is still far from reaching the massive number after which it was named — but it grows larger by the day.

Originally conceptualized as a search engine, the company has grown immensely since its founding. Google also owns YouTube, and its purchase of Android allowed the company to establish itself in the phone market with products like the Google Pixel smartphone.

How old is Google?

Google Inc. was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin on Sept. 4, 1998, following a $100,000 investment from Andy Bechtolsheim, co-founder of Sun Microsystems.

According to History, Page and Brin filed for Google’s initial public stock offering on April 29, 2004. The company went public in August 2004.

Google renamed its company Alphabet in 2015, making Google a subsidiary, says Investopedia. This move was intended to avoid antitrust violations and unite all the company’s acquisitions and services as a technology conglomerate.

Opening day of Google's Berlin office, Jan. 22, 2019.
Opening day of Google's Berlin office, Jan. 22, 2019.

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Who is Google’s CEO?

In 2019, Page and Brin stepped down from their respective roles as CEO and President, according to Search Engine Journal. The company's current CEO is Sundar Pichai.

When did Google buy YouTube?

In early October 2006, Google purchased YouTube for $1.65 billion. As of June 2022, Susan Wojcicki, Google’s 16th-ever employee, is the CEO of YouTube.

When did Google buy Android?

According to Wired, Google acquired Android in 2005 for $50 million, an investment that is paying off. Statista data reveals that over 80% of smartphones across the globe have run Android operating systems since the year 2014.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: How old is Google? History of the most popular search engine

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