Statistics from October 2015
show that Google has 89.16% of the world market share for search queries.
One of many sites currently blocked in China.
Founders Larry Page
and Sergey Brin
meet at Stanford.
1996 - Page and Brin collaborate on a search engine called BackRub. It exists solely on Stanford's servers and eventually outgrows its space.
September 15, 1997 - Google.com is registered as a domain.
August 1998 - Andy Bechtolsteim, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, becomes the first investor in Google, Inc.
September 4, 1998 - Google, Inc. files for incorporation with its headquarters in friend and current YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki's garage in Menlo Park.
February 1999 - Google gets its first real office in Palo Alto. Later in the year they move to Mountain View.
May 2000 - Google launches websearches in 10 new languages.
March 2001 - Eric Schmidt
joins the company as chairman of the board of directors
July 2001 - Google Images launches with 250 million searchable images.
August 2001 - Eric Schmidt becomes CEO, while Larry Page becomes President of Products and Sergey Brin becomes President of Technology.
September 2002 - Google News launches with 4,000 news sources.
February 2003 -
Google acquires Pyra Labs
, creators of Blogger.
December 2003 - Google Books launches.
March 2004 - The headquarters moves into the Googleplex.
April 1, 2004 -
Gmail launches on April Fools' Day
despite it being a real email service.
July 2004 -
Google acquires Picasa
, an online photo arranger, from Idealab.
August 19, 2004 -
Google conducts an initial public offering
of approximately 19.6 million shares on NASDAQ. Shares of the No. 1 search engine company closed at $100.34 after they opened at $100, a 17 percent increase from its offering price of $85. The offering raised about $1.2 billion for the company, which had originally hoped to sell a total of 25.9 million shares at $108 to $135 a share.
October 2004 - Google Scholar
, which is a service that allows user to search scholarly literature, launches with The University of Michigan, Stanford, Harvard and Oxford universities, as well as the New York Public Library behind it.
February 2005 - Google Maps launches.
June 2005 - Google Earth launches allowing users to view satellite imagery of any place in the world.
August 2005 - Google Talk launches becoming Google's first instant messenger.
October 2006 -
Google acquires YouTube
for $1.65 billion
and launches Google Docs, an online application for creating documents.
November 2007 - Google launches Android OS, an open source mobile device platform.
September 2008 - The G1, the first Android phone, appears courtesy of T-Mobile.
September 2, 2008 - Google Chrome, a web browser, launches.
March 2009 - Google Voice
launches. With this phone manager, you can keep the calls coming through while you roam. Google Voice gives you a phone number which you can set to ring any phone in the United States.
October 2009 - Google Maps Navigation launches allowing turn-by-turn GPS navigation.
April 4, 2011 - Larry Page
resumes CEO title after 10 years away, while Eric Schmidt becomes executive chairman.
May 2011 - Samsung and Acer launch Chromebooks, Google's answer to the netbook, using the open-source Chrome OS.
June 2011 - Google+, a social networking site, launches.
April 2012 -
Google announces Google Glass
, wearable, head-mounted computing.
July 2013 - Google releases Chromecast, a device that connects to your TV and allows sites like Netflix to be shown from phones, tablets, and computers.
March 18, 2014 -
Google announces Android Wear
, an initiative to bring Android technology to smartwatches.
April 15, 2014 -
Google Glass becomes available to the general public
for a limited time.
November 27, 2014 -
The European Parliament recommends to break up Google's search business in Europe
so that it will be split from the rest of its commercial operations.
January 19, 2015 -
Google withdraws Google Glass from the marketplace.
April 15, 2015 -
The European Union files antitrust charges against Google.
August 10, 2015 -
Google announces a corporate restructuring, forming an umbrella company called Alphabet and naming Sundar Pichai as the new CEO to the core business of Google. Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin will run Alphabet -- Page as CEO and Brin as president.
October 2, 2015 -
Google announces that its restructuring will happen at the end of the day. Alphabet will become the parent company of separate, smaller companies, one of which is Google.