2013 marked Google’s 15th anniversary, however the search giant that is Google showed zero complacency, exuding none of the fanfare of previous world-dominating tech monoliths, indeed for many the landmark celebration went completely unnoticed.
For Google 2013 was simply another year, steaming on to solidified its place at the center of almost every arena in internet economy.
In the quadrangle of the internet age, sidled up with Apple, Facebook and Amazon, Google is the only one to have competed in all arenas including: retail, hardware, television, social networking and search. Although it performed better in some arenas – wink wink, Plus Google – it’s a hardship to write-off Google from any of them.
Google’s 2013 success was the result of a largish range of new product releases, acquisitions and long term project coming to fruition. From Google Glass, Chromecast, Play,Moto X and all the way back to it’s roots, search.
The one thing Google hasn’t done is remained still. We’ve rounded up some of Google’s most important moments of this past year, moments that contributed to the giants exponential tech-rise ::::
1. Android OWNS the Mobile Market
When many punters think smartphone, their emotional response is iPhone, emotional response because eight in ten smartphones actually run on Google’s Android.
The mobile market is looking a lot like the old grey box pc’s looked five years ago, booming. The roleplay is a little different today, Google’s playing Microsoft, dominating the globe with one OS. But while Windows was a cash cow for Microsoft, Google isn’t actually making any direct money out of Android.
Instead, like almost everything in Google’s world, Android is designed to sell advertising. With such a large chunk of the market, Google has brilliantly transitioned from the desktop era to the mobile age, it’s dragged everything tech along for the ride, and ride we have. Googles advertising – via search – reached over a billion people a month, thanks hugely to it’s mobile dominance.
Of course, that’s not how Apple sees it. In a September interview with Bloomberg, Apple boss Tim Cook speeled off a bunch of stats showing that despite Android’s dominance, more than half of all mobile traffic comes from iOS devices. Cook is perhaps missing the point, Google doesn’t really care how you get to it’s ads, so long as you get there?
2. Google Glass
Since Apple’s 2007 introduction of iPhone, Google has been playing catchup. This strategy has proven extremely effective for the search behemoth. In 2013, for the first time, the mantle of innovation was passed from Apple to Google. This was largely possible because of Google Glass, the first optically-driven wearable computer aimed at general consumers.
As is the way with nearly all Google technology – it’s looking to the future, not the now – Glass isn’t set to hit the mass market until 2014, but the company began disseminating units to an unspecified number of explorers earlier this year. Leading to a bevvy of publicity, a scramble by pornographers, then a backflip, the a quandary as to where the technology would eventually fit.
Google Glass’s primary issue is a chicken-and-egg idiom. Since so few people own a pair, they aren’t yet socially cool. But it’s not a bus you’ll want to miss.
The end result of Google’s Glass technology is likely to be far more reaching than just an Adult Peep Show for your head, headsup motorcycle visor-displays to university lecture studios, the application is doubtlessly going to be popularised by the very existence of Glass.
3. Google Stock Tops $1,000
In October, Google stock climbed into the four-figure rung on the US stock market, joining an elite club including Priceline, Seaboard and Berkshire Hathaway. Such psychological barriers are often meaningless — a looming stock split will send it back to three digit territory soon — but it underscored the company’s stellar financial performance this year.
4. Google Play Tops 50 Billion Downloaded Apps
Just as Apple spruiked 50 billion downloads from it’s App-Store, Google was quietly crowing over the same number.
Google Play – Market – launched just months after App-Store in 2008. Until this year Google Play was seen as a bit of a second-cousin to App-Store, developers generally release iOS versions of their apps ahead of their Android iterations, often months ahead.
That may be changing. With more than 80 percent of the global market, justifying an iOS-first strategy seems increasingly dim. If Android picks-up the edge in new development, it will be harder for consumers to defend their devotion to iOS, being first seems to be were the kudos is at?
It’s good to be Google, the search behemoth is still exactly that, the most dominant search engine on the internet.
…and not by just a bit, the next best competitor Microsoft’s Bing, didn’t even get close to Google’s astounding 1,000,000,000+ (a billion) monthly unique visits.
Bing scored 290 million unique visits a month for 2013, not shabby, but stood next to Google’s total for the year was: 12,229,412,396 unique searches, everyone else paled.
Bing’s 345,6000,000 there wasn’t really in the competition. (Thats 12 billion vs 345 million) Still, it could have been worse for Bing, Microsoft can take heart from – once a real contender – Excite’s lowly 1 million a month…
Point is, it’s good to be Google, especially in search!
RELATED! Google Loses Australian Court Case
The Australian Federal Court has ruled against Google, stating the search behomoth breached the law by displaying misleading sponsored links at the top of its search results. Last Year the court found that Google wasn’t liable for ads that appeared as search results. Consumers who used Google to search for Harvey World Travel, Honda, Just 4X4 Magazine and Alpha Dog Training were presented with ads that led to rival websites.
In appealing the Federal Court’s decision, The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission – ACCC – took the view that Google’s key word insertion system, plus the role of Google staff, were fundamental to the false representations being made. In a statement the ACCC said It was significant that the previous Federal Court decisions considered by Justice Nicholas related to publishers of advertisements in traditional forms of media, such as print and television. The reasoning in those cases is not easily translated to the practices of search engine providers such as Google in publishing sponsored entries as part of search results.
The ACCC appealed last year after Justice Nicholas ruled Google’s conduct had not been in breach of the Trade Practices Act. Justice Nicholas found that although a number of the advertisements were misleading or deceptive, Google had not made those representations :: Read the full article »»»»
RELATED! NSFW WARNING: MiKandi Debuts Tits & Glass, World’s First Google Glass Porn App
For the past 6 months the porn industry has been been building itself up over the imminent release of Google Glass. Seriously, what a perfect fit, the glossiness of adult content and the sneaky discreetness of
pervingviewing in absolute private. Indeed, some adult operators have already started – in some cases finished – developing apps for the not-quite-here hardware.
Überporn App promoters http://mikandi.com has already released Tits & Glass an app that allows Google Glass users to share adult content from their devices directly to other Glass users, as well as online –www.titsandglass.com – where they can browse, comment and vote on their favourite pix and video. The app comes with preloaded adult content and access to full-length videos from the company’s mobile streaming service, MiKandi Theater. Unfortunately the company will now need to find either a jailbreak or a dusty shelf.
Google has announced that it’s altered its Google Glass developer policies – slung them inlinewith it’s advertising arms, Adwords and Adsense – The policy update has a new provision that explicitly excludes sexually arousing material. the announcement came via Google’s blog, skirting around the need for a public announcement :: Read the full article »»»»
RELATED! Google Gets The Go-ahead From US + EU To Buy Motorola Mobility
U.S. and European regulators have approved Google’s $US12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility and said they would keep a watchful eye on the internet behemoth to ensure patents critical to the telecommunications industry would be licensed at fair prices.
It was one of a series of approvals on Monday that underscored the scramble by technology companies to acquire big pools of patents.
The U.S. Justice Department also approved an Apple-led consortium’s purchase of a trove of patents from bankrupt Canadian company Nortel Networks and signed off on Apple’s purchase of patents formerly owned by Novell Inc.
Google, whose Android software is the top operating system for Internet-enabled smart phones, said in August it would buy phone-maker Motorola for its 17,000 patents and 7,500 patent applications, as it looks to compete with rivals such as Apple and defend itself and Android phone manufacturers in patent litigation :: Read the full article »»»»
RELATED! Google Supports DPRKs First Smartphone ‘Arirang’
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – DPRK aka North Korea, our second favourite peoples republic – has unveiled what it says is its first domestically produced smartphone, although industry analysts say the “Arirang”, built around Google’s Android OS, is most likely made in China.
The Arirang – complete with touch screen, high-pixel camera, and its very own set of apps – is being offered for sale to North Korea’s reported two million mobile phone users, all of whom are prevented from contacting the outside world.
The phone, named after a famous Korean folk song, has already gained the approval of the country’s President, Kim Jong-un, Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency – KCNA – reported.
Visiting a factory where the phone was said to be produced, Mr Kim was reported to have praised its Korean-style applications, which he says provided best convenience to users while guaranteeing security. State security, that is :: Read the full article »»»»
RELATED! TAKEN CONTROL! Google Android
The worldwide mobile market shipped an amazing 467 million new phones in the third quarter of 2013. Mobile researchers IDC said figures show the overall market grew 39.9% to 261.1 million units, up from 186.7 million a year ago.
The clear market leader was Google Android, shipping upward of 210 million devices, more than the total number of smartphones sold for all platforms combined quarter on quarter.
The platform now claims an amazing 81% of the worldwide smartphone market, but wait there’s more :: Read the full article »»»»
RELATED! NSFW WARNING: Google Bans Porn on Glass
Over the past year the porn industry has been been building itself to a tither over the imminent release of Google Glass. Seriously, what a perfect fit, the glossiness of adult content and the sneaky discreetness of
perving viewing in absolute private. Indeed, some adult operators have already started – in some cases finished – developing apps for the not-quite-here Google Glass hardware. Imagine the pain felt at Googles NO PORN announcement, yikes. But all isn’t lost, give the porn industry a problem and they’ll give you a solution, usually based on KY or the like. in this case however, the porn industry might just whip Googles christian-right – no porn – policy?
Überporn App promoters mikandi.com has already released Tits & Glass an app that allows Google Glass users to share adult content from their devices directly to other Glass users, as well as online –www.titsandglass.com – where they can browse, comment and vote on their favourite pix and video. The app comes with preloaded adult content and access to full-length videos from the company’s mobile streaming service, MiKandi Theater.
Unfortunately the company will now need to find either a jailbreak or a dusty shelf. Or hope that someone else was working on the hardware!
While the rest of adult movie industry scrambles to figure out how to get adult content onto Google Glass, it looks as though some bright-spark at tech-savvy adult entertainment group Pink Visual has taken the matter into their own hands, the company is set to release porn-friendly “PV Glasses,” described by the company as “3D Virtual Reality video glasses” And their dead serious, the PV Glasses go on sale next week…
RELATED! Google Fights Deception Ruling
The behemoth that is Google is fighting a ruling that it engaged in misleading conduct when some advertisers used the names of competitors to attract searchers to their links.
The ACCC says these sponsored links give the false impression the businesses are linked. The ACCC says that Google Advertisements with the headlineHarvey World Travel redirected to a competitors –STA Travel – website.
The ACCC said that the ads were in breach of section 52 of the Trade Practices Act. Similarly, advertisements headlined with Honda, redirected to car-trading websiteCar Sales, several more Google Adwords accounts, including the Trading Post were said to be in breach of the Trade Practices Act.
In April this year, the Australian Federal Court found that Google HAD engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct regarding it’s AdWords website. the court said that what appears on Google’s web page is Google’s response to A User’s Query. That it happens to headline a keywordchosen by the advertiser does not make it any less Google’s responsibility
In this latest round of litigation, Google’s barrister Tony Bannon told the court that finding Google responsible for what it produces from an inquiry could have much wider implications, suggesting that a negative ruling may even hail the decline of AdWords :: Read the full article »»»»
RELATED! Marissa Mayer Joins Yahoo
Yahoo! – that would be if it could be internet behemoth – has named former Google vice-president Marissa Mayer as its chief executive, the company’s third in less than 12 months.
37-year-old Ms Mayer will assume the role this week. Ms Mayer was one of Google’s earliest employees, she was the Internet search company’s first female engineer.
Ms Mayer was responsible for local and geographical products including Google Offers, Google Maps, Google Earth, Street View and local search for desktop and mobile.
The new appointment signals Yahoo!’s renewed focus on product innovation in an effort to drive advertising revenue for one of the world’s largest consumer Internet brands the company said via statement. The move comes as a surprise after many reports said interim CEO Ross Levinsohn had a lock on the top job.
Yahoo! confirmed via regulatory filings that the cost of luring Ms Mayer away from Google was considerable. Ms Mayer will receive a package of almost $US60, including an annual base salary of just over $US1 million, an annual $US2 million bonus as well as stock bonuses of up to $US3 million, giving her an average annual salary of around $US5 million, assuming she sticks :: Read the full article »»»»
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