Top 10 facts about Google
One of the founders of Google is a Muscovite
Few people know that the slightly sloppy co-owner of Google, by the name of Brin, is actually not just Sergey, but Sergey Mikhailovich. When he was 5 years old, his family moved from Moscow to Maryland, where his father Mikhail Izrailevich Brin became a lecturer at the University of Maryland.
By the way, Sergey even now, after almost 40 years, speaks Russian quite well. If you wish, you can easily find on the Internet his interview with the federal Russian channel, in which Brin not only shows good spoken Russian, but also operates with terms.
Google was created as a student project
Sergey Brin and his friend Larry Page founded Google during their years at Stanford University. Unlike other search engines, their project was able to analyze the links between different sites. This system eventually became known as PageRank and became for many years the headache and bread of all SEO-optimizers.
As a result, Brin and Page successfully defended their thesis on this project, and later became multibillionaires thanks to it. So, Brin is in 13th place in the Forbes ranking, Page is in 10th.
The name Google Incorporated is an accident
When Sergey Brin presented his project to Andy Bechtolsheim, one of the founders of Sun Microsystems, he became interested. But in a hurry, he wrote a check for $100,000 to Google Incorporated. In order to be able to remove them, it was necessary to have a legal entity with that name.
In fact, it was 20 years ago that Brin and Page created a company that would allow them to receive their first investment. This is how a formal legal organization appeared, which later grew into one of the largest corporations in the world.
Android version names were supposed to be a tribute to famous robots
Each new version of the Android operating system gets the name of the dessert in alphabetical order. Right now, the current one is Android Oreo, which will be replaced by Android Pie within a few weeks. Before that, there was Nougat, and in 2016 – Marshmallow.
However, this was not always the case. The first two versions of the operating system were named Astro Boy and Bender – in honor of the famous cartoon robots. But in order not to run into a copyright issue when using these names, the company had to abandon such names and leave them for internal use only. The first version of Android ready for a wide range of users was already called Cupcake.
Google will soon abandon Android
The company said that Android is exhausting itself – it is already a somewhat archaic system, in which it is more and more difficult to integrate new features, especially when it comes to artificial intelligence. As a result, within five years, the company plans to replace the veteran Android with its new OS, Google Fuchsia, which has been under development for the past few years.
At first, the company plans to integrate the new system into smart home devices. This will happen very soon, no later than 2021. In another two years, Google will replace Android on smartphones and tablets.
Artificial intelligence cools Google’s data centers
Data center cooling (DPC) is one of the key cost items for maintaining these structures. Giant buildings with tens and hundreds of thousands of cabinets of equipment generate an enormous amount of heat, the removal of which costs crazy money.
Their cooling systems are so complex that only very experienced engineering teams are involved in design and maintenance. However, Google data centers decided to try to set up these systems using artificial intelligence. As a result, the machine was able to choose such parameters that the efficiency of the cooling system in one of the data centers increased by 40%. This allows the company to save several million dollars a year.
Google wanted to buy “Yandex”
15 years ago, in 2003, Brin and Page were in Moscow and visited their colleagues. After the meeting, they corresponded for about a year and offered Yandex to become part of Google. Initially, it was about a contract of $30 million, but by the end of the negotiations, this amount increased to $130 million.
When Google’s lawyers finally arrived in Russia to finalize the agreement, it turned out that the American company wanted to take over, not merge, and turn the founders of Yandex into employees. Obviously, after such a turn, the negotiations were terminated and Google could not make friends with their search engine with the Russian language for a long time.
Google’s concise design came from ignorance
Despite the fact that Brin and Page are brilliant programmers, HTML layout was their weak point. As a result, Google’s start page had only a search box and a Find button from the very beginning.
Considering that in those days websites were trying to outdo each other in the saturation of information on the main page, such a concise approach really set Google apart from the general background. At some point, the company made an alternative start page that users could customize for themselves, but in the end, Google closed this project.
Google has developed six messengers
NONE ARE SUCCESSFUL
Perhaps the only niche in which Google fails is the creation of its own messenger. Right now, the company is making its sixth attempt at building a messaging app. Most likely, as about previous experiments, you have not heard anything about it.
And here are the previous five: Google Talk (Chat), Google+, Hangouts, Duo and Allo. The new messenger will be designed to replace the outdated SMS/MMS standard, and right now Google is trying to actively negotiate with operators to start supporting a new protocol called RCS.
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Google is the most popular site
Two of the company’s key projects at once – Google search and YouTube video hosting – top the site popularity rating and are the most visited resources in the world according to Amazon Alexa.
We are talking about the global address google.com, which works everywhere. In addition to it, all regional domains are separately considered in the ranking: for example, the Indian version of google.co.in is in 12th place in the world in terms of popularity (ahead of Instagram, for example), Japanese google.co.jp is in 24th place, and on the 28th and 29th, Hong Kong’s google.co.hk and Brazil’s google.co.br.
The Russian google.ru is in 37th place, ahead of the German and French versions (38th and 39th, respectively), but behind yandex.ru, which is in 20th position in the world.