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How Google has changed our world in the last 20 years?


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At the end of September Google turned 20. Despite being so young Google has already accomplished a lot in its young lifespan. Here are the most impactful ways Google has shaped our world.

Google Search Engine, the first and most famous product by Google. The search engine is the most popular in the world and deals with 1.2 trillion searches per year. It has become so popular that the term “Google it” is synonymous with search the internet for an answer it.

Android, the most ubiquitous mobile operating system in the world. It’s only real competitor being Apple’s ios. Last year Google reported that Android has over 2 billion monthly active devices. Android has come along way from its first iteration 1.0 back in 2008, despite being basic by today’s standards it formed the basic OS of what is used today.

Youtube was acquired by Google in 2006 for $1.65 billion, which has been one of Google’s best decisions to date. As now Youtube is one of the biggest on-demand video streaming sites on the website. Over 400 hours of content is uploaded to Youtube every minute.

Google Maps furthered our ability to navigate and explore our world, and even space! The fact we can now get step by step directions to wherever is something we take for granted. Maps now includes traffic data to find you quicker routes if there are delays etc on the normally quickest route. Maps coolest feature by far is still street view which lets you literally see the world if you are walking along a street.

The Google Assistant (Artificial intelligence), one of its newest services has made a huge impact already. Originally debuting under the name Google Now, it is literally the stuff of what we thought was science fiction not so long ago. The Google Assistant was recently shown off making a phone call and booking a haircut appointment.

They are Google’s biggest achievements for the last 20 years. Who knows what's to come in the next 20 years...

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