Google, founded in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, has become one of the most synonymous names in technology over the past 16 years. Starting off as a search engine pioneering the 'pagerank' method of retrieving results, Google has grown into many areas, six of which are detailed below.
Not content with being the world's biggest search engine, Google quickly expanded its technology offerings in 2010 with the first ever Nexus smartphone, the Nexus One. It operated on Android 2.1 Éclair, and the Nexus One was quickly replaced year on year with a new Nexus smartphone, with the Nexus S coming in late 2010, followed by the Galaxy Nexus in 2011, Nexus 4 in 2012, and Nexus in 2013.
Tablets also play a part in Google's device range, with the successful Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets fighting a fierce competition with Apple's iPad ever since their launch in 2012.
Google has hit a few bum notes with its devices, however. The Nexus Q was a media streaming device that went to market in 2012 and sold for $299. But after many complaints for the lack of features in such an expensive device, the Nexus Q was shelved indefinitely soon after release, with Google saying it needed time to make the device even better.
In 2013, we got the Chromecast. Much like the Nexus Q, Chromecast was billed as a media streaming device which lets users stream content from compantible devices (smartphones/tablets/laptops) to their TVs.
Google also has a range of ultra-portable laptops called Chromebooks, made in association with various OEMs much like the Nexus devices. Chromebooks come pre-installed with Chrome OS, Google's operating system version of its Chrome web browser.
Google entered the Infrastructure-as-a-Service race in 2010 with the release of Google Cloud Storage, lining itself up to take on competitors such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services.
Google's Cloud Storage enables world-wide storing and retrieval of any amount of data at any time. It's highly scalable and lets app developers store their data on Google's infrastructure.
Some of the main features of Google Cloud Storage include interoperability (it can be used with other cloud storage tools and libraries such as Amazon S3), access control, and resumable uploads, which lets users resume a data transfer after a communication breakdown has interrupted the flow of data.
If you want end users to be able to access the data, Google's more consumer storage option, Google Drive, is a better option.