Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were Ph. They incorporated Google as a privately held company on September 4, 1998.
The company leads the development of the Android mobile operating system and the browser-only Chrome OS In December 2013, Alexa listed as the most visited website in the world.
Numerous Google sites in other languages figure in the top one hundred, as do several other Google-owned sites such as You Tube and Blogger.
While conventional search engines ranked results by counting how many times the search terms appeared on the page, the two theorized about a better system that analyzed the relationships between websites.
The company has reported fourth quarter (Dec 2014) Earnings Per Share (EPS) of $6.88 – $0.20 under projections.
Revenue came in at $14.5 billion (16.9% growth year over year), also under expectations by $110 million.
Early in 1999, while graduate students, Brin and Page decided that the search engine they had developed was taking up too much time and distracting their academic pursuits.
They went to Excite CEO George Bell and offered to sell it to him for million.
When this restructuring took place on October 2, 2015, Google became Alphabet's leading subsidiary, as well as the parent for Google's Internet interests.
Rapid growth since incorporation has triggered a chain of products, acquisitions and partnerships beyond Google's core search engine (Google Search).