Google's CEO updates us on everything

Google co-founder Larry Page has been the company's CEO for about a year now. So apparently he decided it was time to give an update on the company's products and its overall status. In a lengthy post on Google's Investor Relations web site, Page writes up front that when he first started as CEO, he had a number of changes he wanted to make. Those changes included shutting down or combining over 30 Google products in the past year, including the Picnik web site, Knol and Sidewiki.

One of the first new projects that launched in Page's first year as CEO was the Google+ social networking service. Page states that Google+ now has "well over 100 million" active users and that Google+ Stream has generated "over one million followers." He also states that Google+ has been integrated into over 120 Google products, including Google Search, YouTube and Android.

Page also talks about how Google has improved and added new features for its search product. He believes that intergration with Google+ will help users get a better search experience. He uses the example of a long time Google employee, Ben Smith. Since that name is very common, Page says it would normally be hard to find information about the Ben Smith he knows that works for Google. He states:

Google+ helps solve this problem for us because it enables Google to understand people and their connections. So when I search for Ben Smith, I get the real Ben Smith (for me), right there in my search box, complete with his picture. Previously, the search box would just have had the series of letters I had typed, with no real understanding that I was looking for a unique person.

Page then talks about the Android mobile OS, saying that 850,000 Android devices are now being activated each day. He also touches on the upcoming merger with Motorola, saying that even with this acquisition, Android will still be available for other device makers. He states, "Android was built as an open ecosystem, and we have no plans to change that."

Page also talks about Google taking on what might be considered by some as risky ventures. He mentions the launch of the Chrome web browser as an example, saying, "In 2008, people asked whether the world really needed another browser. Today Chrome has over 200 million users and is growing fast, thanks to its speed, simplicity, and security."

Much has been made in the past few months about Google's changes in its privacy policies. In his update today, Page addresses those issues, saying:

Users place a lot of trust in Google when they store data, like emails and documents, on our systems. And we need to be responsible stewards of that information. It’s why we invest a lot of effort in security and related tools for users, like 2-step verification and encryption, which help prevent unauthorized access to information. The recent changes we made to our privacy policies generated a lot of interest. But they will enable us to create a much better, more intuitive experience across Google—our key focus for the year.

Page also repeats Google's well known mantra, saying, "We have always believed that it’s possible to make money without being evil." He concludes his update with an optimistic look at Google's future, saying:

Today the opportunities are greater than ever. Things we used to think were magic, we now take for granted: the ability to get a map instantly, to find information quickly and easily, to choose any video from millions on YouTube rather than just a few TV channels. People are buying more devices and using them more because technology is playing an increasingly important role in our lives. I believe that by producing innovative technology products that touch people deeply, we will enable you to do truly amazing things that change the world. It’s a very exciting time to be at Google, and I take the responsibility I have to all of you very seriously.

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It's nice to have a company who promotes free open source software and doesn't act anticompetitively - Yes I'm looking at you Microsoft and Apple.

This actually makes me want to play around with Google+ again to see what has changed (if anything) since early beta.

The best thing about deleting your google+ account, is that no longer are you redirected to the g+ version of your photos when you go to picasa!

Once again I have slideshow and geotagging options on my photos!

"Google+ now has "well over 100 million" active users"

what bulldust, just because they take your email address and pretend you're a google+ user every time you go to the google search page doesn't make it true.

Its something I hate. I NEVER use google+ but it always comes up when I go to google.com.

Actually this has just made me go and delete my google+ account!

dvb2000 said,
I NEVER use google+ but it always comes up when I go to google.com.\\\;

I never use Viagra or have any rich Nigerian family members that passed away and are giving me the money that always comes up on LIVE mail.

UndergroundWire said,

I never use Viagra or have any rich Nigerian family members that passed away and are giving me the money that always comes up on LIVE mail.

Funny, those emails comes into my Gmail account.

I like Google, largely because they have been, in my experience, very Linux friendly. All of their software has Linux versions that are updated regularly, and they seem to be very genuine and community/freedom oriented.

Go Google!

Gerowen said,
I like Google, largely because they have been, in my experience, very Linux friendly. All of their software has Linux versions that are updated regularly, and they seem to be very genuine and community/freedom oriented.

Go Google!

Expect the few nerds in their mothers basements who uses linux anyway?

CMG_90 said,

Expect the few nerds in their mothers basements who uses linux anyway?

Expect the people who can type properly...

Everyone uses linux....even you....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVpbFMhOAwE

If you have an Apple computer, you're running linux, cos Apple's OS is based on FreeBSD which is a linux derivative. New TVs, Set top boxes, mp3 players ALL run Linux. So, yeah, apart from nerds in their mothers' basements.....EVERYONE uses Linux, they just don't realise it.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
EVERYONE uses Linux, they just don't realise it.

rubbish - they may use a Set top boxes, mp3 players or even GOOGLE itself but they aren't using linux, regardless of what the underlying operating system is. They are using the applications interface (e.g. google WWW search page - NOT linux interface)

dvb2000 said,
...they aren't using linux, regardless of what the underlying operating system is...

Um, does that even make sense? So, you're saying even if they're using something which runs linux, they're not using linux? Hmmm OK Bedtime for trolls methinks

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
So, you're saying even if they're using something which runs linux, they're not using linux?

Exactly - embedded operating systems are not used by the end user - they are only using the device and the interface it provides, not the underlying o/s.

Much the same as your cable modem or your router may run VxWorks but YOU aren't using VxWorks, you are using your cable modem/router and whatever interface it provides to you.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,

Expect the people who can type properly...

Everyone uses linux....even you....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVpbFMhOAwE

If you have an Apple computer, you're running linux, cos Apple's OS is based on FreeBSD which is a linux derivative. New TVs, Set top boxes, mp3 players ALL run Linux. So, yeah, apart from nerds in their mothers' basements.....EVERYONE uses Linux, they just don't realise it.

FreeBSD is not a Linux derivative, it is it's own derivative from the AT&T& UNIX, FreeBSD is more of a true vanilla UNIX than Linux, Linux is unix like. Mac OSX is a collection of technologies, the FreeBSD part is mostly the user land, MacOSX doesn't use the FreeBSD kernel but instead the Mach kernel.

However I agree with your sentiments Linux is powering a lot of devices, some you'd be surprised were running Linux.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,

If you have an Apple computer, you're running linux, cos Apple's OS is based on FreeBSD which is a linux derivative.

Actually FreeBSD is based on BSD Unix. Not Linux. From the Freebsd.org, "Based on BSD UNIX®". and from Wikipedia, "Free Unix-like operating system descended from AT&T UNIX via BSD UNIX. "

NOTHING to do with Linux.

Gerowen said,
I like Google, largely because they have been, in my experience, very Linux friendly. All of their software has Linux versions that are updated regularly, and they seem to be very genuine and community/freedom oriented.

I agree. There's a whole lot of love for Google because of its openness, support of FOSS, and promotion of GNU/Linux. I have a lot of respect for Google, IBM, and Redhat for those very reasons.

NeoPogo said,

Actually FreeBSD is based on BSD Unix. Not Linux. From the Freebsd.org, "Based on BSD UNIX®". and from Wikipedia, "Free Unix-like operating system descended from AT&T UNIX via BSD UNIX. "

NOTHING to do with Linux.


They're all from the same family of operating systems. GNU/Linux is a gpl'd implementation of the unix / POSIX specification. To say they have no relation to each other is stupid. You only have to use the cli on OS X to realise the connection.

Even apple, who, justifiably, gets a lot of flack about its closed approach with iOS and other pieces of software, does contribute to FOSS in the form of webkit and other projects.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,

Expect the people who can type properly...

Everyone uses linux....even you....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVpbFMhOAwE

If you have an Apple computer, you're running linux, cos Apple's OS is based on FreeBSD which is a linux derivative. New TVs, Set top boxes, mp3 players ALL run Linux. So, yeah, apart from nerds in their mothers' basements.....EVERYONE uses Linux, they just don't realise it.

Also people that use Garmin and Tom-Tom GPS units as well. Those are Linux powered.

CMG_90 said,

Expect the few nerds in their mothers basements who uses linux anyway?

I'm a professional IT Specialist who gets paid for my job and freelance work, and have been doing this job for upwards of 6 years now, and I use Linux on all my home PCs. Your insult is irrelevant and unfounded.