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Happy Birthday Google! The search engine turns 15

gadgets Updated: Sep 05, 2013 16:20 IST
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Internet search giant Google, which initially set shop in a garage but now has more than 70 offices in more than 40 global locations, including India, turned 15 on Wednesday.

Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who had met at university in 1995, incorporated the firm on September 4, 1998. Originally called BackRub, it was eventually named Google. Since then, it has become synonymous with Internet searching. And one can use Gmail in more than 50 languages.

According to Google, Android software powers more than a billion smartphones or tablets worldwide.

Smartphones powered by Google’s Android software increased their global market share as iPhones lost ground in the absence of new models being unleashed by Apple, the International Data Corporation reported last month.

There are also reports Google will launch a Glass app store sometime next year.

Nestle said that to mark the release of Android KitKat, more than 50 million specially branded KitKat bars will be available in 19 countries, including India.

The packs will lead consumers to the website where they will have the opportunity to win prizes, including a limited number of Google Nexus 7 tablets, and credits to spend in Google Play.

A small number of Android robot-shaped KitKat bars will be offered as prizes in selected markets.

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