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What’s Google Bought this Year?

Since Google exploded as the leading search engine, it has begun incorporating other services into its portfolio. G...

What’s Google Bought this Year?

Since Google exploded as the leading search engine, it has begun incorporating other services into its portfolio. Google has slowly but surely gobbled up over 150 companies, services, and startups, including major mergers with Motorola, Android, and YouTube. Here are Google’s 5 biggest takeovers of 2014.

 

1. Nest Labs, Inc.

Founded by ex-Apple engineer, this company makes smart thermostats. Nothing groundbreaking, until you look under the hood of their programmable, self-learning, WiFi-enabled thermostat. Governed by its own OS and packing a ton of smart safety features, it’s no wonder Google paid $3.2 billion in cash for this little gadget and its maker.

 

2. Quest Visual

Acquiring Quest Visual was the logical next step in Google’s Goggles and Glass projects. The former enables instant translation via your phone’s camera, and we already know the latter: Google’s smart eyewear. Quest makes Word Lens, a-- wouldn’t you know it-- augmented reality translation application. Makes perfect sense if you ask us.

 

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3. SkyBox

SkyBox is the next bolster to Google Maps, as it provides high-resolution satellite imagery and HD video. Their photos are so hi-res that they’re used to track economy-impacting factors such as terrain and shipping containers. Since Maps is one of Google’s most-used products, it makes sense that they’d pay a whopping $500 million for SkyBox.

 

4. Twitch

Google’s irreplaceable subsidiary, YouTube, made headlines when it bought mega-popular video game- streaming service Twitch.tv. With 43 million viewers each month and deep integration in the latest consoles like Playstation 4 and Xbox One, YouTube (and Google by proxy) had to fork over an entire $1 billion for the service.

 

5. Green Throttle Games

Google’s getting serious about gaming at the same time that mobile gaming is experiencing a surge in popularity. In March of this year, Google announced that it had bought what was left of Green Throttle Games, the company that developed a Bluetooth controller for Android. After Valve, is an official Google game controller in the works?

 

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