18 Years, 18 Amazing Stats & Figures about Google
Article by George Norman
On 27 Sep 2016
Google is celebrating its 18th birthday today and to mark the occasion, it’s showing an amusing doodle on Google.com. This amusing doodle designed by Gerben Steenks


A company staying in business for so long is a big deal. But if you think that 18 is a big number, wait until you see these 18 amazing stats & figures about Google and its products.

1. Google Photos is used by 100 million people

Google Photos, the mobile and web app that Google introduced in May 2015, managed to reach 100 million people in just 5 months after launch. That’s even more impressive when you consider the fact that it took Twitter and Pinterest some 5 years to get that many users.

On Google Photos' 1st anniversary, the Photos team shared these top 10 tips.

2. More than 1 billion people watch videos on YouTube

Just to put things in perspective, 1 billion people is just about one third of all the people on the internet. All these people manage to watch more than 4 billion videos per day and rack up 6 billion hours’ worth of videos per month.

Want some more amazing facts about YouTube? Here you go!

3. Android powers more than 1.4 billion devices

During Google’s 2015 Nexus event, Google CEO Sundar Pichai revealed that the Android mobile operating system is used by more than 1.4 billion people around the world.

The number of daily Android activations is at around 1.5 million.

4. Google translates 100 billion words per day

Google Translate celebrated its 10th anniversary earlier this year. To mark the occasion, the Translate team shared some interesting facts, chief among them being that Google Translate is used by more than 500 million people around the world and that the service translates more than 100 billion words per day.

5. Google Chrome loads 771 billion pages per month

Chrome, the web browser that Google introduced way back in 2008, reached version 50 this spring. Google’s Chrome team celebrated by putting the spotlight on some incredible Chrome stats, like the fact that Chrome loads 771 billion pages each month.

6. Google supports more than 150 voice commands

Here’s how to view most if not all the voice commands you can use. And here are the 10 voice commands I think you’ll find most useful.

7. In 19 months, Google shipped 5 million Cardboard viewers

19 months after the release of Google Cardboard, the search engine giant revealed that it shipped 5 million Cardboard viewers, that 25 million Cardboard apps have been installed, that 750K photos have been taken with Cardboard Camera, and that 350K hours of YouTube videos have been viewed in VR.

8. When Google went down, internet traffic dropped by 40%

Here's confirmation that people rely heavily on the myriad of services that Google has to offer. Back in 2013, when Google’s services went down for 5 minutes, global internet traffic dropped by 40%.

A lot of people got to see Google’s amusing 404 message.

9. Google ranks search results using over 200 factors

Everyone knows that if you want to find relevant information about a topic, any topic, all you have to do is Google it. What you may not know is that Google takes over 200 factors into consideration before delivering the best and most relevant search results.

10. Gmail passed the 1 billion users mark

At the start of the year, during an earnings call with investors, Google CEO Sundar Pichai revealed that Gmail, the company’s web-based email service, has 1 billion users, with about 100 million monthly active users.

Useful as Gmail is, it can prove to be even more useful if you know about some handy tips.

11. Google blocked 780 million bad ads (in 2015 alone)

Google employs sophisticated technology and a global team of 1,000+ people that enforce a strict ad publishing policy. In 2015, Google managed to block a whopping 780 million bad ads.

You too can block annoying ads. All you need is a free ad blocker.

12. Google Play is home to over 2.2 million apps

If you need an app for your Android device, Google Play has you covered. Google’s app store started with a meager offering of about 16,000 apps and now has more than 2.2 million apps to offer.

13. Google Play Music offers more than 35 million songs

Subscribe to Google’s music streaming service and you’ll have access to more than 35 million songs, as well as unlimited radio. And if you want to, you can add up to 50,000 songs from your person collection to Google Play for free.

14. Google gets about 2.5 million resumes per year

With benefits like these, who wouldn’t want to work for Google? Google even has death benefits.

15. Google has acquired over 190 companies

Google’s biggest acquisition is the purchase of Motorola Mobility. It bought it in 2012 for $12.5 billion and sold it in 2014 to Lenovo for $2.91 billion. But it retained the vast majority of Motorola’s patents.

16. Google has more than 1 million servers around the world (probably)

This is just a guestimate, and an old one at that. We don’t know precisely how many servers Google runs in its data centers because the company never talks about this topic.

17. Google indexed 60 trillion individual pages

The internet is so huge that just 1 minute is enough for 150 million emails to be sent out. It comes as no surprise then to find out that Google has so far indexed more than 60 trillion individual pages.

18. Google handles at least 2 trillion searchers per year

As of 2016, Google Search handles more than 2 trillion queries per year. Back in 2012, it was 1.2 trillion searches. Back in 2004, it was 73 billion searches. Back in 2000, it was 14 billion. And back in 1999, it was just 1 billion.

Tags: Google, Google Photos, YouTube, Android, Google Translate, Chrome, OK Google, Google Cardboard, Gmail, ads, Google Play, Google Play Music
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