Wireless service in sub-Saharan Africa. Cancer research. A microphone-embedded tattoo. These are but a few of the many projects at Google, the No. 1 company on our 2014 list of the Most Innovative Companies in business. Here’s what else Google is working on these days, and some of its recent milestones.
Clever $35 bridge that beams web video to the TV screen.
ChromeOS runs the best-selling laptops from Acer, Samsung, Asus, and others.
Makes YouTube mobile-friendly, adding offline viewing and support for hundreds of devices, driving 40% of total viewing time.
Creates Comedy Week, its own music awards show, and builds out state-of-the-art studios around the world.
Any YouTube channel can now broadcast live.
Reportedly $5 billion in 2013.
Will bring broadband to Internet-challenged Kampala, Uganda (pop. 3 million.)
The Moto X and Moto G devices—surprisingly nice!
Integrates content from your calendar and other Google apps.
Traffic-incident reports from tens of millions of Waze users get woven into Google Maps just two months after buying the Israeli mapping startup.
Now depicts the insides of airports and train stations; users can add their own images.
Debuts plans to build wireless networks in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.
Invests in more than a company a week—from Uber to Nextdoor, the “Facebook for neighborhoods.”
Funds such companies as Flatiron Health, which uses big data to find oncology insights.
The high-end laptop shows off Google’s gadget prowess.
Can ID image-searched pics (It’s a dog! It’s a Coca-Cola logo!)
Click the query-box microphone icon, say, “What is the Knicks’ record?” and Google reads you the answer. Then ask, “Why are they so bad?” and it
knows what you mean.
It’s acquired robots that can walk and run, and smart-appliance maker Nest to advance the art of intelligent machines.
A same-day delivery experiment with both national and local retailers.
Intends to create interactive showcases of its products—on barges in coastal ports.
Slickly lets users group chat via video, voice, GIFs, and emoji.
Woos celebrities such as the cast of the Hunger Games sequel to engage with fans
Educational institutions such as the American Museum of Natural History use Hangouts to host virtual tours.
A patented temporary tattoo (not for sale—yet?) can be a microphone for a mobile device.
A spin-off company called Calico states its awesome mission: combat aging. People can run a lot more Google searches if they’re immortal.
Most Innovative Companies 2014: Google