12 things Google does better than any other tech company
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Google started out as a research project in 1996, and founder Sergei Brin and Larry Page nearly sold it for $1 million because it was interfering with their academics.
Now, Google is everywhere. Unless you're actively trying to avoid Google's products or services, it's likely that you're using at least one of them.
The competition is tougher than ever, but some of Google's services are consistently better than anything else out there.
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Google's digital assistant Google Now is incredibly useful in so many ways.
Google Maps has the most up to date data for directions, locations, and public transportation. It even helps you avoid traffic.
Nexus smartphones are the purest expression of Google's smartphone vision, as well as the Android operating system. They're premium, powerful, and cheaper than the majority of the competition.
The Android operating system has several advantages over iOS while maintaining an incredible 84% market share compare to iOS's $13.5%.
With 15GB of free storage, the Google Drive cloud storage service gives you the most free storage than any other service.
Google's productivity suite is a perfect companion for Google Drive and it's a great free alternative to Microsoft's Office suite.
Google Photos lets you backup all your photos for free. Yes. Unlimited photo cloud storage. For free.
At $35, the new Chromecast is the cheapest video streamer for your TV.
Chromecast Audio is a $35 device that lets you turn any speakers into smart wireless speakers.
We largely have YouTube to thank for cat videos, and it's still the Internet's main video channel.
Google's Project Fi isn't the most widely used mobile carrier by any means, but its pricing structure where you only pay for what you use is how all carriers should work.
And, of course, Google is still the best search engine.