#3. Motorola Mobility acquisition, date 15th of August 2011 at a cost of 12.5 billion dollars.
Motorola Mobility was in trouble in the early 2010’s and Google used this opportunity to get themselves into the hardware side of the smartphone world. But halfway through the production of this article something very interesting happened. Google sold Motorola Mobility Lenovo for 2.9 billion dollars. This makes it seem as if Google’s interests were elsewhere perhaps they just wanted to hang on to some of the patents that they acquired from the acquisition of Motorola to help Android defend itself against Apple. Perhaps some court cases in the future or perhaps the ones passed.
#2. Boston Dynamics acquisition, date 10th of December 2013. Cost unknown.
This where things start to get a little bit cray. Google bought Boston Dynamics, the company that created the robotic technology. This acquisition means Google now owns some of the most advanced robotic technology on the planet. It doesn’t end there though.
#1. Nest acquisition, date 13th of January 2014 at a cost of 3.2 billion dollars.
Nest Labs previously created some very beautiful smart thermostats and smoke detectors as part of their goal to create a conscious home. Google is going to help them do that in a very big way. We may eventually see a home powered by Android and Google now. These kinds of acquisitions will be quite interesting at the next five years or so. And here is a bonus item, Deep Mind, acquisition date, 26th of January 2014. This was Google’s first AI company acquisition. Deep Mind can be described as a world-class groundbreaking technology on the cutting edge of machine learning. They use systems neuroscience to build powerful and general-purpose learning algorithms.
According to official statements, the deep mind technology is going to be used for Google Image search for now anyway, so, that’s a bit about what Google’s been doing.
What about some of the crazier stuff out there, well there is some lesser known things going on at Google. Of course, we are mainly talking about Google Apps, Google X is a semi-secret facility run by Sergey Brin and Astro Teller. Google X aims to “Improve technologies by a factor of 10” according to Astra Teller. He goes on to say thing of science fiction sounding solutions. In late 2013 Google went on a robotics company acquisition spree. Everyday they purchased a new company that operated in fields such as humanoid robots, robotic arms and computer vision. I guess we just have to wait for the announcement to see what they are really up to.