Google has taken to launching own-branded smartphones to showcase the latest version of its Android platform. These phones, the Nexus One and S for example, offer a "pure Android" experience, ideal for fans of the open-source platform.
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Google, the world's largest and most famous multinational internet and software corporation, first formed in 1994 as a privately held company, followed by its initial public offering in August 2004.
In May 2011, the number of monthly unique visitors to Google surpassed 1 billion for the first time, an 8.4 percent increase from May 2010. It's thanks to this success that Google has since reached beyond its web search engine, and now offers a bunch of online productivity software; Gmail and Google Docs, for example. More recently, the American-based firm also launched its Google+ social network, in a bid to take on rivals Facebook.
In August 2011, Google famously announced plans to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, in a move to strengthen its own Android patent portfolio. This is just one of many acquisitions from the search engine giant, others including; Aardvark, YouTube and GeoEye.