John and Nicholas are joined by two guests on the show this week! Zuke Arakaki and Bryan Schmidt from StolenDroids.com are on to discuss the latest from Google. The four talk about Google hitting the $50 billion revenue mark for 2012, Google Maps no longer the #1 mobile application, Joe Biden in a G+ Hangout, Google releasing data request stats and a closer look at Larry Page.
Zuke Arakaki: He is the co-founder and producer of Stolendroids Podcast and Stolendroids.com. With a primary background in enterprise IT, he enjoys dissecting the business behind technology.
Bryan Schmidt: He is a co-founder and Web developer of Stolendroids, and is known as Schmidty on the Stoldendroids Podcast. He has been programming since he was six
1. Google Hits $50 Billion Mark For 2012
Google had an annual revenue of $50 billion in the year 2012.
“We ended 2012 with a strong quarter,” said Larry Page, CEO of Google. “Revenues were up 36% year-on-year, and 8% quarter-on-quarter. And we hit $50 billion in revenues for the first time last year – not a bad achievement in just a decade and a half.”
2. Google Maps No Longer #1 Mobile App
ComScore reports that Facebook has passed up Google Maps as the most popular app between iOS and Android. This is most likely due to the Google Maps app being removed for a period of time from the iOS App Store. Google apps still make up 5 of the top 6 most popular mobile applications.
3. Joe Biden Hosts ‘Fireside Chat’ Hangout
Guy Kawasaki, Philip DeFranco and others joined U.S. Vice President Joe Biden for a Google+ Hangout on January 24. You can watch the full Hangout here starting around 26 minutes. http://goo.gl/qSFT3
4. Google Releases Data Request Stats
From July to December 2012, Google received over 21,000 requests for data from governments around the world. The United States filed the highest number of data requests.
“In the US, the majority of requests (68%) were made under the controversial Electronic Communications Privacy Act, meaning they usually do not require the approval of a judge.”
5. Larry Page Changes (Video)
The Verge released an excellent video that featured interviews with Googlers talking about changes Larry Page has made. It specifically focused on Page’s goal of seeing UI changes across all products.