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Larry Page: Google+ has over 10 million users, 550,000 Android phones activated daily

Google's CEO, Larry Page, today confirmed what was being widely speculated - Google+ today has over 10 million users. This is a big number considering it has been barely a fortnight since its 'fie

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Google’s CEO, Larry Page, today confirmed what was being widely speculated – Google+ today has over 10 million users. This is a big number considering it has been barely a fortnight since its ‘field trial’ launch and is a ‘by invitation only’ service. Users are sharing and receiving over a billion items everyday and this number will only grow as more people join Google’s answer to Facebook. On Android, Page revealed that over 550,000 Android phones are being activated daily, which according to him, is a big number even by Google’s standards. Talking about Chrome, he says there are over 160 million users while the +1 button is being used more than 2.3 billion times a day! The earnings call is still going on and we will update this post as and when anything interesting is revealed. Also Read - Google+ to stop some features from next week; death scheduled for April 2

In all, 135 million Android smartphones have been activated so far. Android now has over 250,000 apps, which have been downloaded over six billion times. There are over 400 Android phone models out there in the market. Over 40 million songs were created by users with the Musical doodle. Hit the break to read Larry Page’s opening remarks in its entirety. Also Read - Google+ to shut down earlier in April 2019 due to another security bug

Good afternoon everyone–thanks for joining us today

It’s exciting to be on the call today and to share directly with you the progress we have made in my first quarter as CEO

As you will have seen from our press release we had a great quarter–with revenue up by 32 per cent year on year and a new record for quarterly revenue at over $9 billion!

We have substantially increased our velocity and execution this quarter–a key goal of mine since taking over as CEO

It’s why I created a new, product focused management structure–with a clear leader responsible for each product area

This new management team is working together fabulously … and has already achieved a lot in just three months

First we launched Google+ to field trial invitation only

Our goal with Google+ is to make sharing on the web like sharing in real life, as well as to improve the overall Google experience

Circles let you choose with precision who you are sharing with. Not surprisingly this has been very well received, because in real life, we share different things with different people.

Hangouts allow for serendipitous interactions. Like in real life when you run into a few friends. It gives you seamless and fun multi user video and it’s really amazing!

Last quarter, we launched the +1 button in search results and ads–enabling users to recommend stuff they liked, and have those recommendations show up in the search results of people they know

This quarter, we released +1 buttons to the entire web, and many sites like Huffington Post, the Washington Post and Best Buy have added +1 buttons

Google+ is still only in field trial with limited access as we scale the system

Users have to be invited, sign up with a profile in order to use it

However, the growth on Google+ has been great–and I’m excited to release some new metrics for you today

Over 10M people have joined Google+

Great achievement for the team

There’s also a ton of activity

We are seeing over 1 billion items shared and received in a single day

Our +1 button is already all over the web

It’s being served 2.3 billion times a day

So while we have a lot of work still to do, we are really excited about our progress with Google+

Google+ is also a great example of another focus of mine–beautiful products that are simple and intuitive to use and was actually was one of the first products to contain our new visual redesign.

We also launched that beautiful, consistent and simpler design on our home page, Gmail and calendar with many more products soon to come.

Greater focus has also been another big feature for me this quarter–more wood behind fewer arrows

Last month, for example, we announced that we will be closing Google Health and Google PowerMeter

We’ve also done substantial internal work simplifying and streamlining our product lines

While much of that work has not yet become visible externally, I am very happy with our progress here

Focus and prioritization are crucial given our amazing opportunities

Indeed I see more opportunities for Google today than ever before

Because believe it or not we are still in the very early stages of what we want to do

Even in search … which we’ve been working on for 12 years there have never been more important changes to make

For example this quarter we launched a pilot that shows an author’s name and picture in the search results, making it easier for users to find things from authors they trust.

Of course when we started doing search, people thought we were crazy–they said there was no money to be made in search over and above a bit of banner advertising

Most new internet businesses have had the same criticism

Fast forward to today–it feels like we are watching the same movie again in slow motion

We have tremendous new businesses being viewed as “crazy”

Android

We actually have a new metric to report of 550,000 Android Devices activated a day!

That’s a HUGE number even by Google’s standards

Chrome

It’s the fastest growing browser

With over 160 million users

People rightly ask how we will monetize these businesses?

And of course I understand the need to balance the short term with the longer term needs because our revenues and growth serve as the engine that funds our innovation

But our emerging high usage products can generate huge new businesses for Google in the long run, just like search

And we have tons of experience monetizing successful products over time

Well run technology businesses with tremendous consumer usage make a lot of money over the long term

I think about our products in three separate categories

First, there is search and our ads products, the core driver of revenue for the company. Nikesh and Susan are going to talk more about ads later in the call

Next, we have products that are enjoying high consumer success–YouTube, Android and Chrome. We are investing in these in order to optimize their long-term success

Then we have our new products–Google+ and Commerce and Local. We are are investing in them to drive innovation and adoption

Overall, we are focused on long term absolute profit and growth, as we have always been–and I will continue the tight financial management we have had in the last two years, even as we are making significant investments in our future

I would like to finish on our people

Great companies are no greater than the efforts and ingenuity of their people

So continuing to hire the best, keeping them happy and well rewarded is crucial to our future

Many of you will be interested in hiring–whether we hired a few hundred more or less than you expected this quarter. But we will optimize headcount for the long term and the opportunities we see

So I’m happy with the investments we’ve made in people, though we’re probably even a little ahead of where we need to be with headcount growth at the edge of what is manageable now

It is easy to focus on things we do that are speculative (e.g., driverless cars) but we spend the vast majority of our resources on the core products. We may have a few small speculative projects happening at any given time, but we’re very careful stewards of shareholder money — we’re not betting the farm on this stuff.

All of us at Google want to create services that people across the world use twice a day … just like a toothbrush!

And we strive to make those services beautiful, simple and easy to use

That way we can provide huge benefit to the world

We have made a good start but we are at only 1 per cent of what’s possible … Google is just getting started … and that is why I am here–working hard to lead this company to the next level

Thank You. And again, we had a great quarter.

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  • Published Date: July 15, 2011 2:22 AM IST
  • Updated Date: July 15, 2011 4:32 AM IST



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