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Most popular stories of 2015: Google

By Jos
Dec 31, 2015
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  1. The year Google stopped being Google and became Alphabet... but what's in a name? Surely the company once synonymous with web search has become a true tech giant and a leader in cloud, mobile, software, mapping, and a contender in other related areas not limited to hardware, wearables, and car tech. Here are Google's top stories in 2015:

    #10 Google Photos offers unlimited, free photo and video storage plus much more

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    Unveiled during its I/O conference, Google Photos was designed with three big ideas in mind: to provide a home for your photos that’s available from any device, to help you organize and bring moments together and make it easy to share what matters.

    #9 Google Maps knows everything about where you've been

    A new Google Maps feature called Timeline lets you look back and see everywhere that you, or at least your mobile device, have been.

    #8 Google is reportedly developing new versions of Google Glass - some without the display

    Even though Google Glass wasn’t the resounding success the company hoped it would be, Google hasn’t given up on the wearable technology.

    #7 Chrome to automatically pause Flash-based ads

    Google announced a new Chrome feature that would pause non-essential Flash ads by default. The change launched with the public version of Chrome on September 1.

    #6 Google announces massive reorganization, becomes subsidiary of umbrella corporation Alphabet

    Google announced a major reorganization and management shuffle that includes a new holding company called Alphabet as well as a new CEO for Google.

    #5 Google looking at designing its own Android chipsets to bring uniformity to the platform

    Google is reportedly looking to follow in Apple’s footsteps and start co-developing Android components based on its own designs.

    #4 Police pull over Google self-driving car for driving too slow

    A California police officer pulled over one of Google’s prototype vehicles for driving so slowly it was backing up traffic. Speed is capped at 25 mph for safety reasons.

    #3 Google Earth Pro, once $399 per year, is now completely free

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    Google Earth Pro had largely been reserved for businesses at $399 per year, but its advanced mapping tools are now available to anyone for free.

    #2 Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages will arrive early next year

    Early next year, Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages will enable articles from news publications to load almost instantly on smartphones and tablets.

    #1 New Google algorithm transforms Street View images into seamless animations

    Dubbed DeepStereo, Google's new algorithm will make it possible to simulate the exploration of foreign landscapes in a seamless series of images.

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