Google hardware devices
In 2010, Google added on to its software business and began developing technology hardware. Here is a look at the devices it has released, many in partnership with traditional technology manufacturers, in the last two years.
Mario Queiroz, vice president of product management for Google Inc., holds up the Nexus One phone during a news conference in Mountain View, Calif. The phone was released in January 2010.
The Google Cr-48 was the first laptop using the Chrome operating system. It was made solely by Google and released in December 2010 but was never available for sale.
Released in December 2010, the Nexus S smartphone was developed in collaboration with Samsung.
Released in June 2011, Samsung's Series 5 Chromebook laptop presents all of the user's experience, from websites to apps to gaming to productivity tools, Google's Chrome browser and underlying Linux - based operating system.
Sundar Pichai, vice president of product management for Google, talks about the new features on an Acer notebook running Chrome OS at the Google I/O Developers Conference in San Francisco. The device was released in July 2011.
The Galaxy Nexus, developed in partnership with Samsung, is a smartphone Google unveiled in October 2011 that runs Google's Android operating system.
Georg Rasinski, Director of Brand Communications for LG, presents the LG G2 Google TV at Internet Week in New York. This television, released in May 2012, has a 55-inch screen, 2.1 channel speakers and a LG Cinema 3D, LCD backlit screen. The LG G2 Google TV uses the company's own Smart TV application.
Launched in May 2012, the Chromebox is a desktop computer that runs Google's Chrome operating system.
Released in June 2012, the Chromebook 550, developed with Samsung, has a 12.1-inch screen and runs Google's Chrome operating system.
Unveiled in June 2012 but not yet available for sale, the Nexus Q is a media streaming device similar to the Apple TV.
Released in July 2012, the Nexus 7 is a 7-inch Google tablet that runs Google's Android operating system.
The Samsung Chromebook, which will retail at $249, was unveiled on Oct. 18, 2012, the same day that Google stock plunged 9% because of a leaked earnings report showing performance that fell short of analysts' projections.
The Nexus 4 Smartphone and Nexus 10 Tablet shown at a Google announcement in San Francisco prior to their November 2012 release. The Nexus 4 came equipped with a quad-core processor, 8 megapixel camera and a wireless charging feature. The Nexus 10 featured a screen 3.1 inches larger than the previous tablet model and a pixel resolution of 2560 x 1600, the highest resolution for a tablet at the time.
California Gov. Jerry Brown, front left, rides in a driverless car to a bill signing at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Consumers may be able to own and operate a driverless car by 2017, according to Google. Several states have begun debating legislation on driverless cars.
Released in 2013, the Chromebook Pixel came equipped with a faster CPU than its predecessors and a 12.9 LCD display with touchscreen capability. This computer is among the high-end models of the Chromebook series, and is priced at $1299.
The Google Trekker during a demonstration for the media along the Bright Angel Trail at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The Google Trekker is a 360 degree camera backpack used for mapping street views of locations where cars and other vehicles can't navigate. (Oct. 22, 2012)
The HP Chromebook 11 is displayed at a Google event in New York. The new $279 laptop, based on Google's Internet-centric Chrome operating system, borrows many of the high-end features found in a model that costs about $1,000 more. (Oct. 8, 2013)
An attendee tries Google Glass during the Google I/O developer conference in May 2013 in San Francisco, Calif. Google Glass will allow users to use voice commands to take pictures, record video, and translate phrases directly through the wearable device.
Google ChromeCast allows users to watch internet video and use certain smartphone apps on their HDTV by utilizing a WiFi network. The device also turns your smartphone into a remote control while watching streaming video on your television. (July 24, 2013)
Released in July 2013, the Nexus 7 is Google's latest tablet and features an Android operating system, 7'' HD screen for watching videos and optional 4G LTE. The 16gb Nexus 7 retails for $229.