What’s the Difference between Google and Google Chrome?

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Google, Google Chrome, Google Docs, Google Home, etc.
Google is everywhere, in all kinds of software.
If you had not followed their development since the beginning, you could be lost, it’s easy to get lost with all the new software they offer

What’s the difference between Google and Google Chrome?
Google is the company name, but it’s also the name of the search engine that made them famous
Google Chrome is the web browser, that’s to say a software you can use to go on the Internet, and not only to use Google search

So, in this post I’ll come back on Google, their story and origins, but also on the company products, like Google Chrome

Google: the company


Google was created in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin
At the beginning, the goal was to create an Internet search engine tool

They were not the first ones in the world to think about that
For example, Altavista was already here
But Google wanted to be different, I’ll talk about that just after

The company name, “Google”, comes from the Gogol number (10^100)
They announced this way they can manage tons of information, by processing and categorizing them


The search engine development was quick
Less than one year they started in the Larry Page’s room, they could receive 3 million pages views every day on the search engine’s website

In 2000, Google announced they indexed more than one billion web pages
They already became the biggest search engine in the world, only 2 years after the official start

Then, Google will never stop to index more pages, add new languages and new features (like the image search engine)

The search engine today

Google is no longer giving us statistics, but we have no doubt they are in an absolute monopoly situation
None of the search engine competitors can compete with them until now.
Even the giant Microsoft that give a try with Bing, seems to be far behind
And it’s increasingly difficult to compete with Google, people are now used to searching with Google, they don’t want to try anything else

The latest figures published said that something like 30,000 billion document were indexed by Google, and they now answer to more than 3.5 billions searches each day
These figures are probably even bigger now, because of the smartphone’s growth during the period just after

Google Chrome and other products from Google


In august 2015, Google created the Alphabet company, to regroup their multiples activities within a same entity
This could become easier for us, we could have made the difference between:

  • Alphabet: the main company
  • Google: the search engine
  • Google Chrome: a product from the Alphabet company

But in reality, they didn’t do this, it’s a bit more complicated
If you remember my version it’s already a good thing, but they have bigger ambitions, so they added intermediary layers

The Alphabet company is in fact a conglomerate, with subsidiaries, each one in a specific field
Google is an Alphabet subsidiary, with the goal to develop the search engine, Gmail and other web products

Google Chrome

As you probably understood, Google Chrome is one of this web products, created and managed by Google

Google Chrome is a web browser
Like Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox, it allows you to browse any website on the Internet

You may mix both because when you start Google Chrome, you see the Google website, the search engine
That’s why there are many people who use the wrong word

Other products

Google is the inventor or the current owner of many other products that you probably know with different names:

  • YouTube: probably the most known. They bought it in 2006, and they have now over 2 billion users each month
  • Gmail: one of the most popular email provider in the world, with over 2 billion users in the world
  • Google Docs: Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc. are a direct competitor to Microsoft Office. It’s free and available online on any device.
  • Android: If you don’t have an iPhone, you are using Android on your smartphone. It’s the operating system for almost all smartphones in the world (except Apple products)

That’s it for the main Google products you probably know, but they have a lot more

Google is now a more diversified company, that work not only on software
They currently work on various innovative projects over the world, with almost no link to their main products
For example:

  • Internet provider for not covered areas
  • Autonomous cars
  • Drones
  • Personal assistant (Google Home)
  • etc.

This diversification leads to the Alphabet creation in 2015, to create distinct subsidiaries for these projects


You should know after the reading of this post the difference between Google and Google Chrome
Google is primarily the search engine, but also the company that develops many things for the web, like YouTube and Google Maps
Google Chrome is only one of these products, a web browser