Google’s first CEO and cofounder, Larry Page, spent almost 10 years watching Eric Schmidt run his company.
Then, in 2011, Page re-took the reigns.
He brought lots of change to Google – including a new long-term vision, organizational clarity, and a willingness to spend huge amounts of cash.
He also infused the place with a new design asthetic.
Gadget blog The Verge has a long audio/visual feature on how this asthetic has found its way into Google apps.
Change has also come to Google hardware. It only takes two photos to see how much.
Back in 2010, Google TV came out with Sony as a partner.
This is what the TV remote looked like:
Photo: Paris Lemon
Look at all those buttons for input.
Granted, Google relied on a third-party to design this hardware but still – egad!
MG Siegler, who published this photo over the weekend on his personal blog, writes: “All these years later, still can’t believe this is for serious.”
How much have things changed?
One of Google current big hardware projects, among many, is Google Glass – a computer you put on your face.
It has almost no buttons. It projects a screen onto your eye. Input comes from voice or swiping a small touchpad. It communicates sound through a near silent vibration that only the wearer can hear. It looks like this:
Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images