Saturday 17 February 2018

Google stays tight-lipped over new division based here

Google has declared that it will stop censoring search results on its Chinese website. Photo: Getty Images
Google has declared that it will stop censoring search results on its Chinese website. Photo: Getty Images
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Internet giant Google is remaining tight-lipped about the latest plans for its Irish arm.

The group, which has its European headquarters in Dublin, has just established a new company in Ireland -- Google Commerce.

Google's commerce division, which is already well-established, is focused on providing services to retailers.

A spokeswoman for the company said Google does not discuss plans until it's ready to announce them.

The Ireland-registered Google Commerce company has two directors -- John Herlihy, who heads up the Dublin base and is the global vice president for ad operations, and Ronan Harris, who's Google's director of sales for north and central Europe.

Google Commerce was launched in 2009. It provides its technology to retailers, allowing their customers to search the retailer's website much faster than is usually possible.

It's a cloud-based system, so retailers don't have to have in-house equipment such as servers to use it. When it initially launched, Google was charging customers $50,000 (€38,000) a year. That gave them up to 10 million search queries on their websites.

Mobile devices

Last year Google made the product available for use on mobile devices.

Apart from its main operating companies here, Google established another company in Ireland -- Google Voice.

Its directors are Mr Herlihy and Graham Law, the financial director of the company's European operations.

Its latest accounts, for 2010, state that the company planned to launch several components of the Google Voice product last year.

They included Google Voice Lite, which is billed as a voicemail replacement and international calls product, and a full version of the product which allocates a phone number to users. Google Voice was launched by the company in 2009, while the Google Voice company in Ireland was established in 2008.

Last month Google announced that its first quarter net income jumped 60pc to $2.9bn (€2.2bn) on $10bn in revenue.

In October last year the company unveiled a €75m investment in a new data centre at Clondalkin in west Dublin.

Irish Independent

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