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Google I/O 2015 was a huge success. The man behind all of the products we drooled over during the conference is no other than Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President of the international tech brand.

Next to Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Pichai is third in line. He oversees core development and makes crucial decisions that could either take the company soaring to new heights, or spiraling down a cliff. From Android to Magic Leap, the man is largely responsible for Google’s current and future success.

So if you have any questions about what’s brewing in Google’s labs, he would be the right person to ask.

The Next Billion

Pichai probably sleeps well at night. Google has been on a roll this year with several up-and-coming projects already receiving heaps of positive feedback from fans and tech enthusiasts. At the moment, there are over one billion Android users, spread across a multitude of smart devices. But why stop there? The Google SVP believes mobile is truly the world’s first scalable computing platform.

“The entire PC industry reached about 1.7 billion people. [But with mobile,] we are truly dealing with the first computing platform [that] is going to touch people at scale. I can see a clear path to getting over 5 billion users one day. I think just in the last 12 months there [have been] over 600 million users who for the first time have had access to a modern computing platform,” said Pichai.

Because of this, most of the company’s efforts will be focused on mass accessibility, Android One and data organization. Google has a deep fascination for organizing information because it makes our lives easier. This can be seen in a number of core offerings, such as Gmail and Google Analytics.

Sundar Pichai world map

Machine Learning Is a Crucial Part of the Google Equation

One of Google’s biggest investments is in machine learning platforms. Pichai confirmed that thanks to advancements in data processing (deep neural nets), word recognition errors have decreased from 23 percent to eight percent in just three years. Google’s voice recognition system can handle just about any accent you throw at it, including ones that you mix and match to try to throw the system off.

Additionally, the company is sharing its machine learning capabilities to fuel a wide range of research projects. In collaboration with Stanford University’s Pande Lab, Google is improving the accuracy of drug screening processes.

What Is Google Doing Differently from Apple?

Google is always in the crosshairs for comparison with other tech giants, including Microsoft, Amazon and Apple. While the companies offer similar types of services, their strategies and mindsets differ greatly.

During an interview with The Verge, Pichai revealed exactly where Google’s approach to product development deviates from Apple’s strategy:

“But [Apple is] thinking through end-to-end. They are vertically integrated, and they think about an end-to-end product. We are trying to build a horizontal platform and enable many people. So it’s a bit tough to compare and contrast, right? Having said that, we do approach things a bit differently. We generally think about whatever we build [as] cross platform, trying to reach everyone.”

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