Rank in Internet Services and Retailing: 1
(Previous rank: 1)
Overall score: 8.22
Why it's admiredGoogle, in second place after Apple, maintains its reign as the king of search. The company is also spreading through its deep dive into devices with its free, open-source operating systems.
Google says that it activates devices loaded with its Android operating system at a rate of over 10 million every month - a number that continues to explode. Outside of devices, the company has seen growth in YouTube, display advertising and even paid enterprise applications.
The other big change for the company comes in the executive suite. CEO Eric Schmidt, who has led the company's rapid ascent since 2001, will leave the position in April, allowing Google co-founder Larry Page to retake the position he once held in the company’s early days. Back when it was all about search. --S.D.
Should Google be admired, or what?