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Google Q4-2012 Concall: People Watched 4 Bn Hours Of Video On YouTube; Maps, Future Motorola Devices

Google has reported consolidated revenues of $14.42 billion for the quarter ending December 31, 2012, up 36% growth in revenues year-on-year (YoY) and 8% quarter-on-quarter (QoQ). Here are some notes from the Google’s Investor conference call: - On Search Initiatives: Google CEO Larry Page informed that Google has launched Knowledge Graph in seven new languages including Spanish, Japanese and Russian during the quarter. He also mentioned that they have improved Google's voice search service and its personal assistant service Google Now during the quarter, but didn't disclose any specific details. Remember that Google had introduced Google Now and an improved voice search as part of Android 4.1 'Jelly Bean' release. While Google Now proactively offered personalized information to users, learning from their search history, calendar appointments, habits and activities among others, the improved voice search had the ability to understand natural language queries and delivers answers in addition to a list of search results. During Google's Q2-2012 concall, Susan Wojcicki, Google’s Senior Vice President for Advertising had said that Google has been continuously investing on voice search capabilities for several years and they believe that they have a good technology in place. - On Advertising: Nikesh Arora, Google's Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer, informed that Google's top 25 advertisers are spending an average of $150 million every year across search display, YouTube and other advertising channels. Reiterating Google's multi-screen opportunities which was touched upon by Page in Q3-2012 concall, Arora stated that they are continuing to receive a significant amount of search queries from new form factors and the distinction…

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