| Alphabet is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, Co. is engaged in online advertising; cloud-based solutions; sales of other products and services; and fees received for subscription-based products. Co.'s segments are Google Services, which include ads, Android, Chrome, hardware, Gmail, Google Drive, Google Maps, Google Photos, Google Play, Search, and YouTube; Google Cloud, which include Google Cloud Platform and Google Workspace; and Other Bets, which includes businesses at various stages of development, ranging from those in the research and development phase to those that are in the beginning stages of commercialization. We show 38 historical shares outstanding datapoints in our coverage of GOOG's shares outstanding history.
Understanding the changing numbers of GOOG shares outstanding — and
comprehending the concept of differing number of shares outstanding in general comparing companies like GOOG versus peers —
is critical for investors. Many "beginner" or "novice" investors will look at one stock trading at a price of $10 per share and another trading at
a price of $20 per share and think the latter company is worth twice as much. Of course, that is a completely meaningless comparison without also knowing how many shares outstanding there are for each of the two companies.
Furthermore, via issuance of new shares over time, or the repurchase of existing shares, the number of shares outstanding can fluctuate over the course of history.
With this page we aim to empower investors researching GOOG by allowing them to research GOOG shares outstanding history
as well as any other stock in our coverage universe.