Suddenly, Google is making great hardware - CNN.com (click for full article) by Steve Kovach - August 13, 2013 (CNN) -- Here's a brief history lesson for you. Three years ago, Google was where you turned to look up a recipe. To check your e-mail. To chat with your friends when you were supposed to be working. But in the tech equivalent of a blink of the eye, things today are much different. Throughout the last year, Google has released a string of incredible hardware products, not just a bunch of virtual services you use through another company's device.