That is why Google in tech companies arena has become a monster, Google made only 2 M&A deals in 2001 and nothing in the following year. After that Google just keep making M&A deals to acquire more and more companies.
Since 2010 Google is making double figure deals every year, Google had the most M&A deals in 2014, a total of 35 deals made the company push into other business areas including self-driving cars.
Other tech giants like Amazon, Facebook and Apple were not even close to search engine giant, Google made a total of 216 deals from 2001 to 2016, Amazon made 57 M&A deals during this period, Apple made total of 73 deals from 2001 to 2016, Apple most deals in one year was 14 in 2013. Facebook, on the other hand, made a total of 77 deals during this period, the highest number of deals was 14 in two consecutive years 2011 and 2012.
The data graph acquired from a research company suggests that Google has made more deals than the collective total of Amazon, Apple and Facebook which is 207.
Google focuses on acquiring startups at early stages and keep boosting their knowledge base, expertise and technology which keeps it ahead of the competition in the technology domain.