Andrew Pile has to make sure his service works with everything from phones to smart TVs, even as video-streaming technology constantly changes.
The company's technical prowess and free VP9 licensing haven't been enough to dent the fortunes of rival compression format HEVC. But Google's already moving on to VP10.
The computing industry has just begun taking the VP8 codec seriously, but Google wants people to adopt its brand-new successor.
Android and Glass get a lot of attention at Google I/O, but Chrome and Web programming sessions are core to Google's conference for developers.
Nokia says Google is trying to force VP8 down the computing industry's throat, but Google is backing up its free video technology with patent deals and help with HTC's legal defense against Nokia.
Nokia refuses to license patents it says are needed to use Google's video technology, sullying Google's earlier patent deal. But WebRTC could still spread VP8 widely, lowering Web video costs for startups and schools.
Agreement with patent-licensing group clears the way for wider adoption of the Web giant's streaming-video platform WebM.
The older VP8 hasn't taken the world by storm, but VP9 could give Google a fresh start in its attempt to popularize royalty-free video streaming.
Google has acquired Sparrow, a popular e-mail client for Apple's Mac and iOS. Its founders says the staff is joining the Gmail team.
Mobile e-mail company Remail is joining forces with Google, which means the end of its iPhone application. And On2 shareholders approve Google's increased offer for their company.