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Google also said that many apps would operate offline, including Gmail, Google Docs and Google Calendar and, when workers need a break from all that productivity, the game Angry Birds.
Working with manufacturers to make computers and providing businesses with technical support may seem a long way from Google’s mission to organize information through search. But the more Web users there are, the more people use Google’s products, Mr. Pichai said.
“It makes business sense because I think people are willing to spend money to save time,” Mr. Brin said.