Here will share info and cause about some of the important services/products which are recently closed or some scheduled to be closed soon by Google.
- Google FiberTV: Google Fiber TV was an IPTV service that was bundled with Google Fiber. It was about 7 years old. This service is dropped by Google in year 2020 to solely focus on Internet Services.
- Androidify: Androidify allowed users to create a custom Android avatar of for themselves and for others. It was almost 9 years old. According to Google, the decision to remove Androidify comes from declining app usage and age. The website will follow shortly, but can still be accessed at androidify.com until then. This service is pulled off in 2020.
- One Today: One Today was an app that allowed users to donate $1 to different organizations and discover how their donation would be used. It was almost 7 years old. This service is closed in 2020.
- Google Station: Google Station is a service which gives partners an easy set of tools to roll-out Wi-Fi hotspots in public places. Google Station provides software and guidance on hardware to turn fiber connections into fast, reliable and safe Wi-Fi zones. It was over 4 years old. According to Google India Blog:
Indian users consume close to 10 GB of data, each month, on average*. And similar to what the Indian government did, several governments and local entities have kicked off their own initiatives to provide easier, cost-effective access to the internet for everyone.In addition to this changed context, the challenge of varying technical requirements and infrastructure among our partners across countries has also made it difficult for Station to scale and be sustainable, especially for our partners. And when we evaluate where we can truly make an impact in the future, we see greater need and bigger opportunities in building products and features tailored to work better for the next billion user markets.Therefore, we’ve made the decision to gradually wind down the Station program globally, through 2020.
- Material Theme Editor: Material Theme Editor is a plugin for Sketch App which allows you to create a material based design system for your app. It was almost 2 years old. According to Google they are temporarily dropping it in order to focus on building even better theming tools and resources. It was dropped in 2020, but google has future plans for it. So stay tuned.
- Fabric: Fabric was a platform that helped mobile teams build better apps, understand their users, and grow their business. It was over 5 years old. It was dropped in 2020 and is replaced by Firebase.
- Neighbourly: Neighbourly was a mobile app designed to help you learn about your neighborhood by asking other residents, and find out about local services and facilities in your area from people who live around you. It was almost 2 years old. And was killed in 2020, it failed to gain traction, likely because it simply didn’t have enough users to deliver an engaging experience. It never even came out of beta.
- Shoelace: Shoelace was an app used to find group activities with others who share your interests. It was 11 months old. Dropped in 2020, an email was dispatched to all Shoelace users with the subject line, “An update on Shoelace by Area 120.” In it, the team announces that all Shoelace data will be erased on May 12. In light of the current pandemic, they note, “While we’re very proud of what we have built and learned, the team has decided that now doesn’t feel like the right time to continue investing in this project.” The official FAQ gives more information on what you can expect. If you’re an active user, you can access your account up until the deprecation date, and a request to download your account data can be made through this Google form
- Pigeon Transit: Pigeon Transit was a transit app that used croudsourced information about delays, crowded trains, escalator outages, live entertainment, dirty or unsafe conditions. It was almost 2 years old, and closed in 2020.
- Google Photos Print: Google Photos Print was a subscription service that automatically selected the best ten photos from the last thirty days which were mailed to user’s homes. It was 5 months old and ended in 2020,Google’s cancellation email reads:
“Thank you for your invaluable feedback these last several months. You have provided us with a lot of helpful information about how we can evolve this feature, which we hope to make more widely available. Please keep your eyes open for future updates.
- Sceneform SDK for Android: Sceneform SDK for Android was a library and toolset for building AR scenes. It was about 2 years old and was closed in 2020 due to Maven artifacts.
- Focals by North: Focals were a custom-built smart glasses product with a transparent, holographic display that allowed users to read and respond to text messages, navigate turn-by-turn directions, check the weather, and integrate with third-party services like Uber and Amazon Alexa. It was over 1 year old and was ended in 2020.
- Password Checkup extension: Password Checkup provided a warning to users if they were using a username and password combination checked against over 4 billion credentials that Google knew to be unsafe. It was over 1 year old and was dropped in 2020 because it’s integrated with Chrome.
- Hire by Google: Google Hire was an applicant tracking system to help small to medium businesses distribute jobs, identify and attract candidates, build strong relationships with candidates, and efficiently manage the interview process. It was about 3 years old and was shutdown in 2020 with an statement: “focusing our resources on other products in the Google Cloud portfolio.”
- Nest Secure: Nest Secure was a security system with an alarm, keypad, and motion sensor with embedded microphone. It was almost 3 years old, discontinued in 2020, Google later confirmed that the Nest Secure system will no longer be sold, but it will continue to work for people who have already bought it.
- Google Play Music: Google Play Music was a music and podcast streaming service, and online music locker. It was almost 9 years old, ended in 2020 and was merged with Youtube Music.
- Trusted Contacts: Trusted Contacts was an app that allowed users to share their location and view the location of specific users. It was almost 4 years old.. It was shut down in 2020 and is replaced by Google Maps location sharing.
- Science Journal: Science Journal was a mobile app that helped you run science experiments with your smartphone using the device’s onboard sensors. It was over 4 years old. It was shutdown in 2020 and was Replaced by Google for Education.
- Google Home Max: Google Home Max was a large, stereo smart speaker with two tweeters and subwoofers, aux input, and a USB-C input (for wired ethernet) featuring Smart Sound machine learning technology. It was about 3 years old. Discontinued in 2020, it was replace by Nest Audio. After briefly going back on sale at the end of December, the Google Store looks to have finally stopped selling the Home Max.
- Google Cloud Print: Google Cloud Print allowed users to ‘print from anywhere;’ to print from web, desktop, or mobile to any Google Cloud Print-connected printer. It was over 10 years old. Google Cloud Print is dead as of December 31, 2020
- App Maker: App Maker was a tool that allowed its users to build and deploy custom business apps easily and securely on the web without writing much code. It was about 4 years old. Following Google’s acquisition of AppSheet, the App Maker editor and user apps has been shut down on January 19, 2021.
- Loon: Loon was a service to provide internet access via an array of high-altitude balloons hovering in the Earth’s stratosphere. It was over 6 years old, and winded up in the start of 2021. “The road to commercial viability has proven much longer and riskier than hoped,” Astro Teller, who leads X, wrote in the blog. “In the coming months, we’ll begin winding down operations and it will no longer be an Other Bet within Alphabet.”
- Poly: Poly was a distribution platform for creators to share 3D objects. It will be over 3 years old. Poly will be shut down on June 30, 2021
- Tour Creator: Tour Creator allowed users to build immersive, 360° guided tours that could be viewed with VR devices. It will be about 3 years old. Google’s director of education program management said: “As Arts & Culture will offer many of the Expeditions tours, we’ll no longer support the Expeditions app.” Tour Creator will no longer be available after June 30th 2021, but Google will let users export the assets from their existing tours in the coming months.
- Expeditions: Expeditions is a program for providing virtual reality experiences to school classrooms through Google Cardboard viewers, allowing educators to take their students on virtual field trips. It will be almost 6 years old. To make Expeditions VR tours available to everyone, Google will be migrating the majority of them to Google Arts & Culture’s free site and application. Google Expeditions app will no longer be available for download and Tour Creator will no longer be accessible as of June 30, 2021.
- Google Hangouts: Google Hangouts was a communication platform which included messages, video chat, and VOIP features. Execution scheduled “first half 2021”. It will be over 8 years old. The company shared some of its plan to transition Hangouts users to “Hangouts Chat,” a separate enterprise Slack clone.
- Android Things: Android Things is an Android-based embedded operating system (originally named Brillo) aimed to run on Internet of Things (IoT) devices. It will be over 6 years old. It will be shutdown by Jan 2022. More info
- Google Chrome Apps: Google Chrome Apps were hosted or packaged web applications that ran on the Google Chrome browser. It will be over 11 years old. On January 15, 2020 Google announced that Chrome will begin phasing out support for Chrome Apps completely starting in March 2020, with support for consumers until June 2021 and enterprise until June 2022.
That’s All for now, we will keep you updated if any other service is pulled off by Google in future.
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