Google graveyard : Some of Google’s failed products

What is google Initially, we know this as a search engine, where we can find the desired results in the fastest time with any keyword search But Google’s activities are limited only to this? No The most popular mail service provider of the current time, from Gmail to Android, the most used operating system for smartphones, all are Google’s creation. Again we also used to watch or save videos on YouTube or Chrome browsers, we use it for easy browsing online also Google’s products. Most of the products we use online are actively or passively connected with Google. That’s why Google is the “Tech Giant” in the world of technology.

But one thing needs to be clarified : Google is not King Midas, it won’t turn anything into gold whatever it touches . We know about Google’s successful products, and for this reason, Google is widely praised. But that does not mean that all Google products are successful. Rather Google has many such products that have failed, and at one point, Google has been forced to stop their activities. Let us introduce you with some Google’s failed products, many of which you have never heard before today!

Google plus social media, a google's failed product
Google plus

Google Plus :

In 2011, Google brought it’s own social networking platform Google Plus, to competing with Facebook and Twitter. However, according to them, it was an expanded version of their Google messaging service. However, no matter how much Google has tried to increase Google users, Google has not tried much less. Opening a Gmail account was made mandatory to use Google Plus. But they still did not get water in the competitive market. In 2011, when the Wall Street Journal was published that five million Google Plus users’ information was leaked to third-party developers, Google was originally forced to send Google Plus to a digital graveyard.

Google buzz
Google Buzz stoped

Google Buzz :

One year before Google Plus, Google came to the market in 2010, which was primarily a combination of social communication and messaging. But Google has not received any official announcement before Google’s buzz opened to the public, from Google. It is seen later, this is mainly the clone version of Twitter and Facebook, where users can post status updates, post pictures, and videos, as well as share direct messages. But the confidentiality and security-related complications ended in 2012, the service ended.

Google notebook
Google notebook

Google Notebook :

The Google Notebook, which started in 2006, was an application that allows users to copy-paste various text from the browser into their private notebooks. But in 2009, Google stopped its development program, and it completely eliminated in 2012. However, as an alternative to the 2013 Google brings a new note-taking app, Google Kip The app is available on Android, iOS and the web.

google helpouts
Google helpouts

Google helpouts :

In 2013, the Google HelpAutts program began. Through this, users could have a variety of tutorial related video streaming live. The main goal of this service was to help people through real-time their PCs and mobile devices. There was also a help-out calendar for users, which could be synchronized with Google calendars via notification text, email or calendar. Not being able to raise a significant response, its activities are closed in 2015, its activities.

google site search
Google site search

Google site search :

Previously all websites had the opportunity to launch a special feature called Google Site Search, through which users could find any content within the fastest time by using Google customized custom search on those websites. However, slowly, almost all the websites started to turn on their own search options, the application of Google site search reduced. Finally, in February of 2017, Google announced the closure of the service. Through a personal email, Google tells all its consumers and partners that they will not sell any new licenses to Google Site Search, and will not renew any previous licenses.

Picasa
Picasa

Picasa :

Picasa was an online photo collection, which was bought by Google in 2004. But in 2015 when Google brought Google Photos full of its own technology, they were able to send Picas back to retirement. However, Picasa users did not have to get too much trouble, because all their photos were automatically transferred to Google Photos.

Jaiku
Jaiku

Jaiku :

Jaiku was a micro-blogging site, where users had the opportunity to express their feelings in a limited range. Google bought it in October 2007. But by January 2009 it was clear that Jaiku is never able to compete with the rival Twitter, because when Google started Jai Prakash campaign, Twitter has become an established site. So hopefully, leaving a little established site, users will use similar new sites, expecting it to be unrealistic. So at the end of 2011, Google announced that it would stop Jaiku’s activities permanently.

Google Side Wiki and search wiki was similar kind two product which was failed
Google Side Wiki And Search Wiki

Google Search Wiki, and Side Wiki :

Google also brought these services as an alternative to Wikipedia. The search wiki was an extension, where Google users could see the annotation about Wikipedia’s article search. Side wiki was a mix of notes from different websites related to the topic. But in 2012 , these projects were forced to end which launched in the summer of 2008 by Google.

Google Reader was RSS/ATOM FEED AGGREGATOR which stopped because stating the product had a loyal but declining following, and they wanted to focus on fewer products
Google Reader

Google Reader :

Google develop this RSS/ATOM FEED AGGREGATOR for the customer who like to read newspaper or news online. This app could be used to store news from various news sites or blogs, and later they could be read offline. But Google announced the closure of Google Reader in March 2013, and it stopped permanently in July of that year. Now, there is another app called Google News, which is more easily accessible than Google Reader.

Google Glass is a ANDROID SMART GLASS , Though Google stopped selling Glass and ended the Explorer beta program, it hasn't canceled the project (though the first iteration of the Glass product was canceled).
Google Glass

Google Glass :

Google brought Google Glass ( ANDROID Operated SMART GLASS ) in 2012 which targeted customer was fashion conscious people . It was assumed that it will rule in the future tech world. But unfortunately, this product could not attract ordinary people for very high price of $1,500. It also had software problems, confidentiality problems, and so on. So in January 2015, Google shut down its Glass Explorer program, where the developers built an app for Google Glass. That year, they stopped production of Google Glass’s new prototype. But in the year 2017, they started work on the project again and announced to bring Google glass enterprise edition to the market.

Bump and Flock which original name was google BUMP is a FILES-SHARING APP, Bump Technologies shut down the service and discontinued the app on January 31, 2014, after being acquired by Google for Google Photos and Android Camera
Bump and Flock app

Bump and Flock :

Bump is an Android and iOS mobile sharing app, which allows smartphone users to exchange photos, videos, and other files from each other’s devices. In 2013 it was bought by Google. Besides, Google also owns group photo sharing app “Flock“. But at the end of 2014, Google stopped their Bump and Flock apps, and users get 30 days to recover their data.

Google video was google's video hosting service , The video hosting service was ultimately shut down on August 20, 2012 and the remaining Google Video content was automatically migrated to YouTube
Google Video

Google Video :

YouTube is now owned by Google. However, Google had a own video streaming service named “Google Video“. In 2005, YouTube Come to market as a direct competitor for google video. Later Google bought YouTube, and they lost interest in their own video streaming service. By the year 2009, new videos upload stopped by Google on google video, and the service was completely closed in 2012.

More Google Apps from Google Cemetery :

GOOGLE HANGOUTS :

Type : MESSAGING APP ( Google hangouts used as communication platform for messaging, video chat, and VOIP features )

Reason for Stop : All G-suite customer transitioned to Google Chat from google hangout .

Launched : 2013

Discontinued : 2019 ( from October )

Google Url Shortner ( GOO.GL ) :

Type : URL SHORTENING SERVICE ( goo.gl used for making Short and precise url for using in social media )

Reason for Stop : Google can’t make profit from it.

Launched : 2009

Discontinued : 2018

GOOGLE TANGO :

Type : AR platfrom ( augmented reality computing platform, developed and authored by the Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) )

Reason for Stop : it discontinued in favor of ARCore.

Launched : 2014

Discontinued : 2017

There are many more apps , service google stopped for many reason. Like :

FABRIC ( MOBILE ANALYTICS ), INBOX BY GMAIL ( EMAIL CLIENT FOR ANDROID ), CLOUD MESSAGING ( NOTIFICATION SERVICE ), GOOGLE ALLO ( INSTANT MESSAGING APP ), YOUTUBE ANNOTATIONS ( VIDEO ANNOTATIONS ) CHROMECAST AUDIO ( AUDIO STREAMING DEVICE ), GOOGLE PORTFOLIOS ( FINANCE TRACKER ) etc.

Although Google Also getting new product like google stadia ( cloud gaming service ).

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