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Google discontinues eight products as 2016 comes to an end

Google discontinues eight products as 2016 comes to an end
24 Dec 2016
  • While Google released some critically acclaimed products like the Pixel smartphone and the Daydream virtual reality platform this year, it also pulled the plug on several of its ongoing products/projects.
  • Interestingly, one of these discontinued products was released last year only, the rest were products which Google had acquired over several years to boost its offering.
  • We take a look at the discontinued products.

  • Google discontinues live-streaming app
    Hangouts on Air
  • In 2012, Google launched its Hangouts on Air service - an upgrade which added a live-streaming feature to its existing Hangouts product.
  • Interestingly, the company also had President Obama do a live broadcast on the platform.
  • However, Google discontinued Hangouts on Air in September, and then announced that Hangouts on Air users could use YouTube Live to live-stream their videos.

  • Google replaces Nexus phones with Pixels
  • Another major product which Google killed this year was its Nexus series of phones.
  • Initially launched in 2010, the Nexus phones were Google's flagship phones till they got replaced by Google's Pixel.
  • Over the last six years, Google launched eight phones, four tablets and two media players under the Nexus series.
  • Google further said that it had "no plans" for future Nexus products.

  • Google shuts down another smartphone project
    Project Ara
  • Google announced a host of partners for Project Ara at Google I/O 2016.
  • Project Ara was created with the aim of making a modular smartphone which would have interchangeable components thus allowing unprecedented customization by a user.
  • However, later on in the year, Google did an about-face and announced that it was pulling the plug on Project Ara.

  • Google will not support Chrome apps in other OS
    Chrome apps
  • In early-2016, Google ended support for Chrome apps on Windows, Mac and Linux, and announced its plans to gradually phase out support for Chrome apps on every platform except for Chrome OS.
  • Google said that by mid-2017, Windows, Mac and Linux users wouldn't find Chrome apps on the Chrome Web Store, and by 2018 Chrome apps wouldn't be available for the aforementioned operating systems.

  • Google discontinues My Tracks
    My tracks
  • Google's fitness tracking app, My Tracks, launched in 2009, was another product which was scrapped this year.
  • My Tracks helped users track distance travelled, speed and more while running, cycling and walking.
  • However, the app was discontinued on 30th April as Google decided to invest their efforts in a "more wide-reaching mapping project".

  • Google will no longer support Picasa
  • Image organizing and image viewing app Picasa was launched in 2002.
  • In 2004, Google acquired Picasa for an undisclosed amount.
  • However, in February 2016, Google announced that it would no longer support the desktop application for Picasa from 16th March, 2016.
  • The reason, Google stated, was that it wanted to focus on one single photo sharing service - Google Photos.

  • Google shuts down Google Compare
    Google Compare
  • Google Compare was launched in 2015 as a comparison-shopping website for auto insurance, credit cards and mortgages.
  • The service allowed customers to view multiple offers from different auto insurers, credit card companies and mortgage lenders.
  • However, in March 2016, Google pulled the plug on Google Compare.

  • Another photo sharing service bites the dust
  • Along the lines of Google's decision to scrap Picasa, another photo sharing service called Panoramio was discontinued in favour of Google Photos.
  • Acquired in 2007, Google used Panoramio to enhance its Google Earth and Google Maps services with crowd-sourced images.
  • Google had tried to kill Panoramio in 2014, but some users successfully petitioned Google and stalled its demise.

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