Google has a penchant for adding so many products and services to its lineup, but at the same time the company doesn’t seem to have any qualm about dismissing the less than successful ones. Well, we’re here to announce the passing – or soon to be – of three Google services that you probably never heard of before. Following the phasing out of 5 products last month, the time has come for Google Apps for Teams, Google Listen and Google Video for Business to pack their bags and head to the sunset.
Google Apps for Teams first saw the light of day in 2008, but the collaboration tool has failed to take off. Google director of engineering Max Ibel said that: “Google App as for Teams was not as useful for people as we originally anticipated,” which explains why it will be culled from the roster starting from September 4, 2012. Any existing accounts there will be converted to personal Google Accounts.
The next is Google Listen, which was released in August 2009. Intended to provide an easier way for people to discover and listen to podcasts, the introduction of Google Play has made Google Listen redundant. The company said you can still use the app, but it will no longer support search function after November 1. Your podcast subscriptions can now be found in Google Reader, under “Listen Subscriptions”.
As for Google Video for Business, all videos hosted on the video hosting and sharing solution will be migrated to Google Drive starting in October or November. Don’t worry about space, as they will not be counted against your Google Drive storage quota.
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In what way has the introduction of Google Play made Google Listen redundant?
Can you listen to podcasts through google play now?
I’m trying to figure that out myself. I have been using it (listen) since it came out.
If your still looking for a decent replacement try “Listen Up” https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=codepimps
It’s the only one I’ve been happy with.
Thanks a lot. Checking it out now.
Bad reporting by Android Authority. The Google Blog post is here: http://googleblog.blogspot.ch/2012/08/giving-you-better-google.html (why don’t they link?) with the actual claim:
“However, with Google Play, people now have access to a wider variety of podcast apps, so we’ve discontinued Listen.”
Now I must just go about finding one that I like…
The Google Listen integration with Google Reader is excellent. i know this puts me into a tiny minority but RIP. I hope the .apk will be made available?
If anyone is looking for the app it can still be downloaded at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.listen
Thanks to Joshua Kelly on makeuseof.com
I only just started having trouble with Google Listen. I’ve been using it for years to listen to my favorite podcasts. I had no idea until today that it had been killed by Google. I started having trouble with syncing and thought I’d research the issue, in case it had anything to do with Reader being killed a while back. Looks like it’s time to search for a replacement app.