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Google phasing out 5 "obsolete" products

July 5, 2012

It’s not easy being Google. To stay important in a world of technology which is in a constant state of change, the need for continuous improvement and evolution is foremost. We’ve seen a lot of amazing products emerge from the secret, underground labs of Google (Android!!) and let’s be honest, some not so great ones. What was the deal with Google Wave?

Google I/O 2012 will be remembered for the launch of the Nexus 7, but there were some big announcements on the software side of things as well. On the flip side, Google has discontinued over 30 products since last year. In an effort to provide a simpler and better user experience, Google will be “trimming-the-fat” some more. In a blog post, Google announced the discontinuation of 5 more products. Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Google Mini – a part of the Google’s Enterprise Search offering since 2005. Better alternatives such as Search Appliance, Site Search, and Commerce Search are now available. Technical for customers still under contract will of course, be provided.
  • Google Talk Chatback – The embedded Google Talk widget is now “outdated.”
  • Google Video – Google Video has been in phase-out mode for a while now, with Google not allowing any new uploads since 2009. August 20 is the last date for uploaders to download, delete, or migrate their content to YouTube.
  • iGoogle – iGoogle will be “retired” on November 1, 2013. With apps running on Chrome and Android, the need for iGoogle has “eroded” over time, according to the post.
  • Symbian Search App – Last but not least, Google is discontinuing its Symbian Search App, and will encourage users to use the mobile web search function instead.

What are your thoughts? Which Google product are you disappointed to see go? Is there any other product you think should be discontinued as well?