Google has successfully launched various products and services around the world, from electronic devices to applications and today, Google helps a large number of people in their daily activities. But as all businesses do have some products that fail, Google also in the many successful launches they have made, they too have many products that have failed, here are 18 of them.
In addition, according to Google, the app had low usage and engagement, ” … while our engineering teams have put a lot of effort and dedication into building Google+ over the years, it has not achieved broad consumer or developer adoption and has seen limited user interaction with apps. The consumer version of Google+ currently has low usage and engagement: 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds,” Google said.
Google reader was created and launched in 2005 by Google. It was used by people to share news and information where users would get stories from blogs or news sites. Google announced that it will close it in March 2013 due to users”dismay and outrage”. Citing decline is use which led it to its closure in July 2013.
IGoogle was a personal web portal which was launched by Google in 2005. The app would let interact and use google gadgets like framed photos, Google gram, sidebar,etc…. the app had a record of 7.1 million users in February 2007 due to its vast services in 42 languages and in more than 70 country domain names. On July 3, 2012, Google announced that it was going to close iGoogle from 1st November 2013 because they believed it was no longer needed.
Orkut was a social networking platform which helped users meet new people, maintain relations with existing friends, it was named after its creator, Orkut Buyukkokten. Orkut was made out of 20%time of the Google employee and was very famous out of the US in countries like India and Brazil. Google decided to shut it down due to the growth of legal issues. Google closed it on September 30, 2014.
Google notebook was an online app which allowed users to save and organized information while doing research online. Google shut it down in 2012 after 4 years of no updates while transferring all the data to Google Docs.
This was another app from Google, it was a shopping app for tablet computer launched in 2011. It virtual catalogs to users from merchants around the world, it was noted as a “green way to shop”. The app was entirely closed 4 years later, in August 2015.
This was a free video hosting service like to youtube which published videos from google servers to other websites. It was launched in 2005 and was shut down in 2012. After that, the web address vidoe.google.com has been reused to host google videos.
Google wave was a software for real-time collaborative editing online. It was designed to merge key features of communication like email and social networks. It was created on 27th May 2009 and was closed in August 2010.
Google Buzz was a web-based networking and micro-blogging tool which let users share links, photos, videos and status messages. It integrated Gmail and users could see conversations in their inbox. It was created in February 2019 and was closed on December 15th, 2011 succeed by Google+.
This was a personal health information service introduced in 2008. The service allowed users to volunteer their health records and log them into accounts of the google health system. It would give users information about health record, medication and so on. It was closed in 2011 due to “the lack of widespread adoption” Google said.
This was an online knowledge market launched in 2002. It allowed users to find well-researched answers to their questions. It requested 2$-$200 for answers and Google retained 25% of the researchers’ reward. In addition, if the client is satisfied with the answers, they could leave up to $100 as a tip. In was closed in 2006.
Google glass was a brand of an optical head-mounted display which was designed like eyeglasses. Developed by Google X, the google glass would display information like in a smartphone, hands-free. They were launched in 2012 and sales stopped in Jan 2015.
Google Nexus Q
This was an android Digital Media Player Developed in 2012 after Google introduced the Play Music services. The device would let users stream content from supported services to connected devices like TVs, speakers or amplifiers. It was closed a short while after the device was overly criticized in tech blogs for several features and market position.
Google’s live streaming service
Google hang out on air was a streaming service which was created in 2012. It moved to youtube from September 2016, back when live video streaming was the thing, this app was used by Pope Francis and the former US president Barak Obama.
This was a search engine at first, it reportedly lasted just one-day until Google shut it down.due to rivals with Mac Os X, the app was closed on 16th March 2005. Today google x has been renovated to Google’s research division.
Designed to be integrated into the web and provide new ways to access information, Lively was Google’s virtual world which was created to let users be able to interact with their friends and express themselves online in new ways. lively was closed in 2008 on December 31st.
Dodgeball was a social networking software for mobile devices which was bought by Google in 2005 and closed in 2009 replaced by Google Latitude.
Picasa was an image viewer for organizing and editing digital photos which was released in 2002. It was acquired by Google in 2004 and Google offered it as a free software. In March 2016 Google announced that it was going to close it to focus more on Google photos. Picasa was closed on May 1st, 2016.
Those are some of the products and services that have been made by Google but failed, some of them are even unknown to this day. All great achievers have had hard times getting to the top, we learn from our mistakes.
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