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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Top 10 Google Products to be Merge or Cleansed

Google is streamlining its product portfolio and will be closing or merging some products in the coming months. This has been mentioned on the official blog and is in line with the chief executive Larry Page announcement during the company’s second quarter earnings call. Google products are into tens of dozens and Google needs to merge them in order to get the best of this API’s.

The list of products being shut or merged includes:

1. Aardvark

This was a startup Google acquired in 2010 for USD 50 million. This was type of social search and the team has been merged in the Google plus team.

2. Fast Flip

Fast flip was started in 2009 and will be taken off Google News.

3. Google Desktop

The Google desktop tool or quick search box will be taken off air from 14th September. All the associated APIs, services, plug-ins, gadgets and support will be discontinued as well.

4. Google Pack

This is being taken off as well due to increased focus on the web and cloud applications.

5. Google Maps API for Flash

Google will be shifting focus to JavaScript maps API and only premium paying customer will be supported. The Flash Maps API will be not being killed totally but no new features will be added and only minimal support provided.

6. Image Labeler

This fun experiment which enabled users to explore and label images will be taken off as well.

7. Google Web Security

This became a part of Google via the Postini acquisition in 2007. Google has used the technology to integrate into its existing products like Chrome and only existing customers will be supported with no fresh sales.

8. Notebook

This product will be shut down as well and all the data will be automatically be exported to Google docs.

9. Subscribed Links

The subscribed links feature will be discontinued although developers will be able to access the data in Subscribed Links until September 14.

10. Sidewiki

This service that enables a user to contribute useful information to any web page will also be discontinued although users will be given some months to download existing content.

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  1. Out of all the apps mentioned in your post, my favorite was Google Fast Flip. It was a really great way to flip through the news very quickly. My organization teaches speed reading classes and we actually used to recommend Fast Flip as a great way to quickly flip through news. Now that it’s gone, we’re going to try and build something similar, but better. I’ll post updates on this project here:


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