How to know which Google app or service is no more on mobile?

Killed by Google

Google kills most of its services and apps without even sending you any notification. Google wants to have new technology and new apps listed now and then and get rids off those apps which are least wanted by users or which face any technical issue.

If you don’t know which Google app or service is shut down simply head to Killed by Google site to find the dead apps or services. Killed by Google is an open-source list of every Google-owned service, app, or piece of hardware that has been put to rest since the company began. It also keeps tabs on those that are scheduled for killing and removing.

At the time of writing, the list had 167 total entries, including 12 shutdown apps though the Killed by Google team encourages others to add to the list if something appears to be missing as a lot of Google products have come and gone, after all.

Recent dead apps and services

Killed by Google - Apps and services that are no more

All the dead apps are listed with their date of shutdown with a brief description. Few of the most recent dead apps and services listed are:

  • Google Hangouts died on early 2019, Google Hangouts was a communication platform which included messages, video chat, and VOIP features. Execution date is tentative. It was over 6 years old.
  • Works with Nest API Off to the glue factory will die in August 2019. Works with Nest was an API that allowed external services to access and control Nest devices. This enabled the devices to be used with third-party home automation platforms and devices. It was about 5 years old.
  • Google Jump dead on June 2019. Jump was a cloud-based VR media solution that enabled 3D-360 media production by integrating customized capture solutions with best-in-class automated stitching. It was about 4 years old.
  • You Tube gaming killed in May 2019 was a video gaming-oriented service and app for videos and live streaming. It was almost 4 years old.
  • Google Cloud Messaging killed in May 2019 was a notification service that enabled developers to send messages between servers and client apps running on Android or Chrome. It was almost 7 years old.
  • Data Saver Extension for Chrome dead on April 2019 was an extension for Chrome that routed webpages through Google servers to compress and reduce the user’s bandwidth. It was about 4 years old.
  • Inbox by Gmail was killed in March 2019 which aimed to improve email through several key features. It was almost 4 years old.
  • Google+ killed in March 2019 was an Internet-based social network. It was almost 8 years old.
  • Google URL Shortener died in March 2019 also known as goo.gl, was a URL shortening service. It was over 9 years old.
  • Google Allo died in February 2019 was an instant messaging mobile app for Android, iOS, and Web with special features like a virtual assistant and encrypted mode. It was rebranded as Google Chat. It was over 2 years old.
  • Google Notification Widget (Mr. Jingles) died in February 2019 displayed alerts and notifications from across multiple Google services. It was almost 4 years old.
  • YouTube Video Annotations died in January 2019 allowed video creators to add interactive commentary to their videos containing background information, branching (“choose your own adventure” style) stories, or links to any YouTube video, channel, or search results page. It was over 10 years old.
  • Google Realtime API died in January 2019 provided ways to synchronise resources between devices. It operated on files stored on Google Drive. It was almost 6 years old.
Apps killed by Google

Some of the many products on the Killedbygoogle list were phased out for newer, better Google services such as Allo making way for the new RCS-powered Android Chat, or Songza getting integrated into Google Play Music which has been cross-pollinating with YouTube Music.

Similarly, other no-longer-available products can be replaced via third-party apps—like replacing Google’s past RSS readers with Feedly. In fact, there are non-Google alternatives to almost every Google service.

Note that some of these now-defunct products have yet to be adequately replacedwhether by Google or third-party developers. Also lists like Killed by Google point out the ephemeral and transitory nature of products from even the most successful of companies, and reinforces the reality that no one product or company will be around forever, nor are their ideas always successful.

Klled by Google is the Google graveyard; a free and open source list of discontinued Google services, products, devices, and apps. This aims to be a source of factual information about the history surrounding Google’s dead projects.

Remember if your any Google App stops taking updates, that is also one reason to think that it is no more now for your mobile.

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