How to know which Google app or service is no more on mobile?
Google kills most of its services and apps without even sending you any notification. Google wants to have new technology and new apps and then get rid of those apps which are not of any use to the users or that face any technical issues.
If you don’t know which Google app or service is shut down simply head to the 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
All the dead apps are here with their date of the shutdown with a brief description. A few of the most recent dead apps and services listed are:
- Google Hangouts died in early 2019, Google Hangouts was a communication platform which included messages, video chat, and VOIP features. The 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 helps the device to use with third-party home automation platforms and devices. It was about 5 years old.
- Google Jump dead in June 2019. The 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.
- YouTube 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 closes 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 gets the replacement as Google Chat. It was over 2 years old.
- Google Notification Widget (Mr Jingles) died in February 2019 and displayed alerts and notifications from across multiple Google services. It was almost 4 years old.
- YouTube Video Annotations that died in January 2019 allowing 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 providing ways to synchronise resources between devices. It operated on files stored on Google Drive. It was almost 6 years old.
Some other non-existant Google apps
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.
Some need improvement
Note that some of these now-defunct products still need improvement whether 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.
Killed 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 any Google App stops taking updates, that is also one reason to think that it is no more now for your mobile.