How to Know Which Google App is No More

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

Google kills most of its services and apps without even notifying users. It wants to develop new technology and apps and then get rid of those that are not useful to users or have technical issues.

Which Google App is No More on Mobile

If you don’t know which Google app or service is unavailable on mobile or has been 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 scheduled for killing and removal.

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

Recent dead apps and services

Recent dead apps and services
Recent dead apps and services

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

  • Google Hangouts died in early 2019. The communication platform, which included messages, video chat, and VOIP features, was over six years old. The execution date is tentative.
  • 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 work with third-party home automation platforms and devices. It was about five years old.
  • Google Jump died in June 2019. It was a cloud-based VR media solution about four years old that enabled 3D-360 media production by integrating customized capture solutions with best-in-class automated stitching.
  • YouTube Gaming was almost four years old and killed in May 2019. It was a video gaming-oriented service and app for videos and live streaming.
  • Google Cloud Messaging was almost seven years old and was killed in May 2019. The notification service enabled developers to send messages between servers and client apps running on Android or Chrome.
  • The Data Saver Extension for Chrome died in April 2019. It was about four years old and routed webpages through Google servers to compress and reduce the user’s bandwidth.
  • Inbox by Gmail closed in March 2019, which aimed to improve email through several key features. It was almost four years old.
  • Google+, killed in March 2019, was an Internet-based social network. It was almost 8 years old.
  • Google URL Shortener, also known as goo.gl, was a URL shortening service that died in March 2019. It was over nine years old.
  • Google Allo, which died in February 2019, was an instant messaging mobile app for Android, iOS, and the 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. It was almost four years old and displayed alerts and notifications from across multiple Google services.
  • YouTube Video Annotations that died in January 2019 allow 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. It was almost six years old and provided ways to synchronise resources between devices. It operated on files stored on Google Drive.
dead apps
dead apps

Some other non-existent 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, such as replacing Google’s past RSS readers with Feedly. There are non-Google alternatives to almost every Google service.

Some need improvement

Some of these now-defunct products still need improvement, whether by Google or third-party developers. Lists, like Killed by Google, also point out the ephemeral and transitory nature of products from even the most successful companies. They reinforce the reality that no one product or company will be around forever, nor are their ideas always successful.

Google killed the Google graveyard, a free and open-source list of discontinued Google services, products, devices, and apps. It 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 longer available for your mobile.

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Kamal Kaur