5 products that were killed by Google killed in 2016
Google introduced several new products this year, including its all-new Pixel Smartphone range and Daydream virtual reality platform. But as always there was some spring cleaning too, where in some products and services were shut down. While one of these was launched last year only, some were products Google acquired over the years to boost its offering. Here are five products that were killed by Google this year, take a look!
Here are 5 products that were killed by Google this year:
1. Google Compare
Google Compare was one of the products that Google killed in 2016. The company’s lead generation product Google Compare was completely shut down in March this year. The comparison-shopping website, primarily for auto insurance, credit cards and mortgages was started in 2015. The website allowed shoppers to view and compare multiple offers from auto insurers, mortgage lenders and credit card companies.
2. Google Hangouts on Air
In August, Google announced that its live-streaming service Hangouts on Air will be discontinued from September. In a new post on Google’s YouTube support page, the company gave instructions on how Hangouts on Air users can use YouTube Live for all their live-streaming videos. Hangouts on Air were launched in 2012 when Google added live-streaming features to its existing Hangouts product. The company had President Obama do a live broadcast on the platform.
3. Google Nexus Line
Nexus is also one of the products that were killed by Google this year. The company’s latest Google Pixel Smartphones replaced its Nexus branded Smartphones. Talking about the Nexus lineup during the launch of Pixel smartphones, the company said that it has “no plans” for a future Nexus product. Google launched its first Nexus hardware device in 2010. Since then the company launched eight phones, four tablets and two media players under the Nexus branding.
4. Google Picasa
In Februry, Google announced that it will no longer support the Picasa desktop application after March 16, 2016. “After much thought and consideration, we have decided to retire Picasa over the coming months in order to focus entirely on a single photo service in Google Photos,” Anil Sabharwal, the head of the Google Photos team, wrote in a blog post. Picasa was founded in the year 2002, in 2004 Google bought the company. However, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
5. Project Ara
Project Ara is also one of the ambitious products that Google killed in 2016. Project Ara was the company’s project that aimed to build a modular Smartphone project with interchangeable components. The move marked an about-face for the company, which had announced a host of partners for Project Ara at Google I/O 2106.