Google has just announced the closure of more Google products. In recent times, Google has chosen to focus on a smaller set of offering, instead of risking getting themselves spread to thin. Per Google,
We’re living in a new kind of computing environment. Everyone has a device, sometimes multiple devices. It’s been a long time since we have had this rate of change—it probably hasn’t happened since the birth of personal computing 40 years ago. To make the most of these opportunities, we need to focus—otherwise we spread ourselves too thin and lack impact. So today we’re announcing some more closures, bringing the total to 70 features or services closed since our spring cleaning began (http://googleblog NULL.blogspot NULL.com/2011/09/fall-spring-clean NULL.html) in 2011
Of all the items facing closure, 2 of them are most notable. From Google
- We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout (http://www NULL.dataliberation NULL.org/google/reader) over the course of the next four months.
- Beginning next week, we’re ending support for the Google Voice App for Blackberry. For Blackberry users who want to continue using Google Voice, we recommend they use our HTML5 app (https://www NULL.google NULL.com/voice/m?uipref=1), which is more secure and easier for us to keep up to date. Our HTML5 site is compatible with users with Blackberry version 6 and newer.
In addition to Google Reader and Google Voice for Blackberry, GUI Builder and five UiApp widgets, CalDAV API, Google Building Maker, Google Cloud Connect, Search API for Shopping, and Snapseed Desktop for Macintosh and Windows, will also be affected.
To see the complete list with dates for all items, visit the Google Official Blog here (http://googleblog NULL.blogspot NULL.com/2013/03/a-second-spring-of-cleaning NULL.html)
Source: Google Blog