Google is notorious for killing beloved initiatives. It has Google Reader to thank for this popularity, which was many individuals’s most popular RSS feed reader all these years in the past till the corporate killed it out of nowhere. Google went on with discontinuing different beloved initiatives, like its revolutionary Gmail consumer Inbox or its social community Google Plus, which garnered a small however loyal following over time. In 2022, the corporate saved at it, killing a bunch of well-known and some not so well-known companies, similar to final yr.

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You’d in all probability suppose that Stadia must be the headliner of this checklist, however technically, the service remains to be alive and kicking till January 18, 2023. It is true that you may’t join the sport streaming platform anymore and that you may’ t get new video games, however you’ll be able to nonetheless get pleasure from just a few extra rounds with the video games that you have already got.

With this out of the best way, remember to take a look at the checklist we have collected, or head over to the well-known Killed by Google web site that provides you a full overview of all of the 280 companies recorded by it that had been killed over the existence of Google.


December 31: YouTube Originals

2016-2022

YouTube Originals is the final Google challenge killed in 2022. It won’t even have an effect on you or your YouTube expertise a lot, since YouTube Originals was extra of a studio meant to take Netflix head on, created in 2016. Nevertheless, the unique productions by no means actually caught on with the YouTube viewers, and it actually didn’t assist that a lot of the exhibits had been behind the YouTube Premium paywall earlier than it actually caught on. YouTube Originals had been on reside assist for an extended whereas and partially bought off to opponents. And in 2022, they had been lastly put out of their distress.

December 19: Threadit

2021-2022

Chances are you’ll not have heard of Threadit in any respect, Google’s short-lived asynchronous video collaboration service. The Space 120 challenge was created with distant work in thoughts when everybody switched to working from dwelling in the course of the pandemic, and it tried to merge one of the best of video conferencing and messaging into one. Quite than having to arrange appointments, co-workers might simply ship one another video clips and reply every time they’ve time. After the shutdown, the Space 120 group behind the service is switching to the Google Meet group.

December 1: Duplex on the Net

2019-2022

Don’t be concerned — the common Duplex service Google Assistant gives is not going anyplace. You’ll be able to nonetheless ask Google Assistant to make reservations for you slightly than calling locations your self. Solely Duplex for the Net was sundown in 2022. The reasoning right here is obvious: Duplex on the Net was principally only a barely prettier model of Google Chrome’s autofill choices, making it potential to ebook tickets and make reservations on a choose few websites with a devoted Google Assistant interface and workflow.

November 30: Hangouts

2013-2022

You would be forgiven for those who thought that Hangouts was lengthy lifeless, however the cross-device messaging and video chatting service clung to life for fairly some time. The service is basically the predecessor of Google Chat and Meet, and it was on the best way out even earlier than these two noticed the sunshine of day. It was supposed to get replaced by Allo and Duo, companies it each outlived as a zombie. A yr earlier than its tenth anniversary, Google Hangouts is totally discontinued as of November 30, 2022, and now changed by Google Chat.

We will solely marvel the place Google can be at present if it clung to Hangouts and made it the correct chat service it was at all times meant to be. It actually would not be preventing with Apple over RCS compatibility, the newest expertise Google determined to champion.

November 1: Google Surveys

2012-2022

Let’s speak enterprise: Google Surveys was an enterprise-focused Google product that allowed companies to run market analysis. A number of of those surveys even used to indicate up within the Google Rewards app, which, in accordance with Google, is right here to remain. Nevertheless, companies must look elsewhere to do their market analysis sooner or later.

August 9: YouTube Go

2017-2022

Android Go is Google’s low-power different for entry-level telephones. The corporate additionally gives just a few specialised apps for it which are alleged to take up fewer sources, and YouTube Go was considered one of them. Nevertheless, Google is slowly transferring away from this strategy and desires to make its major apps much less power-hungry and extra adaptable to low-end units. That is why YouTube Go has to go the best way of the dodo. It’s changed by the complete YouTube app.

July 31: The Google My Enterprise app

2018-2022

The Google My Enterprise app was a useful device for store and enterprise house owners to handle their information on Google companies. Nevertheless, Google determined that Google Maps and Google Search had been simply pretty much as good as one centralized place to handle issues, and so the corporate is now diverting enterprise house owners to Maps and Search to replace their opening hours, contact information, and extra.

June 30: Chrome apps

2010-2022

Lengthy earlier than internet apps received as highly effective as they’re now, Google supplied Chrome apps. These had been extension-like companies that had some further powers in comparison with web sites, like offline capabilities. Over time, common web sites gained extra reputation and extra options than Chrome apps, so Google determined it was time to discontinue Chrome apps in 2022.

June 21: Android Auto for telephones

2016-2022

When Android Auto was first launched in 2014, it was solely out there on choose automobiles with suitable head items. In 2016, Google additionally introduced this driving-optimized display to Android telephones, which permits drivers to stay extra centered after they use their telephones for navigation, audio leisure, and extra. Nevertheless, the corporate shortly made clear that this was a stopgap answer, and after agonizing lengthy years of maintaining the service round half-dead, it was lastly totally shut down in 2022. There isn’t a full-fledged substitute, although, as Google Assistant Driving Mode can also be on the best way out, with Google folding it into its Maps service as an alternative.

June 1: Duo

*2016

Duo is arguably not lifeless, as a result of it lives on inside Google Meet. Now you can use the Google Meet app or web site to name your family and friends, with the identical results and end-to-end encryption you already know from Meet. In that sense, Duo folding into Meet is extra of a rebranding than a shutdown. It is also one of many higher transitions, with Google taking its time to vary the app icon on your own home display and explaining the change inside the app. With Google usually providing the identical product with totally different branding, this modification simply is smart.

April 13: Google Assistant Snapshot

2018-2022

Do you bear in mind Google Now? Years in the past, once you would pull up the Assistant, you’ll get an summary of useful data at a look, just like the climate, present driving situations, related bundle monitoring, and a lot extra. Google discontinued this useful however not monetizable expertise for the Uncover feed, and it hasn’t actually returned in full since. The closest we received was the Google Assistant Snapshot, but it surely was slightly troublesome to find and apparently individuals didn’t actually use it sufficient. Therefore, it’s now no extra, and was shut down in April 2022.

February 17: Cameos on Google

2018-2022

Do you know that celebrities might ship video messages to Google Search in an effort to reply often-asked questions on themselves? Nicely, now they cannot anymore. Google Cameos was supposed to present you a extra private feeling search expertise once you search for your favourite stars, however neither celebrities nor customers appeared too within the service. As such, Google did away with Cameos in February 2022.

Stadia goes away in January 2023

As we talked about earlier, Google introduced that it’s going to shut down its sport streaming service Stadia in early 2023, which goes to be the subsequent massive reduce for the corporate. Keep tuned for our protection on it early subsequent yr, and we can be again with one other Google graveyard episode subsequent yr round this time.