Google is famous for being one of the few companies that suspends some of its services and applications every year, under the pretext that it does not achieve the expected success, and sometimes replaces some of it with suitable alternatives.
Google may have various reasons to stop these products, but one thing in common every time is achieving success, it is now one of the largest and most valuable companies in the world, and officials want to keep it that way. So Google is always keen to take advantage of good services and ideas by integrating them into applications that generate money, by spending a lot of time experimenting and trying to find a way to give us what we want more effectively and display ads as efficiently as possible as well.
for example: During 2020; Changed the name of the video calling service (Hangouts(To become)Google MeetThen it integrated it into the email service Gmail, as it had previously integrated the Google News application with the weather application, with the (Google Reader) application to provide us with one integrated application called (Google News).
Therefore, in our article today, we will review all Google products that have been discontinued during 2020:
1- Shoelace service:
Google launched a service (Google Shoelace) During the month of July 2019 as a way to help people meet in real life after the shutdown of (Google Plus) – which was trying to enter the social media market – during the month of April 2019.
However, on April 29, 2020, it announced the closure of the (Google Shoelace) service, and said: “The service will not exit the beta phase,It will shut down its servers on May 12th“.
It can be said: The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is the main reason behind closing this service, as it is a service developed by Google to allow users in a region to discover community events and organize meetings with strangers in their local area.
If you like music and want to find friends to go to parties or love football and are looking for people to play with or to go together to watch the matches of your favorite team, this service will facilitate this for you, but the Corona virus has changed all that and we must stay at home to prevent its spread.
2- Google Hire application:
In 2017, Google launched the application (Google Hire) As a recruitment tool for small and medium businesses that use the (G Suite) package. This application is designed to help the human resource departments of small and medium-sized companies find and hire employees more effectively.
However, on August 28, 2019, it announced the suspension of support for the application, and set a date for September 1, 2020 to close it permanently, saying: “It is focusing its resources on other products in the Google Cloud portfolio despite the success of the application.”
3- Google Play Music service:
she was (Play MusicIt was Google’s main music streaming service for years, as it was beautifully designed and had many users, but it never succeeded in competing with other popular services, such as: Spotify or Apple Music.
So the company started testing its music-focused YouTube service at the end of 2015, then in 2018 it launched (YouTube Music) As the main new music streaming service.
This service was supposed to work side by side with the (Play Music) service, but the company has worked to transfer as many features as possible to the new service.
During the year 2020, Google finally ended this transition period, migrating all users to YouTube Music, and allowing Play Music users to transfer their libraries to the new service, which includes: playlists, artists, albums, songs, purchased content, recommendations and downloads.
4- Trusted Contacts app:
Google launched the (Trusted Contacts) app for the first time at the end of 2016 as an app to quickly and safely share the location with close friends or family members so that they can monitor you remotely, or find your location in an emergency.
But Announced On October 17, 2020, Google suddenly shut down the Trusted Contacts application for location sharing, as it said it would completely close the application on December 1, 2020, and withdrew it from the store. Google Play Already then.
Google has recommended that users switch to a feature Share location Integrated into Google Maps, which is similar to the (Trusted Contacts) application.
5- Expedition virtual reality app:
In 2015, Google launched an application (Expedition) To virtual reality glasses made of cardboard (Cardboard VR) in 2015 as an experience with limited access for teachers, then made the application a year later available to everyone through the Google Play Store. But then it discontinued the Daydream VR platform, and last year it made Cardboard VR an open-source community project.
Google has also begun to take an interest in integrating augmented reality into its Arts & Culture platform – a free initiative by Google to spread arts and culture online, allowing users to easily explore museums, heritage sites and world wonders from classrooms and homes – as it will offer many exploratory tours that can be offered in a range 360 degrees on the web from any device.
So In November 2020, Google announced the suspension of support for the (Expeditions) application.And that the app will not be available for download after June 30, 2021, instead the company recommends that users switch to the Arts & Culture app.
6- One Today service:
Google launched One Today service during 2013, which is a service that allows users to support specific non-profit organizations through donations, but a week before the end of January 2020, it announced the closure of the service at the end of the month.
The company said: “This service has seen a decrease in usage over the years, and that users are choosing other products to make donations to their favorite non-profit organizations.”
7- Google Cloud Print service:
Google launched the (Cloud Print) service Cloud Print During 2010, to allow users to print documents over the web from any device as long as you have a Chrome browser on your device and a connected printer.
However, as of January 1, 2021, the (Google Cloud Print) service will not be available, and devices with various operating systems will not be able to print with it, and Google has not provided an alternative to it.
Instead, the company recommended customers to use built-in printing systems in their operating systems, as Google introduced this service when it didn’t have an operating system (Chrome OS) that supports a reliable print service, but now it does. On the other hand; As printing has become less important, the use of cloud printing may have diminished to the point that Google no longer needs to support it.