Death by year
☠ Google dead products in 2016
⏳ Product Lifespan 😓Near Death
Project Ara

Project Ara

modular smartphone project

2014 - 2016

why dead?

Google has “suspended” work on Project Ara. The decision is said to be part of an effort to unify Google’s hardware development under former Motorola president Rick Osterloh.

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Panoramio

Panoramio

geo-located photo sharing

2005 - 2016

why dead?

On September 16, 2014, it was announced that Google intended to close Panoramio and migrate it to Google Maps Views.

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Google Code

Google Code

project hosting service

2006-2016

why dead?

Google Code offered a free collaborative development environment for open source projects. Projects hosted on Google Code remain available in the Google Code Archive.

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Picasa

Picasa

online photo-sharing tool

2002 - 2016

why dead?

Google stated that the primary reason for retiring Picasa was that it wanted to focus its efforts “entirely on a single photos service” the cross-platform, web-based Google Photos.

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Hangouts on Air

Hangouts on Air

Live Streaming

2012 - 2016

why dead?

Google replaced Hangouts on Air with YouTube Live, which gradually became available to more and more users.

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Freebase

Freebase

Online database

2007 - 2016

why dead?

On 16 December 2015, Google officially announced the Knowledge Graph API, which is meant to be a replacement to the Freebase API. Freebase.com was officially shut down on 2 May 2016.

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MyTracks

MyTracks

GPS tracking app

2009 - 2016

why dead?

Google announced that as of the 1st May 2016, MyTracks will be deprecated and no longer available in the Google Play Store. The app itself continues to work and is still available to sideload via APK repositories.

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Google Swiffy

Google Swiffy

SWF Converter

2011 - 2016

why dead?

Google Swiffy was a web-based tool developed by Google that converted SWF files to HTML5. As part of transition of display ads to HTML5, Google shutdown Swiffy Flash.

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Google Showtimes

Google Showtimes

Movie showtime search engine

2005 - 2016

why dead?

“Google Showtimes was discontinued on 1 November 2016. You can now discover show times on the search results page by searching for the name of the movie that you want to see or try searching for the word ‘movies’ to discover what’s in cinemas.”

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Pie.co

Pie.co

Group work chat

2013 - 2016

why dead?

Google Acqui-Hired and shut down work chat startup Pie to build engineering team.

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Google Now

Google Now

Personal Assistant

2012 - 2016

why dead?

Google Now was a feature of Google Search of the Google app for Android and iOS. Google gradually phased out reference to “Google Now” in the Google app, largely removing remaining use of “Now” in October 2016, including replacing Now cards with Feed.

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Nexus Player

Nexus Player

digital media player

2014 - 2016

why dead?

The Nexus Player was Google’s early attempt to introduce the world to Android on the big screen. Reason cited was low sale.

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