social networking site
In October 2018, Google announced that it was shutting down Google+ for consumers, citing low user engagement and a software error.
URL shortening service
The service no longer accepts new users since April 13, 2018 and will discontinue the service for existing users on March 30, 2019. After March 30, 2019, all links will continue to redirect to the intended destination.
app for group discussions
Google’s traditional Spring cleaning — and with it maybe the company is showing it can be a little more focused on its messaging strategy.
instant messaging service
Google announced its decision to discontinue Google Talk. Instead, users are being advised to start using the Hangouts app.
modular smartphone project
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.
geo-located photo sharing
On September 16, 2014, it was announced that Google intended to close Panoramio and migrate it to Google Maps Views.
project hosting service
Google Code offered a free collaborative development environment for open source projects. Projects hosted on Google Code remain available in the Google Code Archive.
online photo-sharing tool
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.
Issue tracking system
Google Moderator was shut down on 2015 because the usage did not match Google’s expectations. The site remained available as read-only until August 15, 2015, at which time it closed completely.
Helpouts by Google
online collaboration service
On April 20, 2015, Google officially shut down Helpouts stating that the service hadn’t, “grown at the pace we had expected.”
shopping app for tablets
Google catalogs officially shut down on August 4, 2015. The announcement comes a little less than two years after the mobile app was retired. No reason was given.
social networking website
Over the past decade, growth of Facebook, YouTube, Blogger and Google+ have outpaced Orkut’s. Google decided to bid Orkut farewell and shut it down.
3d buildings maker
On 13 March 2013 Google announced that the Building Maker application would be retired on 1 June 2013; the cancellation became effective on 4 June.
social location service
It was discontinued on August 9, 2013. After the feature moved to Google+ in between, Google incorporated Latitude’s location sharing feature into Google Maps
payment processing service
It was discontinued on November 20, 2013 and the service moved to Google Wallet.
personalised home page
Google announced that, it would retire iGoogle due to “the unforeseen evolution of web and mobile apps and the erosion of the need for the site.”
RSS/Atom feed aggregator
Google announced they were discontinuing Google Reader, stating the product had a loyal but declining following, and they wanted to focus on fewer products.
email client for mac
Google killed sparrow in favour of Google Inbox.
code search engine
Google announced that Code Search was to be shut down along with the Code Search API. The service remained online until March 2013,and it now returns a 404.
web analytics program
Urchin Software product has been completely overshadowed by its tremendously popular offspring (Google Analytics)
Google Jaiku was shut down as the company wanted to focus on Google+ and also Jaiku didn’t manage enough traction.
online photo editing
It was discontinued and an app with the same tools was added to Google+. It is called as the Creative Kit.
user-written reference site
Google phased out Knol in favour of Annotum. The project was closed on April 30, 2012, and all content was deleted by October 1, 2012.
personal health record
Google stated that they were discontinuing Google Health because it did not have as broad impact as had been expected.
video hosting service
The video hosting service was ultimately shut down on August 20, 2012 and the remaining Google Video content was automatically migrated to YouTube.
real-time collab app
Google Wave was discontinued because there just weren’t enough active users. The IP was later transferred to Apache when the development was discontinued.
Google Fast Flip
online news aggregator
Google did not specify any reason to discontinue it.
web annotation tool
In September 2011, Google announced it would discontinue a number of its products, including Google Sidewiki through their ”second spring cleanup”
desktop search app
“People now have instant access to their data, whether online or offline. As this was the goal of Google Desktop, the product will be discontinued”
In July 2011, Google announced that it was discontinuing Google Labs. Many of the experiments have been discontinued although a few have moved to the main search pages.
Google closed down Dictionary service with a message: “Google Dictionary is no longer available. You can use Google web search to find definitions or Google Translate for your translation needs.”
social search service
Another victim of Google’s ‘spring cleanup’.
online note taking app
In September 2011, Google announced it would discontinue a number of its products, including Google Notebook through their ”second spring cleanup”.
Social networking service
Google announced that it would discontinue the service and that the existing content would be available in read-only mode. Buzz was superseded by Google+
open source utility software
The Gears team at Google announced that the development of Google Gears had stopped, as they are working on bringing all of the Gears capabilities into web standards.
local directory assistance
“The service has served its purpose in helping the company develop other, more sophisticated voice-powered technologies.” – Google
annotate search results
Google Stars replaced SearchWiki. Users no longer have the option to annotate or re-order search results.
ride sharing service
Way before Uber, Google Ride Finder offered a geolocated service to find a car: taxi, carpool or shuttle in 14 cities of the United States. It closed in 2009.
Launched from 2007 to 2009, Audio Ads was a radio advertising module only operated in the United States.
web page speed tool
Google Web Accelerator is no longer available for, or supported by, Google as of January 20, 2008.
website creation service
In 2008, Google announced that it would not accept new sign-ups to Page Creator, instead encouraging users to use Google Sites. The service had been shut down in 2009.
web-based virtual world
A post on the Google Blog explains the decision: “we want to ensure that we prioritize our resources and focus more on our core search, ads and apps business.”
social location service
Dodgeball was shut down and succeeded in February 2009 by Google Latitude.
online knowledge market
“Answers community’s limited size and other product considerations made it more effective for us to focus our efforts on other ways to help our users find information.”