Google introduced several new products in 2017. Some big ones include Android Go, Pixel Buds and the latest range of Pixel smartphones.
Many of the existing products like DayDream, Android OS, Google Home too got new features/variants. However, as always there was some spring cleaning too, where in the company big good bye to many of its old products and services. These comprise some of the company’s erstwhile ‘ambitious projects’ too.
Here’s over to the eight ‘big’ products and services that Google killed during the year 2017
1. Google AR platform Tango
Google’s first augmented reality project Tango is officially shutting down on March 1 this year.
The company’s newest AR project, ARCore, will take its place. So, officially the project did not shutdown in 2017, but the company did made an announcement about this in December 2017.
“We’re turning down support for Tango on March 1, 2018. Thank you to our incredible community of developers who made such progress with Tango over the last three years.
We look forward to continuing the journey with you on ARCore,” Google said in a tweet on Twitter.
2. Google Spaces
Last year also saw Google killing its experimental group messaging app Google Spaces.
Launched in 2016, Google Spaces was conceptualised as a small group forum and aimed to be another Slack-like tool. In a post on Google Plus, the company said, “Last year, we announced Spaces to experiment with a new approach to small group sharing.
Since then, we’ve learned a lot about how people come together to share ideas and content around any topic. As we focus our efforts, we’ve decided to take what we learned with Spaces, and apply it to our existing products.
Unfortunately, this means that we’ll be saying goodbye to supporting Spaces. We want to thank all of the Spaces users who tried out the app and shared their feedback.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. In the coming weeks, Spaces will move into read-only mode, and on April 17, 2017 we’ll close down the app.”
3. Google Chrome apps
In December this year, Google shut down the “app” section of the Chrome Web Store for Windows, Mac, and Linux versions of Chrome (but not ChromeOS).
The company sent out emails to Chrome app developers that while previously installed apps will work, the functionality will be removed in the first quarter of 2018.
This year also marked the official end of GTalk or Gchat, the messaging platform that made its debut in 2005. GTalk has got replaced by Google Hangouts.
Google launched Hangouts chat service in 2013 as a sidebar in Gmail.
5. Google Captcha
In March 2017, Google finally killed Captcha (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart).
For years, Google Captcha has been the primary tool of separating humans from robots apart on the internet.
The aim was to ensure that robots don’t spam a website with requests. Google’s reCAPTCHA has turned “invisible”. As Google said on its website, “Since the launch of No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA, millions of internet users have been able to attest they are human with just a single click. Now we’re taking it a step further and making it invisible.”
6. Titan drone project
In January 2017, Google parent Alphabet ended Titan drone program from X division.
The company shut down the project saying that economics didn’t work out.
In 2014, Google bought drone maker Titan Aerospace and started testing drones to eventually bring internet connections to remote places.
7. Google Site Search
In February 2017, Google announced that it is shutting down its Site Search. “On April 1, 2017, Google will discontinue sales of the Google Site Search.
All new purchases and renewals must take place before this date. The product will be completely shut down by April 1, 2018,” the company said in a statement.
Started in the year 2008, the Google Site Search allowed web publishers to apply the company’s search technology to their own websites.
8. Now on Tap feature on Google Assistant
Google also killed ‘Now on Tap’ feature of Assistant found in Android devices.
An on-demand service, Now on Tap searched the web for whatever was the users’ screen.